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Re: [Phys-L] Awareness and the Most Vulnerable Coronavirus Population

Bill - Thanks for your candid thoughts. Wanted to share some comments. I
think tapl-l deals with physics apparatus/equipment, while phys-l deals
with physics teaching/pedagogy. The responses on both listservs are
generally intelligent and helpful to me and others. We sometimes get off
topic. Not sure why. People want to prove a point? I don't know. The CV19
crisis has changed the world, and our teaching life. We are bombarded with
info on TV and online. Sharing more ideas on phys-l does not help anyone be
a better teacher of physics, which is what this list is all about. It might
be interesting info (graphs, etc.), but not appropriate for a physics
listserv. The posts about online labs/activities were very good, but
there's really nothing else we should be talking about here at this time.
Just my thoughts. Curious what others think...

On Sun, Apr 5, 2020 at 10:56 PM Bill Norwood via Phys-l <> wrote:

A. OK Phys-L folks, it’s been four days since my posting about
homosexuality and the coronavirus - and the following has transpired:
1. It has been strongly suggested that I have overstepped my bounds
and might be needing to take a break.
2. It has been strongly suggested and seconded that I have posted my
information in the wrong place. (But Tap-L has long urged us to post
off-topic items on Phys-L, and that is what I have done.)
3. It has been suggested that I am bringing forth some good points.
4. No one has suggested whether statistics might exist for the
incidence of coronavirus infections/deaths among homosexual persons.
B. Because of all of this I am asking the following questions:
1. Why would it not be appropriate for me to post my info on Phys-L,
when much other information about the coronavirus has already been posted
on Phys-L?
2. How could it be conscionable to post virtually everywhere, including
on Phys-L, coronavirus information for especially vulnerable demographics,
but to exclude the homosexuals who comprise the most vulnerable demographic?
3. Do you believe that the very posting of my information on Phys-L
could directly or indirectly save a few lives?
4. Do you believe that if my information were posted ONLY within an
“appropriate” venue, then it would be safe to believe that all Phys-L
subscribers possibly needing it would stumble upon it?
5. Having read and understood my information, would it be your practice
to refrain from mentioning it to someone whose life you realize could be
saved because of access to that information?
C. By the way, I have re-written my earlier posting so that it is gentler,
more insightful, more comprehensive and more easily understood.
D. Best Wishes for Best Health!
Bill Norwood

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