We Must Defeat 2 Vicious Viruses

I’ve been a fan of animated science explainers since “Hemo the Magnificent*” so of COURSE I was going to love this explainer video by Dr. MarkAlain Dery, an infectious disease physician, and Dr. Eric Griggs, a community health specialist. Watch as they journey inside the human body to explain COVID-19 vaccines!

It has the whole Fantastic Voyage “tiny humans in a body” action which I love. It gives visuals for people to lock onto to understand what is happening with the MRNA vaccines. If you want more details watch him on the Majority Report. He answers a lot of questions about what is happening with the vaccines and discusses why we might be needing booster shots.

I’m a huge fan of Dr. Dery because he talks about the science behind viral epidemics and ALSO how society responds to them.

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My response to Playteau criticizing my article on getting video of a defeated Trump

A response to my article Where’s The Video Of Trump Admitting Defeat To Biden?

I wrote about how we need to get video evidence of Trump, under oath, admitting his defeat to Biden. Then we rub it in the faces of his supporters. Here’s a link to my comment but I’m reproducing this here because comments sections sometimes go away.

Playteau May 7 Fantasyland hippie sh*t. Delete this dumbass article. I mean really, who the f*ck you kidding? Who snorted some Adderall and cooked this absolutely ridiculous article up?

Please stop treating this sh*tbag traitor like anything less than a Russian asset. That status didn’t magically go away on January 20th.

My god. Smoke meth before you write stupid sh*t like this so you have an excuse, you’re just embarrassing yourself. “Proof” is not something the knuckledraggers are concerned with, or have you not been paying attention for decades?

So, it’s the morning and I’ve read all the comments. I’ve seen a number of people who think i’m naive. I’ve addressed that by pointing out that my piece is a starting place. I did acknowledge how the base would respond, and if they had read the piece they would . . . → Read More: My response to Playteau criticizing my article on getting video of a defeated Trump

Where are the photos of a defeated Trump lunching with Biden?

Anyone else notice there are no photos of Biden with Trump since he lost the election? Trump doesn’t want anyone to see photographic proof he was beaten by Biden & that’s he’s a loser.

I think @VP Harris should set up a lunch with Trump to show he was beaten by Biden & a woman!

One of the constructs in the mind of right wingers is the correct way to treat your defeated opponents to prove your manliness. You make them grovel. You boast. You point at them and laugh like Nelson Muntz. HA HA! I won! You lost! It’s what CONAN the Barbarian says is best in life.

In video game parlance it’s teabagging your opponent. (I just found out that teabagging dated back to 1985 NWA World Championship wrestling which makes it even more on brand for Trumpsters. )

Trump has made it clear that he holds grudges and is vindictive. I still remember Richard Branson talking about his lunch with Trump. Apparently he spent the whole time talking about how he was going to spend the rest of his life destroying the people who didn’t help him get out of bankruptcy. (I wonder who those people . . . → Read More: Where are the photos of a defeated Trump lunching with Biden?

Who’s linked to the men that killed Officer Sicknick?

Two men arrested and charged for assaulting Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick

Washington (CNN)Two men have been arrested and charged for assaulting US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after responding on January 6 to hundreds of rioters who stormed the Capitol, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Julian Elie Khater, 32, of Pennsylvania, and George Pierre Tanios, 39, of West Virginia, are alleged to have worked together to spray police, including Sicknick, with a toxic chemical spray during the Capitol riot. Khater called what was in the cannister “bear sh*t,” according to court records, but the Justice Department on Monday said the spray is unknown.

Each time you read a new story about some insurrectionist being arrested, like Khater and Tanios, start looking for the connections to the leaders on the right.

The defense of Khater and Tanios will be,”It was just pepper spray! They didn’t shoot him with a GUN or anything really dangerous!” The defenders of the inciters will seek to distance themselves to any connection with these two. (I wonder which politicians in Pennsylvania and West Virginia will be scrambling to disavow photos of them posing with Khater and Tanios?)

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Inciting a mob to invade the Capitol is not free speech

On Jan 6th I knew that incitement was going to be a key issue. I found Lee Rowland, an ACLU lawyer who made a video about incitement and asked what she thought. She said she thought Trump had crossed the line.

Yes, I believe it crossed the line today.

— lee rowland (@berkitron) January 6, 2021

Last week I watched Chris Hayes’ experts praise the Impeachment brief by the house managers, then attack Trump’s. (A typo in the first line! 14 pages of Incoherence!) But attacking Trump’s lawyers’ incompetence isn’t enough. We need to make the case to regular people who don’t understand what incitement is and what it takes to fulfill a legal definition.

On the Feb 4th episode of Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara, he brought up the argument that Trump’s lawyers will make.

-Trump’s lawyers} will make some of these points beyond the procedural points, Donald Trump did not say, “Invade the Capitol.” Donald Trump did not say, “Break windows.” Donald Trump did not say, “Engage in violence.” Donald Trump did not say, “Insurrection.” He did not say, “Riot.” He didn’t say any of those things, does that make a difference? And if the . . . → Read More: Inciting a mob to invade the Capitol is not free speech

6 Steps To Defund GOP Seditionists #DefundSeditionists

Last night Brian Williams said “Big corps don’t like to be associated with seditionists.” He was talking about the corporations who have suspended donations to any member of Congress who objected to the certification of the Electoral College vote. This campaign was spearheaded by Judd Legum and his new publication Popular Information.

Popular Information contacted 144 corporations that, through their corporate PACs, donated to one or more of these eight Senators in the 2020 election cycle. Popular Information asked if they would continue to support these Senators in the future. In response, three major companies said they would stop donating to any member of Congress who objected to the certification of the Electoral College vote. – Major corporations say they will stop donating to members of Congress who tried to overturn the election – Jan 10, 2021 by Judd Legum and Tesnim Zekeria

https://act.newmode.net/action/color-change/seditioncaucus Image by @leahmillis via Rueters

1. BREAKING

3 major corporations say they’ll stop donating to members of Congress who tried to overturn the election

BlueCross BlueShield (@BCBSAssociation)

Marriott (@MarriottIntl)@CommerceBank

Follow along for more on these 3 plus 141 other corpshttps://t.co/r4Z4TjJUCe

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 10, 2021

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Companies suspend donations to Republicans who challenged Biden’s certification

In the wake of the U.S. Capitol attacks, four major corporations said they are suspending contributions through their corporate PACs to Republican lawmakers they’ve previously backed who challenged the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. – Jan 10, 2021 Jemima McEvoy – Forbes.

Marriott International @MarriottIntl, Blue Cross Blue Shield @BCBSAssociation, Commerce Bancshares and Citibank @Citi all told Popular Information, a political newsletter run by ThinkProgress founder and editor Judd Legum, that they will stop donating to any member of Congress who objected to the certification of the Electoral College vote.

They listed other companies that are reviewing their donations, but I took those four and looked into their donations record for Nebraska Representative Adrian Smith (R) District 3 who voted to challenge Biden’s certification. (The Guardian lists him as one of the 120 who objected to the certified results in Arizona and Pennsylvania). He hasn’t made a public comment since January 6th.

U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith from Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District was the only member of the Nebraska congressional delegation to vote against formally validating Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. CHRIS MACHIAN, THE WORLD-HERALD

He got $13,000 from Citigroup 2014-2020 (link to 2020). Blue Cross Blue Shield . . . → Read More: Companies suspend donations to Republicans who challenged Biden’s certification

Twitter must enforce their policy to remove or flag COVID-19 misinfo. Start with Gov. Noem’s retweet.

Twitter has a policy that can be used to remove or flag COVID-19 misinfo, but not everyone knows how to use it. To illustrate how this policy can be used I wrote a letter to Joshua Clayton, South Dakota’s Department of Health State Epidemiologist. On Dec 22 Governor Noem retweeted the following thread by Justin Hart. It disputes the efficacy of a mask mandate. (Twitter Link)

@TwitterSafety Enforce your policy on @justin_hart RT “We will label or remove false or misleading information about: Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as claims about the efficacy and safety of face masks to reduce viral spread”https://t.co/BLHAtBPdRj@suekroll https://t.co/BNnqGTg9cQ

— Spocko (@spockosbrain) December 22, 2020

Do mask mandates work? See the evidence for yourself👇 https://t.co/97YnuGf0if

— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) December 21, 2020

Do you, the state epidemiologist, agree with this “evidence“? Does the South Dakota Department of Health agree with this analysis? If you disagree, what steps has your agency taken to prevent misinformation about this serious public health crisis from being distributed by the Governor?

I know you are busy, I’m only contacting you because your communications director, Derrick Haskins, has been gone since Nov. 3 (although . . . → Read More: Twitter must enforce their policy to remove or flag COVID-19 misinfo. Start with Gov. Noem’s retweet.

Use Vaccinations to Force Govs to Pass Mask Mandates

Everyone wants to show the happy videos of people getting vaccine shots. Especially the Governors in the 12 states that haven’t passed mask mandates. They will crow about how Their President got them the vaccine. Not said, but implied, is that their refusal to pass a mass mandate was justified before and is not necessary now.

The Experts say we will still need masks for months and to not relax the mask protocols. How do you send that message?

Method 1 Have the top medical experts tell the Governors behind the scenes, “You don’t get to be part of the vaccination press conference unless you pass a mask mandate.”

People in the public health medical community still want to believe that Governors will respond to facts and science. They won’t. Withholding good PR at a press conference isn’t withholding their vaccine, just the reflected success of a vaccine. But since most public health experts don’t want to be this direct I suggest:

Method 2 COACH THE MEDIA ON HOW TO ASK the Governor why there is no mask mandate and won’t be. Prep the experts to point out the EXCESS DEATHS that will happen because there is no MASK . . . → Read More: Use Vaccinations to Force Govs to Pass Mask Mandates

Stay Alive! Stop Accepting Trump’s Failed COVID Policies

While watching the videos of people traveling home for Thanksgiving I heard experts say spikes in cases and deaths have happened after every major holiday since the pandemic started. They also pointed to increases in cases and deaths after the Sturgis Rally and Trump’s rallies.

I wondered, why doesn’t someone use the hard data from previous holidays to put pressure on Governors in states like South Dakota and Nebraska to make changes NOW?

And since data isn’t enough for some people, why doesn’t someone shoot videos of coffins and ICU wards to play on TV every night and social media during the day? It’s because too many people don’t want to believe that there are people who are willfully and maliciously spreading misinformation which leads to sickness and death.

People who are doing public health communications believe in the model that “good speech drives out bad speech” that is partially correct, but what is also correct is that there needs to be campaigns and methods to deal with the people who are willful spreading dangerous misinformation. It is a threat to the health and safety of Americans. It constitutes threatening speech and threatening speech is NOT protected speech.

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