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September 1, 2021

GOP Fights Privacy, Liberty

Vigilante law is alive and well now in Texas, thanks for the GOP majority on the state legislator and the GOP Gov. Greg Abbott. The political party claiming “it’s my body” about mandates on vaccines and privacy and who shouts “small government” now permits anyone, even a priest or pastor, who has the slightest connection to a woman having an abortion after six weeks—even listening to her talk about the possibility—can be sued by anyone in the world. Texas knows that its new law would be overturned as unconstitutional if it were enforced by government officials so the state turned the work over to the general public. And the lawsuit can be in any Texas jurisdiction.

Defendants must pay each winner of civil lawsuits against them $10,000 and legal costs for any case against them. The anti-abortion Texas Right to Life established a website for people to anonymously report rumors of illegal abortions and allow volunteers to launch cases as plaintiffs. Anyone can sue, even if they don’t have firsthand knowledge of the abortion in the lawsuit they can file up to four years after the supposed violation of the law.

Abortions after six weeks are legal in cases of medical emergencies but not for rape or incest. Legal defenses prevent abortion providers from arguing the law is unconstitutional. Plaintiffs have nothing to lose by filing lawsuits because they have no charges. The result will be endlessly streaming allegations.

The law went into effect at 12:01 am September 1 after the Supreme Court, known for many immediate emergency actions to keep people infecting others in churches, briefly ignored an emergency appeal. Later in the day, five conservative justices—three of them belonging to Deposed Donald Trump (DDT)—refused to block the law during a legal battle. A U.S. district court judge had set a hearing for September 6 to consider blocking the law, but the 5th Circuit Court called it off. Chief Justice John Roberts, joining the three progressives, called the Texas law “not only unusual but unprecedented.”

In a “shadow docket” decision with no briefs or arguments, the Supreme Court has also recently ended a national ban on evictions to help people in the pandemic and set immigration policy by ordering the current administration to reinstate DDT’s policy forcing asylum seekers to stay outside the U.S. borders.

The Texas law prevents abortions after cardiac activity in the fetus, as early as six weeks after conception and before women know they are pregnant. This statute doesn’t help prevent unplanned abortions, support children and pregnant women, or provide any resources to families. It simply drives desperate women to obtain dangerous, illegal abortions.

Even before this law went into effect, Texas required useless sonograms, explanations by abortion providers about the image, and a state-mandated booklet with falsehoods about fetal development and adoption. The patient must then wait another 24 hours before the procedure because the males who introduced, voted for, and signed the law believe women are too emotional to make appropriate decisions. The new law banning abortion after six weeks will also force women to leave the state for their medical help, making it available only to those wealthy enough to arrange the travel.

Throughout the U.S., GOP-led state legislatures have enacted restrictive laws, many of them blocked. In the fall, the Supreme Court will consider Mississippi’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks in an attempt to overturn Roe. As indicated on the map, many states passed “trigger bills” to immediately outlaw all abortions in their jurisdictions if Roe is overturned.  

The new law may have greater ranging impacts than just blocking abortions. The 1973 Roe v. Wade, stating women have the right to have abortions, upholds personal decisions with the ruling that the state does not uphold a specific ideology. If the Texas law is not overturned, it sets a precedent for state-level regulation of these personal and private decisions. Ending an unwanted pregnancy does not cause others any physical, financial, and social harm as refusal to wear a mask can.

Roe v. Wade is an example of individual and/or family decisions permitted by the government; i.e., disability rights, opportunity to send children to religiously affiliated schools or homeschool them, and contraceptive use. The anti-vax and anti-mask movement will not benefit if the government can take over their privacy. The abortion-right Supreme Court decision protects privacy and liberty under the 14th Amendment’ Due Process Clause, interpreted as privacy as a part of liberty. It also mandates the ideology that only one theory of the beginning of life can be legal in the United States although religions and individuals differ in this belief. 

Jewish law purports a fetus is not alive and abortion is health care, both psychological and physical.  Presbyterians, who admit they don’t know when life begins, ask followers to make their own decision, and pro-choice Unitarians believe in the value of both life and the quality of life. During most of its history, the Catholic Church declared “quickening,” the first time the pregnant woman feels a fetal movement at about 18 weeks, as the beginning of life. Overturning abortion removes the right to plan a family, and the Texas law could lead to reversing the 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut, upholding the right of married couples to obtain contraceptives.

The purpose of the Texas law is to save a fetus. This philosophy could lead to the law mandating the saving of other lives, possibly those who need an organ transplant. The government might allow people to sue if they heard about a person who refused to donate a kidney or a sliver of a liver to save another person’s life.

Texas Republicans also passed a draconian anti-voting bill this past week. Satirist Andy Borowitz combined both anti-freedom laws in one column, “New Law Requires Texans to Have Counselling Before Being Allowed to Vote”:

Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law a bill requiring all Texans to submit to counselling before being allowed to vote.

The law mandates a counselling session and a twenty-four-hour waiting period before a voter is permitted to cast a ballot, Abbott explained.

“Many people who think that voting is something they have to do haven’t gotten all of the information available to them,” he said. “There are many alternatives to voting, including not voting.”

“Sometimes, a person is upset with their situation and thinks that voting is the only answer,” the Governor said. “A counsellor can sit with them, pray with them, and help them make the right choice.”

Answering critics who claim that the twenty-four-hour waiting period is designed to keep voters from casting their ballots in a timely fashion, Abbott said, “All we’re trying to do is make sure that voting is the right decision for them. Every day, I hear from people who voted for me who say that they’ll regret that decision for the rest of their lives.”

A third Texas GOP law permits people to carry guns without either permits or training. Law officials are concerned the statute will increase crime rates and endanger police. Among Texas voters, 59 percent oppose the new law.

After violating privacy and liberty in a Texas law, other Republicans are threatening big business if they don’t do what the GOP wants. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has threatened any of the 35 tech and telecom firms complying with a request to preserve information related to the January 6 attack on the Capitol. He said:

“If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States. If companies still choose to violate federal law, a Republican majority will not forget and will stand with Americans to hold them fully accountable under the law.”

He didn’t explain which law would be violated if they keep the information. Rep. Eric Swalwell called for a DOJ investigation into McCarthy’s threats, describing them “a clear obstruction of justice.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) created the January 6 investigation committee after McCarthy and other Republicans blocked an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the attack and attempt to overturn the election. Requested information includes “metadata, subscriber information, technical usage information, and content of communications for the listed individuals.” The committee also asked for preservation of information about people “involved in organizing, funding, or speaking” at January’s “Stop the Steal” rallies and those “potentially involved with discussions of plans to challenge, delay, or interfere” with the electoral certification process.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) amplified McCarthy’s message by declaring companies will be “shut down” if they give the Republicans’ data to the January 6 commission. Both Greene and McCarthy may appear in the data. Promising to close down private businesses for preserving these records, Republicans on conservative media called the request an authoritarian overreach. Promises to punish businesses for something GOP lawmakers don’t like moves the party toward big government and its own authoritarianism by eliminating liberty for private companies and individuals.

Admiration for the Taliban is growing among DDT’s supporters as they plan use the group’s ability to take over Afghanistan as a model for the GOP extremists to take over the United States.

And so the GOP’s big government opposes liberty and freedom.

August 20, 2021

GOP: Killing Children—and Others

While many U.S. governors are trying to save student lives while keeping schools open, a few GOP governors, some of them considering a run for president, have banned health protections for their youngest and most vulnerable constituents. Eleven states mandate masks in schools, five states ban mask mandates with a sixth starting a ban on September 29, and the other 33 states permit local officials to make the decision. School board members say they don’t want to see young people die; governors claim wearing masks stifles learning.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is blackmailing schools into refusing mask mandates. Using $163 million of COVID relief funds, he promises $1,800 per student in all schools with no mask requirements and staying open through outbreaks no matter how serious these are. All money goes to schools willing to kill their students.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has a good reason for supporting the emergency treatment REGEN-COV, a monoclonal antibody therapy costing the government $1,000, instead of the preventative vaccination, costing taxpayers $25: his #1 political donor, hedge fund Citadel’s DEO Ken Griffin, has almost $16 million in Regeneron Pharmaceutical. DeSantis’ political committee got $10.75 from Griffin. The governor downplays vaccinations while traveling his state promoting REGEN-COV and announcing huge centers where they are available.

Furious because AP journalist Brendan Farrington wrote about DeSantis’ push for treatment while downplaying vaccinations, DeSantis’ press secretary Christian Pushaw lashed out at Farrington. He is now getting death threats. Pushaw warned AP and Farrington of consequences if they didn’t change the factual headline, “DeSantis top donor invests in COVID drug governor promotes.” Before the deadline to change the headline—which didn’t happen—Pushaw urged people to “drag” Farrington.

Backing up the governor, Florida’s board of education voted to punish Alachua and Broward county school districts for mandating masks because Gov. Ron DeSantis prohibit all school districts from any mask requirements. The agency threatens loss of state funds and firing of officials, but further investigation is necessary before any penalties, claiming the issue has nothing to do with what was “good or bad,” just that schools had to follow “the rules.” The school leaders said they were legally responsible for protecting students and staff. After the state agency attacked these two school districts, three more joined them in mandating masks, opposing DeSantis’ ban.

For weeks, Florida has consistently produced at least 20 percent of the rapidly growing number of new COVID infections, many of them among youth, with the highest COVID rate in daily testing, infections, and deaths among the states. In the Hillsborough County Public Schools, including Tampa, 10,384 students and 338 staff members were either in isolation because of a positive test or in quarantine after coming into close contact with someone who tested positive as of two days ago. A little over one week into the opening of schools, 4.8 percent of the 214,791 students were affected as are 1.4 percent of all employees. A scheduled emergency meeting in Hillsborough County, days after several educators in Broward County died of covid-19 within a 24-hour period, voted a mask mandate.  One high school students at the meeting said to the anti-maskers, “This tiny piece of cloth is not taking away your freedom. Grow up.” 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott seems to be failing in his order to ban schools from mask mandates: the state board of education won’t enforce his prohibition, and the State Supreme Court’s new ruling reversing an earlier one permits school districts to require masks. Both rulings are temporary, but the Texas Education Agency will also require schools to notify the local health department of students’ positive tests as well as tell students in the same classroom and shared extracurricular activities about positive testing, contrary to Abbott’s order. Seven counties and 48 school districts defied the governor’s ban on mask mandates. Daily cases in Texas increased 37 percent in the past two weeks; 829 students and 872 school staff members tested positive for the virus as of August 8.

The Paris Independent School District in northeast Texas fights Gov. Greg Abbott’s order banning mask mandates by making masks part of the students’ and employees’ dress codes “to mitigate communicable health issues. According to the district statement:

“The Texas Governor does not have the authority to usurp the Board of Trustees’ exclusive power and duty to govern and oversee the management of the public schools of the district. Nothing in the Governor’s Executive Order 38 states he has suspended Chapter 11 of the Texas Education Code, and therefore the Board has elected to amend its dress code consistent with its statutory authority.”

Abbott lost some of his credibility by contracting COVID and then demanding expensive treatment after he was vaccinated. An expert on COVID, Dr. Vin Gupta, tweeted that Abbott’s immediately obtaining the monoclonal antibody therapy (REGEN-COV) despite being vaccinated and asymptomatic “shows just how anxious and scared [Abbott] actually is of a virus he constantly downplays.” Another of Abbott’s solution Abbott to care for the Texas surge of coronavirus cases is his request for five FEMA morgue trailers because of limited access for bodies otherwise.

In Tennessee, however, Nashville DA Glenn Funk refuses to prosecute any teacher or school official, refusing the order from Gov. Bill Lee to not mandates masks.

Another source of bad medical information comes from Fox network. Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt told the viewing audience that REGEN-COV is the same as “getting vaccinated.” The treatment is used only when people become ill and takes medical care from people who need it—i.e., those with heart attacks, strokes cancers, injuries from serious accidents, etc. People complain that vaccinations haven’t received final FDA approval, but the FDA has not given REGEN-COV final approval. A tweet in response to Earhardt:

“I find it ironic they are so willing to take antibodies harvested from a genetically engineered hybrid mouse spleen, but unwilling to get vaccinated.”

Another question for Earhardt could be how many Regeneron shares she has, like DeSantis’ donor.

Earhardt’s co-host Brian Kilmeade also seemed to express approval for how easily and cheaply people can get knock-off vaccination cards so they can go out and entertain themselves in crowds. That was immediately after they talked about Abbott’s COVID infection.   

In more Fox disinformation, Will Cain, another Fox & Friends host,told his audience “natural immunity is better than vaccine immunity” and people who have had COVID don’t need a vaccine. His employer, however, requires either vaccinations or weekly testing.

A new frightening problem worsened by Fox comes from their disinformation about taking Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug used for horse and cattle deworming. People who don’t want to put what they see as the toxic vaccine into their body are poisoning themselves with hydroxychloroquine and animal medicine because of deadly advice from Fox, DDT, social media, and politicians. Recommendations for Ivermetin have appeared on shows hosted by Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham, and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), known for his disinformation in several issue has promoted the medication for COVID treatment.

A pre-print study put on the Research Square website in November recommended Invermectin but was pulled for alleged plagiarism and calculated data points “mathematically impossible,” according to the Guardian. People submit studies to the site before they are peer-reviewed and accepted by a journal. for alleged plagiarism.  

Mississippi health officials warn residents against using ingesting after 70 percent of their calls to the state Poison Control Center concern Ivermectin. Until now, 85 percent have reported “mild symptoms”: possible symptoms of invermetcin in humans are rash, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, neurologic disorders, and sometimes severe hepatitis. The state has the second-lowest vaccination rate in the nation, third in the greatest number of deaths per capita, and a serious increase in virus cases. The FDA reports “multiple reports of patients who have required medical support and been hospitalized after self-medicating with Ivermectin intended for horses.”

According to a Yale study, the bans on mask and vaccination policies by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott caused 4,700 unnecessary deaths, DeSantis 2,800 and Abbott 1,900. With only half Texas nursing home staff members vaccinated, the number of places with at least one new COVID case skyrocketed 800 percent in the past month. DeSantis is forcing students back into unsafe schools, for example the 204 infections during the first few days of school in Pinellas County.

Five of the Northeastern states—Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island—have the highest rates of vaccinations and are in the seven with the lowest number of new cases from the delta variant. Florida and Texas, however, are topping the charts with new infections. Florida had 39,000 unnecessary hospitalizations and 2,806 more deaths than if DeSantis had followed public health policies. People living in the ten states with the lowest vaccination rates, below 41 percent of the population fully vaccinated, are almost four times higher to be hospitalized and 5.5 times more likely to die. These ten states: from ranking of 41 to 50: Oklahoma, North Dakota, Tennessee, Georgia, West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Idaho. Wyoming, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Deposed Donald Trump (DDT) may be anti-mask, but his properties aren’t. People must wear masks in the Miami Trump International hotel in all public places, and employees and vendors must wear masks while at the hotel. The same mask mandate goes for properties with his name in Las Vegas and Waikiki. The expensive private school where Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) children attend requires masks while Cruz repeatedly opposes wearing them.  

August 9, 2021

Republicans Caused COVID Surge

All the COVID news from Florida is worse. A week ago, NBC reported, “The state has become the new national epicenter for the virus.” The weekend showed Florida breaking another of its records for new infections, and COVID-related hospitalizations are an all-time high. Fatalities are climbing in Florida. Gov. Ron DeSantis is fighting the coronavirus by blocking all methods to stop infections—“no to lockdowns, no to school closures, no to restrictions, and no [to] mandates.” He followed that by lambasting public-health officials, President Joe Biden, journalists, and immigrants. 

After officials threatened to disobey DeSantis’ order, his office threatened to withhold salaries of officials, including superintendents and school board members, who mandate masks in schools. DeSantis believes his new surges are “tolerable” and don’t need “a robust response to quell.” He blasted reporters for spreading “hysteria” about the growing number of state infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. Not all Republicans, however, agree with him. Yesterday on CNN, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) disagreed with DeSantis and said, “The local officials should have control here.”

DeSantis also lost the battle with the cruise lines. A judge had ruled in favor of his banning Norwegian Cruise Lines from mandating vaccination proof if they dock in Florida. Yesterday, a federal judge issued an order that removed DeSantis’ ban, ruling that the cruise line would be “irreparably injured” by DeSantis’ policy. The cruise line argued that Florida violated the First Amendment and interferes with interstate commerce. Republicans typically tout the rights of private businesses but not with the vaccine.

Travel from 49 states in the U.S. would be banned to Florida if it were a country. Jonathan Reiner, a professor and expert on infectious diseases at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, said only Botswana and the state of Louisiana had “higher” viral loads of COVID.

Some Republicans fight back by blaming the Democrats for not encouraging vaccinations. For example, Sen. John Barasso (R-WY) maintained that his party supports vaccines. He may not have heard Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) comparing vaccine mandates to segregation and calling on people in Biden’s vaccination push to be shot. She laughed when a reporter asked her if she felt responsible for deaths caused by her vaccine disinformation. [Visual – Greene laughing]

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told his state to resist the CDC guidance, saying, “They can’t arrest all of us.” He continued by claiming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) plans to arrest him and his staff. Paul is up for reelection in 2022.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has asked Biden to require the 1.4 million military service members to be vaccinated by waiving the federal law giving people a choice if the vaccine is not fully authorized by the FDA, an action expected by Labor Day. Last month, Biden mandated either vaccinations or frequent testing for federal employees. Over 30 percent of active-duty troops have not been vaccinated. The military requires 17 FDA authorized vaccines for a number of diseases including flu, measles, mumps, polio, tetanus, and yellow fever. The State Department and Pentagon again require indoor mask use.

Texas school districts and a non-profit group are suing Gov. Gregg Abbott for his ban on mask requirements in schools, and Dallas ISD will require masking. Other school districts are considering mandates on masks. On August 8, 254 counties had 2.7 million cases. Joining Florida with one-third of the new infection cases, Texas is in such bad shape that Abbott asked hospitals to delay nonessential procedures and requested medical care from other states.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has also banned mask requirements in schools despite outrage from physicians who wrote Ducey:

“Your prohibition on mask requirements means no Arizona school can provide a safe learning environment,” the group of over 150 doctors wrote. “Each and every one of our students and their educators deserve better.”

A major excuse for vaccine denial is that vaccinated people have breakthroughs, yet only 0.01 percent of fully-vaccinated people have suffered hospitalization or death. That’s 1,507 deaths and 7,101 hospitalizations out of the over 164 million people vaccinated against COVID.

Vaccinations radically slowed down after two-thirds of the population, desperate to receive them, managed to get the shots. After that, vaccine deniers, still known in the media as “skeptics” or “doubters,” took over through conservative and social media. They weren’t even persuaded by the diversity of bribes to protect themselves and others. Worldometer puts the number of infections at over 36 million, today’s new cases at 102,375. Deaths are over 633,000 in the U.S.

Men exhibit more reluctance to protecting themselves and others from COVID—including masks, hand-washing, and vaccinations—than women, and a study shows that men trying to project traditional masculinity represent a larger number of vaccine deniers. Men identifying as the most masculine are more likely to attend gatherings of more than 10 people. The “completely masculine” are almost twice as likely to accuse mask-wearing as “dangerous to the health of the wearer” and three times more likely to be infected with the coronavirus. GOP men also comprise the largest percentage of vaccine deniers; eight times as many Republicans as Democrats refuse to be vaccinated.

Vaccine denial also comes from a variety of conspiracy theories, many of them from Fox network—especially Tucker Carlson. Beyond guests talking about microchips and magnets in the vaccine, Fox has reported about deaths, paralysis, and the lack of need for any vaccine. Carlson has said that wearing masks has “no basis in science.” Very little has been said on Fox network about the vaccine’s safety until recently.

According to John Culhane, an intentional bad act of one allows another to sue for personal injury, property damage, and economic loss caused by the wrongful activity. Deliberate representation is fraud, and viewers may have the right to a claim.

“First, the plaintiff has to prove that the defendant made a misstatement of fact, knowing that it was false or with reckless disregard as to whether it was true or false. (“Reckless disregard” means that the defendant did no investigation at all, but just put the statements out there.) Examples of such misstatements on Fox are abundant… [Samples]

“To prevail on a fraud claim, the plaintiff next has to show that the defendant intended that the injured party rely on the misrepresentation (this can be inferred from the fact that Fox holds itself out as a purveyor of news) and that the plaintiff reasonably relied on the misstatement. Each potential plaintiff would have to allege, and then prove, that they had relied on Fox and the ‘expert’ making the statements that induced them to forgo vaccination. It’s impossible to imagine that at least some of the sickened and killed didn’t count on Carlson, his guests, and the rest of the Fox misinformers, and it would be hard to hear Fox attorneys claim that no one should “reasonably” rely on what their news station puts out. (Ironically, the network has successfully made this argument in court before, but in a case that involved statements by Carlson that might reasonably be seen as hyperbole. It’s a different story when he puts out information—some of it from so-called experts—that makes demonstrably false claims in a case involving hard facts.)

“The final requirement for a successful fraud claim is a showing of economic loss, which would be easy enough. Hospital bills not covered by insurance, lost wages, and even lost income from the deceased, in a wrongful death situation, are some ready examples.

“But one final hurdle remains. Although such a case would look strong when ticking through the requirements of a fraud case, this situation does not look much like a traditional claim, which typically involves a direct out-of-pocket loss that was itself intended by the fraudulent party. More run-of-the-mill cases would include stock fraud, or selling someone a used car the seller represents as safe, but which has a shoddy transmission of which he had knowledge. Yet even though the misstatements in this case seem designed not so much to bilk viewers out of money directly, it could be argued that Fox News intended to pad its bottom line by catering to a particularly conspiracy-minded market by pushing its anti-vaccine garbage.

“Even beyond the potential economic gain to Fox, though, at least some courts have been willing to extend fraud claims to situations where the defendant’s conduct violates a strong public policy—even without demonstrable economic loss…

“In our world of segmented media, Fox News watchers rely heavily on what they hear on the network. They trust Fox to deliver truthful information. No greater breach of that trust can be imagined than relating misinformation designed to keep people away from lifesaving vaccines… How many … people relied on Fox News? Perhaps we will one day find out in court.”

Talking about the vaccine, conservatives claim right to privacy. A question is whether they will stop buying the Apple iPhone now that the company has new tech to search the phones for child pornography. Software can scan all photographs on the phone. Apple’s “Siri” will also “intervene” if it hears an inappropriate question about sexual abuse or child pornography. Microchips in vaccines are fake; Apple’s new search software is real—like technology’s other methods to violate privacy.

August 7, 2021

Republicans Promote COVID Expansion

Last year, the community of Sturgis (SD), population 7,000, provided a COVID super-spreader event when 460,000 participants at the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally returned to over half the counties in the United States and created at least 266,000 new infections. This year, 700,000 people are expected to attend the current ten-day event in the midst of the growing Delta variant and variant plus. Only 46 percent of adults in the host county are vaccinated, and South Dakota infections are rising—a 68 percent leap last week. Meade County, home to Sturgis, has a 37 percent vaccination rate, and neighboring counties are even lower.    [visual – Sturgis]

After a brief period of time when people assumed they could pack away their masks, COVID has come back with a vengeance, thanks to unvaccinated people who encourage new variants. The most famous one right now is Delta, but two of them on the horizon are Delta Plus and Gamma with Lambda not far behind. With an average of over 100,000 new daily cases, one-third of them crop up in Florida and Texas. Governors of both states refuse any precautions, choosing instead to blame foreigners for the massive numbers of infections.

In the ultimate GOP attemps to create new cases, GOP lawmakers in at least 11 states prohibit mandates on masks in schools or local government ordinances—some of them both. President Joe Biden has sent a message to the governors of these states to “Please help.” He added, “but if you aren’t going to help, at least get out of the way of the people who are trying to do the right thing. Use your power to save lives.”

Florida governor and presidential wannabe Ron DeSantis responded, “I am standing in your way.” As schools begin to open in the state next week, DeSantis’ new executive order threatens to remove funding from any mandating masks. Another one invalidates emergency orders by local governments requiring mask wearing and social distancing; businesses may not require vaccination proof. 

Mayors of Miami-Dade and Orange County have defied the order, requiring masks in indoor county facilities, and Broward County plans to require masks at the beginning of the school year. Dan Gelber, major of Miami Beach, nicknamed DeSantis the “Pied Piper of Covid-19, leading everybody off a cliff.”

DeSantis persuaded the state school board to give taxpayer-funded school vouchers to students who claim they would be “bullied” if they wear masks. DeSantis also uses immigrants as scapegoats for surging COVID cases in Florida, but a study has debunked his claims.

Fox’s representative to the White House press conferences, Peter Doocy supported DeSantis assertion that public health officials should not be in charge of the decisions on masking and wanting government and politicians to make decisions for individuals. Press Secretary Jen Psaki had an answer for him:   

“I want public health officials to make decisions about how to keep my kids safe, not politicians, and not only is Governor DeSantis not abiding by public health decisions. He is fundraising off this.”

For the third time this week, Florida broke its record for new cases with 23,903 infections today. Earlier this week, the state broke its hospitalization record with 11,515; 95 percent of those hospitalized with COVID, averaging 42 years old, are unvaccinated. In a press conference, DeSantis complained about the judgmental attitude toward those who refuse to get vaccinations. Under 50 percent of Floridians aren’t vaccinated.

DeSantis is “standing” with lower favorability rates than Biden’s—44 percent to the president’s 58 percent approval. DeSantis has lost support from younger people because of his opposition to school mask mandates. 

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, disagrees with other GOP governors, criticizing himself for signing a law last spring banning any mask mandates in the state. With only 37 percent of the state vaccinated, he’s calling a special session to change the law. Two parents sued Arkansas for banning masks in schools, and a judge blocked the law mandating masks. A few days ago, Arkansas had only 25 ICU beds for severely ill patients; Mississippi had only six ICU beds.

One reason given for refusing vaccinations is that the FDA has not given final approval, but that may change by Labor Day. Meanwhile, former anti-Vaxxers dying of COVID and their survivors are begging everyone to get the vaccine, including Rep. Julia Letlow (R-LA) whose husband died of COVID in December before the vaccine was not available. The number of vaccinations has increased, rising to figures in early July with increases in these top states: Louisiana, 302 percent; Mississippi, 250 percent; Alabama, 215 percent; and Arkansas, 206 percent. 

After Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) contracted COVID after having been vaccinated, some of his colleagues attending a gathering with him on Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) houseboat became concerned, and a few senators returned to wearing masks. Of the 100 senators, 96 have reportedly been vaccinated. Yet Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) maintains mask mandates can violate the First Amendment because “wearing a mask in public communicates a message—one with which the wearer may strongly disagree.” He also complained about communication being more difficult with a mask because people cannot see facial expressions. In his state newspaper, The Salt Lake Tribune, experts called Lee’s protest “ludicrous.” Law attorney Ari Cohn said:

“Unless Sen. Lee would stipulate that vaccine mandates are less restrictive than mask mandates, it’s hard to see how a court would strike down mask mandates on 1st Amendment grounds.”

Eric Segall pointed out that the government mask mandate serves a “compelling interest.”

A local paper in Rep. Elise Stefanik’s (R-NY) district heavily criticized the DDT-supporting legislator who replaced Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as House GOP Conference Chair after Stefanik proclaimed no mask requirements “for anyone.” Columnist Gretta Hochsprung pointed out that New York students must have seven vaccines as children before going to school and two more before going to middle and high schools. The writer stated:

“You can get an exemption if you have a medical condition that qualifies. No other sort of exemption, not for religious, cultural or ‘it’s a free country’ reasons is granted… What makes the COVID-19 vaccine any different from the hepatitis B vaccine or the chickenpox vaccine? Hepatitis B and chickenpox did not kill more than half a million people over the course of the past year, and that is because most of us were vaccinated for those viruses when we were kids…

“We don’t know why, as a federal representative, Stefanik is expending her energy on public school policy, which is the purview of the states. Like everyone else, we are weary of dealing with COVID-19. Being weary or angry or rebellious doesn’t make the virus go away, however, while vaccinations and mask-wearing do.”

In the past, the Supreme Court has generally supported churches appealing an escape from lockdowns for health safety reasons despite their being super-spreaders. This week, however, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer denied a request from a Maine church to block any COVID restrictions after the Delta surge. The court is not in session, and Beyer did not refer the petition to the full court. Right now, Maine has no restrictions.

Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker drew a parallel between anti-vaxxers and the insurrectionists on January 6. She writes:

“Both were and are guided by disinformation intentionally distributed to pit Americans against one another—by forces internal or external, or both…

“Both the rioters and the anti-vaxxers believe what is demonstrably wrong to the detriment of others. The rioters believed that the 2020 election was stolen from President Donald Trump. The anti-vaccine crowd embraced Trump’s initially blasé attitude toward the virus, despite his having been vaccinated since—and despite massive evidence supporting the efficacy of the vaccines, which, until recently, were close to putting the virus to bed.”

According to Parker, both groups voted for DDT, and both have the belief that “someone—the Deep State, Anthony S. Fauci, Nancy Pelosi, Charles E. Schumer, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, take your pick—is trying to pull the wool over their eyes.” She describes anti-vaxxers as “the passive twin to the rioters’ aggression.”

“Both operate from a posture of certitude. Both threaten the health and welfare of the nation…. The good news is that the bad guys of January 6 ultimately will be brought to justice. But the ‘bad guys’ of the vaccine resistance, assuming they survive, likely will get away no matter how many others they infect…

“I’m weary of playing nice with people who are plain wrong and causing 300 million Americans, give or take, to suffer…

“To put it bluntly, the 25 to 30 percent of Americans refusing to get the vaccine are putting their own lives at risk, threatening our doctors’ and nurses’ ability to take care of other sick folks, and by mixing among vaccinated people, possibly causing even more infections.”

Parker concludes that the good news is that the bad guys of Jan. 6 ultimately will be brought to justice. But the ‘bad guys’ of the vaccine resistance, assuming they survive, likely will get away no matter how many others they infect.”

July 24, 2021

The Big Lies: Anti-Vaccines, ‘Stolen Election’

As GOP politicians begin to figure out that their constituents are hospitalized and dying because Republicans have opposed vaccinations, a few lawmakers begin to advocate, sometimes reluctantly, for the COVID vaccine. House Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) announced he got his first vaccination last week, and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said “it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks” for COVID. The unvaccinated, Ivey said, are “choosing a horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain” and added that the unvaccinated are “choosing a horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain.” With only one-third of Alabama adults vaccinated compared to 69 percent in the U.S., the state has a 92 percent increase in infections and 72 percent rise in hospitalizations over the past week.  

Even Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis, defensively protecting lack of vaccinations in the past, presented data about the almost 100 percent of hospitalized people not receiving their shots and said “these vaccines are saving lives.” Florida is one of three states, along Texas and Missouri, currently having 40 percent of new virus infections.

 

Only 51 percent of Republicans have gotten their shots compared to 83 percent of Democrats, and Republicans are deadset against vaccinations—only 12 percent of unvaccinated Republicans saying they plan to get vaccinated. GOP pollster Frank Luntz said:

“I think [Republican politicians have] finally realized that if their people aren’t vaccinated, they’re going to get sick, and if their people aren’t vaccinated, they’re going to get blamed for COVID outbreaks in the future.”

Yet Luntz, reporting on his most recent focus group with vaccine holdouts, said he saw a shift from skepticism into complete refusal:

“The hesitation has transformed into opposition. And once you are opposed, it is very hard to change that position. And that’s what’s happening right now.”

 

GOP lawmakers have pushed anti-vaccine positions for months: downplaying the virus’ severity, refusing to be vaccinated, signing bills protecting the unvaccinated, and rolling back health mandates to protect people from COVID. Tennessee went so far as to block all outreach about any vaccinations for youth and fire the state’s top immunity official until the state changed its position after two weeks. Yet the state’s health department may not promote social media information promoting vaccinations for children. Deposed Donald Trump (DDT) is still praising anyone choosing against vaccinations, blaming Democrats for the GOP distrust.  

The GOP blame continued in a House news conference advertising information from Republican doctors in Congress about the increasingly common delta variant of the coronavirus. Instead of pushing vaccinations, the group complained about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and President Joe Biden hiding the origins of the COVID virus. Rep. Greg Murphy (R-NC) commented on vaccine “side effects” and “a personal decision.”

Trump Party (TP) leaders like QAnon Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and founder of Turning Point USA Charlie Kirk push the lie that up to 1.2 million people may have died after receiving the vaccine. Asked if she feels “any responsibility” for spreading disinformation about COVID in reference to a five-year-old’s death, Greene laughed and said, “Gee, you crack me up. You know what, I think people’s responsibility is their own.”

Praised for recommending vaccinations, Fox’s Sean Hannity: “I never told anyone to get a vaccine!”

Obstetrician Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) sticks with his anti-vaccination position. During a hearing with CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, he claimed, with no evidence, that “probably zero” of the 400 youth who died of COVID had no pre-existing condition. Marshall proved he wasn’t concerned about death when he pushes hydroxychloroquine as a COVID cure. Reputable sources purport over four million children in the U.S. may have contacted the virus, and almost half of them “may have lasting symptoms.”

A few statistics on the vaccine:

Sixty-nine percent of people in the U.S. who are 18 years old have at least one vaccine shot, but rates are as low as 48.4 percent in Mississippi, 51.3 percent in Wyoming, and 54.7 percent in West Virginia.

Three states with lower vaccination rates, Florida, Texas, and Missouri, had 40 percent of all the nation’s cases. 

Over 91 million people live in US counties with high Covid-19 infections, counties with the lowest vaccination rates.

The U.S. averaged over 37,000 new cases each day for a week with the number averaging over 65,000 for the past two days.

Cases of COVID have doubled among children since late June, last week over 23,000 at 16 percent of weekly reported cases.

The vaccines are 90 percent effective at preventing serious illness and hospitalization, and 99.5 percent of U.S. COVID-19 deaths this year have been among unvaccinated people. As of July 12, CDC reported 5,492 severe infections, including 1,063 deaths, among the 159 million vaccinated people in the U.S.

Free-lance writer and lawyer Dean Obeidallah has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Fox network regarding an alleged violation of the 2020 Covid-19 Consumer Protection Act in which a corporation or individual may not “engage in a deceptive act or practice in or affecting commerce associated with the treatment, cure, prevention, mitigation, or diagnosis of COVID–19.” It is the responsibility of FTC to protect the public from false information intentionally peddled by for-profit businesses. According to Obeidallah, “people receiving accurate information about the Covid vaccines is literally a matter of life and death.” Tucker Carlson’s lies have received the most attention, but Media Matters reported “57 percent of segments [between June 28 and July 11] about coronavirus vaccines on [Fox] network included claims that undermined or downplayed vaccination efforts.” These varied between Biden’s vaccination outreach taking “freedom” to suggestions “that vaccines are unnecessary or dangerous.” For example, Laura Ingraham rates “natural immunity” over the vaccine. As Obeidallah concluded, people are “entitled to accurate information about entitled to accurate information about Covid-19 … [L]ives depend on it.”

In Arizona’s big lie about a “stolen election,” a ballot recount suffered more problems, this one from a leaky roof, before a visit by Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) to the state today. Unlike much of the West suffering a huge drought with wildfires, Phoenix is in the midst of the monsoon season with torrential rains. Because of no maintenance at the Coliseum, a former site for the fraudulent count, fire was considered a danger. The lease there ended in May, and ballots were again moved, this time to the Wesley Bolin building, named after a governor who died after only five months in office. The building is not air-conditioned, and temperatures make the building unsuitable for summer use, this year skyrocketing to almost 120 degrees in the past few months. A former state GOP chair claimed, “No ballots are at risk,” yet experts following the “fake” audit have questioned the veracity of the secret process at every turn.

In another glitch, former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, supposedly assigned as the ballot count’s “director,” cannot enter the building because he gave data to outside experts showing the recount followed “very closely” with earlier counts and recounts. It is reported that state Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican, gave the order.

Doug Logan of Cyber Ninjas, is making new demands for more information and recounting the number of ballots, not the presidential votes. Inside observers report Logan believes his own hand count missed thousands of votes and is in a desperate attempt to support his QAnon belief of the “stolen election” when he began the process over three months ago, that DDT actually won Arizona in the 2020 election instead of being short by over 10,000 votes.

Publicly, the contractors maintain that they are working on the trail to the “stolen election.” If demands are granted by a subpoena, contractors could keep searching; if they don’t get what they want, they can cry “foul.” After DDT falsely claimed that the investigation found “hundreds of thousands” of missing votes for him, one of the contractors, who invented some of the more fantastical claims, lied about fraud denying DDT of electoral college votes. Privately, however, people working on the project realize their efforts point to the conclusion that Biden won Arizona’s electoral college votes.

Delighted with the “fraudit” surrounding the big lie of the “stolen election,” Texas is considering the same path. State Rep. Steve Toth introduced the Texas Voter Confidence Act for a “forensic audit” with Republicans—the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the House—to select what he called an “independent third party” to conduct the election audit. According to the proposed bill, the review focuses on votes in Texas’ 13 counties with populations over 415,000, stopping at the counties voting for DDT. In fact, DDT carried the state, and GOP senate incumbent John Cornyn was also easily victorious. Yet Biden won areas such as Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. Like Arizona and other states considering the same fraudulent ballot counts, only areas voting in favor of Democrats are subject to GOP questions about “election integrity” or “voter fraud.”

Toth was clear about his intent. Asked about including smaller counties in the election review, he responded, “What’s the point? I mean, all the small counties are red.”

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/23/politics/arizona-audit-politicians-invs/index.html     Candidates running on the “stolen election” big lie have the same evidence-free opinion as Oklahoma pastor Jackson Lahmeyer: “Who could possibly believe the idea there were 80 million votes for Joe Biden?” And who would believe that conservatives would define “freedom” as being hospitalized, having long-term physical and mental effects, and dying from COVID.

July 15, 2021

COVID, A Republican Disease

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With the highly-contagious Delta variant of COVID providing 58 percent of infections at this time and up from three percent in late May, 41 states and the District of Columbia have an increase in coronavirus cases within the past two weeks, and the number of U.S. infections has begun to triple from its recent low last month. This variant spreads 60 percent faster than the original virus with the opportunity to learn mutation.

While people throughout the U.S. rejoiced in taking off their masks and claiming a return to “normal,” five clusters of unvaccinated people of over 15 million people in the 72.1 percent of unvaccinated people create breeding grounds for deadlier COVI-19 variants. Part of the 30 clusters of countries with the lowest vaccination rates and large populations, are in eight states throughout the southeastern U.S. with a few in the Midwest from Georgia, west to Texas, and north to southern Missouri in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

The strongest divides in those vaccinated and not vaccinated exist between red and blue states. On May 11, only 28.5 percent of people in counties voting for Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) were fully vaccinated—80 percent of the 35 percent in counties where President Joe Biden had a majority. By July 6, the comparison was 35 percent DDT and 46.7 percent Biden. Mississippi is only 36 percent vaccinated. Nationwide, 86 percent of Democrats have at least one shot of vaccination compared to only 45 percent of Republicans, and 38 percent of Republicans say they will not get vaccinated. The conservative crowd at last weekend’s CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) cheered about people not being vaccinated. The GOP politization of vaccines is so severe that health departments are offering secrecy to people who want vaccinations.

In Houston (TX), hospitals are desperately searching for hospital workers especially after an outbreak of 125+ cases from the Delta variant in an area youth church camp—almost one-third of those in attendance. The hospitalization from the Delta variant is 85 percent higher than the Alpha variant.

In Springfield (MO), 58 percent of voters backed DDT. One hospital in the area with a vaccination rate of 35 percent had no more ventilators when the number of patients went from ten to 128 in the last six weeks. The hospital had to shuttle patients to other facilities. Last Saturday was the third straight day of new cases topping 1,000 In Arkansas, higher levels than a year ago with no vaccinations and greater ignorance about the virus.

Missouri is the king of infections in the United States. In 15 of the 114 counties, vaccination rates haven’t hit 20 percent as of the end of June; McDonald County is at 14 percent. Most of these counties are in the rural north-central part of the state or in the southwest near Springfield and “entertainment capital” Branson. Gov. Mike Parsons exacerbated the problem by signing a rushed bill limiting powers of county health officials—no mask mandates or anything that “restricts businesses, churches, schools and other public places” to just three weeks. Public services, including education, cannot require vaccinations. The law refers to all future public health crises. Hospitalizations are rising and patients trending younger—60 percent to 65 percent in the ICU under the age of 40.

Tennessee may be the leader in anti-science, anti-health practices by blocking a former practice of reaching out to minors to get them vaccinated, not only against COVID but also preventing all other vaccines, including the HPV vaccine. The state’s top vaccine official was fired, and Republicans in the state consider eliminating the state Department of Health. In Tennessee, new COVID cases per day more than doubled in the past two weeks, 177 to 418. The average test positivity rate leaped from 2.2 percent to 5.4 percent during that two-week period. Tennessee is the sixth highest state in the nation for infections per capita.

The area of Grand Junction (CO) may join these cluster after 24,000 people attended the Country Jam each day from June 24-26. The district represented by AQnon supporter Lauren Boebert in the U.S. House is undervaccinated at 51 percent and the first location in the state with the Delta variant, causing the positivity rate to rise 2500 percent. Outbreaks throughout Colorado are being connected to this and other state events with large gatherings. Boebert called medical professionals “Needle Nazis” for vaccinating people. Her comparison follows Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) accusation that Biden’s vaccination push is like people who helped Adolf Hitler rise to power. Greene referred to medical professionals as “medical brown shirts.”

Leading presidential wannabe, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who fired a health data collector for refusing to falsify the numbers of infections and deaths in the state, now is raising money for his reelection campaign with drink koozies and T-shirts reading “Don’t Fauci My Florida.” At the same time, the state shows a massive increase in COVID cases with 23,747 new cases last week, an average of twice any other state and increasing the former total of 2.3 million cases, over ten percent of the population and possibly far more. Another presidential wannabe South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, leading a state with four times the rate of new infections as San Francisco County, brags about her leadership. 

Texas bans businesses and government entities from requiring COVID vaccination or recovery documentation.

The number of COVID-19 cases have gone up at least ten percent over the past week in 24 states, but vaccinated people have little threat of being infected; 99.2 percent of the new infections are from unvaccinated people—some of them ignorant about the consequences. In Arkansas, where only 35 percent of the people are vaccinated, a doctor says that people in the hospital with COVID are expressing regret and wish they had gotten the vaccine. In the U.S. 22 percent of the people self-identify as anti-vaxxers.

Fewer than one-third of the youth in the U.S. are full vaccinated. As of July 7, 36 percent of 16- and 17-year olds and 24 percent of children 12-15 have been vaccinated. This population is being hospitalized for the disease with the peak of this epidemic at the end of September.

Republicans haven’t always opposed vaccinations. In November and early December 2020, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) praised the effectiveness of preventing illness on the Fox network. After that time he switched to disinformation about the vaccine’s effectiveness. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) lauded DDT’s “brilliant” Operation Warp Speed for the development of COVID vaccines before flipping on it. Even QAnon Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-KY) first honored DDT for saving lives with his vaccines before telling people not to get vaccinated in July. The list goes on.

Much of Fox media denigrate vaccinations, but Newsmax may have offended DDT and Republicans for vouching for vaccines. After host Rob Schmitt called shots “against nature,” the network said guests or hosts not supporting vaccinations “do not reflect the position of Newsmax.” Schmitt, formerly a co-host of Fox & Friends First, described a disease as “an ebb and low to life where something’s supposed to wipe out a certain amount of people.” 

A journalist revealed the bizarre response he received from known vaccine skeptic Tucker Carlson after he asked the Fox News host whether he had received the Covid vaccine. Ben Smith from The New York Times revealed in his column that he texted Carlson: “Did you get vaccinated?”  “When was the last time you had sex with your wife and in what position?” he replied. “We can trade intimate details.”

In May, “breakthrough” infections in fully vaccinated people accounted for under 1,200 of the over 853,000 COVID hospitalizations, about 0.1 percent. Only 150 of the over 18,000 COVID deaths in May were in fully vaccinated people, about 0.8 percent. A new Commonwealth Fund estimates the rapid plan by Biden and Democrats vetoed by Republicans saved 279,000 lives and prevented 450,000 additional hospitalizations. DDT and Republicans killed 600,000 people with its leadership vacuum.

Over two-thirds of U.S. adults are at least partially vaccinated, but “pro-life” conservatives—politicians, media celebrities, etc.—are working hard to kill the others by railing against any vaccinations. The refusal to be vaccinated puts everyone in the U.S. at risk of returning to the infections and deaths of 2020.

Even if people don’t die or become hospitalized, a danger comes from “long-haul” COVID with long-term symptoms of nausea, fatigue, ennui, loss of taste and smell, headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath, and perhaps worst of all, “brain fog” which leaves people with vacancies in their minds. And there’s no cure for these issues. Think about that when you refuse to be vaccinated.  

December 11, 2020

Biden Appoints, DDT Rants

Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) continues to light fires for the destruction of democracy, and President-elect Biden continues to annoy GOP congressional members with new appointments.

White House Domestic Policy Council: Susan Rice, formerly President Obama’s national security adviser.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Denis McDonough, formerly President Obama’s chief of staff. A concern comes from McDonough’s never having served in the military.

HUD Secretary: Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-IL), two years ago considered for House Speaker.

Agriculture Secretary: former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack with the same position for both President Obama’s terms.  

U.S. Trade Representative: Katherine Tai, chief trade counsel on the House Ways and Means Committee who spent seven years as a U.S. trade representative (USTR) attorney specializing in enforcing trade agreements with China.

Possibilities for Attorney General: Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) who lost his election in November, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, former deputy attorney general Sally Yates fired by DDT soon after his inauguration, and federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland appointed for the Supreme Court in early 2016 but ignored to keep the job open for a DDT appointment.

Biden and his transition team are prioritizing collaboration with Congress, thus far reaching out to over 300 House members and almost everyone in the Senate. The first crucial act for Biden’s legislative team is ensuring rapid consideration of nominations in the Senate.

Hearings for DDT’s nominees started on January 3, 2017—17 days before he was inaugurated. Biden’s nominees are already meeting virtually with senators, but GOP senators plan to delay Biden’s appointment confirmations. In the past, 95 percent of Cabinet nominees had hearings before the inauguration, and 84 percent of those were confirmed within three days. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said confirmation of Neera Tanden for Office of Management and Budget has a “zero chance” because of her negative tweets about some Republicans. He also disapproves of Xavier Becerra, California AG who sat on the House committee overseeing health issues for 24 years, because Cornyn doesn’t “know what his Health and Human Services credentials are.” Credentials for current HHS Secretary Alex Azar are his work for big pharma company Eli Lily in the decade before he was hired as a DDT loyalist.

DDT’s people are planted into every discussion with Biden’s transition team, sometimes blocking conversations. The team was finally permitted into the National Security Agency, but the parent of Voice of America, the U.S. Agency for Global Media, won’t allow any involvement with Biden’s group. DDT doesn’t permit the usual practice of using unpolitical and knowledgeable career employees to manage the transitions. A former official said DDT’s actions are “the equivalent of having the opposing coach sitting in the room as you’re developing your team’s strategy.”

While Biden sets up his administration in the midst of obstruction, DDT took time out of his busy schedule destroying democracy to hold his “vaccine summit” on Tuesday. DDT promoted the death-causing tactic of “herd immunity,” infecting as many people as possible. “I hear we’re close to 15 percent… That’s terrific,” he said about the number of virus infections. (It’s actually over 15 million, not 15 percent; “herd immunity” requires over 70 percent.) DDT took credit for the “miracle” of the virus before he launched into his typical rants about winning the election, conspiracy theories about fraud, and demands for Republicans to find the “courage to do what everybody in this country knows is right”—awarding him a second term.

Neither Pfizer nor Moderna attended the summit, and no one from Biden’s team was invited. DDT said:

“We’re gonna have to see who the next administration is. Hopefully the next administration will be the Trump administration, a continuation.”

DDT signed a murky executive order about providing the U.S. with vaccine. It doesn’t increase vaccine production or order more doses. DDT already lost his chance to get more supplies from Pfizer until the middle of summer while Pfizer is sending hundreds of millions of doses to the UK. After explanations for the need for a vaccine, the order assigns an official to “coordinate development of an interagency strategy [until] there exists a sufficient supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses for all Americans who choose to be vaccinated.”

While DDT passed disinformation, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) did the same thing at his committee hearing, promoting unproven treatments and comparing the virus to the regular flu. MSNBC host Chris Hayes pointed out 130 Americans died during Johnson’s hearing. One GOP senator skipped the meeting: referring to the list of witnesses recommending fake remedies and opposing vaccines, Mitt Romney (UT) said, “I think it’s nuts to bring that into the Senate.”

The Thanksgiving coronavirus surge has begun with averages of new daily cases at 200,000+ and deaths rising above 3,000—more than those who died on 9/11 and in the attack on Pearl Harbor almost 80 years ago putting the U.S. into World War II. Alabama and Georgia each saw a 50-percent increase this past week. Fewer people admitted to hospitals may mean they are sending sick people home. Projections of deaths are another 265,000 people by April 1. Today, the 217,779 new cases in the U.S. brought the total to over 16 million and 2,974 deaths come to 308 under 300,000 in fewer than ten months.

Tuesday also began the vaccinations in Britain. The second dose comes 21 or 28 days after the first one, depending on whether they are Pfizer or Moderna. People are supposedly 95 percent immune within seven to ten days after the second dose. It is still unclear how long the immunity provided by the vaccine lasts for, or whether those who have had it can still transmit coronavirus to other people. The detailed distribution plan has 50 vaccination hubs in hospitals across England and dozens more in Wales and Scotland.

Thursday, an FDA advisory panel recommended approval of the Pfizer vaccine for people over 16 years of age. The agency may grant emergency authorization on Saturday, and the initial shipment of 6.4 million doses could leave warehouses within 24 hours. Pfizer said the research had no reactions of anaphylactic shock their vaccine produced in two British subjects because they ruled out people with allergic reactions. The FDA panel will determine authorization for Moderna next week on December 17. Unlike Britain, the U.S.’s general distribution plans rely on each state’s organization. Links to each state’s plan here.

In Florida, ten state law enforcement burst into the house of former public health data scientist, Rebekah Jones, with guns drawn to take her computer equipment. Gov. Ron DeSantis fired her earlier this year because she refused to falsify data for him to open schools and businesses. After her termination, she continued to collect the data and put it onto a website she developed. Agents claimed she had hacked into the state computer system and emailed a message to members of the state emergency team, urging them to “speak up before another 17,000 people are dead.” Jones denied the accusation.

The agents ordered Jones out of the house and pointed guns at her husband and two young children. Using a warrant signed by a DeSantis-appointed judge sworn in last month, the agents took Jones “hardware and tech” containing names of her sources. Ron Filipkowski, a Marine veteran and Republican lawyer appointed three times to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commission, resigned from his position because the action was so “reckless and irresponsible.” The former prosecutor said, “What’s the crime? The crime is hacking into an email server to tell people the truth?”

Cyber security and digital rights experts called the IP justification for the search warrant “thin” and “fishy.” An expert said IP addresses are unreliable personal identifiers, commonly misused or misunderstood by police and the courts. He said his undergraduate students can easily make an IP address appear to come from elsewhere. Agents didn’t report any other evidence for probable cause. The username and password for Jones’ system are on a publicly available document at a Department of Health site and was still available there three days after the search.

The warrant information also fails to indicate any damage caused by the email. The statute used for the warrant is typically used for identity or money theft, server crashes, or other similar harms, according to Filipkowski. Taking Jones’ thumb drives and memory cards shows a search beyond violation of the statute, indicating the warrant was a fishing expedition.

Charges are not yet filed. Jones has raised than $200,000 on a GoFundMe page. She plans to use the money for her legal defense and for “moving expenses so my family can get out of the Governor’s reach.”

DeSantis’ new COVID-19 data analyst is Kyle Lamb, an Ohio blogger and Uber driver who disseminates conspiracy theories against wearing masks and lockdowns. He compares the virus to the flu and calls the virus a part of Chinese “biowar” while promoting hydroxychloroquine. And more.

Only 40 days left for DDT, but DeSantis is staying.

November 21, 2020

DDT: Week 200 – Can’t Avoid COVID-19

This past week, Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) attacked Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for asking Sullivan to wear a mask while speaking. The Senate was debating the confirmation of another completely unprepared judicial candidate. On Twitter, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called Brown a “complete ass.” Last month, two GOP senators tested positive for COVID-19, Tom Tillis (NC) and Mike Lee (UT), and this week, two more came down with the coronavirus—Chuck Grassley (IA) last Tuesday and Rick Scott (FL) yesterday. Scott spend last week traveling around Georgia while campaigning for GOP Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. (Grassley displays the GOP mask-wearing technique.)

Grassley’s announced illness came the day after Iowa’s GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds mandated mask wearing. She had ridiculed masks for months and consistently claimed she “trusts” its residents to do the right thing. Iowa now has the third highest number of cases per capita, just behind both Dakotas. Thirteen state governors refuse to issue mask mandates.

Grassley’s missed votes last Tuesday were his first since 1993 when floods in his state kept him from Washington. One vote regarded Judy Shelton. Previously, the GOP Senate considered her inappropriate for the Federal Reserve, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is pushing through all breathing nominees in case he doesn’t have a Senate majority next year.

McConnell voted “no” in order to bring Shelton’s vote back to the floor, but the Senate is running out of time. It doesn’t return from recess until November 30, giving them only 15 days in session until the end of 2020. Without a budget passed, the government shuts down on December 11. On November 30, Arizona certifies its votes, immediately flipping the GOP seat of Martha McSally to Democratic Mark Kelly. The question is how far McConnell will go to protect DDT who has only 60 days left in office.

In a delusionary state, “journalist” Geraldo Rivera wants the new vaccine named “Trump” because, he believes, Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) is definitely the prime architect of this operation Warp Speed.” Rivera said people can say “Yeah, I got my Trump, I’m fine.” DDT’s only “architecture” was to claim researchers would develop a vaccine before Election Day. Pfizer stated the company didn’t take money from the U.S. government and wasn’t part of Warp Speed. Now “The Trump” is smearing Pfizer because they didn’t announce the vaccine until he lost the election.

Moderna, with what may be a successful vaccine, received government funds and seems to have a more viable product with easier storage and more transparent testing data. DDT donated no personal funds to either company, but country singer Dolly Parton gave $1 million to Moderna for its research. How about “Yeah, I got my Dolly, I’m fine.”  

Another woman, this one a real journalist, may save lives too. On her MSNBC show, Rachel Maddow (right) has presented information about the dangers of COVID-19 and the importance of following CDC guidance like only small gatherings, mask-wearing, and social distancing. After she quarantined for contact with a coronavirus survivor, she started doing her show from her home office. On her first night back, she announced that the survivor was her partner of 21 years, Susan Mikula. In her explanation, Maddow said:

“My relationship with Susan is the only thing, at the end of the day, that I would kill or die for without hesitation. And Susan has been sick with COVID these past couple of weeks. At one point, we really thought that there was a possibility that it might kill her, and that’s why I’ve been away. [Susan’s] not only been positive over this time, she’s gotten sicker and sicker while I tried to care for her while still staying physically apart from her.”

She urged people to be careful, if not for themselves then for the people they love:

“What you need to know is that whoever is the most important person in your life, whoever you most love and most care for and most cherish in the world, that’s the person who you may lose.”

Twitter filled with messages from people writing they changed their holiday plans because of Maddow’s plea. This represents many of the tweets:

  “Your plea for us to think about the people whom we love brought me to my senses.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, constantly denigrated by DDT, will receive an International Emmy Founders Award for his “leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic” and “his masterful use of TV to inform and calm people around the world,” according to the International Emmys. In the early weeks of the coronavirus, while DDT ignored the virus and then blocked help for states needing it, Cuomo gave daily press conferences with information of statistics, successes, and failures.

Litigation against Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reveals how the agency detained more Iranian-Americans at the Canadian border than previously known before deliberately try to cover up its illegal and discriminatory behavior. Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan and other officers lied in a public statement about how Iranian-Americans were not refused permission to return home in the U.S. In fact, U.S. officials were ordered to single out and detail people of Iranian descent after the U.S. killed a top Iranian military official in early January of this year. Of the over 250 people sent to secondary inspection, over 80 were U.S. citizens and detained at least three to four hours—up to nine hours.

After DDT separated over 5,400 children from their parents and guardians, his racist advisor Stephen Miller pushed DOJ to refuse a 2019 settlement connecting reunified families with mental health care. The pro bono public interest firm Public Counsel reached an agreement for the government paying $8 million (fewer than three of DDT’s trips to Mar-a-Lago) for traumatized migrant families. DDT’s six-month delay left children exhibiting “fear, feelings of abandonment, and post-traumatic stress” and parents suffering “elevated levels of mental distress.” The courts’ refusal to ignore the need for mental counseling led to the government paying $14 million (an extra two Mar-a-Lago trips). Many families couldn’t receive care because DDT had deported them during negotiations.

Two independent inquiries, one criminal and one civil, into DDT’s businesses have embroiled his daughter Ivanka. DDT dropped his taxes by deducting $26 million to unidentified consultants, some of the money to Ivanka Trump at her personal consulting business while she was identified as an executive of the Trump Organization. In a meltdown, Ivanka railed against “NYC democrats … 100% motivated by politics, publicity and rage.” DDT cannot pardon himself or his family or anyone else for state convictions.

Militias throughout the states are recruiting to “take back the country,” by armed violence if they choose, with those in Michigan the most visible after threatening to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. According to the FBI, the group also planned to publicly execute other public officials, including Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. Other plans were capturing lawmakers from the Michigan state capitol and televise their executions. Another plan was to lock them inside the capitol and burn it down. Enter neuroradiologist Scott Atlas, DDT’s coronavirus whisperer. To slow the virus spread, Whitmer put in new restrictions for three weeks. Atlas responded:

 “The only way this stops is if people rise up. You get what you accept. #FreedomMatters #StepUp.”

Complaints led him to tweet:

“Hey. I NEVER was talking at all about violence… NEVER would I endorse or incite violence. NEVER!!”

Whitmer said she won’t be bullied, but every message like this from DDT or Atlas results in “a surge of vicious attacks sent [Whitmer’s] way. Good of Atlas to say something like “I didn’t mean for you to burn the house down, but gasoline can help.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to a winery on land taken from Palestinian residents marks the first time a top American diplomat visited an illegal Israeli settlement. It also hypes Pompeo’s standing with evangelicals and other supporters of the illegal settlements. The Florida Falic family, a major investor in the winery, donated at least $5.6 million to settler groups in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem over the past decade as well as at least $1.7 million since 2000 to pro-Israel politicians in the U.S., including DDT. Over 680,000 Israelis have illegally settled on Palestinian land.

Jewish peace activists protested the visit and Pompeo’s declaration that the peaceful Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian human rights is “anti-Semitic.” Pompeo’s statements at his visit were two weeks after the Israelis bulldozed a Bedouin village in the Jordan Valley in a storm, an act called a war crime by the UN. Of the scores of homeless Palestinians, over 40 were children.

If DDT opens his 2024 presidential campaign on the day of Biden’s inauguration, he’ll need to build up his campaign team. Everyone is getting fired except those in legal. He may not need less staff at the White House: he’s not doing anything except ranting and tweeting. This morning he called into the G20 Summit but didn’t deliver any message and no one participated in the pandemic conference. He did need help playing golf later at his Virginia course. He’s scheduled to make a virtual appearance to the summit again tomorrow morning before he plays golf. Since the election, he’s had 12 days with no public events, with the few listed being brief.

COVID-19 has made many appearances yesterday in the U.S.—172,839 cases and 1,460 deaths. Several states are also not reporting their statistics.

October 28, 2020

DDT, GOP Lie about the COVID-19 Surge, Voting Rights

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Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) is crossing the nation, spreading COVID-19 among his campaign rallies and telling his audiences COVID-19 is “rounding the turn” and no longer a problem. He says any cases come from all the testing.

The “turn” evidently means far more coronavirus cases. In many regions—the Upper Midwest, the Mountain West, the Southwest, and the heart of Appalachia—hospitals have record levels of people infected by coronavirus. Over 42,000 people were hospitalized in the U.S. just yesterday, a number nearing the midsummer peak. The result is a nightmare on the horizon–triaging patients to pick which ones will get care and putting younger ones over the older. The 83,000+ cases of last Saturday, a single-day record, set up the motion the COVID-19 pattern: spiking diagnoses, hospitalizations, and then deaths. 

Johns Hopkins University has reported increases of 20 percent in new cases, 13 percent in hospitalizations, and 11 percent in daily death. Nineteen states announced more cases in the past seven days than any other seven-day period of the epidemic, and dozens of states have a seven-day average of over 100 new daily cases per 100,000 people with over 700 per 100,000 in North Dakota, five times the U.S. average. El Paso (TX) hit 100-percent hospital capacity Sunday and moved patients to field hospitals. Tulsa (OK) said the soaring number of hospitalizations “is not sustainable.” North Dakota has only 25 ICU staffed beds remaining in the entire state.

North and South Dakota are the poster states of bad leadership and dramatic surges of COVID-19. Earlier, they bragged about having no problem. North and South Dakota report the highest and second-highest rates of hospitalizations and deaths. South Dakota is second only to North Dakota in the number of virus cases per 100,000 people for all 50 states while North Dakota reduced testing by 2 percent. In South Dakota, the testing average rose by 11 percent, but cases increased by 20 percent over the previous week. South Dakota’s tests have 40 percent positives.

South Dakota’s Gov. Kristi Noem started big outbreaks by forcing infected people to continue working in the state’s meat processing plants, and she thinks the state still has no problems.  Last week she wrote in an op-ed, “Our trust in the data and in each other has been rewarded.” The “data” shows South Dakota reported over 1,100 new cases, 95 cases per 100,000 and a single-day record after the record of 973 the day before. Of the ten hottest spots for coronavirus in the nation, six are South Dakota cities. Nearly half the 3,138 inmates in South Dakota’s prison system tested positive as of Monday. About masks, Noem wrote that people should make “informed decisions” about wearing them because people “question” their effectiveness. The state has no limit at gatherings; last summer’s Sturgis biker event drew almost one-half million people who spread the virus to thousands of people throughout the nation. DDT held another superspreader event at Mt. Rushmore on July 3. Noem sounds like DDT and wants his position in four years: she’s traveled to at least 11 other states as a DDT surrogate for his campaign.

Noem is wrong: masks do work. Last summer after a stay-at-home order expired, Arizona’s COVID-19 daily cases spiked 151 percent for weeks, putting the state with more capita numbers than almost all countries in the world. After the governor lifted his ban on local mask mandates, the number of cases dropped 75 percent later in the summer. Loosening of safety measures, however, are causing another spike in the number of the states’ cases and hospitalizations, matching the June spike. Numbers could be even worse because Arizona includes only electronically-reported test results. By October 28, Arizona almost doubled the number of counties with moderate levels of community transmission (26 percent to 37 percent of counties) and high levels of community transmission, 7 percent to 13 percent. According to an estimate, 7,405 lives would have been saved with a universal mask mandate. With a mask mandate for over five months, Oregon has over five times lower death rate.

A University of Kansas study of counties in the states with and without mask mandates also discovered orders to wear face masks cuts back on the number of COVID-19 cases. The 21 counties adopting rules of wearing masks and distancing six feet from others reported an average of seven fewer cases per 100,000 compared to the spike of up to 40 average daily cases per 100,000 in the other 80 counties. The report concluded a saving of 130,000 lives of the predicted 510,000 deaths in the next four months if 95 percent followed these guidelines.

In his campaign rallies, DDT urges his audience to ignore the surging number of cases. Like a tsunami, each COVID-19 wave is higher than the last one. The first wave reached 9.7 cases per 100,000 on April 7 and dropped before increasing to 20.5 cases per 100,000 on July 19. The latest one rose to 23 cases per 100,000 on October 24 and may not have stopped. DDT’s chief of staff Mark Meadows said the White House planned to do nothing to stop the cases, the hospitalizations, and the deaths. 

DDT actually has a few plans. After he gave farmers $46 billion in welfare to cover his disastrous tariffs, he is in federal court to stop emergency food stamps to 700,000 people during the virus crisis. He has already kept $480 million out of Pennsylvania, a state with extraordinarily high unemployment and a swing state DDT wants to win. The emergency funding is $2 per meal for a person. A federal judge has accused the USDA of “egregious disobedience” for not following congressional mandates. With no backup plan, DDT also wants to rid the country of the Affordable Healthcare Act, leaving tens of millions of people without health insurance. In another idea, DDT said he wants to make reporting about the coronavirus illegal. It “should be an election law violation,” he ranted.

Republicans and conservative judges are trying to infect more people by forcing them to the polls. Virus cases are rising in Texas again, but people fearful of infection who want to avoid exposure cannot cast ballots by mail because of GOP restrictions. The governor, Greg Abbott, has shot down every plan to make voting safer and more accessible. Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee are going along with strict restrictions on absentee ballots. All states also have strict voter ID requirements, and Mississippi limited early in-person voting. Anyone not working for an elections office in Tennessee and handing someone an application for absentee voting faces one to six years in prison. These conditions discriminate against less privileged groups such as people of color and those made vulnerable by medical conditions. Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas have some of the country’s highest rates of poverty and chronic health conditions.

One recent cheery piece of news comes from a federal judge order for South Carolina counties to stop rejecting absentee ballots over mismatched signatures and a review of ballots eliminated for that reason. County election boards wanting to have that procedure must get court approval and give voters the chance to correct any mismatches. Ten of the state’s 46 counties, some of them highly populated, were using “signature matching.”

Voter suppression, however, seems to be failing. A week before Election Day, the number of early voters equals about half the total number of people voting in November 2016. Even in restrictive Texas, almost half the registered voters have submitted ballots a week before Election Day, exceeding last year’s complete early votes by over three million and almost equaling the entire number of votes cast in Texas four years ago.

An outstanding occurrence in the current election comes from the large number of young people voting. Both parties have long said that more voters, especially young ones, benefit the Democrat party. For that reason, Republicans have tried to suppress the vote for decades.  

As DDT travels the country negating the disaster he has caused by mismanaging the COVID-19 crisis, health officials and scientists on DDT’s coronavirus task force are offended by the announcement from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy that DDT has successfully ended the pandemic. The group called the lying statement to be one of DDT’s major first term accomplishments. The lie explains it “has taken decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease.” In the conservative Hill, Nathaniel Weixel writes:

“The rosy outlook flies in the face of reality, and underscores the efforts of Trump to continuously try to downplay the severity of the pandemic that continues to rage nearly uncontrolled across the country.”

On October 27, one week before the election, COVID-19 shows no sign of abating in the U.S. Total cases: 9,038,030. New cases during last 24 hours: 75,072. Total deaths: 232,084. Deaths during last 24 hours: 1,039. With under five percent of the world’s population, the U.S. has provided planet with over 20 percent of cases and deaths from coronavirus.

October 6, 2020

Take a Virus for DDT: All People in U.S. at Risk

Showman Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) departed Walter Reed hospital Monday evening to return to the White House in Marine One, landing just feet from the White House steps. DDT puffed his way up to the balcony and ripped off his mask to enter the building where aides milled around in the Blue Room with no face coverings. DDT reinforced his complete lack of caring when he claimed he could be “immune“: he’s still able to infect others. The term “quarantine” for DDT is also false because it’s used on exposed people “Isolation” is the requirement for infected people although DDT ignores both. DDT has at least five days to complete the mandated time period of ten days isolation. Following his return to the White House, DDT reenacted his arrival for a campaign video.

Two people complicit in COVID-19 deaths and infections: DDT himself and his doctor who avoids hard questions and covers for DDT. Sean Conley, an osteopath and not an infectious disease expert, cherry-picks what he shares, presents a rosy picture of DDT’s health, and uses the term “privacy” to hide the severity of DDT’s illness. Medical experts agree DDT’s leaving the hospital makes “zero sense.”

The doctor cheerfully said, “He’s up and back to his old self,” and DDT tweeted he felt “better than I did 20 years ago.” The video of him climbing a few steps, however, showed him struggling. Daniel Kaul, infectious-diseases expert at the University of Michigan, said people of DDT’s age with similar severity of illness “usually have a pretty slow recovery, with weeks and sometimes months of cognitive difficulties, shortness of breath, severe fatigue.”

“I’m not going to go into the specific of what’s he’s on,” said the doctor, refusing to answer questions about evidence of pneumonia. About DDT’s last negative test, Conley said, “I don’t want to go backwards.” People exposed to DDT’s positive diagnosis might disagree. DDT’s “super-spreader” Supreme Court nominee announcement, nicknamed by staff “The Rose Garden Massacre,” will be worse because the White House refuses contact tracing. Thus far, at least 11 people at the event, including press secretary Kayleigh McEnany with two junior communications state and megachurch pastor Greg Laurie, have tested positive for the coronavirus. Two White House housekeeping staff also tested positive.

Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he had not been contacted by tracers as did journalist Michael Shear, who believes he was infected at the ceremony. Photojournalist Al Drago posted on Instagram he was infected, and CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid is quarantining after “proximity to two maskless, now COVID positive, White House staffers” Thursday night last week. A White House staffer said he learned about DDT’s and Melania Trump’s illness from a news report.

The RNC sent the state’s Department of Health a list of 206 guests, supposedly for tracing, but included only names and email address—no phone numbers, cities, or states. No Bedminster staff member was listed. Yet the White House spokesman claimed a full contact tracing was done.

Sunday, Conley admitted he had lied about DDT’s serious prognosis the day before, saying DDT did have oxygen, both at the White House and in the hospital, and that he had a high fever. Yet he avoided specifics about the times of DDT’s last negative test and first positive one, his oxygen levels, test results from chest scans, information about cardiac testing, and reasons for the heavy dosage of medications for DDT. (Conley’s report on Sunday). 

The White House tries to justify adequate care for DDT with its two medical clinics and a team of doctors on call for 24-hour monitoring, yet DDT was airlifted to a hospital less than a day after DDT announced the positive testing results. In serious cases, even the larger clinic is used to stabilize patients before transfer to a hospital. The purpose of the larger one is to stabilize patients before transfer to a hospital. A health official from a previous administration called DDT’s return “inefficient and risky compared to being on site in a hospital” with Walter Reed’s capability.

The doctor said DDTs “vitals will be getting checked at least every day or every couple times a day in order to make sure nothing is happening,” but he needs more than that. His blood should be tested several times a day for signs of coagulation or inflammation which would indicate a higher risk of clotting or a dangerous “cytokine storm” requiring serious intervention. Another important check, an echocardiogram for his heart, looks for hardening of the walls, a common issue with the virus. He should also be observed for medication side effects such as mania, depression and difficulty of attention. COVID-19 complications with no warning include strokes or heart failure from microclots or a pulmonary embolism moving to the lungs.

White House spokesman Judd Deere also failed to give specific answers about DDT’s care and only emailed that they were taking “every precaution necessary.” Earlier, he had the same thing about preventing any virus infections within the facility. He promised the use of personal protective equipment, but DDT isn’t even wearing a mask inside the White House.

“I get it,” DDT said about contacting the disease. He brags about going back to work because he’s a “leader.” He said, “I know there’s a risk, there’s a danger. That’s OK.” 

What’s not “OK” is endangering the lives of everyone in the United States. “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life,” he tweeted before he moved back to the White House to infect more people. Ignoring the tens of millions of people who don’t have medical insurance for treatment, he added, “We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge.” These drugs are experimental treatments unavailable to most people in the U.S. has included experimental treatments unavailable to most Americans.   

A large percentage of people hospitalized or otherwise treated for COVID-19 are over 65 years of age. New laws require insurance to pay for virus issues but not complications from the virus. Of the 62.7 million people receiving Medicare, 60 percent have only the basic coverage with no supplemental policies, requiring them to pay the $1,408 Part A deductible upon admission to the hospital. After the first 60 days, daily copays of $352 apply for the next 30 days. Beyond that, daily charges are $704, and patients moved to a nursing facility have no copays for the first 20 days. After that, it’s $176 daily. Part B has a $198 deductible and pays 20 percent of services. Even with Part D for medications, the cost, not counting the deductible can be up to $435. Both supplemental and prescription policies (Parts C and D) charge premiums.

Despite a law mandating free testing, loopholes allow insurance companies to charge thousands of dollars per test. People and the country are going bankrupt while DDT tells them to not worry about the pandemic because of treatment—for the wealthier.

Over half of agricultural workers are uninsured, and 130,000 contracted the virus. One-fourth of  restaurant, construction, and home care workers lack insurance as does ten percent of meatpacking and nursing home employees who have tens of thousands of virus cases. Grocery works, with over 11,000 cases, have an uninsured rate of over 12 percent. Most of them pay more taxes than DDT does. Receiving state-of-the-art medical treatment in his home housing a medical clinic, DDT paid only $1,500 in taxes for at least 12 years—an average of $125 a year.

DDT supposedly has not had a fever for 72 hours, but the steroids he takes suppress fever. Questions include how long he’ll take the meds and if the disease comes back. Herman Cain died 25 days after his diagnosis, only two days after he said he felt “better.” After effects can go on for months—fatigue, body aches, shortness of breath, low-grade fever, and mental fogginess, according to John Mellors, chief of the division of infectious diseases at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Thus far, DDT’s three experimental medications are used only for severe cases of COVID-19—dexamethasone steroids, remdesivir, and the antibody therapy from Regeneron. In a public statement, Conley misspelled Regeneron and gave a description for it that the company denied. The steroid can give a feeling of well-being but also cause cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetes. Other side effects can be mood swings, memory issues, confusion. or irritation. DDT has close ties to Regenron, and its shares are skyrocketing.

Instead of being isolated in the hospital, DDT said he talked with wounded warriors and first responders in the hospital. To alleviate his boredom, his joy ride Sunday afternoon in his “hermetically sealed” SUV accompanied by Secret Service agents and a driver added to the numbers of people he has deliberately endangered—photographers, videographers, drivers, Secret Service agents, etc. They should all be quarantined, but none is regularly tested. Attending physician at Walter Reed hospital James Phillips, also doctor of emergency medicine at George Washington University, called DDT’s surprise drive-by visit outside the hospital “insanity.” There is no public record on the number of infected Secret Service agents, but VP Mike Pence’s trip to Arizona was postponed last summer because of the shortage of agents who are beginning to privately express their anger. [visual – covid progression]

Because of the questionable treatment and uncertain answers about DDT’s conditions, Phillips wondered about whether DDT was giving doctors orders about his treatment, especially his trip outside the hospital on Sunday. Phillips notes no other patient would be permitted this violation of care and asked: 

“At what point does the physician-patient relationship end, and does the commander in chief and subordinate relationship begin, and were those doctors ordered to allow this to happen? When I first saw this, I thought, maybe he was being transported to another hospital.”

A new News-Ipsos found 72 percent of people in the U.S. think DDT was not seriously enough concerned about the risk of contract COVID-19. https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/05/politics/cnn-poll-coronavirus-trump/index.html  In another poll, 69 percent said they didn’t trust most of White House reports on DDT’s health; only 12 percent believed most of it. DDT’s approval rating has dropped to 40 percent, and disapproval is up four points to 47 percent from early September.  

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) stated DDT had “let his guard down” to show that the country was moving beyond the virus and created “confusion” about how to stay safe. DDT is willing to kill anyone and jeopardize national security to give up the power.

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