2 thoughts on “Conformity, Trump-Style

  1. 4therecord says:

    “In a TED talk in 2015, the Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist cited lessons learned from Western Africa’s 2014 Ebola virus crisis, and said the U.S. and other countries were not prepared for the future pandemic that was going to hit them.
    “If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it’s most likely to be a highly infectious virus rather than a war,” Gates said. “Not missiles, but microbes.”
    Gates noted that many countries worked for years to reduce the risk of nuclear war, and needed to give similar attention to a massive mobilization against a killer virus.” https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/03/25/coronavirus-bill-gates-predicted-pandemic-in-2015/

    The Andromeda Strain (1971)

  2. Moloch says:

    ‘Reckless, callous, cruel’: teachers’ chief denounces Trump plan to reopen schools : ‘Angry’ AFT president Randi Weingarten tells Guardian proposal from Trump and Betsy DeVos could result in teaching exodus https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/17/trump-teachers-reopening-schools-coronavirus-randi-weingarten
    “Who could have predicted Trump’s education secretary, a fundamentalist billionaire megadonor with zero educational experience, would be absolutely unprepared for a crisis of historical proportions? In a disastrous and widely ridiculed appearance on CNN on July 12, Betsy DeVos struggled to defend her stance that all public schools should be reopened in the fall for in-person teaching, even though federal officials have done little to prepare students or teachers for COVID-19.” https://therealnews.com/columns/devos-courts-disaster-by-claiming-its-safe-to-reopen-schools
    “The White House and Senate Republicans are developing plans to prod schools to reopen by attaching incentives or conditions to tens of billions of dollars of new aid as part of the next coronavirus relief bill, people involved in the talks said Wednesday.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/07/15/school-reopening-budget-trump-gop-coronavirus/

    “There is no danger that Titanic will sink. The boat is unsinkable and nothing but inconvenience will be suffered by the passengers.” Phillip Franklin, White Star Line vice-president, 1912

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