Trump campaign rallies have become major super spreader events, resulting in tens of thousands of COVID cases and hundreds of deaths … this according to Stanford Univ.
Stanford scientists conducted a study of 18 Trump rallies all over the country. The conclusion … 30,000 confirmed coronavirus cases that resulted in more than 700 deaths.
The study offers a rough estimate because this type of tracking is imprecise, but the authors estimated by looking at the incremental COVID increases in the areas where the rallies were held.
The deaths are not necessarily limited to people who attended the rallies … people who became COVID-positive could have spread the disease to friends and family who may have contracted coronavirus and then passed away from it.
Face it. Trump owns the ignoranus vote. Most of the folks who disable their brains, any possible education they may have received about epidemic disease so they can drag their friends and family along to something as backwards and archaic as a Trump political rally…really don’t care who dies or how. As long as those close to them remain free, white and over 21. And some of them died, any way. As expected.
Thanks, Om. Always one of the most interesting newsletter emails I receive.
Hitler with SA Brownshirts
The key to reading history of Nazi Germany, a wise professor once explained to me, is to attempt to understand the logic and mentality of those who embraced the Nazi movement without ever losing sight of what an ultimately absurd and fundamentally evil project theirs was. This is the approach readers must bring to Daniel Siemens’s Stormtroopers: A New History of Hitler’s Brownshirts, a superbly detailed account of the Sturmabteilung (SA), the main paramilitary wing of the Nazi party from its inception in 1920 until the consolidation of Hitler’s power in 1934. Siemens, a professor of European history at Newcastle University, looks beyond the traditional trope of the SA, or “Brownshirts” as they were commonly known, as a group of rowdy young psychopaths looking to brawl. His book paints a far more frightening portrait of a million-member organization that flourished by promising young German men a world of hypermasculinity, camaraderie, and egalitarianism—with genocidal undertones…
Of course, the phenomenon of far-right militias taking up the mantle of “border defense” in the face of migrant influxes is hardly a thing of the past. Present-day groups such as the BNO Shipka in Bulgaria or any of the sundry militias in the Arizona desert similarly seek to supplant the democratic state as the protector of the “people” and the “homeland.” While there is no group of equivalent influence to the SA in America today [article written in 2018] histories like Siemens’s should give pause to those who would think that the problem of far-right violence will disappear if we simply dismiss it as the actions of a few thugs.
Same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was…
…is transformed into electricity inside this: