36 thoughts on “The Bad Samaritan

    • Doc says:

      Indirect self-destructive behaviors are activities that involve taking life-threatening risks without conscious self-harming or an intention to die.
      “Unintentional” is the description used in public health for an injury or death that was not caused purposely (in contrast with suicide and homicide, in which there is an intent to cause harm).
      Involuntary manslaughter, sometimes referred to as criminally negligent homicide, differs from murder or other homicides in that there is no premeditation or intent to kill. Instead, it criminalizes lawful as well as unlawful acts that are carried out in a negligent or reckless manner.

      • Jnana Hodson says:

        I knew this would get complicated. (Oh, sigh!) But your mention of “reckless” definitely opens avenues for discussion.
        As does the possibility of killing others for those who caused a fatal infection.
        At the moment, I’m looking at anti-vaxxers as playing Russian roulette. Do weigh in!

        • Mass psychosis says:

          “The masses have never thirsted after truth. They turn aside from evidence that is not to their taste, preferring to deify error, if error seduce them. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim. An individual in a crowd is a grain of sand amid other grains of sand, which the wind stirs up at will.” (Gustave Le Bon) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_Le_Bon
          “Le Bon’s works were influential to such disparate figures as Theodore Roosevelt and Benito Mussolini, Sigmund Freud and José Ortega y Gasset, Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin.
          Edward Bernays, a nephew of Sigmund Freud, was influenced by Le Bon and Trotter. In his influential book Propaganda, he declared that a major feature of democracy was the manipulation of the electorate by the mass media and advertising.”

          • Engineering consent says:

            “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1928) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda_(book)

  1. Judas goat says:

    As COVID-19 vaccine mandates gain support, N.M. Rep. Herrell cosponsors ‘We Will Not Comply Act’ : Southern New Mexico congresswoman signs on to Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s bill that would extend the protections of Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to individuals who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 disease. https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/politics/2021/08/04/new-mexico-covid-resist-vaccine-mandate-yvette-herell-cosponsors-bill/5472696001/
    Far-Right Extremists Move From ‘Stop the Steal’ to Stop the Vaccine : Extremist organizations are now bashing the safety and efficacy of coronavirus vaccines in an effort to try to undermine the government. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/us/far-right-extremism-anti-vaccine.html
    Tucker Carlson: COVID internment camps, coming soon to a country near you https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-covid-internment-camps-coming-country-near-you

    • Mary Mallon says:

      Read the small print regards the conditions of quarantine and the consequences for ignoring them.
      Re: Measles resurgence in the United States see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Measles_resurgence_in_the_United_States
      Measles is one of the most contagious of infectious diseases. If not immunized, a person exposed to someone with measles has a 95% chance of becoming infected. During the early stage of an outbreak in an unvaccinated population, each infected person spreads the disease to an average of 12 to 18 other people.
      A new document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the Delta variant of the Coronavirus may be as contagious as measles. https://www.fox4now.com/news/coronavirus/delta-variant-as-contagious-as-chickenpox-measles

      “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” (Issac Asimov)

    • p/s says:

      “Lambda coronavirus variant: What you should know” (CNET 9/10/21) https://www.cnet.com/health/new-lambda-variant-of-covid-what-you-should-know/
      Dr. Preeti Malani, chief health officer in the division of infectious diseases at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, told CNN that controlling the spread of COVID-19 in general will help manage the lambda variant. “It’s a race between getting enough of the world vaccinated and the development of new variants that are less responsive to countermeasures,” Malani said.
      Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, said that as long as a good portion of the population remains unvaccinated, we will see new variants emerge (such as the delta plus variant), and that raises the risk of potentially more dangerous ones that can break through our current vaccines’ protection against severe illness and death.
      “Delta variant: 8 things you should know about this COVID-19 strain” (UC Davis 9/9/21) https://health.ucdavis.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-information/delta-variant.html

  2. Santayana says:

    “To wear or not to wear? Attitudes towards mask wearing then and now”, an article about people refusing to wear masks in the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic:
    “Adherence is based on three concepts: individualism versus collectivism; trust versus fear; and willingness to obey social distance rules. Jay Van Bavel opines that some countries tend to be more individualistic, and therefore more likely to reject rules and ignore attempts by public health authorities to “nudge” behavior change with risk messages or appeals for altruism. In collectivist cultures, people are more likely to do what is deemed best for society. Trust and fear are also significant influences on human behavior. In countries with political division, people are less likely to trust advice from one side or the other and are more likely to form pro- and anti- camps. This may also undermine advice issued by public health professionals. The last and most difficult to attain is social distancing. Human beings are social animals with bodies and brains designed and wired for connection. A pandemic, in many ways, goes against our instinct to connect. Behavioral psychologist Michael Sanders argues that if everybody breaks the rules a little bit, the results are not dissimilar to many people not following the rules at all.” https://hekint.org/2021/03/26/to-wear-or-not-to-wear-attitudes-towards-mask-wearing-then-and-now/
    See also “How America Struggled to Bury the Dead During the 1918 Flu Pandemic : Undertakers, gravediggers and casket makers couldn’t keep up with history’s deadliest pandemic.” https://www.history.com/news/spanish-flu-pandemic-dead

    • Oopsie says:

      Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky revealed Wednesday that his wife in February 2020 purchased up to $15,000 in stock in Gilead Sciences, the maker of the antiviral drug remdesivir.
      Remdesivir later became the first drug to be approved for treating Covid-19. Paul’s filing with the Senate shows that between $1,000 and $15,000 of Gilead stock was purchased.
      The STOCK Act — which was enacted in 2012 to outlaw congressional insider trading, or the use of nonpublic information for one’s financial benefit — requires trade disclosures within 45 days. Paul’s reporting came 16 months late. https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/11/politics/rand-paul-wife-stock-gilead-sciences/index.html An honest mistake and she lost money on the deal so it’s ok they say.

  3. 24FPS says:

    ‘I Am Legend’ movie plot now part of bizarre anti-vax conspiracy theory https://nypost.com/2021/08/11/i-am-legend-movie-plot-now-part-of-anti-vax-conspiracy-theory/
    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/i-am-legend-covid-vaccine-hesitancy-conspiracy-theories-screenwriter-responds-174832849.html
    ‘I Am Legend’ screenwriter slams vaccine doubts linked to film https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/567249-i-am-legend-screenwriter-slams-vaccine-doubts-linked-to-film
    Not that it matters but the plague that turns people into zombies in this movie is caused by a genetically reprogrammed virus, not a vaccine.

  4. Dead2Rights says:

    The country star Jason Isbell calls out reporter over conflict of interest after cancelling his Houston-area show after what appears to be a conflict with the venue over COVID-19 safety protocols. https://www.chron.com/culture/music/article/Houston-Jason-Isbell-concert-Cynthia-Wood-Pavilion-16379190.php The reporter is the daughter of Jerry MacDonald, President and CEO of Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
    Meanwhile: “Texas Hospitals Are Already Overloaded. Doctors Are ‘Frightened by What Is Coming.’ https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/11/us/covid-texas-hospitalizations-icu.html
    The sudden increase of infections has refocused national attention on the efficacy of masks and comes as the state’s governor, Greg Abbott, remains firm in his refusal to enact any statewide mandates requiring masks while also prohibiting local officials from doing so in their own communities.
    He issued an executive order prohibiting local governments from mandating vaccines and prohibiting school districts from enforcing masks.

  5. Puzzling Evidence says:

    Contrary To Science, Anti-Vaxers Claim Their ‘Unvaccinated Semen Will Be The Next Bitcoin’ https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/covid-vaccine-sperm-theory/
    Anti-Vaxxers are freaking out over blood banks accepting blood from COVID vaccine recipients https://scoop.upworthy.com/anti-vaxxers-freaking-out-bloods-banks-accepting-covid-vaccine-recipients
    What Happens When the Anti-Vax Online Mob Finds Your Restaurant
    As restaurants across the country implement vaccine policies, anti-vaxxers are turning to Yelp, Instagram, and other platforms to vent their rage https://www.eater.com/22621967/restaurants-requiring-vaccines-face-online-backlash-from-anti-vax-yelp
    ‘The blood of Jesus is my vaccine’: how a fringe group of Christians hijacks faith in a war against science https://theconversation.com/the-blood-of-jesus-is-my-vaccine-how-a-fringe-group-of-christians-hijacks-faith-in-a-war-against-science-165236
    A mysterious marketing agency secretly offered to pay social media stars to spread disinformation about Covid-19 vaccines. Their plan failed when the influencers went public about the attempt to recruit them. https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-57928647
    Arnold Schwarzenegger calls out anti-vaxxers https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2021/08/13/arnold-schwarzenegger-screw-your-freedom-anti-vax-mask-orig-kj.cnn

  6. Time out says:

    “A group of Florida’s kindergartners has offered to explain the science underpinning the use of masks to the state’s governor, Ron DeSantis.
    Calling DeSantis’s objection to mask mandates “clearly an example of ignorance on his part,” one of the kindergartners, Jayson Dorrinson, said that his fellow five-year-olds were willing to talk to the Governor at his earliest convenience.” https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/floridas-kindergartners-offer-to-explain-mask-issue-to-desantis

  7. Mob rule says:

    “School Boards Are the Front Line in America’s Culture War : Public gatherings of local officials have always been battlegrounds, but now those fights play out online for millions of viewers.” https://www.vice.com/en/article/akg83e/school-boards-are-the-front-line-in-americas-culture-war
    Google ‘School board death threats’ – one example: “Minnesota school boards are at the breaking point” https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-school-boards-are-at-the-breaking-point/600094045/
    Meanwhile: “U.S. election workers get little help from law enforcement as terror threats mount” https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-election-threats-law-enforcement/

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