Bannon banned for recommending beheading

Twitter permanently suspended an account belonging to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon after he suggested Thursday morning that Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded. His comments were made in a video posted to his Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter accounts.

Bannon falsely claimed President Trump had won reelection, despite several key states still being too close to call, and said that he should fire both Fauci and Wray.

He then said he would go further: “I’d put the heads on pikes. Right. I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats. You either get with the program or you are gone.”

Like many reasonable [and sometimes snarky] people, I often characterize Trump’s ideology as being lost somewhere in the 18th or 19th Century. It appears Bannon never made it out of the Dark Ages.

Faction inside White House happy over removal of nutball Scott Atlas anti-mask post on Twitter


Atlas’ boss ain’t be happy, don’t worry!

Members of the White House coronavirus task force are praising a move by Twitter removing a misleading tweet from top Trump adviser Dr. Scott Atlas that told Americans masks don’t work.

The tweet’s removal was a “relief” among some task force members, Dr. Deborah Birx told friends over the weekend, according to a source, blah, blah, blah…

“Masks work? NO,” Atlas wrote, followed by a series of misrepresentations about the science behind the effectiveness of masks in combating the pandemic.

The tweet and its subsequent removal comes as coronavirus cases spike across the US and other members of the task force have taken to the airwaves to urge Americans to heed basic mitigation strategies, including mask usage and social distancing.

Sad, but true. You can pretty much always find some tame flunky to reaffirm fear of peer-reviewed science, sound medical analysis that puts the lie to the recommendations of corrupt turds like Trump.

Although the chants of death and “liberty” are warmed up and walking the halls of government and an increasingly piss-poor judiciary — a few voices still live within the corridors of government, willing to give a shout about the Emperor and his new clothes. The haberdashery retains its usual space inside the Republican Party.

Dr. Fauci will throw the first pitch at the Nats season opener

The Washington Nationals are returning to the baseball diamond and they’re bringing along a new ringer: Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Describing the nation’s leading infectious disease expert as a “Nats super-fan,” the team said that it was “thrilled to announce” that Fauci had accepted its invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for their opening game on Thursday.

“Dr. Fauci has been a true champion for our country during the Covid-19 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career, so it is only fitting that we honor him as we kick off the 2020 season and defend our World Series Championship title,” the team said in a statement posted to Twitter on Monday.

The Fake President is the first occupant of the White House since William Howard Taft [1909-1913] NOT to be invited to offer up the first pitch at a Washington season opener. Another one-term wonder!

Anti-science ignoranus

…Top U.S. COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci recently blamed the country’s ineffective pandemic response on an American “anti-science bias.” He…compared those discounting the importance of masks and social distancing to “anti-vaxxers” in their “amazing” refusal to listen to science.

It is Fauci’s profession of amazement that amazes me. As well-versed as he is in the science of the coronavirus, he’s overlooking the well-established science of “anti-science bias,” or science denial.

Americans increasingly exist in highly polarized, informationally insulated ideological communities occupying their own information universes

In theory, resolving factual disputes should be relatively easy: Just present strong evidence, or evidence of a strong expert consensus. This approach succeeds most of the time, when the issue is, say, the atomic weight of hydrogen.

But things don’t work that way when scientific advice presents a picture that threatens someone’s perceived interests or ideological worldview. In practice, it turns out that one’s political, religious or ethnic identity quite effectively predicts one’s willingness to accept expertise on any given politicized issue.

It’s called “Motivated reasoning”, folks. The American Way.

27 Years of medical misinformation from the ignoranus-in-chief

Donald Trump has spent decades spreading and sowing dangerous misinformation about disease outbreaks — from falsely suggesting AIDS can be transmitted through kissing to warning Americans not to get vaccinated and falsely suggesting vaccines can cause autism.

Long before advising Americans to ingest disinfectant to treat the coronavirus as President, Trump demonstrated a pattern of spreading unsupported medical claims that preyed on the public’s fears of getting sick, a CNN KFile review of the President’s statements on past epidemics and pandemics found.

Today as the nation’s chief executive overseeing his own public health crisis, Trump continues to comprehensively misinform the public about the coronavirus, offering remarks riddled with false, misleading or scientifically questionable claims.

No doubt many supporters of the Fake President know better when it comes to his ignorance, superstition and just plain stupidity. Their hypocrisy is grounded in a deep conviction that somehow he will enhance their income, class-based political power, and other delightful GOP traditions like racism..