By Luke Mogelson
Balazs Gardi for The New Yorker
By the end of President Donald Trump’s crusade against American democracy—after a relentless deployment of propaganda, demagoguery, intimidation, and fearmongering aimed at persuading as many Americans as possible to repudiate their country’s foundational principles—a single word sufficed to nudge his most fanatical supporters into open insurrection. Thousands of them had assembled on the Mall, in Washington, D.C., on the morning of January 6th, to hear Trump address them from a stage outside the White House. From where I stood, at the foot of the Washington Monument, you had to strain to see his image on a jumbotron that had been set up on Constitution Avenue. His voice, however, projected clearly through powerful speakers as he rehashed the debunked allegations of massive fraud which he’d been propagating for months. Then he summarized the supposed crimes, simply, as “bullshit.”
This is Luke Mogelson’s story, published in THENEWYORKER. Click on the link in the first paragraph of his story. Read the article, a tale of woe, of ignorance, of racism and bigotry.
The history of American governance is grounded in opportunism, power for the sake of profit, education organized for those who can afford it. Public health in general is ignored. All the advantages of “American exceptionalism” continue to vanish over time. Real power and growth continues to flow and grow in nations with a modern grasp on science and economics.
“You have to remember that Dr. Fauci is being attacked not for any vice or mistake, but for his virtue,” Dr. Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told Yahoo Finance Live (video above). “Not for any weakness but for his strength, and not for any kind of any kind of incompetence but for his competence. He’s actually a protector of the United States, something that the president has failed to be able to do from the very beginning, so I do think that people need to pay for the incompetence, but it’s actually the president and the vice president who need to answer for it, and these attacks on experts are going to haunt us for years to come.”
“Science is what’s going to get us out of this pandemic and listening to voices like Dr. Fauci, whose hand has guided everything good that’s happened in this pandemic,” Adalja said. “That’s the way to move forward, and I think that this talk of firing Fauci, which I don’t even think the president has the power to do, is really reprehensible.”
Same as it ever was. The greatest noise made – trying to drown out science and reason – comes from the least educated in modern knowledge. If, in fact, they choose to be educated at all in what our society is now capable of achieving.
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.
Dr. William Haseltine, who is best known for his groundbreaking work on HIV/AIDS and the human genome, issued a strict warning Wednesday that using herd immunity to defeat coronavirus could result in millions of American deaths.
“Herd immunity is another word for mass murder,” the former Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health said on CNN’s’ “New Day.” “I’m extremely concerned that the president is being advised by people who speak of herd immunity.”
If the virus is allowed to grow, unchecked, in hopes of wearing itself out, “we are looking at two to six million Americans dead, not just this year, but every year,” Haseltine added. “The reason for that is that there is no such thing as herd immunity.”…
“This is an unmitigated disaster for our country to have people at the highest levels of our government countermanding our best public health officials,” Haseltine said. “We know this epidemic can be put under control, other countries have done it. We are doing the opposite.”
The corrupt political hack-in-chief sitting in the White House, right now, is perfectly willing to let millions die on the scale of the worst plagues in history to benefit corporate profits. A plan which ceases to exist as you run out of people to run American industries.
The US has reached another tragic landmark in deaths from Covid-19, with more than 200,000 people now believed to have died because of the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Deaths have reached at least 200,005, according to the count by the university’s coronavirus resource center…
The US has the most Covid-19 deaths in the world, ahead of other nations with high death tolls including Brazil, India and Mexico…
Departing the White House for an election campaign event in Pittsburgh, Donald Trump said…”blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…
Many public health experts believe the toll would be much lower and the virus under control if the Trump administration had taken a firmer grip on containing it fast early in 2020.
Trump isn’t capable of much more than total bullshit lies about his corrupt and incompetent government. He’s counting on “herd immunity” to save the whole nation from his plague. After all, it was a herd that voted like obedient cattle that put him into office.