In other words…
Things you should not believe, and things to never do.
I’m going to start at the top with all the nonsense some people spout about mask wearing and shelter-in-place orders being a violation of their constitutional rights.
In a word…
I’m willing to bet most of these whiners have never read the constitution and could not quote any amendment except possible excerpts from the 2nd Amendment.
In ALL things
YOU are either part of the solution or part of the problem.
From the ACLU regarding Texas Stay at Home orders:
Are stay-home orders constitutional?
Likely, yes. There is no question that national, state, and local governments can — and should — respond to emergencies and natural disasters. When government actions during a state of emergency interfere with your constitutional rights, its actions may still be constitutional.
However, the government’s power is not unlimited; you still have constitutional rights under these types of orders. The U.S. Supreme Court tells us as much, stating that the Constitution still applies even in times of crisis. As governments respond to this public health crisis, the measures they take to protect public health can still be examined in court.
And on the topic of face masks infringing on our constitutional rights:
Lindsay Wiley, director of the Health Law and Policy Program at American University Washington College of Law, says that while the signage is mandatory, it’s essentially up to the businesses to determine how it will be enforced. While the mayor is telling individuals to wear masks, she isn’t mandating that in the order itself — such an order would be susceptible to constitutional rights challenges, according to Wiley. (Disclosure: American University holds the license for WAMU, DCist’s parent company.)
In that way, the District’s order is different from a Montgomery County order, put into effect Monday, that requires individuals to wear face coverings in stores — though there is no civil or criminal penalty in place for violations. That’s not the case elsewhere, like Laredo, Texas, where law enforcement officers can fine residents up to $1,000 for not wearing a mask in public.
It’s not a hoax: Dallas nurses working inside Parkland hospital’s coronavirus ‘red box’ speak out
“It can be very discouraging to go in and do what we do every day and experience the reality of it and then to see or hear people say this is a hoax,” Rebecca said.
Liyu grimaced as she listed the incorrect statements she hears too often from people who say the pandemic is not real, the problem is overblown or that it only hits the elderly.
She’s lost patients as young as 20, and she is troubled by how many of the sickest are working-class folks who felt they couldn’t afford to take time off to fight the disease before it became worse.
To avoid web of conspiracies, learn to recognize fake news
Some people believe that the founder of Microsoft planned the coronavirus to take control of the global health system.
He’s also accused of profiting off a vaccine and using the crisis to create strict surveillance systems.
Actually, what Gates did was sound the alarm on a potential pandemic louder than anyone else.
“The coronavirus is a hothouse for conspiracy theorists,” Leonard Apcar said. He holds what may be the only endowed professorship on a new subject called media literacy at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication. The site he created with his students is DetectFakeNews.com.
“Trust in official explanations has dwindled,” he said. “Bill Gates and a leading Harvard scientist are the theories-of-the-moment for now. You can bet there will be more.”
How can you verify?
It’s not always easy to separate truth from fiction. In 2016 I could easily tell the fake news reports from the real ones on Facebook. One of my nerdy qualities is that I know the names of newspapers in American cities.
When I saw a news report on Facebook attributed to “ClevelandTribune.com” for instance, I know it was a fake media outlet. But most people outside of Ohio wouldn’t know it should be the Plain Dealer, not the Tribune.
Since then, the subject of media literacy has taken on some urgency. Similarly, a sister field in the library world is named information literacy. One of the leaders in that field is Megan Heuer of the SMU Libraries in Dallas.
Heuer conducts workshops on the subject and also is devising ways to place information literacy in many of the disciplines throughout SMU.
“With coronavirus, people are much more likely to check whether something is true or not,” she said. That’s good.
My current favorite example…
Plandemic Documentary: The Hidden Agenda Behind Covid-19
The Plandemic is a pseudo-documentary which alleges Covid-19 is a planned pandemic with massive ulterior motives by the “big guns” of industry and pharma to vaccinate the entire planet for nefarious purposes. That’s the Cliffs Notes version. Don’t bother watching this unless you like the idea of having an uncontrollable need to scratch yourself all over.
If you really believe ridiculous ideas like this, you need to re-fit your tinfoil hat. What everyone does not know is that if you shower with your tinfoil hat in place, over a period of weeks or months — or years (depending on how frequently you shower) the aluminum will oxidize and your tinfoil (actually aluminum) hat will become a radio. Thereby defeating the purpose and bombarding your brain with wild and crazy ideas from the Bizarro Dimension.
Debunking the Plandemic on BigThink:
- A new documentary, “The Plandemic,” states that it is uncovering a global cabal trying to implement forced vaccinations.
- The first clip’s interview subject, Judy Mikovits, is a known anti-vaxxer.
- This agenda-based film features contradictory evidence and false claims while being championed as a beacon of truth.
In 1990, American attorney Mike Godwin coined “Godwin’s law,” which states that “as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.” When Nazis are invoked the debate is over. Godwin has made some exceptions, such as the Trump administration’s implementation of refugee detention centers being compared to concentration camps. In general, little actually lives up to the horrors of the Holocaust, though anyone without credible evidence trying to win a debate foolishly invokes Hitler.
And one more article debunking The Plandemic
Fact-checking ‘Plandemic’: A documentary full of false conspiracy theories
Many of Willis’ videos highlight conspiracy theories. In one clip, Willis’ young son says Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself. In another, Willis floats a debunked conspiracy that the coronavirus was “intentionally released.”
Stroll with me to the Stupid Human Tricks department…
The Surgeon General says “Seriously people — STOP BUYING MASKS!”
You could do this… (or not)
Some random images of DIY coronavirus protection making the rounds on social media:
Continuing in the Stupid Human Tricks category…
March 18, 2020:
I was shaking my head in disbelief when I read this.
Posted on the Frisco, Texas City Hall Facebook Page
By Mayor Jeff Cheney
Which caused me to comment thusly:
“This seems incredibly short-sighted. I am amazed at this response. Reading the recommendations in the graphic also amazes me. Have you ever actually looked at how busboys and server “clean” tables? With a wet cloth that has cleaned nobody knows how many other surfaces. They always leave the seats and tabletops wet. You can’t tell me that is going to clean away a virus and have me believe it.
This is illogical.
We are currently over 9,000 cases in the U.S. Deaths are going up steadily every day. Currently 155 citizens have died. I guarantee that number will go up again today. We lost 30 people yesterday.”
Frisco Texas Does NOT Close Restaurants and Bars
“At this time, the Frisco City Council is not taking action to close restaurants, bars or any other businesses, for that matter. We are taking a very measured approach where we process information from all perspectives.
Our medical expert, Dr. Mark Gamber, agrees restaurants pose no greater risk than a gaming store, grocery store or other retail locations. We’re choosing to take a tempered approach. While many are looking to government entities for all the answers, we must take personal responsibility to help solve this issue…”
But Wait! There’s More.
Moseying along in the Stupid Human Tricks category…
Here’s a response to the #HeyBoomer and #BoomerRemover hashtags that have become so popular lately. I’m not going to rehash(tag) this topic because I’ve addressed it before. But from an irony and karma (two of my favorite elements) comes this evolving statistic:
Doctors are seeing more 30s and 40s victims requiring ventilators.
We will see a lot more of this taking place due to the not surprising sense of invulnerability so many young people have. I did too. I get it.
But here’s the gotcha. The virus doesn’t give two shits about youthful feelings. The virus doesn’t care how you vote, how virile you feel, nothing. The virus has no feelings. Only a genetically coded imperative to thrive, reproduce and evolve. This goes to explanation of beaches swarming with these bright souls <insert sarcasm> who think we’re all a bunch of cowards, sissies or dotards, and they are so much more intelligent and robust than the Boomers.
Maybe yes, maybe not-so-yes.
While the coronavirus is more lethal to us old farts, it’s starting to look like it is going to sideline a lot more of the younger generations. Because they think “I can handle this. It’s going to be like a cold.” Well, as in smoking (vaping too) some people will have no serious ill effects and others will rue the day they headed down this path. It’s like gambling. With your life at stake.
And on the topic of vaping…
Are you fucking stupid? Vaping is in many ways far worse than cigarettes. With cancer sticks (yes I’m an ex smoker) you have to set aside time and go somewhere outdoors to poison yourself. With vaping, that elongated pacifier never leaves your hand. I see people sucking on these all day long. I see clouds of vapor gushing out car windows. Every.Single.Doctor who is considered an expert in the field of communicable diseases says this puts you at a VERY high risk of complications with Covid-19.
And it’s too late to mitigate that risk.
And you’re still out there congregating with the lofty notion that you’re impervious to this disease.
Isn’t that cute…
Good luck with that, ingrates.
One of the latest headlines on this topic:
There are a couple of other new articles in the day’s headlines for March 18 and 19, 2020. Check those out.
Don’t believe everything you read. There are some absolutely wack-job crazy conspiracy theories being floated about this. Take off your tinfoil hat and wash your hands, OK?
Want to know more about 5G? Read about it here.
Case in point:
And this gem in the batshit crazy category…
[excerpt] “The coronavirus traveled all over the world from Wuhan China, but it did not reach Beijing or Shanghai or other major cities in China. Can anyone explain how is that possible?”…
I just saw this on Facebook [April 8, 2020] and thought…
Don’t believe everything you read.
Just because some infernal meme resonates with your personal predilections (biases) does NOT make it true. In fact, most things that SCREAM your beliefs are fake. Always Google things like this (or Duck Duck Go – or Tor if you’re truly paranoid) to determine the veracity of outrageous memes before you re-post. This make you look a lot less foolish.
Like the image to the left. The text above says “Posted at a Doctors office today”.
To which i say “BULLSHIT!” No qualified medical professional would ever do this. Just because you scrawl the word FACTS on something does not make it true. Every year has a disease. Viruses are NOT political. The list on this whiteboard has been debunked numerous times over the last 3 or 4 years. So use some actual sense and don’t post crap like this, OK? It just makes people start believing crazy conspiracy theories. And in this situation, that can get you killed.
Just do the smart things recommended by numerous smart people. There are several videos and articles referenced throughout this blog on how to be safe and not become a friggin’ statistic.
FAKE National Guard Quarantine Post
This HOAX has been making the rounds lately.
Do NOT forward or post crazy shit like this. It stampedes the herd.
This text message claims Homeland Security is mobilizing the National Guard and the U.S. will be quarantined for 2 weeks.
This is pure BS, designed to scare the hell out of everyone.
Click on the image for verification that this is nonsense.
Whenever you see something like this on Facebook, take these steps:
- Click the … in the upper right corner.
- Select Find Support or Report Post
- Select False News
- Click Next
- Click Done
- Comment to whoever posted this that it is FAKE and they will get their account banned if they keep posting FAKE NEWS articles.
Another of the stupid data-free memes circulating social media
Nothing could be further from the truth.
On this day, the current stats are this:
- We are trending globally at 35.95% recovery rate. This is a big improvement from even a week ago. It goes up steadily now.
- The global mortality rate is currently at 6.73%, down from a high of 7.01% on 4/23. It is slowly declining every day now.
- U.S. Percentages:
- Recovery rate: 18.92%. As you can see this is roughly half the world average.
- Mortality rate: 5.90%, which is slightly better than the global rate.
US Hospitals Getting Paid More to Label Cause of Death as ‘Coronavirus’
And in the batshit crazy department:
Do NOT believe anything that sounds flat-out crazy, OK?
That is your litmus test. Every.Single.Time.
This comes from Jim Goodall, a longtime friend and former military:
“A friend that is in the broadcast news business just called me a few minutes ago to let me know that there is a good chance that Martial Law will more than likely be imposed on Monday, March 23, 2020. The order coming down will freeze ALL prices at todays levels; a strict limit cash on withdrawals; NO cross state line travel; NO international travel to or from; and a curfew, times are unknown.”
Further from Jim:
“Another well informed military friend of mine has been told that the government will be shutting down the internet, cell phone service and broadcast TV next week as well. These shut down of services have not been verified as of this posting, but be ready for the SHIT to HIT the FAN. Make sure that you have the medications you need for at least two weeks and any critical food items you need before the shut down starts this Monday.”
John Lear March 21, 2020
Continuing in the Batshit Crazy theme:
This ridiculous YouTube video titled COVID-19 Hoax: Citizen Reporters
Don’t ever believe crazy things like this, purporting to show NYC hospitals with literally NO ONE around them.
I am not linking to this ridiculous waste of bandwidth because someone might actually believe it. We have good friends in NYC – lots of them. It took one message to debunk this, which even though I Knew it was a hoax, I had to verify it in the interest of journalistic integrity. This should not be on YouTube. It will cause people to not take this incredibly dangerous virus seriously. And we have enough trouble dangerous, irresponsible, stupid behavior already.
Absolutely Pegging the Batshit Crazy Meter is this impersonation of a dingbat:
Wendy Diaz wants you to know she is not an absolute moron. This was apparently intended as a parody.
Lots of us did not pick up on that, because there are a frightening number of complete morons in this country.
So in hindsight…
Next time y’all want to post an imitation of a brain-dead Floridian (or any other state) moron…
Give us a setup to it.
March 25, 2020:
Covid-19 Testing Sites Limited to 250 Tests Per Day
I received an announcement from the City of Dallas yesterday that both of the testing sites had shut down due to reaching the “federal testing limit”. This email arrived at 6:17 PM.
What the Holy Hell is the logic behind this?
It strikes me we are never going to catch up to this disease and achieve any degree of accuracy with the Covid-19 spread at 250 tests per day / per testing center. Even if we had 1000 testing centers, that would only be 250,000 tests per day. The CDC says we currently have 91 testing labs. If we only run 250 tests per day / per lab, that is a paltry (wait… Let me find the calculator…
That’s a little over 22,000 tests per day.
Assume we have 330 million people in this country.
It would take 15,000 days to test everyone.
We are ALL gonna DIE!
Only about 13 million of us will die.
If everyone in the U.S. is infected.
Have a nice day!
Red Cross Screening Scam
The Red Cross is not coming to your door to do free Covid-19 screening:
- The Red Cross will NOT come to your door offering free Covid-19 screening.
- It is a SCAM.
- They will try to charge you for a fake test or rob you.
If someone comes to your door on this pretense, LOCK your door and dial 9-11 immediately.
March 15, 2019 Update
Coronavirus Memes Alert
This is becoming a burgeoning problem, Please DO NOT POST, Share or Re-Share Coronavirus memes online. There are NO Cures. NO home remedies that make a difference. All of these are FAKE. It took me quite literally 30 seconds on Google to debunk each one that came up. Here is an alert on this topic highlighting the ridiculous suggestions.
Some of them will cause you great bodily harm, like this horrendous mix
- No, holding your breath for 10 seconds will not tell if you’re virus free or not.
- Being tested will.
- No, keeping your throat moist will not assure you a virus-free existence.
- Social distancing and washing your hands just might.
- Drinking bleach will kill you, so in that way it will keep you from getting the virus.
- There are NO home brew “remedies” for the coronavirus.
- There is some reasonable possibility that zinc lozenges will cut down on the progression from your throat to the lungs.
- Jim Bakker is being sued for selling his ridiculous supplements as cures.
- Wash Your Hands.
- Stay Home.
- These last two will make all the difference.