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.
August 28, 2021:
IVERMECTIN Treatment for Covid
Once again, some rogue doctors (who should have their heads examined (and their licenses revoked) are prescribing a HORSE DEWORMING medication for treatment of Covid.
The FDA, Poison Control departments nationwide – AND MERCK – the manufacturer have ALL unequivocally stated this is STUPID.
A tweet from @US_FDA reads, “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously y’all. Stop it.”
The warning from the FDA reads in part:
“The FDA’s job is to carefully evaluate the scientific data on a drug to be sure that it is both safe and effective for a particular use, and then to decide whether or not to approve it. Using any treatment for COVID-19 that’s not approved or authorized by the FDA, unless part of a clinical trial, can cause serious harm. FDA has not approved ivermectin for use in treating or preventing COVID-19 in humans. Ivermectin tablets are approved at very specific doses for some parasitic worms, and there are topical (on the skin) formulations for head lice and skin conditions like rosacea. Ivermectin is not an anti-viral (a drug for treating viruses.”
They went on to say (on their website):
Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19
[FDA] — COVID-19. We’ve been living with it for what sometimes seems like forever. Given the number of deaths that have occurred from the disease, it’s perhaps not surprising that some consumers are looking at unconventional treatments, not approved or authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Though this is understandable, please beware. The FDA’s job is to carefully evaluate the scientific data on a drug to be sure that it is both safe and effective for a particular use, and then to decide whether or not to approve it. Using any treatment for COVID-19 that’s not approved or authorized by the FDA, unless part of a clinical trial, can cause serious harm.
There seems to be a growing interest in a drug called ivermectin to treat humans with COVID-19. Ivermectin is often used in the U.S. to treat or prevent parasites in animals. The FDA has received multiple reports of patients who have required medical support and been hospitalized after self-medicating with ivermectin intended for horses.
Here’s What You Need to Know about Ivermectin
- FDA has not approved ivermectin for use in treating or preventing COVID-19 in humans. Ivermectin tablets are approved at very specific doses for some parasitic worms, and there are topical (on the skin) formulations for head lice and skin conditions like rosacea. Ivermectin is not an anti-viral (a drug for treating viruses).
- Taking large doses of this drug is dangerous and can cause serious harm.
- If you have a prescription for ivermectin for an FDA-approved use, get it from a legitimate source and take it exactly as prescribed.
- Never use medications intended for animals on yourself. Ivermectin preparations for animals are very different from those approved for humans.
Merck Weighed in thusly:
Even Merck, the manufacturer of Ivermectin has gone on record to say there is “No scientific basis for a potential therapeutic effect against COVID-19…”
I would think so.
But no. Merck made a point of telling the world this was a bad idea.
Texas HHS said:
And Texas Health and Human Services realeased this graphic that says in part “Using ivermectin to prevent and treat COVID-19 infections doesn’t work and can be harmful.”
In August 2021, the Texas Poison Center Network (TPCN) experienced a more than 150 percent increase in the number of calls received about ivermectin exposures compared with the previous month. From Jan. 1 to Aug. 24, the TPCN received a total of 159 Ivermectin exposure calls, more than triple the 48 calls received in all of 2020. The largest number (64) occurred in August. More than half of the 2021 calls (87, 55%) were potential Ivermectin exposure taken in an attempt to treat or prevent COVID-19. Most of the calls were about people experiencing mild symptoms, but for 52 (33%), the patient was either on the way to a health care facility or was referred to a health care facility, suggesting more severe effects.
January 3, 2021:
US braced for ‘total collapse of the health care system’ after holiday season Covid surge
(CNN) Hospitals around the United States are racing to keep up with surges of Covid-19 patients at numbers they have not seen at any other time in the pandemic.
Why Covid-19 hoax theories are so risky
London (CNN) At a recent Saturday protest outside London’s Stratford train station — comprised of bindi-wearing hippies, conspiracy theorists in balaclavas, and middle-aged men in waterproof jackets — a protester with the grassroots, anti-lockdown group StandUpX yelled into a megaphone.
Covid Vaccine Conspiracy Nonsense Debunked
April 5, 2021:
A dozen anti-vaccine accounts are responsible for 65% of disinformation
[CBS] A new report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate finds that “just 12 anti-vaxxers are responsible for almost two-thirds of anti-vaccine content circulating on social media platforms.” The so-called “Disinformation Dozen” remain prominent figures on platforms like Facebook and Twitter, despite repeatedly violating their terms of service, according to the center.
“Living in full view of the public on the internet are a small group of individuals who do not have relevant medical expertise and have their own pockets to line, who are abusing social media platforms to misrepresent the threat of COVID and spread misinformation about the safety of vaccines,” reads the report from the nonprofit organization, which works to disrupt “the spread of digital hate and misinformation.”
May 13, 2021:
Distancing from the vaccinated: Viral anti-vaccine infertility misinfo reaches new extremes
[NBC News] Yehuda Goldberg, owner of Brothers Butcher Shoppe in Ontario, updated the Covid-19 guidelines for people visiting his meat shop this month. He posted on Instagram that he would ask vaccinated people not to come in to protect his female customers.
“We have decided that since the majority of our customers are women and since women are most at risk for these side effects, we ask that if you’ve been vaccinated to please order for curbside pickup or delivery for 28 days after being vaccinated,” the post reads.
The reason, Goldberg said, is that evidence is surfacing that people who have been vaccinated are “shedding spike proteins,” which appears to be affecting women’s menstrual cycles. While medical experts say that isn’t true, Goldberg said that what he’s reading shows that just being around someone who has been vaccinated can cause reproductive health issues for women and that he doesn’t want to endanger any of his female customers.
“In my store, I’m going to stand up for women and stand up for women’s rights, and I’m going to stand up and protect my customers,” Goldberg said in an interview, adding that he isn’t a doctor and that he can’t say for sure that vaccine shedding — the false claim that people who have been vaccinated emit contagious particles — is happening.
Persistent myths like vaccine shedding are becoming more extreme on social media. The latest misinformation claims are that even being near vaccinated people is dangerous and that it can cause adverse side effects for women.
People like Goldberg are taking the warnings so seriously that they are starting to take action, asking that people who have been vaccinated stay out of stores and even canceling appointments with clients who have been vaccinated because of fear that being around vaccinated people can lead to menstrual irregularities, fertility issues or even miscarriages. A private school in Miami barred teachers who have been vaccinated from coming into contact with students and threatened the employment of teachers who had been vaccinated.
How to take on Covid conspiracy theories
[Financial Times] As vaccines are rolled out around the globe, we are more vulnerable than ever to disinformation
As a science writer, one learns quickly to be wary of conspiracy theorists. I was recently reminded why when a well-known conspiracy theorist branded me, Public Health England, a BBC journalist and various others as enemies of the people. In a now-removed YouTube video, I’m told he insisted followers should be “going to these people’s addresses and making arrests for crimes against humanity and genocide and the covering up of genocide”. The crime in question? Pointing out that, contrary to his narrative, 5G was not causing Covid-19. During this first great pandemic of the digital age, the spectre of a shadow plague has also haunted us: the unstoppable rise of health disinformation. According to the YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project, more than a quarter of people in the UK and US subscribe to at least one conspiratorial Covid belief. Conspiracy theories themselves are nothing new. What sets their adherents apart is the defining trait of conspiratorial ideation — the tendency to attribute events to secret manipulations by clandestine groups.
This worldview has no room for coincidence, ineptitude or randomness. Events are engineered by a nebulous “them”, pantomime villains with sinister intent. Conspiracy theories pivot on the idea that nefarious groups are responsible for events, even when other explanations are far more probable. This is exemplified by an enduring myth of the pandemic — the claim, amplified across social media by celebrities from Amir Khan to Woody Harrelson, that Covid is linked to the 5G radio frequency. Viruses are not caused by radio waves, nor pandemics by committee. But a deficit of merit has unfortunately not been any impediment to its propagation. Such high acceptance has been the impetus for a spate of arson attacks on cell towers worldwide, with Britain alone recording more than 70 attacks since the pandemic began.
Qanon – How the Anti-Vaxxers Got Red-Pilled
What happens when a global pandemic, a vaccine-resistance movement, and the age of conspiracy collide? A black hole of misinformation that poses a grave threat to public health
[Rolling Stone] On Christmas Eve, Steven Brandenburg, a Milwaukee-area pharmacist, attempted to destroy more than 500 doses of coronavirus vaccine, because, he admitted, he feared the Moderna drug would “alter the recipient’s DNA.” Described in law-enforcement documents as a “conspiracy theorist,” Brandenburg, 46, had reportedly warned his wife that “the world is crashing down around us” and that “the government is planning cyberattacks and plans to shut down the power grid,” according to divorce-court documents.
If you’re surprised that a scientifically educated medical professional, trusted with dispensing lifesaving medicine, could suffer a rebellion against reason and give himself over to discredited conspiracy theories, you haven’t been paying attention. In the America of the 2020s, respectable men and women surrender to this kind of unreal thinking every day. (Brandenburg pleaded guilty to federal tampering charges in January; his lawyer would not discuss Brandenburg’s conspiratorial beliefs.) The phenomenon is known as “red-pilling” — a reference to a scene in The Matrix where Keanu Reeves’ character chooses to take a red pill and discover the hidden truths of the world — and it affects those whose once-rational skepticism swallows them whole, pulling them into a networked community of like-minded conspiracy theorists. While the public record does not indicate Brandenburg traveled this far, many find a home in the big-tent conspiracy of QAnon, whose members increasingly see vaccination as part of a diabolical plot by the “deep state” to enslave humanity.
Why has the nation become gripped with conspiracy theories — including so many revolving around the shots that could end this devastating pandemic? “It’s precisely because we’ve had 450,000 deaths, and so much uncertainty and so much fear, that there’s fertile ground for this stuff to take hold,” says Ashish Jha, a physician and dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health. The pandemic is also occurring in the context of a 20-year decline of American trust in institutions, says Ethan Zuckerman, who formerly directed the Center for Civic Media at MIT. He describes the QAnon cult as a reservoir at the bottom of that slippery slope. “Q is what happens when you take that mistrust in a really damaging direction,” he says. “It’s usually people who lost trust in one institution and then found a coherent worldview that says, ‘Don’t just mistrust this one institution — mistrust all the institutions. All of them are in it together.’ ” This full rejection of confidence in doctors and drug companies, in media and philanthropy, in politicians and government agencies, Zuckerman says, is “how the anti-vax movement underwent almost a merger with QAnon.”
No, COVID-19 vaccine patients are not being injected with a microchip
(ABC4) – Robert Goldberg, History Professor at the University of Utah, says that his generation eagerly lined up to receive the Polio, Measles, and Mumps vaccines.
“We had no problem whatsoever because there was an absolute faith that science was doing good, but I think over the last 50 years there’s been a decided change in that,” he says.
Conspiracy theories surrounding COVID-19, especially the COVID-19 vaccine, are confirming Goldberg’s hypothesis.
Where did the microchip theory come from?
James Tabery is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Utah who has written about the COVID-19 conspiracy theories.
He says the microchip conspiracy theory likely came from misconstruing information from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and their heavy investment in worldwide COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
“They’ve invested millions in vaccination efforts to improve public health around the world… Bill and Melinda Gates are heavily invested in vaccination efforts. They awarded grants to researchers to find better ways to keep track of vaccination information and in particular, they were thinking about places like underdeveloped nations where you want to roll out vaccination operations but the electronic medical record infrastructure isn’t really set up to keep track of all that,” Tabery says. “Logistical challenge: how do you keep track of who’s been vaccinated when you don’t have the electronic infrastructure to do that?”
Covid Vaccines Falsely Linked to Infertility
[WebMD] Jan. 12, 2021 — There’s no evidence that the new vaccines against COVID-19 cause infertility, yet that’s a worry that’s been cited by some health care workers as a reason they’re reluctant to be first in line to get the shots.
Across the country, significant numbers of health care workers have balked at getting the new vaccines.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in a recent briefing that 60% of Ohio’s nursing home staffers had declined their shots. In Georgia, an infection prevention nurse who coordinates COVID vaccines for the 30,000 employees in her health system said that so far, fewer than 33% had gotten the shot. The rest had decided to “wait and see.” The nurse disclosed the numbers on the condition that we not reveal what hospital she worked for, as she was not authorized to speak to reporters.
“With COVID, it was the perfect storm. With COVID, there was already a bunch of people out there saying there’s no such thing as COVID, it’s no worse than the flu,” she says. Many of those people gained substantial followings for themselves on social media. When the vaccines came along, they used those platforms to stir up conspiracy theories.
December 27 2020:
The casualties of this year’s viral conspiracy theories
[BBC] — Conspiracy theories ripped through the internet this year, destroying relationships and endangering lives.
The flurry of online falsehoods about coronavirus began as soon as the pandemic hit.
As luck would have it, I had just begun my job reporting on the impact of online disinformation.
With the help of a BBC team of experts, I got to work looking into the spread of one really viral post.
At first glance, the post seemed legitimate, because the information was attributed to a trusted source: a doctor, an institution, or well-educated “uncle”. It hopped across Facebook profiles around the world, translated into Italian, Arabic and a dozen other languages.
But along with useful information like “wash your hands”, it listed false cures and phony diagnostic tests.
One of the people most responsible for its online spread was an 84-year-old pensioner from Buckinghamshire.
Peter Lee Goodchild assured me that he did not intend to share bad information – but his version of the dodgy post accumulated more than 400,000 shares in early spring.
Have his online habits changed since he went super viral? Not a whole lot.
“Four times I’ve been pulled up by Full Fact or one of the others who vet Facebook to say ‘No that’s incorrect’ or ‘That wasn’t said’ or ‘That didn’t happen’,” Peter explained when I spoke to him later.
He told me he posts on Facebook now more than ever.
Peter may have had good intentions, and although some of the information in his viral post was wrong, it wasn’t critically dangerous.
That’s not always the case when it comes to online falsehoods. Our team found numerous links around the world between misleading and false posts online and serious real world harm.
False claims about 5G technology inspired arsons attacks on phone masts and assaults on telecommunications workers. We catalogued mass poisonings and overdoses of hydroxychloroquine – a drug that world leaders like Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro falsely claimed cures or prevents Covid-19.
There is NO legitimate “Get Out Of Wearing a Face Mask” card.
Just stop this stupid “you can’t tell me what to do” shit.
You do NOT have any “constitutional right” to be a complete idiot and risk other people’s lives. Being an entitled spoiled brat comes with zero special considerations other than all of the semi-intelligent adults either hate or pity you.
Read this article on the lack of genuine Face Mask Exemption cards. They literally do not exist. There is no condition that exempts you from being a responsible citizen.
FACE MASKS SAVE LIVES
No, you will NOT become hypoxic from wearing a face mask, you moron.
Probably my single greatest pet peeve is all the pure bullshit being circulated about the dangers of wearing a mask. These are all posted by people who follow a certain little tin god and feel like no one should be able to tell them what to do. In other words, they are crybaby spoiled brats who don’t give a damn about anyone but themselves.
I am going to post every single legitimate statement by medical professionals that I can find on this topic below.
Just to make this personal…
I have spent DAYS AT A TIME wearing a full coverage carbon respirator while sandblasting recording studios, spraying lacquer and all other forms of toxins. I have NEVER felt light-headed and I’m pretty sure my cognitive abilities at least match yours, if not exceed them.
So put on your big girl panties – and a MASK (that completely covers your mouth AND NOSE) AND DEAL WITH IT.
This is from a respiratory therapist in Phoenix, AZ. I personally copied this directly from her Facebook page the day after she wrote it.
Dr. Fauci Praises New Slo-Mo Video Demonstrating How Well Masks Work To Stop The Spread Of COVID-19
Even after all these long months of living in a global pandemic, there are still way too many people out there refusing to wear face masks. Even scientific facts and various study findings proving face coverings to be a powerful weapon in fighting COVID-19 don’t seem to be convincing enough. But it’s better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times, right?
Recently, the YouTube channel The Slow Mo Guys posted a slow-motion video in which a guy named Gavin Free illustrated how well face coverings work in slowing the spread of various diseases. In addition, he even got Dr. Anthony Fauci to comment on his little slow-mo experiment.
“We’re quite visual, us humans, I feel like, and when dealing with an invisible virus, it’s often hard to get your head around all the mechanics of how everything works,” Gavin Free explains in the video. “So I’m going to be using two methods today to help visualize the situation. One, slow-motion footage; two, I’m going to make it look really gross.”
Covid-19 Cough Clouds And How They Travel In Closed Spaces Mapped
The more we learn about Covid-19, the more the importance of transmission through airborne respiratory droplets, particularly in confined spaces without adequate ventilation, becomes apparent.
Most research has focused on how far droplets from coughs can travel, usually with an accompanying video or image that will make you feel quite ill.
However, less is known about the way the properties of a cough cloud can change as the cloud travels through the air. Researchers from the American Institute of Physics have sought to address that in a new study looking at how cough clouds evolve over a journey, and the effect face masks have on their volume and spread.
“When a person coughs, what is the volume of air that gets contaminated due to the cough ejected out by the person?” the team asks in their paper published in Physics of Fluids. “The answer to this question is not straightforward because the surrounding air gets entrained into the cough-cloud coming out from the person’s mouth and, eventually, becomes its part; therefore, a much larger volume than initially ejected is affected by coughing.”
The team hoped that by answering this question, they could discover effective ways to reduce infection indoors, such as by determining the maximum number of people that can safely be housed in an enclosed space, like a hospital ward or cinema. They also wanted to find out the effect of temperature and humidity on the spread of cough clouds, to determine how much ventilation is needed in an office or an aircraft cabin in order to reduce infection.
In the face mask bullshit meme / sign / card category:
Allegedly produced by the FTBA (Freedom to Breathe Agency) which does not exist anywhere, this is just a stupid “get out of being a responsible adult” card that anyone with two functioning brain cells should figure out in a matter of seconds.
ftbagency.com isn’t even a real website. It goes absolutely nowhere.
This ridiculous “face mask exempt” card has been making the rounds on social media of late. It is about as “real” as the Easter Bunny and it means absolutely nothing. So if you are a business owner and someone tries to use one of these to enter the property without a mask, feel free to throw them (literally would be fine with me) OUT.
Then there is this allegedly OSHA face mask wearing hazard sign.
Also pure bullshit.
None of these so-called hazards exist when wearing a face mask or respirator. ER doctors and nurses work 12 hour shifts while wearing N95 masks and / or respirators. Do you think there is an abundant problem of these vital health care heroes becoming hypoxic (lack of oxygen) and dropping like flies while operating on a critical patient? Go ahead, take as long as you need with that last question. I can wait…
See? That wasn’t so hard, now was it?
From my personal experience I have literally worked DAYS in a row with a carbon respirator and face shield while sandblasting recording studio surfaces and painting with a spray rig full of lacquer or synthetic paints to absolutely zero ill effect. In the heat. With sometimes a lot of exertion. I have never once felt light headed or unwell during these procedures.
Here is what OSHA Actually Says about this
An article from USAToday debunking this.
Snopes weighs in on this topic here:
N95 respirators with valves do allow unfiltered exhaled air to reach others, increasing the risk of spreading infection. Cloth and surgical masks do not protect the wearer from airborne infection. Cloth masks also get dirty easily, which is why OSHA and CDC recommend regular washing.
…Contrary to the posts, OSHA and CDC have not recommended against wearing face coverings of any kind. Also contrary to the posts, cloth and surgical masks are not entirely ineffective because they prevent the wearer from transmitting infection to others through droplets. Surgical masks also protect wearers from getting potential infections via droplets. In addition, people who wear these masks are in little to no danger of breathing in too much carbon dioxide.
All of these ridiculous graphics are put together by big babies who just want to whine about someone telling them what to do. Listen up, snowflake… Put on your big girl panties – and a MASK — and deal with it. The reason YOU wear a mask is to protect everyone else from YOU. Since you can be asymptomatic for up to 3 weeks and still a carrier, you can infect a LOT of other people and not even know it. An adult with even a modicum of empathy, will put on a mask just to ensure the rest of the world is safe from THEM. And don’t leave your damned nose exposed or just wrap the mask around your chin either. That just shows the world that you are a piss-poor excuse for a rebel and have zero ethics, empathy, consideration for anyone but yourself — and most likely a substandard IQ. Do you really want to tell the world “I am an idiot.”? Because that is exactly what you accomplish with this kind of behavior.
And then there is this insipid meme:
This is so inane I’m not sure where to start. How about this:
We have been dealing with this pandemic since February. Asians have been wearing masks when they travel since SARS in 2003, so it’s not like the concept is exactly NEW. In fact, we have been told for months that we should be wearing masks. That’s why no one could get any after MARCH – because all the ASSHOLES (choosing my words carefully here) grabbed up every one they could get (along with toilet paper, Lysol and Clorox wipes), thus making them impossible to obtain. Did you somehow miss all that information? Do you not have a television? Perhaps you live in a cave. In which case, how are you reading this?
Stop being willfully ignorant, self-absorbed and downright stupid.
Try behaving like a responsible adult occasionally.
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.
From the American Bar Association
Under the U.S. Constitution’s 10th Amendment and U.S. Supreme Court decisions over nearly 200 years, state governments have the primary authority to control the spread of dangerous diseases within their jurisdictions. The 10th Amendment, which gives states all powers not specifically given to the federal government, allows them the authority to take public health emergency actions, such as setting quarantines and business restrictions.
With states adopting emergency measures, there are several broad public health tools that governors can invoke. They can, for example, order quarantines to separate and restrict the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. They can also direct that those who are sick with a quarantinable communicable disease be isolated from people who are not sick. And, as a growing number of governors have done in recent days, states can order residents to stay at home with exceptions for essential work, food or other needs. The governors’ orders, akin to shelter-in-place directives, affect tens of millions in the affected states. Curfews are another tool they can impose.
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.
Not All Doctors Will Give You the Real Facts
This is what their own licensing body had to say about them.
More articles debunking these hucksters
Classic example is the pair of Bakersfield doctors spewing complete nonsense that is guaranteed to get people sick and some dead.
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.
July 29, 2020 Additions:
Just because someone calls themselves “Doctor” does NOT mean you should believe what they say.
When something does not pass the “smell test” you should throw it out. This applies to things in your refrigerator and “advice” from “doctors” who say batshit crazy things. Your brain should by now be able to figure out the difference. If you are unable to discern complete bullshit from actual science-based, sound advice — seek professional counseling immediately.
The best example to date (out of MANY — see above) of completely batshit crazy “doctors” is this wackjob endorsed by the mentally defective president we are all saddled with until November 2020:
Trump’s New Favorite COVID Doctor Believes in Alien DNA, Demon Sperm…
A Houston doctor who praises hydroxychloroquine and says that face masks aren’t necessary to stop transmission of the highly contagious coronavirus has become a star on the right-wing internet, garnering tens of millions of views on Facebook on Monday alone. Donald Trump Jr. declared the video of Stella Immanuel a “must watch,” while Donald Trump himself retweeted the video.
Before Trump and his supporters embrace Immanuel’s medical expertise, though, they should consider other medical claims Immanuel has made—including those about alien DNA and the physical effects of having sex with witches and demons in your dreams.
Immanuel, a pediatrician and a religious minister, has a history of making bizarre claims about medical topics and other issues. She has often claimed that gynecological problems like cysts and endometriosis are in fact caused by people having sex in their dreams with demons and witches.
Continuing in the “Lab coat does not make you an authority” department…
Sinclair Broadcasting was planning on publishing “The Plandemic” – a ridiculous conspiracy theory “documentary” by a roundly discredited “researcher” who claimed Dr. Anthony Fauci created the Coronavirus using monkey cells. This ridiculous film has been debunked and discredited by any and every legitimate authority on the subject.
Breitbart published a video this week featuring a group of “doctors” (refer to statement above about anyone putting on a lab coat) who claimed that masks were unnecessary and that hydroxychloroquine cures the virus. To anyone with two good braincells to rub together and make a spark, this is pure bullshit. This ridiculous video received 14 million views in six hours on Facebook before the social media platform took it down. Our ridiculous excuse for a president, in his own irresponsible fashion, tweeted a link to it.
The takeaway here is:
Just because you see someone on TV in a white lab coat, telling you how to survive this disease, does not mean you should automatically give them credence. You should always apply critical thinking to discern between valuable, logical information and pure, unadulterated BULLSHIT.
Hydroxychloroquine, Chlorine Dioxide and other “Home Remedies”
There are lots of ridiculous claims of miracle treatments or cures for Covid-19. This one is making the rounds in the LatinX communities.
Do NOT believe these claims. People die this way.
Here is another ridiculous Covid-19 “cure” claim by Andreas Kalcker touting Chlorine Dioxide as a miracle cure.
It has been roundly declared pure bullshit.
Again debunked and declared pure bullshit
One more article verifying this is pure bullshit.
The FDA has issued warnings to the sellers of Chlorine Dioxide.
Another warning here.
The Tennessee Poison Center warns against Chlorine Dioxide here.
Nursing Center warns against using Chlorine Dioxide here.
For anyone still beating this dead horse…
NO. Hydroxychloroquine is NOT effective as a treatment for Covid-19
Researchers publish scathing critique of a hydroxychloroquine study
(CNN) Researchers on Wednesday published scathing critiques of a study President Trump repeatedly touted on Twitter. That study, published earlier this month in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, claimed to show that hydroxychloroquine saved lives.
New study offers more evidence that hydroxychloroquine doesn’t treat coronavirus
(CNN) A new report has added to the growing body of evidence that the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine does not help coronavirus patients get better. In fact, combining it with an antibiotic actually raises the risk of death by 27%, the study found.
The meta-analysis — a study of studies — looked at 29 different pieces of research on the drug, which was once heavily promoted by the White House and which Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro still touts.
“Hydroxychloroquine alone was not associated with reduced mortality in hospitalized Covid-19 patients, but the combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin significantly increased mortality,” said the study, which was published in the journal Clinical Microbiology and Infection.
“There is already a great number of studies that have evaluated hydroxychloroquine alone or in combination and it seems unlikely at this stage that any efficacy will ever emerge. Our results suggest that there is no need for further studies evaluating these molecules.”
Inside Brazil’s cult of hydroxychloroquine
Brasilia, Brazil (CNN)The police cavalry horses pranced through red dust towards an open grave nobody expected would be dug for Sgt. Jonas Mendonça. The 58-year-old military policeman was slightly overweight but otherwise healthy, his family says, when he got mild Covid-19 symptoms. Four days later, a fierce fever hit and he was hospitalized.
WHO suspends hydroxychloroquine trial as COVID-19 treatment
The World Health Organization said Monday it had temporarily suspended clinical trials of hydroxychloriquine as a potential treatment for COVID-19 being carried out across a range of countries as a precautionary measure.
The decision came after publication last week of a study in The Lancet which indicated that using the drug on COVID-19 patients could increase their chances of dying, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference.
President Trump is wrong in so many ways about hydroxychloroquine studies.
(CNN)There are several treatments being studied to prevent or treat coronavirus, but President Trump has been a cheerleader for one in particular: hydroxychloroquine, a drug currently used to treat malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Publisher of hydroxychloroquine says research didn’t meet its standards
(CNN) President Trump has been a cheerleader for the drug hydroxychloroquine, pointing in a tweet and in person to a French study as evidence that one particular drug combination might be “one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine.”
Potential Covid-19 Treatment May Cause Fatal Arrhythmia
Effect of Hydroxychloroquine on Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence
…cardiotoxicity and neuromyotoxicity can also occur. To date, up to 70 cases of cardiotoxicity have been reported in the literature, although less than half of these have been proven on endomyocardial biopsy. In the past, CQ has been predominantly implicated,4–10 but more recently several reports of HCQ-induced cardiomyopathy have emerged…
And in the Bioweapon Theory of the Coronavirus category:
Weird science: How a ‘shoddy’ Bannon-backed paper on coronavirus origins made its way to an audience of millions
(CNN) It was a blockbuster story. A respected Chinese virologist appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News in mid-September to share the results of her just-completed report. The conclusion: The novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19 was likely engineered in a Chinese lab. On Carlson’s show, she claimed it was intentionally released into the world.
Now to address the self-centered dimwit ASSHOLES in this world:
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