Daily Archives: December 1, 2021
OK, you’ve all heard this new word everyone’s using, right?
This is what that is. Except for the annoyance that QR menus are, there is nothing “wrong” or “dangerous” about them. Now I could be off base here-perhaps we are witnessing some kind of hyper-paranoia where she thinks her vaccine status is being tracked while she orders an El Presidente margarita at Chili’s, this is nothing but a signal to her crazed wombat followers that she is resisting COVID precautions. Big fucking deal.
We could go on and on recounting Donald Trump’s greatest hits in brainrot. Few people I know of are as delusional as he is. Logic is not his strong suit:
President Donald Trump argued this week that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is evidence that he won the 2020 election.
Trump made the remarks during an interview with GBN host Nigel Farage. The interview was recorded on Monday and it aired on Wednesday.
While speaking to Farage, the former president declined to characterize his Jan. 6 rally as a “mistake” despite the attack on the Capitol.
“January 6 was a protest,” he insisted. “I have never spoken in front of a crowd that size. Nobody ever talks about that. And then, unfortunately, some bad things happened. But also, the other side had some very bad things happen.”
What the fuck other side is he talking about? Is he referring to the bonkers conspiracy theory that antifa agents provocateurs were riling up the crowd to escalate the violence? Who knows. Anyway:
He also said that he understood how the crowd felt.
“They were so angered and so upset and people crying,” he recalled. “They were so angered by it. Now, if you lost the election, people don’t act that way. And they knew that we won the election and they went there.”
More like you fed them lies about the election, shithead- and that is why they acted that way. You can produce a mob with both truth and fiction.
I’m not an expert at anything. I can admit that. Whenever I write, generally it can be assumed that I know only the tip of the iceberg on a given subject. I try not to speak out of my depth.
You cannot say that about Rand Paul.
Rand’s even had his own problems with certifying his own expertise, but you’ll note that now he is a virologist. No doubt you saw his nearly hilarious but ultimately infuriating dustups with Anthony Fauci about what he did or did not do to engineer viruses to be more transmissible. He’s not above slinging a conspiracy theory; in fact he did accuse Fauci and others of being directly responsible for the creation and subsequent leak of COVID-19 from the lab.
Paul made the allegation during an appearance on Newsmax’s “Spicer & Co.,” hosted by former Trump White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
Responding to Spicer’s questioning about “a lot of big pharmaceutical companies making a lot of money, that have a lot to gain by, sort of, say, Let’s have another booster and let’s have more people have to get vaccinated,” Paul said, “Why doesn’t Joe Biden speed up the second vaccine? I think we’re long overdue on the second vaccine … They have the ability to create these vaccines within a month or two. The one for the delta variant’s been sitting on the shelf now for months. Why aren’t they using it? ‘Cause the thing is, is Big Pharma or is a monetary incentive — have we already bought so much of the old vaccine that we’ve got to use up the old vaccine before we use the new vaccine?”
He must have needed the 75 foot roll of tinfoil for this gobbledygook.
Actual experts, unsurprisingly, disagree:
The available COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be effective against the virus and previously discovered variants. And Paul presented no evidence that pharmaceutical companies are holding back other vaccines.
A study released in September by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that as the delta variant spread during the summer, the vast majority of those who became infected with it were unvaccinated. NBC reported that the vaccine “remained highly effective” in preventing hospitalization in people under 65.
Former acting CDC Director Dr. Richard Besser told NBC, “These vaccines still remain extremely effective at preventing what we are most concerned about: severe infection, hospitalization and death.”
Multiple studies from across the world have found similar results, showing that the vaccine is effective against the alpha, beta, and delta variants.
On its website, the CDC notes, “The COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized in the United States are highly effective at preventing severe disease and death, including against the Delta variant.”
This is just another in a litany of attempts to discredit the vaccine program already in effect. Rand’s a fucking creep for misinforming and misleading yet more people about the nature of what’s already working.
Is it really hyperbole anymore to suggest that America is sliding towards fascism?
One of the things that makes it difficult is that the definition of fascism is a slippery one. It’s closeness to Nazism, much like the closeness of socialism to communism, make its tenets hard to isolate. One German scholar thinks that “Christian Nationalism” is the way forward for fascism in the United States:
Christian nationalism is a threat to democracy, according to a German expert on fascism.
And she explained that she does not think the comparisons between America today and 1930s Germany are overblown.
The signs of fascism that Brockschmidt listed include a “myth of a golden past,” describing enemies as “not real Americans,” veneration of law and order, and anti-intellectualism.
She also noted the “creation of unreality or a separate reality.”
“QAnon is the 2021 version of the blood libel,” she said.
And we’re in the muck of Christian Nationalism deep already. Someday this photo will go in history books.