60 percent of the time

Apr 26th, 2020 11:17 am | By

The Post shares a numerical breakdown of Trump’s firehose of egotism at his virus rallies:

What began as daily briefings meant to convey public health information have become de facto political rallies conducted from the West Wing of the White House. Trump offers little in the way of accurate medical information or empathy for coronavirus victims, instead focusing on attacking his enemies and lauding himself and his allies.

He’s done 60 percent of the talking at the rallies disguised as briefings on the pandemic. He has by far the least to say of anyone there yet he uses up the majority of the time to say his tiny least over and over and over again.

The president has spoken for more than 28 hours in the 35 briefings held since March 16, eating up 60 percent of the time that officials spoke, according to a Washington Post analysis of annotated transcripts from Factba.se, a data analytics company.

Over the past three weeks, the tally comes to more than 13 hours of Trump — including two hours spent on attacks and 45 minutes praising himself and his administration, but just 4½ minutes expressing condolences for coronavirus victims.

And the 4½ minutes were written for him to read by other people. Spontaneous genuine condolences? Zip.

Trump has attacked someone in 113 out of 346 questions he has answered — or a third of his responses. He has offered false or misleading information in nearly 25 percent of his remarks. And he has played videos praising himself and his administration’s efforts three times, including one that was widely derided as campaign propaganda produced by White House aides at taxpayer expense.

Most people would feel too much shame to do that, even if they wanted to. Trump can’t even perceive that it’s shameful.

The president repeatedly returns to the same topics, frequently treating questions as cues for familiar talking points. He has, for instance, mentioned the nation’s testing capacity in 14 percent of his comments, talked about the country’s ventilator supply in 12 percent and waxed on about his imposition of travel bans — particularly from China — in 9 percent. 

[“Waxed” isn’t a synonym for “talked” or “blathered.”] That repeated return to familiar [i.e. stale] talking points is a symptom of a very empty head, as well as Alzheimer’s.

Trump has also offered a response to a question posed to someone else more than a third of the time that occurred, including queries that the intended official had already answered.

He’s the least informed person there, but he talks over the experts. Conceit is a terrible, terrible drug, my friends. Give it a wide berth.

Expressions of empathy from Trump are rare. The president has mentioned coronavirus victims in just eight briefings in three weeks, mostly in prepared remarks. In the first week of April, when the nation’s focus was largely on the hard-hit New York region, Trump began several briefings by expressing his condolences for the victims there.

“We continue to send our prayers to the people of New York and New Jersey, and to our whole country,” Trump said on April 6, offering similar sentiments the following day: “We grieve alongside every family who has lost a precious loved one.”

That doesn’t actually count, because it’s reading someone else’s words. He doesn’t mean it, he doesn’t care about it, he just reads it aloud.

Last Sunday — as the death toll in the United States climbed past 40,000 and more than 22 million Americans were unemployed — a CNN reporter sparked Trump’s ire when he noted the grim milestones and asked, “Is this really the time for self-congratulations?”

“What I’m doing is I’m standing up for the men and women that have done such an incredible job,” Trump responded. He added that he was “also sticking up for doctors and nurses and military doctors and nurses,” before eventually angrily dismissing the question as “fake news.”

Not fake at all though.

Some administration officials, outside Republicans and other Trump allies say the briefings have increasingly become a distraction, and they fear they are doing more to harm than help the president’s reelection hopes. They worry that Trump is squandering the opportunity to demonstrate presidential leadership and be the “wartime president” he has claimed to be by picking petty fights and appearing childish and distracted.

Oh there’s no need to worry about that, he’s always picked petty fights and appeared childish and distracted. Sure it’s worse during a pandemic, but…but…but her emails, that’s what.

Never one to be upstaged

Apr 26th, 2020 6:56 am | By

West Point sent students home and were unsure about having a graduation ceremony.

The Naval Academy, for its part, decided it was too risky to recall its nearly 1,000 graduating midshipmen to Annapolis, Md., for a commencement. Those graduates will have a virtual event. But the Air Force Academy, in contrast to the other schools, sent home its underclassmen, locked down its seniors on campus, moved up graduation, mandated social distancing — and went ahead with plans for Vice President Mike Pence to be its speaker.

And so last Friday, the day before Mr. Pence was to speak at the Air Force ceremony in Colorado, Mr. Trump, never one to be upstaged, abruptly announced that he would, in fact, be speaking at West Point.

Uh oh! West Point didn’t know that, so a mad scramble was necessary.

The academy had been looking at the option of a delayed presidential commencement in June, but had yet to complete any plans. With Mr. Trump’s pre-emptive statement, they are now summoning 1,000 cadets scattered across the country to return to campus in New York, the state that is the center of the outbreak.

Come back and risk death so that Trump can have yet another vanity opp.

West Point officials said this week that they were taken aback by the impromptu announcement. Of the many graduation options under review, Mr. Trump had pre-empted their planning.

Because his vanity is more important than their safety and health. His vanity is more important than anything.

General Williams said in a telephone interview that returning seniors would be tested off-campus for the coronavirus. Those who test negative will then be sent to the school, where they will be monitored for 14 days before graduation. While the campus has enough dormitory rooms for the 1,000 seniors, General Williams said that he was still deciding whether seniors would share bedrooms on their return.

“All 1,000 of them will not intermix,” he said. “They’ll be in their rooms. They’ll have their masks on. Groups will be segregated in the mess hall when they eat.”

In other words they’ll be summoned back into a dangerous area and then held prisoner for two weeks just so that Donald Trump can do another strut.

Some faculty say this is not only inconvenient to cadets, but it is also a risk to their mental well-being. It has been an academic year marred by tragedy even before the outbreak. One cadet was killed and 21 others injured last June after a military vehicle overturned en route to a training exercise near the academy. In October, a cadet killed himself.

Never mind all that, because Trump.

Blame the WHO

Apr 25th, 2020 3:49 pm | By

To get revenge for his failures Trump is pushing to destroy the WHO altogether.

Trump and his top aides are working behind the scenes to sideline the World Health Organization on several new fronts as they seek to shift blame for the coronavirus pandemic to the world body, according to U.S. and foreign officials involved in the discussions.

Last week, the president announced a 60-day hold on U.S. money to the WHO, but other steps by his top officials go beyond a temporary funding freeze, raising concerns about the permanent weakening of the organization amid a rapidly spreading crisis.

At the State Department, officials are stripping references to the WHO from coronavirus fact sheets, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has instructed his employees to “cut out the middle man” when it comes to public health initiatives the United States previously supported through the WHO.

They’re redirecting money that would have gone to the WHO to public health NGOs.

At the United Nations Security Council, the Trump administration has delayed a resolution responding to the health crisis, which the French have been trying to advance for weeks, because it disagrees with draft language that expresses support for the WHO, European officials said.

And they blocked that G-20 statement on the pandemic because it failed to say “the WHO sucks.”

The White House is imploring allies to question the organization’s credibility and push claims that its employees routinely go on excessive “luxury travel,” as one White House official, Sarah Makin Acciani, told a group of surrogates in a recent phone call without offering evidence, a transcript of which has been obtained by The Post.

How repulsive – especially from Trump and his gang, who rack up huge Secret Service bills for Trump and his entire family every weekend.

European officials view domestic American politics as an obstacle to an effective response to the crisis.

“The U.S. administration is very fixated on the reelection campaign and on who can get blamed for this catastrophic covid-19 situation in the U.S.,” said a senior European official. “They are blaming WHO and China for it. Therefore it is very difficult to agree on a common language about the WHO.”

Scapegoat much?

Have a good day Madam

Apr 25th, 2020 2:57 pm | By

Something in my eye…

Too pure

Apr 25th, 2020 12:49 pm | By

Speaking of bleach

Weeks after CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, tested positive for COVID-19, he announced that his wife, Cristina Greeven Cuomo, tested positive as well

Cristina Greeven Cuomo runs a health and wellness site called “The Purist,” where she blogged about her unusual regimen while battling the virus, including bathing in a bleach solution. She said she decided to give it a try as a “more affordable” alternative to an IV vitamin drip to purportedly “neutralize heavy metals” in the body.

Bleach is very affordable, that’s true, but it’s also very fucking toxic.

Also why do people with no actual medical training claim to teach “wellness”? I’m Googling her and all I see by way of training is

Her training is in Ayurveda, medical radiesthesia, radionics, energy healing, nutrition, herbal medicine and detoxification methods…

What is “medical radiesthesia”? It’s dowsing. I Googled that too, and it’s dowsing the body. “Her training” is in woo. She should no more be running a “health and wellness site” than Trump should be telling us to drink bleach. She and Gwyneth Paltrow should knock it off.

“While IVs are subject to cost and are not cheap (a vitamin drip ranges around $300 whereas a hospital will charge thousands of dollars for them and for medication that has no proven studies behind them), I wanted to try a more affordable way I heard about to neutralize heavy metals: take a bath,” Cuomo writes.

She writes that Dr. Linda Lancaster suggested a bath with “a nominal amount of bleach,” and explained that the idea is to “combat the radiation and metals in my system and oxygenate it.” 

No no that’s not the way to do it, the way to do it is to make passes in the air with your hands, sprinkle sugar over your dog, and paint a hex on your roof so that the flying demons will reverse course.

Cuomo says since she had no sense of smell or open cuts, she decided to try it. “So, I add a small amount—1/4 to 1/2 cup ONLY—of Clorox to a full bath of warm water (80 gallons),” she writes. However, many doctors advise against trying this and warn in stark terms that it could be dangerous.

And I bet zero doctors advise for trying this.

In an email to CBS News, microbiologist Dr. Dean Hart said bathing in bleach is a bad idea. 

“While [we] in science do not like to speak in absolutism, I have never heard, ever, of a bleach bath being recommended for the treatment of any disease,” Hart said. “Don’t do that. It is not a good idea, in fact, it’s a bad idea. It could hurt you. The air becomes toxic around a bleach or chlorine bath. This has the potential to be very harmful, whether you are observing through your skin or breathing.”

It’s a bad, dangerous, potentially lethal idea, yet there she is blithely advising it pn her health and wellness site called “The Purist.” Bleach makes you pure all right, pure and dead.

The president became increasingly excited

Apr 25th, 2020 12:14 pm | By

The NY Times on Trump’s little gaffe:

In Maryland, so many callers flooded a health hotline with questions that the state’s Emergency Management Agency had to issue a warning that “under no circumstances” should any disinfectant be taken to treat the coronavirus. In Washington State, officials urged people not to consume laundry detergent capsules. Across the country on Friday, health professionals sounded the alarm.

Injecting bleach or highly concentrated rubbing alcohol “causes massive organ damage and the blood cells in the body to basically burst,” Dr. Diane P. Calello, the medical director of the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System, said in an interview. “It can definitely be a fatal event.”

Oddly enough, massive organ damage isn’t a cure for COVD-19.

“And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute,” Mr. Trump said after a presentation from William N. Bryan, an acting under secretary for science at the Department of Homeland Security, detailed the virus’s possible susceptibility to bleach and alcohol.

Well it’s like this – lots of things are susceptible to bleach, or fire, or nuclear weapons. If you have flies in your house you can burn the house down to get rid of them (they’ll still be in the vicinity, but they’re not in the house any more), but then you have to deal with the no-house issue. It’s the same principle with chugging bleach to wipe out a virus. There’s this word “overkill”? Perhaps you’ve heard it? Chugging bleach would definitely be overkill.

“I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen,” Mr. Trump said on Friday to journalists gathered in the Oval Office. The president said he had posed his theory on cleaning the body with disinfectant “in the form of a sarcastic question to a reporter,” which also was not true — he had said it unprompted to Mr. Bryan.

“Unprompted” is a useful word when it comes to Trump. It so often describes what he’s doing. He’s startlingly random, which is one of our chief signals of the slushy state of his brain. Nobody asked him for his thoughts on drinking bleach, he offered them without any prompting at all whatsoever.

Others inside the administration raised questions about why Mr. Bryan, whose background is not in health or science, had been invited to deliver a presentation. Mr. Bryan, whose expertise is in energy infrastructure and security, is serving in an acting capacity as the head of the department’s science and technology directorate.

Also there’s a whistleblower complaint saying he manipulated government policy to serve his financial interests and then lied to Congress about it, but whatever.

Mr. Bryan was invited by the vice president’s office to coronavirus task force meetings on Wednesday and Thursday to talk about a study that his department had done relating to heat and the conditions in which the coronavirus can thrive or be dampened. On Thursday, Mr. Bryan presented a graphic to the room, according to four people briefed on the events.

A graphic! No wonder Trump paid attention.

Before Mr. Bryan took the lectern in the White House Briefing Room, Dr. Birx and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, a member of the coronavirus task force, made a few revisions to his presentation, officials said.

As he listened to Mr. Bryan, the president became increasingly excited, and also felt the need to demonstrate his own understanding of science, according to three of the advisers. So Mr. Trump went ahead with his theories about the chemicals.

Oh lord. Trump getting excited. Trump getting increasingly excited. What a nightmare that conjures up.

Mr. Trump’s hopeful comments about disinfectant use coincided with an alarming rise in accidents with household cleaning products in recent weeks, according to doctors who monitor activity at poison call centers. On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a growing number of calls to poison control centers and a significant increase in accidental exposures to household cleaners and disinfectants.

The F.D.A. has moved to tamp down on merchants online that have encouraged the ingestion of products made with disinfectants and cleaning agents, including chlorine dioxide, a compound commonly used as a bleach. The products have found favor with conspiracy theorists and fringe activists online who peddle chlorine dioxide as “Magical Mineral Solution,” or M.M.S.

And then

Pledge on your pancakes

Apr 25th, 2020 11:38 am | By

MP=Misogynist Prat?

Apr 25th, 2020 11:05 am | By

We encountered John Nicolson MP a few days ago, calling AllianceLGB “sinister” while also saying he has no idea who they are. Yesterday he summoned the police to witness his new wild accusations.

Why is he summoning the police? Why is he doing so on Twitter? Why is he sounding like an anti-Semite ranting about Soros? What is wrong with him?

Replies are harsh.

Not so much visibility as disguise

Apr 24th, 2020 5:46 pm | By

Heyyy it’s Lesbian Visibility Week so…

Jane Fae isn’t a lesbian though, on account of how Jane Fae is a man. Men don’t get to steal lesbianism any more than they get to steal being a woman or women’s places in athletic competitions. Jane Fae aka John Ozimek is stealing a place on the Visible Lesbian List from an actual lesbian, and that is crap.

“Health problems” like rigor mortis

Apr 24th, 2020 5:38 pm | By

This should have been worded much more strongly.

There is no “can” about it, and by “health problems” they mean agonizing pain and then death.

Just breathing too much bleach is dangerous. Someone I know had to go to the ER after getting too enthusiastic while scouring the kitchen counters. The very idea of ingesting the stuff is nightmarish.

The CDC should have said very clearly that household cleaners and disinfectants are poisons, end of story. But the CDC is part of the executive branch so…

ChickenDonald is trending

Apr 24th, 2020 5:04 pm | By

He’s sulking.

A day after he floated the idea of using disinfectants and light to treat COVID-19, President Donald Trump declined to take any questions at his daily coronavirus briefing at the White House.

“If you don’t like my brilliant ideas you don’t get to ask me questions any more.”


The briefing — which can sometimes last about two hours — was over in just over 20 minutes, following remarks from Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and FDA head Stephen Hahn. The two top government doctors charged with combating the coronavirus crisis, Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, were not in attendance.

No party for Donnie today.

And really have that dialogue

Apr 24th, 2020 4:48 pm | By

Oh for heaven’s SAKE.

Yes, we know, we could tell. He was “digesting the information” that disinfectants can remove a virus from hard surfaces, and telling us all about it the way a toddler tells us all about what she just learned. It’s sweet when a toddler does it, it’s not sweet at all when a 73-year-old criminal who is president of the US does it.

He’s way too old and way too in a responsible job that he himself sought to be just learning basic facts of that kind, let alone babbling nonsense at us in public about what he just learned, let alone babbling nonsense of the type “it would be a good idea for everyone to drink Lysol to get the virus out.”

Of course he had just learned it. Of course he was vomiting out every stupid thought about it that floated through the mush inside his skull. We know all that. None of that makes it okay.

That was done in the form of a sarcastic question

Apr 24th, 2020 12:50 pm | By

Transcript of that chat with reporters today:

Trump: When I was asking a sarcastic — a very sarcastic question to the reporters in the room about disinfectant on the inside, but it does kill it, and it would kill it on the hands and that would make things much better. That was done in the form of a sarcastic question to a reporter.

Reporter: But you were asking your medical experts to look into it.

Trump: To look into whether or not sun — and disinfectant on the hands — but whether or not sun can help us. Because, I mean he came in yesterday and he said they’ve done a big study. This is a study. This isn’t where he hasn’t done it. This is where they’ve come in with a final report that sun has a massive impact negatively on this virus. In other words, it does not live well with humidity and it doesn’t live well with sun, sunlight, heat. It doesn’t live well with heat and sun and and disinfectant. And that’s what I brought up, and I thought that was clear.

He still hasn’t explained how he’s going to get sun inside the body.

I do think that disinfectant on the hands could have a very good effect. Now, Bill is going back to check that in the laboratory. You know, it’s an amazing laboratory, by the way. It’s amazing the work they do. So, he’s going to check because a hard surface. This is a hard surface I guess maybe depending on whose hand you’re talking about, right? But this is a hard surface and disinfectant, disinfectant has an unbelievable — it wipes it out. You saw it? Sun and heat, and humidity and you wipe it out. And this is from tests — they’ve been doing these tests for a number of months. And the result — so then I said, ‘Well, how do we do it inside the body or even outside the body with the hands and disinfectant I think would work.’ He thinks it would work. When you use it when you’re doing your hands. I guess that’s one of the reasons they say wash your hands, but whether it’s washing hands or disinfectant on your hands, it’s very good. So, they’re going to start looking at that. And there is a way of, you know, if light — if sun, sun itself that sun has a tremendous impact on or kills it like in one — it goes from what was it? Hours to like one minute instead.

So, I said you got to go back and look, but I’d like them now to look as it pertains to the human body. Not just sitting on a railing or sitting on a wall. I’d like to look as it pertains because maybe there’s something there. They have to work with — I’m not a doctor. They have to work with their doctors. but maybe there is something to light, and the human body, and helping people that are dying.

In other words he wants them to get the UV rays inside the body. Not just sitting on a railing where the rays are outside, but inside the body. They have to bring it inside the body, through the skin or some other way. They have to work with their doctors though – none of this amateur shit.

Context, people

Apr 24th, 2020 12:08 pm | By

Oh wait, it turns out Trump was quoted out of context. You may wonder how that’s possible given that he said what he said at a live press briefing and there are many video clips of it with no telltale gaps or jerks where something was edited out, but that’s just because you’re a Nelitist.

The White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, on Friday said the news media had taken President Donald Trump’s statements on Thursday — when he said the US should investigate whether injecting disinfectant into people’s bodies might cure COVID-19 — out of context to run negative stories.

“President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment, a point that he emphasized again during yesterdays’ briefing,” McEnany said in a statement. “Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines.”

Yes see the trouble with that is that it’s irrelevant. Trump said what he said, and it doesn’t matter that he has also said talktoyourdoctor. The point is not that he said “Pour Lysol down your throat right now,” the point is that he’s stupid and ignorant enough to talk about injecting disinfectant because it cleans hard surfaces so fast. The point is that he stood up in public and suggested that as an “interesting” idea for the medical experts to look into. (Mind you the point is also that some people could actually try it, but the sheer breathtaking stupidity is enough all by itself.)

The American Cleaning Institute also put out its own press release Friday “in response to speculation about the use of disinfectants in or on one’s body.”

“Disinfectants are meant to kill germs or viruses on hard surfaces,” the statement said. “Under no circumstances should they ever be used on one’s skin, ingested or injected internally. We remind everyone to please use all hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting products as directed in order to ensure safe, effective and intended use of those products.”

But Trump said the hands are a hard surface. He said it just this morning, in the Oval Office, talking to reporters. There are clips of that too.

How to medical

Apr 24th, 2020 11:49 am | By

So she is my new favorite person.

H/t Alan Henness

If sun, sun itself

Apr 24th, 2020 11:32 am | By

More of Trump’s sarcasm:

I do think this – I do think disinfectant on the hands could have a very good effect. Now Bill az gone back to check that in the laboratory, you know it’s an amazing laboratory, by the way, it’s amazing, the work that they do. So [rubbing his hands together vigorously] he’s going to check…because…it’s a hard surface, this is a hard surface [meaning, his hands, which he rubs together some more so we’ll understand], I guess maybe depending on whose hands yer talking about, right, but thiss sa hard surface [rubbing hands demonstratively] and disinfectant – [flinging himself back in his chair with passion] disinfectant has an unbelievable – it wipes it out.

Ok so to sum up so far – hands are a hard surface and disinfectant wipes “it” out on a hard surface, so…the GI tract is also a hard surface, just like hands, so it will totally work? Also, sir, is this part of the sarcasm?

Then it becomes about sun and heat and humidity. Wipes it out, he says. Well awesome, then we can all just take hot showers twice a day and we’ll be fine, right?

So I said how do we do it inside the body or even outside the body with the hands, with disinfectant, I think it would work, he thinks it would work –

So…he’s learned that disinfectant works on hard surfaces, and that hands can be cleaned, and he’s somehow decided that hands are hard surfaces, but I’m still not seeing the part of the path where he gets to the inside. It’s something to do with the hands, but what? Does he think we should scrub our hands really well and then scoop up some disinfectant and stick our hands down our throats and into our stomachs? Or what? The little fella is trying so hard to explain but there’s still just that crucial piece missing.

But you use it when you’re doing your hands, I guess that’s one of the reasons they say wash ya hands, but whether it’s washing your hands or disinfectant on ya hands, it’s very good. So…they’re gonna start looking at that, and there is a way of, you know, that if light, if sun [pointing excitedly], sun itself

And there the clip ends.

This will undo all the damage he did yesterday, for sure.

He was being sarcaaaaaastic, obvs

Apr 24th, 2020 11:01 am | By

No, Don, that’s not going to work.

President Donald Trump said Friday that his remarks on injecting disinfectants to treat COVID-19 were sarcasm, after doctors responded with horror and disinfectant manufacturers urged people not to ingest the poisonous substances.

Nope. I mean, obviously that’s just a desperate ploy, but even apart from that – we know his mannerisms, and that was not his sarcastic mode. That was his “Look how smart I am, hearing about disinfectants in the pre-briefing discussion and then thinking up a way to use them even more strongly” mode. That was his big boy in big boy pants talking about sciencey stuff with the scientists because he had this uncle who was brilliant and he’s brilliant too and can talk sciencey and make suggestions and everything mode. People are surprised! People are surprised how brilliant he is, how good at this stuff he is – we’re lucky to have his brilliant suggestions and advice and thinky questions.

“I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters just like you, just to see what would happen,” Trump said on Friday during a bill signing for the coronavirus aid package. “I was asking a sarcastic and a very sarcastic question to the reporters in the room about disinfectant on the inside. But it does kill it and it would kill it on the hands, and it would make things much better.”

He was being sarcastic and very sarcastic but also he meant it and it would TOTALLY WORK and make things much better.

Trump denied he was asking his experts to investigate the issue, and repeatedly reiterated that disinfectant on the hands and sun can damage or kill the coronavirus. He said he was urging his officials to investigate how “sun can help us.”

I mean duh. Why is everybody so stupid? Disinfectant on the hands can damage or kill the coronavirus so OBVIOUSLY it can do it in the stomach too. Clean hands, clean stomach, virus killed. Boom.

Internal administration of disinfectants

Apr 24th, 2020 10:31 am | By

For some reason the makers of Lysol and Dettol have issued a statement saying don’t drink the stuff.

Due to recent speculation and social media activity, RB (the makers of Lysol and Dettol) has been asked whether internal administration of disinfectants may be appropriate for investigation or use as a treatment for coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route).  As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information.

I feel as if I’ve always known this, doubtless because the warnings came so early in childhood that I’ve forgotten them. I wouldn’t, for instance, scrub something with Lysol or any other cleaning product and then eat say an apple or a sandwich without washing my hands first. You just don’t let that stuff into your GI tract in any way.

BuzzFeed adds:

Speaking at the UK government’s daily coronavirus briefing on Friday evening, deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries also urged people not to follow the president’s suggestion.

“Clearly, we would not support [that], from a medical professional perspective, it is really important that people use appropriate treatments that are evidence-based and tested,” she said.

More advice: don’t eat or inject motor oil, perfume, lighter fluid, nail polish, nail polish remover, kerosene, turpentine, shampoo, shaving cream, stain remover, glue, fertilizer, gypsum, nose drops…the list is long. Keep all of them at a safe distance from your mouth.

A martyr for selfishness

Apr 24th, 2020 9:39 am | By

It’s all a conspiracy! A left-wing soshalisst Mooslim atheist health-mongering conspiracy to close our parks and make us drink bleach no wait to tell us not to drink bleach yes that’s it. Ice cream, Mandrake?

A video of a mother arrested in Idaho at a playground that was closed under stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic has quickly gone viral, with far-right social media accounts rallying around her.

But the mother, 40-year-old Sara Walton Brady, wasn’t on the playground simply so her kids could play. Brady is an anti-vaccine activist with connections to several far-right groups in Idaho, and she was participating in an organized protest on Tuesday against the governor’s stay-at-home order. A group of people removed police caution tape to enter the closed playground, the Idaho Statesman reported, and Brady refused police requests to leave before she was arrested.

Because freedom freedom freedom freedom. People should be free to stay home to avoid the virus if they want to and people should be free to cluster in parks to spread the virus around if they want to. That’s freedom!

They expostulate and exclaim as if they were Freedom Riders being dragged off buses in 1964 as opposed to being selfishness-glorifying right-wingers determined to spread a lethal virus.

“I didn’t wake up today thinking, I’m taking my kids to the park to get arrested — but when tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty!” Brady said to supporters following her release. “We have a duty to stand up to tyranny, or we’re gonna lose our republic.”

Except that closing playgrounds during a pandemic isn’t tyranny. They’re closed in my nabe too. There are signs explaining: the playground is a high-touch area (because of the equipment, the swings and slides and the like) so they are wrapped in yellow tape while the rest of the park remains open, with signs warning that they can be closed if they get crowded so don’t crowd them, and people are not crowding them. Efforts to protect public health are not tyranny.

Brady was involved in a protracted and public battle with her local school district concerning her son’s vaccinations in 2017, and her Facebook page is filled with anti-vaccine posts.

In other words she wanted to endanger the other children in her son’s school, while taking advantage of the fact that most or all the other children are vaccinated. The core principle of this “movement” is utter selfishness.

This protest, which was livestreamed on Facebook, was a follow-up to a large rally against stay-at-home restrictions organized by a coalition of radical groups. They include the anti-vaccine group Health Freedom Alliance, the gun rights group Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, and the Idaho Freedom Foundation, a far-right group that wields significant power in the state.

In Idaho, the Second Amendment Alliance organized a rally against her arrest at city hall on Tuesday evening, and then her supporters continued their protests outside the home of the officer who arrested her, which was guarded by four police officers. Video shows Ammon Bundy, who led the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016, joining that demonstration.

Same principle – the occupation of Malheur was about cattle ranchers wanting to use public land to feed their cattle, in other words freedom to steal public goods for private enrichment and to hell with everyone else.

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