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The Numbing of America 0

E. J. Montini is not sanguine.

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Vaccine Nation 0

David dissects the disinformation. (Warning: Short commercial at the end,)

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Twits off Twitter 0

Charles Blow reports that, anticipating the effects of Muskrat love, he severely cut back on his Twitter usage last spring. He says that withdrawal was difficult, but that

Cutting back on Twitter changed my life … for the better.

Follow the link to learn more of his experience.

And, remember, “social” media isn’t.

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Vaccine Nation 0

And here we go again . . . .

We are a society of stupid.

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Vaccine Nation 0

Suffer the children.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

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I Think I No the Answer 0

Michael in Norfolk has a question:

As a history nerd I often wonder whether every day Germans in the early 1930’s realized they were losing their democracy or were they blinded to what was happening politically . . . .

Follow the link for his thoughts on the matter.

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The Privatization Scam 0

In a letter to the editor of the Newark Star-Ledger, a doctor explains how “Medicare Acvantage” plans work to the advantage of insurance companies, but not to that of anyone else.

Aside:

Being of a certain age, we have been tormented by a torrent of spam phone calls during this “Medicare Open Enrollment” period. And all the callers seem to read from the same script.

I blush to say that I an no longer able to respond to them with courtesy.

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Twits on Twitter, Vaccine Nation Dept. 0

Virginia’s Governor Trumpkin.

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The Medicine Show 0

Or you can read the transcript here.

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Vaccine Nation 0

Rebecca Watson quantifies the quackery.

Transcript here.

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Vaccine Nation 0

There’s a little less disinformation crowding the Disinformation Superhighway today.

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The Analgesic 0

Doctor labeled

Via Juanita Jean.

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“But It’s the Only Possible Explanation” 0

At the Seattle Times, Nancy Chappelle tells of the toll that conspiracy theories about COVID-19 have taken on her friendships.

It is a compelling and distressing read.

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Fly the Fiendly Skies 0

They get fiendlier every day.

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All That Was Old Is New Again 0

David and a caller discuss whether Monkey Pox will follow the same arc as AIDS, which, as you may recall if you are old like me, was originally referred to as “gay-related immune deficiency” and was therefore considered by some not to be an illness, but to be “just deserts.” (Warning: Short promo at the end.)

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Vaccine Nation 0

Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as poetic justice.

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“Facts Are What People Think” 0

Hal MacDonald, writing at Psychology Today Blogs, explores why persons refuse to accept proven facts. He opens his article with a conversation he overheard at the barbershop:

“COVID’s not a virus at all,” the man said with impressive conviction. “It’s actually a protein synthesized from snake venom. The government’s adding it to the drinking water of certain target populations to cull the herd.”

When the man to whom he was speaking politely but skeptically asked where he had stumbled upon that particular explanation, the proponent of the venom theory of COVID was completely unfazed. “It’s a scientific fact,” he said. “A well-known chiropractor has done a ton of research on the subject.”

Follow the link for his thoughts about why some persons are susceptible to such claptrap and what can be done about it.

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Vaccine Nation 0

A judicial reversal.

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Vaccine Nation 0

At the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Drake Bentley runs the numbers.

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American Exceptionalism 0

Man in hospital bed going through bills.  Caption:  USA.  Arguably the only wealthy nation that doesn't make certain that all its citizens have affordable health care.

Image via Job’s Anger.

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