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Tue Sep 15, 2020, 11:08 AM

Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history--until now.

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Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now. The 2020 election is literally a matter of life and death. We urge you to vote for health, science and Joe Biden for President.

8:01 AM · Sep 15, 2020




Scientific American Endorses Joe Biden

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scientific-american-endorses-joe-biden/

Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history. This year we are compelled to do so. We do not do this lightly.

The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science. The most devastating example is his dishonest and inept response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which cost more than 190,000 Americans their lives by the middle of September. He has also attacked environmental protections, medical care, and the researchers and public science agencies that help this country prepare for its greatest challenges. That is why we urge you to vote for Joe Biden, who is offering fact-based plans to protect our health, our economy and the environment. These and other proposals he has put forth can set the country back on course for a safer, more prosperous and more equitable future.

The pandemic would strain any nation and system, but Trump's rejection of evidence and public health measures have been catastrophic in the U.S. He was warned many times in January and February about the onrushing disease, yet he did not develop a national strategy to provide protective equipment, coronavirus testing or clear health guidelines. Testing people for the virus, and tracing those they may have infected, is how countries in Europe and Asia have gained control over their outbreaks, saved lives, and successfully reopened businesses and schools. But in the U.S., Trump claimed, falsely, that “anybody that wants a test can get a test.” That was untrue in March and remained untrue through the summer. Trump opposed $25 billion for increased testing and tracing that was in a pandemic relief bill as late as July. These lapses accelerated the spread of disease through the country—particularly in highly vulnerable communities that include people of color, where deaths climbed disproportionately to those in the rest of the population.

It wasn't just a testing problem: if almost everyone in the U.S. wore masks in public, it could save about 66,000 lives by the beginning of December, according to projections from the University of Washington School of Medicine. Such a strategy would hurt no one. It would close no business. It would cost next to nothing. But Trump and his vice president flouted local mask rules, making it a point not to wear masks themselves in public appearances. Trump has openly supported people who ignored governors in Michigan and California and elsewhere as they tried to impose social distancing and restrict public activities to control the virus. He encouraged governors in Florida, Arizona and Texas who resisted these public health measures, saying in April—again, falsely—that “the worst days of the pandemic are behind us” and ignoring infectious disease experts who warned at the time of a dangerous rebound if safety measures were loosened.

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Reply Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history--until now. (Original post)
fleur-de-lisa Sep 15 OP
Spazito Sep 15 #1
cayugafalls Sep 15 #2
calimary Sep 15 #3
Upthevibe Sep 15 #4
Sympthsical Sep 15 #5
llmart Sep 15 #6
DFW Sep 15 #13
cp Sep 15 #7
JDC Sep 15 #8
Javaman Sep 15 #9
rkleinberger Sep 15 #10
Jim__ Sep 15 #11
fleur-de-lisa Sep 15 #12
demmiblue Sep 15 #14
malaise Sep 15 #15
LanternWaste Sep 15 #16
Cha Sep 15 #17
warmfeet Sep 15 #18
tandem5 Sep 15 #19
Buckeye_Democrat Sep 15 #20
3catwoman3 Sep 15 #24
bdamomma Sep 15 #21
MyMission Sep 15 #22
IronLionZion Sep 15 #23
TigressDem Sep 15 #25
burrowowl Sep 16 #26
Sherman A1 Sep 16 #27
BumRushDaShow Sep 16 #28

Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:06 PM

1. K&R n/t

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:50 PM

2. Kick and Rec...

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:52 PM

3. Good! Glad they're taking a public stand.

The very survival of our planet is at stake.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:55 PM

4. fleur-de-lisa......

Thank you for the post. It was a straight-forward assessment.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 01:03 PM

5. Daaaamn

That's significant, because they try to be as apolitical as possible.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 01:06 PM

6. That's great but...

I doubt it would sway anyone that is still on the fence. GOP'ers don't "do" science and have probably never even seen a copy of Scientific American, and trump supporters don't read.

However, every little bit helps.

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Response to llmart (Reply #6)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 01:58 PM

13. Took the words right out my mouth.

It's not going to sway anyone because it comes from a publication that Republicans don't even know exists.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 01:18 PM

7. K&R!

Thank you

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 01:22 PM

8. Good news

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 01:26 PM

9. If the orange murderer wins

Expect a new kind of dark ages in science.

The nut jobs will reject anything that doesn’t immediately benefit them. Only later will they realize their fuck up, but like everything they do, it will be too late. For example: virus is a hoax then they themselves get it and die

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 01:51 PM

10. Trump supporters don't have the IQs to read yet alone understand the content of Scientific American.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 01:53 PM

11. The picture in the tweet doesn't show Trump.

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Response to Jim__ (Reply #11)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 01:55 PM

12. Oh, I missed that. Good catch!

And good likeness!

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 02:29 PM

14. K&R

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 02:35 PM

15. This should be a huge story on M$Greedia

but I won't hold my breath

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 04:44 PM

16. K&R, nt

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 07:48 PM

17. Rt.. tons of Rts & Likes!

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 07:55 PM

18. I hope this becomes a regular thing going forward.

Without science, many of us would not be here on this forum, nor anywhere else.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 07:58 PM

19. The thought of a Trumper tearing up or burning an issue of SciAm in protest cracks me up.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 07:58 PM

20. Only Six Percent Of Scientists Are Republicans: Pew Poll

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/229382/amp

It looks like it's up to the scientists to save us again!

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #20)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 10:06 PM

24. That's a very interesting stat.

We don’t need no steenkin’ science.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 07:59 PM

21. I'm

all for health and science.

Death cult can go to hell. Really.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 08:53 PM

22. Excellent

Thanks for sharing this.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:22 PM

23. Unscientific Russian can endorse the other candidate nt

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 10:24 PM

25. Joe is great. However, to break such a tradition of non-interferance it's about stopping the damage.

It's like Dump is putting America's brain in a wood chipper and calling it "good".



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Response to TigressDem (Reply #25)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 02:29 AM

26. You nailed it!

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 06:39 AM

27. Thanks for posting

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 10:04 AM

28. I saw the LBN yesterday and was really surprised

because I don't recall ever seeing their name involved in politics.

There are so many hundreds of "major" scientific journals out there now, with even more online-only. SA used to be the most well known - the gold standard - and one of the old stalwarts, which until now, seemed to have faded in the background.

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