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Algernon Moncrieff

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'Vigilante treatments': Anti-vaccine groups push people to leave ICUs

NBC

Anti-vaccine Facebook groups have a new message for their community members: Don’t go to the emergency room, and get your loved ones out of intensive care units.

Consumed by conspiracy theories claiming that doctors are preventing unvaccinated patients from receiving miracle cures or are even killing them on purpose, some people in anti-vaccine and pro-ivermectin Facebook groups are telling those with Covid-19 to stay away from hospitals and instead try increasingly dangerous at-home treatments, according to posts seen by NBC News over the past few weeks.

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Some people in groups that formed recently to promote the false cure ivermectin, an anti-parasite treatment, have claimed extracting Covid patients from hospitals is pivotal so that they can self-medicate at home with ivermectin. But as the patients begin to realize that ivermectin by itself is not effective, the groups have begun recommending a series of increasingly hazardous at-home treatments, such as gargling with iodine, and nebulizing and inhaling hydrogen peroxide, calling it part of a “protocol.”

On Tuesday, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America put out a warning against nebulizing hydrogen peroxide.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Fri Sep 24, 2021, 11:33 AM (21 replies)

Selectivity

I don't post much any more. Maybe I will again sometime, but the Trump years exhausted me in a way nothing else has in the events of my lifetime. I find it increasingly hard to care or think about bigger issues, and instead focus on my immediate family and our near-term future. 9-11 is a day we of my generation choose as a day of mourning and remembrance. Frankly, the last 20 years have been endless mourning, remembrance, ribbons, and half-masting of the flag.

What was done to citizens of this country by religious terrorists was horrible. Do not mistake anything I'm writing to mean anything different.

But we have selective memory in America. If you go out on Facebook, you'll see post after post about how much people miss the way we came together as a nation after the attacks, and how they miss the memory of 9-12. I will say I do remember those days, and when your nation is attacked, patriotic fervor is to be expected. At the time, a lot more folks that lived through WW II were around, and they spoke of how the time after 9-11 reminded them of the time after Pearl Harbor. And that checks out. And if you have a clear, unclouded memory of those days after 9-11, you'll remember how Muslim Americans were harassed; how a Sikh was murdered; and how many Americans wanted Mosques closed and Muslims rounded up and put into camps -- just like America after Pearl Harbor.

Last month, 13 American servicepersons were tragically killed. Republicans called out the President as unfit to lead and threw the word impeachment around. On 9-11, when 3,000 Americans died, we were all told that we shouldn't play the blame game, and it was time to rally around our flag and our President. In fact, I don't remember Ford shouldering too much blame when Saigon fell, and his Secretary of State negotiated the peace deal to end that debacle. Maybe my memory is failing, but I don't remember anyone calling Ronald Reagan unfit after the Marine barracks were bombed in Beirut, nor do I remember lot of opposition to pulling our troops out of there instead of staying the course. If anyone has read this far, feel free to point out if my memory is failing me here.

Our good will and our desire for common cause after 9-11 was crassly exploited. Evidence of Iraqi involvement in 9-11 was stretched beyond the limits of any credibility and the nation was dragged into what was ostensibly a quick war in which we would be greeted as liberators and turned into a quagmire. And we engaged the services of Blackwater - a shadowy para-military organization. And we decided we were fine with torturing people. Last night, I watched Jose Rodriguez being interviewed. His "we-did-what-had-to-be-done" and "it-was-them-or-us" statements sounded very much like the justifications SS and Gestapo officials gave for their actions after WW II. Iraq is why many of us are here at DU. Our opposition to the war - instead of adapting the just-wave-the-flag-and-be-grateful-to-God mentality caused many of us to be shamed in our communities and workplaces. It also caused us to elect Barack Obama -- a perceived sin that many in America will never forgive.

But America comes together in times of crisis and tragedy!

Do we?

In 2012, in Sandy Hook, CT, 20 children aged 6 - 7 - let me repeat that - twenty.children.aged.six.to.seven. - and six teachers were killed because a woman made a horrible error in judgment (for which she paid with her life) and thought firearms would be just the thing for her son with mental health issues. Now, after 9-11, no-fly lists were developed; we all had to go through a CT scan to board an aircraft; and we passed the "Patriot" act to give the feds some pretty sweeping powers. After twenty children were killed with a weapon readily available to any would-be terrorist, we heard accusations of people being "crisis actors" and were lectured about the importance of our second amendment rights (always important unless Black Panthers are the ones carrying said firearms - refer to Reagan, Ronald - during his time Governor of CA). And Sandy Hook was a rinse-and-repeat of Columbine. And Parkland was a rinse and repeat of Sandy Hook. And there was the sniper at Mandalay Bay.

But those, I guess, were small events. You would think that surely we could come together over something big. A huge national threat. But again - you'd be mistaken. As of today, approximately 659,000 Americans have died from the disease that doctors and most Americans call COVID-19, but whom a select group of stubborn Trump supporters insist on calling China-19 because I guess blaming a foreign country makes them feel better somehow. Donald Trump followers are still touting Hydroxychloroquine, or insisting this is a hoax, or insisting that our immune systems are all we need -- and steadfastly fighting sensible public health measures like mask mandates and vaccine requirements. Oddly, Donald Trump engineered Operation Warp Speed and brought major players in Pharma together to get a vaccine to market quickly -- and his followers ironically won't take it. So we should use any means necessary to save the lives of Americans from foreign terrorists, but using any means necessary to stop a disease that has killed the equivalent of roughly 220 9-11s -- and that you tell us is ostensibly China's fault -- is an invasion of your freedom; a government overreach; a reason to recall Gavin Newsom.

I realize that I'm rambling incoherently. Again, I don't post much any more, so indulge me in this one last incoherent thought about the selectivity of the American patriotic psyche. A little passive-aggressive thing I see right now is the 13 beers meme. Restaurant owners set an empty table with 13 beers for the soldiers killed in Afghanistan. They post photos on Facebook. It's passive-aggressive because it's not just a nice symbolic we-love-the-troops meme. It's a dig at Biden. Again if anyone has read this far, feel free to point out if my memory is failing me here. Maybe it's because social media didn't exist, but I don't remember anyone setting out beers for the 220 Marines killed in Beirut. In fact, I'm hard -pressed to remember anyone commemorating October 23, 1983. In 2017 a KC-130 broke up over Mississippi and killed 16 marines - a tragedy caused by inadequate maintenance of the aircraft. In fact, photos of those Marines were erroneously circulated on social media after the Afghanistan bombing. Again - did countless restaurants post photos of 16 empty places for Marines that died in the line of duty? If so, they kept it well hidden. Were the Secretary of Defense or the President subjected to having their patriotism or fitness to lead questioned over the needless deaths of 16 brave Americans because of their dereliction of duty to oversee maintenance? No - no they were not. Because our outrage is selective.

If you made it this far, you have my sympathy. But I appreciate you reading this. God Bless America!

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sat Sep 11, 2021, 01:07 PM (22 replies)

So, Wingnutland's latest manufactured outrage. - Bidens watch

Biden is seen glancing at his watch in a photo during the dignified transfer. Wingnuts are outraged as if he invited the Taliban to Maryland.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Aug 31, 2021, 10:42 PM (9 replies)

Should employer-based health plans now jack up rates on the unvaccinated?

We have an FDA approved vaccine. COVID cases that result in hospitalizations are enormously expensive and can have long-term impacts.

On the other hand - freedom of choice.

"Yes" in this poll has an implied caveat for those medically unable to be vaccinated to be exempt from rate penalties.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Aug 24, 2021, 11:10 AM (43 replies)

Supreme Court finds FHFA structure unconstitutional

Source: Housing Wire

A Supreme Court decision in Collins v. Yellen has found the structure of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) unconstitutional, allowing for the removal of its director.

The case questioned whether the Biden administration would have the power to fire the agency’s director, Mark Calabria, a Trump-appointee and vocal critic of the government-sponsored enterprises. The court found that restricting his removal was unconstitutional.

“The President must be able to remove not just officers who disobey his commands but also those he finds ‘negligent and inefficient,’… those who exercise their discretion in a way that is not ‘intelligen[t] or wis[e],’ … those who have ‘different views of policy,’” and “those who come ‘from a competing political party who is dead set against [the President’s] agenda,” the opinion reads.

“The President’s removal power serves important purposes regardless of whether the agency in question affects ordinary Americans by directly regulating them or by taking actions that have a profound but indirect effect on their lives,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote. “And there can be no question that the FHFA’s control over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can deeply impact the lives of millions of Americans by affecting their ability to buy and keep their homes.”

Read more: https://www.housingwire.com/articles/supreme-court-finds-fhfa-structure-unconstitutional/
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Jun 23, 2021, 11:29 AM (24 replies)

If you were a betting person, who will be the permanent host of Jeopardy?

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Mon Apr 12, 2021, 06:16 PM (25 replies)

Jonathan Irons Sues Police Officers Who Framed Him at Age 16

Watch the interview on GMA here

Loevy & Loevy


St. Louis—More than two decades after he was wrongly imprisoned, Jonathan Irons filed a federal civil rights lawsuit this week against the officers of the O’Fallon Police Department and the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department who falsely arrested him at age 16 and fabricated evidence to send him to prison for 23 years for a shooting he did not commit. For decades, these officers hid critical evidence showing that another person had committed the crime.

In July 2020, after spending the majority of his life as an innocent man behind bars, Jonathan’s wrongful conviction was set aside by Missouri courts when the concealed evidence finally came to light. Jonathan’s exoneration was secured with the help of WNBA star Maya Moore, who put her career on hold to shine a spotlight on the staggering injustice that Jonathan had suffered. Jonathan and Maya have since married and settled in Atlanta, where they are focused on their family and their continued fight for criminal justice reform through the Win With Justice social action campaign that Maya founded.

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Without evidence connecting Jonathan to the crime, the defendants fabricated a case against him. Given Mr. Stotler’s extreme injuries and the very limited opportunity he had to see the shooter, he was unable to describe or identify the perpetrator. When the defendants first showed him a set of photographs that included Jonathan, Mr. Stotler did not identify Jonathan. But that did not stop the defendants. They manipulated Mr. Stotler into making a wholly unreliable identification of Jonathan. They then bolstered their fabricated case by inventing a story that Jonathan had confessed to the crime, when in fact Jonathan had consistently denied any involvement in the shooting. The defendants wrote false police reports and testified that Jonathan had confessed, while simultaneously destroying their notes and recordings of Jonathan’s interrogation, which would reveal the truth.

“Jonathan’s only ‘crime’ was that he was a Black kid present in a predominantly white neighborhood. As a result, even though there was not a shred of evidence suggesting Jonathan committed the shooting, the defendants decided to frame him,” said Anand Swaminathan, one of Irons’s attorneys. “It is rare to see a case where literally every piece of evidence implicating the criminal defendant is fabricated by the police, but that’s exactly what happened in Jonathan’s case. The police took the stand and swore on a Bible that Jonathan had confessed to them, even though they knew that was a lie, and they coerced a gravely injured victim to identify their suspect in court, knowing that he had no clue who had shot him.”
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Mar 10, 2021, 01:56 PM (7 replies)

So, name change amnesty. Thoughts?

Yes? No? Maybe?
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Feb 23, 2021, 02:01 AM (13 replies)

Poor handling of virus cost Trump his reelection, campaign autopsy finds

WaPo via MSN

The report, which groups states into ones Trump held versus ones that were flipped, says that voters found Biden more competent to deal with the coronavirus crisis and in both groups gave him higher marks on being honest.

Although Trump “dominated” among voters focused on the economy, according to the analysis, “Biden won Coronavirus voters, which was a bigger share.”

It outlines in specific detail how Trump lost key demographic groups that he needed to win, while lauding some of his gains among minority groups.

“POTUS suffered his greatest erosion with White voters, particularly White Men in both state groups. However, he made double digit gains with Hispanics in both groups, while his performance among Blacks was virtually the same as 2016. POTUS lost ground with almost every age group in both state groupings,” the autopsy reads, adding that the worst loss was among White college-educated voters.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Feb 2, 2021, 01:46 AM (7 replies)

HOF Question for DUers - What to do with the Steroid Era Players

What to do with the players that tested positive for PEDs?

Is what they did better? worse? equivalent to what Pete Rose did? What Shoeless Joe did?
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Jan 27, 2021, 02:46 PM (9 replies)
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