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Showing posts with label More Fact checks from Daniel Dale. Show all posts
Showing posts with label More Fact checks from Daniel Dale. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

LMFAO: White House Announces That Trump Has Defeated COVID In the USA !!! - More Great Fact Checks From the Master - The Questions Over "Immunity" To COVID; Trump Lies Again AND What To do If Anyone Tells You That You Are An Alarmist Or Hysterical Over COVID-19 !!


 

 

This one fuckin takes the cake y'all:

 

 ~ From Truthout:

 White House Press Release Wrongly Claims Trump Has Defeated Covid 

"The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) published a news release on Monday asserting that the Trump administration had put a stop to the coronavirus pandemic — a dubious claim given that the nation is seeing its highest rates of new cases being reported since the crisis began.

In a release titled “Trump Administration Releases Science and Technology Accomplishments from First Term,” the OSTP purported that President Donald Trump had achieved many feats when it came to promoting science.

“President Trump has solidified America’s standing as the most scientifically and technologically advanced nation the world has ever seen…. We have achieved a proud record of results, and under President Donald Trump’s leadership, science and technology will continue to inspire us, unite us, and guide us to ever great progress,” OSTP Director Kelvin Droegemeier said.

Among the Trump administration’s supposed accomplishments, the document celebrated the president and his staff for “ending the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Administration has taken decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease,” the release said.

Those comments, however, come within just a few days of the coronavirus pandemic reaching its highest levels yet, in terms of new diagnoses being made, demonstrating that the accolades are wildly incorrect.

The seven-day average of new cases being reported daily is at an all-time high, showing 68,767 new infections as of last Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tracking of the virus. The last time numbers were that high was back in July.

On both Friday and Saturday, more than 83,000 new cases were reported, with Saturday’s total being the highest single-day number of new diagnoses recorded since the pandemic began (Friday being the second-highest).

The Trump administration’s claims that the virus has been defeated are patently false for another reason: Members of his own executive staff continue to get infected with coronavirus. Most recently, at least five members of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

Trump has expressed frustration over the continued focus on the pandemic in the news, deriding the media as “losers” earlier this week for reporting on the record-high rates. Trump also called the reports on the growing number of infections “a Fake News Media Conspiracy” in a tweet on Monday.

The president’s angst has been noted in his campaign stops as well, where he has made it a point to belittle the media for reporting on the pandemic, oftentimes by repeatedly saying “COVID” into the microphone while making his complaints. Trump’s grievances have been noticed by former President Barack Obama, who, while campaigning on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, suggested Trump was upset in part because the virus was getting more media attention than him.

“What’s his closing argument? That people are too focused on Covid,” Obama recently opined. “He said this at one of his rallies. Covid, Covid, Covid, he’s complaining. He’s jealous of Covid’s media coverage.”

The Trump administration’s supposed accomplishments in promoting science during his four years in office have previously been questioned by a number of notable and reliable sources, including Scientific American, which, for the first time in its 175-year history, endorsed a presidential candidate (Biden) in reaction to the anti-science approach Trump has demonstrated.

“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 publication’s editors wrote in September in explaining its unusual decision to endorse a candidate.

Beyond the “most devastating example” of coronavirus, Scientific American also cited the president’s refusal to accept climate change as a reason for its unusual decision to speak out against a second Trump term.

“In his ongoing denial of reality, Trump has hobbled U.S. preparations for climate change, falsely claiming that it does not exist and pulling out of international agreements to mitigate it,” the editors wrote. “The changing climate is already causing a rise in heat-related deaths and an increase in severe storms, wildfires and extreme flooding.”

 

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Democracy Now ! 

 

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 For your reading pleasure, more Fact-Checks: 

 

  ~ From CNN:

 Daniel Dale: No Evidence award Trump Touts Is Real 

 

Fact Check: No, The Media Didn't Suddenly Change Its Reporting On Coronavirus After Trump Got Infected

 

Updated 4:45 PM ET, Wed October 28, 202

 

" Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has been telling a conspiratorial story about the media and the coronavirus.

"The story goes like this: The media had always said that people who survived a Covid-19 infection would be immune from the virus for life. But once he, Trump, got infected and survived, the media started claiming immunity only lasted for months.
 
"And until I came along -- you know, you used to hear you have immunity for life, right? As soon as I had it and got better, they were not too happy about that...It was supposed to be for life; when it was me, they said it's only good for four months, okay? Okay. Anybody else it's for life, with Trump they said it's four months. So they brought it down now, immunity, from life to four months," Trump said at his Tuesday rally in Lansing, Michigan. 
 
Trump told a similar story at his Tuesday rally in Omaha, Nebraska: "But because it was me, the press said, 'No, it's not for a lifetime. It's only for four months. The immunity is only now for four months.' They brought it down, right? It was always gonna be for a lifetime, now it's four months." 
 
Trump said much the same thing at a Wednesday rally in Bullhead City, Arizona, this time adding that "they've changed the whole medical standard" because of his own infection.
 
 
Facts First: Trump's story is false. In the months before Trump tested positive for Covid-19 in early October, numerous major media outlets had reported that scientists were not yet sure how long survivors might have immunity. While we can't definitively say there was no media report whatsoever from before Trump's infection that had claimed survivors would get lifetime immunity, it was certainly not widely reported that survivors were immune for life.
A CNN fact check in July concluded: "It remains unclear if those already infected with the virus are immune to any reinfection. Additionally, it's unknown how long any sort of immunity would last." A CNN story in mid-August was headlined, "Are you immune to Covid-19 for three months after recovering? It's not clear." And CNN wrote in August about a Nevada man who was infected with the virus twice -- quoting Mark Pandori, the director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, as saying: "After one recovers from COVID-19, we still do not know how much immunity is built up, how long it may last, or how well antibodies play a role in protection against a reinfection."
Even upbeat media stories about optimistic findings about immunity noted that the facts had not been conclusively settled.
 
For example, an August article in the New York Times said that "scientists who have been monitoring immune responses to the coronavirus for months are now starting to see encouraging signs of strong, lasting immunity, even in people who developed only mild symptoms of Covid-19, a flurry of new studies has found." But that piece continued by saying that "researchers cannot forecast how long these immune responses will last."
 
The Washington Post also made clear in August that "researchers are still trying to understand what immunity to the coronavirus will look like" and that "much remains to be seen." 
 
NBC wrote in September about an Icelandic study finding that some Covid-19 survivors had antibodies for four months. But the article proceeded to say that "it's unclear whether the antibodies will protect people from being reinfected." The article quoted a professor who said, "What we don't know is really the million-dollar question: How do these antibodies reflect immunity against this virus and inhibition of this virus." 
 
And ABC included the immunity question on an August list of "unanswered medical questions about coronavirus," saying that "we still don't know how long immunity lasts."
 
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So, you may be interested in this recent study pertaining to "immunity", with video...I have to go soak my knee:
 
 
 
 
  

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Trump: Madman On The Prowl - More Fact Checks From Daniel Dale - Trump Attacks Governor Whitmer - WHITE NOISE From the Atlantic -Trump's Denialism - Latest on COVID In The USA & It Ain't Pretty - Old Hippie Music


 

My knee completely popped and went out, so I've been down for the last few days. Luckily, Mike is cooking tonight. Up in San Diego (at least in the South Bay area) we noticed we were the only ones with "Ridin with Biden" bumper stickers and our pins on.; in fact no where to be seen were Trump bumper stickers.  It's eerie not seeing any campaigning happening...are people terrified  ?  Maybe.

 November the third seems like an eternity away yet it is so close.  Catching some of the news when I could limp to the living room, I did watch a portion of one of Trump's rallies, and it made me furious.  This was in Florida for the elderly folks.  So, there are all these little old people (older than me) shoulder to shoulder in a crowd, no social distancing , no masks. I could forgive them for cheering Trump on (most likely dementia -  thinking that Trump would transport them back to the days of Ronnie Reagan, their only hero) but I can never forgive Trump for deliberately not protecting them from harm, illness and in many cases, death.  What a fuckin bastard. 

 So he is on one hell of a lying rampage ; I'll be back with that, more fact checkins', Amy has been seated (OMG), another black man (Walter Wallace) shot in Philly by the Police (no PERT Squad obviously dumb shits) with demonstrations the last two nights, oh and Trump's continual repugnant attacks on Governor Whitmer.  Oh, and I ordered the Raccoon book from Australia !

Going to have dinner, finish watching "Better Call Saul" and try to soak my knee so I'll be back later tonight.

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 I did everything except soak my knee.  Let's start off with the fact-checks:

 

 ~ From CNN:

 

Fact Check: At Pennsylvania Rally, Trump Makes Four False Claims  - 10/26/20

Updated 8:43 PM ET, Mon October 26, 2020

 

Fact Check: Trump Makes At Least 16 False Or Misleading Claims To Sixty Minutes

Updated 9:47 AM ET, Mon October 26, 2020

 

Fact Check: Trump Campaign Deceptively Snips Video Of Biden Quoting The Pope

Updated 8:52 PM ET, Tue October 27, 2020

 

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 More attacks on Governor Whitmer....


 ~ From The Hill:

Trump Lashes Out at Whitmer as Crowd Reprises 'Lock Her Up' Chant

"One week after the 2016 presidential election, white nationalists gathered in Washington, D.C., to celebrate. “Hail Trump! Hail our people!” the far-right leader Richard Spencer said from the podium to cheers and Nazi salutes. The Atlantic’s cameras captured exclusive footage of this moment, and the clip was shared widely, on news networks and social-media platforms around the world.

That was just the beginning of the story.

White Noise, The Atlantic’s first feature documentary, is the result of a four-year commitment to investigating and exposing the roots of rising white nationalism in the U.S. and abroad. The magazine has covered race in America for the better part of two centuries. White Noise brings The Atlantic’s long tradition of reporting on justice and equality, and the rigor of long-form magazine reporting, to the big screen through immersive, cinematic storytelling.

The result is a deeply reported journey through the underbelly of the alt-right, bringing viewers an unfiltered, clear-eyed look at a powerful extremist movement. The past four years have shown that even as the alt-right fractures and reinvents itself, the ideas it has unleashed have succeeded in infiltrating mainstream political discourse and shaping the direction of America. White Noise is essential viewing for anyone who wants to understand this urgent reality."

 

 ~  From the Atlantic:

 The Plot to Kidnap Me 

October 27, 2020

 

Updated 10:28 PM ET, Tue October 27, 2020

 

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 Latest on USA's COVID=19 Virus the realities:

 

 ~ From the New York Times: 

COVID In the U.S.: Latest Map & Case Count

 
 
 
 
 ~  From CBS:
 
 Stay safe y'all.
 

Meanwhile, here's some old time hippie music that might make you feel better despite the insanity....

 


 I love this one and yes I'd rather be living in Santa Cruz....