in light of the trump stuff, i keep finding myself wondering how much did the scientific community in the US know & did they say anything. covid-19 had already been in china for months by the time it hit hard in the US. was there no communication btwn the SC in china & the US?+
i remember michael osterholm as one of the ppl speaking out early on abt preparation. he did an interview on joe rogan's podcast that went viral (no pun intended). i'll never forget that when i was in the NICU w/my daughter, the nurses wld gather around a computer to watch it.+
but at that time, few people, even in the science community in the US, were expressive about what to prepare for/how to prepare. masks were being debated. the prospect of airborne spread had not been mentioned in public to the best of my recollection.+
all i remember is that when trump made the announcement abt shutting down travel from europe, he looked like he had seen a ghost. he knew something we didn't. i even tweeted about it in real time (though bc twitter search sucks, i cannot find it)
btw, to be clear, i am not saying any of this to blame anyone. most of the blame falls squarely on the trump administration for not doing their jobs to protect people. but i am curious bc i cannot recall any real public discussions abt what to do. i just remember cruise outbreaks
i am not one to share joe rogan. he doesn't need any more clicks. but this is the interview that was done in early march. osterholm does talk about airborne potential here too. listening to this right now is terrifying bc so little was done.

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leave it to jacobin to take an issue like the antivax movement to express sympathy for reactionary white ppl, many of them upper class, & fail to examine the very real reasons for skepticism around vaccines by poor poc here & abroad bc they were routinely experimented on.
some may say i am unnecessarily hard on jacobin, but i say, as a former fan of the publication, that things have gone down considerably. their pieces all seem to boil down to thinly-veiled white grievance politics w/a façade of social democracy by way of appeals for m4a.
the antivax mvmnt in the US is primarily a top-down effort led by wealthy white ppl who extend their hatred from govt (which comes from a hatred of taxation) but unique love for right-wing authoritarianism to the realm of science. some of their conspiracy theories reach the poor+
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what i think the govt should have done:
1) immediately send everyone washable masks & a few N95s & issue a nationwide mask mandate (w/out police enforcement)
2) force corporations to mass manufacture & distribute ppe
3) redistribute food to reduce waste+
(that food shld be mass distributed via food staple boxes to limit ppl's need to go to the grocery store)
4) freeze all debt, incl mortgages, rent, utilities, & loans (incl credit cards) & allow for *incremental* repayment (not forced lump sum)+
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it's astounding that at a time like this,amid a pandemic that's killed over 200k in this cntry,as police brutalize w/impunity,as we languish under the greatest recession in our history,the lrgst socialist publication in the country is standing up for karens,incels,& anti-maskers
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there was so much commentary disparaging blm & related protesters. there was handwringing over antifa (yes, even among so-called "socialists"). and yet the ppl they defend are our literal class enemies. they want us dead, & that's whom they break their necks to stand up for.
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jacobin: "we're rooting for everybody white"
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in elementary & high school history in the US, not only are the atrocities committed against indigenous & african ppl by colonists not framed as acts of genocide,the details thereof are barely mentioned. we know details abt the holocaust bc it was "another country's" act+
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