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8 Apr, 11 tweets, 3 min read
Two weeks ago, Arizona, to overwhelming local criticism, removed all county level mask mandates and rolled back nearly all restrictions on businesses. Nevada and California didn’t, and yet their numbers are the exact same.

How many more times does this need to keep happening? Image
In response to seeing packed bars in Old Town Scottsdale, near Phoenix, the Arizona Democratic Party tagged Governor Doug Ducey, as he would obviously be responsible for the immediate surge in cases
The Mayor of Phoenix did some excellent gaslighting by saying that the “horrible surge” was “only curbed by masking”, ignoring, of course, that the surge in fall/winter was much worse even with masking. Echoing experts, she said it was “like spiking the ball on the 5-yard line”
Proud Arizona State University Journalism professor praised the Mayor, saying she loves when politicians speak her language
A few weeks earlier, the Editorial Board at the Arizona Republic said that lifting “mask mandates now would be a massive mistake.” Image
Hospital leaders across Arizona voiced “disapproval” of Ducey’s decision to end local mask mandates and business restrictions, saying they weren’t consulted.
KOLD News reported that health researchers in Arizona were urging caution, saying that removing mask mandates could lead to a fourth wave
The CEOs of multiple health systems in the state wrote an op-ed saying that mitigation measures work and Arizona needed to “stay the course” Image
While nowhere near the level of national attention that hit Texas after they removed their mask mandate, local politicians and health leaders in the state rushed to criticize removing mask mandates, because they “work.” Two weeks later, absolutely nothing's happened in Arizona.
Arizona’s followed the same curve as California and Nevada that haven't removed their mandates. It's an incredible feat of media incompetence and purposeful gaslighting that none of this is brought up when asking health leaders what their evidence is for claiming mandates work.
Currently, Arizona ranks 44th in the US in case rate over the past week…that is 678% lower than Michigan, which still has its mask mandate in place.

But none of this matters, because “health leaders” say it works, so it must work. Yay science!

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More from @ianmSC

2 Apr
It’s now 2 months since @CDCgov mandated masks be worn over the nose & mouth at all times on public transit...and cases are rising again

I really thought this would be the time…masks would finally end Covid due to federal leadership clearing the way for science

To be fair to @CDCgov, an incomprehensibly dumb organization, and to the masks, there are a few exceptions to the mask law that our gracious moronic overlords of pseudoscience have allowed us. Let’s examine them, shall we?
Exception 1: “While eating, drinking, or taking medication for brief periods of time”

For brief periods, ok? No enjoying your food or taking long bites, peasants. Brief eating ONLY. How brief? Don’t ask questions. Brief.
Read 10 tweets
26 Mar
Four US states are 3+ weeks removed from lifting their statewide or county level mask mandates.

Not one has seen an increase in Covid hospitalizations since.

Given what we’ve been told by experts about the importance of masks & mandates, would you think that should be possible?
I myself am extremely confused, since I’ve heard it said by many, many experts and politicians that masks are the most important public health tool, that mask mandates are effective, that they’re a “game-changing scientific breakthrough”, that they’re like a vaccine, etc.
I’ve been told that masks are science. They’re incontrovertible science. Inarguable science. Questioning how important or effective they are is equivalent to questioning gravity. Experts have said they work. And we must always trust the experts and Believe in Science™
Read 4 tweets
24 Mar
No one, I repeat, NO ONE, does a better job of spreading unnecessary panic than Austria’s own @DrEricDing

He’s made it his personal mission to spread variant panic around B.1.1.7 in Florida over the past month+, only to be proven, unsurprisingly, wrong again.

⚠️ Thread time!
Eric, who is not an epidemiologist, said he didn’t want to be “that epidemiologist dude” who has to remind Ron DeSantis “that he has a civic responsibility to stop the outbreak of #B117 in his state & ints spread to rest of 🇺🇸”

Cases in Florida are down -31% since this tweet
Read 11 tweets
24 Mar
The blue check meltdown over Texas removing its mask mandate was so extensive, I literally couldn’t fit all of the insanity into one thread

So this is Thread #2, The Celebrity Edition!

Do we think any of them know that cases are down -29%?

Lol that was rhetorical, come on now
Gotta start it off on a high note with @BradleyWhitford coming in hot with more “GOP is a death cult” loveliness
I will say, I admire the simplicity of this one. I mean sure, it was completely wrong, but it was brutally efficient in its inaccuracy.
Read 14 tweets
24 Mar
It’s time. It’s time for Texas.

It’s now officially 2 weeks since blue check media, experts & politicians absolutely lost their minds about Texas removing their mask mandate.

Unsurprisingly, cases are down -29% in the two weeks since.

They were wrong. Again. As always.
This thread is going to be obscenely long, and there’s a second one coming, but trust me, it could be so, SO much longer. The amount of devastating idiocy, deranged hyperbole, gaslighting and incompetence we’re all about to experience together is just…beyond description.

Let’s start with your favorite Governor and mine, Gavin Newsom, who went for the simple, superior: “Absolutely reckless”.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles has some of the worst numbers in the country, despite following all of Newsom’s rules.

Someone’s reckless Gavin, but it’s not Texas.
Read 25 tweets
21 Mar
Israel’s another fun example of the comprehensive failure of masks

Back in June, experts from Cambridge said “routine face mask use” from only 50% of the public could flatten “future waves”

In EVERY SINGLE SCENARIO, 50% compliance worked to flatten the curve

An Oxford professor praised their conclusions and said masks “are likely to be an effective population measure”.

It is a masterpiece of expert failure…their unbelievable ignorance, incompetence, groupthink, and an inability to acknowledge their own mistakes.
Here’s an article summarizing their unwavering commitment to pseudoscience.

Not since World War I have we seen this attitude so prevalent among the ruling class; a fundamental dissociation with reality in order to avoid admitting they were wrong…
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