The reality of health care worker's life, in the age of COVID, and why "get back to work in 5 days, HCW's, or be fired!" requirements is fomenting talk of mass resignations: "I am at a loss for words. I don’t even have the energy to express to my family and friends how shit../1
"...my days are. It’s sucking the life out of me. I can’t laugh. I can’t smile properly. There are just no words.
I think maybe this is the collapse of the healthcare system in my area. The short staffing isn’t just the nurses, the doctors are so short too"..../2
Unlike Fox and MAGA, I criticize when people I support screw up. The CDC has screwed up with it's 10 day/5 day recommendation. At for-profit hospitals around the country, this has become a requirement - not a recommendation - for nursing staffs, including the Covid+ and even.../1
...the symptomatic when staff is short - which it is everywhere now. Hospitals have been depending on travel nurses at triple wage to fill in gaps; this will save money short-term, while increasing risk to staff and patients. If we get through the wave, the need for travel.../2
The "Omicron is less severe" mantra based on one data point without looking at the rest/possible causes is infuriating, because it leads people to terrible decisions. "Less severe" is based on hospitalizations. Maybe because its less severe. But other factors are skewing data../1
...when Delta hit, we had a significant number of people who were vaccinated and within the period of time in which the vaccines had not waned below strong effectiveness. We know that *now* that is not true. If you are six months out vaccinated, and not boostered, you are at.../2
The statistical and research reporting on Omicron seems so desperate for good news that it is hyping information that may be completely misleading, buries what the researchers say, or ignores the nature of the variant, Let's show a few of today's worst. In today's NYT:.../1
...GREAT news, right? Until we get further into the story, with a paragraph that proves Trump's old adage: Less testing lowers numbers. How much has testing dropped? How much has that contributed to the change? No one says..../2
The Wisconsin parade massacre brings me to something followers may find surprising: I support the death penalty, but not in the way it is or has been ever applied in America. This is different, and somewhat complex, so please read this all before commenting. There are.../1
...elements of thinking about punishment for crime: One involves the egregiousness of the crime, the kind of crime that shocks the conscience. This crime fits that: The willful murder of children and the elderly during a Christmas parade for what appears to be simply.../2
Recently, I gave a deep dive why - based on the law & evidence presented at trial - the Rittenhouse verdict was correct, even though he's a miserable punk & the GOP celebration is obscene. Today, a new point: the case shows why open carry laws are a threat to this country.../1
...as I wrote in the last thread, all that mattered in treaching the verdict was Rittenhouse's state of mind: did he believe he was in imminent threat of bodily harm. Thats the law. The evidence supported his belief of that was reasonable. However, it *also* supported that.../2
Rittenhouse is a thug. Right wing hero-worship of him is disgusting. GOP members of Congress rush to offer him jobs is obscene. But this case is not about politics, on either side. What matters is the evidence, WI law, and trial standards. Under that, the verdict was correct../1
...before explaining, the biggest villains here are the Kenosha police, who refused to protect protesters by treating right-wing, gun-toting civilians as adjuncts to law enforcement. THAT is where politics& white-wing supremacy should be most condemned - it's institutional &.../2
Several lessons for those who've been growling Merrick Garland about bringing an indictment against Bannon, and also about future cases. This didn't take weeks. It took 7 days.
The Justice Department does not bring these kind of charges. The US Attorney for DC District does../1
...the US Attorney, Matthew Graves, signed indictment filing. His nomination reported out of committee on 9/23. On 10/21, House voted to refer the Bannon charges for prosecution. On 10/28, Graves confirmed on voice vote. On 11/5, he was sworn in. *Never* would a politically.../2
GOPrs freak out about Big Bird & vaccines (I cant believe this is real) because they expect ignorant lunacy to be endlessly *indulged* to the detriment of society. This is not "wokeness"or "liberal." Helping kids to be less afraid of vaccines is kind, is good citizenship, is.../1
...everything the Trump GOP has lost. That the minority expects we have to terrify the majority of children because "the vaccine is a government plot" or "freedumb!" or "Bill Gates is injecting tracking devices" is the ultimate in demanding indulgence of adults' childish.../2
DC announces Superman's"Truth Justice & American Way" slogan now "Truth Justice & Better Tomorrow." Conservs go nuts, giving DC tons of publicity.
American Way rarely been his slogan. Hasn't been for a long time.../1
..."American Way" was never in original comics. It was from the radio show in the 1940s in support of the troops when Superman was helping in fighting Nazis. (Ya know, our current MAGA types.) When radio show ended, so did "American Way." Then, it came back with the TV show.../2
With their constant threat of defaulting on the federal debt, the GOP has been unknowingly (?) providing aid and comfort to Russia and China, which have been engaged in a quiet financial war against the USA since the last two years of the Trump Administration. If it happens.../1
...in December, the world we know now could forever be changed; America's financial supremacy will end in a brutal crash. China and Russia have been engaged in a massive buildup of gold in the last few years. Banking experts say this is a transparent preparation for an attack../2
Clinton brought deficit to $0. GW Bush ran it up, pushing debt up trillions through tax cuts & spending. Required raising debt limit in early Obama but GOP pushed toward economic collapse, lying that the debt was Obama's. Then Obama cut deficit by 50%. Trump pushed deficit up../1
...*in a strong economy* & grew the debt by $7 trillion. Once again, because the GOP massively grew the debt, the debt limit must be raised *to pay for all the old debts.* And once again, the GOP is pretending the debt is Biden's (even though we've been under Trumpo's budge.../2
I wasn't going to tweet today, but... @dallasnews had stories on vaccine/testing mandates, and then the Texas fights against masks under a big headline, "HEALTH OR CIVIL LIBERTIES?"
Goddamit! "I do what I want" is NOT civil liberties. Public health measures in a pandemic...1
...is not "health." As the National Constitution Center says, civil liberties are “basic rights and freedoms guaranteed to individuals as protection from any arbitrary actions or other interference of the government without due process of law.” Simply put, they're the basic...2
Let's get fucking real. If you want to die, go ahead. Unfortunately, with COVID, just like when you drive drunk, you're likely to take others with you, which is why you don't have the "freedom" to drive drunk.
So here is your "freedom" to go without a mask or get vaccinated...1
...and here is your freedom....
This is the one that got to me of people attacking vaccines and then getting touched by COVID. Don’t blame Terena. She doesn’t know Fox and GOP are inexplicably lying. Yes, they should have taken extra precautions for the little girl but it’s the GOP liars who killed her…/1
….(sometimes you have to hit the picture to see the whole thing. Each one is a Retweet or comment by a woman named Terena.)….2
I wrote an article on abortion for Newsweek in 2015. There was a lot to it, but this story in this thread tore me up - and enraged me at the arrogance of some "pro-life" stranger who thought she had the right to determine what was best for someone else's child.../1
..."A pregnant woman is opposed to abortion and wants the child. But her water breaks at 22 weeks, meaning there wont be enough amniotic fluid for the fetus's lungs to develop. This innocent would have no possibility of living and would be in agony for as much as 15 minutes.../2
Ok, since no one seems to know any of the history of Afghanistan before this week, a refresher:
2/29/20: There are 13,000 US troops there. Trump reaches deal with Taliban. Agrees Afghanistan Gov, which is not part of deal, will release 5,000 Taliban fighters. Requires Taliban...1
...to take action against al Qaeda, not to attack US troops or coalition forces, or launch high-profile attacks.
3/1/20: Afghan president freaks out, says US has no authority to commit to release prisoners held by Afghanistan. (Trump Admin forces it to happen anyway.)
Reality of Afghanistan: On 11/27/01, CIA fighters, special forces & Northern Alliance was chasing al Qaeda/bin Laden into Tora Bora, along Pakistani border. That day, Central Command discussing support when Rumsfeld told them he wanted them to focus instead on Iraq strategy...1
..the battle of Tora Bora began three days later, involving the CIA team (Jawbreaker), special forces, and Northern Alliance. There was bombing support. Jawbreaker leaders asked Pentagon for one battalion of Army Rangers dropped behind al Qaeda's position to trap them and then..2
Scientists are whispering - and some are saying out loud: COVID is now a forever disease. It was allowed to rage unchecked for too long in 2020 because of politics & stupidity; the only way to stop it in 2021 was a rapid-fire, government-wide, dual-party vaccine push. GQP...1
...politics, which somehow turned basic public health measures into part of a culture war, decided to undermine our means of control both in 2020 and 2021 for votes and ratings. In 2020, they went after masks, social distancing and shutdowns,leaving...nothing. Now, they....2
My father dedicated his career, like @PeterHotez, to saving lives from infectious disease. Unlike Peter, he never faced ignorant rantings from leaders in highly educated nations. Worst he ever faced was in 1959, when a new virus among Okinawan pioneers in Bolivian lowlands.../1
...was discovered that was killing people. Then it was called the uruma virus (now known to be a mayaro virus.) Like today's GOP, the president of Bolivia was an ignorant conspiracy theorist who impeded their work, spinning nonsense that terrified people who had no means of.../2
One of the first curiosities of the guy who started the Q conspiracy troll is why he claimed "Q clearance" - pretending it was super high clearance when its just from Dept. of Energy. I think I know. It comes from a cartoon - Archer, about a goofy spy. The guy believed to.../1
...be the idiot posing as the secret spy Q - who has largely disappeared since being identified - is one of those anime, pop-culture geeks. Around the exact same time the Q character started dropping his "secrets," a particular episode of Archer ran for the first time on Hulu../2