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"Outrages explores a history of violations of personal freedoms via the inspiring story of one man, John Addington Symonds, and his refusal to stay silenced."
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19 Sep
To be clear: I’m not ‘anti-vax’. That said, I had flu shot for 1st time, at CVS. Had to ask for 4 layers of documentation before learning that dog kidney cells, latex, Singapore H1N1 are in shot, and that CDC has only vague assurances re dog cells studies. cdc.gov/flu/prevent/ce…
2/ Also learned: 1st doc I was asked to sign did away w/my medical privacy under HIPAA law: lets CVS send my personally identifying data to ‘agencies’ and ‘schools’. Also something called CAIR gets to release it, which pharmacist could not identify. CVS like Rite Aid sells data.
3/ I was asked to pay and sign before seeing prescription label. Label only said ‘flu vaccine’, not ingredients. Only when I asked for ingredients was I given box w actual label which you are supposed to get by law. It listed dog cells, latex, H1N1 virus from Singapore in shot.
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13 Sep
"Manufactured claims of incompetence and malfeasance [...] have emerged as the [climate][ denialist weapon of choice." @MichaelEMann, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars. Describes how fake/ hyped "scandal" re scholarship is fed to allies who write blogs in online echo chamber.
2/Strategy includes abuse of FOIA, to burden scientists with intrusive demands for records, impeding their research. @MichaelEMann, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
3/Climate denialist McIntyre demanded via FOIA all email correspondence between a well-known climate scientist Ben Santer and his coauthors. Intrusive and intimidating.
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9 Sep
4/Which is how the right wing manages to silence dissent of impactful influencers by challenging their preferred outcomes. Military calls this "tenderizing" a target, leaving one so occupied with putting out reputational fires that one can't advance one's own powerful agendas.
5/Another issue: targets such as scientists, scholars, often play by civilized rules, calling biased editors "unusual" or sticking to pointing out flaws in methodologies. But echo chamber uses lies, personal attacks, reputational smears, catchy namecalling; blindsiding civility.
6/Loc 2576 of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars should chill your soul: @MichelEMann explains how pressures from fossil fuel, pharmaceuticals, tobacco etc corrupt peer review. Peer review's importance he notes cannot be overstated; a last bastion of actual truth not spin.
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9 Sep
1/ Fossil-fuel allied scientists write letter to Pres of UVA, where @MichaelMann was teaching, complaining re his Senate testimony. Many influencers now endure calls to publishers, employers, university heads when we bring out messages that contradict right wing agendas.Loc 2559,
2/The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, @MichaelEMann. Literally everyone should read this book. Searing indictment of how climate change scientists are harassed, targeted, silenced by "vast right wing conspiracy" of echo chamber talking heads, special interests, fake news sites
3/ So @MichaelEMann, who is only identifying evidence that can lead to policies that allow us to sustain life on earth, has to take time from his research and peer reviewed publications to RESPOND to a letter from fossil fuel allied scientists to the then-pres of his university.
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21 Jul
THIS is the bad data going into COVID totals: Oregon Health Authority includes in the "TOTAL" of "CASES", with a footnote, "presumed" cases of people presenting with "COVID-like symptoms" such as :cough, fever." SO ALL OREGON FEVERS ARE COUNTED AS "COVID." govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19
2/ I am not advocating for higher or lower counts, only ACCURATE ones. Including ALL patients with cough or fever AND ALL THEIR CONTACTS, as Oregon Health Authority does, as "COVID", means that it is impossible to know whether or not to visit Oregon, how to advise loved ones.
3/ Read mindblowing fine print for Oregon COVID data: *
"Includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing... presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are people without a positive diagnostic test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a laboratory confirmed case..
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27 Mar
1/Pls remember that four days ago I warned that Trump would demonize and punish NYC as red meat for his base. "I don't believe you need" 30-40,000 ventilators he says now to NYC. I note this b/c you can foresee events if you know how to read political messaging. He is setting..
2/Up a dialectic netween NYC and red states, identifying NYC as "irresponsible", infectious. History shows that once a group is identified as "infectious" and a threat to the larger group (even though in this case there's medical basis for his messaging), they can be dehumanized
3/ and a reptile-brain mentality from the larger group wants to see them isolated, demeaned and brought low. Add to this the hostility of Trump's base to "liberal elites" on the coasts. These are not conscious antagonisms that Trump is manipulating but demeaning, humiliating NYC
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23 Mar
@HouseofCommons @commonslibrary WHAT?? @HouseofCommons you are totally mis-summarizing the truly newsworthy "key areas" of this dangerous 329-page bill. Whcih we @DailyClout read. Add: delay of elections in N Ireland, Wales, London, Scotland (pp 31-39), end of power to recall MPs, doubled detention w/o trial.
@HouseofCommons @commonslibrary @DailyClout 2/UK, PLEASE do not rely on "summaries", "briefings" for this bill! The Coronavirus Bill which @DailyClout READ last night - video on Youtube channel -- allows delayed elections in Scotland, Wales, N Ireland (til 2030 in N Ireland) and London. 48 hour detention. No recall of MPs.
@HouseofCommons @commonslibrary @DailyClout 3/Shocking mis-summary is provided by House of Commons Library to citizens re terrifying Coronavirus Bill:
"The @commonslibrary
have prepared briefings covering
▪ Childcare
▪ Elections
▪ Food supply
▪ Health and social care
▪ National security
▪ Statutory Sick Pay"...
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21 Mar
@mouseroaring 1/I am so sorry but glad you are taking every precaution. Denial is extraordinary. I'll spell out a bit what's ahead unless steps are taken to avoid:
@mouseroaring 2/People in the more affluent parts of the world have trouble visualizing this - even policy makers have trouble -- as they have not experienced scarcity or social breakdown. But from having been in conflict areas and areas where the rule of law is fragile...
@mouseroaring 3/ and also being informed by the experiences of my husband who's been in conflict areas and scarcity areas around the world...his experience confirm my own re what happens when societies are destabilized by crisis...
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19 Mar
He actually said it: @BillAckman, hedge fund guy, Pershing Square Capital Mngement, urging Pres to do a "Spring Break" total shutdown:
"That is why we are buying stocks. These are bargains of a lifetime if we manage this crisis correctly." Money guys are HEDGING the Depression.
2/Listen to the language of @BillAckman, the billionaire whose "shut it all down" interview "tanked the stock market": if we [hedge fund guys] "manage this crisis correctly".
3/I've been at dinner parties at which hedge fund billionaires were furious at Greece for trying to save its own economy after they'd already hedged AGAINST the Greek economy. Watch a real emergency turn into a "managed" emergency as well as....
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13 Feb
In an ER in the South Bronx. This is an America that is never reported on; surreal levels of suffering. A wing of the hospital is opened up to people who have nowhere to sleep this Feb night. A homeless man had legs, feet swollen from infection; the dr wanted to cut his socks..
2/off to treat him and the man asked him not to as socks are expensive. The Dr managed to remove the socks and now his bandaged feet have to go out in the cold with no socks on. The nurse told me that they’ve treated people who come in with maggots on their untreated wounds. They
3/use a solution and the maggots drop off. The nurse who helped me had been working for 14 hours and will start again tomorrow at 630 am. The level of pure poverty and needless suffering in a rich country is hard to describe. Through it all, people who all deserve so much better
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