DISPATCHES FROM MOON OF ALABAMA, BY "B"
This article is part of an ongoing series of dispatches from Moon of Alabama
By Moon of Alabama editor:
On two Coronavirus pieces on other websites:
Sweden Is Right. The Economy Should be Left Open - Mike Whitney, UNZ
The piece debunks itself when it quotes a Swedish epidemiologist who says:
“The truth is that we have a policy similar to that of other countries,” says Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s state epidemiologist, “Like everyone, we are trying to slow down the rate of infection … The differences derive from a different tradition and from a different culture that prevail in Sweden. We prefer voluntary measures, and there is a high level of trust here between the population and the authorities, so we are able to avoid coercive restrictions”
Sweden can do without orders of social distancing because its people will socially distance voluntarily when asked. That works because "there is a high level of trust here between the population and the authorities". That does not hold for the community of Somali people and other immigrants in Sweden more of whom are dying than in any other group.
Now project such a voluntary attempt onto the U.S. public where there is little, if any, trust between the population and the authorities. It simply would not work and one would soon have a runaway epidemic with all its bad consequences. Whitney's conclusion that we should all do like Sweden is thus not justified.
8 MORE Experts Questioning the Coronavirus Panic - Off-Guardian
The [above] piece was posted on April 17. One of the 'experts' it quotes is Dr. John Oxford, "an English virologist and Professor at Queen Mary, University of London." Here is the quote as posted on Off-Guardian:
Personally, I view this Covid outbreak as akin to a bad winter influenza epidemic. In this case we have had 8000 deaths this last year in the ‘at risk’ groups viz over 65% people with heart disease etc. I do not feel this current Covid will exceed this number. We are suffering from a media epidemic!
– “A VIEW FROM THE HVIVO / OPEN ORPHAN #ORPH LABORATORY”, blog post on Novus Communications website, March 31st 2020
a. On April 17, when Off-Guardian posted the piece, the United Kingdom already had 14.607 deaths from Covid-19. Those were 6.600 more than the total number Dr. John Oxford predicted. If the real numbers, which are still increasing, are already 80+% higher than the expert's guesstimate should one really use that expert to claim that the 'coronavirus panic' is unjustified?
b. Dr. Oxford made his claim in a "blog post on Novus Communications website". Novus Comes is a public relations agency which provides "financial social media & digital communications for small caps". The company is paid by its clients to talk up certain sectors of the stock market. Should one really use paid PR posts on a PR company's website to judge if some 'panic' about an epidemic is justified?
As for the other 'experts' Off-Guardian quoted. Yes, there are some doctors who do have a different opinion than most of their colleagues. But that does not make them right.
An astroturfing campaign was launched in the U.S. to end the lockdowns. It is paid for by rightwing big money:
Somebody did some extremely basic WHOIS searching and found that the person who set up all the "reopen $STATENAME" protest web sites is in fact one guy in Jacksonville. -> reddit thread
[Thread] 1/ Much talk this morning about numerous Facebook groups cropping up with "insert state name" + "against excessive quarantine". Some are suggesting that there is mass astroturfing campaign occurring to pressure state governors to reopen after Donald Trump's tirade
LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2020
Covid-19 is a really, really nasty disease:
- How does coronavirus kill? Clinicians trace a ferocious rampage through the body, from brain to toes - Science
- Confusion, seizure, strokes: How COVID-19 may affect the brain - AFP
- Coronavirus infection may cause lasting damage throughout the body, doctors fear - LA Times
- Coronavirus Antibodies May Not Make You Immune, WHO Warns - Forbes
We need to learn from this:
Use as open thread ...
Posted by b on April 19, 2020 at 14:26 UTC Permalink
Trump's tweets encouraged online extremists to speculate whether he was advocating for armed conflict, an event they’ve termed "the boogaloo.” Afterward, there was a sharp increase in both the use of conspiracy terminology and violent threats online. https://t.co/viMiM0HqyY
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 17, 2020
“Trump’s tweets about “liberation” [are] at least tacit encouragement to citizens to take up arms against duly elected state officials of the party opposite his own, in response to sometimes unpopular but legally issued stay-at-home orders.”https://t.co/xkidKWvFCj
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) April 18, 2020
Protesters demanding an end to shutdown orders gathered in streets and outside several states' capitol buildings on Saturday, a day after President Trump posted a series of tweets calling for demonstrators to "LIBERATE" certain states. https://t.co/iN05lWNLoC
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 18, 2020
The “liberate Minnesota” protesters are now outside the home of the governor.
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) April 17, 2020
How about Liberate America!
Trump is tweeting this shit and inciting violence? pic.twitter.com/CPi60FoxmR
— Jerry Avenaim (@avenaim) April 17, 2020
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 17, 2020
Trump's call to LIBERATE Minnesota and out of The entire state of Minnesota- over 5 million people- only a few hundred showed up for a protest. Looking more and more like this November we will LIBERATE AMERICA From Trump and the virus known as Trumpism https://t.co/khEF4ef16D
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) April 17, 2020
Commentary on Trump's Tweets (excerpts)
Mary McCord, The Washington Post (Reposted on The Hour, Norwalk, Conn.)
President Donald Trump incited insurrection Friday against the duly elected governors of the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia. Just a day after issuing guidance for reopening America that clearly deferred decision-making to state officials - as it must under our constitutional order - the president undercut his own guidance by calling for criminal acts against the governors for not opening fast enough.
Trump tweeted, "LIBERATE MINNESOTA!" followed immediately by "LIBERATE MICHIGAN!" and then "LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!" This follows Wednesday's demonstration in Michigan, in which armed protesters surrounded the state capitol building in Lansing chanting "Lock her up!" in reference to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and "We will not comply," in reference to her extension of the state's coronavirus-related stay-at-home order. Much smaller and less-armed groups had on Thursday protested on the state capitol grounds in Richmond, Va., and outside the governor's mansion in St. Paul, Minn.
"Liberate" - particularly when it's declared by the chief executive of our republic - isn't some sort of cheeky throwaway. Its definition is "to set at liberty," specifically "to free (something, such as a country) from domination by a foreign power." We historically associate it with the armed defeat of hostile forces during war, such as the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany's control during World War II. Just over a year ago, Trump himself announced that "the United States has liberated all ISIS-controlled territory in Syria and Iraq."
Donald Trump is massive piece of shit! Tweeting (instead of actually doing his fucking job) to liberate Michigan, Virginia & Minnesota states with a stay at home order.. basically encouraging his insane fan base to protest etc. Further spreading this virus. Fuck him! pic.twitter.com/vJwCZ40spQ
— Amy 🌸📚💗 (@Steelers_Girl74) April 17, 2020
In that context, it's not at all unreasonable to consider Trump's tweets about "liberation" as at least tacit encouragement to citizens to take up arms against duly elected state officials of the party opposite his own, in response to sometimes unpopular but legally issued stay-at-home orders. This is especially so given the president's reference to the Second Amendment being "under siege" in Virginia, where Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam just signed into law a number of gun-safety bills passed during the most recent session of the state general assembly - bills that prompted protests by Second Amendment absolutists at the state capitol in January, leading Northam to declare a state of emergency and temporarily ban firearms from the capitol grounds due to the threat of violence.
Regardless of whether the tweets are criminal on their own, more importantly, they are irresponsible and dangerous. Private armed militias recently expressed eagerness to support the president's veiled call to arms when he shared a comment on Twitter suggesting that if he were impeached and removed from office, it could lead to civil war:
Just a day before, the Oath Keepers Twitter account tweeted, in an apparent reference to the president, that "All he has to do is call us up. We WILL answer the call." Months before, vigilante groups responded to Trump's frequent rhetoric about an "invasion" on America's southern border by deploying to the border and illegally detaining migrants while heavily armed, dressed in military fatigues and calling themselves the "United Constitutional Patriots."
Trump has a bully pulpit unlike an ordinary citizen. His Twitter account boasts over 77 million followers, but many more see his tweets when they're retweeted by others, posted on other social media and covered by media outlets. He is prolific, having tweeted more than 50,000 times. And he is influential: his three "Liberation" tweets have been retweeted and "liked" hundreds of thousands of times. We are not talking about a typical person when we consider the impact of his statements.
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