Measles used to cause 2.6 million deaths each year. It was close to being eradicated thanks to the measles vaccine, which the World Health Organization reports “prevented an estimated 21.1 million deaths” between 2000 to 2017. Globally, measles deaths had been reduced 80 percent, thanks to the vaccine.
Measles is “one of the world’s most contagious diseases.” It is airborne, and causes fever up to 104 or 105 degrees.
“Serious complications are more common in children under the age of 5, or adults over the age of 30,” the WHO reports. “The most serious complications include blindness, encephalitis (an infection that causes brain swelling), severe diarrhea and related dehydration, ear infections, or severe respiratory infections such as pneumonia.”
People who have the virus can spread it for days before they show any symptoms.
Long-term effects include permanent hearing loss and intellectual disabilities, according to the CDC. It can lead to pneumonia, which is “the most common cause of death from measles in young children.”
And yet, despite all the evidence that the vaccine saves millions of lives, science-denying Americans are joining together for, as some news outlets falsely describe, the “right” to not vaccinate their children.
Fear and ignorance lead to movements like this, and they are propelled by willful stupidity.
Currently, there are measles outbreaks in ten states across America, entirely because parents are refusing to vaccinate their children.
“Last month, a public health emergency was declared in Washington State, where there are 53 confirmed cases of the highly contagious viral disease,” NBC reports. “The CDC says the majority of the patients were not vaccinated.”
Among those spreading dangerous ignorance is Darla Shine, (photo, top, from her Twitter avatar,) who happens to be the spouse of a top Trump administration official. Former Fox News co-president Bill Shine is President Trump’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, also known as the White House Director of Communications.
Darla Shine gained notoriety last year when it was revealed that in the late 2000’s she mocked military victims of sexual harassment when she hosted her own radio show.
Now Shine is getting more attention, thanks to remarks she made on social media advocating against vaccinating against “childhood diseases” including measles.
— Darla Shine (@DarlaShine) February 13, 2019
Here are some of the responses her dangerous and false claims elicited:
— Eric Grant (@ericgrant) February 13, 2019
— Dr. but not the useful kind Susan Schorn (@SusanSchorn) February 13, 2019
I mean, it can only lead to permanent blindness and death. right?
Who WOULDN’T want their children to get sick and maybe die or be permanently injured to own the libs?
— Tim Peacock (@TimAPeacock) February 13, 2019
This is one of the worst tweets I’ve ever seen.
— Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) February 13, 2019
Measles is a deadly disease that is preventable from a vaccine you idiot.
Stay away from people.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) February 13, 2019
And that’s why people used to die in childhood.
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) February 13, 2019
Ahhh yes, we all know how cancer is non-existent among baby boomers. You clown.
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) February 13, 2019
I’m curious what your pediatrician thinks of your stupidity.
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) February 13, 2019
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‘Casually Tweeting Out National Secrets’: Internet Stunned as Trump Tweets About Previously Unknown US Nukes
In an apparent attempt to “one-up” and embarrass Russia many are wondering if President Donald Trump just tweeted out U.S. national nuclear secrets. Seven people died last week during a “failed test of Russia’s SSC-X-9 Skyfall, a nuclear-powered cruise missile still in development,” as Vox reported. One expert called it a flying nuclear reactor.
President Trump, who has been tweeting up a storm ever since he kicked off his 10-day August vacation at his golf course in Bedminster, NJ, apparently decided late Monday afternoon was a good time to respond – not with condolences for the lives lost, but by gloating.
“The United States is learning much from the failed missile explosion in Russia,” Trump tweeted, needlessly. “We have similar, though more advanced, technology. The Russian ‘Skyfall’ explosion has people worried about the air around the facility, and far beyond. Not good!”
Some were quick to realize Trump at least sounded like he was (once again) revealing national secrets via Twitter.
Assuming he’s not lying, Trump would seem to be casually tweeting out national secrets. https://t.co/7NiWD19aXh
— Chris O’Leary | Baseball (@thepainguy) August 12, 2019
Here’s the Communications Director for U.S. Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee and the Science Committee.
Tweeting about the status of secret nuclear weapons research, as one does https://t.co/wpZQ5rjRl4
— Aaron Fritschner (@Fritschner) August 12, 2019
Some experts chastised the President, while appearing to try to assure the world Trump was basically bluffing.
Here’s a professor of international relations and national security at the U.S. Naval War College:
It is a bad idea for the President to tell the world the U.S. has secret nuclear powered super-weapons and that we’ve been lying about that for years. Especially if we don’t actually have them, which we almost certainly do not. https://t.co/pK0sNPRpeg
— David Burbach (@dburbach) August 12, 2019
Here’s a noted nuclear weapons expert:
This is bizarre. We do not have a nuclear-powered cruise missile program. We tried to build one, in the 1960’s, but it was too crazy, too unworkable, too cruel even for those nuclear nuts Cold War years. https://t.co/DWMn07yO3Y https://t.co/7Uqpx7B7Sk
— Joe Cirincione (@Cirincione) August 12, 2019
There were other responses from some notables.
Washington Correspondent for TIME magazine:
Did the President just confirm the existence of a missile system with mini-nuclear reactors aboard, eliminating distance limitations, and that can fly low and weave around anti-missile shields? https://t.co/Bg1bzBXRwG
— Phil Elliott (@Philip_Elliott) August 12, 2019
If news reports on nature of the Russian test are correct, then the President has just asserted that the US has nuclear-propelled cruise missiles.
That would be newsworthy. https://t.co/XhxzLM5l0k
— Dan McFadden (@Dan_McF) August 12, 2019
Reuters DC National Security Correspondent:
Huh? Is he saying the US has secretly developed a nuclear-powered cruise missile? Project Pluto was canceled in July 1964. At same time, he confirms story I published Friday on experts suspecting explosion of Skyfall. https://t.co/Df8pHAS8Gm https://t.co/SXp12oxq3I
— Jonathan Landay (@JonathanLanday) August 12, 2019
So, is the President of the United States lying/bluffing about our capabilities (we don’t have missiles with tiny nuclear reactors) or just revealing our secret weapons to the world… Which is worse? https://t.co/LpO7bY1nlI
— Real Talk 910 (@RealTalk910) August 12, 2019
— Jason Tiscione (@JasonTiscione) August 12, 2019
‘Guess You Flunked Econ 101’: Trump Mocked for Insane Rant Falsely Claiming His New Tariffs Are Paid ‘By China’
“I’ve never seen a president so proud of raising taxes on American consumers.”
They say love is blind and when it comes to President Donald Trump, it’s true. Trump loves tariffs so much he once bragged, “I am a Tariff Man.”
….I am a Tariff Man. When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so. It will always be the best way to max out our economic power. We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2018
Sadly, Tariff Man does not know how tariffs work.
President Trump just imposed a 25% tariff on $200 – $250 billion in goods imported from China into the U.S.
And in a Friday morning tweetstorm he insisted those tariffs are being paid “by China.”
Talks with China continue in a very congenial manner – there is absolutely no need to rush – as Tariffs are NOW being paid to the United States by China of 25% on 250 Billion Dollars worth of goods & products. These massive payments go directly to the Treasury of the U.S….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2019
The tariffs are being paid by the companies – American companies – that import those products. Those companies then, more than likely, pass those costs on to the consumer – Americans – who cover the increased costs.
Trump is intentionally blind to this very basic fact of economics.
Trump is also intentionally blind to how manufacturing works.
Friday morning, apparently feeling uncertain his previous seven tweets promoting his false tariff plan had not succeeded, he added an eighth:
Build your products in the United States and there are NO TARIFFS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2019
But a quick glance at the list of Chinese products subject to his new tariffs show many of them, like copper, aluminum, lead, zinc, metal gaskets and washers, are not sold directly to consumers, but to manufacturers making other products. They are parts.
He just doesn’t get it, as many on social media were quick to point out – and mock him for his willful ignorance:
Guess you flunked Econ 101 in college https://t.co/Fu324nn0Re
— Pete Souza (@PeteSouza) May 10, 2019
Reality check: Tariffs are paid by U.S. importers of affected Chinese goods, not by China’s government or by Chinese companies. Importers then either raise costs on consumers, lower their own profit margins or both. https://t.co/6J5afZdgsX https://t.co/MjJL2XIfVd
— Axios (@axios) May 10, 2019
TARIFFS ARE NOT BEING PAID BY CHINA, YOU JAMOKE! Tariffs are paid by American businesses that import goods form China. They then pass those costs onto the American taxpayers. Honestly, have an Econ 101 book read to you or something. https://t.co/VAnJMzRD9Q
— Michael Salerno (@MikeNJD) May 10, 2019
Maybe China can pay for the wall? https://t.co/gqXqsDxxN9
— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) May 10, 2019
— J.C. Bradbury (@jc_bradbury) May 10, 2019
He still has no idea how tariffs work.
I would ask why no-one has explained it to him, but I suspect they have and he doesn’t listen. https://t.co/LAKa1cATpE
— Dylan Reeve (@DylanReeve) May 10, 2019
There’s a blatant falsehood from Trump here:
“Tariffs are NOW being paid to the United States by China…these massive payments go directly to the Treasury of the U.S….”
That is false and misleading.
China does not pay a dime to the US Treasury. Importers pay the tariffs. https://t.co/56E6CjVdUh
— Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) May 10, 2019
Tariffs are paid by US citizens and businesses you moron. https://t.co/x9SrWSOaXj
— markhughes (@markhughes) May 10, 2019
I’ve never seen a president so proud of raising taxes on American consumers. https://t.co/7I1g6kfTs2
— Simon Hedlin (@simonhedlin) May 10, 2019
“tariffs are NOW being paid to the United States by China 25% on 250 Billion Dollars”
— Roy Azoulay (@rozoulay) May 10, 2019
We are reduced to having to follow the logic of a complete idiot. And to anticipate the reactions to this idiocy by machines. We are in the nether world. https://t.co/LEJlvd4kkU
— Nick Givanovic (@NickGiva) May 10, 2019
How is he still clueless about how tariffs work? And how is .@Wharton still not humiliated enough to rescind the degree they never should have given him? At the very least they owe us all a very public apology.#Kakistocracy https://t.co/UaqCfdG5T9
— W.L. Lewis (@ArtMusicLife) May 10, 2019
Governor Blames Shooting of 7 Year Old Girl on Teachers’ Sickout
Just one week after traveling Kentucky with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to advocate for her plan to co-opt federal tax dollars from public schools to support private and religious schools, Governor Bevin once again thrust himself into the debates about education, teachers – and gun control.
On Thursday, Bevin told members of a Kentucky Rotary Club that public school teachers who staged a “sick-out” were responsible for the non-fatal shooting of a 7-year old girl, as the Courier Journal reports.
That young girl was shot accidentally by her 11-year old brother while they were reportedly in the care of their uncle, who was outside at the time.
“One thing you almost didn’t hear anything about while we had people pretending to be sick when they weren’t sick, and leaving kids unattended to or in situations that they should not have been in — a little girl was shot, 7 years old, by another kid,” Governor Bevin said.
“Because they were somewhere that they weren’t intended and because a parent didn’t have any option, put them in a situation so that they could go to work, it left these kids in a compromised situation where they encountered a gun and there was not enough awareness.”
The teachers, who are by law not allowed to strike, organized the sick out to protest at the state capitol after lawmakers without notice started to legislate away their pension rights.
This is far from Bevin’s only attack on public school teachers, and far from his most controversial remark.
One year ago Bevin blamed teachers for children being raped and “introduced to drugs” during a teachers’ protest over the state budget that forced schools to close.
“I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today, a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them,” Bevin, said in April of 2018. “I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were left alone because a single parent didn’t have any money to take care of them.”
“Children were harmed – some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time – because they were vulnerable and left alone,” he insisted.
There were no reports of any children harmed as a result of the strike.
Bevin also came under fire nationally – and at one point even by popular NBC weatherman Al Roker – after the governor mocked some school districts in his own state for deciding to close during sub-zero weather.
“By the way, this nitwit governor in Kentucky, saying that, ‘Oh, we’re weak.’ These are kids who are going to be in sub-zero wind chills. No, cancel school. Stop it. Adults, if they want to be out there, that’s great. These are our children,” Roker blasted back in January.
In February of 2018, after a horrific shooting in Kentucky, Bevin blamed “psychiatric drugs,” but not guns, for America’s gun violence and mass shooting pandemic.
And last month Bevin, who does not believe in science or vaccines, came under fire after he revealed he had sent all nine of his own children to a “chicken pox party” because “this is America.”
Bevin, according to a recent poll, is the nation’s most unpopular governor.
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