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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Trump Promises to Sign Executive Order Today to Punish Tech Firms After Twitter Fact-Checked Two of His Tweets
President Donald Trump on Thursday will sign an executive order in retribution for Twitter appending a “get the facts” label on two of his tweets that were not only false but designed to suppress the vote. On Wednesday Trump responded to the new labels by tweeting, “Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices,” which is false, and promising tech companies he would “strongly regulate, or close them down.”
That seeds of that promise will be sown today with an executive order that would lay the groundwork to make tech companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Google legally liable for content posted to them by users. The Washington Post reports the order “could roll back the immunity that tech giants have for the content on their sites.”
Ironically, if implemented, it would force Twitter to delete many of the President’s own tweets. For example, he is currently engaged in an online smear campaign against Joe Scarborough, accusing the MSNBC host of murdering an intern who died of natural causes in 2001.
Just last night Trump posted a link to a video from a supporter that begins, “I’ve come to the conclusion that the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.” The speaker is reportedly an Otero County, New Mexico Commissioner and the head of Cowboys for Trump. President Trump tweeted his thanks:
Thank you Cowboys. See you in New Mexico! https://t.co/aCRJeskUA8
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
Trump’s executive order would direct the federal government to reinterpret a law called Section 230, which “spares tech companies from being held liable for the comments, videos and other content posted by users on their platforms.”
The President’s intended changes “could mean potentially dramatic free-speech implications and wide-ranging consequences.”
Trump gleefully hinted at the executive order Thursday morning.
This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
US Intel Agencies Forced to Hire Outside Consultants to Study How to Get Trump to Understand National Security Info
U.S. Intelligence agencies have been forced to hire outside consultants to study how to present vital national security information to President Donald Trump in a way he will understand the data, The New York Times reports.
Trump, unlike most presidents, is infamous for not reading his daily briefing materials or even paying attention during his oral briefings, now just two or three days a week. But unlike most presidents, Trump prefers to rely on conversations he has with close friends instead of information collected by the nation’s top spies and intelligence professionals.
“The president veers off on tangents and getting him back on topic is difficult,” The Times adds, citing former intelligence officials. “He has a short attention span and rarely, if ever, reads intelligence reports, relying instead on conservative media and his friends for information. He is unashamed to interrupt intelligence officers and riff based on tips or gossip he hears from the former casino magnate Steve Wynn, the retired golfer Gary Player or Christopher Ruddy, the conservative media executive.”
President Trump “rarely absorbs information that he disagrees with or that runs counter to his worldview, the officials said. Briefing him has been so great a challenge compared with his predecessors that the intelligence agencies have hired outside consultants to study how better to present information to him.”
Trump’s inability and lack of interest in understanding the forces that daily threaten America’s 3.8 million square miles and nearly 330 million people was never more an issue than at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. To date, nearly 100,000 Americans have died from the virus.
Studies, including one released Wednesday, show that had President Trump acted just one week earlier, 36,000 lives would have been saved.
But Trump “has insisted that the intelligence agencies gave him inadequate warnings about the threat of the virus, describing it as ‘not a big deal,'” The Times notes, referring to a January 23 briefing.
Trump blamed that questionable claim on “a C.I.A. analyst with three decades of experience.” He also “ignored a host of warnings he received around that time from higher-ranking officials, epidemiologists, scientists, biodefense officials, other national security aides and the news media about the virus’s growing threat. Mr. Trump’s own health secretary had alerted him five days earlier to the potential seriousness of the virus.”
Despite all the early warnings about the impending global pandemic, “Trump balked at further measures that might have slowed its spread.”
Trump Says a Doctor He’s ‘Never Heard Of’ Sent Him a Letter About Hydroxychloroquine So He Decided to Take It
President Donald Trump says he started taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent contracting COVID-19 after a physician he doesn’t know and “never heard of” sent him a letter touting the anti-malaria medication.
Asked by a reporter if he started taking it because he’s “been exposed,” Trump quickly interjected, “No, not at all.”
“I’ve had so many letters from people, like the one I told you about, I got it last week, I’ll give you – would you like a copy of it? I’d love to give you – if you ask Mollie she’ll give you a copy of it. But this is a doctor he doesn’t want anything I don’t know him never heard of him. He treats people that are that we’re talking about and he said out of hundreds of people that he’s treated he hasn’t lost one. And he just wanted me to know about it. That’s all. He wasn’t saying, ‘Gee can I have dinner with you Mr. President? I’d like to come to the White House.’ Biut I’ve received many such letters.”
Trump also said, “I want the people of this nation to feel good. I don’t want them being sick.”
The FDA has warned against taking hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus outside of a hospital setting.
"I want the people of this nation to feel good. I don't want them being sick" — Trump claims the White House doctor signed off on him taking hydroxychloroquine, which he says he was inspired to start taking because of letters he received pic.twitter.com/R0oKn9XMpP
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 18, 2020
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