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As 10 States Cope With Measles Crisis Top Trump Official’s Anti-Vaxx Wife Issues Call to ‘Bring Back’ Deadly Diseases

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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.

Here are some of the responses her dangerous and false claims elicited:

 

 

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‘Casually Tweeting Out National Secrets’: Internet Stunned as Trump Tweets About Previously Unknown US Nukes

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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.

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.

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:

Here’s a noted nuclear weapons expert:

There were other responses from some notables.

Washington Correspondent for TIME magazine:

ACLU Attorney:

Reuters DC National Security Correspondent:

More:

 

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‘Guess You Flunked Econ 101’: Trump Mocked for Insane Rant Falsely Claiming His New Tariffs Are Paid ‘By China’

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“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.”

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.”

That’s false.

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:

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:

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Governor Blames Shooting of 7 Year Old Girl on Teachers’ Sickout

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The Republican governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin, was once best-known for his very public support of anti-gay county clerk Kim Davis, but these days he is known for his attacks on school teachers.

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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