57 thoughts on “FOX Really Is Killing People”

  1. Twitter suspends Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for covid-19 misinformation – The Washington Post

    Twitter temporarily suspended Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) for violating its covid-19 misinformation policy after she falsely claimed that the coronavirus was “not dangerous” for some people.
    A Twitter spokesperson confirmed Monday evening that the company had taken “enforcement action” on Greene’s personal account for violations of its policies.
    The account was put on “read-only” mode for 12 hours, which according to Twitter’s rules happens “if it seems like an otherwise healthy account is in the middle of an abusive episode.” The 12-hour suspension is the shortest of Twitter’s read-only penalties, which its website says can range from 12 hours to seven days, “depending on the nature of the violation.” Greene’s account had violated the misinformation policy multiple times, according to Twitter.
    Greene tweeted Monday that the novel coronavirus was “not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65.” More than 600,000 people in the United States have died of covid-19.
    She also made claims about vaccine-related deaths and side effects, calling the coronavirus vaccines “controversial.”
    In another tweet, Greene falsely claimed that “defeating obesity” would protect people from covid-19 complications and death.
    Twitter added a warning to both tweets, labeling them as “misleading.”
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  2. curious about his motivation –  threat of sponsor losses? lawsuit? turned over a new leaf?

    Hannity: ‘I believe in the science of vaccination’ | TheHill

    Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday made an appeal for viewers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
    “Please take COVID seriously, I can’t say it enough. Enough people have died. We don’t need any more deaths,” Hannity said on his primetime series. “Research like crazy, talk to your doctor, your doctors, medical professionals you trust based on your unique medical history, your current medical condition, and you and your doctor make a very important decision for your own safety. Take it seriously.”
    Hannity also stressed the importance of “medical privacy” and “doctor-patient confidentiality.”
    “I believe in science, I believe in the science of vaccination,” he added.
    Fox News figures have come under immense criticism recently over comments about coronavirus-related restrictions, lockdowns, mask mandates, vaccines and the pandemic overall.
    Fellow Fox New hosts Steve Doocy and Bill Hemmer also made statements in support of vaccinations on Monday.
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  3. speaking of faux’s misinfo stars, here’s trevor’s take on tucker 

    Tucker Carlson: white supremacist mass shooter copycat and Jeopardy winner. Here’s the absolute worst of Tucker Carlson.

  4. New avatar Poobah?  Too hot in DC in late July & August for a full beard?
     
    Oh, and Ms. Greene, over 120,000 Americans below 65 have died of Covid. Statistia

  5. MGT must hate doctors who are saying, “younger, sicker, quicker.”   

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/13/us/us-covid-hot-spots-hospitals/index.html

    “…patients now are younger and healthier — but are coming in sicker and getting worse more quickly.“

    School is just around the corner and those under 12 can’t get vaccinated yet. Every unvaccinated person of age is endangering every child under 12 years of age.

    Pro-life party, my arse.

    And, yes, it is the government’s job to mandate masks, and, get vaccinated or stay home orders. It’s called promoting “the general welfare.”

    You would think that Republicans would at least care about getting us through this for the sake of the economy. Ah, but Orange Adolf and the GQP have infected the Republican Party. The cure for that is sunlight and courage.

  6. BiD, they should be labelled the pro-death party.
    G.O.P. stands for “Gross Out deParted”

  7. i’m fairly absolute about freedom of the press but damn it sure seems like an exception is in order when their killing people for ratings

  8. query on how far can one stretch the envelope on freedom of press:

    what should happen to the guy who shouts “fire” in a crowded theatre if he is an on-duty journalist?

    or

    would it be constitutionally okay for FBI agent to tackle/snuffout in time an on-camera anchor as she’s throwing a grenade to make a point during on the street coverage of protestors? 

  9. Rep Greene got the Twitter shot across the bow with the twelve hour time out.  Expect her to be shut down if not banned sometime soon. She cannot get a venue to spread hate in California, and now she is quieted on Twitter.  It is something, maybe not major, but a start.

  10. Just watched the Bezos flight – that was quick.  Still, one more step toward private space flight.  So all the billionaire space race crap aside, with today’s GQP there isn’t going to be much left of NASA to do whatever it is that people do in space to keep our communication, weather, etc. satellites operating.
     
    And the first of the insurrectionists sentenced got 8 months for a felony, and token restitution?  somehow it doesn’t seem like justice was done – In WV the sentence fo r3rd offence DUI is 2-5 years and I know of shoplifters who got 3 years.  

  11. BB, yep MTG is stupid enough to get herself kicked off Twitter for good and the world will be a little better place for it.
     
    What’d you think about the Tour?

  12. Craig…  I was thinking the same thing as Pogo this morning…  it must itch like hell to have a beard like that in July.  Glad to know you’ve taken care of it.
     
    From what I hear…  Fox News is so yesterday.  I guess one nation channel and news max are all the rage with the right this year.

  13. Here we go –
     

    Extreme actions underway to ensure Glen Canyon Dam can continue to generate power
    Flaming Gorge will drop by 4 feet to keep water levels at Lake Powell above critical threshold for power generation

     
    https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2021/07/19/feds-release-water-down/
     
    The releases will lower Flaming Gorge Reservoir, on the Green River, by 4 feet. Additionally, New Mexico’s Navajo Lake on the San Juan River will give up 2 feet, while Colorado’s Blue Mesa Reservoir on the Gunnison River will forfeit 8 feet.

  14. Seannity probably backing vaccinate now because of potential lawsuits, as well as finally realizing the unvaccinated who are dying are mostly the GQP’s base. 

  15. Pogo – so far the billionaires have not had a crash and burn with humans inside.  They have had to write off a few rockets and capsules, but they have been lucky.  There comes a point in the profits race that corners get cut and things get dicey.  For the NASA astronauts it was the lowest bidder issue and politics.

  16. cnbc television:

    Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, got into a heated exchange this morning during a hearing on the origins of the Covid-19 virus. After Paul alleged that Fauci lied to Congress, the doctor told Paul he didn’t know what he was talking about.
    Paul, R-Ky., asked Fauci if he would like to retract that statement from the May 11 testimony, “Fauci, as you are aware it is a crime to lie to Congress.” Fauci, who oversees several NIH research programs as director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he wouldn’t retract his previous statement. “I have not lied before Congress. I have never lied. Certainly not before Congress. Case closed,” Fauci said.
    […]
    As the two men talked over one another, Fauci interjected that Paul was the one who was obfuscating the truth. “You are implying that what we did resulted in the deaths of individuals,” Fauci responded as he pointed his finger at Paul. “I totally resent that, and if anyone is lying here, senator, it is you.”
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  17. rand (the senator) was “fauci-ed” big time today. see above comment.

    a year ago almost to the day, randy (the rainbow) praised the good doc with this

  18. and then there was jimmy kimmel’s fauci on the couchi last december

    rant’s just jealous

  19. Yep, OM, the only thing dumber than that is a box of rocks.  Not sure where Rand falls on that continuum – hammers are tools, therefore there’s a purposefully beneficial use for them that was their raison d’etre.  Rocks are rocks.
     
    I heard that Fauci-Paul exchange while I was out running around at lunch.  IMHO Fauci was busy eating Rand’s lunch.

  20. Went back and listened to Rand Paul again .
    His guy thinks that  microbes  can’t jump species without man’s inference. 
     
    If these guys had been running the country in 1950 , we’d all be working in an “iron lung factory”.

  21. Another take away today  –
    It’s against the law to lie To congress, but it’s okey dokey to lie IN congress.

  22. I’m exhausted with housekeeping duties last couple days. Just spent several hours with a very helpful Network Solutions tech under the hood. Sure hope we’re good for now. 

  23. 15,000-year-old viruses discovered in Tibetan glacier ice

    https://phys.org/news/2021-07-year-old-viruses-tibetan-glacier-ice.html
     
    Scientists who study glacier ice have found viruses nearly 15,000 years old in two ice samples taken from the Tibetan Plateau in China. Most of those viruses, which survived because they had remained frozen, are unlike any viruses that have been cataloged to date.

    The findings, published today in the journal Microbiome, could help scientists understand how viruses have evolved over centuries. For this study, the scientists also created a new, ultra-clean method of analyzing microbes and viruses in ice without contaminating it.
    “These glaciers were formed gradually, and along with dust and gasses, many, many viruses were also deposited in that ice,” said Zhi-Ping Zhong, lead author of the study and a researcher at The Ohio State University Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center who also focuses on microbiology. “The glaciers in western China are not well-studied, and our goal is to use this information to reflect past environments. And viruses are a part of those environments.”
     

  24. These sleeping viruses melting out of the cryosphere  are a real wild card .  A true black box. 
     

    “When they analyzed the ice, they found genetic codes for 33 viruses. Four of those viruses have already been identified by the scientific community. But at least 28 of them are novel. About half of them seemed to have survived at the time they were frozen not in spite of the ice, but because of it.”

  25. Yes, FOX is death television. I will never understand. All of my FOX watching Republican clients are vaccinated. Yet they tell me we shouldn’t force people to vaccinate??? Did they feel that way about vaccinating their children, I think not! FOX is propaganda. I don’t do cable but Twitter gives just enough of a sense of what’s really going on. 

  26. CBS sent Gail King to Van Horn this morning.  It was a love fest of coverage for the richest man in the world. 
     
    Like I said , his rocket motor burns really clean , you can barely see the exhaust  flame and zero smoke. 
    Virgin looks like they’re burning Kingsford charcoal  .
    That’s the ground up tires. 

  27. Bob, David Von Drehle on the thirsty West – for you. (Courtesy of WaPo).

    To grow up in the American West in the 20th century was to swing between inferiority and hubris.

    Our history books taught us that all great and elevated events happened back east. We should go there someday and study the monuments. At the same time, there was a sense — an understanding, as it turned out — that the East might be the past but the West was the future. We had the energy. Our restlessness would be transformative. We had the breathtaking real estate and the vivid weather: mountains to climb up and ski down, beaches to bask on and everywhere cerulean skies. Our ornery libertarian pragmatism would alter American politics.

    The Achilles’ heel, the hard ceiling on Western ambitions, was water, and everyone knew it.

    From the earliest days, Western wisdom held that “whiskey is for drinking, but water is for fighting over.” Water wars erupted almost as soon as the settlers began occupying tribal lands. Water was the golden ticket, the key to prosperity. But unlike in the East, where reliable rivers just kept rolling, Western water was fickle. It roared and rampaged in certain seasons, and dried up entirely in others.

    Everything came down to regular, dependable supply: who had it, who didn’t. All the Western miracles dangled on the question of water. Epics of engineering such as the Hoover Dam and the Los Angeles aqueducts. Vaulting visions such as modern Phoenix and Las Vegas. Miracles of agriculture such as the Central Valley of California.

    Everyone knew deep down that the taming, steering and storing of water could go only so far before there was no longer enough to go around.

    That’s where we are now.

    Virtually the entire West is tapped out. Extreme drought conditions prevail in all or parts of at least seven states. Wildfires are epidemic. Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States, is drying up, with less water in it than at any time since its creation in the 1930s.

    The implications are staggering. An estimated 25 million people, plus their businesses and farms, rely on water from Lake Mead, fed primarily by the Colorado River. Moreover, many of them rely on power from the Hoover Dam, where reservoir water drives the generators. The dam’s performance is now severely threatened by the falling water supply.
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    No easy fixes and nowhere to turn to fix it quickly.  Anybody got a bottle of water to spare?

    And, if i understand correctly, Bezos’ rocket should be clean – Liquid Hydrogen and Oxygen. Hmmm, take 2 of one and one of the other and whatcha got? Oh wait, I know. Water.

  28. They’re killing off their own voters, so now they’re on board with the vaccines.  Too bad for those that died because they listened to the Republican weasels. 

  29. Pogo –
    The entire Colorado Compact is based on a really wet set of years, as a baseline. 
     
    Another water problem , the State of Utah diverts so much water  now from flowing into the Great Salt Lake , it is crashing along with all the other western bodies of water. 
    But when that happens , huge stretches of lake bed are exposed  to the wind , and that is not “beach sand” .
    Their are a lot of Mormons  that will be breathing a buffet of things that don’t play well in your lungs .
     We’ve already seen this when LA took all the water out of the Owens valley.  And Mono Lake started blowing. 
    That was bad. , but not a lot of people  were exposed to it.
    Utah  is a whole other ball of wax.  That valley has had some of the worst air in American for decades.  It’s the geography  of the place. 
    They are in deep doo doo. 
    They burn through water too.  Some of the great users of water in the West.
     

  30. My favorite term  about the West.  
    In the early 19th century  , mammoth bones were being dug up , from that there grew-up this idea that  elephants could still be found out west. 
    This was a real scientific question for Lewis and Clark in 1804.
    Would they see elephants ?
    By the time of the Gold Rush , this idea was fading .
    And when all those men formed , and left the East for the gold fields. 
    This became the answer –
    Where’s Mr. Perkins ? 
    “He went West to see the Elephant”. 
     
    It’s wonderful term that explains  so much of our past. 
    I went West to see the Elephant  as well , and I got an eye full. 
     

  31. If it don’t snow this winter  out  west , we all will suffer like never before. 
    Now I will stop so we can all read about Prince Harry’s new book , which of course  trumps  the water supply of Vegas. 

  32. Next week, Texas heats up and we’ll see if the power grid holds. Several days of triple-digit temps.

    Meanwhile, Greg Abbott is on TV blaming “fleeing Democrats” for the TX House not being able to pass legislation to help kids in foster care.
    Hiding behind children while ignoring the fact that many of those kids would, when they are old enough to vote, end up being disenfranchised voters under the laws Republicans are trying to force on us. Oh, Greg.

  33. https://reasonstobecheerful.world/first-ecosystem-with-insurance/

    “This model can be scaled up and applied to protect many different natural assets and the eco-services they provide, with insurance payouts enabling fast response and restoration activities…”

    “…this 100-mile stretch of the Mesoamerican Reef is the world’s first natural asset protected by an insurance policy.”

    OM – A little good news for you.

    World’s Largest Seagrass Project Proves “You Can Actually Restore the Oceans”

    “…restoring thousands of acres through transplanting would have been a huge logistical challenge. So, says Orth, “We said, well, why not try to launch a restoration program using seeds?”

    A little more good news.

  34. I read about all those poor  folks in Central America this week . 
    And how climate change is driving their whole world now. 
    When they stop making power at Lake Powell ,
    The Americans  from the southwest  are going to be running into those fleeing  the SLR  along the shore. 
    The story out west  is a 9 million pound gorilla.  And it is here. 

  35. There needs to be a rich man’s code for our time.
    Like buying  wood that should be a tree,  for your mansion, or your yachts.
    .  

  36. OM, While world is also figuratively on fire, others are trying to put it out with some incredible ideas.   

    By the way, Bezos is making money hand-over-fist from wanna be space cadets.

  37.  
    15,000-year-old viruses discovered in Tibetan glacier ice

     
    Future headline: “3 Million Dead From Tibetan-13000BC, Guy Wishes He Didn’t Drill That Plug”

  38. And, if i understand correctly, Bezos’ rocket should be clean – Liquid Hydrogen and Oxygen.

    …still heats up the atmosphere.  Maybe the heat from one flight is inconsequential, i dunno, but they don’t want to do just one flight,  do they?  Nope, they want dozens per day, per company

  39. …it’s literally one of his business models, obviously not the primary one
     
    ok, i feel like i had a better day than Jeff Bezos, and my feet never left the ground, but i honestly don’t care if he flys around in fake space all day every day, no skin off my teeth🤷‍♂️❤️😴

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