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I fixed the images on the last 6 months of posts. In the last version of WordPress, images were automatically set to enlarge when clicked. In the current version, you have to manually do this for each picture via time consuming unnecessary steps. Now you can enlarge those twitter post images and read all that small print. You’re welcome.
Covid19 is making its triumphant return, and the media can’t decide whether it wants to do actual journalism, or tow agendas. Let’s take a look.
So, was Covid19 spread among people at the various protests? That wouldn’t seem to be the case according to these two outlets:
Both are deliberately misleading headlines. Based on the replies under these tweets, people seem to be of the mind that the virus was not spread at these events. They evidently didn’t bother to read the article. This is an excerpt from the BuzzFeed article:
The protests themselves have resulted in an increased spread of Covid19. The overall numbers haven’t jumped as high as expected because during the protests, non-protesters overwhelmingly stayed home. Essentially, there were less people out and about, so the infection rate wasn’t as high as if everybody who would normally be outside, was outside. Both articles also should have included a “yet” in their titles.
California has tripled its daily Covid19 cases since the start of the protests. Keep in mind, this is with most people largely staying in during this time as stated in the article above.
So, yes, it appears there have been spikes in Covid19 cases over the last 2 or 3 weeks.
Media outlets are fighting over who is worse, the red states or the blue states. Those trying to paint the red states as worse are deliberately ignoring the spikes in blue states, and vice versa. Meanwhile, most states are doing rather poorly in containing the virus, with Texas up there in the top 3, along with California and Florida. There are about 30 states that have had spikes over the last few weeks.
Beaches are another potential factor in some of these spikes. As of the first week in June, about half of California’s beaches were open. As of the first week in May, all counties in Florida had their beaches open except 3. Most of these beaches merely require social distancing guidelines, but obviously that does no good if those guidelines are ignored or not enforced.
This isn’t only a problem in the US. This is the current situation in England:
We’re gonna end up on quarantine again, aren’t we?
🏴☠️ CHAZ Update 🏴☠️:
The CHAZ has evidently changed its name to the CHOP, removing the “Autonomous Zone” and replacing it with “Organized Protest”. This is likely due to the fact that the CHAZ was in fact not autonomous in any capacity. Most folks still call it the CHAZ though, because it’s still the CHAZ in our hearts. Meanwhile, the official CHOP twitter account has been posting goofy stuff like this:
In addition to mostly being nonsensical word salad, most of the “facts” in these posts don’t debunk, let alone have anything to do with the “myths” they are attempting to debunk. It’s like the account is run by a badly programmed artificial intelligence. The above posts are both wrong regardless, seeing as how businesses affected by the CHAZ are suing the city:
The mayor of Seattle is finally coming to her senses after the rampant nightly crime in the CHAZ finally became too much to ignore. Only ten days prior to this she was downplaying concerns about this very thing stating “Seattle is fine. Don’t be so afraid of democracy.”
Someone on twitter jokingly pointed out that technically the CHAZ has a higher per capita shooting rate than any place on Earth currently. We did it guys! We solved police violence by shooting more people than the police do!
Nooses! Nooses, Everywhere!
Finally, in “when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” news, there have been not one, but two hoaxes involving nooses in the last week alone. The first happened prior to my last post, but I held off posting about it, figuring the other would inevitably ended up being a hoax as well. Noose hoaxes tend to be one of the most prevalent types of hoaxes these days. Jussie Smollett anyone?
First up, a few “nooses” were found around Oakland. Except it turns out they were literally just regular ropes that were commonly used for exercising. The two look nothing alike, but once again… when all you have is a hammer.
The second noose hoax of the week was NASCAR related. The racing team of Bubba Wallace moved into a new garage and promptly reported a hate crime pertaining to a noose hanging in said garage. Bubba himself never even saw this “noose”, but that didn’t stop the outrage machine from shifting into high gear. Somewhat unsurprisingly, it turned out the noose was just a rope to pull the garage door down.
It’s extremely hard to believe that anyone who works in a garage for a living could possibly have mistaken a garage door pull cord with a noose, but it sure was great publicity for everybody involved, and the media got their clicks and sold their ads. So all is well, and we can repeat the process again countless times, and nobody will ever learn not to jump to conclusions.