We’re hearing so many stories of people who downplayed or dismissed coronavirus, only to get sick and wise up. We’re seeing this play out predictably with the rapist in charge, who is using his diagnosis and the fact that he was pumped full of medications only given to people on the brink of death to claim that covid is overblown. He’s insulting so many people who have lost loved ones while continuing to sow death and misery. The death cult Republicans want people to die so less people vote and oppose their draconian regime.

Texan Trump voter Tony Green held a family party in June with just six people. Everyone at that party got sick with coronavirus, and some of them spread it to their families, with 14 cases total. Tony was hospitalized when the virus attacked his nervous system but he’s since recovered. His father-in-law and his father-in-law’s mother died, both alone, in the hospital. Tony wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in which he he feels guilty for pushing his family to hang out, especially when a couple of people died. Tony is gay with a same sex partner and he’s also a heavy Facebook user who cut cable because he thought the news was going too hard on Trump. It doesn’t make sense, but he sort of gets it now. The thing that struck me about his essay was how much he referenced Facebook.

Some people in my family didn’t necessarily share all of my views, but I pushed it. I’ve always been out front with my opinions. I’m gay and I’m conservative, so either way I’m used to going against the grain. I stopped trusting the media for my information when it went hard against Trump in 2016. I got rid of my cable. It’s all opinion anyway, so I’d rather come up with my own. I find a little bit of truth here and a little there, and I pile it together to see what it makes. I have about 4,000 people in my personal network, and not one of them had gotten sick. Not one. You start to hear jokes about, you know, a skydiver jumps out of a plane without a parachute and dies of covid-19. You start to think: “Something’s really fishy here.” You start dismissing and denying.

I told my family: “Come on. Enough already. Let’s get together and enjoy life for once.”

They all came for the weekend. We agreed not to do any of the distancing or worry much about it. I mean, I haven’t seen my mother in months, and I’m not supposed to go up and hug her? Come on…

I woke up Sunday morning feeling a little iffy. I have a lot of issues with sleeping, and I thought that’s probably what it was. I let everyone know: “I don’t feel right, but I’m guessing it might be exhaustion.” I was kind of achy. There was a weird vibration inside. I had a bug-eye feeling.

A few hours later, my partner was feeling a little bad, too. Then my parents. Then my father-in-law got sick the next day, after he’d already left and gone to Austin to witness the birth of his first grandchild. I have no idea which one of us brought the virus into the house, but all six of us left with it. It kept spreading from there…

I break down sometimes, but mostly I’m empty. Am I glad to be alive? I don’t know. I don’t know how to answer that.

There’s no relief. This virus, I can’t escape it. It’s torn up our family. It’s all over my Facebook. It’s the election. It’s Trump. It’s what I keep thinking about. How many people would have gotten sick if I’d never hosted that weekend? One? Maybe two? The grief comes in waves, but that guilt just sits.

[From The Washington Post]/a>

If you haven’t seen the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, try to watch it. The way all social networks and even Google but Facebook in particular, amplify and spread misinformation is absolutely criminal. Millions of dollars are spent trying to influence people and it’s working. People are consuming only what they want to believe and they’re being exposed to fringe ideas just so they’re engaged on the platforms. It’s led to the rise of domestic terrorism, to conspiracy groups like QAnon and to over 210,000 deaths from covid (that we know about, surely there are more) in the US.

In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Anderson tried to press Tony about whether he thought Trump was handling the crisis right. Tony didn’t condemn Trump or say he wasn’t voting for him again. He just said “I’m looking at the totality of this Presidency, some of the things that he’s done which are very special, very important. This is a major blunder and I’m saying that with full sincerity. It was a big failure. This should have been taken more seriously by the administration.” He said that the coronavirus panel should have handled this better and that if Trump told everyone to wear a mask he would have done it. Facebook needs to be shut down. You know how I feel about this horrible administration.

While this guy deserves some credit for going public with this, could he not figure out how to get a decent angle before he did a major TV interview?



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