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Hola Pandemic Pals,
Sorry we’re late today. My toddler has a stomach bug and we’re out of toilet paper. I had to print out a bunch of copies of Breitbart’s home page to handle the mess.
Why the unsolicited jab at Steve Bannon’s propaganda outlet? Because it published a video last night spreading purposely harmful COVID-19 misinformation from a group of medical “experts” called America’s Frontline Doctors composed of several anti-vaxxers and at least one exorcist.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good exorcism as much as the next person. I think Linda Blair is an institution.
But the general public’s willingness to accept anyone with an MD as an expert on COVID-19 is chilling. Take Doctor Stella Immanuel of America’s Frontline Doctors for example.
She’s one of the “doctors” pushing hydroxychloroquine for Breitbart as part of the “coalition” in the video. Here’s a tweet from her in response to Facebook removing the viral video:
Hello Facebook put back my profile page and videos up or your computers with start crashing till you do. You are not bigger that God. I promise you. If my page is not back up face book will be down in Jesus name.
— Stella Immanuel MD (@stella_immanuel) July 28, 2020
Immanuel is a pediatrician and exorcist who received her medical degree in Nigeria and currently operates a medical practice out of a strip mall in the US.
She believes that ovarian cysts, infertility and other reproductive-related medical conditions are caused by demons and witches raping people in their dreams and that the medical community uses alien DNA to treat patients.
FFS y’all, she said the Magic 8-Ball was a psychic device that turned children into witches and, in 2015, claimed the people ruling the US were “half-human, half-ET” reptilian hybrids from another planet.
These people are idiots who’ve chosen to disregard their Hippocratic Oath for political clout. Hydroxychloroquine is a malaria medication that has been proven dangerous for use as a treatment for COVID-19.
The bottom line: This isn’t a “both sides” issue. Hydroxychloriquine is dangerous and ignoring legitimate PEER-REVIEWED science for religious mythology is lunacy.
You’re either on the same side as the people who literally believe Joe Biden and Barack Obama are aliens from another planet and that demons rape women in their dreams to make them infertile, or you’re on the side of people who aren’t stark raving mad.
By the numbers
|Last week we looked at how deadly COVID-19 is, so far, compared to previous pandemics and outbreaks.
This week, we’re going to compare COVID-19 to Breitbart because we’re tired of comparing things in juxtaposition. Sources: (Worldometers, Washington Post)
Tweet thread of the week
What to read
|In this little section, we’d like to talk about the tech that’s getting us through the pandemic. This week, I’m back on video games.I know, I know, we talk about gaming a lot in this newsletter. But that’s because we’re all stuck inside. What else are we going to do?
Rather than gush about any specific game, I wanted to shout out Ubisoft’s UPlay Plus. I found out a couple of days ago that UPlay Plus had a seven day free trial. I’d never tried it because, frankly, it’s too expensive. $15 a month is more than Netflix or Xbox Game Pass. I just can’t justify that kind of expense for a catalog limited to one publisher.
Or can I?
Here’s the thing, I love Ubisoft games. I enjoy the Far Cry, Assasin’s Creed, and Ghost Recon franchises immensely and the company’s back catalog has a lot of hits in it. Unfortunately this means I’ve already played the majority of the games on offer for the subscription.
However, I haven’t played the super deluxe, fully packed with DLC, extra goodies versions of most of the games. And even the ones I did (Far Cry 5 Deluxe was a must-have for me at launch), I played on consoles.
But I just happen to have a badass Alienware tower with an RTX graphics card that chomps through modern AAA titles on Ultra settings with ease and a fancy new fiber-optic internet connection that can download a 70GB game in under an hour.
I spent my weekend playing dozens of Ubisoft titles including AC: Odyssey, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and Far Cry New Dawn, complete with all the DLCs and expansions. It was glorious!
I’m not sure if I’ll be keeping the service because of the cost. Then again, it’s about the same as a premium channels add-on for a cable package and I still haven’t gotten around to playing a few titles I’m itching to dive into. And back in the day it was nothing to spend 15 bucks at Blockbuster to rent three games for a weekend. I can always cancel after the first month right?
I’m just not sure what to do.
This sounds like a job for the Coronavirus in Context readers and our weekly poll (you can participate by signing up for the newsletter here).
We’ll be back next Tuesday. And every Tuesday after that until the pandemic ends. Because we’re all in this together.
In the meantime, here’s a few links to help you manage the misinformation as the disease hits its peak:
The Center for Disease Control’s myth-busting section on COVID-19
After Recovering from COVID-19, are you immune?
John Hopkins Univeristy COVID-19 myth vs fact
Don’t believe everything you read on social media. Stay healthy and take care of each other,
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