#Deathsantis: Week in Review
Unending Misinformation - 5/3/2021
It’s easy to forget now, nearly fourteen months after “15 Days to Slow the Spread,” but the initial purpose of lockdowns and non-pharmaceutical interventions was to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. The amount of goal post moving over the last year+ has been absolutely remarkable, but for those of us who can remember back that far, it’s still valuable to look at hospitalization rates.
Let’s start with Texas. Contained in Chris Cillizza’s glorious story, referenced on the chart, is a truly incredible sequence of appeals to authority and gaslighting:
Abbott's move seems entirely motivated by politics rather than public health. Doctors and public health experts continue to warn that letting down our guard -- and our masks -- at this point is a major mistake.
We've also been here before. Last spring and early summer, Texas and other states controlled by Republican governors dropped strict stay-at-home orders and others measured designed to inhibit the spread of Covid-19 when their states did not show large numbers of cases. What happened? Cases, hospitalizations and, eventually, deaths soared.
So there you have it, these measures work, based on last summer. Does Chris remember what happened over fall and winter in areas that had strict “measures designed to inhibit the spread of Covid-19?” Well sure, but it would defeat his purpose if he referenced the large surges in places like California. Oh and Doctors and experts say it works, so Chris must also say it works. Because as we know, experts are never wrong.
So what’s happened after Abbott’s “major mistake?” Hospitalizations have continued to drop. Even after the first full stadium in the US in well over a year, where fans were specifically lax in mask compliance, they’re down. Has Chris admitted that he and his preferred authority figures were wrong? If you can’t tell that that’s a rhetorical question, you haven’t been paying attention.
Ironically, Chris’s likely motivation to post that story was exactly what he accused Abbott of doing: following politics, not “public health.” Just like Biden’s “Neanderthal thinking” line was about politics. Just like the lack of media interest in following up with Biden, or, given his lack of unscripted press conferences, his Press Secretary, is driven by politics. Today marks the two month anniversary of the “Neanderthal thinking” statement and the unending continuation of the media being blissfully uninterested in pointing out that Biden was completely wrong.
One of the many infuriating parts about this article and lack of follow up is that Cillizza doesn’t want to ask questions about why he was wrong, why Biden was wrong, why the experts were wrong. None of the major media figures want to know why they were wrong. They want to keep Believing in Science™, because it gives them the unearned sense of superiority that is most important to them.
Looking deeper than just Mississippi and Texas, the results make it even more obvious how wrong Biden was. Highlighted in black are the states that have removed mask mandates this year, excluding Louisiana and Tennessee which just recently implemented and announced the end of their statewide and county level mandates, respectively.
Not one of those states ranks in the current top 15 in hospitalization rate. In fact, of the fourteen states highlighted, eleven rank in the bottom half.
Remember, it wasn’t just Biden or the media. Experts repeatedly criticized states that removed restrictions. According to “Health care workers” quoted by ABC News, lifting mask mandates was a “recipe for disaster.” See any disasters? See any updates to the disproven fear mongering? Of course not.
Just for fun, here’s a few quotes from the article:
"I want to remind everybody how important mask wearing is to protect the ones that you love -- and to protect yourself," Lee said.
"It's very hard for us to hear people in the community say that masks don't work, that we should get rid of them," she said.
Remember, these people almost always have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about.
Speaking of lifting restrictions, Oregon and Washington have been two of the most science-following states in the country. While their current population-adjusted numbers are comparably low, they’re some of the only states seeing significant increases right now, despite not removing their mask mandates. Unsurprisingly, no one seems interested in asking the experts how that could be possible.
While their cumulative numbers are low, contrasting the Governors of Oregon and Washington with Florida’s Ron DeSantis showcases the absurdity of the “believe in science™” crowd.
DeSantis realized quickly that lockdowns and restrictions were ineffective, and moved today to end the desperate attempts by local authorities to prolong their reign of idiocy.
Meanwhile, Oregon locked down fifteen counties again yesterday and Washington is rolling most of the state back into “Phase 2.” Of course, cases there have likely already peaked or will peak shortly, and then they’ll take credit for something that already happened.
While this will come as no surprise to anyone who actually pays attention, Florida currently ranks 28th in the US in mortality rate, despite one of the oldest populations in the country. New Jersey’s rate is 76% higher. Rhode Island’s is 54% higher. Pennsylvania’s is 26% higher. Michigan’s is 15% higher. No one cares. No one comes up with hashtags about those Governors. No one posts misinformation or hyperbolic nonsense like this:
about those Governors. Because results don’t matter. The only thing that matters is doing what the experts say. Information doesn’t matter, perception matters. And #DeathSantis is the clearest indication of how far the media and the #BlueAnon community will go to in order to sell their preferred narrative, no matter how inaccurate.
Just spectacular work.
Meanwhile, also in Florida, the Mayor of St. Petersburg put out this nonsensical tweet:
Florida’s reported 164 deaths per 100k. Miami-Dade’s reported 228, Pinellas (St. Petersburg) has reported 165. Hillsborough and Orange have been below the Florida average, but uh…what?
Just look at what an amazing job Miami and Miami Beach have done in controlling COVID cases with mask mandates.
Here’s Pinellas too. Stunning success. Cases only went up 182% from 6/24/20 to 1/8/21.
And never forget this chart.
More bad news for Florida too is that re-opening Disney World and other theme parks, while allowing unfettered access to out-of-state residents, led to 73% higher population adjusted deaths for Disney World’s Orange County, Florida compared to Disneyland’s Orange County, California.
Ah! Actually, it was the exact opposite result. Whoops. Well! At least tens of thousands of people were and are needlessly out of work, and California still has pointless and arbitrary restrictions on theme parks.
If you were wondering if Japan’s still increasing, the answer is yes.
And yet another week has gone by without the media acknowledging that experts specifically said mask wearing was responsible for bringing down the curve in India. The memory hole just keeps getting deeper and deeper.
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