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If Someone Shares the ‘Plandemic’ Video, What Do I Say? – The Atlantic

If Someone Shares the ‘Plandemic’ Video, How Should You Respond?

Whatever camp someone falls in, though, the general principles are the same. “It’s always important to respond in a way that doesn’t suggest that the other [person] is foolish, naive, or gullible, as much as you think they may be,” said Joshua Coleman, a psychologist with an expertise in family relationships.

“How Greenwich Republicans Learned to Love Trump” | Amanpour and Company – YouTube

We probably all know of and know some of the deplorables that video journalist Jordan Klepper exposes on The Daily Show and on YouTube (Jordan Klepper vs. Trump Supporters | The Daily Show – YouTube). We know there is zero chance of that the cohort of “Deplorable” Americans ever voting for anyone other than Trump or some member of the Trump family.

But there is another whole cohort of high intelligence, super-affluent Republicans that stand by and support Trump.

Journalist Evan Osnos discusses his recent New Yorker article: How Greenwich Republicans Learned to Love Trump.

President Trump faces a tough re-election campaign ahead, as the once buoyant economy deflates into recession. How will this affect his chances in November? In his recent article for The New Yorker titled “How Greenwich Republicans Learned to Love Trump,” Evan Osnos says one answer lies in what he calls a “persistent mystery” at the ballot box. For his latest piece, he returns to his childhood home of Greenwich, Connecticut to explore how Republican voters there came to support the president–as he explains to Michel Martin.

Originally aired on May 7, 2020.


How Greenwich Republicans Learned to Love Trump | The New Yorker

How Greenwich Republicans Learned to Love Trump

To understand the President’s path to the 2020 election, look at what he has provided the country’s executive class. Prescott Bush, the father and grandfather of future Presidents, was the eight-time club champion on the golf course at the Round Hill Club, one of eight country clubs in Greenwich, Connecticut.

 

Defining Critical Thinking | The Foundation for Critical Thinking

Defining Critical Thinking

Critical thinking…the awakening of the intellect to the study of itself. Critical thinking is a rich concept that has been developing throughout the past 2,500 years. The term “critical thinking” has its roots in the mid-late 20th century. Below, we offer overlapping definitions which together form a substantive and trans-disciplinary conception of critical thinking.

 

A Collection of Videos & Articles Debunking Plandemic and Other Misc. Covid-19 Conspiracy Theories

A Collection of Videos & Articles Debunking Plandemic and Other Misc. Covid-19 Conspiracy Theories

When the Plandemic Video first started making its way through social media Dr Zubin Damania (aka ZDoggMD on FaceBook) was the first real medical/science professional I saw that responded but I knew he wouldn’t be the last.

Dr. Giancarlo McEvenue is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon working at Top Aesthetics Miami (Doctor Giancarlo) and NOT an epidemiologist or virologist so he is NOT offering his personal opinions on the treatment or spread of the coronavirus but he is offering his advice on how to analyze claims being made as to whether they are bullshit or dangerous misinformation. In other words he is demonstrating how to use critical thinking skills and analysis.

Hello All I have been sent many Conspiracy theory videos recently and this is first one I have debunked publicly. All my references and research from video are listed below.

Please leave me a question or comment if you would like to see more. Video reviewed :

Youtube PlanDemic Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAa8F…

Science Journal Retracts her 2011 Paper https://science.sciencemag.org/conten…

actual retracted article https://science.sciencemag.org/conten…

Letter of concern regarding her research https://science.sciencemag.org/conten…

Snopes article debunking her claims https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/sci…

reporting her firing with cause https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifest…

Article of her arrest https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation…

Excess Deaths Graphs, Coronavirus https://www.ft.com/content/6bd88b7d-3…

Discredited Bakersfield Doctorshttps://www.kqed.org/news/11814749/ba… https://www.kget.com/health/coronavir…

Italian Doctor Death Toll https://www.thelocal.it/20200409/more… https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/21/health…

Suramin https://health.ucsd.edu/news/topics/s… https://www.thestar.com/life/2018/09/…

Flu vaccine article https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…

Orac (Dr. David Gorski) is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might

Orac the nom de guerre that surgical oncologist/scientist Dr. David Gorski uses to blog on science topics or more usually to rail against pseudoscience, bullshit, tinfoil hat conspiracies, and woo. In a recent tweet he has said:

Here is his commentary on the wacko quack Judy Mikovits and her role in the pseudoscience documentary video making the rounds in this covid-19 crisis.

Judy Mikovits in Plandemic: An antivax conspiracy theorist becomes a COVID-19 grifter – RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE

Judy Mikovits in Plandemic: An antivax conspiracy theorist becomes a COVID-19 grifter

Regular readers might have noticed that my output lately hasn’t been as…prolific…as in the past. You’d think that, with my spending more time at home than I have in a long time due to the restrictions put in place in Michigan to slow the spread of COVID-19 that I’d be a blogging fiend, even more so than usual, but oddly enough I’ve been less productive in that area than in the past.

Dr. Steven Novella a founding member of The New England Skeptical Society and part of the podcast The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe writing in his Neurologica Blog on the #Plandemic video making the rounds….

“…The video features Dr. Judy Mikovits, and is basically an interview with her. Unfortunately this is a slick piece of utter nonsense and conspiracy mongering. Mikovits has zero credibility in any of her claims, but they are combined with music and clips of videos to create the impression that there is some reality behind her outrageous claims. Let me focus on a few claims to show how low her and the filmmaker’s credibility are….”

Skeptical of Plandemic | NeuroLogica Blog

Skeptical of Plandemic | NeuroLogica Blog

A promotional video on YouTube for a new documentary, Plandemic, is making the rounds and promoting quite a response. The video features Dr. Judy Mikovits, and is basically an interview with her. Unfortunately this is a slick piece of utter nonsense and conspiracy mongering.

Jessa Jones of iPadReHab runs a mobile device repair service (not a bad business to be in at all!) but in her she her college education and training she earned a PhD. in Molecular Genetics from Johns Hopkins which as she notes in no way makes her qualified to offer her judgements on how to treat Covid-19 but she does show how to use critical thinking skills and analysis to evaluate what is true and what is bullshit. I think this is not just a good video for how it dismantles and argues against the premises and claims made in the Plandemic video but it also is a good guid for how to think critically!

How to tell if Plandemic is BS or not. (May 7, 2020)

I share my thoughts on the strategies I use to tell whether something on the internet is BS or not, and then apply Occam’s razor to the Plandemic video. This is the full video. I will also post separate shorter videos of just the Plandemic critique and just the BS detection strategies.

Fact-checking Judy Mikovits, the controversial virologist attacking Anthony Fauci in a viral conspiracy video | Science | AAAS

Fact-checking Judy Mikovits, the controversial virologist attacking Anthony Fauci in a viral conspiracy video

In a video that has exploded on social media in the past few days, virologist Judy Mikovits claims the new coronavirus is being wrongly blamed for many deaths. She makes head-scratching assertions about the virus– for instance, that it is “activated” by face masks. Mikovits also accuses Anthony Fauci, head of the U.S.

“Plandemic” vignette featuring anti-vaccination activist Judy Mikovits contains numerous false and unsupported claims about COVID-19 – Health Feedback

“Plandemic” vignette featuring anti-vaccination activist Judy Mikovits contains numerous false and unsupported claims about COVID-19 – Health Feedback

This video is the first in a series of vignettes preceding a movie titled “Plandemic”. First published on 5 May 2020, it quickly went viral on Facebook, with more than 2.2 million views on the platform to date. Produced by Mikki Willis, it features an interview with Judy Mikovits, former research director of the Whittemore …

Why It’s Important To Push Back On ‘Plandemic’—And How To Do It

Why It’s Important To Push Back On ‘Plandemic’-And How To Do It

By now you’ve probably heard about or even seen the video “Plandemic” that’s been spreading like wildfire through social media networks. This article is not the one you should give to your friend or relative or coworker who shared the video.

Fact-checking ‘Plandemic,’ a documentary full of false conspiracy theories about the coronavirus – Poynter

Fact-checking ‘Plandemic,’ a documentary full of false conspiracy theories about the coronavirus – Poynter

Before platforms removed it, a 26-minute video called “Plandemic: The Hidden Agenda Behind Covid-19” was viewed tens of millions of times. It’s full of falsehoods.

Who is Judy Mikovits, star of the viral coronavirus conspiracy film “Plandemic,” banned by Facebook and others as harmful and misleading – The Washington Post

Who is Judy Mikovits in ‘Plandemic,’ the coronavirus conspiracy video just banned from social media?

When Judy Mikovits co-wrote a 2009 research paper that linked the mysterious condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome to a retrovirus that came from mice, thousands of sick patients hoping for relief rallied behind her. The scientific riddle was solved, they thought.

PLANDEMIC : DEBUNKED – Politically Speaking – Medium

PLANDEMIC : DEBUNKED

Go on social media right now and you are destined to run in to someone sharing or promoting a video that has gone viral called PLANDEMIC. They will parrot the points from this video like good little puppets, without taking the time to research who is giving them the information, or the credibility of the information being presented.

Dr. Benjamin Neuman is a virologist and coronavirus expert bu trade and in this video he discusses and debunks Plandemic.

In this video Dr Neuman explains how and why PLANdemic, a video released recently and trending on so many platforms, has no basis in scientific fact and should be disregarded. Dr Benjamin Neuman is a virologist with 24 years experience in studying coronaviruses. He was part of the taxonomy study group that named the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19. Primarily through a Facebook group, he answers the public’s questions on viruses and much more. He aims to break down complex scientific explanations into easily digestible facts for both children and adults. Dr Neuman is a highly sort after and respected scientist that has appeared in countless media broadcasts. His credentials can be verified here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/… The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

The “Plandemic” conspiracy video, explained | Salon.com

https://www.salon.com/2020/05/08/the-plandemic-conspiracy-video-explained/

AP Exclusive: US shelves detailed guide to reopening country

AP Exclusive: Admin shelves CDC guide to reopening country

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – A set of detailed documents created by the nation’s top disease investigators meant to give step-by-step advice to local leaders deciding when and how to reopen public places such as mass transit, day care centers and restaurants during the still-raging pandemic has been shelved by the Trump administration.

 

Blame China for coronavirus is Trump’s new blame Mexico, build the wall

Coronavirus and xenophobia: ‘Blame China’ is Trump’s 2020 version of ‘Build the wall’

In 2016, Donald Trump fueled his improbable presidential victory with an arsenal of catch-phrases designed to incite and excite the Fox News and Breitbart audience that lives in fear of America’s diversity and inevitable demographic changes. “Make America Great Again” and “Build the Wall” were staples of Trump’s road show.

The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism By: Katherine Stewart

The other week I picked up the audio book The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism by Katherine Stewart and just finished listening to it the other day. 

And then almost on cue this interview with the author Katherine Stewart by Michael Schermer appeared in my YouTube suggertions.

Michael Shermer with Katherine Stewart — Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism

Biden’s Racism Is More Veiled Than Trump’s — But No Less Real

Biden’s Racism Is More Veiled Than Trump’s – But No Less Real

When it comes to race, Joe Biden’s record and rhetoric reflect the broader hypocrisy of U.S. politics. While Biden rightly criticizes Donald Trump’s racism, he then praises himself for his own ability to work with overt white supremacist Dixiecrat Democrats in the 1970s.

Sexual assault claim against Biden makes me skeptical: Ex-prosecutor

Echoing what Bruce Bartlett wrote on FaceBook…

I don’t know the truth of the Tara Reade story, but I think we can all agree that Joe Biden has handled it very badly. This bodes ill for his ability to deflect or respond to the inevitable smears that Republicans will throw at him.

That said I do tend to think that Tara Reade’s story just doesn’t hold up for me and aI agree with this assessment…

Why I’m skeptical about Reade’s sexual assault claim against Biden: Ex-prosecutor

During 28 years as a state and federal prosecutor, I prosecuted a lot of sexual assault cases. The vast majority came early in my career, when I was a young attorney at a prosecutor’s office outside Detroit.

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