Right-wing cancel culture strikes again!

And whoa, is it a doozer.

This is Adam. Adam has a bee in his bonnet. Adam, tell the people what you’re so damn mad about.

Carhartt you messed up.
This is one of the most sentimental things I have. This is my hat man… It’s been everywhere on the road with me and in almost every video I’ve ever made. It smells from all the sweat and dirt. It has oil stains and weld burns. Bottom line is, if you’ve seen me, you’ve seen this hat. No more, it means nothing because that company didn’t stand for anything. I put so many years of hard work in with Carhartt gear for what? You’re not for the blue collar people, the middle class. I burned it all, never again.

Okay, Adam’s not very good at explaining things, so let me take a crack at this.

A few days ago, workwear manufacturer Carhartt sent out an email to all its employees, reminding them that its company vaccine requirement is a mandate, so they’d better get their shots if they wanted to go on producing that famous blue-collar apparel so beloved of farmers and laborers.

No big deal, right? Just a little public health measure that goes with the territory of operating a big factory where workers are producing goods at close quarters, and social distancing isn’t always possible. And where, if one person comes down with a contagious disease and nobody’s vaccinated, it can result in short staffing or even a complete plant shutdown. So, if a communicable disease can be prevented by a simple shot in the arm, why not take the shot and keep on working?

You would think that all these patriotic, pro-business conservatives would be all about that. You’d think that they would be the first to tell people to go and get their shots for the good of the company, for the bottom line, and for the got-damn United States of Amurrica.

And you would be oh, SO wrong.

You see, these right-wing worker bees have somehow gotten it into their buzzy little heads that preventive measures against COVID — any and all of them — are worse than the disease. They don’t like wearing masks. They don’t like keeping at least two metres of air between them and the next person. They probably don’t like being told to wash their mucky hands. And they sure as hell don’t like being told to take a little wee stinger in the arm to prevent them coming down with something that could kill them. They just don’t like being told what to do, even when it’s something that could save their lives. They think it’s somehow giving up their freedoms to comply, even when complying is only mildly inconvenient at most.

And since they bristle at the slightest infringements on their privilege and convenience (which they have mistaken for rights and freedoms), now they’re trying to cancel Carhartt. For what? Why, just for daring to try and do its corporate part in stopping the pandemic that’s closing in on a million deaths in the United States of Amnesia.

One million deaths that they all could have helped to prevent, but won’t. Because FREEDUMB!

And how are they exercising their freedumb? Why, by burning hats they’ve owned for years. (And probably should have replaced long ago, for sanitary reasons. Or at least washed the damn things once in a while, because greasy-ass scalp sweat can smell nasty.)

But this wouldn’t be the first time they’ve destroyed their own belongings, that they paid good and hard-earned money for, to own the libs. Remember when Nike made Colin Kaepernick its spokesmodel, and droves of racist doofuses burned their expensive sneakers to show that n-word who was boss? Or when they were all trashing their Yeti beer coolers, because the manufacturer dared to dissociate from the murder-mongering NRA? Or their Keurig coffee-makers, because that company pulled its ads from FUX Snooze?

At the rate all these right-wing “boycotts” are going, they’re all gonna be hatless, shoeless, beer-coolerless, and coffee-makerless. And it’s gonna look so good on them. Because they’re all too dumb to organize a petition, or even just demand their money back (not that they’d actually get any, because the companies aren’t taking returns on used goods.)

Hell, they could just quietly stop buying, and let the company suffer like they’re threatening to make it do. But they won’t. And you know why? Because they have to engage in right-wing virtue-signalling. To own the libs, of course. You can’t perform pwnage in silence and darkness, so why not make a big hoo-rah about it?

I mean, it’s not like there wouldn’t be any backlash from the other side, which is a good deal larger and more endowed with buying power. Which they’re also aces at exercising in the name of social responsibility.

And it’s not as if Carhartt’s goods won’t continue to sell well, to people who are willing not only to get their shots and do their part, but also to pay extra for quality, or anything like that.

But hey! If these bozos are so determined to burn their possessions to own the libs, and they’re so much better at business than the rest of us, why don’t they just start their own clothing company for mandate-hating mavericks? One where toilet-licking is mandated, and so is dying like a medieval peasant in the name of rejecting modern medicine?

They could call their innovative new company Butthurtt. Or better still, Plagueratt.

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The latest right-wing COVID “cure” is the most ridiculous yet…

…quite possibly. It’s very hard to top bleach-drinking, UV lights, horse dewormer, and urine “therapy”. Unless, of course, you’re transgender-ing yourself to own the libs:

Yeah, that’s right. They’re taking spironolactone, an androgen-suppressing drug usually given to women with severe acne, high blood pressure, heart failure — or transitioning from male to female, because it hinders testosterone production. These big, tough, macho right-winger dudes are literally feminizing themselves and growing boobs. Because they don’t want to take a couple of tiny needles full of the only thing that can actually prevent a horrendous death by COVID — namely, A VACCINE.

Meanwhile, their pundits, like Tucker Carlson, are all in a tizzy about how COVID “feminizes” men:

…which might not be entirely wrong, if you reckon manhood by the functionality of a cis man’s genitalia. Because yes, COVID can cause impotence and sterility in cis males. It’s not a question of “life force”, because being alive isn’t inherently a masculine state of being, so fuck Tucker and his unscientific theories. SARS-CoV2 is a vascular virus, which is how it manages to have so many profound and far-reaching effects on the human body, and why it’s so life-threatening. It wrecks blood vessels by destroying their epithelial (i.e., lining) cells.

And since it can lurk in the testes for months after an initial infection, it can do lasting damage to both sperm and testosterone production. Which is quite ironic when you consider how many antivaxxers pride themselves on their so-called “pure blood”, and believe that semen from unvaccinated males is about to make them all filthy, stinking rich. (Spoiler alert: It won’t. Especially not if they get a severe case of COVID dick!)

But taking feminizing hormones to combat COVID?

Coming from a bunch that routinely insults liberal, progressive, or leftist men as “soy boys”, who are supposedly “feminized” by high doses of soy phytoestrogens (which, as any trans woman will tell you, don’t actually feminize anyone worth a damn) — that’s fucking rich.

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It’s January 6 again.

Hard to believe that a year has passed since we saw the Confederate flag carried into the US Capitol, and some loon in a fake shaman’s trappings singing over a bunch of muffins (when he wasn’t trying to further incite an already demented crowd), and some deranged woman getting shot as she tried to climb through a window her fellow insurrectionists smashed. But here we are. Here’s Michael Moore’s anniversary podcast, in which he and his friend, Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan, discuss the events and meaning of that day:

The part that still grabs ME the most is that Rep. Kildee protected his fellow congress members by telling them to take off their pins. Those pins were their IDs — the same that marked them as congress members, which would have made them instant targets for the whipped-up mob that Donnie Fucking Drumpf sent to overturn the results of the 2020 federal election (and, no doubt, kill whomever they could in the process).

Rep. Kildee may not be a lightning rod for the fascists like Ilhan Omar, or a glamorous up-and-comer that they love to hate, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but he’s a key figure nonetheless in what happened that day. Because what he did, and told his fellow representatives to do, undoubtedly saved a lot of lives. The Democratic representatives, even those whose faces were not as well known as those of the “Squad”, or speaker Nancy Pelosi, were in a world of danger because they were Democrats. They were the party that won the 2020 election, and since there was no legitimate way to strip them of that victory, the next best thing, in the eyes of the insurrectionists, was to take their lives. Mike Pence was, no doubt, NOT the only person the mob was hell-bent on hanging that day. The fact that some of them came armed with zip-ties and an objective of “arresting” representatives whose only “crime” was to be duly elected by their constituents, speaks of a sinister motive that came straight out of The Turner Diaries. Their lives were in danger from the thugs whose ultimate goal was to do away not only with capital-D Democrats, but with democracy itself. That’s why Rep. Kildee’s action proved to be a lifesaver that horrific day, exactly a year ago.

And what can we say about it all now?

I would say that not nearly enough thugs are behind bars, and those that are, aren’t doing nearly the time that their crimes would call for. Yes, the so-called “Q-Anon shaman” is now chanting inanities over his inorganic prison chow in the Big House, but he won’t be doing so nearly long enough for what he tried to do in the People’s House.

And while he’s not alone in there, he hasn’t got as much company as he should have, either. Lots of fascist thugs have yet to be caught and arrested, including this apparently Canadian one:

This is the Canadian participation that the RCMP claimed wasn’t happening on that day.

But it WAS happening. And it WAS fascism. And terrorism.

And until every last one of those cretins is caught and punished, and fascism definitively destroyed, it won’t be over.

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How YouTube suppresses independent media (and rewards far-right grifters)

David Doel breaks it all down:

I don’t have much to add to what he says, other than that it’s important to subscribe to those leftist channels you like to watch. You can subscribe to David here.

But more importantly, PASS THE WORD ON. Sharing IS caring, after all.

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Man who called for defence of US Capitol jailed

This is just wild. An anarchist who did nothing wrong and harmed no one, got 44 months for calling for…an organized act of patriotism? Listen to this:

So, just so we’re clear here: There are actual insurrectionists who got less time than this guy, for actually doing things much worse. Among them, notably: the infamous “Q Shaman”, Jacob Fucking Chansley, who only got 41 months. And there are actual murderers and terrorists walking free, too; see Kyle Fucking Rittenhouse.

There are all kinds of right-wing terrorists out there still roaming the streets, doing much more than just threatening harm. But this guy, who threatened no one? Nearly 4 years in the federal pokey.

So much for the whole “good guy with a gun” canard that the NRA keeps quacking.

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Great news for LGBT+ Canadians!

So, THIS just happened:

Yes, that’s right. Canada has just outlawed “conversion therapy”, which is not therapeutic, and doesn’t convert anyone who’s L, G, B, and/or T into cis, or straight, or both.

And even better: IT WAS UNANIMOUS.

It’s a good day for us, and I rejoice in it. For the sake of my friends, yes, but also just because it’s about bloody TIME. I don’t know what took us so long, but here we finally are. At long, sweet last.

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How AIDS research is helping speed up COVID research

It’s World AIDS Day, and here we are: AIDS is no longer an automatic death sentence for everyone who tests positive for HIV. So, why should we reflect back on the last most terrifying deadly pandemic of recent times?

Well, partly because AIDS is still with us, and still carries a death sentence for many, depending on where they live in the world, what cultural mores and baggage they happen to bear, and whether they can afford the not-exactly-cheap cost of the drugs needed to keep HIV at bay. That’s one thing.

Another thing — and this is important, and underreported — is the fact that AIDS research dating back to the 1980s and -90s is the backbone on which the COVID research of today is built.

Yes, that’s right: SARS-CoV2 research today hinges on the HIV research of yesteryear. How?

Well, for starters: Viral genome sequencing, which used to take weeks or even months back in the 1980s, now takes far less time. But it’s the same basic procedure, and it’s helping unravel viruses of all kinds faster, so scientists can develop vaccines against them.

And, moreover: The effort to find a vaccine against HIV has actually driven the mRNA vaccine research that has given us the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines against COVID.

The Covid vaccines were sequenced, developed and approved in the U.S. in record time, but that would not have been possible without decades of work by HIV researchers.

“Almost everybody working on Covid vaccines comes from the HIV world,” said Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC, a global advocacy group for HIV prevention. “Moderna had been working on mRNA-based HIV vaccine before SARS-CoV-2 was even known to exist.”

An HIV vaccine has eluded scientists for decades. The traditional thinking around vaccines is to mimic the body’s natural immune response to a virus. The problem with HIV is the body’s natural immune response isn’t strong enough to fight the virus. This means a vaccine has to come at the problem in a different way. Scientists are hopeful that mRNA technology — the same technology used in the Covid vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech — could be a turning point.

This comes as no surprise to those of us who’ve been following AIDS research since the human immunodeficiency virus first hit the media in the early 1980s. The same Dr. Anthony Fauci that the far-right loves to demonize today was, in fact, an AIDS researcher back in the day — it was where his career really took off.

And while it’s been four decades since AIDS research got off the ground, and no vaccine is yet available for HIV, we’re now closer to actually seeing one — in turn, thanks to COVID:

For four decades, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has managed to elude the immune system’s attempts to eliminate it. This is due to several factors, including the virus’s ability to rapidly evolve to produce new mutations that help it evade antibodies. The virus has also found a way to camouflage its outer layer (the HIV envelope glycoprotein, or HIV env) with the same sugar chains found on human proteins, so that it remains hidden from attack. Like the coronavirus, HIV env uses protein spikes to attach to and enter host cells and infect them.

IAVI and Scripps Research may have discovered an important key to crack the virus’s impenetrable armor. They’ve come up with a way to engineer an immunogen (a type of antigen that elicits an immune response) that both looks like the HIV env structure and can induce specific immature B cells to develop broadly neutralizing antibodies before a person is exposed. Importantly, only 10%-20% of people infected with HIV develop broadly neutralizing antibodies on their own, most commonly after several years.

The hypothesis that the mRNA-1644 vaccine candidate can activate certain types of immature B cells to produce targeted broadly neutralizing antibodies was first explored in laboratory and animal studies, and then in human subjects.

In the human study, 48 healthy, HIV-negative adults received two doses of a scientifically engineered, protein-based immunogen or placebo 2 months apart. The findings, which were presented earlier this year at the HIV Research for Prevention annual meeting, provided the “proof of concept” — no safety issues emerged, and 97% of people who got the vaccine candidate produced the desired response: the production of specific immature B cells.

And that’s not all. The antiviral drugs that can hold HIV at bay and prevent full-blown AIDS have even given rise to a new cocktail of drugs to fight COVID:

Pfizer’s pill, scientifically known as PF-07321332, is part of a class of medicines called protease inhibitors and works by inhibiting an enzyme the virus needs to replicate in human cells. Protease inhibitors are used to treat other viral pathogens such as HIV and hepatitis C.

The HIV drug helps slow the metabolism, or breakdown, of Pfizer’s pill in order for it to remain active in the body for longer periods of time at higher concentrations, the company said.

The company said its data on the drug is based on a mid-to-late stage study of 1,219 adults who had at least one underlying medical condition and a laboratory-confirmed infection within a five-day period. Participants were also given a low dose of ritonavir, a medication commonly used in combination treatments for HIV.

Pfizer said there were six hospitalizations and zero deaths out of the 607 trial participants who received the pill in combination with the HIV drug within five days of symptom onset. That compares with 41 hospitalizations and 10 deaths out of the 612 people who received a placebo.

“These data suggest that our oral antiviral candidate, if approved by regulatory authorities, has the potential to save patients’ lives, reduce the severity of COVID-19 infections, and eliminate up to nine out of ten hospitalizations,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement.

Unlike Gilead Sciences’ intravenous drug remdesivir, Pfizer’s and Merck’s drugs can be taken by mouth. While vaccinations remain the best form of protection against the virus, health experts hope pills like these will keep the disease from progressing in those who do get infected and prevent trips to the hospital.

So, in short, there’s a lot of hope in the battle against two seemingly very different viral diseases. And the day we see a vaccine against HIV could be closer than anyone currently thinks, even if it has been decades in the making.

In the meantime, take care and stay safe. And oh yeah: LISTEN TO DOCTORS.

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Quotable: Stieg Larsson on neo-Nazism

“To claim that neo-Nazism is just a transitory fashion is a myth that has been allowed to take root for too many years. The effect is that the authorities — for lack of any better alternative — call in social workers in the mistaken belief that neo-Nazis are youths with alcohol problems or dysfunctional backgrounds. Nazism is a political movement. Nazis become Nazis for exactly the same reasons that others become Liberals or Social Democrats — from belief and conviction. A political movement has to be fought by political opposition.”

–Stieg Larsson, Expo, 1999.

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Music for a Sunday: Sometimes I cry my heart to sleep

Once more, I see myself — an actual Thursday’s Child (with far to go!) — in David Bowie.

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Governor of Texas has a political death wish

Hey! Remember how I said, the other day, that Texas doesn’t actually care about protecting life, because it treats even biological accidents such as miscarriage like a crime? Well, get a load of the governor’s latest anti-life gambit:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday to prohibit any entity — including private businesses — from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on workers, and he called on state lawmakers to pass a similar ban into law.

The move comes as the Biden administration is set to issue rules requiring employers with more than 100 workers ensure their employees are either vaccinated or tested weekly for the coronavirus. Several major companies, including Texas-based American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, have said they would abide by the federal mandate.

“No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19,” Abbott wrote in his order.

Abbott, who was previously vaccinated and also later tested positive for COVID-19, noted in his order that “vaccines are strongly encouraged for those eligible to receive one, but must always be voluntary for Texans.”

Funny how “voluntary” must always apply to vaccines, and never to pregnancy.

So, how is all that “voluntary” vaccinatin’ workin’ out for ya, Texas? Ope:

And oof:

And YIKES:

Today, in Texas, the total COVID case count is 4.14 million, and the death count is 68,057 people. For comparison, the total COVID case count of Canada is 1.67 million, and the death count is 28,254.

That’s right, Texas has had more than three times as many COVID cases — and deaths — as all of Canada.

Meanwhile, here are the vaccination rates for Texas:

So far, little more than half of the vaccine-eligible population of the state is fully vaccinated. And the disease and death toll is still climbing, and the curve is far from flat.

Not exactly a ringing endorsement for “voluntary” vaccination, is it?

So. How is all this redounding for Governor Voluntary Vax? Well…

A recent poll shows half of Texans disapprove of how Gov. Greg Abbott is performing in his job right now, with a majority believing the state is “going in the wrong direction.”

The August 2021 poll, conducted by the Texas Politics Project, shows 50% of surveyed voters disapprove of Abbott’s actions and 41% approve. That’s the lowest job approval rating during his time in office, the Texas Politics Project reports.

Additionally, the Texas Politics Project says its poll showed 52% of Texans believe the state is going in the wrong direction, which is the highest percentage recorded in that category since the polling project began in 2008.

The polling project also surveyed voters on how the state government is faring with the COVID-19 pandemic. Results found 49% of surveyed voters disapprove of Texas’ response to the pandemic, 39% approved and the rest were either neutral or didn’t know or have an opinion. The poll showed 53% specifically disapprove of how Abbott is handling the pandemic.

Mask mandates in particular are a point of contention in the pandemic currently, with Abbott’s executive order barring local officials and public schools from requiring face masks on campuses. Several school districts in Texas, including in Travis County, have decided to ignore the governor’s order, making masks mandatory for students and staff. These actions have placed some public schools in legal battles against the state.

The polling project says its recent poll shows 56% of surveyed Texans support requiring public school students and staff to wear masks on campus.

No word in there on vaccines, but I’d imagine similar trends at work. Most people who mask up, also get the shot…and they’re peeved at others who don’t take that belt-and-suspenders approach. OR require it of everyone.

But don’t take MY (fully vaccinated, pro-mask, never-infected) word for it. Here, have some more crunchy numbers:

More Texas voters believe Gov. Greg Abbott (R) does not deserve to be reelected, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

The survey conducted by Quinnipiac University found that 51 percent of registered voters in Texas believe Abbott does not deserve to be reelected, compared with 42 percent who said the governor deserves a third term.

The opposition to Abbott’s reelection was up from June, when a separate Quinnipiac poll found that 46 percent of Texas voters supported Abbott’s 2022 reelection bid, compared with 48 percent who did not.

The most recent poll also found that only 44 percent of Texans approve of the way Abbott is handling his job as governor, compared with 47 percent who disapprove of the work he has done.

Those numbers, according to Quinnipiac, mark the first time since the firm started polling on the Lone Star State that Abbott’s approval rating has sunk below his disapproval rating, referred to as being “underwater.”

Interestingly, those disapproval ratings coincide rather nicely with the pro-vax and pro-mask numbers. Could be a coincidence, but it’s just a little too coincidental. Especially considering those high COVID numbers.

Moral of the story? Don’t pander to COVIDiots. Even if you yourself don’t die in the process, others will…and your political career is going to nosedive into that dry Texas dust, as well.

PS: My best friend adds the following: “Another important detail you might want to add in the section that compares total cases and total deaths in Canada and Texas — Canada’s population is about 38 million. Texas’ population is about 29 million. So we have millions more people in Canada, yet we have far fewer cases and deaths than Texas.”

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