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More testing does not mean more positive results.

When someone says more tests mean more positive results, ask them to explain New York.

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I don’t know any Conservatives, but some of my friends do, and this is the talking point I see most often from covidiots: The US has more cases because we do more testing.

That is completely false. This isn’t even a situation where there’s a kernel of truth that the Trump Administration has skewed or misrepresented. “The US does more testing” is easy to disprove — and quickly! — so here are a few resources to give those people (who won’t believe you anyway because facts mean nothing to them, but at least you can provide the information and move on).

These are the 10 most affected countries.

coronavirus

For awhile, we were comparing ourselves to Europe to show how well the EU flattened the curve while the situation in the US is spiraling out of control. Europe is done with COVID-19. None of them are in the Top 10 anymore (save for Russia) and there’s no reason to compare the United States to the best. We can now compare ourselves to the worst.

These are the countries doing the most tests (numbers are per million people).

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That’s it. No deep analysis of the numbers to be had. The only countries in the top ten of testing that are also in the top 10 of new cases are the US and Russia. If new cases was a result of new tests, those top 10 lists would look the same.

More Americans are testing positive than Russians.

(ourworldindata lets you play around with what countries you want to see in case you’re curious about other regions)

Because Russia and the US are the only two countries that are in the top ten for testing and new cases, I wanted to see which country had a higher percentage of positive tests. Russia is at 2.3% and the US is at 7.6%. In the only comparable head to head matchup — a country with a lot of new cases who is also doing a lot of testing — the US is losing.

usa vs russia

I think it’s important to note that back in April, our numbers were largely due to NYC, where half of the cases in the US were located. The resulting drop was also largely due to NYC — because we had so many cases, when we got the situation under control here, the trend for the entire country went down. The US (with the exception of the northeast and parts of the northwest and California) never flattened anything.

I looked at the rate of infection again with both top 20 lists — most cases and most testing — to see where the highest rates of infection are. Admittedly, the US isn’t doing as badly as I thought. However, look whose line is trending upward while the other countries performing the most tests are controlling the spread.

us vs world

The US has moved in the right direction.

Donald Trump has been saying the US does more testing than anybody for the past two months. Luxembourg has done almost four times as many test per capita (but as you may remember, there are many per capitas according to Trump). If you look at new tests recently, the US has continued an upward trend and we’re almost ahead of Russia on a daily basis. But we are nowhere near Luxembourg so Trump will never be able to factually say we do more testing than anybody.

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New York has a lot of tests and few cases.

I’ll leave y’all with one more graph to disprove the “more tests equals more cases” lie being drilled into the Fox News audience. This is New York, the original epicenter.

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When someone says more tests mean more positive results, ask them to explain New York.

 

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The Tokyo Olympics are a showcase of men behaving badly.

Holocaust jokes? Fatphobia? Sexism? Eating s***? What is going on in Tokyo?

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Raise your hand if you think the Tokyo Olympics should have been canceled a long time ago.

Raise your hand if you think they should just put Simone Biles in her home gym with a camera crew, broadcast her doing her routines, and mail her medals to her with a note of apology for the inconvenience?

Since that’s not happening, we’re all just watching the car crash in slow motion. The most perturbing thing is, a lot of these issues having nothing to do with COVID — it’s just men being terrible.

Olympics Director stepped down after Holocaust joke surfaces.

Organizers were forced to fire Kentaro Kobayashi, director of the Opening Ceremonies, just a day before the event is scheduled to take place.

He and another comedian suggested staging a baseball game with a paper bat and ball. The other comedian rushed to one side of the stage supposedly to get a collection of paper-cutout human figures, at which point Kobayashi said: “Ah, from that time you said, ‘Let’s play the Holocaust.’”

(cont. WaPo)

A few weeks ago, a tweet went viral asking people what they would be canceled for if they became a notable person and something from their past resurfaced. I don’t have anything to apologize for where I was intentionally trying to be “provocative” get a reaction. I’ve made some mistakes and learned from them, but they were all instances where I didn’t know what I said was offensive until it was pointed out. Then, you learn, and you take accountability.

A Holocaust joke isn’t a mistake. You know exactly what you’re doing when you make a Holocaust joke, and the kind of person who uses genocide as a punchline shouldn’t be the Creative Director of an event whose slogan is Unity in Diversity.

Before that, previous Creative Director resigned over fatphobic comments.

Creative director Hiroshi Sasaki resigned on Thursday after making demeaning comments about a well-known female celebrity in Japan.

Last year he suggested to planning staff members in online “brainstorming exchanges” that well-known entertainer Naomi Watanabe could perform in the ceremony as an “Olympig.”

Watanabe is a female fashion icon and very famous in Japan. Sasaki’s “Olympig” reference was an obvious play on the word “Olympic.”

(cont. NBC News)

And Before that, Tokyo Olympics President resigned over sexist remarks.

The head of the Tokyo Olympics organising committee has resigned after he was criticised for making “inappropriate” remarks about women.

Yoshiro Mori, 83, was quoted as saying women talk too much and that meetings with many female board directors would “take a lot of time”.

(cont. BBC)

Nobody talks more than a man with nothing important to say, but okay Mr. Mori. Sure.

And today, Olympics Composer resigned after bullying comments surface.

Keigo Oyamada, aka Cornelius, is the official composer for the Tokyo Olympics, and when I read that he’d stepped down, I initially didn’t look any further into it. The headlines said he bullied some of his classmates in school, some of whom were intellectually disabled, and I figured it was typical (not acceptable, but typical) schoolyard bullying, the kind of thing you grow out of. You called a few people the r-slur in 5th grade, forgot all about it, grew into a normal person who would never do that as an adult, and went about your life. Then, when you become a visible person, the comments come to light and it’s like, “oh dang, I forgot all about that, I was a real douchebag as a child and I’m so sorry I was like that.”

But no! It’s way worse, and I’m almost certain this guy is still some sort of sociopath.

Keigo Oyamada, who is better known as Cornelius, initially resisted calls to quit after reports surfaced last week of magazine interviews he gave in the mid-1990s in which he appeared to boast about the incidents.

Oyamada told Quick Japan magazine in 1995 how he had confined a classmate in a cardboard box and forced a boy with an intellectual disability to eat his own faeces and masturbate in front of other children. He made similar comments in another magazine interview a year earlier.

(cont. The Guardian)

Let’s be blunt: You don’t make your classmates eat shit as a child, brag about it to a magazine as an adult, and then magically regret your actions as an older adult. The fact that the Olympics committee accepted his apology at first is a real disappointment, but thanks to the enduring power of social media and public shame, you can’t brush it under the rug once it hits the internet.

So. Around ten athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and Tokyo is experiencing their highest infection rate since January. You would think nothing could overshadow a highly infectious contagion threating to run rampant through the Olympics community, but never underestimate the power of a man in charge flapping his gums in the wind.

 

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Trump sues the Internet, because he needs money.

He’s filing a suit he can’t win so his cult will give him more cash.

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Donald Trump sued Twitter, Facebook, and Google yesterday because he misses being able to shit in America’s face whenever the mood strikes, and because he needs money.

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he will lead a lawsuit over alleged censorship against Twitter, Facebook and Google – three tech companies that removed him from their platforms after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a mob of his supporters.

The lawsuit will be a class-action, with Trump as the lead plaintiff, claiming that he’s been censored by the companies. He spoke about the legal action from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

“I stand before you this morning to announce a very important… development for our freedom and freedom of speech,” Trump said. “In conjunction with the America First Policy Institute, I’m filing, as the lead class-action representative, a major class-action lawsuit against the big tech giants, including Facebook, Google and Twitter, as well as their CEOs.”

(cont. Fox News)

Fox News is reporting this story to its viewers and readers the way it reports everything else: with half of the truth and a Conservative tilt that builds a false reality in the minds of its consumers. Trump is indeed filing suit and he does indeed feel that his First Amendment rights have been infringed upon, but if Fox News would just say plainly that these suits have zero chance of success, people would be less likely to send Trump money, which is all that orange bastard wants in the first place.

Donald Trump’s entire fundraising strategy is to present himself as a champion of white Conservatives who feel they’ve been silenced. They feel like he’s the only one who’s fighting for them, so they send him — a supposed billionaire in their eyes — money to fight liberals, to fight Democrats, to fight the legal establishment, to fight media elites. Fine, if you want to throw away your money so your champion has enough cash to fight the good fight, that’s your right.

Where’s the good fight though? These are lawsuits for show. They won’t be pursued because they have no chance of winning and Trump hates to lose. From a legal precedent, we just had a ruling on this exact same situation less than two weeks ago, and it was in Florida where Trump filed his lawsuit.

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a Florida law that would penalize social media companies for blocking a politician’s posts, a blow to conservatives’ efforts to respond to Facebook and other websites’ suspension of former president Donald Trump. The law was due to go into effect Thursday, but in issuing a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle of the Northern District of Florida suggested that the law would be found unconstitutional.

(cont. WaPo)

Speaking of Florida, you can’t sue Facebook or Twitter from Florida. You have to sue them in California. I’m not a legal scholar and I don’t know why that is. I would suspect that a company would choose to set up shop in a state whose legal system was more likely to side with the company should an issue arise. If I’m a gun manufacturer, I’d rather be sued in Texas than in New York because my Texas judges will probably see it my way. Whatever the reasons, we all agree to file suit against Facebook and Twitter in California. When you sign up to use the platform, it says in the Terms of Service that any dispute you have must be filed in California.

It’s a done deal. Case closed, before it’s even open. Courts almost always uphold Terms of Service agreements unless there’s something egregiously illegal or unconstitutional in them, and specifying a jurisdiction in which to file a lawsuit is so commonplace, there’s no court that would even look twice at this filing from Florida. The Terms of Service agreement isn’t suddenly rendered invalid because you don’t like what you agreed to or you didn’t read it. It’s a legally binding contract that you agreed to, and if Trump wanted us to believe even for a second that he would pursue this lawsuit seriously, he would’ve at least bothered to file it in California. It’s so clearly Trump’s latest grift to wring money out of his cult, a way to keep his name trending, and another virtue-signaling tactic to his brainwashed followers that says, “hey…I’m still fighting for you guys.”

But he’s just fighting for his bank account.

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How to discuss Bill Cosby with Bill Cosby apologists.

Bill Cosby is a rapist. It’s very simple.

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Bill Cosby is probably about to walk out of jail.

Bill Cosby will walk out of a Pennsylvania state prison a free man, after the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court issued an opinion to vacate his conviction.

The former comedian had appealed to the court in December when his lawyers argued that Cosby’s entire life was put on trial that caused him to suffer unquantifiable prejudice.

(cont. Fox 43)

You know what that means: your aunties, hoteps, and secret rapists in the family are about to flood social media with witchhunt claims and whataboutism and deflections away from Cosby’s guilt. So in case you’ve forgotten how to respond to them, here is a refresher for the top three “conversations” Cosby apologists want to pull you into.

ONE. There is no evidence that Cosby assaulted anyone.

Sexual assault really is a war of words in many cases.  Who do you believe?  The accuser or the accused?  Without any physical evidence it is Andrea Constand’s word against Cosby’s. (Andrea Constand is the plaintiff in the case where Cosby was ultimately found guilty and sent to jail, the conviction that was thrown out today.)

But wait!  We have Bill Cosby’s own words where he admits to having sex with teenagers, admits that an agency would send him 5 or 6 models a week and he would “feed them a good meal,” and admits to drugging his dates with Quaaludes.  We have those statements coming out of his own mouth.

This is a long quote so I’m gonna throw it in italics instead of blockquote it, for easier reading.

COSBY DISCUSSING HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH 19-YEAR-OLD THERESE SERIGNESE

Q: Did you give her quaaludes?

A: Yes.

Q: What effect did the quaaludes have on her?

A: She became in those days what was called high.

Q: She said that she believes she was not in the position to consent to intercourse after you gave her the drug. Do you believe that is correct?

A: I don’t know. … How many years ago are we talking about? 197(6)? … I meet Ms. Picking in Las Vegas. She meets me backstage. I give her quaaludes. We then have sex.

COSBY DISCUSSING THE TEENAGE MODEL HE HAD A SEXUAL ENCOUNTER WITH

Q: She says that just days after … she told you that she did not drink, you told her to come over to (your townhouse) and served her amaretto. Do you recall serving her amaretto?

A: No.

Q: That you told her to sit next to you on the couch and that you put your arm around her and began massaging her shoulder and arms suggestively. Did that occur? … This occurred sometime after you met her parents.

A: I need clarification on time.

Q: She’s 17 and I believe throughout the time she knows you she becomes 18 or 19.

Q: On a later occasion you had her masturbate you with lotion. Did that ever happen?

A: Yes.

Q: (She) used the lotion to rub your penis and make you ejaculate?

A: Bingo.

COSBY DISCUSSING A TEENAGER WHO FILED A POLICE COMPLAINT AGAINST HIM

A: I fed her dinner, gave her three drinks. We went then to the living room. We went through acting, elementary moves. We then went to the sofa. We laid down together. I was behind her.

Q: Was she lying down or sitting up?

A: No, she was down.

Q: Did she fall asleep?

A: Yes.

Q: What did you do when she fell asleep?

A: I got up.

Q: Did you engage in any type of sexual contact with her while you were on the couch?

A: No.

Q. Are you aware that the woman’s statement was that on the night of the dinner at your New York townhouse, “At some point Cosby and the woman were sitting on a sofa and Cosby was massaging her back?”

A: Yes.

Q: “Cosby then lowered his pants in an effort to receive oral sex?”

A: “In an effort to receive oral sex,” that did not happen.

Q: “The woman rebuffed Cosby’s advances and was immediately sent home, driven by Cosby’s driver?”

A: And that is not true.

(cont. DailyMail UK)

We have Bill Cosby’s own testimony to establish that pattern of behavior and point straight toward guilt.  Plus, we have fifty women telling the same story over and over and over, how this man would invite them somewhere, drug them, and assault them.  They didn’t sit in a room and compare notes and they have absolutely no reason to make any of this up – there’s no money to be made, no fame to be had, and no punishment to dole out.

TWO. The “victims” waited so long to accuse him which means they’re making it up for money.

Let’s take Andrea Constand first because she’s the one who actually had the criminal suit.  Constand tried to pursue this right when it happened.  She went to the police (the way she’s supposed to), gave her statement (the way she’s supposed to), and let the police do their work (the way she’s supposed to).  Nothing happened and the district attorney at the time did not file charges in the case, citing “insufficient evidence.”  So, Constand sued Cosby in civil court and the two of them reached settlement.

Fast forward to present day, and a floodgate of women have now told stories similar to Constand, which establishes a pattern of behavior.  Along with that, a judge unsealed Cosby’s deposition testimony in Constand’s civil case where he admitted to some of his questionable behaviors under oath, and the current prosecutor decided to take on Constand’s case before the statue of limitations ran out.

Let’s be clear:  I seriously doubt the current prosecutor, Kevin Steele, cares that much about justice.  However, Cosby’s story was huge, he wanted to be elected, and he used this case as part of his platform for election.  He promised that if elected county prosecutor, he would go after Bill Cosby.  It made a big splash, he was elected, and here we are.  However, his motives don’t affect Cosby’s guilt or the facts of the case.  Steele had higher ambitions than justice for Constand, but the point is still the same:  she deserves justice.

And the other women who’ve also told their stories years and decades after the fact probably found strength in numbers.  It’s hard to be a 20something woman accusing America’s Favorite Dad of sexual assault at the height of his popularity.  It’s much easier to hear someone else tell their story and not only find strength in not having to stand alone, but also find strength in the distance between the present and when it happened.  You’re not a 20something starting out – you’re an established 40something.  He’s not America’s Dad and arguably the most powerful person on primetime – he’s a fading star way past the height of his fame.  And it’s not fair that he was able to do this for so long to so many people and then have the nerve to castigate others on how they behave.

THREE. These allegations were cooked up to keep a Black man from buying NBC.

This one makes me laugh but WOW it really won’t die! It is not hard to google for 3 seconds and find out everything you need to know.

1) Bill Cosby was never in line to run NBC.
2) Bill Cosby wanted to buy NBC in the early 90s even though the company was **never for sale** and the rumors of its sale kept persisting because ratings were down.
3) Even at its lowest point, NBC was worth almost $5 billion dollars. Bill Cosby has never been a billionaire. Even if NBC was for sale at any point, he couldn’t afford it alone. He’d have to join hands with a bunch of other people – and those other people most certainly would have been white.

This is not a witch hunt against a Black man who was about to “make major moves” or however you want to phrase it. This last round of allegations was largely the result of Hannibal Buress making comments about Bill during a stand-up routine. Did a group of racist white people approach Hannibal to plant the Cosby story again because Bill was about to buy NBC at today’s price? They went to a 2nd-tier comedian and hoped the comments would go viral?

One last NBC note about a frequent refrain I’ve seen on Hotep Twitter: white folks using 30 year old allegations to keep a Black man from buying NBC.

If any of the “explanations” about white folks trying to take down Bill include any references to 30 year old allegations, just nip it in the bud, because the accusations were not 30 years old the first time he was accused. Nor the 2nd. Nor the 3rd. They certainly weren’t 30 years old in 1992 when these people swear he was initially going to buy NBC. And if they’re referring to the age of the allegations in the present, NBC is worth tens of billions of dollars right now, so clearly Bill Cosby was not about to buy it in the past few years.

So that’s it. You need not let any Bill Cosby Apologists waste your oxygen, but if you must be around them – maybe you’re related to them or they sign your paychecks, I dunno – remind them that Dr. Huxtable is not Bill Cosby.  Dr. Huxtable was a great television character.  Bill Cosby is a creep who admits his creepy behavior, went to jail for it, and is now has his conviction overturned because of how it was prosecuted.

But on that Dr. Huxtable tip…I just want to remind y’all that the first draft of the Cosby Show saw the Huxtables as a limo driver and a plumber.  It was then rewritten at Pill Cosby’s request, and they became a doctor and a lawyer.  And Bill Cosby decided to play a gynecologist.

 

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