Nearly 30% of Americans Think COVID-19 Came From a Lab

The correlations are exactly what you would expect, too

Republicans and Republican-leaners believe it was lab-created more than any other group. This should come as no surprise as it is likely the same group that also listens to sensational ‘news’ (Fox, etc) and is subjected to conspiracy theories. The fact that Trump himself subscribes to those theories isn’t useful either.

Republicans and Republican-leaning independents are more likely than Democrats and Democratic leaners to say the coronavirus was created in a lab (37% vs. 21%). About four-in-ten conservative Republicans say this (39%), the largest share of any ideological group.

Pew Research Center (source URL under graphic below)

There’s also a correlation between education level and belief in where the virus came from as well. Consider too that higher education tends to mean more liberal – a correlation that is really not surprising at all. Correlation != causation, but it is an interesting datapoint is all.


Trump’s ABC Mantra: Always Be Conning

Even during COVID-19 which is killing people, Trump is finding a way to ensure himself and his political donors benefit. Because of course he is.

Sanofi is a French pharmaceutical company that makes the drug hydroxychloroquine (aka Plaquenil – not sold in the U.S.) – a drug Trump has been touting as a cure for COVID-19 despite warnings from any valid medical official to the contrary, and despite that the FDA hasn’t approved it (or any drug) for the treatment of COVID-19 (only testing).

Trump even blocked Dr. Fauci from answering questions regarding the efficacy of the drug. Seems weird that he’d be so adamant about that, eh?

Trump’s three family trusts have investments in a Dodge & Cox mutual fund, with Sanofi as the largest holding, according to the Times

Surprise! Nah, you shouldn’t be. Remember, anytime something comes out of left field with Trump one of the most viable options is that he’s making money off of it, or someone else is – typically a donor or a supporter. Oh – guess what – while Trump is estimated to have only about $3,000 in Sanofi…should come as no surprise:

Billionaire Ken Fisher, a major Republican donor (including to Trump) is one of Sanofi’s largest shareholders, while Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross used to run a fund that invested in Sanofi, the Times reported.

SURPRISE! What is it with that pesky ethics clause in the Constitution anyways. What a hinderance!


Hey Y’all

SC Governor half-asses a stay at home order

In keeping with the unofficial SC state motto “First At Being Last” Gov. McMaster finally ordered – sorta – the Palmetto State to stay at home – sorta.

Basically, the order tells residents what they shouldn’t do – but the things explicitly allowed are akin to locking the front door, but leaving the back door ajar and declaring ‘sekurity’. Much like other states, non-essential activities are to be curtailed, but two things that would make a big difference are permitted: church and visiting family.

McMaster’s order allows things most other states forbid in their orders due to the risk

Seriously – no kidding – you can go visit your family and get them sick. Or they can get you sick – whichever – so then you can all go to church and get sick (or others sick) together. And in the South, it’s not just old people who go to church, even the younger folks are brainwashed too.

McMaster, while speaking of allowing church, stated he didn’t want to trample on the First Amendment. Sure, it allows freedom of religion – we’re cool with that I guess – but no one is prevent you from practicing your religion – just means you can’t gather and infect others while you do so. Some of my more religious friends in SC have stated you do not need a church to have church – it’s just a building. Maybe now would be a good time for some of y’all to think about that.

Please, stay home, South Carolina

Listen, I love to tell people here in Seattle that South Carolina looked best in the rearview (it did – not sorry!), but I know and love a lot of y’all still in the Palmetto State. SC could suffer badly from this – lots of poor folks in tight-knit communities, many of which minorities – and we know SC’s track record on institutionalized discrimination – puts a lot of people at a disadvantage.

Here’s what works – it sucks, but it works: just stay home if you can. If you have to work, well you have to work. The Seattle area has been doing it for over a month and it’s seriously helping. Just do it. Yeah, it sucks not even being able to go out and visit friends for a glass of wine or a drink on the porch (I guess you could…6′ away) or just to catch up. Or swing by the significant other’s house.

Stay home – stay alive – so you can vote non-Republican in November


WA State Stay Home Order Extended 30 Days

I hope you are comfortable at home, because that’s where you’ll be for another 30 days. Gov. Inslee today extended it thorough 04 May 2020. I am sure a foolish mask decision will be forthcoming soon. Read about today’s announcement below:

I do agree with the overall strategy here, but it’s getting old that many of us are doing the right thing, meanwhile those that aren’t are ruining this for everyone – everyone – throughout the country. So, for those of you who choose to think only of yourself and travel to your BF’s house, or traipse across town for a family birthday party, or even jet out of town to ‘find yourselves’ or some shit – screw you.


KUOW Won’t Air Trump Briefings

If you needed a reason to support public radio…

Citing false information and exaggeration – two of Trump’s hallmarks during his meandering bloviations – local station KUOW will no longer air Trump’s WH briefings live. They want to be able to fact check them, which is difficult to do live (and probably at the rate at which Trump lies).

KUOW stated it was not politically motivated, and they’d reevaluate the decision daily. Not sure what they expect to change, however.