Covid Deaths and the Right’s Organized Temper Tantrum
(01:32) News Segment: Trump coup-coup update. Moratorium on evictions is about to expire. Over 50 million Americans are food insecure. State and local governments don’t have money to distribute vaccines. There are no jobs. Mitch McGollum’s Covid corporate liability shield. Nestle’s child slavery case hits the Supreme Court. Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt gets a nuclear aircraft carrier command. Comparison to Star Trek Voyager’s Capt. Kathryn Janeway. SpaceX Starship SN-8 launch.
(53:35) Guest segment: Joseph Occhipinti is a graduate of McGill University. He has a degree in Human Geography. As a geographer, he focuses on spatial patterns and dynamics. He is also a professor. He is a writer, a nature blogger and considers himself an explorer of both places and ideas. He has been working to educate others both in the classroom and on social media about climate change for many years, and more recently the emerging threat of Covid-19. Topics: Analysis of wastewater for Covid-19. The impact on hospital capacity. Vaccine acceptance, and how to incentivize/enforce compliance. The three vaccines, Moderna, Pfizer, and Astra Zeneca, and how they work. Examination of the relationship between cases and death rates, and the time delay. Why do they have to be kept so cold? How long it takes to build immunity. Vaccine side effects. The importance of scientific controls, placebos. Lack of community/public health orientation in the Unites States. Cultural factors discouraging community participation. Other nations compared to the US. The right’s continued media drumbeat against solving collective action problems. Counterprotest as an “organized temper tantrum” against problem solving.