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Conservative intellectual thought leader George Will made an ass of himself on Fox News Sunday this week, claiming "Some doctors say Ebola can be transmitted through the air by 'a sneeze or some cough.'" The alleged source of that "information," the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, was quick to say, "Nuh-uh, George you are very very WRONG, you dip."


The authors of the piece, Lisa Brosseau and Rachel Jones, both of the University of Illinois, told PolitiFact that they had recommended only that hospital workers caring for Ebola patients should wear respirators, not just surgical face masks, to eliminate the chance of a sick patient getting spit on them:

"We were concerned about aerosols generated by infected patients in the most severe stage of the disease," Brosseau said.

Will had mistakenly connected the pathway of infection in a hospital room with someone coughing or sneezing in public.

But hey, maybe an Ebola patient in the most severe phase of their sickness -- bleeding, vomiting, and having diarrhea everywhere -- just might sneeze on you at a cocktail party, so Will still could have a point. As the National Review happily acknowledged, Will's comments "[reopened the] settled science on airborne ebola."

Chris Hayes invited Charlie Pierce to share his thoughts on Ebola Panic. Pierce lamented that he missed the old, merely rightwing George Will, who "at some point in the last five years" seems to have been "taken over by the spirit of Alex Jones. His initial foray into crazyland was when he became a climate-change denialist. Now he's an Ebola truther. The FEMA camps are not far down the road, I'm telling you."

Pierce likened the current wave of Ebola nonsense (not that Ebola is nonsense, just that there's a lot of nonsense about Ebola) to the "NAFTA Superhighway," which somehow "existed as an issue even though the NAFTA Superhighway doesn't exist." On the bright side, Pierce and Hayes both noted that not too many people seem genuinely freaked out over Ebola, although of course that "depends on which particular closed loop of a media universe you happen to exist in."

Watch and enjoy. The focus on George Will and other people pounding on our fear reflexes begins around the 8-minute mark.

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Donald Trump's immigration goon squads were all set to start mass arrests and deportations of families in multiple cities Sunday, but before the raids started, he tweeted Saturday that he'd decided to delay the operation by two weeks -- to allow Democrats a chance to join Republicans in trashing US asylum law. Trump took a phone call Friday evening from Nancy Pelosi urging him to hold off on the raids, although it's also possible that internal disagreements about the operation at the Department of Homeland Security may have been part of the reason for the delay, too. In the meantime, Trump gets to terrify undocumented families some more and rant about deporting "millions," although the planned operation was actually targeted only at a couple thousand people who have already received deportation orders.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement had been gearing up to start raids in 10 US cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Baltimore, to show how tough America is, and never mind that the sweeps would certainly have led to more family separations, as ICE scooped up at least some undocumented parents of children born in the US. The news also comes while the media is reporting filthy, inhuman conditions at the border camps where newly arrested immigrants, including babies, are being packed in, leading to plenty of awkward questions about why the government suddenly wants to arrest more people in the interior of the country? (Hint: President Eichmann just announced his reelection bid.)

The Great Deporter announced the delay of the operation Saturday by Twitter, as if that were normal, then followed up with more bluster Sunday.

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Kamala Harris was holding it down at the South Carolina Democratic Convention this weekend, and she wasn't just there to kick it at Clyburn's Fish Fry, hang out with Berndog Sanders, and just look extra good. No. She fucking running for President, and she's actually got a chance, unlike the many Mayo Casserole Men who keep jumping into the damn race. Why did they jump in after Kamala and Elizabeth Warren, the only people who are even running, clearly said, "We got it from here, boys"? Not sure, but regardless, it was unnecessary. Doesn't matter anyway because who is gonna remember Dadface McDorksky when Kamala is turning it the fuck out with speeches indicting Trump?

Do you believe in America? Kamala Harris believes in America, and her Saturday speech calls out for justice, and righteousness; where Barack Obama struck hopeful, dulcet, aspirational tones, Harris strikes sharp chords of urgency. To say that she read Trump the riot act would be, and is, an understatement; what she did here raised a crucial reality that some Dems refuse to see. Trump MUST be prosecuted. The Democratic nominee will wear many hats, and one of the most important of those hats is that of a prosecutor. There is a case to be made against Donald J. Trump, hell, there are so many cases, and as far as Harris is concerned, who better to make that case, but a COP? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Kamala Harris at the South Carolina Democratic Convention June, 22 2019 youtu.be

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