Slog AM: Vaccinations for the Rich, Alaskan Nazi Plates, a Meme-Fueled Stock Frenzy

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It defies belief that, in the year 2021 in a place like the Seattle area, somebody at a hospital actually thought it was a good idea to try to let its rich donors skip to the front of the vaccination line. This is a scandal which should make national headlines. Lester Holt should be introducing a story about this on "NBC Nightly News."

And there should be criminal charges. And if this is not technically a crime at this time, then Congress needs to make this a federal crime ASAP, and our state legislature needs to make this a state crime.

Oh, and I think this says everything about how FUBAR our health-care system is.

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That Tony Hawk trick is super impressive.

When athletes hit their late thirties and early forties your reactions and reflexes slow and most importantly your recovery time lengthens past what you can train around. You just stop healing right. Then in your fifties all that abuse becomes part of everyday waking life. Connective tissue scarring, ligament and tendon damage, and joint damage aged far past chronological age. It just doesn't go away.

That little bit of training you just saw is going to hurt for weeks and he knows it.

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What the hell is going on out in Sequim? Is it really a Q-Anon city gov or is that click bait?

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RE: Rich people get access to vaccines:

Welcome to capitalist america. Nothing new to see here.

RE: Alaska's nazi license plates:

"Anchorage Assembly member Jamie Allard made a Facebook post in opposition to rescinding the vanity plates, saying "FUHRER" was maybe just German for leader."

10 bucks says she'll be re-elected (is that an elected position?). To conservatives, nazis are the heroes.

RE: Reddit group screwing over wall street investors:

Oh no! Anyway...

RE: Video of congresspeople living in shithole apartment:

They have real houses in their home states though. They just live in that place during capitol sessions. They spend all their time in windowless rooms calling donors begging for money anyway. I thought everyone knew this?

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/¿Komo?/

Study: Seattle ranks as No. 1 best city in nation for STEM professionals

Also Komo, FWD: Seattle IS DYING (!!!!!!!) OMG OMG

https://komonews.com/news/local/study-seattle-ranks-as-no-1-best-city-in-nation-for-stem-professionals

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From now on, all contracts entertained by the Seattle City Council should require judicial review.

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Great slog this morning Nathalie ... Lots of stuff to ponder. I hope Charles follows up on your Wall Street posts.

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Echoing DanOh @6. This is a great Slog AM.

Regarding "Teachers won't get poke priority: That's what Inslee said yesterday." I think somebody needs to convince Inslee to reverse this position. Dr. Vin Gupta from the UW makes a convincing case why teachers need to be up there right behind health-care professionals.

Oh, and forgive me, but when I read "Teachers won't get poke priority," my mind went directly to trendy Hawaiian food.

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Rich people jumping the line is gross and people should be prosecuted for it but at the same time there needs to be more flexibility with vaccine prioritization because having more people vaccinated sooner is better for everyone. The combination of too-strict rules, confusing scheduling systems (also, old people are not great with the internet & it’s slowing things down even more), & general vaccine hesitancy are causing delays we can’t afford. There should be a lottery or a list people can sign up for so shots don’t go to waste.

Our federal government had a whole-ass year to figure this out but they didn’t even order enough vaccines let alone map out a distribution plan. It’s so frustrating to have vaccines developed at record speed only to be held up by bad logistics.

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AND THIS MORNING I AWOKE TO THE READ IN THE NATIONAL NEWS THAT OREGON'S REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS ARE CALLING THE ACT OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM ON JANUARY 6, 2021 WAS A FALSE FLAG MEANT TO DESTROY DONALD TRUMP AND ARE COMPARING IT TO 1933 AND REISCHSTAG IN GERMANY, WHICH IN EFFECT MEANS THEY ARE SAYING DONALD TRUMP IS AMERICA'S ADOLF HITLER.

WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY? WHY HAS EVERY REPUBLICAN LOST THEIR MOTHERFUCKING MINDS?

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@9. Nazis? In MY America?

I wish people would wake up and realize that, yes, these people truly are, without a shadow of a doubt, card-carrying Nazis. They aren't just cosplaying, they have been duped and twisted into exhuming the skeletons of the past and modeling their entire identity on victimization and revenge fantasies of people they don't even really understand but emulate to a T.

No, no! Surely not, no. Not in 2021!

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@1 It only defies belief if you think that the population of Seattle (and whatever you define as the region) isn't made up of Americans.

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Overlake fucked up majorly so The Stranger commenters argue Capitalism is a failure and so is the health industry... while begging for a revolutionary vaccine created in record time by a private pharmaceutical company because of Capitalism.

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@12 both things can be true, dipshit.

But it's cute how you just skipped over that evil socialist Warp Speed Federal program which involved those evil publicly funded socialist agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services, including the CDC, the National Institutes of Health, and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, and the DOD.

Such evil socialism included $1 billion in taxpayer funds for Johnson & Johnson, $1.5 billion for Moderna, $1.2 billion in support for AstraZeneca, $450 million for Regeneron, and $375 million for Eli Lilly.

Oh. And Pfizer, a German company, got $445 million from the German government and more form the rest of the EU nations.

Buh... buh... buh... THE FREE MARKET DID IT!

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The Department of Homeland Security issued a national terrorism bulletin Wednesday

Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition,as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence.

https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/ntas/alerts/21_0127_ntas-bulletin.pdf

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12, Most of the time- and labor-intensive work for the coronavirus vaccine was done year ago, over a ~15 year period following the first SARS-CoV outbreak, by scientists doing publicly-funded research to little fanfare or interest from the market.

The belief that capitalism exists as a completely separate entity from sOciALiSm is not a very well-informed one, and this is especially true for biomedical research, the bulk of which is funded via the NIH and performed by literally thousands of people who do so without ever knowing whether their work will turn a profit.

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6 so you want increased government involvement in business and increased expenses in government operation via activist judges? You're a really shitty conservative.

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^ That was for 6.1

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Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the the U.S. we have nazis trying to take over our government, we just survived four years of a white supremacist as U.S. President, and a major political party continues to enthusiastically support him.

Trump failed because he is too stupid, to vain and too fragile, but make no mistake, there will be a smarter, more polished tRump soon, and the odds of them failing are small.

for four years when refugees came to us and asked for our help, we stole their children and locked them in cages, and who knows what abuse they've suffered at the hands of the ICE contractors.

http://www.oldsaltblog.com/2021/01/on-holocaust-remembrance-day-ms-st-louis-and-the-voyage-of-the-damned/#more-56924

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This pretty much sums up the Oregon GOP and their fucking insanity. Here's hoping everyone selling this false flag bullshit gets punted out of society FOREVER.

https://twitter.com/and_americans/status/1353818435856248832/photo/1

(it reads: IT TAKES A SPECIAL KIND OF STUPID TO BELIEVE THE LEFT WOULD DRESS UP AS THE RIGHT AND GO TO THE CAPITOL TO OVERTHROW AN ELECTION THEY WON).

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@11 Canada too - great story about Richie Ricks flying to tribal areas to jump the line for vaccine. I think it’s a human condition - greed

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So hypothetically speaking - what if the price was $50k (donated to charity?) and the richsters had to pubically say that they got the vaccine and covid is not a conspiracy fake news and that vaccines were safe. Would there be a public good that could be advanced that would make this scam defensible and possibly strategic?

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@20 Overlake on the Eastside charged $10,000 for their donors to jump the line.

Look, rich people think they're entitled to everything - let them die like everyone else ...

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@13, No, the Capitalist Pharmaceutical Companies were not financially equipped to pop out a vaccine in a third (or less) of the time it normally would. But they did it. The Government couldn't. But it wasn't worth it was it?

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22, all pharmaceutical development relies on a foundation of publicly funded, basic scientific research. 100% of it. None of these companies could have done this work on their own in this timeframe without it.

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@23, Still the Government couldn't do it on its own.

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@24. You have a fundamental misunderstanding of what democratic socialists and social democrats want the country to do me thinks. It's not that we don't want commerce and corporate innovation, we just disagree that giving all our tax revenue to the top earners of multinational companies who aren't even beholden to our laws to siphon and hoard in offshore Scrooge McDuck pools, rather than investing in workers and the lower and middle classes to invest in future innovation and wellness (not instant gratification for the fewest), is the best way to spend our tax revenue. Of course the government couldn't do it on its own; that's the point. People who want to make corporations the de facto government completely miss the point that government regulation is there on the whole to make sure the whole thing works and isn't abused by people who can make their own rules and pay to win.

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@24 nobody has ever made the claim they could.

But we can definitely say that the mighty market wasn’t going to magically produce and distribute a vaccine with out the aid of evil socialized government help. That my friend is what we call a fact.

Nobody understands what your even fucking arguing here.

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24 the point is that these companies can’t either because the government paid for most of the foundational work that sustains them

are you dumb or just intentionally pretending you don’t get this to be annoying because it’s not complicated