• 9 Posts
Joined 3 years ago
Cake day: January 20th, 2021


  • I had not noticed that you had already found the original source and I was trying to find it myself. I stumbled upon the image being used by Nature, here.

    Nature is a very respected publisher. Even if they are not the original source of the image, I do think that them using this image as the main image in their COVID article can be used to support the original claim of the post.

    Personally, I am inclined to think that the image was chosen because the authors thought that it “fit” the piece and not because of them being consciously part of a coordinated effort to make China look a particular way. But it is also true that they might have found it fitting in part due to the unconscious biases that they have collected over time - and the coordinated effort to make China look that way may have contributed. It can also be argued that a similar piece for any other country would feature an image with a similar feel because it matches the topic… Too many variables, it is hard to draw strong conclusions from this.

  • I agree with you to some extent, but not completely.

    I think that making a comparison of anything to Hitler is polarizing language and is unlikely to lead to a constructive discussion. One can perfectly well explain these concepts without needing to bring up historical references, and bringing up this specific reference does little less than adding ‘shock’ value. This language directly antagonizes the people with different views.

    Pfizer ceo admitting vax don’t work (to sell the new one of course)

    This is obviously not true, and this is also a very polarized statement. Vaccine manufacturers have a strong economic incentive to push their product and they also have a lot of money to invest in marketing, this can’t be denied. Vaccines work and the COVID vaccine is effective and has a low adverse effect risk, this is also established well beyond reasonable doubt. There is a lot left to discuss, but that discussion is nuanced.

    As for the rest, I don’t give as much credit to the ‘elite ruling class’ as you do. I don’t think that they are as coordinated and capable. I think that the world and society is shaped by many different social and political forces, and that these follow “natural” laws if they can be called that. The elite have a massive influence because they can move a huge number of resources, but I think that their influence is rather chaotic in the long term. Corporate media is propaganda but I have never heard anyone say otherwise, so not much to add there.

    So, with regards to:

    So I disagree that society has agreed to this.

    I don’t place the elite above society, I believe that we are all in this mess together. But this is really a personal opinion and not something that I can show you with hard evidence, so we can just disagree here without problem.

    As for censorship, there is more censorship than I would like. I do understand the logic of censorship. Making false claims is much much much easier than thoroughly debunking them, so censorship can save a lot of time and effort. On the other hand, I think that it is our responsibility to assess whether a claim is true. I have also seen many cases of censorship of content that is perfectly legitimate. The censorship itself is rather mediocre too, though, because all of this censored content is easily available.

    That’s why I’m marching on 1/23

    Thank you for marching! I applaud your activism.

  • There is a small chance that the poster is really a concerned physician who really enjoys posting to Anti-QAnon subreddits during their free time, but looking at the user’s posting history, I highly doubt it.

    • Began posting around March, posts often, and almost exclusively about the vaccine.
    • Claims to be a doctor/physician in a very large number of posts.
    • Gives out medical advice over the internet.
    • Gets wrong basic details, such as claiming that an mRNA vaccine contains proteins.
    • It is quite a coincidence that such a dramatic event occured to someone who spends such a large amount of time writing on reddit about the anti-vax.

    I think that this is a character that someone made up.

    The deleted comments from this account also show that in the past the user would “speak with doctors” instead of claiming to be one.


  • Vaccines are great, but I do not think that it is wise for societies to give the power of exercising a vaccine mandate to a centralized authority. The laws that are being passed, the infrastructure that is being put in place in order to be able to contact-trace and confirm vaccination status, as well as the precedent that is being set that allows efficiently deploying punishments via social exclusion over a whole population, are all things that have me (reasonably?) concerned.

    According to Merriam-Webster’s updated definition for anti-vaxxer, this makes me fall in the anti-vaxxer category despite being vaccinated and actively encouraging others to get vaccinated themselves. I find this to be a very transparent example of political polarization via propaganda, and I think that accepting ideological differences and trying to work out solutions together rather than giving into this extreme “anti-vax” polarization would be more healthy for society in the long term.