Some anti-vaxxers are infected by narcissism that refuses even to consider the risks and costs they’re imposing on others. If we blame the far Right-Wing and the culture that produced them, we’re missing a character trait that may offer a fuller explanation. In fact, I think it’s a stubborn, selfish, me-first individualism. One that ignores family, community, or anything social.
Source: Trump stoked Covid in red states – but there are blue anti-vaxxers too | Robert Reich | The Guardian
Victoria’s anti-lockdown campaigners are spreading misinformation that people, including children, in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory are being forcibly detained by the defence force and coerced into receiving the COVID-19 vaccines.
Source: COVID misinformation spreading about Aboriginal community lockdown
Is vaccination enough? It will take more than high vaccination rates to prevent hospitalisations and deaths in Australia at levels that hurt the health system in future, Baxter said.
Source: The fourth wave: how can Australia avoid another Covid outbreak as it reopens to the world? | Health | The Guardian
A man who eats a pastry sack filled with ground up pig snouts and cow tongues each day, says he’s not taking the vaccine because he is unsure about its ingredients.
Source: ‘You Just Don’t Know What’s Inside The Vaccine’, Says Man Who Eats Meat Pie For Lunch Every Day | The Shovel
Email Twitter62 Facebook8.6k LinkedIn Print Scenes of protesters clad in hi-vis jackets and shouting anti-vaccination slogans have dominated the news this week.
As the ABC reported: Some of those gathered held a banner reading ‘freedom’, while others sang the national anthem and chanted ‘f*** the jab’. Some attacked union offices, drawing criticism from officials such as ACTU chief Sally McManus, who described the protests as being orchestrated “by violent right-wing extremists and anti-vaccination activists.” These images may shock some but for researchers like me — who research far-right nationalist and conspiracy movements, and explore the online spaces where these people organise — these scenes came as no real surprise.
Source: ‘It’s almost like grooming’: how anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists, and the far-right came together over COVID
Andrew Bolt threads his way through this maze by attacking politicians who he says have “smeared” the people who took part in the anti-lockdown marches on July 25. At the same time he remains uncharacteristically agnostic on whether lockdowns are right. Last year Bolt was calling lockdowns an over-reaction. It evidently makes a difference when it is your side of politics doing the locking down. As Australia enters a pre-election phase, it matters what the Murdoch media do. Its newspapers represent about two-thirds of the nation’s metropolitan daily circulation, with monopolies in Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart. In August, Sky News will re-enter free-to-air television via several Southern Cross Austereo regional channels, which it claims will give it an audience of seven million. What the Telegraph does is particularly important because it is Murdoch’s main populist political attack dog in Australia. It circulates widely in western Sydney, where there are several ma
Source: News Corp walks a delicate line on COVID politics
Carlson, meanwhile, has refused to reveal whether he himself has been vaccinated, despite his on-air rhetoric. This week, CNN found that Fox Corporation – Fox News’ parent organization – has quietly implemented its own version of a “vaccine passport.” Fox has reportedly “developed a secure, voluntary way for employees to self-attest their vaccination status,” according to employee emails obtained by CNN business. The company has apparently encouraged its employees to self-attest in an effort to “assist the company with space planning and contact tracing.
Source: Progressive pundit launches campaign against Fox News: “Something more needed to be done” | Salon.com