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Wed Dec 23, 2020, 06:57 PM

The worst people of 2020 (who aren't Trumps), continued

The worst people of 2020 (who aren’t Trumps), continued
Part 2: Deniers and shitheads

By Jeffrey C. Billman

(Detroit Metro Times) Welcome to Part 2 of the Worst People of the Worst Year Ever (who aren't named Trump). In part 1, we lifted our leg on the seditionists who undermined democracy and the authoritarians who made a mockery of the constitution. To cap off our rogues gallery, this installment raises a glass (of antifreeze) to the criminally negligent COVID deniers and a potpourri of shitheads we'd just as soon drop off the face of the earth.

Group 3. Deniers

DR. SCOTT ATLAS. Few people provided pseudo-scientific cover for Donald Trump's sociopathic indifference to the pandemic like Atlas, a radiologist who fell into Trump's orbit via (what else) appearances on Fox News and eventually became his special COVID adviser by telling Trump what he wanted to hear — herd immunity, open everything, masks don't work, etc. Atlas had no training in infectious diseases or public health, yet the White House took his quackery seriously. We'll never know how many people died because of it.

FLORIDA GOV. RON DESANTIS. Nowhere has DeSantis's leg-humping obsequiousness toward Trump been more apparent than with the coronavirus, which has killed more than 20,000 of his state's residents. Following Trump's lead, DeSantis dismissed the virus's dangers. His health department stopped talking about it. He forbade local governments from enforcing mask mandates and capacity restrictions. He reopened businesses in early May and boasted of how he'd tamed the pandemic without "draconian orders." (Two months later, Florida was the virus's global epicenter.) His minions (allegedly) fired an analyst who refused to manipulate COVID numbers, then the state cops raided her house. He hired an Ohio sports blogger and COVID conspiracy theorist as a data analyst. He blocked newspapers and academics from accessing records and hid federal warnings ahead of Thanksgiving. And I'd be remiss not to mention that DeSantis wants to give the state's George Zimmermans license to kill anyone they think might vandalize a business. What could go wrong?

PANDEMIC RESTAURANT DINERS. Sure, you're fine — you sit outside, respect the waitstaff, tip well, and mask up. But you're in the minority. A recent survey of hospitality workers in New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., not only showed that food-service workers are at greater risk of COVID exposure, but 41% noticed a significant change "in the frequency of unwanted sexualized comments from customers," and 25% said they "have experienced or witnessed" increased sexual harassment. Adding insult to injury, 83% said they've seen their tips decline, and 66% said they've seen their tips decline by at least half. Folks, this isn't hard: If you can't dine out in-person without being a cheapskate superspreader dick, get takeout. ..............(more)


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Wed Dec 23, 2020, 07:06 PM

1. Kickin'

Great find marmar!

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Wed Dec 23, 2020, 07:26 PM

2. Another indication of personality disorders.

People who don't care about spreading the virus to service employees are the same type of dickheads that sexually harass, that don't tip, that get a kick out of acting the ass.

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