Trump-loving cartoonist Ben Garrison says he is struggling to beat COVID — and is treating it with ivermectin
On Monday, Gizmodo reported that Ben Garrison — a prominent right-wing political cartoonist — has announced he has COVID-19, but that he will not go to the hospital and will instead treat his illness with ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug that is not approved to treat COVID-19.
"Yes, it's definitely COVID and we've had all the symptoms. My wife and [I] went out with a couple to a restaurant and the next day all four of us were sick. One of us went to see a doctor and was told she had COVID, and that was the clincher," Garrison told Gizmodo. He added that "we're taking Ivermectin and various vitamins including a lot of Zinc," to treat the disease.
The couple has apparently suffered from COVID-19 for about two weeks and "it has been rough," Garrison said. But he still refuses to get the vaccine or go to a hospital, falsely claiming that both options are deadly.
A firm supporter of former President Donald Trump, Garrison has come under controversy for his cartoons over the years. In 2020, he sued the Anti-Defamation League for calling some of his cartoons anti-Semitic, but his lawsuit itself leaned heavily on anti-Semitic conspiracy theories accusing the Rothschild family and billionaire philanthropist George Soros of controlling the world.
Garrison has also promoted anti-vaccine conspiracy theories for years. He has published cartoons falsely linking vaccines to autism, and earlier this month endorsed ivermectin with a cartoon of a horse kicking Dr. Anthony Fauci.
#RollingStone just got its credibility ass kicked with the fake news story smearing a safe and Nobel Peace Prize wi… https://t.co/sNlOGQFZHw— Ben Garrison Cartoons GrrrGraphics.com (@Ben Garrison Cartoons GrrrGraphics.com) 1630888887.0
The ivermectin treatment has become popular among Trump supporters who reject the vaccine, and those who haven't been going to farm supply stores to treat themselves with livestock formulations have often gotten their supply through a network of right-wing doctors offering prescriptions through telemedicine services.
By Francois Murphy
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran must stop denying the U.N. nuclear watchdog access to a workshop making centrifuge parts as agreed two weeks ago or face diplomatic retaliation at the agency's Board of Governors within days, the United States said on Monday.
The workshop at the TESA Karaj complex makes components for centrifuges, machines that enrich uranium, and was hit by apparent sabotage in June in which one of four International Atomic Energy Agency cameras there was destroyed. Iran removed them and the destroyed camera's footage is missing https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/iaea-pressures-iran-fate-talks-nuclear-deal-hangs-balance-2021-09-07.
TESA Karaj was one of several sites to which Iran agreed to grant IAEA inspectors access to service IAEA monitoring equipment and replace memory cards just as they were due to fill up with data such as camera footage. The Sept. 12 accord helped avoid a diplomatic escalation https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/iaea-chief-iran-talks-before-showdown-with-west-2021-09-12 between Iran and the West.
"We are deeply troubled by Iran's refusal to provide the IAEA with the needed access to service its monitoring equipment, as was agreed in the September 12 Joint Statement between the IAEA and Iran," a U.S. statement to the IAEA's 35-nation Board of Governors on Monday said.
It was responding to an IAEA report to member states on Sunday that said Iran had granted access to sites as agreed on Sept. 12 but not to the workshop, where IAEA inspectors were denied access on Sunday. They had planned to check if the workshop was ready to operate and re-install cameras if it was.
Iran's envoy to the IAEA, Kazem Gharibabadi, said overnight on Twitter https://twitter.com/Gharibabadi/status/1442253099507326979?s=20 that before the deal with the IAEA, Iran indicated that monitoring equipment at Karaj was "not included for servicing" because of ongoing investigations and Sunday's report "goes beyond the agreed terms of the JS (Joint Statement)".
'WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY'
The European Union told the IAEA board that Iran's failure to grant the IAEA access to the workshop was "a worrying development, contrary to the Joint Statement reached on 12 September 2021."
A resolution criticising Iran at the Board of Governors could kill hopes of resuming indirect talks between Iran and the United States to bring both sides back into compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Iran usually bristles at such resolutions and its news hardline President Ebrahim Raisi has said Iran is prepared to return to the negotiating table but not under Western "pressure". Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Friday Iran would return to the talks "very soon".
"We call on Iran to provide the IAEA with needed access without further delay," the U.S. statement said. "If Iran fails to do so, we will be closely consulting with other board members in the coming days on an appropriate response."
The European Union also called on Iran to grant access "without any further delay".
(Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Mark Heinrich, William Maclean)
‘Very scared’ state workers threatened with demotions for complaining about Ron DeSantis’ COVID policies: report
Florida state employees are being threatened with demotions if they complain about not being notified when a colleague becomes seriously ill or dies from COVID-19, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' "efforts to keep Florida open" have had devastating impacts on state agencies — with entire offices closing due to outbreaks, and three state prisons shuttering due to a lack of corrections officers, the newspaper reported Monday.
"The workers are very scared," said Vicki Hall, president of a union that represents nearly half of Florida's 105,000 state employees. "The governor wants everything open and running. ... Management is not taking it seriously."
DeSantis' administration ordered state workers to return to their offices last October, with social distancing and masks optional.
One Department of Revenue employee complained recently that, "They don't tell us when people have been in the building sick. We have to hear through the grapevine that someone is in the hospital or dead. If we complain, we are offered demotions."
Democratic state Sen. Loranne Ausley told the newspaper, "Many state employees live in fear of making any noise. They call us and don't even say what agency they're calling from."
Ausley recently co-authored a letter from Democratic lawmakers to DeSantis citing a "lack of precautions" at state offices and pleading with the governor to allow employees to return to working remotely.
"I get contacted daily about state employees who are fearful about getting COVID," said Rep. Allison Tant, another co-author of the letter. "I don't think there was a single constituent who reached out to me who was not worried about retribution."
DeSantis' office declined to comment on the report, and state agencies have refused to provide data about COVID-19 cases among employees.
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