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Neil deGrasse Tyson slaps down ‘science-deniers’ like Mike Pence as ‘threats to democracy’

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In a 4-minute video for “Science in Democracy,” astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson laid out the case against science-deniers who refuse to accept scientific consensus — while taking a shot at Vice President Mike Pence who once argued on the House floor against the teaching of evolution as a fact.

“People have lost the ability to judge what is true and what is not, what is reliable, what is not reliable,” deGrass Tyson explained. “That’s not the country I remember growing up in. I don’t remember any other time where people were standing in denial of what science was.”

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Sharing the clip of Pence as well as clips of anti-vaxxers attempting to make their case, the popular lecturer explained how the scientific method works, cautioning, “Science is not something to toy with.”

“You can’t say, ‘I chose not to believe in E=mc2,’” deGrasse Tyson continued, using Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity as an example. “You don’t have that option. It is true, whether or not you believe in it.”

“The sooner you understand that, the faster we can get on with the political conversations about how to solve the problems that face us,” he warned. “Recognize what science is, and allow to be what it can and should be: In the service of civilization.”

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Peter Navarro warned Trump coronavirus could kill 500,000 Americans — back in January: NYT

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President Donald Trump was warned COVID-19 could be catastrophic, according to a bombshell new report published online by The New York Times on Monday evening.

"A top White House adviser starkly warned Trump administration officials in late January that the coronavirus crisis could cost the United States trillions of dollars and put millions of Americans at risk of illness or death," the newspaper reported.

"The warning, written in a memo by Peter Navarro, President Trump’s trade adviser, is the highest-level alert known to have circulated inside the West Wing as the administration was taking its first substantive steps to confront a crisis that had already consumed China’s leaders and would go on to upend life in Europe and the United States," The Times continued.

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Oil prices jump on hopes for output cut deal

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Oil prices rebounded Tuesday on fresh hopes an OPEC-led meeting this week will reach an agreement to reduce oversupply and shore up the market.

Prices have fallen sharply since expectations for a quick deal to cut output levels were dashed, but the rescheduling to Thursday of a meeting of major crude producers boosted sentiment.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate was up 3.83 percent to $27.08 a barrel in Asian morning trade.

A barrel of Brent crude, the international benchmark, was trading 2.81 percent higher at $33.98.

Prices fell to 18-year lows last week as the market wallowed in oversupply arising from a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, which have ramped up production.

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Trump and his allies have financial ties to companies that manufacture untested drug he’s touting for COVID-19: report

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President Donald Trump's fixation with hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to treat malaria and lupus, as a potential treatment for the novel coronavirus has left many medical experts, including members of his own administration, frustrated. The drug comes with severe side effects ranging from nausea and hair loss to blindness and cardiac arrest; the hoarding of the drug to test it in COVID-19 patients has resulted in autoimmune patients being denied it, and the evidence that it even helps COVID-19 patients in the first place is anecdotal at best.

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