MSNBC medical correspondent Dr. John Torres said Monday that the measles epidemic hitting New York City may go national — and urged people to get vaccinated.
“It is pretty scary, and it’s spreading across the country and it’s spreading across the world,” said Torres. “The World Health Organization just came out saying there’s 112,000 cases so far this year of measles around the world.” The U.S., he added, was home to 555 of those cases, just four months into the year.
“In 2000, the US declared measles eliminated, meaning either there were very few cases, it wasn’t eradicated but it wasn’t endemic, it wasn’t entrenched in the U.S.,” Torres went on. “Talking to measles experts, they’re saying we can’t say that anymore.”
“The thing people have a hard time realizing is that measles is one of the most contagious viruses out there known to man,” he added in a dig at the anti-vaccine movement which is at least partly to blame for the current surge in infections. “Somebody you pass in the concourse of an airport, boom, you catch it very easily. Ninety percent of people unprotected catch it if somebody passes them with measles.”
“Get vaccinated. There’s no harm in the vaccine,” Torres urged. “It’s rare to get any problems from the vaccine. It’s not rare to get problems from measles.”
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Trump’s latest national security adviser is undercutting FBI Director Wray to quash report of new Russian meddling: report
In a scorching column for the Daily Beast, historian David Rothkopf accused Donald Trump's latest national security director, Robert O'Brien, of undercutting the United States intelligence services and uses his comments about recent reports of new Russian election meddling to make the case that he is contradicting FBI Director Christopher Wray to please the president.
According to Rothkopf, "For just over a century, since America arrived as a major force on the global stage, we have feared that should our enemies defeat us, it would be on the battlefield or via a devastating nuclear onslaught. We never could have imagined that an enemy might take another approach altogether: infecting us with a presidential virus who this week gutted our national security leadership structures like a fish."
Decoding the Christian paradox: Evangelical historian explains how right-wingers ignore Jesus to support a corrupt and greedy president
To quote the bumper sticker: "What would Jesus do?"
Assuming that he existed and held the views imputed to him, Jesus Christ would not support Donald Trump.
Donald Trump's behavior, values, policies and their consequences are the opposite of what Jesus Christ represented. Trump has put migrants and refugees in cages and delighted in their suffering. He feels contempt for the poor, the sick, the vulnerable and the needy. He has lied at least 16,000 times. He is corrupt and wildly greedy.