As coronavirus cases increase across much of the United States, the Trump administration has reportedly adopted a policy of deliberately letting the virus infect much of the U.S. population in order to attain “herd immunity” — despite warnings from the World Health Organization against such an approach. We host a debate on the contentious issue of herd immunity and how best to confront the virus with two Harvard medical experts: epidemiologist Martin Kulldorff, a professor of medicine at Harvard University and one of the lead signatories of the controversial Great Barrington Declaration arguing for an easing of lockdowns, and Dr. Abraar Karan, an internal medicine doctor at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at Harvard Medical School who has worked on the COVID-19 public health response in Massachusetts since February.
An Oregon doctor who continuously defied COVID-19 guidelines and spread false information about face masks has had his license revoked, Newsweek reports.
Steven Arthur LaTulippe was issued an order from the Oregon Medical Board earlier this month for "dishonorable or unprofessional conduct; repeated negligence in the practice of medicine; and gross negligence in the practice of medicine." He was also fined $10,000.
This is LaTulippe's second suspension.
The first one, which occurred this past December, came after the board found that his family practice, Southview Medical Arts in Dallas, operated in such a way that it constituted an "immediate danger" to the public and presented a "serious danger" to public health and safety. He also told his patients that masks are a source of carbon dioxide.
"[LaTulippe] had trained his receptionist 'to look at [the patient] and just take a look at them and see if they look sick,' and, if the patient was 'smiling and happy,' the receptionist was instructed to ask how the patient was feeling," medical board documents said, adding that he had patients exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms to remove their masks.
At least 95 percent of his patients did not wear masks at his clinic between March and December 2020, he told board officials. The Board also found that in at least eight cases, LaTulippe prescribed opioids to patients who may not have have needed them in the first place.
General Kenneth Franklin McKenzie Jr., the current commander of the United States Central Command, now admits that a drone strike launched on August 29th in Kabul did not kill any ISIS-K fighters.
According to Fox News' Lucas Tomlinson, McKenzie acknowledged that the only people who died in the strike were "10 civilians killed, including 7 children," despite the fact that the U.S. military had justified the strike as needed to foil an ISIS-K terror plot.
McKenzie said that the U.S. had good intelligence about an ISIS-K operative using a vehicle near the Kabul airport to carry out a terrorist attack, but that the drone strike targeted the incorrect vehicle.
No disciplinary action will be taken against those who carried out the strike, McKenzie said.
Additionally, McKenzie praised the officials who carried out the strike for what he said was a carefully planned decision that simply happened to go wrong.
Nonetheless, McKenzie expressed regret for the strike's end result and offered condolences to family members of the people who died as a result.
Florida cop told inmate he looked like George Floyd and asked him to say 'I can't breathe' -- now he's been fired
A Lee County Sheriff's Office deputy has been fired after telling a prisoner in his custody that he resembled George Floyd and then asked him to say, "I can't breathe."
USA Today reports that witness told investigators that they saw Deputy First Class Rodney Payne make the comparison between Floyd and an unidentified inmate this past July.
"The Sheriff's Office investigation found that Payne's supervisor immediately told the deputy to stop the comments, saying it was inappropriate," writes USA Today. "Several inmates also heard the remark and one filed a complaint via email, he said, because the targeted inmate was likely to not complain in fear of retaliation."
Floyd's death in 2020 sparked nationwide protests against police brutality after a video of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the back of Floyd's neck until he suffocated went viral on the internet.
Speaking with investigators, Payne acknowledged that his comments about Floyd were insensitive, and he acknowledged that his remarks violated police conduct policy.
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