Closing Thought–20Jul21

I cannot believe the number of Americans that are bordering on stupid….especially when it come to this pandemic and the weird crap swirling around the disease….

A fifth of Americans believe that it is “very true” or “probably true” that COVID-19 vaccines contain microchips as part of a covert government-led population control plan.

That is the shocking finding of a new survey conducted by YouGov for the Economist and published this week. The survey asked respondents if “the U.S. government is using the COVID-19 vaccine to microchip the population.” In response, 5 percent of those asked said the statement was “very true” while another 15 percent said it was “probably true.”

That means approximately 42 million adults in the U.S. believe a conspiracy theory cooked up by anti-vax disinformation groups who claim the pandemic is a cover for a plan to implant trackable microchips in people, and that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is behind it.

The claim initially surfaced last year but gained renewed momentum last month when notorious disinformation superspreader Sherri Tenpenny claimed, in testimony before the Ohio State Legislature, that vaccines make you magnetic.

The result is that the microchip theory now has more believers than the decades-old and unfounded claim that vaccines cause autism—which 17 percent of Americans believe to be “very” or “likely” true according to the survey.

Social Media has given birth to this stupidity….I question the mental capabilities of the American people the more these conspiracies grow.

But where did it all begin….well there are 12 that lead the way…..

Twelve people are responsible for 73% of COVID misinformation on Facebook. A group called the Center for Countering Digital Hate says it looked at content posted on Facebook and antivaccine Facebook groups in February and March, and then monitored how the content was shared. The group says antivaccine influencers make money from their misinformation campaigns, too. Facebook says it has taken down more antivaccine content since the CCDH story was released, NPR reports. John Gregory of NewsGuard, a group that rates news website credibility, says his company has tracked the same dozen misinformation peddlers.

The antivaccine influencers include Ty and Charlene Bollinger, Rizza Islam, Christiane Northrup, and Ben Tapper, Mashable reports.

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5 thoughts on “Closing Thought–20Jul21

  1. My stepson is 36, reasobaly intelligent, and has a responsible job. But he has refused to be vaccinated, asserting that the vaccine contains ‘controlling nanobots’. He obviously spends far too much time online, and needs to get out more.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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