Twitter Demanded Superpowers After Anti-Vaxxer’s “Magnetize” Theory Went Viral

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Twitter went wild yesterday when video of an anti-vaxxer physician went viral after she claimed COVID-19 vaccines ‘magnetize’ people.

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, Doctor of Osteopathy, testified on Tuesday at an Ohio state House Health committee hearing in favor of a bill that would prohibit Ohio schools or businesses from requiring vaccines.

“I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures all over the internet of people who have had these shots and now they’re magnetized,” Tenpenny told the Ohio House Health Committee. “They can put a key on their forehead. It sticks. They can put spoons and forks all over them and they can stick, because now we think that there’s a metal piece to that.”

She added that there are “people” who believe the vaccines have an “interface – yet to be defined” with 5G cell phone towers before quickly adding, “not proven yet but…”

So, first of all, there’s no metal in COVID vaccines. Second, the good doctor offers no ideas as to HOW mRNA interfaces with a cell phone tower.

Does she think it requires an app like Scruff or something…?

To give you an idea of how ‘accurate’ her claims are, Tenpenny tried to bolster her bona fides by saying she’s spent up to 10,000 hours studying vaccines since the pandemic began.

The only problem with that is there have only been something like 11,000 hours since the beginning of the pandemic in the U.S. So, she would have been “studying” vaccines 22 hours a day, every day, since March 2020.

By the way, experts have already debunked the hilarious “COVID-19 contains magnets” myth:

@drgigiosler

Debunking the “COVID19 vaccine contains a magnet” myth. Was vaccinated in December 2020 & January 2021.

♬ original sound – Dr Gigi Osler

But this woman, who followed Tenpenny, really put the nail in it when she tried to ‘prove’ the magnetic theory – #epicfail:

In any case, Twitter thought Tenpenny’s thoughts were about nine pennies short of having any good sense.

After ‘Magneto’ began trending on Twitter, we took a look to see what folks thought of the theory:


Many people got excited thinking the Marvel villain ‘Magneto’ was trending because the new series ‘Loki’ debuted on the same day. Folks were pretty bummed that wasn’t the case.

Did You Hear The QAnon Theory That COVID Vaccines Make You Gay?

A stunned man staring at his cell phone
A stunned man staring at his cell phone
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The nutjobs who voraciously grasp at all things QAnon are now buying into the wild conspiracy theory that receiving the COVID-19 vaccine turn people gay.

I kid you not…

QAnon is the highly discredited conspiracy theory that claims a secret cabal of Democratic politicians, government officials, and celebrities are Satan worshippers who operate a global child sex-trafficking ring.

Seriously…

Shayan Sardarizadeh, an investigative reporter for the BBC, recently shared on Twitter that two major QAnon channels on Telegram have “endorsed the baseless conspiracy theory that vaccinating children increases the probability of them identifying as homosexual or transgender at a later time.”

Among those pushing the crazy concept is an Iranian cleric, Ayatollah Abbas Tabrizian, who told his Telegram followers, “Don’t go near those who have had the COVID vaccine. They have become homosexuals.”

Another QAnon account shared Tabrizian’s statement in agreement writing, “IMO he’s not far off. This is why we have gender confusion among our youth. Research how they put in hormones and alter DNA with their vaccines. Then pump our kids full of 50+ vaccines from birth!”

The Jerusalem Post reports the radical Tabrizian, who has nearly 210,000 Telegram followers, has a history of derogatory opinions about Western medicine.

Sheina Vojoudi, an Iranian dissident who led the country due to repression, told the Post many clerics in Iran relate perceived shortcomings to sexuality.

“The clerics in Iran are suffering from lack of knowledge and humanity,” said Vojoudi. “Actually, his goal of spreading nonsense is to try to scare people [out] of getting vaccinated, while the leader of the regime and other officials got Pfizer, and they don’t provide it for the people with the excuse that they don’t trust the West.”

LGBTQ activist Peter Tatchell adds that “Tabrizian combines scientific ignorance with a crude appeal to homophobia” in order to demonize both the vaccines and LGBTQ people.

The Post notes that since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, the Iranian government has executed somewhere between 4,000 and 6,000 gay and lesbian people.

For the record – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has definitively concluded there is no such connection between vaccines and turning people gay or causing other issues like autism.

Over on Twitter, folks shot down the silly conspiracy theory tying vaccines and turning people queer.

 

 

 

QAnon/GOP Rep Publicly Supported Violence On Dem Politicians

QAnon/GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (screen capture)

A review of hundreds of Facebook posts by freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) reveals repeated support for executing prominent Democratic politicians in 2018 and 2019 before being elected to Congress.

From CNN:

In one post, from January 2019, Greene liked a comment that said “a bullet to the head would be quicker” to remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In other posts, Greene liked comments about executing FBI agents who, in her eyes, were part of the “deep state” working against Trump.

In one Facebook post from April 2018, Greene wrote conspiratorially about the Iran Deal, one of former President Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy achievements. A commenter asked Greene, “Now do we get to hang them ?? Meaning H & O ???,” referring to Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Greene replied, “Stage is being set. Players are being put in place. We must be patient. This must be done perfectly or liberal judges would let them off.”

There’s much more at the link. I encourage you to read the full article.

When asked about the comments, Greene posted a statement to her Twitter account that read, in part, “Over the years I’ve had teams of people manage my pages. Many posts have been liked. Many posts have been shared. Some did not represent my views.”

Oh, I see…it’s not her fault. She’s not to be held responsible for what occurs on her own social media accounts. It’s ‘other people’ to blame.

CNN also found footage of Greene harassing David Hogg, one of the survivors of the deadly Parkland shooting. Greene reportedly spread a conspiracy theory that Hogg was a “bought and paid little pawn” in calling for commonsense gun control measures.

She also called the mass shooting a ‘false flag’ event.

This is from before her time in Congress, but is this what she did with her time? Follow and harass a high school student? This video was recorded just weeks after the shooting incident.

Advisers Concerned As Trump Considers Acting On Conspiracy Theories

Donald Trump speaks at the White House (photo: public domain)

According to a report by the New York Times, high-level Trump advisers are becoming concerned that Donald Trump has begun giving serious consideration to acting on wild conspiracy theories regarding his failed reelection bid.

At a White House meeting on Friday, Trump reportedly discussed making Sidney Powell a special counsel investigating voter fraud, according to two people briefed on the discussion. You’ll recall Powell worked on behalf of Trump’s campaign team pushing a series of conspiracy theories about a Venezuelan plot to rig voting machines in the United States and more.

Senior advisers, including Rudy Giuliani and White House counsel, Pat A. Cipollone, were not keen on the ideas being presented.

Powell found herself being pushed out of Trump’s legal team recently after she floated wild claims about Dominion Voting Systems machines, which were used in some states, somehow being connected to a Venezuelan plot to control the election.

Also in the mix is former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s wild talk of Trump invoking martial law and ordering the military to “rerun” the election.

And then there’s Giuliani’s scheme to have the Department of Homeland Security seize possession of voting machines as part of a push to overturn the results of the election. But Giuliani was informed Homeland Security does not have the authority to do such a thing.

Read more at the NY Times.

Axios reporter Jonathan Swan says that after years of covering the Trump administration, he “can’t recall hearing more intense concern from senior officials who are actually Trump people.”

Trump Promotes Conspiracy Theory That Osama bin Laden Is Alive

Donald Trump

Donald Trump has been retweeting a conspiracy theory that Osama Bin Laden was not assassinated in 2011 but it was his ‘body double’ that was killed.

From The Daily Beast:

President Donald Trump backed a budding conspiracy theory on Tuesday that four Americans were killed in the 2012 Benghazi attack to cover up the blood-sacrifice of Navy SEALs and the “fact” that Osama Bin Laden is still alive, marking what is perhaps the president’s strangest brush yet with far-right conspiracy theories.

Trump’s promotion of the new Benghazi conspiracy theory, which is fast gaining traction on the far right, came in the form of a retweet of a QAnon believer pushing the claim.

The president’s backing helped push the tweet about Benghazi above 14,000 retweets. Trump retweeted another video about the conspiracy theory later on Tuesday night, marking the second time he had promoted the Benghazi claims on Twitter.

The bizarre theory, which is outre even by the standards of the right’s usual Benghazi claims, also alleges that Osama Bin Laden’s body-double, rather than the terrorist mastermind himself, was killed in 2011.

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One of the Navy SEALS who actually went on the mission to kill Bin Laden responded:

Trump Rants Over Alleged Mystery Medical Procedure

Donald Trump

From Raw Story:

President Donald Trump moaned about renewed speculation about his sudden visit last year to the Walter Reed Medical Center.

New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt reports in his new book that Vice President Mike Pence was put on standby in November 2019 when the president was rushed on a Saturday afternoon to the military hospital, which the White House later explained as routine testing, but others have speculated was more serious.

Schmidt’s book claims Pence was placed on standby if the president had to undergo a medical procedure that would require anesthesia, although he didn’t specify the sourcing of that claim.

In other Trump news, folks were gagging as Trump told Fox News host Laura Ingraham last night that there are people in black uniforms on planes controlling the streets and compared police officers who shoot civilians to a golfer who ‘chokes’ on a three-foot putt.

Watch the clips below and make up your own mind.

Right-Wing Nuts Theorize Obama Had Justice Scalia Murdered

Well, you knew this was coming.

Folks across the Tea People population theorize that President Obama had Justice Antonin Scalia killed so that Obama could make one more SCOTUS nomination before leaving office.

Because folks don’t die at the age of 79, don’t you know?

Back here in Reality, the coroner in very Red Texas ruled the cause of Scalia’s death was from heart attack.

Watch one of the conspiracy theory folks explain the “murder” of Scalia. 


Right-Wing Pundits Stoke Ebola Hysteria

It’s incredible the wild, conspiracy theories the right-wing wackos are spreading.

Many are saying things like “President Obama WANTS Ebola to spread in the US because slavery…?”

Wow.

Strange. I don’t recall when thousands of Americans were dying of AIDS in the 1980s all this right-wing, conservative concern.

Reagan ignored the issue of AIDS spreading across the country until over 20,000 Americans died. As of today, there have been (sadly) one death from Ebola in America.

Where was the outrage then? Where was the concern?

Oh. Right. The gays…

Right-wing radio host launches the birth of the “Pregnancy Truthers”

Right-wing radio host Steve Malzberg, speaking about on the news of Chelsea Clinton’s impending birth:

“Chelsea Clinton is having a baby, she announced it and lo and behold, Hillary was by her side.

“Hillary is going to be a grandmother. And an expected grandmother while she runs for president.

“I don’t mean that they’re making up she’s pregnant, OK? But what great timing! I mean, purely accidental, purely an act of nature, purely just left up to God, and God answered Hillary Clinton’s prayers and she’s going to have the prop of being a new grandma while she runs for president.” 

So, Chelsea Clinton has famous parents who are happy to be first time grand-parents, and Steve Malzberg tosses out some red meat that the birth is part of an all-encompassing scheme to win votes for a presidential run that hasn’t even been announced yet.

SRSLY.