Rolling Stone: Eric Clapton Isn’t Just Spouting Vaccine Nonsense—He’s Bankrolling It

Rolling Stone: Eric Clapton Isn’t Just Spouting Vaccine Nonsense—He’s Bankrolling It. “In the past, Clapton has been reluctant to voice his political views. As he told Rolling Stone in 1968, ‘What I’m doing now is just my way of thinking, but if it gets into a paper somewhere, people will say that what I’m saying is the way they ought to think. Which is wrong, because I’m only a musician. If they dig my music, that’s great, but they don’t have to know what’s going on in my head.’ But in recent months Clapton has himself become a leading vaccine skeptic, part of a community that Dr. Anthony Fauci has said is ‘part of the problem — because you’re allowing yourself to be a vehicle for the virus to be spreading to someone else.’”

Associated Press: Anti-vaccine chiropractors rising force of misinformation

Associated Press: Anti-vaccine chiropractors rising force of misinformation. “Participants traveled from around the country to a Wisconsin Dells resort for a sold-out convention that was, in fact, a sea of misinformation and conspiracy theories about vaccines and the pandemic. The featured speaker was the anti-vaccine activist who appeared in the 2020 movie ‘Plandemic,’ which pushed false COVID-19 stories into the mainstream. One session after another discussed bogus claims about the health dangers of mask wearing and vaccines. The convention was organized by a profession that has become a major purveyor of vaccine misinformation during the pandemic: chiropractors.”

Business Insider: A Maryland man is accused of fatally shooting his pharmacist brother because he thought he was ‘killing people’ by giving them the COVID-19 vaccine

Business Insider: A Maryland man is accused of fatally shooting his pharmacist brother because he thought he was ‘killing people’ by giving them the COVID-19 vaccine. “A Maryland man is accused of fatally shooting his pharmacist brother who he believed was poisoning people by giving them the COVID-19 vaccine. Jeffrey Allen Burnham, 46, is accused of killing his older brother, Brian Robinette, 58, and his wife, Kelly Sue Robinette, 57, on September 30.”

Culpeper Star-Exponent: Culpeper County board declines support of anti-vax mandate resolutions

Culpeper Star-Exponent (Virginia): Culpeper County board declines support of anti-vax mandate resolutions. “The Culpeper County Board of Supervisors, at its Tuesday morning meeting, declined to support a pair of resolutions that would have taken a politically symbolic stand against COVID-19 vaccine and testing mandates. Salem Supervisor Tom Underwood introduced the resolutions drafted, with his direction, by County Administrator John Egertson and County Attorney Bobbi Jo Alexis. Culpeper County Republican Committee Chairman Marshall Keene stood in the back of the boardroom for the ensuing discussion.”

Washington Post: How wellness influencers are fueling the anti-vaccine movement

Washington Post: How wellness influencers are fueling the anti-vaccine movement. “Glance at Jessica Alix Hesser’s Instagram page and you may feel a little like you’ve just opened up a pamphlet for a meditation retreat. Amid photos of lagoons and a waterfall, Hesser (eyes closed, one hand touching the side of her face) is awash in rainbow-hued lens glare or soaking in a bath with flowers floating on top. Her website contains blog posts recommending natural cardamom floss and Gregorian chants. Sprinkled throughout, however, are posts where Hesser urges her nearly 37,000 followers to question the safety of the coronavirus vaccines.”

Washington Post: YouTube is banning prominent anti-vaccine activists and blocking all anti-vaccine content

Washington Post: YouTube is banning prominent anti-vaccine activists and blocking all anti-vaccine content . “YouTube is taking down several video channels associated with high-profile anti-vaccine activists including Joseph Mercola and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who experts say are partially responsible for helping seed the skepticism that’s contributed to slowing vaccination rates across the country. As part of a new set of policies aimed at cutting down on anti-vaccine content on the Google-owned site, YouTube will ban any videos that claim that commonly used vaccines approved by health authorities are ineffective or dangerous. The company previously blocked videos that made those claims about coronavirus vaccines, but not ones for other vaccines like those for measles or chickenpox.”

Gizmodo: Anti-Vaccine Cartoonist Ben Garrison Says He’s Got Covid-19, Won’t Go to Hospital

Gizmodo: Anti-Vaccine Cartoonist Ben Garrison Says He’s Got Covid-19, Won’t Go to Hospital. “Ben Garrison, a right-wing cartoonist known for his opposition to vaccines and his extremely flattering drawings of former President Donald Trump, told Gizmodo late Sunday that he contracted covid-19 and has been sick for about two weeks. But allegedly getting covid hasn’t changed Garrison’s mind about modern medical science.”

Joe McCarron: Man released from Donegal hospital by anti-vaccine campaigners to be buried today (Belfast Telegraph)

Belfast Telegraph: Joe McCarron: Man released from Donegal hospital by anti-vaccine campaigners to be buried today. “Covid-sceptic Joe McCarron, who was the presenter of Joe’s Wild Atlantic Country Show at Strabane Radio Online, allowed a group to remove him from the intensive care unit at Letterkenny University Hospital in Co Donegal under the pretence that they were ‘saving his life’. The 75-year-old refused to listen to doctors who told him he could die. This morning he’ll be buried in a cemetery not far from the home in Dungloe he shared with his grief-stricken wife Una later this morning.”

‘Vigilante treatments’: Anti-vaccine groups push people to leave ICUs (NBC News)

NBC News: ‘Vigilante treatments’: Anti-vaccine groups push people to leave ICUs. “Consumed by conspiracy theories claiming that doctors are preventing unvaccinated patients from receiving miracle cures or are even killing them on purpose, some people in anti-vaccine and pro-ivermectin Facebook groups are telling those with Covid-19 to stay away from hospitals and instead try increasingly dangerous at-home treatments, according to posts seen by NBC News over the past few weeks.”

Dangerous transmissions: anti-vax radio shows reach millions in US while stars die of Covid (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Dangerous transmissions: anti-vax radio shows reach millions in US while stars die of Covid. “Fox News and even more extreme rightwing television channels like Newsmax and One America News draw the headlines, and Facebook is often noted as a source for conspiracy theories, but behind the scenes thousands of small radio stations make up a patchwork of conservative media across the US that is enjoyed by millions. In terms of the spread of misinformation, talk radio’s impact is unappreciated, Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters, a progressive media watchdog, said.”

Mother Jones: A Wildly Popular App for Churches Is Now an Anti-Vax Hotbed

Mother Jones: A Wildly Popular App for Churches Is Now an Anti-Vax Hotbed. “In its promotional materials, Subsplash promises to give individual churches full control over their content. Indeed, what is available on Subsplash-hosted platforms varies widely, as it reflects the diversity in spiritual and political beliefs of the vast array of congregations in the United States. “With no ads or censorship, auto-updated content, and a fully-customizable media player, keeping gospel-centered content in front of your community has never been easier,” the company boasts. But there’s a dark side to the company’s hands-off approach. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Subsplash has given voice to and amplified messages from many religiously affiliated anti-vaccine activists.”

Report: Facebook’s Own Research Confirms It Is a Hotbed of Vaccine Denial (Mother Jones)

Mother Jones: Report: Facebook’s Own Research Confirms It Is a Hotbed of Vaccine Denial. “According to a company memo obtained by the Wall Street Journal and released this morning, around the time COVID-19 vaccines became widely available last spring, ‘roughly 41% of comments on English-language vaccine-related posts risked discouraging vaccinations.’ The document and other internal memos show, the Journal writes, “that Facebook has often made minimal or ineffectual efforts to address the issues and plays them down in public.””

New York Times: They Shunned Covid Vaccines but Embraced Antibody Treatment

New York Times: They Shunned Covid Vaccines but Embraced Antibody Treatment. “Vaccine-resistant Americans are turning to the treatment with a zeal that has, at times, mystified their doctors, chasing down lengthy infusions after rejecting vaccines that cost one-hundredth as much. Orders have exploded so quickly this summer — to 168,000 doses per week in late August, up from 27,000 in July — that the Biden administration warned states this week of a dwindling national supply.”

Wired: France’s vaccine passport worked – sort of

Wired: France’s vaccine passport worked – sort of. “Experts say that the months-long mass vaccinations, with extensive media coverage and a clear, beneficial impact on hospitalisations, have made the general public much less wary than it used to be, helping people accept Covid passports. In July, ahead of Macron’s announcements, the share of people who still refused to get vaccinated against Covid was down to 15-20 per cent. However, while France’s vaccine passport policy has gone down well with much of the population, the minority that opposes it is very vocal.”

AL: Alabama Pickers, couple known for reselling and vaccine opposition, both dead of COVID

AL: Alabama Pickers, couple known for reselling and vaccine opposition, both dead of COVID. “A married Alabama couple known for their reselling videos on YouTube under the name ‘Alabama Pickers’ have both died of COVID. Dusty and Tristan Graham lived in Huntsville, where they would often post videos about various tips and tricks to reselling vintage items like clothes and home decor. They sold on eBay under the username, bama4348.”