Honestly, with 70k cases a day in States, idk if African country needs it more or just average Americans.
The US can actually afford to test people, a large chunk of nations in Africa can't do that, much less care for the people who do get infected. South Africa is one of the wealthier countries in Africa, and we're doing 10k a day after a hard lockdown. If it's this bad here, I can't imagine how bad it is in places like Zimbabwe.
Exactly I really think South Africa is doing everything it can in regards to testing capacity with the infrastructure and corruption present. Even with that only 45 percent of all the tests conducted are through government institutions. Furthering that we still are by no means at the testing capacity needed to fulfill its purpose of containing those infected. Africa needs to do something but it can't.
US is having 70k cases a day mostly out of ignorance, not because they lack infrastructure or basic needs.
It's not stupidity, it's the American way.
As an American I can say by the way we’ve handled the whole situation we don’t deserve it more than other countries.
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Unemployment protection exists in America, it does not in the majority of Africa. There is a place to discuss America's social problems, but not on a thread about the prioritisation of aid to developing countries.
My coworker genuinely believes Bill Gates released covid-19 into the world so we stop using cash and switch to card payments instead so the government can track our movements more easily. He carries a mobile phone everywhere he goes. I just...
Your coworker, at best, cannot come to terms with the chaos of the reality they live in and subscribed to these theories to both help them understand reality and give them a misguided smug sense of superiority due to them knowing "the truth," unlike us sheeple.
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You'll find that people who spent most of their lives feeling stupid gravitate towards these lines of thinking because it makes them feel like they know something that the people who made them feel stupid their whole life don't know.
I don’t know. This is certainly true of some. Unfortunately I think there are also those of average or better intelligence that are simply paranoid/gullible enough to attribute to malice when negligence is the likely answer. It’s an easier trap to fall into as society gets increasingly divided.
It's also a bit of Dunning Kruger: "I'm a highly trained engineer and I find the idea that complex things like life could assemble themselves without a designer ludicrous, therefore evolution is bunk."
Richard Dawkins would be able to show him incontrovertible evidence for evolution, but his experience designing complex systems reinforces his conviction that there must be a designer makes him overestimate the veracity of his opinion against Dawkins.
Never mind that Dawkins' knowledge of the domain is expert and specific.
If that engineer looked at a bridge that Dawkins designed he'd be horrified at how much is wrong with it, but he doesn't ever consider that's how Dawkins would feel about an engineer opining on evolutionary biology.
It's strange when highly trained and intelligent people can get things so wrong, I think most of the time it's because they know just enough about a subject to have an opinion but not enough knowledge to know how wrong that opinion is. Their self confidence in their knowledge and training introduces blind spots.
You can be smart in one field and a fuckin idiot in another. A good example I like to use is Ben Carson, undeniably one of the best neural surgeons in the world, is a fucking terrible politician. Too many people attribute someone who is an expert in one field to being an expert in all fields.
As my dad has said every four years ‘the president may be an asshole, but the countries full of assholes and they deserve representation!’
I find myself experiencing this in reverse. I’m an accountant but I’ve always had an immense interest in several fields of science. I delve into medical journals regularly and feel that I have a pretty decent understanding of a few limited topics of interest. But because I’m not technically in the field I feel like it isn’t my place to argue with people that are rabidly anti-science because I’m not truly qualified. A good friend of mine is a PHD in bacteriology and she says even she feels like that in regards to covid discussions because she is a bacteriologist not a virologist.
So most of the time my arguments are along the lines of listen to epidemiologists not chiropractors.
Conspiracy theories are interesting. One of the smartest people I know, an engineer whose job it is to literally invent new tools and machines for companies who have a problem they can't figure out how to solve... genuinely believes the governments of the world are conspiring together to hide evidence of aliens visiting Earth.
He's so smart. But somehow he can't let go of this one idea.
In 2020, aliens are the least crazy conspiracy theory. Probably also the one with the most evidence, with the Pentagon admitting the video leaks were real.
He must be right, we gotta raid Area 51
Accept that there’s things you don’t know and that’s okay. Einstein was incredibly smart in mathematics but couldn’t come up with a “theory of everything”. American society constantly puts pressure on us to compete so if you come out feeling like you know less than someone else it eats and you and you try to find ways to undo that. It’s okay to know as much as you know and do what you do well. Focus your attention away from the conspiracies and onto the tangible things you have and can do. Everybody can love a family, volunteer for their community, etc. These are things way more important to life anyways.
Its okay to be interested in conspiracies. Many people are and it could actually be a fun way to think critically about some of the norms.
Some conspiracies have turned out to be true decades down the line, but it's when you start believing the wacked out shit, or anything really without critical thought.
Dont believe the fools who think we didnt go to the moon, or that Bill Gates is the illuminati leader who wants to kill half the world, its moronic.
I've never understood why reality has to make complete sense. Why does their world crumble when something beyond their understanding happens? Can they not see that they will never have the full information and respect that experts know what they are talking about?
See, even lizards can't say no to a good slice. That's the power of pizza right there.
My coworker believes he wants to use the vaccine as an opportunity to put a microchip in everyone. She believes one of the greatest, if not the greatest, philanthropists of our time is the Antichrist.
think of the conspiracy that forcing us to wear masks is the government trying to control us... how?
wearing a mask is actually the complete opposite. It is probably harder to ID you when you wear a mask.
The government wants facial recognition. Wearing a mask defeats that right?
But then again the very people who are afraid of being tracked are carrying around a phone 24/7 posting their fears on facebook.
I work with a guy who is exactly like this. Fears the government, doesn't wear a mask, doesn't want to be tracked, but always has his phone on him.
Keep the poor poor and then become the next low wage work force to be thrown to the economic meat grinder that keeps the rich rich.
I know another user already commented, but I’d like to build on that comment, as I think you’re missing one cultural element.
In America, we have a relatively strong sense of distrust for authority, as a whole. I personally, think this attitude is valid and supported by history (and personally, by my own views on human nature as supported by my own experiences). However, while distrust is warranted, you must also realize you can’t be paralyzed by it, and take logic such as Occam’s Razor into account.
It just involves a little bit of imagination. See, Bill Gates need all those poor people to keep buying iPhones and iPads so that Microsoft can have their money once the Death Star broadcasts the correct 5G signal
it's easier to reorganize what's left of the world if you know who already owns it, rather than having people fighting over the scraps.
Literally everything this guy does gets twisted. Him and his wife have saved millions of lives not just with vaccines, but with creating water filtration systems for countless African villages. How can you twist that? He's already donated half of his money to philanthropic causes and will donate most of his money when he dies.
Don’t trust them smart phones. I use my windows computer to post on Facebook so Bill Gates can’t spy on me
不要相信他们的智能手机。我用我的Windows电脑在脸书上发帖，这样比尔 · 盖茨就不能监视我了
A true innovator of thought.
Pioneer of our times.
A vanguard of philosophy
Noob. I only use computers at the library cuz Obama took my job last month and now I'm homeless. MAGA!
Dude the conspiracy theories are so out of this world rn. Social media is wild these days.
Helped me clean my friend list rather nicely.
Capitalism requires an equal playing field. That means both parties have the freedom to consent or reject any deal, thus supply and demand is the only true dictation of pricing.
You literally cannot have an equal playing field when the product is the difference between life and death in the moment. You can't choose your ambulance company. You can't choose your surgery to keep you alive or dead. Sure you can DNR... but the US constitution gives us all a right to life inherently. That means private medical capitalist structures inherently infringe upon the inalienable human rights.
It's no coincidence that the US is the only near-fully privatized healthcare system in a developed country and has some of the most fucked-up medical prices.
The majority of the world is running on capitalism. You don't need to throw out an entire economic system when you catch a few flaws. Public Health Care, UBI, Public school, post secondary education paid for by the govt, etc... all these things still exist within a framework of capitalism.
The world “Give medicine to the poor, no charge!”
America “Give medicine to the poor? No, charge!”
美国“免费给穷人提供药? 不，收费! ”
Let's see how people twist this against him
The highest bidder is the one that needs them most. That's the beauty of capitalism baby! Work hard and live free because when the poor fools who couldn't afford it cough their last cough, everyone in the world will be richer on average! We'll all be millionaires in no time.
made available to countries and people that need them most
US buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug, other countries unable to buy it for at least 3 months
But to be fair the US is also number 1 for infections
That only works if the companies with the ability to make the meds are willing to make them for what those in need can afford.
I know it goes again the usual narrative but many of the big companies do supply their drugs for free, for those who cannot afford them. case in point, myself. for 5 years, I was on a monthly injection that cost $1800 each shot. The company that manufactured the drug (novartis) has a non-profit department that not only supplied the shot to me monthly for absolutely free, but they sent a nurse to my home each month to give me the shot.
Exactly. There are a bunch of companies spending literally hundreds of millions or billions of dollars trying to develop a vaccine right now.
Sure, If the government fully backed ALL of them then we could just get the vaccine for close to nothing. (not counting the amount added to the debt)
Not sure what incentive a company would have to spend tens of billions of dollars trying to develop a vaccine if they were going to be told to give it to everyone for free after. They shouldn't be hardcore profiteering from it, but they at a minimum need to recoup their expenses, or they wouldn't be in business anymore.
That or we need to expect the government to step in and buy the vaccine doses with taxpayer dollars and then give them away.