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Mark Sweetwood

Mark Sweetwood

Member since: Sep, 2019

Mark Sweetwood has spent 39 years working in the local news business. For more than a decade, he served as managing editor of The Vindicator. He also teaches journalism at YSU.

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Your Morning Matters: A day for those who are sweet like a boss

Your Morning Matters: A day for those who are sweet like a boss

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"... the Comirnaty vaccine has the same liability protection as the vaccine approved under the EUA. That’s because of a law known as the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act). ... The PREP Act designation means that claims related to coronavirus vaccines are covered by the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP), not the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), which was set up to handle vaccine lawsuits. In other words, a person cannot sue a manufacturer for an injury caused by a vaccine or other product listed as a countermeasure, but they can seek compensation from CICP filing a claim. The intent of the law is to urge manufacturers to quickly gear up to combat a possible pandemic without fear of lawsuits. (There is an exception in the law if a person can prove “willful misconduct” by a manufacturer.)"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/08/30/false-claim-that-fully-approved-pfizer-vaccine-lacks-liability-protection/

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"And when you have something to promote, you need a brand name. That’s where 'Comirnaty' (pronounced koe-mir’-na-tee) comes in. The shot has been called the 'Pfizer vaccine' because that’s the name of one of the companies that developed it. However, the name change led some people to believe the Food and Drug Administration-approved Comirnaty is a different version of the Pfizer vaccine — it’s not."

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article253765538.html

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Andrea:

As we reported today:

"As of Oct. 6, 1,133 people reported to be fully vaccinated have been hospitalized in the state for breakthrough infections since Jan. 1, and 186 fully vaccinated people have died. That means breakthrough infections are attributed to about 2 percent of all COVID-19 deaths reported since the beginning of the year, and about 3.7 percent of all hospitalizations."

https://www.mahoningmatters.com/local-news/breaking-ohio-reports-5648-new-covid-19-cases-404-valley-cases-4510609

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In case you missed it, here's the sciencey/logic part of the story: "At issue is whether transplant patients who refuse the shots are not only putting themselves at greater risk for serious illness and death from a COVID-19 infection, but also squandering scarce organs that could benefit others." So, your body, your choice doesn't apply when it's a piece of someone else's body that could just as easily help another person's vaxxed body.

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A.) Because those who get transplants will likely spend the rest of their lives immunocompromised, and on drugs that suppress the body's natural inclination to. reject transplants, most medical practitioners require the COVID-19 vaccine. It is very much a sciencey/logic thing. B.) They also don’t do lung transplants if you are still smoking or liver transplants if you are still addicted to alcohol. There have ALWAYS been requirements. C.) The vaccine is NOT experimental, no matter how many times you type that. D.) The death panels began decades ago when insurance got between you and your doctor to make risk:benefit calculations. It's terrible, but the practice pre-exists your tropes like Obamacare and COVID-19 vaccinations.

Read this:

https://www.ajc.com/pulse/organ-centers-to-transplant-patients-get-a-covid-shot-or-move-down-on-waitlist/XUHNSTF3KFDD5PRT3OTAUZZBOA/

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Your Morning Matters: Discussions about bias are not new

Your Morning Matters: Discussions about bias are not new

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Also, Coleman's tripe has long been debunked. Not that you cared to use google because of a "...need to warp [your] very perception of reality and challenge obvious facts in order to defend [your] not being wrong in the first place" and your "tendency to evaluate information more favorably if it comes from within [your] own social circles ..." See? And the weird thing that assures me: People who know you have tried to tell you this, right? It's not just Mark.

So, check these out:

https://www.factcheck.org/2021/02/scicheck-video-makes-bogus-claims-about-war-crimes-and-covid-19-vaccine-safety/

https://www.reuters.com/article/reuters-factcheck-vaccination/fact-check-staff-administering-covid-19-vaccines-are-not-war-criminals-idUSKBN2A42H5?fbclid=IwAR1N-dmFIPn_h0LflGebzvknQE1SCMRHLp7Jbp13Ir72GS4d8Qjc47ZEwXs

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Mark Sweetwood replied

I think you are really on the brink of a breakthrough, Andrea. You see yourself here, which is good. In your group-speak bubble, you reject science and logic and cling to every far-right, Qanon trope out there because they assure you this is not anti-logic, anti-science. And that feeds your cognitive dissonance because you are not anti-science or anti-logic because you are a good, smart person. In fact, you are as good as those who fought the Nazis and, therefore, the science and logic folks are the true Nazis here. Hence, your inevitable reference to Coleman who has been shunned by every decent thoughtful person on the planet for his false equivocations and logical fallacies. Evoking Nazi Germany, of course, is a gross and disgusting and offensive concept. Nazi's hated and killed people who were different. The science and logic folks don't care if you are different; they just want to save your life, even if you are too blinded by hatred and suspicion to be saved. Be better.

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Your Morning Matters: How will you spend your science years?

Your Morning Matters: How will you spend your science years?

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Andrea, I think it's generally accepted that there are individualized reactions to all medical actions from surgeries to vaccines. And while those individual outcomes are as devastating as they are rare, you aren't really suggesting that we forego vaccines and surgeries and other advances because of individual cases, are you? That somehow it's less devastating to have a child crippled or die from polio than to assume any risk from vaccination, however low? My brother was born with what was then a rare heart issue in 1963. The doctors told my parents that he would likely die during surgery but every time they do this surgery, they learn more for the next kid. Flash forward to 2017: Jimmy Kimmel's son was born with the same condition — and treatment is now routine. If my parents and all the parents since 1963 had said "No!" their kids would have died anyway and treatments would not have advanced to save kids today. My brother is still alive and just retired as a teacher.

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Your Morning Matters: Tell me you are not an infectious disease expert without telling me you are not an infectious disease expert

Your Morning Matters: Tell me you are not an infectious disease expert without telling me you are not an infectious disease expert

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Mark Sweetwood replied

Oh, Andrea. You are so deep into the scare tactics of anti-vaxxers that you are just beholden to fringe elements. Infowars. Junk science. And, of course, a complete misunderstanding of the VAERS reporting system. Remember the title to this newsletter intro was "Tell me you are not an infectious disease expert without telling me you are not an infectious disease expert." And, you are certainly delivering for me.

So go to: https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/covid-19-critical-thinking-health/dont-fall-vaers-scare-tactic

"Don’t Fall for the ‘VAERS Scare’ Tactic: Anti-vaxxers show how a precious vaccine adverse event reporting database can be used to scare the public" will explain to you WHAT the VAERS reporting system is and how it should NOT be used.

With that, I am going to let you have the last word on this thread. I hope you have followed the links I shared and I hope you get vaccinated and survive this COVID-19 pandemic to spend many years disagreeing with people like me.

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To argue against the effectiveness of this vaccine in face of the data collected in this global pandemic is senseless. The success is evident. To argue against, apparently, all vaccines while you enjoy a greater standard of living and longevity than your parents or your grandparents seems to miss the larger point. Again, how will you spend the extra years afforded you by science and medicine? I would propose you don't spend it bitter and espousing a basic misunderstanding of science and medicine.

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