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We’ve never backed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now

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Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history. This year we are compelled to do so. We do not do this lightly.

The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science. The most devastating example is his dishonest and inept response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which cost more than 190,000 Americans their lives by the middle of September. He has also attacked environmental protections, medical care, and the researchers and public science agencies that help this country prepare for its greatest challenges. That is why we urge you to vote for Joe Biden, who is offering fact-based plans to protect our health, our economy and the environment. These and other proposals he has put forth can set the country back on course for a safer, more prosperous and more equitable future.

The pandemic would strain any nation and system, but Trump's rejection of evidence and public health measures have been catastrophic in the U.S. He was warned many times in January and February about the onrushing disease, yet he did not develop a national strategy to provide protective equipment, coronavirus testing or clear health guidelines. Testing people for the virus, and tracing those they may have infected, is how countries in Europe and Asia have gained control over their outbreaks, saved lives, and successfully reopened businesses and schools. But in the U.S., Trump claimed, falsely, that “anybody that wants a test can get a test.” That was untrue in March and remained untrue through the summer. Trump opposed $25 billion for increased testing and tracing that was in a pandemic relief bill as late as July. These lapses accelerated the spread of disease through the country—particularly in highly vulnerable communities that include people of color, where deaths climbed disproportionately to those in the rest of the population.


It wasn't just a testing problem: if almost everyone in the U.S. wore masks in public, it could save about 66,000 lives by the beginning of December, according to projections from the University of Washington School of Medicine. Such a strategy would hurt no one. It would close no business. It would cost next to nothing. But Trump and his vice president flouted local mask rules, making it a point not to wear masks themselves in public appearances. Trump has openly supported people who ignored governors in Michigan and California and elsewhere as they tried to impose social distancing and restrict public activities to control the virus. He encouraged governors in Florida, Arizona and Texas who resisted these public health measures, saying in April—again, falsely—that “the worst days of the pandemic are behind us” and ignoring infectious disease experts who warned at the time of a dangerous rebound if safety measures were loosened.

And of course, the rebound came, with cases across the nation rising by 46 percent and deaths increasing by 21 percent in June. The states that followed Trump's misguidance posted new daily highs and higher percentages of positive tests than those that did not. By early July several hospitals in Texas were full of COVID-19 patients. States had to close up again, at tremendous economic cost. About 31 percent of workers were laid off a second time, following the giant wave of unemployment—more than 30 million people and countless shuttered businesses—that had already decimated the country. At every stage, Trump has rejected the unmistakable lesson that controlling the disease, not downplaying it, is the path to economic reopening and recovery.

Trump repeatedly lied to the public about the deadly threat of the disease, saying it was not a serious concern and “this is like a flu​” when he knew it was more lethal and highly transmissible, according to his taped statements to journalist Bob Woodward. His lies encouraged people to engage in risky behavior, spreading the virus further, and have driven wedges between Americans who take the threat seriously and those who believe Trump's falsehoods. The White House even produced a memo attacking the expertise of the nation's leading infectious disease physician, Anthony Fauci, in a despicable attempt to sow further distrust.

Trump's reaction to America's worst public health crisis in a century has been to say “I don't take responsibility at all.” Instead he blamed other countries and his White House predecessor, who left office three years before the pandemic began.

But Trump's refusal to look at the evidence and act accordingly extends beyond the virus. He has repeatedly tried to get rid of the Affordable Care Act while offering no alternative; comprehensive medical insurance is essential to reduce illness. Trump has proposed billion-dollar cuts to the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, agencies that increase our scientific knowledge and strengthen us for future challenges. Congress has countermanded his reductions. Yet he keeps trying, slashing programs that would ready us for future pandemics and withdrawing from the World Health Organization. These and other actions increase the risk that new diseases will surprise and devastate us again.

Trump also keeps pushing to eliminate health rules from the Environmental Protection Agency, putting people at more risk for heart and lung disease caused by pollution. He has replaced scientists on agency advisory boards with industry representatives. In his ongoing denial of reality, Trump has hobbled U.S. preparations for climate change, falsely claiming that it does not exist and pulling out of international agreements to mitigate it. The changing climate is already causing a rise in heat-related deaths and an increase in severe storms, wildfires and extreme flooding.
Joe Biden, in contrast, comes prepared with plans to control COVID-19, improve health care, reduce carbon emissions and restore the role of legitimate science in policy making. He solicits expertise and has turned that knowledge into solid policy proposals.

On COVID-19, he states correctly that “it is wrong to talk about ‘choosing' between our public health and our economy.... If we don't beat the virus, we will never get back to full economic strength.” Biden plans to ramp up a national testing board, a body that would have the authority to command both public and private resources to supply more tests and get them to all communities. He also wants to establish a Public Health Job Corps of 100,000 people, many of whom have been laid off during the pandemic crisis, to serve as contact tracers and in other health jobs. He will direct the Occupational Health and Safety Administration to enforce workplace safety standards to avoid the kind of deadly outbreaks that have occurred at meat-processing plants and nursing homes. While Trump threatened to withhold money from school districts that did not reopen, regardless of the danger from the virus, Biden wants to spend $34 billion to help schools conduct safe in-person instruction as well as remote learning.

Biden is getting advice on these public health issues from a group that includes David Kessler, epidemiologist, pediatrician and former U.S. Food and Drug Administration chief; Rebecca Katz, immunologist and global health security specialist at Georgetown University; and Ezekiel Emanuel, bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania. It does not include physicians who believe in aliens and debunked virus therapies, one of whom Trump has called “very respected” and “spectacular.”

Biden has a family and caregiving initiative, recognizing this as key to a sustained public health and economic recovery. His plans include increased salaries for child care workers and construction of new facilities for children because the inability to afford quality care keeps workers out of the economy and places enormous strains on families.

On the environment and climate change, Biden wants to spend $2 trillion on an emissions-free power sector by 2035, build energy-efficient structures and vehicles, push solar and wind power, establish research agencies to develop safe nuclear power and carbon capture technologies, and more. The investment will produce two million jobs for U.S. workers, his campaign claims, and the climate plan will be partly paid by eliminating Trump's corporate tax cuts. Historically disadvantaged communities in the U.S. will receive 40 percent of these energy and infrastructure benefits.

It is not certain how many of these and his other ambitions Biden will be able to accomplish; much depends on laws to be written and passed by Congress. But he is acutely aware that we must heed the abundant research showing ways to recover from our present crises and successfully cope with future challenges.
Although Trump and his allies have tried to create obstacles that prevent people from casting ballots safely in November, either by mail or in person, it is crucial that we surmount them and vote. It's time to move Trump out and elect Biden, who has a record of following the data and being guided by science.


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15 Sep 2020, 10:49 am

Because SCIENCE!!

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15 Sep 2020, 11:15 am

Science was the problem.

WHO guidelines suggested you don't need a mask if you don't have symptoms.

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15 Sep 2020, 11:18 am

^ DATA MINING / CHERRY-PICKING ^


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15 Sep 2020, 12:32 pm

Science has a "problem" that it never provides The Ultimate Truth - only The Best Knowledge Available At The Moment.

It's not made of oracles but of researchers. When something completely new (like Covid this winter) emerges, Science needs time to figure it out.


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15 Sep 2020, 12:57 pm



Considering, Trump's Response in Answering to
The Relationship Between WildFires and Climate
Change is "It'll start getting cooler, you just watch,"
Mr Trump said after he was urged not to "ignore the science";

Reminiscent That is too of the Deadly Virus he Related to 'Woodward', Yet
Then to the Public Would Just Magically Disappear and go Poof in the Air too...

It's Not Surprising
That anyone with
A 'Clue of Science'
is Backing Biden Now..

"Winter is Coming" too But...
Covid 19 And Flus Love Crowded
Cold Outdoors Warmer Inside too...

And No Amount of 'Bleach Injection' Will Cure that either...

The Fact That '500 Faith Leaders' are Backing Biden Now Means 'Progress' too...

To Eradicate the 'Trump ViRuS' from Politics too; Ignorance Kills; Science Actually Saves Lives...

But 'You See'; Trump is not So Ignorant to Be Clueless on 'the Games He plays' With those Who
ARE Ignorant of Science; A Worst Kind of Human ViRuS Is No Conscience That Tells Lies that
Does Kill Folks on 5th Avenue through Impact of Lies to Those Ignorant of

'Science' And 'Vulnerable' to Lies Now...

Nope; it's Not that 'They' Are So 'Despicable';
It is that 'They' Are Simply Ignorant of Science
And Vulnerable to 'Flimflam' Lies as PT Barnum

describes so

Eloquently too...

As 'That' Relates
to the Full Scale
of Trumps 3 Ring And More Circus...

Sadly, 'That Show' is A Natural Part of Human Nature;
Trump Only Brings it out into the Light for Revelation Real...

It takes Quite A Feat of Cognitive Empathy for Some

Folks to Understand

why...

It is 'Their
Faux News' Reality...

It Really Is For 'They' Really
Believe What Trump And 'Faux News'
Uses as Just a MaNiPuLaTiVE Tool;

Snake Oil
Salesperson
Is a Truly Oldest

Profession...

As 'The

"Show Must Go on'....

In Words of '3 Dog Night' too...


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15 Sep 2020, 1:08 pm

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Science was the problem.

WHO guidelines suggested you don't need a mask if you don't have symptoms.

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No. Science was not the problem. The problem was the finite supply of face masks at that moment in time.

They were telling us to lay off buying masks to allow the medical workers on the front line of battle with the virus to be able get their masks.

Once industry kicked in with the current mass supply of masks, and once the virus spread across the nation, then they said "dont go outside without a mask" to everyone.



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15 Sep 2020, 1:22 pm

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No. Science was not the problem. The problem was the finite supply of face masks at that moment in time.

They were telling us to lay off buying masks to allow the medical workers on the front line of battle with the virus to be able get their masks.

Once industry kicked in with the current mass supply of masks, and once the virus spread across the nation, then they said "dont go outside without a mask" to everyone.

So, you're saying WHO lied to asymptomatic people, and told them that "there is no evidence in the usefulness of a mask", when in truth, there was a danger, and they were lieing to preserve masks for hospital workers?

That's quite a bombshell if true.


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No. Science was not the problem. The problem was the finite supply of face masks at that moment in time.

They were telling us to lay off buying masks to allow the medical workers on the front line of battle with the virus to be able get their masks.

Once industry kicked in with the current mass supply of masks, and once the virus spread across the nation, then they said "dont go outside without a mask" to everyone.

So, you're saying WHO lied to asymptomatic people, and told them that "there is no evidence in the usefulness of a mask", when in truth, there was a danger, and they were lieing to preserve masks for hospital workers?

That's quite a bombshell if true.

I don’t know about WHO but Fauci admitted to it.
Fauci said US government held off promoting face masks because it knew shortages were so bad that even doctors couldn't get enough
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Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday the reason the public was advised not to wear masks at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic was that there were too few to go around.

In an interview with the financial-news site TheStreet, Fauci, the US government's foremost infectious-diseases expert, was asked about the changing government advice on wearing masks.

In January through March, as the spread of the disease became more and more serious, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention actively discouraged the use of masks among the general public.

By early April, simple cloth face coverings were recommended for the general public, instead of protective personal equipment such as surgical and N95 masks, The New York Times reported.

Fauci's comments echo those of Surgeon General Jerome Adams on March 2, when he said that the increased demand for masks was putting medical professionals at risk.

A few days earlier, he tweeted that masks were "not effective in preventing" COVID-19 in the general public, saying, "Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!" He later reversed his advice.

Fauci explained the early advice against masks by saying: "The public-health community — and many people were saying this — were concerned that it was at a time when personal protective equipment, including the N95 masks and the surgical masks, were in very short supply."

N95 masks are higher-grade equipment than ordinary masks and mainly used by medical workers.

He added that the government did not want healthcare workers "to be without the equipment that they needed ... We were afraid that that would deter away the people who really needed it."

The government also knows more about the effectiveness of different types of masks than it did at the beginning, he said.

"Now we have masks, and we know that you don't need an N95 if you're an ordinary person in the street," he said. "We also know that simple cloth coverings that many people have can work as well as a mask in many cases."

Fauci acknowledged the appearance of a contradiction in the government's public-health advice but denied this was the case. "Actually the circumstances have changed," he said. "That's the reason why."

Fauci also came out "unequivocally" in favor of wearing masks in public, even though they do not offer a guarantee.

"Masks are not 100% protective," he said. "However, they certainly are better than not wearing a mask."

He also advocated social distancing, with masks as a backup.

"So physical separation ... is the best way to get a virus not to get to you," he said.


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15 Sep 2020, 9:25 pm

naturalplastic wrote:
TheRobotLives wrote:
Science was the problem.

WHO guidelines suggested you don't need a mask if you don't have symptoms.

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No. Science was not the problem. The problem was the finite supply of face masks at that moment in time.

They were telling us to lay off buying masks to allow the medical workers on the front line of battle with the virus to be able get their masks.


In Massachusetts they asked us to look through our homes for n95 masks and drop what we find at the nearest hospital. It was a scary time to be a medical worker.



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15 Sep 2020, 9:49 pm

TheRobotLives wrote:
naturalplastic wrote:
No. Science was not the problem. The problem was the finite supply of face masks at that moment in time.

They were telling us to lay off buying masks to allow the medical workers on the front line of battle with the virus to be able get their masks.

Once industry kicked in with the current mass supply of masks, and once the virus spread across the nation, then they said "dont go outside without a mask" to everyone.

So, you're saying WHO lied to asymptomatic people, and told them that "there is no evidence in the usefulness of a mask", when in truth, there was a danger, and they were lieing to preserve masks for hospital workers?

That's quite a bombshell if true.


The priority was to ensure a supply of N95 masks to medical workers. I hardly think that warrants scapegoating WHO like the way Trump tried to do.



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15 Sep 2020, 9:50 pm

magz wrote:
Science has a "problem" that it never provides The Ultimate Truth - only The Best Knowledge Available At The Moment.

It's not made of oracles but of researchers. When something completely new (like Covid this winter) emerges, Science needs time to figure it out.


How is this a problem?



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cyberdad wrote:
magz wrote:
Science has a "problem" that it never provides The Ultimate Truth - only The Best Knowledge Available At The Moment.

It's not made of oracles but of researchers. When something completely new (like Covid this winter) emerges, Science needs time to figure it out.

How is this a problem?

It was an answer to the "problem" pointed out by TRL.
Sometimes people seem to expect science to work like an oracle and instantly provide all correct answers. That can become a problem.


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16 Sep 2020, 2:29 am

This is just a logical conclusion of the GOP's slow transformation into the anti-science party. Whether it's evangelicals demanding creationist education in schools, or corporations looking to undermine environmentalism in the public debate--the GOP has been the tool for these groups and others to undermine public confidence in science when it is ideologically inconvenient.

It was all fun and games when we were still just bickering about darwinism and trying to get the companies to admit that tobacco slowly kills people. Now the disregard for science is causing the world to burn around us. So those in the scientific community are rapidly realizing that they need to collectively call a spade a spade.


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16 Sep 2020, 6:43 am

Biden could certainly help shampoo researchers to sniff hair products



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16 Sep 2020, 7:10 am

Although I fully sympathize with the reasons *why* Scientific American chose to endorse Biden (=Trump is a jerk), I am always skeptical about scientists making political statements.

It would have been better if Scientific American had focused more narrowly on the specific steps taken by the Trump organization to undermine science, and not generally on policies and actions by Trump that they politically disagree with.


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