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Coronavirus, ‘Plandemic,’ and the seven traits of conspiratorial thinking

Coronavirus, ‘Plandemic,’ and the seven traits of conspiratorial thinking
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The conspiracy theory video “Plandemic” recently went viral. As scholars who research conspiracy theories, we believe there is value in exposing the rhetorical techniques used in this video.

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We’re losing our humanity, and the pandemic is to blame

We’re losing our humanity, and the pandemic is to blame
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“What the hell is happening?” said Rachel Patterson, who owns a hair salon in Huntsville, Alabama, and who has been screamed at, cussed out and walked out on for asking clients to don a mask. “Like, I feel like we are living on another planet. Like I don’t — I don’t recognize anyone anymore.”

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Kentucky ditches federal exchange and moves back to Kynect, which will have two more insurers and its first vision-care plan

Kentucky ditches federal exchange and moves back to Kynect, which will have two more insurers and its first vision-care plan
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Kentucky is reopening Kynect, the state's health-insurance exchange, as the portal for Kentuckians to purchase low- or no-cost insurance, and the site will have two more insurers and its first vision plan.

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Election 2022 and beyond: a warning

Election 2022 and beyond: a warning
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The Republicans sense disarray and division within the Democratic Party, and will use it to their cynical advantage to win elections and implement their dangerous far-right agenda. The implications for democracy in America are too frightening to contemplate.

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We've lost the thread of truth

We've lost the thread of truth
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From my perspective, the fundamental problem is that we no longer trust one another. The lost thread is truth. And good Republicans are in the best position to address this problem. They need to speak openly and honestly to their base.

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A rural KY hospital responds to Covid-19: ‘I have never seen anything like it’

A rural KY hospital responds to Covid-19: ‘I have never seen anything like it’
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At the height of the pandemic in 2020, St. Claire had a maximum of 25 patients, and saw around two Covid-related deaths a week. But now, ss of September 17, St. Claire had more than 160 Covid positive patients, and was experiencing two or three deaths per day.

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As hospital numbers keep falling, Senate again calls for special session on staffing shortages; Beshear says more work needed

As hospital numbers keep falling, Senate again calls for special session on staffing shortages; Beshear says more work needed
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State Senate President Robert Stivers sent Gov. Andy Beshear a letter today, asking him to call a special session to address health-care staffing shortages that continue even as the pandemic slowly wanes. Beshear said more work needs to be done before a session, which only he can call.

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Fact Check: Anonymous “Spartacus” COVID Letter Riddled with Misinformation, Baseless Claims about Global Conspiracy

Fact Check: Anonymous “Spartacus” COVID Letter Riddled with Misinformation, Baseless Claims about Global Conspiracy
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The so-called “Spartacus” letter contains numerous baseless claims buried within over 40 pages of analysis and citations, and which appears to have been carefully crafted to mask the dubious nature of the letter’s origin and the unfounded nature of many of the author’s allegations.

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