Like every person on Earth N D Tyson makes massive mistakes when he comments outside his area of expertise. This is an excellent correction that gets the facts correct.
NDT, your an important astrophysicist, but you are neither a good historian or theologian so stop F’ing embarrassing yourself. But I guess I can’t expect much from somebody who helps Joe Rogan infest the world with bigoted misinformation. I guess NDT is looking to become fabulously wealthy off the right wing grifter circuit catering to their bigotry with misinformation. It is sad to see this fate for yet another once admired scientist.
Although there is much that is very good in the story, the overall framing is one that I see all too often (and that annoys me), namely that it’s “unexpected” that the right would ally with antivaxxers. It’s not unexpected. It never was unexpected. But the mainstream media have long labored under this delusion even though it hasn’t been even remotely true for at least several years, if not much more than a decade.
Sadly the AG does not have the legal authority to sue the manufacturer of the Theraworx Protect product, Avadim Health, and get it taken off the market. Hopefully the FDA has taken notice and is working to get the snake oil hand sanitizer re-labeled accurately and the FTC will ensure the false advertising stops.
Of course Avidim Health’s other snake oil placebo products (Theraworx Releif, PHUEL, and Combat One) are almost certainly exempt from regulation in the USA. This is because Orrin G. Hatch (R–UT) made sure we have a law that specifically exempts snake-oil placebo’s from needing to be effective.
The incredibly despicable RJK Jr., consorts with some of the most damaging groups on the planet in his quest to encourage needless suffering and death. It doesn’t increase his upper class wealth enough to sue the newspapers who report on his atrocities but he’s using it against a little guy. I’m sure his Dad and Uncles are very disappointed with how he turned out.