Watch: Arizona State Rep. Joseph Chaplik asks why no one was talking about masks during the AIDS epidemic

Originally published at: Watch: Arizona State Rep. Joseph Chaplik asks why no one was talking about masks during the AIDS epidemic | Boing Boing

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As I recall Republicans actively avoided taking any measures that might have helped save lives during that pandemic also.

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How did we arrive at a world full of empty creatures such as this?

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Latex masks were strongly encouraged.

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We were, only in the worst part of the AIDS epidemic, we called them condoms.

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Adam Curtis documentaries can be very helpful in answering this question.

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Arizona, the Mississippi of the SouthWest.

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It should be illegal to be as stupid as Joseph Chaplik.

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Not in Az, it’s a valued skill set there.

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Dick Masks.

The famous 1950s television sleuth.

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If masks saved lives, we wouldn’t need seat belts and airbags.

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At least it’s on public record that this fuckin’ moron is a fuckin’ moron.

Plus side?

(ETA: fixed autocorrect errors. Cellphones.

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I always thought Utah gave them a run for the money in crazy bigoted lawmakers.

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Something of an irrelevant aside from this idiot asshole, but it turns out not only is he stupid, but also probably wrong. At least my understanding is that the AIDS pandemic is responsible for a lot of the improved PPE used in medical settings now, possibly including heavier mask use as well as gloves and other physical protection. And of course masks were heavily used by immunocompromised HIV/AIDS patients due to their extreme vulnerability to opportunistic infection.

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Nope, Utah is always the runner up, [A+] for their collective effort…

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We’re entering peak Idiocracy.

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What a waste of oxygen. Maybe, under the Green New Deal, he can serve the planet as mulch?

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Masks are the new condoms

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We are the hollow men

We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw
Our dried voices, when
We whisper
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

– T.S. Eliot, The Hollow Men

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