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Victorian state premier Daniel Andrews will deliver bad news at a COVID-19 press conference if he is wearing a suit, according to conspiracy theories

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Suit negative, jacket positive: The bizarre Daniel Andrews conspiracy theories predicting whether Victoria’s daily COVID-19 updates will be good or bad news

  • Conspiracy theorists claim they can tell if COVID-19 update will be good or bad
  • They watch what Victorian state premier Daniel Andrews wears at press briefing
  • If he wears suit it will be bad news, if it is a jacket good news, conspiracists claim
  • Others say the time of the press conference is also an indication on type of news

Victorian state premier Daniel Andrews will deliver bad news at a COVID-19 press conference if he is wearing a suit, according to conspiracy theories.

Some social media users claim they can tell if the latest coronavirus updates will be good or bad based on Mr Andrew’s attire or even the time of the press conference.

Mr Andrews addresses the public daily to provide the latest number of coronavirus cases in the state.

One theorist claims a suit indicates Mr Andrews will deliver ‘bad news’ while wearing a black North Face jacket indicates ‘not so bad news’.

Victorian state premier Daniel Andrews will deliver bad news at a COVID-19 press conference if he is wearing a suit, according to conspiracy theories

Victorian state premier Daniel Andrews will deliver bad news at a COVID-19 press conference if he is wearing a suit, according to conspiracy theories

One theorist claims a suit indicates Mr Andrews will deliver 'bad news' while a north face jacket indicates 'not so bad news'

One theorist claims a suit indicates Mr Andrews will deliver ‘bad news’ while a north face jacket indicates ‘not so bad news’

‘I’ve cracked the code…’ the post proudly read on Twitter, before explaining what he believes the difference between the suit and jacket meant.

Another person commented: ‘So that means if he wears a tie we are stuffed.’

Others have stepped in to defend Mr Andrews and shoot down the conspiracy.

‘The North Face comes out on weekends,’ one person said.

Another one added: ‘I think we have bigger issues than the fashion rotations of the Premier.’

One person chose to make light of the situation with a tongue-in-cheek response.

‘If he turns up in his pyjamas… I think it means we are LOCKED DOWN for real… as in this is NOT a drill.’

Other conspiracy theorists claim the time of day is an indication of the type of news Mr Andrews will deliver to the public.

When the second wave was beginning in Victoria, Mr Andrews moved his daily media updates to the afternoon instead of the regular 11am timeslot.

‘We’ve been trying to crack the code at work for a few weeks,’ one person commented.

‘Before lunch … Bad ish news. After lunch s*** gets serious and we fear the worst. Now this ads [sic] another layer to it.’

Another one added: ‘Any presser after 2pm. Ain’t good news.’

Online trolls are doing the rounds on social media claiming they can tell if the latest coronavirus updates will be good or bad based on Mr Andrew's attire or even the time of the press conference

Online trolls are doing the rounds on social media claiming they can tell if the latest coronavirus updates will be good or bad based on Mr Andrew’s attire or even the time of the press conference

Victoria has recorded 363 fresh COVID-19 cases and three more deaths, prompting a move to make face masks mandatory in coming days.

Two men and a woman, aged in their 90s, with the virus have died, taking the state’s death toll to 38, Premier Daniel Andrews said on Sunday. The national toll is now 122.

There are 2837 active cases across the state, with 130 people in hospital, of those 28 are in intensive care.

Thirty-six of the new cases are linked to outbreaks and 327 cases are under investigation.

Mr Andrews announced face masks will be mandatory for people who leave their homes in metropolitan Melbourne and in the Mitchell Shire from 11.59pm on Wednesday, with fines of $200 for non-compliance.

Conspiracy theories have been posted to Twitter claiming Mr Andrew's attire is an indication he will deliver good or bad news on coronavirus cases in Victoria

Conspiracy theories have been posted to Twitter claiming Mr Andrew’s attire is an indication he will deliver good or bad news on coronavirus cases in Victoria

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a new bipartisan committee focused on election integrity and schedule hearings to reassure Americans over a process President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine.

There is growing anxiety among Democrats, and some Republicans, that Trump will not only continue to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the coming election but throw the subsequent count into chaos by declaring victory before all the votes can be tallied, including the millions that will arrive by mail.

In a letter to McConnell, Sanders and Schumer quote back the Kentucky senator’s own words, in which he attested to the reliability of mail-in voting by citing its successes in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, which have been using the system for years.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of mail-in voting, promoted conspiracy theories questioning election security, called on supporters to act as unsanctioned “poll watchers,” and suggested that the absence of a clear result by the evening of November 3 would in some way cast doubt on the eventual outcome. Key allies in powerful positions, like Attorney General Bill Barr, have followed suit. Barr has persisted in puffing up a debunked claim that ballots received by mail would somehow strip the sender of their privacy — ignoring well-established safeguards.

By escalating the matter now, Sanders and Schumer are responding to growing concern, in partisan and nonpartisan spaces, that Americans are not adequately prepared for the potential of a longer-than-usual wait for results or Trump’s willingness to short-circuit the democratic process if he smells defeat.

“Democrats and Republicans in Congress must come together to ensure that we have a free and fair election where every vote is cast and counted without intimidation,” Sanders told CNN, “where no one has to put his or her health in danger to cast a ballot, and where we have full confidence in the results.”

The proposed hearings would invite a cross-section of election officials from across the country to testify to the security and reliability of mail-in, early- and in-person voting — subjects on which Sanders and Schumer, again, referenced McConnell’s own words.

“Despite the clear security of our vote-by-mail system, some have continued to undermine it with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud,” they wrote. “As you have correctly said, people ‘can vote early, you can vote on Election Day, or you can drop it in the mail,’ and that voters should ‘not worry about your vote not counting.’”

The minority leader and Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also want more detailed discussion about the fraught hours, or days, after the polls close and a real-time watch of the election horse race potentially swings from one candidate to another.

“We know a number of states may well be counting ballots for a period of time after Election Day, and that those votes may be determinative in this election,” the senators wrote to McConnell. “To avoid disinformation, conspiracy theories, and suspicion about results, we must understand the likely timeline for this process.”

The letter goes on to reference the recent war games-style preparations conducted by a group called the Transition Integrity Project, a bipartisan gathering of operatives and academics that made headlines when some of the outcomes of their exercises — including “both street-level violence and political impasse” — were reported on in late July.

“A bipartisan group of experts and officials have studied multiple scenarios where the outcome of the election was not immediately known. Some of these scenarios resulted in unrest and even violence,” Sanders and Schumer wrote, suggesting the Senate should elevate similar discussions and familiarize the public with the uncertainties ahead. “We would like to hear from the most knowledgeable people in the country as to how we can do everything possible to make sure that the election and the period afterward is secure and peaceful.”

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HHS supported Caputo, with a statement that called him a critical, integral part of the presidents coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was no immediate statement from the White House.

Attempts to reach Caputo were unsuccessful.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called on Azar to fire Caputo, accusing the spokesman of trying to interfere with CDC reports to the medical and scientific community, as well as the public at large. And Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on Azar himself to resign, citing interference with the CDC as one example of what he termed the administration’s failures.

Officials at CDC have privately complained of recent efforts by political appointees at main HHS to try to edit or press for changes in the agency’s weekly MMWR publications, a go-to resource for public health professionals.

MMWR articles are technical, but they reveal telling details. One published earlier this year noted that while Trump’s travel restrictions dramatically reduced travel from China in February, nothing was being done at that time to restrict travel from Italy and Europe, where the coronavirus was spreading widely and rapidly. Analysis of virus samples from hard-hit New York in March suggested it was introduced there from Europe and other parts of the U.S., the CDC article reported.

Caputo is an unswerving Trump loyalist. His recent book, The Ukraine Hoax, claims the presidents phony impeachment was rooted in a vast conspiracy.

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unwinona:This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS…

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unwinona:This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS...

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My RSS Feedunwinona:

This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS and Polio narrative (among others), only we’re seeing it escalated to weeks and months instead of years or decades.

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