Ambulances wait for hours to get patients into overcrowded hospitals.
Even the vaccinated are denied medical treatment because hospitals are filled with COVID patients - many of whom are unvaccinated. What is the available bed capacity at different hsopitals? How do political ambitions, corporate greed and disinformation lead to a lack of hospital beds?
How does Facebook profit from spreading COVID disinformation? What responsibility do Facebook directors and major investors have? Follow the blood money to see how corporate greed and politician's ambitions may deny you a hospital bed if you were to need it.
This StoryMap uses live data from Health & Human Services (HHS) to show hospital capacity across the country and a relationship map to show the connection behind Facebook's blood money profits.
This StoryMap can be freely shared with this link: https://arcg.is/ryCfH0
or embedded in a website with this line of code:
< iframe src="https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/4c1a63b1b04a41a89b4d1a05a0e6dd78?header" width="100%" height="500px" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen allow="geolocation"></iframe>
Over crowded hospitals cause deaths
"Ray DeMonia went to the Cullman Hospital with his cardiac emergency and it did take calls to 43 different hospitals to find him that cardiac ICU bed. If the hospital is full people who need those hospital beds are not going to get them in a timely way. And for some people that`s going to be the end of their life.
As of today, the state of Alabama does not just have zero ICU beds available. The state`s ICU bed availability is in negative territory. They have 0.7 percent negative ICU bed capacity. "Dad would just want things to get back to normal. If people would realize the strain on hospital resources that`s happening right now then that would really be amazing," said his daughter." - Rachel Maddow, MSNBC 9/13/21
Facebook spreads COVID disinfo
"Facebook struggled with how to handle a viral conspiracy video known as “Plandemic,” waffling as the footage spread to the screens of millions of users... the company was blind to assassination-stoking activity on pages with 400,000 members.
Many of Zuckerberg's consolidation tactics have been highly visible: He replaced the outside founders of Instagram and WhatsApp with loyalists, and he refashioned Facebook’s already-friendly board to be even more deferential, swapping out five of its nine members." - NY Times
Blood money profits
"Blood money is money obtained at the cost of another's life." - Miriam Webster
"They're killing people. I mean, it really — look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated and they're killing people," said President Biden when asked what message he had for social media giants as misinformation about the coronavirus swirls.
Press secretary Jen Psaki had said Facebook is not doing enough to stop the spread of misinformation about the virus and the COVID-19 vaccine. Psaki cited a May finding by the Center for Countering Digital Hate that said 12 accounts were responsible for almost 65% of anti-vaccine content and misinformation. Psaki called on the platform to "move more quickly to remove harmful violative posts." - MSN
Facebook investors hypocrisy
Compare what Facebook's major investors publicly claim to value and their inaction while Facebook spreads COVID disinformation.
BlackRock values. "We are committed to a better future. We are focused on helping people build a better tomorrow. We are deeply invested in the success of all of our stakeholders – our clients, our employees, our shareholders, and the communities where we operate – and we run our business sustainably and responsibly." - Larry Fink, CEO.
Vanguard principles. "We do the right thing. In the end, it's not about us at all. Simply put, serving our communities is the right thing to do. We are stronger together, connected by our belief in integrity, focus, and, of course, stewardship. We aspire to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Vanguard has a long history of contributing to the communities in which we live and work."
See how Facebook, its board of Directors and major investors are connected with this relationship map created with the free Kumu app. It can be freely share with this link: https://embed.kumu.io/99d9b11c08acd1f4494f7c248309f264
or embedded in a website with this code:
< iframe src="https://embed.kumu.io/99d9b11c08acd1f4494f7c248309f264" width="940" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe>
Share this mind map with this link : https://embed.kumu.io/99d9b11c08acd1f4494f7c248309f264
Every (in)action has a price
Other people's actions or not doing anything impact whether you will be able to get a hospital bed.
Politicians sue schools that require students to wear a mask filling up hospitals.
Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram spread deadly COVID disinformation.
Directors on the board of Facebook overlook its actions that hurt public safety.
Major Facebook investors like BlackRock And Vanguard do little to curb it spreading COVID disinformation.
Guess who pays the prices for their political ambitions and greed when there isn't a hospital bed when you desperately need one? Every (in)action has a price.
What you can do
If you see unethical corporate behavior, let a trusted journalist know. Here are links to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Rachel Maddow at MSNBC and the Wall Street Journal.
TakeAway: Hold Facebook and politicians accountable for their actions in spreading COVID disinformation.
Title image credit: Today