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Mask Hysteria: The New Burka

I was hinting that there might be some comfort and encouragement in the realities of COVID-19.

Part 5

But, no! You are not to be permitted comfort. If anyone within 100 miles has COVID you must live like a neurotic germaphobe. We must create the same or greater level of distress in our children. And regardless of the FACT that the flu will kill many times more of our children this year than COVID will, it is considered heartless to NOT kill our economy and shut down our schools. It is even more heartless to point all this out. The truth is simply not dramatic enough.

And to pile onto the non-science of shutdowns…this was Bill DeBlasio’s plan instead of opening schools. Opening them would be too dangerous for kids or teachers. Instead, Warren Wilhelm (that’s De Blasio’s real name, swear to god) said he was going to open daycare centers where the kids could gather and daycare workers could monitor their activities and see that they do their schoolwork. WTF Warren!? And do you know there are people in New York stupid enough to fall for this? Only a non-thinking, big government, nanny state jackass would ever have an idea like this. I am writing what I watched Wilhelm say and I still can’t believe it.

The new burka.  For god’s sake, cover yourself!

And then there are the goddamn masks. As of late March of this year the entire medical world had amassed more than a century of knowledge about surgical masks. That collective knowledge was reflected in the words of Drs. Fauci, Berx, Redfield, Adams, Siegle and many others were asked about wearing a mask in public and if it would help fight the spread of COVID. The immediate response across the board ran along this line: A little maybe, but not much, and it could be counterproductive depending on the wearer.

I’ll give you a gross anecdote to demonstrate one problem with masks and our present expectations.

I kick up a lot of saw dust in my woodshop. This is especially true when using my planer. At the end of the day I always have to blow my nose. When I’ve worked with dark wood the mucus comes out black. With blond wood it’s brown. BUT…and here’s the important point…when I wear a mask I blow my nose with the exact same result.


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Oops.

Some of the masks I’ve used are really good surgical masks. It doesn’t change the net result.

And grain of saw dust is much, MUCH larger than a COVID cell.

Beyond that, the doctors above, among many others, leaned toward following. While part of the overall arsenal of devices worn to ward off infection, the mask is likely among the least effective; helpful yes. Why breath directly into the incision of a patient? And while hospital workers often catch what patients have, despite the wearing of masks, the mask is better than nothing in close contact situations.

But hey! Add a bit of political pressure and the intoxication of celebrity and the science quickly erodes down to a popular social meme.  As we see here.


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Mask Hysteria: Politicians and Moral Hazard

Moral Hazard is where you incentivize people with the means to do the wrong thing with the rewards for doing it. Politic1ans will always choose the easier, less moral path.  That’s what I meant by politics and money earlier. Bigger COVID numbers mean more money and a chance to beat up Orange Man. What could be more fun?  If you are naive enough to believe your reps and the teachers’ unions aren’t doing that, especially in the major cities, save yourself some time and stop reading now.  You are too well-programmed to benefit.

Part 4

Again, there is no time to cover all the examples of collection, but if we’re being all science-ee here we must admit that the data is invalid. Not wrong necessarily (right or wrong is now unknowable), but without practical working value. Because we can’t know the REAL numbers anywhere.

Further, to be scientifically valid, data must be reported objectively, without extraneous bullshit. We have seen anything but. The ways numbers are reported every day are wildly subjective, mislabeled and jammed down our throats on a media ramrod.


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Just look at the term “cases”. This is a dramatic media term. When someone tests positive they are immediately labeled a “case”. This conjures images of 4.8 million deathly ill patients languishing in a hospital bed. But a “positive” does not equal a “case”.  Period.  No one opens a folder on you and starts treatment. No one is recording your progress just because you test positive. You are not automatically sick and it is unlikely you will get sick. It simply means you carry the bug.  But “case” gets ratings.

Also, it should be more than comforting to know that the numbers are very encouraging when analyzed in the right light. Testing is like taking a poll. You can see how a germ is spreading through a community or group. You can discern pretty well how many people are actually running around carrying the Red Death without consequence. According the CDC we can safely assume (as of 8 Aug) there are 40 million who are. While certain pockets of out country are spiking, no one place for very long, the overall numbers in all categories have been falling and continue to fall despite the fact that so many selfish people have decided to return to their real lives. The virus, like all viruses, is weakening as it jumps.

It should also be comforting to know that few children, even during the very height of this bug ever got sick. A negligible number have died. Don’t be fooled by that. Millions of kids have the bug in them. But that doesn’t mean they will ever get sick.

Sadly, this and any other good news about the pandemic count for absolutely nothing. Read more.


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Mask Hysteria: Why the “science” is invalid.

I was just getting to why the “science” is invalid.  It’s about methods.  If the methods are not valid, there is NO SCIENCE.

Part 3

All the government intrusion, the destruction of the economy, the endless propaganda, has been based on “science”. Really? The numbers cited to justify all this are totally invalid. I didn’t say necessarily wrong. But they are definitely invalid to the point that we don’t know the real numbers and can’t know legitimately how to deal with them.

The first problem is data collection. When employing REAL science data collection must be uniform and accurate. If in any scientific setting data collection, whether preliminary, observed or final, must be uniform and accurate. But the data used to scare the hell out of you has been anything but.

New York City routinely added untold numbers to their COVID data collection, especially in the area of fatalities. On two days in late May New York reported that they had added over 4000 and 3000 on consecutive days to their death totals. In these cases they decided the cause of death was unknown but presumed to be COVID. And why would they do this? Well, money and politics, of course.


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In the state of Florida it was discovered that for a long and undetermined period, only positive tests were being reported. Without a full report the significance of the “positives” reported is zero. So, why would they do this? Again, money and politics.

There are many (actual numbers are unknowable) where someone tests positive repeatedly. Some professions have required frequent tests. Many employers have told people who have tested positive they can come to work when they test negative. It has been suggested that teachers test daily or every other day. Guess what they do with these repeat “positives”. You got it. They are just added to the total of positives reported.

What could possibly be the motivation for politicians to sell us such garbage in the face of a [gasp!] PANDEMIC?

Let’s get to that.


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