Following the science

Wherever it may lead.

Denis Rancourt, PhD, has published over 100 peer-reviewed studies in his career, but ResearchGate choose to censor and remove this paper because it didn’t fit the narrative of the Great Panic of 2020 over COVID-19. Such censorship proves the existence of an alternative agenda. 

Again, this underscores the Technocrat methodology of shaming, ridiculing and censoring anybody that comes forth with real science that refutes their pseudo-science. ⁃ TN Editor

That’s the lead-in to the deepest of deep-dives into the (actual, not pseudo) science confirming the abject folly of wearing the Mask Of Submission to stave off the Shanghai Sniffles.

Masks and respirators do not work.

There have been extensive randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies, and meta-analysis reviews of RCT studies, which all show that masks and respirators do not work to prevent respiratory influenza-like illnesses, or respiratory illnesses believed to be transmitted by droplets and aerosol particles.

Furthermore, the relevant known physics and biology, which I review, are such that masks and respirators should not work. It would be a paradox if masks and respirators worked, given what we know about viral respiratory diseases: The main transmission path is long-residence-time aerosol particles (< 2.5 μm), which are too fine to be blocked, and the minimum-infective dose is smaller than one aerosol particle.

The present paper about masks illustrates the degree to which governments, the mainstream media, and institutional propagandists can decide to operate in a science vacuum, or select only incomplete science that serves their interests. Such recklessness is also certainly the case with the current global lockdown of over 1 billion people, an unprecedented experiment in medical and political history.

Yeah, well, that would be that “alternative agenda” mentioned above rearing its ugly head. Hinderaker offers further confirmation from his own home turf, which also applies nationally:

Politicians love to say that they are “following the science.” To hear them talk, you would think they spend hours poring over data and they go where the numbers drive them. If only.

The COVID epidemic has brought out politicians’ faux reliance on “science” in spades. As good an example as any is my state, Minnesota, where our governor, Tim Walz, has offered one tribute after another to “science” as he has driven our state off the road and into the ditch with an irrational shutdown that protected all but the vulnerable.

When Walz issued his harsh shutdown order, he attributed it to “science” in the form of an allegedly super-duper Minnesota Model that forecast doom from COVID in terms of infections, hospitalizations and deaths. It later turned out that the model was created by a couple of graduate students over a weekend, but never mind. It was “science” and it was the basis for the governor’s assumption of dictatorial control over six million lives.

When Version 1 of the model turned out to be an embarrassment, woefully wrong by every metric, it was succeeded by a less pessimistic Version 2. Version 2 then fell to Version 3, which was issued on May 13, less than seven weeks ago. Version 3 was supposedly “science” informed by experience. How did it fare?

So the model was off by a factor of 24. This might be funny, except for the vast damage that our governor has inflicted on Minnesotans in reliance on politicized “science.” A dart board would have produced a far more accurate result than the much-touted “Minnesota Model.”

A cynic might suspect that Governor Walz knows the model is ridiculous, but simply enjoys exercising dictatorial powers under his own emergency decree–a decree that apparently continues in force in perpetuity. He also knows that he has the press on his side. If a Republican governor bungled an issue as badly as Walz has bungled COVID, in reliance on a pathetic arithmetic construct that is wrong by a factor of 24 times, it would be the the scandal of the age. But every reporter in Minnesota, with one exception (not counting Scott) runs interference for Governor Walz and his brutally failed policies. Why? Because they are loyal Democrats, and they went into journalism to serve their party.

Bingo. As John notes, “science” has nothing to do with any of this. And it hardly require a cynic to recognize the dictatorial push behind this sham. In fact, with every passing day it requires a fool NOT to.

The Mask Of Submission has worked beautifully, alas, at its actual intended purpose: as a FUD generator, and as public evidence of what compliant, docile little lambs most Amerikans have become.

22 thoughts on “Following the science

        1. You’re just pining for the fjords!

          SteveF, have you been to China, given you have Chinese family?
          Just curious.

          1. Never been to the PRC, Hong Kong, or Taiwan. I really wanted to give Hong Kong a try back in the 1990s but the job “offer” was a bit sketchier than I was comfortable with. I think we’ve discussed this before; you (or someone) mentioned that a sorta offer was a common scam. Since 9/11 and the increase in security theater I refuse to fly, which pretty well cuts out any chance of going. On top of that, I’ve gotten to the point of barely tolerating my wife most of the time, so the desirability of going on a month-long vacation with her is mighty small.

          2. The biggest point about working in HK is getting a Housing Allowance. Just a decent studio is running about $3000 per month. That’s for about 900 square feet. So NYC and above type rents. A family of four is probably looking at $5,000 per for anything nice like you could get at home.

            The plane flight is not appealing to me. Even given direct flights it went from 23 hours to 16 hours. To be on a plane 16 hours is tough. That was leaving from Kennedy Airport. If you had to fly to Kennedy!! Crazy.
            And of course you get the lovely TSA on this end of the flight.

          3. “Even given direct flights it went from 23 hours to 16 hours.”

            My first flight to HK/China was a scheduled 16 hour flight from JFK. First Charlotte to JFK, wait 3 hours or so, then board the flight to HK. Taxi from the gate, then we sat for four hours. Four hours. I was already cramped up before we took off (6’4″ in economy class)…

    1. Earth Day 1969 was a total bust in the predictions, but that hasn’t stopped them from getting a new generation of youngsters to buy the Nude Green Eel.
      I went to Earth day 1989 with my friends in Central Park. They drank beers and smoked some doobs. I had a flask of wine. Never liked pot. We got quite stoned, heard the music and as the sun went down we went off in the park with the girls in the group. Managed to find some ‘pal’ with an apartment nearby and we all got laid, I got the ‘ugly’ girl since my rap was weird. She weren’t so bad really. Not fat or ugly, just plain. I don’t think anyone of us cared about Earth Day.
      Even back then girls weren’t whales, mostly.
      I went higher in the hierarchy of Business and found some Drop Dead Gorgeous Sociopaths and found myself sadder and sadder.
      Well, sometimes instead of getting what you want, you get what you need…

  1. I got around to reading this paper and some of the linked studies. Prior to this I was unaware of any true study that concluded masks of any type were useful in reducing the transmission of a virus, even in a hospital setting. It has always been my opinion, long prior to the current chinaVirus epidemic, that mask use was an accepted practice in the hospital operating room, but a practice short on actual evidence of effectiveness. Perhaps one exists but I have not found it. There are “purported” studies, observational studies, studies relying upon data collected for other uses repurposed into a “study”, all are nothing more than propaganda and do not pass as science.

    The result of any serious perusal of the evidence is that masks are useless and might actually increase the transmission of a virus.

    The calls to wear masks are being made by people claiming science. Each is a liar of course. There is no science proving masks are effective.

    I challenge anyone to find a true study showing masks of any type as being effective at reducing viral transmission.

    And the CDC says making them at home is just fine. The same CDC that accidentally told the truth a few months ago when they said masks were useless…

    1. Operating rooms don’t assume that the Doctor has a viral infection.
      Masks wouldn’t stop it.
      But that is the point.
      The DOCTOR is not sick.
      BUT opening up a patient in surgery opens them to regular germs that could be transmitted from doctor to patient. But that is why surgical rooms are antiseptic, doctors wash with germicide etc. Ordinary bacteria in our bodies that ordinarily wouldn’t cause a problem would cause a problem if instead of in our breath got into the cavity of a surgical patient rather than just in their nasal pasages.
      Masks NEVER prevent Virus transmisson To someone.

      1. Actually re-reading what I said, I didn’t make it clear enough that I was only talking about a viral transmission. Bacteria are much larger than the largest virus and easier to filter, including by mask.

        Whenever they show you a picture from Asia touting the use of masks, understand that the Asians wear them for pollutants, not virus. In some Asian / ME countries the air quality is such that on some days you can’t see a 100 feet. I’ve been in Beijing when you couldn’t see 50.

          1. You sure?
            Chinese pollution blows over Korea and then on to Japan. I haven’t spent much time in Japan, only a day or two here and there.

          2. I think they may get some pollution in South Japan, but it’s been breathable most times i was there. I’ve been there on business and pleasure, to Tokyo (many times), Kyoto, Osaka, Yokohama, Nagoya.
            Fine each time.
            We also had an office in Tokyo and I had expat friends that would talk about Japanese Culture.
            They are definitely Germophobes and they are definitely into Social Shaming and Consensus, top down usually. So Germophobic Karens.

          3. OK, that’s the first I’ve heard of their germophobic personality. The few Japs I know are either racing engineers with dirty hands or manufacturing guys with dirty hands. They are definitely not, but that’s a pretty small sample…

            The social shaming part I know. Better not step out of line.

          4. There are always exceptions.
            Plus, those who love freedom and secretly seek to escape that culture are always eager to find the Gaijin to rebel.

            It’s not like there isn’t a rebellious spirit there. It’s just that it tends to suicide.

            Look into Korean and Japanese suicide rates around the National Testing times.

          5. A story. I knew a Japanese salesman when I was in NY.
            He and his clerk both would call me as they did trades in Em Bonds, because on the traders side we had to “match” or acknowledge trades off market off market hours. I was the young guy on the desk, in at 6 AM and would work with them. He told me his name was xxxxxxxx, which was his given name, and a nickname at that.
            Dealt with him for years remotely after that. Great guy.

            When I went to HK in the late 90’s or so, we dealt with him as a salesman covering distressed banks. Which he had been doing for a decade.
            At one point I went to Tokyo for the group meeting. We were meeting with both the Gaijin and Local Support Staff at one point. For some reason I mentioned that xxxxxxx, and using his given name, in nickname form, said such and such, I was met with silence and stares. One Westerner said’ You mean “#######-san?” Silence again.

            Yes, that’s who I meant.
            He allows you to speak that way?
            Clueless, I said “Sure. We’ve been talking on the phone for almost ten years.”
            Turns out they had no idea the xxxxxxx was a person who had been a “rebel”.

            I was like, “He probably just wanted to not sound too Japanese speaking to Westerners”
            He came to a wedding banquet we threw. His gift was beautiful. He introduced he and his wife as xxxxxxxx and yyyyyyy.
            Take that as you may.
            His type I miss from my work days.

          6. Yea, I know about the Korean suicide rate. One of the two Korean business partners we worked with had a son and daughter a year apart. The testing was an intensive time for them. I’m sure it’s the same for the Japanese.

            I still find Asians to be a mystery. Only the one mentioned above and one of my chinese friends always seem genuine.

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