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How to Identify Half-Truths, Bullshit and Fraud Pushed as ‘Science’: 2

July 3, 2021 29 comments

In the previous post of this series, I wrote about some of the more common markers of half-truths, bullshit and outright fraud being pushed as “science” or “truth”. These range from people justifying their beliefs by invoking sad shit such as credentialism, the requirement of “special” knowledge, frequent acts of virtue display, alleged “scientific consensus”, invoking “peer reviewed” bullshit etc. Now I try to explain some of these in a bit more detail using a few contemporary examples- starting with the very obvious.

1] As many of you know, until the past couple of months ago, nobody who held a position in any “respectable” university or institution wanted to go on record as a supporter of ‘lab leak’ theory for origin of COVID-19. And let us be honest, the idea that COVID-19 leaked from a lab in Wuhan (specifically in one of the two institutions which studied coronaviruses in that city) was openly proposed as early as January 2020. In fact, we now know from Fauci’s FOIAed emails that he and his close professional acquaintances exchanged multiple emails and had a couple of confidential meetings to discuss that exact possibility in early months of 2020.

So why were alleged “experts” such as Fauci, Baric, Daszak and their other co-conspirators etc so willing to dismiss that possibility in public until a couple of months ago? What made them change their tune? Well.. there were many reasons, but the election of Dementia Joe was the least important one. A much bigger reason was that the Chinese were unable, even after a year, to either find or generate a virus which could have been the wild-precursor to COVID-19. Compare to that SARS in 2003, where they were able to find the intermediate host and wild-type precursor virus within a few months of searching at a far lower intensity.

To put it bluntly, the western supporters and funders of GOF research on coronaviruses in China could no longer pretend that the COVID-19 pandemic was an unfortunate but natural outbreak. But what do their attempts at obfuscation for over a year tell us about how “science” works in real life? Well.. it turns out that “science” is as messy, biased and fraud-ridden as any other human enterprise including politics. And this should not be surprising as all those “scientists” doing “science” are human beings, with most being pettier than the average person. The idea that science is some noble enterprise involved in search for truth is something only a naive or retarded person can believe.

2] Moving on the topic of COVID-19 vaccines, more specifically their side-effects, you might have noticed that many “scientists” and “doctors” (especially those in official positions of power) are busy pretending that they don’t exist. Now any pharmacologist or physician, who is not dumb or lying, will tell you that every single drug has adverse effects. And there is a good reason for that. See.. any chemical or biologically active protein you put in the body has a pharmacological effect which can be desirable (aka therapeutic effect) or undesirable (aka toxicity). To make matters more interesting, the undesirable effect of a drug in one disease can be be desirable in another disease.

My point is that even the safest and most selective drug will cause adverse effects in a small percentage of people it is administered to- and this is before we start talking about placebos. The real question before using any drug is whether benefits exceeds potential risk- specifically for that patient. In many cases the choice is very obvious, for example- treating a strep throat or UTI with antibiotics makes a lot of sense since the risk of severe side-effects is very low, while the risk from not treating those infections promptly is quite substantial. On the end of spectrum, selecting a drug regime for treating various cancers is requires the careful balancing of various factors from staging of cancer, its sub-type, previous treatment, patient tolerance to side-effects of various drugs and much more.

The vast majority of vaccines approved for human use are very safe and we know that is the case from extensive clinical trials and ongoing experience. However, even then, we do not inject everybody with every available vaccine because it is understood that the incidence of some diseases (human rabies, botulism, yellow fever outside endemic areas) is too low to justify mass vaccination. Now compare this to what has happened with COVID-19 vaccines. Firstly, the “experts” are pretending that mRNA vaccines are very safe even through we have never previously used them at a large-scale in humans OR animals. Need I remind you that mRNA-based drugs did not go anywhere for over 20 years because they caused tons of side-effects in animal studies and small clinical trials.

While one or two doses of a mRNA vaccine are unlikely to be as problematic as multiple weekly doses of a mRNA-based drug, we cannot pretend that this is well understood technology. If you look at lots of official and large amounts of anecdotal data, it is hard to ignore that mRNA vaccines are associated with rather high rate of occurrences (for a vaccine) of certain adverse effects. These include Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (often alongside other clotting disorders), Myocarditis and Pericarditis, Peripheral Neuropathy, Lymphadenopathy etc. What makes these adverse effects interesting is that they are almost always seen within a week of the vaccine- especially the 2nd dose.

There is also a very interesting age pattern for these adverse effects- with Myocarditis and Pericarditis being almost exclusive to those below 30 and male, Persistent Lymphadenopathy almost always occurring in women between 30 and 60, symptoms of peripheral Neuropathy occurring predominantly in older individuals etc. So why are so many pretending that these serious adverse effects are not occurring and trying hard to cover up the real numbers. We can certainly talk about relative risks of mortality and morbidity from COVID-19 vs mRNA vaccines- but let us not pretends that they later don’t exist.

Too many people know those vaccines have serious side-effects in some people and denying them is just going to destroy whatever residual trust those people had in these so-called “experts”. And it gets worse than that.. the recent attempts to vaccinate all 12-17 years with these vaccines is a bad idea because we know from even preliminary data that the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis requiring hospitalization in this age group is higher than the rate of hospitalization due to COVID-19- especially in most kids who are not morbidly obese or otherwise seriously ill.

And I am not the only one saying that.. (link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5 and link 6). FYI, these opinions are increasingly common and now expressed in public circles and on social media by many physicians including cardiologists. Will talk more about this topic in next part of series.

What do you think? Comments?