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

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?

  1. ubermensch
    July 3, 2021 at 12:11 pm

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    Actually I don’t mind disco.

    • ubermensch
      July 3, 2021 at 3:21 pm

      this song’s for you buddy…

    • Indian Supremacist
      July 4, 2021 at 2:34 am
      • übermensch
        July 6, 2021 at 3:36 pm

  2. Poopface McShitStain
    July 3, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    Kind of ironic that all the libtard feminists who want an abortion clinic on every street corner scream “muh body, muh choyce” but don’t give anti-vaccers the same benny of the doubt. That being said, I bet AD got vaccinated if for no other reason his favorite prostitute said he could leave the mask off with a vaccination card…

  3. doldrom
    July 3, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    Medicine is a very conservative discipline, doctors are selected for obedience to protocol and convention, not for critical thinking or even being adept at diagnostic prowess. There are therapies without evidence that are standard and compulsory for a surprising number of common maladies.
    It should come as no surprise that the primary instinct in any collection of doctors is to circle the wagons, and the same applies to Pharma corporations.

    So far the level of scientific inquiry, authoritarianism, and global censorship displayed should be sufficient to disabuse anybody of any notion of benevolence in the medical world, in journalism, government, or other institutions. Also any trust in the ultimate sanity or perspicuity of one’s fellow man should have eroded almost completely.

  4. MikeCA
    July 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    “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?”

    Early on there was an effort by Trump supporters to blame China for COVID-19 to take the political pressure off Trump for his bungled response. People like Tom Cotton, who were pushing the lab leak theory, were also pushing the speculation that COVID-19 was a bio-weapon created by the Chinese and accidentally or deliberately released. COVID-19 as a bio-weapon makes absolutely no sense. There were people claiming that the DNA of COVID-19 showed clear signs that the virus had been engineered in the lab. This was apparently BS. Most scientist today say the DNA is consistent with both natural spread from animals or the lab leak theory.

    As far as I can see there is no real evidence for the lab leak theory. The Chinese are being evasive and secretive, so they are acting like they have something to hide. In the last few weeks an Australian virologist that was working at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in November 2019 has spoken publicly and said she observed nothing unusual, safety protocols were being followed, and she did not see or hear of anyone who became sick while she was working there.

    Of course scientist make mistakes. We are use to hearing about science after all the mistakes have been straightened out. With COVID-19 we were hearing about results from the latest un-refereed preprint and many of those results were just wrong. People like Fauci are not just scientists, they are political bureaucrats who have to manage political concerns as well as scientific concerns. In early 2020 Fauci was certainly aware it could have leaked from a lab, but he could also see how that theory was being used politically to blame the Chinese at a time when the US should have been working closely with the Chinese to control COVID-19.

    • doldrom
      July 4, 2021 at 9:32 am

      You are wrong. This is not a matter of fumbling preliminary science. There was an organized attempt to silence others, with statements in the Lancet and the Nature article by the elite of the virology world stating apodictically that the genome showed it was impossible for it to have been engineered.
      Lab-leak can be similar to zoonotic spill-over, since the lab housed bat colonies (as opposed to what the experts said) and the lab housed researchers who have been visiting remote bat colonies for years. This means it was an ideal place for some recombinant virus (mixing of viruses from normally separate biotopes) adapted to human cells. Did the experts ever propose that the lab itself may have housed the spill-over host? No. So lab-leak and zoonosis are not contradictory hypothesis.
      On the other hand, it simply is not true that the virus could not have been engineered without leaving tell-tale clues. That was a red-herring.
      Further, the genome of the virus shows many different aspects which make an engineered virus much more likely than an explanation along evolutionary lines (extremely unlikely on the basis of precedents and comparisons).
      So this isn’t about science progressing slowly and steadily: it is about lying, censorship, and steering global public discourse. The idea of a bio-weapon or 5G was mainly injected into the discourse to mock the ‘conspiracy’ theorists — no serious people were asserting any such thing — bio-weapon intent would require extraordinary evidence which is simply not present and inconsistent with the course of events.

  5. SZ
    July 4, 2021 at 8:18 am

    “The idea that science is some noble enterprise involved in search for truth is something only a naive or retarded person can believe.” You sound very close to what an Islamist/Xtian fundamentalist moron would spout. Peak irony here. Science is a process, the scientific establishment is the one who’s corrupt. (Same logic maybe applied to religion/people, but the difference is that science has an internal check to it.)

  6. July 4, 2021 at 9:45 am

    I finally got to f#ck me a huwite man after all the shade übermensch, Ryu and Plaque Doktor have been throwing at me.

    We laughed at how he knew he was a “man” and huwite but we triggered the wokies!

    Honoray Aryan 4 the win!!!!

    Pretending to be me is not a smart idea.

  7. HIGH STATUS MALE
    July 5, 2021 at 11:20 am

    • doldrom
      July 6, 2021 at 8:42 am

      Not often that I agree so whole-heartedly with a comment on this site.

      • bonzo
        July 7, 2021 at 8:14 am

        Yes, amidst the rubbish, there is occasional value here, which is why I keep coming by.

    • übermensch
      July 6, 2021 at 3:34 pm

  8. Fucker Tarlson
    July 7, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    I use escorts to soothe my despair, besides who cares about some idiots in flyover country!

    There is a difference between trying to mock somebody and pretending to be that person.

  9. tamerlane is an idiot
    July 7, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    “There is a difference between trying to mock somebody and pretending to be that person.”

    Since you lack empathy, maybe now you know how I *feel* when you let P Ray and Plaque DoKKKtor slander me. That is all…

    Haven’t seen in comments section for some time.

  10. Animal Muther
    July 7, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    “Haven’t seen in comments section for some time.”

    Then we are all good.

    I am not naive enough to say that *we* should be buddies but there is an opportunity to do tremendous damage to a mutual enemy. While I have long learned the the enemy of my enemy is not my friend, it would be quite nice if there was an opportunity to *collaborate.* But realistically, we would only be speeding up their likely path to (self) destruction. And for those who would like to harm either of us, I am suggesting nothing illegal. On the contrary. If you actually are whom you portray yourself to be you would find it sweet delicacy to do what I am hinting at. And, it encompasses one of my very few natural talents. I think the word in you language is I would the following my dharma. Delete this comment if you wish or not. Our mutual enemy is even more arrogant and narcissistic than you.

    • Animal Mutherfucker
      July 8, 2021 at 4:11 am

      • Mutherfucker
        July 8, 2021 at 8:11 am

        it’s more like this:

        Are you high enough on the HBD scale to use html code to write in bold like AD and trigger him in your next comment?

        I think not….

      • stonerwitharectalprolapse
        July 9, 2021 at 4:53 am

        I am at Level Beige on the HBD Scale!

        And how high up the HBD Scale are you?

    • übermensch
      July 9, 2021 at 8:36 am

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      THIS IS NOT AD but only bold too prove that I am high on the HBD scale! Actually there is no HBD scale, it is a myth perpetuated by idiots like Steve Sailerrfraud and Chuck Crud-Just so there is no confusion, this is not written by AD!!!!

  11. übermensch
    July 9, 2021 at 10:23 am

    btw, you can tell I am the real übermensch, because I know how to put the weed symbol over the ü…

    • bonerwithastoner
      July 9, 2021 at 12:12 pm

      It’s called the Heavy Metal Umlaut

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_umlaut

      What is the “weed symbol”???

      • übermensch
        July 9, 2021 at 2:47 pm

        pretending to know about metal, eh? It is obvious you aren’t the real stonah wit a bonah as he would know what the “weed symbol” meant. Yeah, a way of knowing that *more* was on the menu at a smoke shop than what was advertised in the 2010’s. Go back to your show tunes and love of Richard Spencer.

        So, was your left or right ear pierced in “high” skewl?

      • stönerwithäböner
        July 10, 2021 at 12:16 am

        Who says I am not high enough on the HBD Scale?? I’m high as fuck on the HBD Scale!

      • übermensch
        July 10, 2021 at 9:11 am

        It is obvious you are not the real stonah wit ah bonah. Still, with the axe you are grinding one must ask, what did he do? Call the health officials in your city and get your huwites only aids infested bath house closed down? And AD’s tolerance of impostor goods is disturbing. One is left to ask if his visits to prostitutes involved many transgenders or dudes in dresses as he has no ethical compunction with bait and switch.

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