“An Anti-Science Confederacy”

March 16, 2021

Dr Peter Hotez of Baylor Medical School.
The weaponization of the anti-science movement is as formidable as nuclear proliferation, and may keep us from controlling the pandemic.

What these bastards have done is so heinous it is beyond words.

15 Responses to ““An Anti-Science Confederacy””

  1. doldrom Says:

    This Hotez is spreading disinformation:

    For the herd immunity threshold to go from 60% to 90% would mean that the unmitigated R₀ would have to quadruple, from 2.5 to 10.
    1-(1/2.5) = 60%
    1-(1/10 ) = 90%
    Nobody is saying that the B.1.1.7 variant is 4× as contagious: Estimates are more in the 30% ballpark.
    This indication of the herd immunity threshold also assumes that nobody has acquired immunity by recovery, which is estimated to be between 10-50% of the population, depending on which public health source you consult.

    It is also not true that the so-called second wave in the US in the summer and in the mid-West in the fall came about due to the lifting of various mandates: The seasonal prevalence of respiratory infections in the US always has a double hump form, because the geography includes very different climate zones. There is tremendous seasonal correlation in various countries/states with traditional seasonal patterns and regional climate zones. In temperate zones, the prevalence of respiratory infections correlates with the absolute humidity (lower when cold).

    • greenman3610 Says:

      so blessed to have a polymath genius posting on our site. No need to hear from subject matter experts.

    • Mark Mev Says:

      “It is also not true that the so-called second wave in the US in the summer and in the mid-West in the fall came about due to the lifting of various mandates” Do you believe that any of the mitigation efforts (masks, distancing, closures, ..) decrease the transmission of the SARS-COV-2 virus?
      Can you point to any other respiratory viruses that peak during the summer in the USA?

      • doldrom Says:

        Yes, the flu shows exactly the same double hump camel graph most years.
        Tropical zones display completely different patterns, and temperate zones show a single hump in the winter months.
        As far as the NPI effectivity, CDC just came out with a study that states that if compliance had been nationwide, masks would have saved 0.4%-2% infections/deaths, while no indoor dining had less influence (don’t recall by memory). If you go along with these numbers and the advertised death count, it means the increment in opiate deaths last years alone was greater than those saved by the NPI’s.

        • jimbills Says:

          That’s an incorrect reading of the study. It stated that areas that had mask mandates had 2% fewer deaths within 100 days of implementation. That’s NOT saying that masks are only 2% effective. Not everyone complies with the mandates, the study only measured 100 days after first implementation, and it measured death rates primarily – not everyone who gets infected dies.

          https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cdc-in-person-dining-mask-wearing/

          Plus, it’s not a matter of just one NPI – it’s many combined at once that has a greater effect. It’s clear that Covid wasn’t going to stop once it went pandemic. Since then, it’s only been a matter of limiting its impact. Why is this so controversial?

          https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-020-01009-0

        • Mark Mev Says:

          Sorry, you did not address my question. You stated “It is also not true that the so-called second wave in the US in the summer and in the mid-West in the fall came about due to the lifting of various mandates: The seasonal prevalence of respiratory infections in the US always has a double hump form, because the geography includes very different climate zones.” My question was: Can you point to any other respiratory viruses that peak during the summer in the USA?

  2. Roger Walker Says:

    Many thanks, Peter. I share your anger.

  3. neilrieck Says:

    Anthony Fauci said it best: part of this problem is related to the fact that you can graduate from a secondary school in the USA without taking any science classes whatsoever.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      And you can be a commentator for Faux News without any real education at all, at least nor on the topics you “comment” on. It helps if you also have no character, no moral upbringing, and are motivated only by greed and ego—-as is Tucker Carlson, who brings out in me the longest string of expletives—AH, POS, CSAH, P, SFB, AK, BL. SB, SOB, CSSOB, and more. This country will never heal until people like Tucker and Hannity are taken down. At least Rush is gone—may he enjoy his circle of hell (which may include having no one listen to his BS, which I am sure he is still spouting).

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      I went to an all-girl Catholic* high school (run by Dominican sisters). It wasn’t until I heard horror stories about the dearth of HS standards even in non-poverty stricken areas. The good news and the bad news is that I apparently went to an above-average high school.

      A science subject was a requirement for every year in my high school. I get people not remembering HS science, but not taking it at all is horrific.

      _______
      *Because I learned about evolution in my Catholic schools, I had trouble understanding why fundamentalists were so scared by evolution because they thought it disproved God.

      • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

        Argh! I need a comment edit option on this forum, even if it only gives you a 20 minute window after posting.

  4. neilrieck Says:

    Not sure how many people here have access to the John Oliver show “Last Week Tonight” on HBO. This week was all about Tucker Carlson which included some stuff he said on a radio call in show back in 2006 (sounded a little racist; I’m sure he wouldn’t have said this stuff if he knew that one day he would be working for Rupert Murdoch). Anyway, I was surprised to learn that his family if VERY RICH (his father married into the Swanson family – that’s the company that markets Swanson Frozen dinners)

  5. dumboldguy Says:

    Since when has being born into money kept the greedy bastards from wanting more?

    Especially in the case of Carlson, who doesn’t seem to care how may people he hurts as long as his ratings (and pay) stay up,

    He has a net worth of $30 million, and an annual salary of $6 million. Compare that to the finances of any teacher, firefighter, nurse, or even doctor and weep.


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