While Bill Maher is generally just another rich liberal with some much money that he doesn’t care what stupid things the government does, he has made some very sensible statements during the pandemic. You will want to watch this takedown of the panic/terror public health campaign. (Maher Clip)
And it is now apparent to me that Alex Berenson is actually a mole in the resistance, and is tasked with undermining trust in the vaccines so that we can all stay locked down forever. He persists in presenting incredibly misleading information as well as absolute untruths about the safety of the vaccines. I am only being half-facetious. Here is the irony. He has been a huge proponent of keeping schools open because of the extremely low risk to children. Yet he is carping on and on about vaccines that present an even lower statistical risk to the population, and that provide a benefit to people who truly are at high risk from CV-19. Completely inconsistent to insist that schools be open due to low risk but rail against vaccines for a truly trivial risk of a serious adverse event.
And the spread of misinformation is ridiculous. I continue to get comments from people like this “I fail to understand why a person would take an experimental, non-approved “vaccine” which does not prevent you from getting the disease or transmitting it…for a virus that is 99.x% curable. Where is the common sense??” These are not experimental vaccines. They have been tested in tens of thousands of people in clinical trials conducted according to the same rules that apply to any other clinical trial. These are not unapproved, they in fact are completely approved after a thorough review. They did get expedited review, but what else would you expect. Did you want them to have the normal three year period to get through the FDA? They are amazingly effective for a vaccine, so how can someone possibly say something like they don’t keep you from getting the disease or transmitting it. These are all just lies. And while the overall infection fatality rate is low, a large number of people end up hospitalized and having severe illness. And for some groups the risk is extremely high. The ratio of benefit to harm from taking a vaccine is overwhelmingly in favor of getting vaccinated. So don’t tell me about common sense. I am not going to stop beating on this.
People may hate government actions in regard to the epidemic and people who read this blog know how I feel about them. Don’t lump the vaccines into that category and don’t let mistrust of government blind you to the truth about the vaccines. And here is an example of how people twist things. Berenson and others used this brief research note to try to say that the vaccines don’t help old people. It is a page, read it and see what you think. It is very positive about the response in patients over 80. The naysayers picked out the one little note about T cell development. But they never point out that this study was actually done after only one dose, not the full vaccination. And even with that the response was strong. It takes many weeks for the full adaptive immune response, including the T cell response, to develop. It is embarrassing when people on our “side” insist on doing the same misleading crap that the other side routinely uses. (BMJ Note)
Bad mask studies never stop. At least this one purports to compare mask adherence with cases. But note the time frame, it was done in the summer and early fall when the southern and southwest states, which supposedly had lower masking adherence, had their case waves. How convenient is that time frame? Well if you included the spring, the higher adherence states would look terrible. And if you did late fall through now, every state with a high case rate would be a high mask wearing state or state with a mandate. Gosh it must be great to be a researcher with no ethics, so you can just make up whatever you want to get the result you want. (PLOS Study) Remember the discredited preprint that had to be withdrawn because later time periods showed its conclusions on mask-wearing to be wrong. This study should be withdrawn too.
You may also recall the Minnesota Department of Health put out information, which it tried to minimize, about the sharp rise in overdoses during the epidemic. Well it turns out that we also have a surge in alcohol related deaths. Alcohol deaths have been rising in the state for several years, but the trend took a sharp acceleration right around the time the lockdowns began. Thank you Dictator Walz for finding new ways to kill more Minnesotans. (Mn. Brief)