I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

Merck has submitted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for molnupiravir, an investigational oral antiviral medicine, for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults who are at risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization.

Someone at Merck has an interesting sense of humor.

Politiholics Anonymous

My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has a post up about The Power of Political Tribalism. Go read his post and my comment on it. Then, come back here. I’ll wait.

Otto von Bismarck famously described politics as the art of the possible. Compromise with people who don’t share your beliefs and goals is involved. Jerks like the subject of Stacy’s post have allowed their partisanship-driven passion to run amok. Because he can’t control his neighbors’ beliefs, he has become powerless over politics (his and theirs), and his life has become unmanageable.

The Gentle Reader may have noticed that I describe myself as a Recovering Democrat. While Maryland’s voting laws have led me to register as a Republican so I can vote in the primary elections of the party most closely aligned with my ideals, I occasionally vote for independents or candidates from other parties. Why? I do so because alliances or compromises are necessary sometimes to get a better deals when the best deals are off the table. Meanwhile, I’ll try to convince you that my point of view is correct, and I’ll poke fun at the other side’s folly, but I’ll try to keep things civil.

Perhaps being arrested for stalking will cause the subject of Stacy’s post to hit bottom and allow a Power greater than himself to restore his sanity.

Pushback

The Xiden administration announced today that it will sue Texas over the SB8 abortion law, and His Fraudulency himself announce a package of patently illegal and unconstitutional Wuhan-Virus-related mandates and rules to promulgated.

This evening multiple state governors have announced their intentions to sue the federal government to protect their states’ citizens from Joe Xiden’s lawlessness.

UPDATE—The list as of 9 pm ET:
South Dakota
Texas
South Carolina
Oklahoma
Alabama
Wyoming
Tennessee
Nebraska
Idaho
Iowa
Georgia
Missouri
Arizona
Mississippi
Utah
Indiana

UPDATE 2—More States:
Florida
Montana
North Dakota
Arkansas

UPDATE 3—
West Virginia
Alaska

You Keep Using That Word

Marie Solis has a post over at Jezebel (H/T, Memeornadum) titled Republicans Are Trying To Make Abortions Dangerous. Her article decries Gov. Kristi Noem’s executive order restricting prescribing and delivery of abortion pills. Here are a couple of quotes from the post.

As a result, Noem has banned one of the safest, easiest forms of abortion.

Studies have shown that mifepristone and misoprostol are overwhelmingly safe and effective, even when administered outside of a traditional clinic setting.

Safe? One or more (twins) of the people “treated” with these pills winds up dead as a result. Of course, what Ms. Solis and other pro-abortion folks want “safe” to mean is not causing harm to a woman whose pregnancy is being terminated (“pregnancy is being terminated” being a euphemism for “baby is being killed”). This sort of thinking requires viewing children in utero as parasites rather than human beings. But such children are human beings, innocent and deserving of protection.

Safe—I do not think it means what she think it means.

Not Just Clueless But Lawless Too

In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court has granted the application to vacate the stay in enforcing the lower court’s order terminating the CDC’s eviction moratorium. (Alabama Assn. of Realtors v. Department of Health and Human Servs.)

In a per curium order the Court states:

It is indisputable that the public has a strong interest in combating the spread of the COVID–19 Delta variant. But our system does not permit agencies to act unlawfully even in pursuit of desirable ends. Cf. Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, 343 U. S. 579, 582, 585–586 (1952) (concluding that even the Government’s belief that its action “was necessary to avert a national catastrophe” could not overcome a lack of congressional authorization). It is up to Congress, not the CDC, to decide whether the public interest merits further action here.

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If a federally imposed eviction moratorium is to continue, Congress must specifically authorize it. The application to vacate stay presented to THE CHIEF JUSTICE and by him referred to the Court is granted.

So ordered.

The three dissenters were Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Over the past decade, there were times when there were nearly two dozen Kimberlin-related web domains in operation. While The Dread Deadbeat Publisher Kimberlin still has a few going, most have failed. The TKPOTD from two years ago today announce one of those failures.

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One of the wacko moonbat causes Brett Kimberlin has tried to promote on the Internet is the campaign against GMO food. He had a website called citizensagainstgmo dot com. I say “had” because he allowed the registration to lapse earlier this summer after not having posted anything new on the site for several years.

The domain has been reregistered by a Chinese company. Don’t go there even if you have extremely robust antivirus protection. The thumb drive containing the OS I used to take this screenshot has been destroyed rather than risk using again.Another one bites the dust.

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That wasn’t my only post about citizensagainstgmo dot com. The first was Brett Kimberlin and Vitamin A Deficiency.

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One of the most promising genetically engineered crops that has become available over the past decade or so is golden rice. It has been modified to produce beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A. This is an important innovation for the third world where where vitamin A deficiency kills upwards of 600,000 children under 5 each year.

It is also a major bête noire of the anti-GMO food crowd.

Take a look at this:citizensagainstgmoThis is a page from the website citizensagainstgmo dot com. It lists golden rice as number 5 among the top 10 GMO food products.

This site is hosted on the same server as the sites for Justice Through Music Project, Velvet Revolution US, Breitbart Unmasked, NRAWatch, Pussy Riot Defense Fund, and other Kimberlin-related sites.

Hmmmmm.

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Why does these people hate poor children living in the third world?

On the Effectiveness of Masks

City Journal has a post by Jeffrey H. Anderson that examines the actual published medical literature on the effectiveness of face masks in preventing the spread of viral infections. Here’s the TL/DR—

In sum, of the 14 RCTs {randomized controlled trials] that have tested the effectiveness of masks in preventing the transmission of respiratory viruses, three suggest, but do not provide any statistically significant evidence in intention-to-treat analysis, that masks might be useful. The other eleven suggest that masks are either useless—whether compared with no masks or because they appear not to add to good hand hygiene alone—or actually counterproductive.

That appears to be consistent with the basic physics of how filters work.

Math is Hard—Logic is Harder—and Facts are Stubborn

Today, Joe Xiden said that 350,000,000 Americans have now been vaccinated against the Wuhan virus. Here’s a snapshot of the U.S. Census Bureau’s online population clock taken at 12:18:39 ET this afternoon—His Fraudulency is also encouraging those Americans who haven’t yet been vaccinated to get their shots.

I was going to write a longer post about vaccination records possibly being processed by the people who counted votes last November, but I’ve got real work to do.

Is it 2025 yet?

The Physics of Filtering

When I was small child, our family lived in house without air-conditioning. We had screens on all the windows and an attic fan to cool the house. The gaps in the screens were small enough to prevent flies and mosquitos from entering the house. It would have been foolish to replace the screens with chain link fencing and expect that the bugs would still be kept out. A housefly has a wing span around 1/2 lnch, and the wires in chain link fencing are a couple of inches apart. The gap is about four times the size of a fly. A fly can easily pass through.

The gap between fibers in a typical cloth face mask is on the order of 2 to 3 micrometers. The coronavirus is on the oder of 0.3 micrometers.

The mathematics of the filtering is left to the Gentle Reader as an exercise.

Math and Science Are Hard

I was puzzled by the CDC’s recent claim that the Wuhan Virus Pandemic had cased a one year drop in life expectance in the U. S. It turns out that their claim is so screwed up it isn’t even wrong. If life expectancy has dropped because of Covid, the decline is probably less than a week, an amount so small that it’s inside the roundoff error of the statistics. Eugene Volokh has a post up with details from a report by Dr. Peter Bach.

Analysts estimate that, on average, a death from Covid-19 robs its victim of around 12 years of life. Approximately 400,000 Americans died Covid-19 in 2020, meaning about 4.8 million years of life collectively vanished. Spread that ghastly number across the U.S. population of 330 million and it comes out to 0.014 years of life lost per person. That’s 5.3 days. There were other excess deaths in 2020, so maybe the answer is seven days lost per person.

No matter how you look at it, the result is a far cry from what the CDC announced.

It’s not that the agency made a math mistake. I checked the calculations myself, and even went over them with one of the CDC analysts. The error was more problematic in my view: The CDC relied on an assumption it had to know was wrong….

Apparently, 2 + 2 equals whatever the public health establishment needs it to be.

Papiere, Bitte!

HHS Secretary Becerra has endorsed White House Press Secretary Psaki’s announcement that government agents would be going door-to-door to check on our Wuhan virus vaccination status. Becerra says it’s the government’s “business” to know your vaccination status.

Actually, for most of us the government has no business asking whether we’re vaccinated or not, a point Becerra tacitly conceded when he told CNN—

Knocking on a door has never been against the law. You don’t have to answer, but we hope you do. Because if you haven’t been vaccinated, we can help dispel some of those rumors you’ve heard and hopefully get you vaccinated.

There are medical reasons that might cause someone to decline to be vaccinated. One could be immunity acquired by having had the disease. But given the developing herd immunity, any real public health emergency is over, and it’s time for the bureaucrats to let us get on with our lives as we see fit.

BTW, I’m someone about whom the government has a legitimate interest in knowing my vaccination status. My work with NASA sometimes requires that I enter government facilities and work in close proximity with others. NASA hasn’t asked to see my shot record card, but I have it if they need to see it.

Doing Science in the Laboratories of Democracy

Different states have taken different approaches in dealing with the Wuhan Virus Pandemic. Some states have operated based on a working hypothesis that said extensive lockdowns, prolonged masking, and the like would provide better outcomes than states which began returning to normal life more quickly.

The various experiments have been run, the differing hypotheses tested.

Texas began reopening fairly early and reported no deaths from Covid-19 on Sunday.

Maryland, a smaller state which has followed a middle course, reported 3 Covid deaths for Sunday.

New York, which has taken one of the most restrictive approaches, reported 35 Covid deaths for Sunday.

The Gentle Reader may form his own conclusions as to which, if any, hypothesis has been shown false.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Kimberlin’s empr dot media website continues to muddle along, but almost all of the news stories seem to relate to the quasi-war between Ukraine and Russia and COVID in Ukraine. Both are reasonable stories to be tracking, but … well, I’ll need to do a bit more research before I say more.

Papiere, Bitte!

I was given a shot record card with the details of first dose of COVID vaccine, and I expect it will be updated when I receive the second dose. I’ll pass the information on to the appropriate health care providers so they can keep my records up to date.

Yesterday, Rep. Mike Loychik tweeted, “Vaccine passports have no place in a free society,” to which I replied, “Well, yes. That’s why they are being proposed.”

I don’t plan to carry my vaccination records as some sort of internal passport.

Slow Blogging

Blogging was running in low gear at Hogewash! yesterday, and it will slow today as well. I woke up yesterday with a severe pain in my left maxillary sinus caused by an infection. The doc prescribed a course of industrial-strength antibiotics and some very nice pain pills. It may be a while before I sober up.