Political Science v. The Real Thing

I made a B in POLSCI101 55 years ago. One of things I learned in the course was Bismarck’s definition of politics: the art of the possible. Another thing I learned was that what is called “political science” has essentially no connection to or use for the scientific method. As Bismarck noted, politics is an art, and the study of it is no more a part of science than is the study of music or any other art.

That’s not to say that politicians don’t claim to be basing their action on science. Marxism, for instance, claims to be “scientific socialism.” The history of the 20th Century shows what happened every time the marxist hypothesis was tested against Reality.

“Scientific” Covidicism has had its test against Reality, and its Narrative hasn’t done well. Indeed, it’s done so poorly, that even the blue states are beginning to  return to the Real World.

The science hasn’t change. A bit of pseudoscience has failed, and  it’s an election year. The art of politics says that the way to survive an election is to stay on voters’ good side. And the voters have had enough of covid restrictions that didn’t work or were actually harmful.

Honk! Honk!

Everybody Blog About Mass Formation Psychosis Day

My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has declared today to be Everybody Blog About Mass Formation Psychosis Day with the following objectives—

1. Call attention to the censorship campaign by which COVID-19 panic brigades are attempting to suppress criticism.
2. Explain what “Mass Formation Theory” really means.
3. Most critics of COVID-19 policy are not “anti-science.

Now, I suspect that most of Gentle Readers of this blog are aware of the various forms of censorship that have been deployed against people raising questions about or objections to the alleged public health measures imposed on us over the past two years. Some of those measures have been well intentioned. Some have been the result of petty tyrants trying to hang onto control. Some have been virtue signaling.

Today, I’d like to point, laugh, and mock at one example of virtue signaling: Neal Young. It’s been years since I actively listened to any of his music, and now, I won’t have to worry about stumbling across it on Spotify.

I’m not going to attempt to get into a definition of “Mass Formation Theory.” It’s a subject that’s well outside my expertise. (In spite of our experience over the past couple of years, it’s still smart to listen to the experts sometimes.)

However, I will talk to the point that many critics of COVID-19 policy aren’t “anti-science,” Indeed, I’ll start by noting that many of us do Science for a living and that it’s the scientific method that underlies our questioning of policy. When an experiment produces the “wrong” result, the scientific method directs us toward at different approach. Continuing a demonstrably incorrect or ineffective approach and expecting a different result is crazy, and as Stacy has noted, Crazy People Are Dangerous™.

Meanwhile, Florida has been free for a year, and masks are being eliminated in the UK schools. There are even free counties inside of blue states like Maryland. Perhaps the body politick is getting over its psychotic episode.

Gain of Function/Loss of Credibility

Project Veritas is reporting that they have copies of DoD documents which contradict Anthony Fauci’s sworn testimony to Congress concerning gain of function experiments with viruses.

Among the documents is a report to the DoD Inspector General written by Marine Corp Major Joseph Murphy, a former Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Fellow, stating that an NGO, EcoHealth Alliance, approached DARPA in 2018 looking for funding to conduct gain of function research of bat borne coronaviruses. The proposal was rejected by DARPA because of safety concerns. According to the documents published by Project Veritas, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases went ahead with the research in Wuhan, China, and at several sites across the U.S. Anthony Fauci is the Director of NIAID.

Someone’s been lying.

Covid and Murphy’s Law

I started the New Year off with a cold which took a few days to get over. Of course, I had a covid test. It was negative, verifying that it just a cold. Although I’m fully vaxxed and boosted, I was hoping that it was covid so I could claim natural immunity as well. Nope. Just a cold, and I got over it.

So I went about my normal routine over the weekend.

This morning, I took another covid test even though I’m asymptomatic. It turned out positive.

Given that I’m elderly, I suppose an asymptomatic case isn’t such a bad deal, but being placed on hold for the next few days is going to be a real inconvenience.

OTOH, I can now claim natural immunity on top of being vaxxed and boosted.

Today at The Supremes

I listened to the oral argument in the OSHA mandate cases today. I’m in a bit of a quandary about how to comment. (Before I go any further, let me remind the Gentle Reader that I am not a lawyer; I’m an engineer, and I’m not your engineer.) As multiple commentators have pointed out, Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan made several factual statement that were simply wrong. It is possible for vaccinated individuals to catch and spread covid. There aren’t now—nor has there be across the entire pandemic—100,000 acute pediatric cases. The omicron variant is not deadlier than the delta.

I suppose it is possible that being kept in a bubble by handler/clerks could explain a certain level of ignorance, but when the cat’s so far out of the bag even outlets such as NPR are having to begin truthful reporting, it’s hared to imagine those justice really believe what they were saying.

If they do believe what they said, that’s kinda scary.

If they don’t believe it and said it anyway, that’s even scarier.

UPDATE—Typo corrected.

Covid 1, Biden 0

During the 2020 campaign, Joe Xiden said he knew how to shutdown the Wuhan virus and that he would do it. This week, His Fraudulency took his L and walked away from the fight. He told the nation’s governors there is “no federal solution” to Covid and pushed the problem off on them.

It turns out the only clothes our would-be emperor has is a mask, and it’s only for show.

Testing, 1, 2, 3, …

I’m on vacation through the end of the year, but yesterday, I received a call for work telling me that I was part of group who had been exposed to Covid and that I should get tested. Oh, and fill out this spreadsheet of everyone you’ve been in contact with at work.

As so, yesterday afternoon was spent in search of Covid testing, and there was none to be found. At every facility within an hour’s drive, either all the appointments were booked or they were out of test kits. After several hours on the Internet and on the road, I gave up for the day.

Then, the phone rang. It was a call telling me that the date of the exposure was so long ago I didn’t need to be tested now.

My birthday is New Year’s Eve, and I’m going to keep the party going to midnight—not to see in the new year but to make sure 2021 leaves.

His Lips Will Be Moving

It’s been announced that Joe Xiden plans to make a speech about the Administration’s plans for dealing with the omicron variant of the Wuhan virus.

So far, bloodletting only has applied figuratively to the public’s response to the Administration’s previous failings, and the only leeches involved have been some grifters running Covid-based scams.

But given the Administration’s apparent love for pseudoscience, …

Another Preliminary Injunction

Another federal district court has enjoined the Xiden Administration from enforcing one of its lawless mandates. Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk has issued the following order in Texas v. Becerra

The Court ORDERS that Defendants are preliminarily enjoined from the implementation and enforcement of 86 Fed. Reg. 61,555 (Nov. 5, 2021), the Interim Final Rule with Comment Period entitled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination,” against any and all Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers within the State of Texas pending a trial on the merits of this action or until further order of this Court. Defendants shall immediately cease all implementation or enforcement of the Interim Final Rule with Comment Period as to any Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers within the State of Texas. Using the same methodology set forth in the Court’s previous Preliminary Injunction Hearing and Order, Defendants shall provide “notice” to all Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers located in Texas that the CMS Mandate will not be implemented or enforced.

Good.

Covid Unmasked

I usually work out of my home office, but yesterday, I needed to test a piece of equipment in a lab at Goddard Space Flight Center. For months, masks have been required at Goddard in all indoor spaces when two or more people are in the same room. This rule was effective whenever Prince George’s County, Maryland, where Goddard is located, was tagged as red or orange for Covid infection rate by the CDC. Since May, Goddard was one of the very few places I have gone where a mask was required.

Yesterday, PG County had been recoded as blue by the CDC. That meant that vaccinated individuals were not required to wear masks at Goddard, so for the first time this year I saw the faces of most of my fellow workers on site.

More Dust Biting

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction placing the Xiden Administration’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors on hold. The injunction applies throughout the country.

Accordingly, the Court ORDERS that Defendants are ENJOINED, during the pendency of this action or until further order of this Court, from enforcing the vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors in all covered contracts in any state or territory of the United States of America.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

Is This Why Democrats Hate Ron DeSantis?

The Babylon Bee has a story up headlined Bob Dole Switches To Democrat Party, and I have joked that my late father-in-law (who lived in Cook County, Illinois) never voted for a Democrat while he was alive. It’s a running gag that we elderly folks all become Democrat voters when we receive our death certificates.

If Florida’s declining Covid death rate is depriving the Democrats of so many new voters, it’s no wonder the Democrats hate Governor DeSantis.

A Second Bite of the Dust

The lawless CMS Mandate requiring over 10 million healthcare providers to be vaccinated against Covid ran aground on a preliminary injunction covering Missouri and its partner states in the Missouri, et al. v. Biden, et al. This evening, Judge Terry Doughty granted a preliminary injunction in Louisiana, et al, v. Biden, et al., which covers the entire country.

[T]he U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, along with their directors, employees, Administrators and Secretaries are hereby ENJOINED and RESTRAINED from implementing the CMS Mandate set forth in 86 Fed. Reg. 61555-01 (November 5, 2021) as to all healthcare providers, suppliers, owners, employees, and all others covered by said CMS Mandate.

Somethings are proceeding better than I have foreseen.