I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

The Daily Mail reports a child sex abuse center at Johns Hopkins University has hired a trans professor, who was forced to resign from Virginia school for defending pedophiles as “minor attracted persons.” Allyn Walker will start work as a postdoctoral fellow for the school later this month at a center aimed at preventing child sexual abuse.

Forget it, Gentle Reader. It’s Baltimore.

Quote of the Day

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck.”

—Robert Heinlein

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

Now that Putin is rattling his nuclear saber, FEMA has put out this guidance as part of their instructions on how to protect yourself in the event you find yourself far enough from ground zero to survive the initial blast. Emphasis added.

Try to maintain a distance of at least six feet between yourself and people who are not part of your household. If possible, wear a mask if you’re sheltering with people who are not a part of your household.

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.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

The Daily Caller reports that LA County will hand out KN95 masks to Super Bowl fans. The county’s Covid policies require people at “outdoor mega events,” must wear masks at all times. That’s at any event with 5,000 or more people., and a mask must be worn regardless of a person’s vaccination status.


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.

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, …