Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Masks, and the Deadly Falsehoods Surrounding Them - by By James D. Agresti on JustFacts.com. Another example of good research.
Functionalized graphene oxide serves as a novel vaccine nano-adjuvant for robust stimulation of cellular immunity - Published in the journal Nanoscale
India's Ivermectin Blackout - Part III: The Lesson of Kerala - a news article discussing India's use of Ivermectin.
Personal carbon allowances revisited - Published in Nature, advocates for a radical new authoritarianism where you are taxed for the very air you exhale.
the economic mechanism of PCAs is envisaged to influence decision-making by assigning a visible carbon price to the purchase and use of fossil-fuel-based energy in the first instance and possibly also to consumption-related emissions in more advanced PCA designs
Modern Medicine: The New World Religion by Olivier Clerc
National Geographic article discussing the implications of leaky viruses: increased virulence. Cites "Imperfect Vaccination Can Enhance the Transmission of Highly Virulent Pathogens", published on PLOS Biology, explaining the same.
Here we show experimentally that immunization of chickens against Marek's disease virus enhances the fitness of more virulent strains, making it possible for hyperpathogenic strains to transmit. Immunity elicited by direct vaccination or by maternal vaccination prolongs host survival but does not prevent infection, viral replication or transmission, thus extending the infectious periods of strains otherwise too lethal to persist. Our data show that anti-disease vaccines that do not prevent transmission can create conditions that promote the emergence of pathogen strains that cause more severe disease in unvaccinated hosts.
Lubos Motl discusses some of the mathematical modeling behind various salient topics in virology. Highly mask skeptic, Dr. Motl estimates masks have a 2% effect on R-value. Estimates of R for the Chinavirus are between 5-8, making a 2% decrease practically meaningless.
"Do Masks Work? A review of the evidence" by Jeffrey H. Anderson - A great article that does what it claims.
On That Heat Island Effect (Not Climate Change) - An article documenting the "Heat Island Effect", a means by which individual temperature readings can trend upwards without an actual increase in global temperature.
Informed consent disclosure to vaccine trial subjects of risk of COVID-19 vaccines worsening clinical disease from the International Journal of Clinical Practice highlights an unaddressed concern about coronavirus vaccines: coronaviruses demonstrate a property known as Antibody Dependent Enhancement, within which SARS-CoV-2 antibodies might cause worse disease.
The specific and significant COVID-19 risk of ADE should have been and should be prominently and independently disclosed to research subjects currently in vaccine trials, as well as those being recruited for the trials and future patients after vaccine approval, in order to meet the medical ethics standard of patient comprehension for informed consent.
Problems in the “Evidence” of “Evidence-Based Medicine” by Alvan RFeinstein, MD and Ralph I Horwitz, MD
The proposed practice of “evidence-based medicine,” which calls for careful clinical judgment in evaluating the “best available evidence,” should be differentiated from the special collection of data regarded as suitable evidence. Although the proposed practice does not seem new, the new collection of “best available” information has major constraints for the care of individual patients.
Derived almost exclusively from randomized trials and meta-analyses, the data do not include many types of treatments or patients seen in clinical practice; and the results show comparative efficacy of treatment for an “average” randomized patient, not for pertinent subgroups formed by such cogent clinical features as severity of symptoms, illness, co-morbidity, and other clinical nuances. The intention-to-treat analyses do not reflect important post-randomization events leading to altered treatment; and the results seldom provide suitable background data when therapy is given prophylactically rather than remedially, or when therapeutic advantages are equivocal. Randomized trial information is also seldom available for issues in etiology, diagnosis, and prognosis, and for clinical decisions that depend on pathophysiologic changes, psychosocial factors and support, personal preferences of patients, and strategies for giving comfort and reassurance.
The laudable goal of making clinical decisions based on evidence can be impaired by the restricted quality and scope of what is collected as “best available evidence.” The authoritative aura given to the collection, however, may lead to major abuses that produce inappropriate guidelines or doctrinaire dogmas for clinical practice.
The cause of the production of enhancing antibodies in some uninfected individuals is unknown; certain pathogens with proteins similar to the NTD of SARS-CoV-2 may be involved in the production of enhancing antibodies in some uninfected individuals. There is a possibility that the production of enhancing antibodies might be boosted by SARS-CoV-2 infection or vaccination.
Article discusses documentation of function of enhancing antibodies in the Chinavirus. This study provides evidence that some people produce antibodies to the Chinavirus that cause worse symptoms on infection. There is no data as to whether vaccines cause the same dysfunctional antibody. This article is good evidence that we need to be very careful when inducing antibody production with coronaviruses in general; Emergency Use Authorization is not indicative of safety!
Carbon dioxide: The good news by Indur Goklany, with a foreward by Freeman Dyson, which states:
Indur Goklany has assembled a massive collection of evidence to demonstrate two facts. First, the non-climatic effects of carbon dioxide are dominant over the climatic effects and are overwhelmingly beneficial. Second, the climatic effects observed in the real world are much less damaging than the effects predicted by the climate models, and have also been frequently beneficial. I am hoping that the scientists and politicians who have been blindly demonizing carbon dioxide for 37 years will one day open their eyes and look at the evidence.
The World Climate Declaration, another declaration by a large group of scientists that asserts: There is no climate emergency. There are other points made, some of which I am a bit skeptical of, but the general pull is in the correct direction.
A new research article, Polθ reverse transcribes RNA and promotes RNA-templated DNA repair, is calling into question the commonly-accepted dogma underpinning the mRNA vaccine implementation. The typical belief is that "mRNA doesn't influence DNA". Popular science commentary, however, agrees that this is unusual. SciTechDaily reports:
Cells contain machinery that duplicates DNA into a new set that goes into a newly formed cell. That same class of machines, called polymerases, also build RNA messages, which are like notes copied from the central DNA repository of recipes, so they can be read more efficiently into proteins. But polymerases were thought to only work in one direction DNA into DNA or RNA. This prevents RNA messages from being rewritten back into the master recipe book of genomic DNA. Now, Thomas Jefferson University researchers provide the first evidence that RNA segments can be written back into DNA, which potentially challenges the central dogma in biology and could have wide implications affecting many fields of biology.
Hat tip to "Pierre", a commenter on Vox Day's blog, discussing an article with a new source highlighting how poor neo-Darwinists are at time estimation.
Medscape has published a comment thread titled How concerned are you about adverse events related to the vaccines? Commenting is allegedly limited to health professionals, but their vetting is not particularly resilient. It took me only a few fields of data entry to be considered a "health professional". Nevertheless, the discussion seems legitimate.
Serologic Testing of US Blood Donations to Identify Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)–Reactive Antibodies: December 2019–January 2020: "These findings suggest that SARS-CoV-2 may have been introduced into the United States prior to 19 January 2020."
The Imaginary Climate Crisis: How can we Change the Message? A talk by Richard Lindzen. The concluding paragraph follows:
Our task is to show the relevant people the overall stupidity of this issue rather than punching away at details. In focusing on the details, we are merely trying to showcase our own specialties. My use of the word ‘merely’ is probably unjustified; the details can, in fact, be scientifically important. However, we are not considering either our target audience or the intrinsic absurdity of the issue. It is likely that we have to capitalize on the insecurity of the educated elite and make them look silly instead of superior and virtuous. We must remember that they are impervious to real science unless it is reduced to their level. When it is reduced to their level, it is imperative that we, at least, retain veracity. Whether we are capable of effectively doing this is an open question.
Timothy Chow - A Christian mathematician who writes about a number of things. Lists several articles, book reviews, etc.
The Reference Frame, the blog of a noted Czech physicist, Luboš Motl.
The temperature–CO2 climate connection: an epistemological reappraisal of ice-core messages. A peer reviewed evaluation of the ice-core data on CO2.
Because CO2 emissions are considered to be the single most important factor currently affecting climate, unprecedented efforts are being formulated to achieve carbon-free societies within a few decades. In view of the major social, environmental, political and economic issues raised by such a transition, two points deserve special attention. The first concerns geochemical evidence available for the greenhouse effects of CO2 (and of CH4 as well) over periods of time long enough to encompass great climate cycles. The second deals with the actual heuristic value of climate simulations, which appears to be generally acknowledged without having undergone real in-depth analyses. Both points will, thus, be reviewed critically from an epistemological standpoint in the present study. In fact, the approach followed will be justified by serious weaknesses pointed out on both counts, which will, in particular, illustrate once more why models that are now so extensively relied on in many fields of science and in public policies can lack any real demonstrative value.
A popular media lie to try and cover-up the fact that Chinavirus vaccines are developed using aborted babies is that the HEK-293 cell line might not have been from an abortion. This is false, according to the developer himself. Children of God for Life put together a lovely page extracting all the relevant citations. In the case of HEK-293, Eb explained at an FDA meeting discussing vaccines. Local archive here. Relevant discussion is on page 81, starting around line 14.
Mask mandate and use efficacy in state-level COVID-19 containment - A preprint evaluating the mask mandate policies and concluding that mask mandates do not impact the spread of the Chinavirus.
Conclusions: Mask mandates and use are not associated with slower state-level COVID-19 spread during COVID-19 growth surges....