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Thinking about “peer review” …

Comparison of two highly-effective mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 during periods of Alpha and Delta variant prevalence

This article is a preprint and has not been certified by peer review. It reports new medical research that has yet to be evaluated and so should not be used to guide clinical practice.

Abstract

Although clinical trials and real-world studies have affirmed the effectiveness and safety of the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines, reports of breakthrough infections and persistent emergence of new variants highlight the need to vigilantly monitor the effectiveness of these vaccines. Here we compare the effectiveness of two full-length Spike protein-encoding mRNA vaccines from Moderna (mRNA-1273) and Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2) in the Mayo Clinic Health System over time from January to July 2021, during which either the Alpha or Delta variant was highly prevalent. <Source>

I take exception to the phrase “certified by peer review.”

Peer review is a publishing process to select and polish scientific papers for publication, mostly in prestigious scientific publications. Peer reviewers are knowledgeable in the field and are charged with weeding out research that does not meet publication standards or lacks the clarity to convey a message.

When you’re reading the manuscript…

  • Identify the research question and key claims.
  • Think about context and related literature.
  • Look at the figures and tables. Are they clear? Do they represent what the study is about?
  • Examine the results. Are they supported by the data?
  • Read the conclusions. Do they make sense?
  • Check the methods. Are they appropriate and reproducible?
  • Review the journal guidelines and publication criteria.
  • Keep everything confidential! <Source: PLOS>

Peer reviewers do not validate or replicate the research, nor do they vouch for the legitimacy, accuracy, and authenticity of the paper. Thus, “certified by peer review” is meaningless and grossly misleading. As we saw in the Climate-gate disclosures, the peer review process can be both subverted and manipulated by peer reviewers to suppress dissent, protect reputations, and advance narratives.

Thinking about the Tucker Carlson domestic spying issue…

Watchdog to probe 'alleged NSA targeting' after Tucker Carlson claim

The National Security Agency's Inspector General will open an investigation into what it described as an "alleged targeting" of a U.S. member of the media after Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed the agency spied on him earlier this year.

The inspector general said in a statement Tuesday that it was "examining NSA’s compliance with applicable legal authorities and Agency policies and procedures regarding collection, analysis, reporting, and dissemination activities, including unmasking procedures, and whether any such actions were based upon improper considerations. If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider other issues that may arise during the review." <Source>

Yada, yada, yada. From the work of previous Inspectors General, we know that their investigations are limited to their own department, cannot investigate employees who have quit or retired, and lack enforcement authority beyond criminal referrals to the Department of Justice and agency recommendations. As we saw in the Intelligence Community Inspector General (which includes the NSA), the IG can be highly partisan, perjure themselves in Congressional testimony, and aid and abet illegal activity without consequences. They tend to protect their organizations and maybe as political as other partisans.

Thinking about the impact of the Alphabet people (LGBTQ+) on the Culture…

Robin becomes a bisexual icon in new Batman comic

Tim Drake is now canonically bi thanks to Batman: Urban Legends.

There's a new LGBTQ superhero on the block, but DC Comics readers already know him well.

The latest issue of Batman: Urban Legends, a monthly anthology series, revealed that the Caped Crusader's longtime sidekick Robin, specifically the Tim Drake version of him, is bisexual. <Source>

Comics should entertain, not indoctrinate. And where is it written that a cartoon world must be sexual and mirror human interactions? This is an example of an extremely vocal minority destroying traditional norms. Tyranny by the minority.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



THE CLIMATE SCAM CONTINUES: REBRANDING -- "ENVIRONMENTAL COMMODITIES"

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The only thing I can change about climate is myself and how I react to local weather…

My long-time readers know that while I do believe the climate is a complex, chaotic system with numerous positive and negative feedbacks that are constantly changing, I also believe that man's effect on the climate is minimal when measured against the real drivers of climate change.

Not one scientist can tell me the Earth's optimum temperature or how to definitively measure man's climate-changing signal amid the background noise of climate's natural availability.

I believe the natural drivers of climate change are the Sun’s energy output in all spectral bands, cosmic rays, the Earth’s position relative to the Sun, the Earth’s precessional and rotational dynamics, the Earth's magnetosphere, plate tectonics and vulcanology, the deep ocean currents, the internal dynamics of the Earth, and the greatest greenhouse gas of all” water vapor. None of which, I might add, can be altered by man on a global – or even a local scale.

I also believe that the media creates an unnecessary fear of future catastrophe through hyperbolic narratives designed to support a political agenda.

And, to the extent that "the science" is used to justify public policy, it has been corrupted by the billions of government dollars washing through the institutions, the scientists, and the projects themselves. And where institutions, scientists, and projects are more likely to obtain funding for a project that supports the fashionable narrative than one which tends to falsify the hypothesis underlying the popular narrative.

Wall Street...

Wall Street's major product is creating, packaging, advertising, selling, and trading bullshit, nicely packaged and sometimes profitable bullshit, but bullshit nonetheless.

And, if Wall Street excels at anything, it is exploiting your fears and insecurities using the narratives of the day, even if they have to manufacture stories out of whole cloth.

Selling the Emperor's new clothes...

What could be better for Wall Street than generating profits from thin air -- using digital bits to create a perceived value which can be profitably marketed.

Enter the realm of what is euphemistically called "environmental commodities," or what the little people call tax credits.

Unlike traditional commodities that are hard assets, ranging from grains and food products, and metals to fossil fuels, environmental commodities are intangible artificial creations derived from legislative incentives.

The basic scam is easy to understand...

According to government dictate, organizations must strive for "carbon neutrality" or "net zero" by calculating their greenhouse gas emissions and then generating or purchasing sufficient "offsets" to reach neutrality.


How Tesla capitalizes on free money...

The government creates incentives to combat so-called climate change by incentivizing activities that reduce carbon emissions and penalizing activities that increase carbon emissions.

Since Tesla manufactures electric vehicles that do not generate carbon emissions like traditional vehicles powered by fossil fuels, they accumulate tax credits.

Once created using a government formula, these credits can be banked (accumulated), traded, or sold. The purchaser is traditionally a vehicle manufacturer who cannot meet their government-mandated emission standards, so they purchase credits from Tesla: and all is well with the government's regulatory agencies. And Tesla rejoices because the credits were a cost-free byproduct of their business activity and whatever they can be sold for represents 100-percent profit that flows to Tesla's bottom line.

Mitigate pollution, and the government creates credits. Plant trees, the government creates credits. Don't cut down trees, and the government creates credits. Install solar panels, and the government creates credits. Operate a wind farm, and the government creates credits. And so on and so forth.

The Al Gore dodge. The former Vice President of the United States traded a lost presidential election in return for hundreds of millions made in the arena of global climate change. Like many Hollywood celebrities and woke individuals flying around the world in private pollution machines, they assuage their conscience by purchasing carbon offset credits.

The bullshit...

The best analogy I can think of is to consider "climate change" as a religion, much like Marxist doctrine, and that offsets are the equivalent of medieval indulgences. An individual obtained or purchased an indulgence to eliminate or reduce the length and severity of punishment associated with a particular sin.

Truth be told, these credits are a government-created scam that allows gross polluters to continue polluting by purchasing sufficient credits to satisfy the regulators and pass the additional costs of the purchased credits to their customers or rate-payers.

The "locals" still have polluted land, water, and air while some nice trees grow elsewhere. Hypocrisy and hubris.

And, as with all government incentives, all it takes is a change in legislation, and poof, the incentives and credits disappear.

Bottom line...

I cannot accept the speculative hypothesis, based on history, science, and man's inability to control natural large-scale phenomenon, that the Earth is doomed unless we replace capitalism with socialism or communism, sacrifice our freedoms, and destroy our economy to achieve a 1.5 degree-Celsius reduction in global temperature. Something that cannot be measured or may even be apparent in the next thousand years.

The only doom I see in our future is if we continue to accept speculative science, hypotheses that support a political narrative, and the output of dodgy models using dodgy data accepted as fact -- and uncritically believe the narrative being told by politicians in the mainstream media. 

Can you believe there is a segment of the population that actually believes you can regulate climate change with legislation, taxation, and giving money to the United Nations?

Even the politicians are forced to admit, even if America’s industrial activity stopped today, the climate impact would not be measurable, nor will it affect global climate change – ditto the major polluters, China, India, and Russia.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



CALIFORNIA: WHY WE NEED LARRY ELDER AS OUR GOVERNOR

All Californians can see the list of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s failures…

  • Covid restrictions are killing California’s economy and severely impairing our daily activities.
  • Lawlessness, homelessness,  and violence in the streets are rampant. Criminals are being prioritized over victims. Thieves are given a pass to steal $950 per theft.
  • Schools continue to crank out functional illiterates; teachers are paid handsomely for not working, teacher competency testing and charter schools are suppressed to satisfy union demands.
  • Water mismanagement sees billions of gallons of drinkable water flushed into the ocean to save an almost extinct worthless fish known as the Delta Smelt. California’s environmentalists have been infiltrated with radical communists and de-growthers who use our own laws against us. State regulatory agencies are killing California's agricultural areas, which are some of the most productive in the country. The State refuses to recognize Southern California is essentially a desert, and wet/dry cycles can be managed with adequate water storage systems and aqueducts during wet cycles.
  • Wildfires are crippling the state as logging and brush clearance are restricted. Fire is part of nature’s renewal process, and there is no need to fight fires in inaccessible, dangerous, and uninhabited areas – except to satisfy union overtime demands. 
  • Energy – we have the highest gas taxes, no new major refineries in 50 years, overpriced wind and solar energy mandates, and an unreliable electric grid that is shut down to prevent wildfires.
  • Taxes – waste, fraud, abuse, union sweetheart contracts, and the multi-billion high-speed rail system to nowhere are just the tip of the iceberg.

Liar, leaker Adam Schiff splits donations with elitist Gavin Newsom…

ADAM-SCHIFF-LOGO

Stephen,

It’s crunch time. In less than a week, millions of ballots will be mailed out for the Republican recall vote in California. And in just a moment, I am going to ask you to make a $5 contribution to help me defeat this partisan, Republican recall.

But today’s request is not an ordinary one — please give me a chance to explain why this one is so important.

Here is the truth:

The enthusiasm of far-right Republicans has made this recall far too close for comfort. They are fired up to vote and Democrats hardly know there’s an election, and may mistake their ballots for junk mail.

So our job is to make sure everyone in California knows about this election, and that their ballots are due by September 14. If that happens, we will win.

But that takes resources. And today is our deadline to wire funds to expand operations like our ad buy and field program before ballots drop for most people next week. And that is why I am asking:

Can you PLEASE split a $5 contribution to our campaigns today to help us beat this Republican recall? Do it before our ad buy deadline and you will be even more pivotal in helping us win this race.

Thank you, Stephen. Your support means a lot.

Gavin Newsom

If you've saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your split donation to Adam Schiff and Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Gavin Newsom will go through immediately:

During an interview with the Sacramento Bee editorial board, unhinged, Gavin Newsome rants on -- lying and distorting facts…

The full interview, in full and in context.

Now listen to Larry Elder running to replace Newsom…

Bottom line…

We are so screwed, and Larry Elder represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help California recover.

We need ELDER-care for California.

-- steve

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell