If You Thought It Was Theater You Were Right

Happy Sunday evening, Americans. And, whatever time it is elsewhere. It’s Monday morning in my neck of the global woods.

Short and sweet.

There was a big-ass mask study.

In Bangladesh.

It had a bunch of authors and was written by scientists from Stanford and Yale, now published in Science.

JASON ABALUCK LAURA H. KWONG ASHLEY STYCZYNSKI ASHRAFUL HAQUE ALAMGIR KABIR ELLEN BATES-JEFFERYS EMILY CRAWFORD JADE BENJAMIN-CHUNG HABIB RAIHAN SHADMAN RAHMANSALIM BENHACHMI NEETI ZAMAN BINTEEPETER J. WINCH MAQSUD HOSSAIN SAN MAHMUD REZA ABDULLAH ALL JABER SHAWKEE GULSHAN MOMEN AURA RAHMAN TAHRIMA SAIHA HUQSTEPHEN P. LUBY AHMED MUSHFIQ MOBARAK

Got that?

They lied. All those grant whores lied.

Conclusion from the study:

A randomized-trial of community-level mask promotion in rural Bangladesh during the COVID-19 pandemic shows that the intervention increased mask usage and reduced symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections, demonstrating that promoting community mask-wearing can improve public health.

It’s bullshit.

If you slice, dice, and create categories of meaningless distinction, any despicable grant-whore liar can show almost anything from a dataset. That usually means showing a desired outcome—the telltale that a study is bullshit. A truly honest scientific study tests a falsifiable hypothesis and is agnostic about the results.

A Silicon Valley tech-entrepreneur, Steve Kirsch, reached out to the study authors to get the raw data and they gave it to him. He then had his peeps plot the data without the slicing, dicing, and meaningless distinctions to obtain a desired result.

There, I just saved myself a thousand words.

Steve has much more in a far more detailed post.


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5 Comments

  1. D.M. Ward on February 21, 2022 at 12:19

    I’ve watched this farce closely from its beginnings and the way they have people acting like trained monkeys is just woeful to witness. Of course masks don’t work, and social distancing? You can see what they’re doing to the people, getting them to contort themselves every which way – and rarely complaining about it. All those people who did it, who did whatever was “required”. Now this karma is not going to be nice.

  2. Matt Miller on February 21, 2022 at 13:43

    My take on masks: it doesn’t matter if they “work” if the virus has a 99+% survival rate.

    Way back in early 2020 they promised us mass death. But we never got mass death. By summer of 2020 (at the latest) it was obvious that covid was nothing remotely close to the early fear-mongery predictions.

    Ok, nothing more to see here.

    I do like to geek out and go down rabbit holes. That’s why I like to read this blog. But I never could muster up any interest in the science on masks.

    Personally, I am more compelled by the other factors: Masks restrict breathing. Wearing them is dehumanizing. They discourage social interaction with strangers in public. They cover up 1/3 of facial expressions. And they cover up your smile.

    • Richard Nikoley on February 21, 2022 at 14:02

      Perfect, Matt. Nothing to add.

      Every. Single. Word.

    • MIne Derien on February 21, 2022 at 23:26

      “Personally, I am more compelled by the other factors: Masks restrict breathing. Wearing them is dehumanizing. They discourage social interaction with strangers in public. They cover up 1/3 of facial expressions. And they cover up your smile.”

      My thinking exactly. There is no being neutral on this. We should be fully against this muzzling and the very bad health and social outcomes it has had/has/will have, especially on children.

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