Have you ever known someone so arrogant, dismissive and smug as to be intolerable company? We all have. I could name two here but it would be a cheap shot, and each would say they never come near this website, even as one is known to do so. (The link there is, I suppose, a cheap shot. This guy is intolerable.) The other, long retired from a high perch in Montana broadcasting, is not Mathis. Don’t go there.
The reason I bring this up is that the attitude, the mask they wear for the world, hides deep insecurity. These people are extremely unsure of themselves, and so use dismissive arrogance as a defense mechanism. Their group of friends usually consists of admirers, and in the case of the one I am thinking of who is also a Montana blogger, a fellow writer so deeply stupid as to be immune from any criticism. He’s textbook Dunning-Krueger, beyond reach. That is the kind of support they bring, and detractors there are quickly banned or dismissed.
This subject, hardly worth the bother, came to mind yesterday as I was reviewing the 102 pieces of Evidence the Covid-19 Epidemic is False. Item 51 is an open letter from Professor Sucharit Bhakdi to Chancellor Angela Merkel. My link is to the printed version, but the video, German with subtitles, is calm, dispassionate and well-reasoned. In it, late in the presentation, Bhakdi suggests that his case is made stronger by the fact that Stanford Professor John C. Ioannidis also supports his claims. Of course, I’ve never heard of Ioannidis, but a name like that will trigger a memory if I run across it again, and I did in item 64 of the list.
There Ioannidis criticizes the “harms of exaggerated information and non-evidence measures” of the Covid campaign. The link is to a five-page paper published in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, non-downloadable and non-printable unless some sleuthy criminal, not me of course, were to merely screen-cap it. In the opening paragraph, Ioannidis says
Based on Altmetric scores, the most discussed and most visible scientific paper across all 20+ million papers published in the last 8 years across all science is a preprint claiming that the new coronavirus’ spike protein bears “uncanny similarity” with HIV‐1 proteins.2 The Altmetric score of this work has reached an astronomical level of 13,725 points as of 5 March 2020. The paper was rapidly criticized as highly flawed, and the authors withdrew it within days. Regardless, major harm was already done. The preprint-fuelled conspiracy theories of scientists manufacturing dangerous viruses and offered ammunition to vaccine deniers. Refutation will probably not stop dispersion of weird inferences.
And there is is – smug condescension and arrogance contained in the words “vaccine deniers” making “weird inferences.” The Climate Change alarmism crowd also uses this tactic, which restated is simply as follows:
We nailed it and will not entertain anyone who disagrees with us. We are so sure, we are so good, that we no longer have to endure criticism.”
That tells me they are selling snake oil. Otherwise, calm and mutually respectful discussion and analysis would be allowed. The business of science is to state an hypothesis and then attempt to disprove it. Hardly any in the field of climate or virology adhere to the scientific method, making them pseudoscientists, and with vaccines, dangerous quacks.
Ioannidis knows on some deep level that he is dealing in false science, but also that his livelihood and position at Stanford are threatened if he comes clean. So he erects a castle complete with moats and fortification, including barrels of hot oil he pours over the side at any who attempt to attack him.
He’s a charlatan. That one word tells me as much.
I’ve been on the fence regarding the nature of viruses, but I certainly avoid any and all vaccinations, as a healthy immune system does not need them. I regard them as an insult to both my body and intelligence. That we are all going to have to endure a vaccination in order to travel somewhat freely (we will never again enjoy the level of freedom we had before this hoax) is a concern. I fear no virus, but I do fear the concoction that President Gates and the monsters behind his pretty face are brewing up. They are now sitting around a cauldron, chanting as they stir,
“Covid 19 is our brew, fascism is our stew.”
Who will save us from those who want to save us?