Fear: The Best Tool of the Ruling Class

Reposted from American Thinker

By Charles Battig

Social and political responses to the fears of the Corona-19 virus pandemic are news headlines, but do they deserve headlines?   Of course, they are news, but they are not really new news. We have been repeatedly warned about the destructive power of fear.

Making themselves virtually unassailable, at least initially, politicians embraced the pandemic and associated public health fears it has engendered, and assumed near dictatorial powers in the name of protecting the public health.  Unmasked and unhindered, some politicians’ actions have validated the descriptive term of “the ruling class.”   The 1972 cult film by the same name gave one view of the dysfunctional life-style of a fictional British nobleman whose aspirations were quite noble and infused with a sense of god-like powers, not unlike some of our governors and mayors.

A less fanciful, but more philosophically grounded observation of the 1930’s was made by H.L. Menken:  “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”  No question that the Corona virus is real, not imaginary, but Menken astutely recognizes the basic urge in politicians to use fear to control the populous.

During President Roosevelt’s first inaugural address, on March 4th,1933, he said that “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”.

The more recent 2010 book by A. Codevilla bears the name “The Ruling Class,” and describes the outsized influence on American society by a clique of  intellectuals scattered throughout  the upper echelons of business, the media, political parties, and educational institutions.  Constitutional rights are denigrated, as is the traditional role of religion in American daily life.  These folks know that they know better than you do.

Combining a stretch of environmental-saving enthusiasm and fuzzy thinking, activists have wasted no effort in trying to link the imagined effects of climate change to its imagined impact on the Corona virus pandemic.  Economic hardships and social deprivations imposed by the ruling class are said to be good for the globe, and that the necessary price to save it is a cultural and scientific retrenchment. 

One author whose fictional narrative seems prescient in this current setting is Michael Crichton.  His 2004 “State of Fear” is a fictional thriller whose environmental and philosophical underpinnings are well documented by him, and whose validity has largely stood the test of time.  Al Gore’s perpetual predictions of global environmental disasters secondary to man-made carbon dioxide and fossil fuel use have not materialized in the intervening decade.

In a Socratic method exposition, Crichton develops the concept of fear as a tool to control the public.  As one of his characters explains:

“I am leading to the notion of social control….  To the requirement of every sovereign state to exert control over the behavior of its citizens, to keep them orderly and reasonably docile…. To keep them paying taxes… and, of course, we know that social control is best managed through fear.”

He continues:

“…in reality, in the last fifteen years we have been under the control of an entirely new complex, far more powerful and far more pervasive.  I call it the politico-legal-media complex. The PLM. And it is dedicated to promoting fear in the population, under the guise of promoting safety.”

He identifies the role of experts and universities in the enshrinement of fear as a political tool:

“Because they had a new role to play. They became the creators of new fears for the PLM. Universities today are factories of fear. They invent all the new terrors and new social anxieties…they produce a steady stream of new anxieties, dangers, and social terrors to be used by politicians, lawyers, and reporters.” 

Fears of climate change fit that narrative, in spite of the continued failure of computer modeling of global climate to accurately predict future changes. 

With the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, pandemonium erupted worldwide as fear of the unknown initially governed both social and scientific responses.  Leaders abhor the prospect of telling a frightened public that they do not know how to respond to a new pathogen.  Informed response would require a learning curve time-span to fully understand the clinical impact on the public, but no one wants to be the unfortunate guinea pig awaiting nature’s random death sentence. 

Experts in epidemiology and infectious diseases were tapped for advice, and they turned to computer models for answers.  Years of failed computer-based climate predictions would be no reason to doubt the ability of virus modeling to predict its worldwide impact.  By mid-March, the computer had spoken and British scientist Neil Ferguson reported that  many millions would die.  “Flatten the curve” entered the lexicon of the media, though few noted that the area under the flattened curve likely contained the same area as the initial peaked curve.  No small matter because if the areas are the same then the number of deaths represented would remain the same; they would just take place over a longer time interval.  Subsequently, the computer derived predictions of millions of deaths proved to be grossly exaggerated.

Virologists and epidemiologists inhabit a different mental world than that of economists, sociologists, and physicians, and their recommended remedies might well kill the virus at some point, but the patient might also have been killed by the cure.  

This latter scenario has painfully played out over the past few months as the collateral damage to a highly integrated, interdependent, and complex modern society from the epidemiological cure of isolation, implemented by the ruling class, has become evident.

“Stay-at-home” and avoid social contact is a simplistic fallback to stop an epidemic in the 21st century.  It may have been the only answer in the form of walled cities in the middle ages; it may work if you isolate that first infected person and prevent him/her from transmitting the pathogen.  However, in the present pandemic, the pathogen was well out of the bottle long before it was recognized to be a new pathological entity.  This virus has shape changer variants in its clinical manifestations, and makes accurate and timely tracking difficult.  The pandemic may or may not be beginning to burn itself out, only time will tell.  However, there is no difficulty seeing the global destruction of human lives secondary to near economic collapse.

What also has been revealed is the latent enthusiasm with which the political/ruling class has claimed the moral high ground in issuing edicts in the name of the public good.  “Stay-at-home” orders range from weeks to months with no solid scientific justification for a particular time span, but with political/legal imperative.  Wearing of masks by the general public has become a schizophrenic policy issue.  Numerous studies claim that they are not protective against the Corona virus, especially the homemade cloth varieties.  At 120 nm diameter, these virus particles are not filtered out by surgical or fabric face masks.  Wearing of such masks may aggravate other existing medical conditions.  Official agencies differ in their recommendations.  The WHO says no to wearing them by the general public; our CDC says yes.  Wearing a mask becomes a measure of virtue signaling, albeit much cheaper than driving a “pious.”   Some governors are true believers and issue orders to wear a mask, any sort of mask, else risk criminal charges and fines.  Without hesitation, such politicians disregard basic constitutional rights based on personal whim and selective use of diverse scientific data.

Fear is a valuable, basic human emotion which functions as a self-preservation instinct.  However, the current Coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated that members of the ruling class are adroitly curtailing our constitutional basic rights in the name of saving us from ourselves.

Charles Battig is a retired physician graduate engineer, policy advisor Heartland Institute, member of the CO2 coalition. His  website is http://www.climateis.com

Social and political responses to the fears of the Corona-19 virus pandemic are news headlines, but do they deserve headlines?   Of course, they are news, but they are not really new news. We have been repeatedly warned about the destructive power of fear.

Making themselves virtually unassailable, at least initially, politicians embraced the pandemic and associated public health fears it has engendered, and assumed near dictatorial powers in the name of protecting the public health.  Unmasked and unhindered, some politicians’ actions have validated the descriptive term of “the ruling class.”   The 1972 cult film by the same name gave one view of the dysfunctional life-style of a fictional British nobleman whose aspirations were quite noble and infused with a sense of god-like powers, not unlike some of our governors and mayors.

A less fanciful, but more philosophically grounded observation of the 1930’s was made by H.L. Menken:  “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”  No question that the Corona virus is real, not imaginary, but Menken astutely recognizes the basic urge in politicians to use fear to control the populous.

During President Roosevelt’s first inaugural address, on March 4th,1933, he said that “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”.

The more recent 2010 book by A. Codevilla bears the name “The Ruling Class,” and describes the outsized influence on American society by a clique of  intellectuals scattered throughout  the upper echelons of business, the media, political parties, and educational institutions.  Constitutional rights are denigrated, as is the traditional role of religion in American daily life.  These folks know that they know better than you do.

Combining a stretch of environmental-saving enthusiasm and fuzzy thinking, activists have wasted no effort in trying to link the imagined effects of climate change to its imagined impact on the Corona virus pandemic.  Economic hardships and social deprivations imposed by the ruling class are said to be good for the globe, and that the necessary price to save it is a cultural and scientific retrenchment. 

One author whose fictional narrative seems prescient in this current setting is Michael Crichton.  His 2004 “State of Fear” is a fictional thriller whose environmental and philosophical underpinnings are well documented by him, and whose validity has largely stood the test of time.  Al Gore’s perpetual predictions of global environmental disasters secondary to man-made carbon dioxide and fossil fuel use have not materialized in the intervening decade.

In a Socratic method exposition, Crichton develops the concept of fear as a tool to control the public.  As one of his characters explains:

“I am leading to the notion of social control….  To the requirement of every sovereign state to exert control over the behavior of its citizens, to keep them orderly and reasonably docile…. To keep them paying taxes… and, of course, we know that social control is best managed through fear.”

He continues:

“…in reality, in the last fifteen years we have been under the control of an entirely new complex, far more powerful and far more pervasive.  I call it the politico-legal-media complex. The PLM. And it is dedicated to promoting fear in the population, under the guise of promoting safety.”

He identifies the role of experts and universities in the enshrinement of fear as a political tool:

“Because they had a new role to play. They became the creators of new fears for the PLM. Universities today are factories of fear. They invent all the new terrors and new social anxieties…they produce a steady stream of new anxieties, dangers, and social terrors to be used by politicians, lawyers, and reporters.” 

Fears of climate change fit that narrative, in spite of the continued failure of computer modeling of global climate to accurately predict future changes. 

With the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, pandemonium erupted worldwide as fear of the unknown initially governed both social and scientific responses.  Leaders abhor the prospect of telling a frightened public that they do not know how to respond to a new pathogen.  Informed response would require a learning curve time-span to fully understand the clinical impact on the public, but no one wants to be the unfortunate guinea pig awaiting nature’s random death sentence. 

Experts in epidemiology and infectious diseases were tapped for advice, and they turned to computer models for answers.  Years of failed computer-based climate predictions would be no reason to doubt the ability of virus modeling to predict its worldwide impact.  By mid-March, the computer had spoken and British scientist Neil Ferguson reported that  many millions would die.  “Flatten the curve” entered the lexicon of the media, though few noted that the area under the flattened curve likely contained the same area as the initial peaked curve.  No small matter because if the areas are the same then the number of deaths represented would remain the same; they would just take place over a longer time interval.  Subsequently, the computer derived predictions of millions of deaths proved to be grossly exaggerated.

Virologists and epidemiologists inhabit a different mental world than that of economists, sociologists, and physicians, and their recommended remedies might well kill the virus at some point, but the patient might also have been killed by the cure.  

This latter scenario has painfully played out over the past few months as the collateral damage to a highly integrated, interdependent, and complex modern society from the epidemiological cure of isolation, implemented by the ruling class, has become evident.

“Stay-at-home” and avoid social contact is a simplistic fallback to stop an epidemic in the 21st century.  It may have been the only answer in the form of walled cities in the middle ages; it may work if you isolate that first infected person and prevent him/her from transmitting the pathogen.  However, in the present pandemic, the pathogen was well out of the bottle long before it was recognized to be a new pathological entity.  This virus has shape changer variants in its clinical manifestations, and makes accurate and timely tracking difficult.  The pandemic may or may not be beginning to burn itself out, only time will tell.  However, there is no difficulty seeing the global destruction of human lives secondary to near economic collapse.

What also has been revealed is the latent enthusiasm with which the political/ruling class has claimed the moral high ground in issuing edicts in the name of the public good.  “Stay-at-home” orders range from weeks to months with no solid scientific justification for a particular time span, but with political/legal imperative.  Wearing of masks by the general public has become a schizophrenic policy issue.  Numerous studies claim that they are not protective against the Corona virus, especially the homemade cloth varieties.  At 120 nm diameter, these virus particles are not filtered out by surgical or fabric face masks.  Wearing of such masks may aggravate other existing medical conditions.  Official agencies differ in their recommendations.  The WHO says no to wearing them by the general public; our CDC says yes.  Wearing a mask becomes a measure of virtue signaling, albeit much cheaper than driving a “pious.”   Some governors are true believers and issue orders to wear a mask, any sort of mask, else risk criminal charges and fines.  Without hesitation, such politicians disregard basic constitutional rights based on personal whim and selective use of diverse scientific data.

Fear is a valuable, basic human emotion which functions as a self-preservation instinct.  However, the current Coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated that members of the ruling class are adroitly curtailing our constitutional basic rights in the name of saving us from ourselves.

Charles Battig is a retired physician graduate engineer, policy advisor Heartland Institute, member of the CO2 coalition. His  website is http://www.climateis.com

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90 thoughts on “Fear: The Best Tool of the Ruling Class

  1. I have a fear of people wearing masks, especially during riots.

    And the government.

    But not climate change — global warming has been good news for over 300 years.

    We need a new boogeyman every few years to keep us scared.

    The Democrats have Trump — just before the election they plan to claim he came here from another planet.

    • … they plan to claim he came here from another planet.

      What, you didn’t know that?

  2. Reading through this article was like “Deja vu, all over again.” 🙂

    h/t: Yogi Berra.

    • Indeed, the blind faith in computer models strikes again. The virus they are modelling is very different from the one we have in the real world.

      “Flatten the curve” entered the lexicon of the media, though few noted that the area under the flattened curve likely contained the same area as the initial peaked curve.

      It’s just as well most people did not understand that since it would mean that as soon as you start to ease movement restrictions case number must pick up producing the infamous “second wave” we are always hearing about … expect that it did not happen. Not even to the tiniest extent.

      when Italy and Spain went back to work cases just carried on falling , not even a glitch in the curve. NO SECOND WAVE. No even a bump.

      https://climategrog.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/covid-us-eu.png

      Despite all the very “unsafe” BLM rioting US new case data has been flat lining for the last month. NO UPTICK.

      Quite clearly the simplistic models which have been used to advise govts around the world are missing some key information about how this virus works and how our organism responds to.

      The most likely implication is that there is some inbuilt resistance to this “novel” virus. Maybe immunity to other corona strains.

      Just like climate models the so-called experts fit incomplete models to a short period of data and then extrapolate non-linear processes way beyond the training data and reach spurious conclusions in which they have exaggerated, unwarranted confidence.

      “Deja vu, all over again.”

  3. Yep seven in the morning they was a moron wearing his mask for his morning walk, no one was within fifty feet of him and at most less than a halve dozen people would every get close to in an entire hour walk. People are truly stupid, they listen to the Lame Stream Media and have no idea the virus is not likely to infect you outdoors unless someone coughs or sneezes on you and if they for the mask does no cover you eye so you would be exposed anyway with or without it. If he had symptoms he being irresponsible being out near people anyway.

    • No more stupid that the man I saw driving in his car with the windows rolled up wearing a mask.

      • Yes, I see a lot of that here in France.

        I think a lot of it is virtue signalling. They want to be seen as being “responsible” citizens and they are trying to finger wag everyone else by being seen to wear one whenever they go outside, even when there is not health reason to do so.

        They are trying to “set a good example”.

      • I’m doing that regularly for simple reasons.
        When I’m going from home I’m closing my driveway gate, I can meet people on sidewalk, I need to have mask. Putting it down in car means I need to touch potentially infected mask. So I rather not touching it and keeping it on.
        After stay in marked I will definitely not touch it to put it down in car and back when going from car.
        Only after coming home I will put it down, store on direct sun for some hours to disinfect. Then I will wash my hands.

        • Peter – June 10, 2020 at 12:56 am

          TiF “No more stupid that the man I saw driving in his car with the windows rolled up wearing a mask.

          I’m doing that regularly for simple reasons.
          When I’m going from home I’m closing my driveway gate, I can meet people on sidewalk, I need to have mask. Etc., etc., ……

          And you still do it now even after reading the following?

          By Charles Battig “ Wearing of masks by the general public has become a schizophrenic policy issue. Numerous studies claim that they are not protective against the Corona virus, especially the homemade cloth varieties. At 120 nm diameter, these virus particles are not filtered out by surgical or fabric face masks. Wearing of such masks may aggravate other existing medical conditions.

          • Nope, not doing. We wore masks for 3 months. Now Coronavirus is eradicated. Inspite of face masks not working…

      • In Germany driving a car with a marsk is a big NO< NO if they catch you would wish you did have the virus !

      • Well, in South Africa, he could have been arrested (for being on a public road) if he had NOT been wearing a mask.

  4. And of course cheap effective treatments are NOT allowed to the peons like us but the leaders?

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/05/president-el-salvador-announces-taking-hydroxychloroquine-says-world-leaders/

    President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele has announced that he is taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure against the coronavirus.
    Bukele told reporters on Tuesday that “most world leaders” are doing the same and has questioned why world leaders are being advised to use it while the public is not.

    “I use it as a prophylaxis, President Trump uses it as a prophylaxis, most of the world’s leaders use it as a prophylaxis,” said Bukele.

  5. Fear the police.

    Meanwhile, this is why they want the police disbanded. Antifa has taken over a several block area in Seattle with their own rules, checkpoints and armed guards. This is what numerous jihadists groups did in Syria, though on a much larger scale. Notice the borders and “walls” of a group that always rails against borders and walls.

    (Click on the images for better detail)
    https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1270375353614123010

    • Dangerous times, this is why in the UK I have taken actions to protect mine and myself 😉

      There are plenty more who are doing this on the quiet.

    • The UK police stood by and allowed criminal damage in Bristol to a public monument , that’s allowing mob rule, its irrelevant what the justification was, they still allowed mob rule, it does not send a good message out there that crowds,gangs can take over in city centres.

        • Was a time Englishmen would not have accepted this,sh*t. Now they do, and Americans are, too.

          • I love the way that one girl manages to stop the baying mob and save butts of twenty fleeing “guardians of the peace”.

            Time for Monty Python clip : Run away ! Run away !

          • And there was also a time in 1970 called the “Kent State Protest” that quickly became a mob of non-students Rioting and Burning..

            But the Ohio State National Guard put a ‘STOP’ to it lickety split …. and college campus rioting ceased to be a problem for the next 30 years

            Read more about the Kent State Shootings

          • Have studied Kent State, yet another example of subversive elements operating beneath the surface of protests organized by others, just like Black Lies Matter and American Fascist Party(antifa) today.

        • Hold the line ,hold the line.

          If theres a common domestic dispute in a household the police come round with guns,

          If theres riots on the streets they run away, scared stiff, not of the crowd but the left wing aftermath ,

          That’s how sick this country has become.

    • Guess it was just the next logical step from sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants: sanctuary cities for domestic terrorists.

    • Leave them to it.

      Don’t allow any deliveries of anything, cut off the electricity, water etc.

      Let’s see how long they last.

  6. Subsequently, the computer derived predictions of millions of deaths proved to be grossly exaggerated

    But they haven’t stopped making them. In an astonishing display of prestidigitatory, self-justifying, obfuscatory modelling, Imperial College has just made its comeback into the Fear Factory by telling us that there would have been about 10 times as many deaths without what they call “intervention”.

    After reading “we use a semi-mechanistic Bayesian hierarchical model” I started to wonder about why the public funds these folks.

    https://spiral.imperial.ac.uk:8443/bitstream/10044/1/77731/10/2020-03-30-COVID19-Report-13.pdf

    It’s also available at Nature, where it comes with some mp4 videos, that won’t play on my computer:

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2405-7

    They reach this conclusion by analysing data from 11 European countries. Curiously, they seem to detect no significant difference between Sweden and the other 10 countries. Which makes me wonder about their ability to see what is before their eyes.

    The paper has no less than 61 authors, which is a bit over-the-top even in today’s bloated academia (but no Neil Ferguson, who was presumably there in spirit, if not in body, probably off having a shag).

    • Dear Imperial College; Can you please explain why countries that didn’t go full retard like Sweden and Belarus have roughly the same death rate as others who did like the UK, France, USA, Belgium?

      Thanks

    • The number of authors probably is appropriate credit to those in different countries who provided the data. They are not all authors of the study.

  7. I just read this from the New York Times “Apart from the actual biology of the coronavirus – which we are only beginning to understand – nothing is predestined. How many people fall ill with it depends on how they behave, how we test them, how we treat them and how lucky we are in developing a vaccine.” The idiot did not know our behavior, our testing mean nothing and that a vaccine will come to late. Is our media that stupid. The virus will do what virus do, we have almost no control over them. At this date and time is that not clear to the dim-witted, let alone the New York Slime staff?

    • “Is our media that stupid.” – Yes. The only other view is that they are not stupid but bought and paid for lackeys. I don’t know which is worse but I think they are lazy and the latter.

    • Are they sure it has nothing to do with how healthy and strong people’s immune systems are?

  8. Ernest Benn summed it up nicely:

    Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.

    • Maybe we can refine that a bit. Politics is the art of looking for trouble, causing it where there wasn’t any to begin with, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedy.

      🙂

  9. Constitutional rights are denigrated, as is the traditional role of religion in American daily life.

    Although religion has been used to enslave people, it also provides a bulwark against totalitarians. “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.”

    Carl Jung realized that totalitarians of all stripes sought to remove the foundations of people’s morality in order to control their thoughts and actions.

    • Just how much of a bulwark did Catholicism provide against Mussolini? Or did the Chruch just cave in once the Lateran treaty was signed?

      • Don’t confuse church and religion.

        The Church is a totalitarian power structure since its creation at the beginning of the Holy Roman Empire.

        • Greg,
          The church was created on Holy Thursday when Jesus gave the apostles the ability to
          transform bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ. He then explicitly made Peter
          the head of the Church.

  10. “At 120 nm diameter, these virus particles are not filtered out by surgical or fabric face masks. Wearing of such masks may aggravate other existing medical conditions. Wearing a mask becomes a measure of virtue signaling”

    Wow! Is this really true? Anyway, amazing post thank you. Learned a lot. Printed it out.

    • Although the study did not look at COVID-19 specifically, the findings support mask wearing as an effective way to limit transmission of the virus from an infected person—known in medical parlance as source control. There is not much evidence that masks convey protection to healthy people, although it is possible (and may depend on the type of mask). Given the prevalence of asymptomatic infection with COVID-19, however, there is some justification for universal mask wearing to prevent those who do not know they are sick from infecting others. In Hong Kong, which has kept its outbreak relatively under control, masks are worn by the vast majority of the population, Cowling says. link

      So, wearing a mask might not actually protect you but it will likely protect others from being infected by you. There’s strong evidence for asymptomatic spreading so, you could be infectious without knowing it. Folks should wear masks.

      • Masks and gloves are designed to be worn in one location and to be discarded when leaving the location so as not to cross contaminate the next place you go. Imagine a doctor wearing his surgical mask all day then wearing it to the store on the way home.
        I continue to ask those wearing home made masks, “When was the last time you washed and sterilized that mask?” No one so far has answered that they have done it.

        • Was time “doctors” did not clean or wash anything. Then everything got sterilized, then everything got disposable, now we have infection issues we never had when things were sterilized, including laundry. Are we starting to see a pattern emerge? Cleaning has been, generally, on the decline for a long time, now everyone has suddenly discovered chlorine bleach and steam cleaners. Imagine that.

        • Good point. The only clear directive I could find was for the Canadian Armed Forces. They say masks should be disposed of when they become soiled or damp. Otherwise, I can find a zillion sites telling me how to sterilize masks but none that tell me I should sterilize my mask. That seems like a serious oversight.

        • At least 30 minutes on the direct sun will do the job.
          Or store mask for 2 days and take another, then cycle.

      • As mentioned in another WUWT article, they’re now saying that asymptomatic spreads is “very rare”:

        “Asymptomatic spread of coronavirus is ‘very rare,’ WHO says”
        https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/08/asymptomatic-coronavirus-patients-arent-spreading-new-infections-who-says.html

        “A study on infectivity of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carriers”
        https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7219423/

        It’s hard to keep with the powers that be, perhaps this morning there will be a different pronouncement based on the latest spin of the wheel.

      • “…there is some justification for universal mask wearing…”

        That’s pretty weak sauce, IMO; right up there with “may”. And this is for proper masks (like the surgical type), not simple cloth coverings or bandanas loosely draped over the mouth (which is a common sight). The latter are less than useless since they may make people feel overconfident and actually put them at greater risk.

    • Wanting to have proof that masks works against viruses and bacteria is like wanting to have proof that parachute saves lives and works against gravity.
      Viruses are bound to mucus droplets much bigger than 120nm. Each droplet is starting big and getting smaller by drying in atmosphere. If you reduce size of droplets from 0.1mm to 0.01mm by face mask, you effectively reduce transmission form you to others by 90%.
      Mask is mostly not protecting you but protect others from you.

      • “…you effectively reduce transmission form you to others by 90%.”

        Nice theory, but the the best study to date on the issue found that using masks (properly) produced only a 10% reduction in viral transmission. And even this was within the study’s margin of error, so it could easily be less than that.

        • My study is based on 5 million people in Slovakia, where Coronavirus was eradicated.
          Look also on Austria, their cases number started to fall after ordering masks.

          • Correlation is not causation. There are many, many possible confounding factors when considering different cities and countries. The anecdotal data you cite is not a study and no conclusions can be drawn from it. BTW, Covid-19 has not been “eradicated” anywhere.

          • In this case it is correlation, we have even test group. Czech republic started to wear masks 2 weeks later and it was clearly visible how their exponential growth stopped 2 weeks after masks. Czechia and Slovakia were part of one state with as similar lifestyle as possible.
            Other testgroup was Austria, first one of most affected countries, but they mandated masks too, now they are given as example of successful fighting of Coronavirus.
            New Zealand eradicated virus. Their last patient was officially pronounced virus free.

      • There was a nice short ‘commercial’, where a young Czech girl was explaining that “I wear a mask to protect YOU. You wear a mask to protect me.” Simple and simply explained. Pity the WHO couldn’t make up its collective mind and say it as simply as that!

    • “Wow! Is this really true? ”

      Not really because the virus is NOT floating around on its own in the air. What masks are aiming to filter is the small droplets of virus containing liquid we cough , spit or dribble. There are very much larger and can be mostly caught by a simple mask.

      There was a very badly conducted american study which used synthetic aerosols which contained much smaller droplets which remain airborne much longer. This was then further misreported by the media as finding that the virus stayed in the air for days.

      Many folks now think think the virus can float around on its own, hence incorrectly compare the size of the virus itself to the pore size of the mask.

  11. I learned how to handle fear in US Army, “they” really don’t want to go there with me, or around 20 million other veterans. “They” will not like the outcome of that scenario.

  12. FBI crime statistics data for 2018 show that there were a total of 7,407 black murders that year in the U.S. which is the highest for all races in our country. https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018/crime-in-the-u.s.-2018/topic-pages/expanded-homicide

    The number of 2018 black murders is 22% higher than for all 2018 murders of whites at 6,068.

    This outcome occurred even though blacks represent only about 14% of the total U.S. population compared to 76.5% for whites based on 2019 census data of race classification categories. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/US/IPE120218

    Based on FBI data for single victim/single offender murder data by race shows that nearly 89% of all these black murders were the result of black on black crime.

    FBI data on all police justifiable homicides of blacks for 2018 shows these occurrences represent less than 3% of all black murders with that same percentage also representing the occurrences of police justifiable homicides for whites as well.

    Black on black murders dominate the occurrences of all black criminal homicides in the US with the total number of these murders representing far in excess of the proportion of blacks in US population compared to murders for whites.

    The overwhelming proportion and number of black on black murders in the US compared to data for white murders along with the much smaller number of police justifiable homicides for both blacks and whites does not support claims of systemic racism in the US against blacks by the police.

    Black Lives Matter and their media enablers choose to ignore the overwhelming evidence and significance of out of control long-standing black on black murders across the US in trying to push their political campaign against the police that if successful will only further exacerbate the problem of black on black murder and other black on black crimes.

    This purely political campaign by Black Lives Matters is built upon deception, distortion and dishonesty. Their deceitful campaign does not even begin to address the fundamental problems that are driving the huge black on black crime reality that is destroying the lives of millions of people.

    • OOHHHHH!!!! Markeemark Zuckacock is going to be very cross with you, telling the truth and whatnot.

        • Doing 200 odd rds of that tomorrow. Bit-O-therapy. 7.62 Warsaw and NATO. Bit of 9mmLuger thrown in for flavor.

          • In the UK we have great variety too, a axe ,no law on how sharp it can be, a spear no law on how long or short it has to be , bow and arrow, no restriction on the ft/lb power, and of course we can shout at mobs ,and tyrannical foot soldiers of the state, criminals have it easy ,they have access to semi auto firearms “loads of money” to buy whatever they need, upstanding law abiding citizens have little but trust in a fixed ,biased increasingly loaded state. What more could you ask for!

          • Just got home, the aroma of propellant clinging cloyingly to my clothes! No for a couple hours of cleaning, nirvana.

        • Weapons are cleaned and mags loaded but this truck driver simply has not had the time to go to the range for weeks even though it’s just a mile away. Unlike those they show on the news, I have a job that is keeping me busy and a home with grounds that I’m proud of and work to maintain instead of tearing up and burning other peoples stuff. So my therapy has been the satisfaction of looking out over the several acres trimmed, mowed and looking like a park after a days labor on it. Feeding the birds and playing with the dogs. Basically enjoying the fruits of my labor.

  13. Funny thing that,you keep squeezing the “Flight or Flight” instinct,strange things happen.
    Usually to the people doing the squeezing.

  14. I have stopped wearing a mask in public places. At first, I felt naked, exposed and vulnerable. But withing two days that went away and now not wearing a mask feels normal again. It will take time for everyone to get over the psychological feeling of safety in wearing a mask.

    • I use a Elmo bandana, everyone loves Elmo. And if it stops one leftard from crying, well, I’ll damned well stop wearing it! In the gripping hand, as long as it continues to make young women smile and be amiable to conversation I will continue to wear it, long after the Chinese Disease crap has gone away. Old guys got to work every angle they can!

  15. The authors website link comes up as being for sale.
    Oh really,? Touched some nerves eh.

  16. Author is totally wrong about face masks. Slovakia was first country outside of Asia to generally wear masks outside home and is country with best Coronavirus results in Europe and countries from northern hemisphere moderate zone.
    We can thanks only to masks that life is back to normal now. With 7 days median 0 cases and nobody in intensive care for weeks.

  17. On the one hand, we have the Cult of Calamitous Climate, and on the other, the Cult of Calamitous Coronavirus. Now, the pandemic is a real thing, which distinguishes it from the “climate problem”, however the response to it has followed similar lines. The commonality is the total lack of reason, emotionalism, and a tendency for herd behavior. Witness, the wearing of masks. Then there are all the ritualistic cleanings of everything we touch. We do live in interesting times.

  18. From the article: “Experts in epidemiology and infectious diseases were tapped for advice, and they turned to computer models for answers.”

    Epidemiologists I believe turned to previous accumulated knowledge, of which there is much, concerning epidemics of highly pathogenic CoV’s like MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and low pathogenic ones like HCoV 229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1, as a starting point to understand the new unknown COVID-19.

    The logic I presume was to bet on the new virus from the same large subfamily Coronavirinae, to behave similarly.

    Politicians turned to computer models for answers.

    From the article: “Virologists and epidemiologists inhabit a different mental world than that of economists, sociologists, and physicians”

    Sorry but that’s just meaningless.

  19. The threads above are missing a a consequence of spreading fear of social contact. In social species, denial of social interaction is a physiological stressor. Stress produces a catabolic state. Take a social species, any social species(even rats), and apply electric shocks every time they interact. What you get will not be pretty, and there is no way you could get this by an ethics committee.

    This is what is being done to the aged, to kids at school, to young mothers of new infants, to all of us. The wearing of the mask is one index of the degree of fear. Another is how people shy away from each other in the grocery store. I have noticed that eye contact is much reduced in public places. If you think this does not have consequences, you are crazy.

    • Fran,
      Excellent observation! Best comment I’ve seen today. This point needs to be made whenever there is a discussion about the lock-downs.

  20. I read somewhere that the Covid19 attacks men disproportionately versus women. Has there been a study of the added protection from wearing skirts over trousers?
    Sorry,
    Cheers
    Mike

    • Mike,
      Wearing a skirt over a trousers would be a fashion no-no. Stockings are a much better choice and if you really want to be classy, with a garter belt.

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