In the 2015 film, The Martian, iconic cinematic astronaut Mark Watney speaks the line that still endears him to millions: “I’m gonna have to science the s**t out of this.” That is, if he wants to return to what real astronaut Frank Borman called “the good earth” when Borman circled the moon in 1968. Donald Trump said something similar in 2020 when he launched Operation Warp Drive to produce a COVID-19 vaccine within a year. He succeeded in the production, but what about the product? And how about the overall state of science in its wake?
There is no question that real and dedicated scientists have indeed scienced what I will call the sugar out of the COVID virus They met the president’s goal in less than a year, just as surely as man went to the moon in less than President John Kennedy’s goal of a decade.
Equally clear is the reality that science is now so politicized it is difficult to trust anything its spokespersons say, much less what they decree.
On Dec. 21, 2020, The Blaze reported on a comprehensive study conducted by Rational Ground.com, a science think tank. The study looked at all fifty states, comparing those with a mask mandate to states having no mandate. They factored in states with a mandate over portions of the 229 days of the study from May 1 through December 15.
Results were startling. In states where mask mandates were present, infections were reported at 27 of every 100,000 persons. In states where mandates were absent the rate was 17 per 100,000. That’s 37% fewer cases of Covid in states that did not mandate masks, yet mandates remain. Multiple people serving in an official capacity, from Anthony Fauci to state governors, and even leader-of-the-free-world Joe Biden, have ordered us to “follow the science” and wear masks.
Perhaps they should try following the science and practice a little honesty for a change.
The Epoch Times opined in its Mar. 11, 2021 edition that the biggest skeptics when it comes to taking a Covid vaccine are health care professionals. These are the people putting their lives on the line treating Covid patients as opposed to those who are content to run their mouths about what the rest of us must do.
A January Gallup survey found 51% of American healthcare workers anticipated refusing the vaccine. Actual refusals recorded by the CDC exceeded the Gallup survey by 10% or more. In Europe and Asia the number of people refusing the vaccine are similar or higher than in America. The professionals appear to know or discern what lies behind admitted propaganda. Or, perhaps it is that they see the results of medical mishaps up close. The CDC states that barriers to “staff member vaccination need to be overcome with continued development and implementation of focused communication and outreach strategies.” In short, that’s fancy talk for “propaganda.” It’s no small wonder that official communications are severely mistrusted.
Thousands of deaths have been associated with the vaccines. Considering the millions of doses already administered, that’s not a large percentage, but is it worth risking death for an infection that has a 99.7% recovery rate? Additionally, it is much too soon to gauge long-term effects, but if history is a guide, long-term effects will appear.
In a stunning finding, a study in Israel found that people who received the Pfizer vaccine were more than twice as likely to die than people infected with Covid-19 but not vaccinated.
After one month of vaccine distribution in the United States, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database indicated nearly 8,000 vaccine injuries and nearly 200 deaths of people who received the injections. Those numbers are guaranteed to be low, because a study by Harvard University revealed that adverse effects from vaccines are “significantly underreported.” The Daily Record News reported on Jan. 28 that “only 1% of all adverse events” are reported. When it comes to medical propaganda, the rule appears to be ignore the negative.
More negative associations are affiliated with the world’s most popular Covid vaccine, the one made by Astra Zeneca. There has been enough death and complications following its administration to prompt Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, Greece, Sweden, and Denmark to suspend its use. After the European Medicines Agency (EMA = the official drug regulator for the European Union) gave AstraZeneca’s vaccine a clean bill of health, Belgium and Greece resumed its use, but it remains suspended in all the other countries.
Of particular interest should be the rationale used by the EMA for issuing that clean bill.
As reported in the March 18 edition of The Epoch Times, EMA decreed, “There is
no evidence of a problem related to specific batches of the vaccine or to particular manufacturing sites.” EMA adds later, “The number of reported events exceeds those expected…causality cannot be excluded.” A quick read between the lines reveals EMA explored the issue of contamination alone; there was no effort to determine if the vaccine itself is intrinsically dangerous to recipients.
Despite this lack of scientific rigor, nations such as the United Kingdom – where it is manufactured – and Australia, Canada, and India, continue to mandate its use. They ask that we believe that “dedicated public health scientists” know how to best protect people from a disease from which, by every study of its pathology, has a recovery rate of 99.7 percent. In effect, these scientists are saying, “If you don’t believe us just ask us.”
Astra Zeneca’s vaccine has not been approved for use in the United States, but that does not inhibit the Biden Administration from announcing its commitment – in the middle of March – to donate millions of doses to Mexico and Central America. The so-called party of compassion has no scruples about medicating other nations with a drug that its own Food and Drug Administration forbids to give its own people. Fox News reported this on Mar. 18.
And the “experts” wonder why so few people trust the medical establishment, the media, and government.
What can they do to restore that trust?
Lawrence Solomon directs the Consumer Policy Institute based in Toronto, Canada. His antidote to the propaganda debacle, published in Mar. 14’s Epoch Times is simple. “The media would need to lift the censorship, industry would need to subject its studies to independent scrutiny, and all would need to engage in reasoned debate rather than ‘trust-us’ assurances.”
Solomon advocates removing the sugar from the science, to which this writer adds a hearty, “Amen.”
James A. Wilson is the author of Living As Ambassadors of Relationships, The Holy Spirit and the End Times, Kingdom in Pursuit, and his first novel, Generation – available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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