what kung fu theater can teach us about public health
"The problem is that you attacked me wrong." - Woo woo
I remember how I (a green belt) was given a rubber pretend knife and was paired with a taekwondo black belt. Guess what, the "black belt" lost against a knife despite my total lack of taekwondo skills.
Anyhow, the vaccine scammers and "health experts" are afraid of debating ANYONE who objects to them. They are even MORE afraid of debating degreed experts like Dr Malone or Dr McCullough.
That is because the "health experts" and "vaccine advocates" are frauds and buffoons and they know it very well.
This substack is for the ages. Now do "climate science".
"in 2019, i legitimately was not aware of what a near total sham public health is" - I agree completely with this sentiment. Economics is similar in that there are some 'useful' modelling techniques that help you try to understand a non-deterministic field... but it is mostly full of snake oil salesmen and con artists trying to validate a narrative. I think a lot of the behavioral economics/psychology techniques were also adopted by public health which were quite easy to spot if you were privy to them. Quite sickening in my opinion...
Brilliant!....... "The problem is not people being uneducated. The problem is that people are educated just enough to believe what they have been taught, and not educated enough to question anything from what they have been taught."
Your article is simply brilliant in its analogy. And if I may extrapolate further, it is why all of Klaus Schwab’s nonsense about the Great Reset will fail miserably.
It is so satisfying to see the Wizard of Oz’s curtain pulled back to display the utter vapidity and phoniness of what public health has turned into. It gives me hope that ordinary scientists, epidemiologists, doctors and nurses will lead us out of this ridiculousness.
Boomers are suckers for credentials, easily dazzled by XYX Ivy diploma and letters after names. As soon as I hear "PhD" or "my model says", I'm out. It's all drivel for the drivel peddlers and nothing works in the real world because these people have never worked in the real world.
“nothing would be more fatal than for the Government of States to get in the hands of experts. Expert knowledge is limited knowledge, and the unlimited ignorance of the plain man who knows where it hurts is a safer guide than any rigorous direction of a specialized character.” -Winston Churchill
I knew nothing of the things the cat and so many others uncovered over the duration of this scam. I learned a lot and it was great to see others learning as they went as well. I’m still an idiot on bio stats and epidemiology but I run rings around TV Joe bloke thanks to all these “amateurs.” So yeah I want to thank You ElGato, Steve Kirsch, Matthew Crawford, Situation Commander, Screaming into the Void, Utobian, Mark Oshinski, Tessa Lena and so many others. You really held the line and put in the hard yards. Thank you too Substack for staying afloat and not capitulating to tyrannical censorship. It’s obviously not over, for now we have to try to prosecute the guilty, track the damaging effects of the jab and all cause mortality. There’s still restrictions where I live against us unjabbed but I’m so happy I made it through despite mountains of pressure from everyone, despite evictions and social ostracism. Despite losing work and study opportunities. Despite being made homeless and having to live in the forest for a while. It was all worth it because I’m unjabbed. Hats off to the amateurs. You guys are the ultimate fighters.
"Never confuse credentials for credibility" is perhaps the biggest lesson of the past, two-year disaster. Epic article, El Gato! Thank you for all that you and Team Reality on substack have done to help us non-scientists to see reality so clearly. Muchas gracias!
Insightful, as always. One thing bothers me, however. You do not NAME NAMES. We never do. We call attention to "them" in general terms, but these frauds continue to circulate and pontificate with no mud on the back of their ironed white gi and no blood on their face. It has become increasingly crazy-making to me that we NEVER CALL THESE PEOPLE OUT to their faces.
Michael Crichton noted long ago that when we read an article in an area of our expertise we see sloppy reporting and falsehoods constantly. We shrug it off and move on to another article outside of our expertise and forget to apply the same degree of skepticism--while somewhere a subject matter expert is laughing at THAT article's nonsense.
We have to stop fighting nameless, faceless foes. There needs to be a database of all the epidemiology, medical, virology, and public health frauds with their published failures. The same for politicians, incidentally. I am toying with a website that NAMES THE NAMES of duplicitous RINO Republicans who need to be IDENTIFIED, vilified, and primaried out of the party.
We're in a no-shiite-for-real battle for the survival of our liberties and we cannot even name the names of our enemies. What is up with that?
Excellent, and I can totally relate.
I played high school and college football, both at small schools. I also read newspaper exploits of other Big Schools and their Big Players and all their individual awards and All-Whatever Team accolades. I was impressed. After all, I was just a little guy at a little school, and even though I had a particular talent that my gut said was better than average, I was a nobody.
I wasn't drafted, but I was asked to go to a pro training camp. I went, really for a weeks' vacation experience, never thinking I should actually be there. Plus, the same team also signed two guys with Big Names from Big Schools with All-Conference credentials, as well as an old veteran. I was pretty sure I was going down in flames, because I was a nobody without a proper pedigree.
Finally, after all the talk and strutting, practice started for real, pads and all. I. Kicked. Their. Ass. Daily. In fact, after three days, the vet retired and one guy just disappeared from camp, vanished.
I learned a valuable, massive lesson, and my confidence buoyed. I had a decent career until I got hurt.
Fast forward 6 years. After football, I went back to school for an MBA from a decent urban state university, a good school, but not anywhere near an Ivy or Stanford (and no student loans, and I worked two p/t jobs to live.) After graduation I went to work for a company that got acquired by a bigger one. The Big Company was littered with Ivy MBA's from the right families. I was added to that pool and given the shit assignments; after all I was an inferior nobody from a lowly public school. But I always won in my duties, and the ReallyReallyReally Kool Kids failed, but wrote excellent papers filled with buzzwords and bullshit as to why they failed, and it never their fault. Ultimately the Big Boss---a former Marine and college jock with great common sense and critical-thinking skilz---recognized I *performed* but didn't say much. Ultimately the Kool Kids answered to me, a nobody. One by one they quit, to take jobs where other Kool Kids infested and talked a lot. McKenzie seemed a special landing spot (never hire McKenzie & Co. if you really want good consultive advice.)
It was then that I developed Peregrine's First Law of Rhetorical Economics: The reason "talk is cheap" is because the supply exceeds the demand.
Add diet and nutrition to the list. The "experts" and 200-pound dietitians pushed plant-based, low-fat diets as the population got fatter. Then came the internet and people writing about low-carb and paleo diets, and not too many years later, low-carb and real-food diets are now conventional wisdom.
Two comments: Ad Hominem is not always a "fallacy" nor invalid. For example, consider a paid witness at a trial. He might be a true expert in his field, and so certified by the court. However, more than just his knowledge is a subject of relevant suspicion. Which side is paying him? There is a potential conflict of interest there. This issue is present in nearly all human affairs, yet is often overlooked. Looking at the example of that academic authority or government "expert," a skeptic should always consider who pays her salary, how she got the job, what likely influences, obvious or hidden, likely exist upon her. Yet this is almost never done. Gato's comments, in so many words, might be summarized as: Many people, even in high positions, are unqualified. It's quite possible they got the job because of who they know, not what they know.
That leads to a related observation: the dilution of academic standards. This is a topic about which entire books could be (and no doubt have been) written. For the young (say, under 40), they may find it hard to believe, but over a period of at least two, probably three generations, nearly all academic standards have been watered down substantially. There are many reasons for this, but not the least important being to answer the "need" to allow nearly anyone who wanted a degree to obtain one. This doesn't mean that one one learns anything or that all studies are worthless of course. Yet at probably at no time in history have so many Americans obtained so many worthless degrees. And if you haven't done some research, you have no conception of how far grading and other standards of intellectual rigor have slipped. A MS in Physics from MIT in 1960, 1980 or 2020? There is no comparison between them.
I speak partly from personal experience. I obtained a MA in Spanish in my 50s (for "enrichment") with a decent GPA, 3 or more, at a good not great State university. Yet I can scarcely speak the language. One of my professors even said that I should not have been accepted into the MA program. He was probably right. And 20 or 50 years ago, I wouldn't have been. If I were so inclined, I could probably have obtained a teaching job with that credential. How many millions like me have been extruded from this faulty system over the years?
Brilliant analogy. I'm married to a professional warrior, and many of my friends are warriors who need to win real fights. When the crap hits the fan, woo-woo becomes irrelevant. We are now ruled by woo-woo. Let's hope the woo-woo masters in all fields are forced to emulate one of moviedom's greatest scenes: "Run Away, Run Away!"