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Nocebos & Mass Hysteria

Nocebos and Mass Hysteria

by Kelley Williams Published February 21, 2021 A nocebo effect is the opposite of a placebo effect. A placebo makes you get well because you think you will. A nocebo makes you get sick because you think you will. Both work if you believe authority figures (doctors and experts) who say they work. The mechanism is imaginary or psychological. But the effects are real and physiological.

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Doctor or Politician?

Doctor or Politician?

A recent analysis of CDC data by Johns Hopkins’ Dr. Genevieve Briand shows that increased deaths “involving” COVID-19 are offset by decreased deaths due to other causes.  She finds that total deaths from all causes have not increased due to the virus.

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Dr. Fauci's Faulty Theories

Dr. Fauci’s Faulty Theories

“In theory, there’s no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.” Yogi Berra was right. Presidential adviser Dr. Fauci is wrong.

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Asphidity Bags vs Face Masks

Asphidity Bags vs Face Masks

My grandmothers were born in the late 1800’s. They might have worn asphidity bags filled with smelly herbs to ward off colds and other diseases. Many rural folk did then. Some accounts say asphidity bags were used to ward off the Spanish Flu. So were face masks. They may have saved some lives. Who knows? 

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Expert Nonsense

Making Sense of Experts’ Nonsense

It’s not uncommon for experts to disagree.  That’s why you get second opinions. Or should.  If you need reminding, look at the conflicting admonitions, confusing advice about, and disastrous consequences of the COVID-19 lockdowns experts advocated.  And at the cynical exploitation of their bad advice to advance political narratives.

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China and WHO

Bogus Numbers vs Bogus Narrative

The COVID-19 narrative is that we barely escaped national disaster thanks to government ordered lockdowns — which shouldn’t be lifted too soon. It says the lockdowns prevented about 2.1 million deaths vs 2.2 million predicted. But it’s obvious the numbers don’t match the narrative.

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The Voice of God

The Voice of God

Popular blogger Glen Reynolds recently said: “If you speak with the Unchallengeable Voice of God, and then you change your mind and speak again with the Unchallengeable Voice of God, people will notice.”

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