Guidance on the left, renders the ‘facts’ (raw numbers) on the right, complete misinformation

Inflation of case numbers is due to PCR misuse as diagnostic tool; same problem for many months.

Poor precision in communication distorts motives

And distorted motives warp human interactions, which in turn degrade individual psychology.

There is no way around it—the ways almost all people communicate are much cruder than their brains are capable of.

And that is the cause of most of what we now call (non-biological) “mental health” problems.

Here is an example: I want to say something very complex to my primary care doctor. I can give her the gist in a minute or two but I do not want to have that go on my medical record.

So I ask her if I can start a discussion that she will promise to keep off my record.

She says, “I’ll think about it.”

A week later I get a letter from her nurse saying she is not willing to do what I asked.

No reason why was given. Do rules prevent her from doing that? I have heard of doctors allowing patients to keep some concerns off the record, but who knows what the reality is? Do you?

If I insist, will that go on my record? Did what I asked in the first place go on my record? My doctor is trapped within or is voluntarily following some guideline that is most decidedly not in my best interests.

This same sort of thing can happen interpersonally. If I raise a topic that is psychologically important to me with even a close friend, I have to wonder will they understand? Will they allow me to expand the subject over a few weeks or months or longer? Will my initial statements change our friendship?

The basic problem is how do you discuss complex psychological subjects with others?

One of my friends works in alternative health care. She knows what I want to bring up with my doctor and admits that even in her professional setting where patients have an hour to open up, there is not enough time.

Back to my primary care doctor. I saw her again a year later and she asked if I remembered her. I said, “Of course I remember you.” She said no more and neither of us raised the off-the-record topic. An intern was with her.

I wonder what she thinks of me. Did she interpret my slightly nervous behavior when I first asked as a “sign” of something? Does she think I am volatile or bipolar or just nuts? (I am not.)

I am 100% sure that she cannot possibly know what I wanted to bring up with her. In this case, I have all of the information and I want to give it to her but she cannot or will not allow that unless my initial fumblings toward a complex subject are made public.

Even a  close friend could find themselves in a similar position. And I wonder if I have done that myself to someone. Most people most of the time are not able to scale those walls that divide us.

On either side of the wall is a complex person capable of complex understanding, but one or both persons cannot scale the wall. My doctor is smart enough to have become an MD and yet I cannot tell her about a complex medical condition that is of great importance to me.

I know that I do not want to open the subject and risk a shallow public label (a common hindrance to many potential communications). I honestly do not know what my doctor is thinking. Maybe I will try again the next time I see her.

EDIT 12/16/2020: I didn’t try again. After much thought, I decided to switch doctors. And I will not bring this subject up with my new doctor. It’s a sad reality that trying at all ruined (in my mind) my relationship with my first doctor and convinced me that the topic is not one I can discuss with any medical professional in a professional setting and maybe in any setting.

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first posted OCTOBER 10, 2017

Bad science, false virtue, bad laws lead to deforestation in Europe

…A flaw in the legislation meant that woody biomass was fully categorised as renewable, even if it came not just from wood residues or waste, but from whole trees. This meant that companies could directly harvest forests for pellets – rather than making pellets from the by-products of timber cut for other uses – in the name of sustainable forest management.

…Biomass, of which wood from forests is the main source, now makes up almost 60% of the EU’s renewable energy supply, more than solar and wind combined, and a vast cross-border industry has emerged to meet this demand.

‘Carbon-neutrality is a fairy tale’: how the race for renewables is burning Europe’s forests

Excess Deaths Graphed USA

A lot of people seem to be under the misperception that the pandemic isn’t causing excess deaths. Here’s a CDC graph showing weekly deaths in the United States from all causes going back to the beginning of 2017.

For a broader picture, follow link to original and read some of the comments. Many excess deaths are consequences of lockdowns, depression, job loss, other illnesses not being treated, etc. Covid is real but we wrongly reacted and overreacted, making it worse; with downstream effects that will be felt for decades. ABN

The number of girls wanting sex-change has grown enormously; author claims it’s a fad

A fad with serious consequences. This is a well-researched article with a clear point of view.

…Nearly all of these detransitioners blame the adults in their lives, especially the medical professionals, for encouraging and facilitating their transitions rather than questioning them.

The book Silicon Valley tried to kill: ABIGAIL SHRIER’S investigation into the exploding numbers of girls wanting to change sex has caused an outcry in America – but her story must be heard

A different take on covid vaccines

Few people realize that the Moderna vaccine against COVID-19—which the FDA has finally declared “highly effective,” and which is now being distributed to Americans—has actually been available for nearly a year.

But the government wouldn’t let you take it.

The vaccine, a triumph of medical science known as mRNA-1273, was designed in a single weekend, just two days after Chinese researchers published the virus’s genetic code on January 11, 2020.

For the entire duration of the pandemic, while hundreds of thousands died and the world economy was decimated by lockdowns, this highly effective vaccine has been available.

But you, and all the people who died, were prohibited by the government from taking it.

We Had the Vaccine from the Start—You Just Weren’t Allowed to Take It

Johns Hopkins Study shows COVID-19 has had ‘Relatively No Effect on Deaths’

Johns Hopkins deleted the study, which you can find below, not because it is wrong but because it “…was being used to support false and dangerous inaccuracies about the impact of the pandemic.

The following image provides the gist of the study:

The study itself and more information about it can be found here: According to study, “in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States.”

EDIT 12/21/20: The study has been memory-holed. An archived copy can be found here: A closer look at U.S. deaths due to COVID-19.

Covid: A brief non-political assessment

Written by a group of Belgian doctors and health care professionals, this overview of Belgian covid policy is well-worth reading. It applies to many other countries, including USA.

We, Belgian doctors and health professionals, wish to express our serious concern about the evolution of the situation in the recent months surrounding the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We call on politicians to be independently and critically informed in the decision-making process and in the compulsory implementation of corona-measures. We ask for an open debate, where all experts are represented without any form of censorship. After the initial panic surrounding covid-19, the objective facts now show a completely different picture – there is no medical justification for any emergency policy anymore.
The current crisis management has become totally disproportionate and causes more damage than it does any good.
We call for an end to all measures and ask for an immediate restoration of our normal democratic governance and legal structures and of all our civil liberties. (Open letter from medical doctors and health professionals to all Belgian authorities and all Belgian media)

Unique American Voices: Robert Kennedy Jr & Alan Dershowitz talk about vaccines

This is much better than expected. Kennedy is a very pragmatic thinker with many studies and practical lines of reasoning to back up his claims. And NO, he is not an anti-vaxxer. Dershowitz is an abstract thinker arguing legalities and hypothetical situations that illustrate how our laws work or might work in particular cases.

I learned much about how vaccines are manufactured and work. The process is not pretty and the product is not as safe or effective as you might think.

A list of studies that show hydroxychloroquine works if taken early

Link: Global HCQ studies. PrEP, PEP, and early treatment studies show high effectiveness, while late treatment shows mixed results

I am completely open on this topic and welcome reasoned rebuttals. My understanding is HCQ is over-the-counter in many/most countries and works well if given early or used as prophylactic.

At the link above, you can click on the studies and then find their source on the lower left of the dropdown. ABN