Tuesday, January 25, 2022

CDC says: Natural immunity to Corona is a thing.

Natural immunity is what happens when you catch a virus and get over it. For the rest of your life, your immune system can defeat that virus. If you had measles as a kid, you won't get it as an adult.

The CDC reports that people who have caught COVID-19 and gotten over it have natural immunity.

Summary

What is already known about this topic?

Data are limited regarding the risks for SARS-CoV-2 infection and hospitalization after COVID-19 vaccination and previous infection.

What is added by this report?

During May–November 2021, case and hospitalization rates were highest among persons who were unvaccinated without a previous diagnosis. Before Delta became the predominant variant in June, case rates were higher among persons who survived a previous infection than persons who were vaccinated alone. By early October, persons who survived a previous infection had lower case rates than persons who were vaccinated alone.

What are the implications for public health practice?

Although the epidemiology of COVID-19 might change as new variants emerge, vaccination remains the safest strategy for averting future SARS-CoV-2 infections, hospitalizations, long-term sequelae, and death. Primary vaccination, additional doses, and booster doses are recommended for all eligible persons. Additional future recommendations for vaccine doses might be warranted as the virus and immunity levels change.

This study amounts to official recognition that previous infection is a better protection than the "vaccination". Which means the mad science experimental genetic modification shot isn't working. (It is important to note the use of language, because by the CDC's own definitions, the COVID shot is not a vaccine. When they call it one, they are lying. And they know they are lying.)

According to this study, if you had the 'rona and lived, as most of us have, then you're good. You will not catch the 'rona again. You will not spread the 'rona to your mom, your friends, or random strangers on the subway. Because you have natural immunity.

So then, given that, why is the CDC so frigging hell-bent on vaccination+boosters forever as the only way forward? That's a pretty good question. I don't know. It makes absolutely no sense from a "The Science!" perspective. All you Normies out there should be asking why they're telling you to get booster shots of mad-science goo every four months.

Update: CTV poll shows 40% of their respondents favor a fine or tax be put against the Unvaxxed. Because the official story in Canada is that natural immunity does not exist. Propaganda works.

Upperdate: Dennis Prager speaks to the disdain between the Masked and the Unmasked. "Generally speaking, these two groups have disdain for each other."

I would have to say that "disdain" is insufficient. Given the various polls like the CTV one above, the indication is that about a third of the population wants to see the un-masked and un-vaxxed fined, tossed into jail and forcibly jabbed, then muzzled.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Another "CBD prevents COVID" study.

  Well, it seems some guys out there are pretty brave. A new clinical study, this time of CBD oil taken orally, having a protective effect against COVID-19.(Sorry, this one was on Vice, but I'll link to the study as well.)

Cannabidiol—the non-psychoactive cannabis compound better known as CBD—is a potent blocker of SARS-CoV-2 replication in human cells, new research shows. Not only that, but a survey of real-world patients taking prescribed CBD found a "significant" negative relationship between CBD consumption and COVID-19 infection. 

As detailed in a paper published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances by a team of 33 researchers at the University of Chicago and University of Louisville, a survey of 1,212 U.S. patients taking prescribed CBD found that people taking 100 milligrams-per-milliliter oral doses of CBD returned positive COVID-19 tests at much lower rates than control groups with similar medical backgrounds who did not take CBD.

What's interesting to me here is not the actual science. But here's the abstract anyway.

The spread of SARS-CoV-2 and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic underscores the need for new treatments. Here we report that cannabidiol (CBD) inhibits infection of SARS-CoV-2 in cells and mice. CBD and its metabolite 7-OH-CBD, but not THC or other congeneric cannabinoids tested, potently block SARS-CoV-2 replication in lung epithelial cells. CBD acts after viral entry, inhibiting viral gene expression and reversing many effects of SARS-CoV-2 on host gene transcription. CBD inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication in part by up-regulating the host IRE1 RNase endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress response and interferon signaling pathways. In matched groups of human patients from the National COVID Cohort Collaborative, CBD (100 mg/ml oral solution per medical records) had a significant negative association with positive SARS-CoV-2 tests. This study highlights CBD as a potential preventative agent for early-stage SARS-CoV-2 infection and merits future clinical trials. We caution against use of non-medical formula-tions including edibles, inhalants or topicals as a preventative or treatment therapy at the present time.

What's interesting is the political reception to this new research. Similar papers and also proper clinical trials were done to show positive clinical results and low risk of side effects for several other drugs, including plain old Vitamin D. The political reception for that research in Ontario is the CPSO (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario) is investigating 40 (forty!) doctors for talking about it on social media. In the media, we hear stories about horse paste and fish tank cleaner.

So far, apart from the clown shows on late-night network television, we're not hearing anything from the media about "dangerous off-brand use of cannabinoids" and "Stoner dies of COVID." Almost as if there were some kind of vested interest the government has in the weed industry, and they've told the media to shut up about it.

Does CBD really prevent COVID? Eh, maybe? It seems to prevent other types of infections, if you read the literature. It certainly knocks down all sorts of inflammatory processes that don't respond well to anything else, and it does seem to be pretty safe generally speaking. If it wasn't there'd be a ton of research showing the harm, that's for sure.

Should you run out and buy CBD to prevent COVID? Maybe not? It's just another study, right? So maybe do your own research, as I keep saying.
One thing I can say for sure, don't bother asking your doctor about it. They will not tell you their opinion of CBD vs. COVID. They will tell you -nothing-. Because the CPSO is investigating 40 doctors for having an opinion in public. That's why.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

CDC says cloth masks don't work on Covid.

 
The Mask Narrative.

Well, it appears there will be some red faces out there today. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control in the USA, for all you read-until-offended types) has finally admitted (on January 14th 2022) that cloth masks do not prevent COVID-190 infections. From their website right at the top (emphasis mine):

Summary of Recent Changes

  • Added information to present similar content for masks and respirators
  • Clarified that people can choose respirators such as N95s and KN95s, including removing concerns related to supply shortages for N95s
  • Clarified that "surgical N95s" are a specific type of respirator that should be reserved for healthcare settings
  • Clarified that some types of masks and respirators provide more protection to the wearer than others
Oh? Some are better than others? Tell me more, CDC.

Key Messages:

  • Masking is a critical public health tool for preventing spread of COVID-19, and it is important to remember that any mask is better than no mask.
  • To protect yourself and others from COVID-19, CDC continues to recommend that you wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently.
  • Masks and respirators are effective at reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, when worn consistently and correctly.
  • Some masks and respirators offer higher levels of protection than others, and some may be harder to tolerate or wear consistently than others. It is most important to wear a well-fitted mask or respirator correctly that is comfortable for you and that provides good protection.
  • While all masks and respirators provide some level of protection, properly fitted respirators provide the highest level of protection. Wearing a highly protective mask or respirator may be most important for certain higher risk situations, or by some people at increased risk for severe disease.
  • CDC's mask recommendations provide information that people can use to improve how well their masks protect them.
Don't beat about the bush, Lucy, just say what you mean!

Choosing a Mask or Respirator for Different Situations

Masks and respirators (i.e., specialized filtering masks such as "N95s") can provide different levels of protection depending on the type of mask and how they are used. Loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection, layered finely woven products offer more protection, well-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s offer even more protection, and well-fitting NIOSH-approved respirators (including N95s) offer the highest level of protection.

Whatever product you choose, it should provide a good fit (i.e., fitting closely on the face without any gaps along the edges or around the nose) and be comfortable enough when worn properly (covering your nose and mouth) so that you can keep it on when you need to. Learn how to improve how well your mask protects you by visiting CDC's Improve How Your Mask Protects You page.

A respirator has better filtration, and if worn properly the whole time it is in use, can provide a higher level of protection than a cloth or procedural mask. A mask or respirator will be less effective if it fits poorly or if you wear it improperly or take it off frequently. A respirator may be considered in certain situations and by certain people when greater protection is needed or desired.

Okay then. The cloth mask has long been targeted as essentially useless, suitable only for making sure you don't accidentally spit on anyone. They only block most droplets of water when you are "speaking moistly" as the Prime Minister once said. They can't filter aerosols at all. The COVID-19 virus transmits as an aerosol, not just droplets.

Let's say that one again.  The COVID-19 virus transmits as an aerosol, not just droplets. That's the link to the NIH (National Institutes of Health in the USA) article for doctors and so forth. Here's what it says:

4. Airborne aerosols and respiratory viruses transmission

Respiratory viruses may be transmitted through indirect contact, direct contact person-to-person, large droplet spray, airborne aerosol, or a combination of all of these. Disease-carrying aerosols contain substances < 5 μm, while infectious disease physicians traditionally consider large droplet sprays to contain substances > 5 μm at close range (6.6 feet or < 2 m). It is generally believed that droplets and aerosols >5 μm settle within 6 feet away from the infected person who produces them, due to gravity (; ; ). Nevertheless, the use of 5 μm as a definite for these definitions is not supported by novel aerosol science, and the creation of a false dichotomy between what is considered an aerosol and what has considered a droplet undermines the notion of transmission (; ). The route of virus exposure is crucial to understanding transmission. Aerosols and droplets sprayed on the body and its mucous membranes, a kind of contact transmitter, while aerosols particles are inhaled by the respiratory system (). This distinction now follows disease severity, infectious dose, and control strategies. At a close range, both inhalation and contact transmission pathways are possible, but in a longer range, when the droplets have settled rapidly transmission through the inhalation pathway is important. According to aerosol science, the aerosol size is not 5 μm, so an aerosol > 5 μm is inhalable and extends over 6 feet. Also, the aerosols may be formed through the resuspension of static aerosols or settled dust (; ). The virus is found in saliva or respiratory fluid, which varies in size from aerosols and droplets from 0.2 μm to 100 μm. In general, these aerosols particles and drops are produced through breathing, speaking, and talking with aerosols, coughing, and rapid drops accompanied by coughing (; ).

Translation: Your cloth mask doesn't do shit.
The CDC finally, on January 14th 2022, admitted it. 
 

So, what does this mean? Will the CDC finally back off the mask bullshit and admit it was all theater? Of course not! Don't be silly. No, what they're going to do is double and triple down, and start specifying N-95 respirators for toddlers and everybody else. You can see it in their recommendations sheet.

 
Full disclosure, The Phantom was a fan of masks back in March 2020. Let's activate the Wayback Machine and remember this:

Lately we've seen the various cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister out there on TV saying that wearing a mask is the wrong idea. The reason they state for this claim is that the mask "gives people a false sense of security."

Translated from Official Speak: You people are too stupid to live. This is all far too complicated for your feeble minds to comprehend. Just shut up and do what you're told.

And this one too.

While the federal government is telling us we are a bunch of racists and we shouldn't wear masks to curb the spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the Kung Flu, the Wuhan Flu, the Chinese Communist BioWeapon Flu, the Bat Flu, and etc... the Premiere of Ontario is saying we need to be making masks right here in Ontario instead of begging China for them.

Unfortunately, Doug Ford's promise to make masks in Ontario came to nothing. 2022 and we still import everything from China.

Unfortunately, I was right at the time and Health Canada was lying. What we knew at the time was A) the virus was spread like the flu, in droplet form and B) might randomly kill you. Some people died, some people didn't even get sick. Also C) you could catch it again and again, because it was a novel disease and our immune systems couldn't fight it. Everybody remember that? "Fatal disease! You might die! Stay home!" But the message from Health Canada was don't wear a mask for this potential fatal droplet borne disease, because we don't have enough masks.

But then they made masks mandatory, as I predicted at the time. And they did it right about the time that "The Science" was saying that the COVID-19 transmission was aerosol, and cloth masks, procedure masks etc. wouldn't work. N-95 at a minimum to prevent airborne transmission. So yes, lying first that masks wouldn't work, then doing a 180 and lying that they would.

But then they've been lying that the "vax" would work, and they've been lying that other medicines won't work when we've SEEN them work in India, Japan, South America, and etc.

Consistent lying is the connecting thread, as far as I can see. So all you Karens out there, doing your little best to enforce every single government policy on all us unwashed, uncooperative peasants, just know that Big Brother does not have your back. You are swinging in the breeze, baby.

Update: The cost of mask mandates, illustrated.
 
 Welcoming the removal of face coverings in schools, political commentator Sophie Corcoran breaks down as she recalls her experience of wearing a mask in the classroom.

This girl is -pissed- about what they did to her in school. If faced with a public health official, I think she might take a swing.

Upperdate: Via Blazing Cat Fur, Global News has the Ontario Health Minister on TV DEMANDING that the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSO) make doctors shut the fuck up about vaccines and alternative treatments of COVID-19.

CPSO replies that they are currently "investigating" 40 physicians with an eye to making them STFU.

More than 40 physicians are currently being investigated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) for promoting unproven treatments for COVID-19 or sharing unverified information about its vaccines, Global News can reveal.

The revelation comes after Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott publicly urged the CPSO to crack down on a group of doctors accused of spreading unverified medical information about the vaccines, after the situation was brought to light in a Global News investigation.

During a press conference on Wednesday morning to update Ontarians on the province’s fight against the Omicron variant, Elliott labelled the reports “extremely concerning.”

“At a time when it’s never been more important for Ontarians to have confidence in the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, this is unacceptable,” she said.

In other news, the federal government is looking at a vaccine mandate while from around the world the evidence piles up that the vaccines are ineffective at best, they are possibly worse than useless, and the side-effects reporting is massively fudged. Also, the majority of people in hospital this week with COVID-19, including ICU, are double-vaxed. Just so we're all clear what's going on.

Uppity Upperdate January 25th, 2022 five days later: Bari Weiss on the Bill Mahar show basically reads my blog post on national TV. The Normies are restless.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Karen attacks!

What happens when your doctor or nurse, or anybody really, has an opinion different from the Current Narrative? Karen attacks.

Karen attacks nurses:

Three Ontario nurses who have faced discipline for their stances on the pandemic are suing the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and a media outlet in British Columbia, with the libel suit seeking $1 million.

Kristen Nagle of London, Kristal Pitter of Tillsonburg and Sara Choujounian of Toronto have been investigated by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) for sharing their controversial views about the pandemic on social media.


Karen attacks doctors: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article257335847.html

A doctor with decades of experience can't practice medicine after her license was temporarily suspended over complaints that she shared coronavirus misinformation, according to a Maine licensing board. The board has ordered her to undergo a neuropsychological evaluation, it said.

Karen attacks restaurants:

Tasty video of restaurant owner kicking the COVID Cops out of her establishment. They'll come back later with guns and shut her down, but the cheering does not bode well for The Narrative.

Karen attacks those evil evil eeeeeevile Anti-Vaxxers! [boo, hisss!]

Novak Djokovic left Australia on Sunday evening after losing his final bid to avoid deportation and play in the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated for COVID-19. A court earlier unanimously dismissed the No. 1-ranked tennis player's challenge to cancel his visa.

Karen TAXES those anti-vaxxers!

In a Canadian first, Quebec Premier François Legault announced on Tuesday that a new "health contribution" will have to be paid by residents who haven't received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for non-medical reasons.

And finally, Karen attacks you:

Since January 1, the New Cases by Vaccination Status table has shown a significant number of new cases as unvaccinated. This data is not accurate. This table is no longer featured on the dashboard until a review of the information is complete and the data rectified.

Because you can't handle the truth. Your feeble mind cannot comprehend how much Karen cares for you, and how hard Karen works to keep you safe. Obey!

Karen attacks you some more:

Customer in an Etobicoke Costco is arrested and hauled away by cops for not wearing a mask despite having a medical exemption. Allegedly one of the managers of the store is detaining the man alongside police.

Karen is becoming a problem, you ask me.

So, what to do about Karen? I vote we fire the bitch.

Glenn Youngkin, Virginia's first Republican Governor in more than a decade, wasted no time addressing his campaign pledges, signing nine executive orders and two executive directives. Within hours of being sworn in, Youngkin:

1. Banned the use of CRT and other inherently divisive concepts in schools;
2. Ended school mask mandates;
3. Terminated the entire Parole Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia (all were Democratic appointees);
4. Initiated an investigation into Loudoun County;
5. Established the position of Chief Transformation Officer to review all government agencies, beginning with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Virginia Employment Commission;
6. Declared Virginia open for business and initiated a review of burdensome Covid regulations;
7. Established a commission prevent human trafficking and provide support to survivors;
8. Established a commission to combat antisemitism;
9. Withdrew from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI);
10. Directed all Executive Branch entities to reduce job-killing regulations by at least 25 percent;
11. Rescinded the vaccine mandate for all state employees.

@Maximus_4EVR adds:

"Meanwhile, new Attorney General Jason Miyares (who was also just sworn in) has terminated the entire Civil Rights Division of the AG's Office (many of them Soros backed lawyers). YOWZA! 🤪

That was a MASS firing within a few moments of being sworn in. The MSM are calling it 'insane' and 'mean.'

That's what I'm talking about, right there. Just fucking fire them all. Every single one.


Friday, January 14, 2022

Capitalism treats socialism as damage and routes around it.

Case in point, gun control. Pushed to the extreme, gun control causes people to make their own

Yes you read that right. Defense distributed has taken their Ghost Gunner desktop CNC to the next level. They are now offering jigs and code to mill a zero percent receiver (raw billet blank aka brick of aluminum) into a lower receiver. Life finds a way to be ungovernable.

They're talking about the lower receiver for an AR-15, one of the most overly-complicated poodle shooters ever constructed. (I've never been a fan. Sorry, Arms Chest Denizens.) Requiring a bunch of complicated machining done on a CNC mill. A mill that usually costs thousands of dollars, requires a lot of learning and fiddling about, and is generally not something to be undertaken lightly.

Until a bunch of wise-asses decided they could make a cheap CNC that sits on a desktop and works off programs downloaded off the internet. A CNC machine that Joe Average can make out of stuff you buy at Fome Pepot and WallyMart. You can make the whole thing yourself, or buy one already made. And then start making AR-15 lower receivers out of aluminum, or carbon reinforced plastics, or any exotic material you'd care to come up with. As many as you want. Forever.

Coincidentally, the only part of an AR-15 that is controlled and serial numbered in the USA is the lower receiver. The rest of it you can get by mail-order. If the government changes those rules, gee whiz boys, the CNC can make uppers too.

I've talked about this before.There are easier things to make than an AR-15. I'm not going to list them here because Lucy is watching, but a little look at history shows all sorts of things an enterprising lad could make out of aluminum, plastic and steel. If guys can do it by hand in a busted-ass hut in Pakistan, guys can do it in North America with power tools.

Cannabinoids Block Cellular Entry of SARS-CoV-2 and the Emerging Variants

Some poor brave bastards released a study showing that two cannabinoids block COVID-19 from messing with your cells.

Abstract

As a complement to vaccines, small-molecule therapeutic agents are needed to treat or prevent infections by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) and its variants, which cause COVID-19. Affinity selection-mass spectrometry was used for the discovery of botanical ligands to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. Cannabinoid acids from hemp (Cannabis sativa) were found to be allosteric as well as orthosteric ligands with micromolar affinity for the spike protein. In follow-up virus neutralization assays, cannabigerolic acid and cannabidiolic acid prevented infection of human epithelial cells by a pseudovirus expressing the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and prevented entry of live SARS-CoV-2 into cells. Importantly, cannabigerolic acid and cannabidiolic acid were equally effective against the SARS-CoV-2 alpha variant B.1.1.7 and the beta variant B.1.351. Orally bioavailable and with a long history of safe human use, these cannabinoids, isolated or in hemp extracts, have the potential to prevent as well as treat infection by SARS-CoV-2.


Given the juicy nature of this study for juvenile-minded journalists [ha ha, stoners can't catch the 'Rona, ha ha!!!] it will be interesting to see them pass hard on reporting about this result. I prophesy there will be no mention of it anywhere. I found it at Slashdot, not exactly mainstream.

 
Update: Well, this is interesting. It appears I was wrong, and the Left has learned nothing from Barbara Streisand. 
 
 
Who would have thought this movie would be the real future?

 
Slate article poo-poohing the study. New York Times reports on Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert mocking the study on their evening shows. Clever bastards on Twitter are posting Star Wars memes about bong resin. I swear this gets more like the fucking Hunger Games every day.

I will post a further update when CBDA and CBGA are banned by the Canadian government along with Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine. If the media run with this thing, it won't be long.

Uppity Upperdate: Some have questioned why the the cannabis study guys are "poor brave bastards" for daring to release this study right now.
 
Well, here's why. This is what happens to physicians who refuse to bow down to the Narrative. 

A doctor with decades of experience can’t practice medicine after her license was temporarily suspended over complaints that she shared coronavirus misinformation, according to a Maine licensing board. The board has ordered her to undergo a neuropsychological evaluation, it said. Dr. Meryl J. Nass, who got a license to practice medicine in Maine in 1997, had her license “immediately” suspended for 30 days after a board investigation and review of complaints against her on Jan. 12, according to a suspension order from the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine.
The letter gets very smeary along the way:
“The information received by the Board demonstrates that Dr. Nass is or may be unable to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety to her patients by reason of mental illness, alcohol intemperance, excessive use of drugs, narcotics, or as a result of a mental or physical condition interfering with the competent practice of medicine,” the evaluation order states. The complaints against Nass include how the board was told she engaged in “public dissemination of ‘misinformation’” about COVID-19 and vaccinations “via a video interview and on her website,” the board said about the October 26, 2021 complaint. It lists several comments Nass made that were subject to the board’s investigation.
Sounds like a Karen complained about a social media post, right? Here's the important part:
Other grounds for her suspension include how Nass treated COVID-19 patients with Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, according to the board.
Now, of note, it does not seem like any of Dr. Nass's actual patients are complaining that  the good doctor made them sick with her crazy horse paste witchcraft and fish tank cleaner voodoo. This is activists complaining to the board, and the board coming down on her for making them look bad.
 
This exact thing is happening broadly in Canada right now. Physicians have closed ranks and are not talking, after a few outspoken guys got their credentials revoked. Doctors and nurses have filed lawsuits against the provinces and against the federal government over this, but you never hear about it. 

In this environment, the cannabis guys are brave maniacs. Shine on, you crazy diamonds!

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

And now for some metal...


If this doesn't make you scream and bang your head, you're turning to stone. Loosen up and play it again, louder.

If that doesn't work, this one will. Turn it up to 11 this time.



A public service from The Phantom. You're welcome.

Magic Mushrooms the next legalization push?

 
woo, trippy...

 
A British study shows that magic mushrooms pose "no short or long-term detrimental effects" when taken under controlled circumstances.

The trial is the first of its kind to thoroughly investigate the simultaneous administration of psilocybin. 89 healthy participants with no recent (within 1 year) use of psilocybin were recruited. 60 individuals were randomly picked to receive either a 10mg or 25mg dose of psilocybin in a controlled environment. In addition, all participants were provided with one-to-one support from trained psychotherapists. The remaining 29 participants acted as the control group and received a placebo, also with psychological support. Participants were closely monitored for six to eight hours following administration of psilocybin and then followed up for 12 weeks. During this time, they were assessed for a number of possible changes, including sustained attention, memory, and planning, as well as their ability to process emotions. Throughout the study, there were no instances of anyone withdrawing from the study due to an adverse event, and no consistent trends to suggest that either of the psilocybin doses had any short- or long-term detrimental effects on participants.

Important note, I am not saying that psilocybin mushrooms are "safe" for people to take. Alright? Let's not have any "read until offended" idiots saying that. THE STUDY said it was safe, not me. My personal opinion is that I'm not a freakin' doctor, and my personal opinion in this matter is underinformed. Go and read, my friends.

On the whole, these little studies are unconvincing. Small sample size, 12 week follow, it doesn't really show much. About the only thing we know is that 10mg or 25mg of psilocybin is too low a dose to make people immediately sick. Okay, nice to know, but not an earth-shaking revelation. What happens at two years out? How about 5 years? Probably nothing, but again it would be nice to know, right?

What's significant here, after the success in getting cannabis legalized in Canada, parts of Europe and many US states, is that the medical establishment is signaling openness to innovation. Whereas ten years ago this trial would never have been allowed, now it is.

I fully expect a bunch more cheap little studies like this will be done in the next couple of years, and then we will see places like Holland and Canada quietly make magic mushrooms legal for medicinal purposes. Industry will pop up, and eventually the Americans will make it legal too so they can grab some cash.

You thought drug laws were there to keep you safe? Bless your little heart.

Monday, December 27, 2021

E.O. Wilson, passed at 92.

On Dec. 26th Edward O. Wilson died at age 92.

"E.O. Wilson was called 'Darwin's natural heir,' and was known affectionately as 'the ant man' for his pioneering work as an entomologist," the foundation wrote. It did not cite a cause of death but said a tribute to his life was planned for 2022.

In addition to groundbreaking work in evolution and entomology, in his later years Wilson spearheaded a campaign to unite the scientific and religious communities in an odd-couple pairing he felt presented the best chance to preserve Earth.

Here we are in 2021, soon to be 2022, and the workings of the Woke History Machine can be seen in this great man's obituary. And he was great. According to the article he discovered 400 species of ants, and discovered how ants communicate by scent trails. An amazing body of work.

The Woke part comes here:

Among Wilson's most controversial works was 1975's "Sociobiology: The New Synthesis" in which he wrote that all human behavior was a product of genetic predetermination, not learned experiences. By coming out in favor of human nature over nurture, he set off a firestorm of criticism, with his harshest opponents accusing him of being racist and sexist.

One protester threw water on Wilson while he was speaking at a conference as others chanted, "Wilson, you're all wet." It was, Wilson said later, a matter of pride for him that he was willing to pursue scientific truth despite such attacks.

This was the first real occurence of the Cancel Culture really asserting itself in the universities. Leftists love the blank slate idea of humanity, the "Tabula Rasa" upon which anything can be written. Because they want to write Communism on it, of course. "Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted." —Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Wilson threatened their narrative with some inconvenient facts, so they tried (and failed) to make him shut up by calling him a racist.

Some appalling dickhead at Reuters decided that Wilson was all-in with the racists, which is a pernicious lie. Once upon a time in my youth I wrote a monograph on "Sociobiology: The New Synthesis". Which among other things means I read the book. None of these "Wilson was a RAAAACIST!!!" assholes have read it, I can tell you that.

What Wilson did was go through the animal kingdom and show that at all levels, from invertebrates to mammals, animals have a set of behaviors that they use to succeed in nature. What he said was that Humans clearly have behaviors that are genetically determined. As in, there is a Human nature. Not that all of human behavior is genetic programming, making us meat robots. That is what a collection of Leftist idiots accused him of saying.

As Roger Penrose went on to demonstrate mathematically in "The Emperor's New Mind", all of human behavior cannot be predetermined. It is impossible. Humans constantly do things that exceed what predetermined algorithms are capable of. Ants and bees, as Wilson brilliantly showed, do things by genetically transmitted programs. Humans also have those programs, but humans can often exceed them and skip right to the end to find the prize. (Some people do this more than others, witness the NPCs slavishly following the Party line.)

So, all things considered, you're going to read a lot of crap about E.O. Wilson that is simply not true. Because lying liars lie.