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What “Trust the Science” does with massive amounts of data: Withholds it!

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By now, people should be wondering, has “science” lost the plot? What, exactly, is it for?:

A new bombshell article from the New York Times claims that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been withholding massive amounts of data relating to COVID-19 from both the general public and state and local officials. If true, this story ought to be a major scandal…

What’s the CDC’s justification for hiding this information from the public as well as state and local officials? CDC spokesperson Kristen Nordlund told the Times that “it’s not yet ready for prime time.”

But it turns out that this explanation may not be the real answer after all:

John G. West, “Major Scandal: New York Times Reports CDC Withholding Massive Amounts of COVID-19 Data” at Evolution News and Science Today (February 22, 2022)

No, of course not. The real explanation is, as quoted by West from the source, “The agency has been reluctant to make those figures public, the official said, because they might be misinterpreted as the vaccines being ineffective.”

Well now, why might anyone think that?

And, inimitably, “Some outside public health experts were stunned to hear that information exists.”

From West again:

Again, this is scandalous if true. For the past two years, we’ve heard government officials complain ad nauseum about the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories regarding COVID-19. Well, misinformation and conspiracy theories rise in inverse proportion to good data. If you really want to combat misinformation, you shouldn’t be hiding the data collected by the government. When data is hidden or missing, people start trying to fill the gaps by speculation. You pretty much guarantee misinformation and conspiracy theories when you withhold data.

John G., West, “Major Scandal: New York Times Reports CDC Withholding Massive Amounts of COVID-19 Data” at Evolution News and Science Today (February 22, 2022)

He goes on to point out other instances. The big question is, has secretiveness, deception, and a resulting hunger for authoritarian rule based on “science” has become a way of life in the upper echelons of a high-tech society?

And then the biggest questions looms: What to do about it?

At one time, it was just Darwin gibber in the schools and such-like stuff. Now it is getting more serious.

With any luck, what will come out of the COVID-19 crisis is a massive rethinking of what “science” is and what — when publicly funded — it is supposed to do.


You may also wish to read: Royal Society: Don’t censor misinformation; it makes things worse. While others demand crackdowns on “fake news,” the Society reminds us that the history of science is one of error correction. It’s a fact that much COVID news later thought to need correction was in fact purveyed by official sources, not blogs or Facebook or Twitter accounts.

6 Replies to “What “Trust the Science” does with massive amounts of data: Withholds it!

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    polistra says:

    When science merged with Deepstate in 1946, it acquired all the habits and privileges of the spy agencies.

    HIPAA was one of the necessary prerequisites for the 2020 holocaust. Medical info was always confidential, but only enforced by cultural norms.

    HIPAA turned medical data into a STATE SECRET like atomic weapons, knowable only by Deepstate. Nobody else, not even the patient, has the right to see TOP SECRET EYES ONLY medical data.

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    asauber says:

    Well, for decades the entirety of Climate Science has been devoted to scary numbers, images, and stories, which requires withholding, manipulating, and disappearing data. All to push money around. So this is just how the institution of Science works now.

    P.S. I shouldn’t say ALL to push money around. The other part is to get you to give up your judgement to their narratives, which a lot of people are happy to do.

    Andrew

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    asauber says:

    What to do about it at this late date? All you can do is be truthful yourself. I know, a tall order for some.

    Andrew

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    Lieutenant Commander Data says:

    Flash news : Science can’t win over religion .
    Jordan Peterson’s STUNNING Ideas On SCIENCE vs RELIGION Debate

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    Querius says:

    Another problem is when the data itself is cooked.

    This has happened in many instances including:

    – Climate science (a researcher noticed that the historical climate data he’d once previously downloaded now differed significantly from what was posted)

    – COVID-19 deaths and vaccine injuries

    – The obvious tide of human obesity due to dietary misinformation and adulteration of the food supply

    – The massive fight the tobacco industry was able to put up by funding completely bogus research purportedly showing that tobacco smoke was actually healthy for the lungs

    – The science fraud that suppresses the fact of non-fossilized dinosaur bones along with pathetic reasons for why stretchy tissue and red blood cells within the bones managed to survive 60+ million years of background radiation

    – Scandalous suppression by the FDA on the lack of efficacy of many expensive drugs

    And so on.

    -Q

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