Three things to think about today.
Mask Study Was a Sham
The usual suspects in Big Medicine and the media have been touting a study that “proves” masks work. The study authors refused to release their data, though, until November. And, as expected, the data proves their headline was a lie.
(Find out about the scams of Big Medicine here.)
In an August “pre-print” of the study, authors claimed that masks were effective in preventing transmission of Coronavirus. But pre-prints are not peer-reviewed, and they don’t include the data.
When the data were released, they told a different story: masks have a statistically insignificant effect on Covid transmission, via JustTheNews.com:
In a total study population of 342,126 adults, 1,106 people in the control group tested positive, compared to 1,086 in the treatment group. The latter group represented 52% of the study population.
That’s a difference of 20 people out of 2,192 in the two groups, or 0.009%.
The researchers use remarkably shady tactics designed to fit the narrative that masks work.
The researchers posted the replication code and data in early November, long after media coverage touting "the largest randomized trial to demonstrate the effectiveness of surgical masks, in particular, to curb transmission of the coronavirus."
This exacerbated an already suspect study:
The study was not blinded, did not exclude pre-intervention infections, and was "highly complex" because of the mixed interventions, he said.
The three-percentage-point differential between household visit consent rates for the treatment and control groups, by itself, "could wash away the difference in observed cases," he explained, adding that relative measures of risk are "[o]ne of the dark tricks of biostatistics," which unlike hard case counts have a tendency to exaggerate effects.
In short, Big Medicine and Big Media lied about the largest study of mask effectiveness every conducted. The study showed no statistical difference between masked and unmasked populations, but the media relied on general ignorance of statistics to claim otherwise.
This is why I do not trust professional science. Scientists, like doctors and hospitals, are coin operated. They produce the results someone pays them to produce.
Jobs Miss Bigly
The November employment report is out, and it’s weird.
The headline number of jobs added is 210,000, less than half expectations of 530,000. But unemployment unexpectedly fell to 4.2 percent from 4.6. That wasn’t expected at all, and it means a whole lot of people simple left the labor force.
If that means moms have decided to stay home and school their kids, it’s great news. But it could also mean employees terminated for refusing to take the experimental Covid vaccines are not eligible for unemployment and, therefore, are not considered unemployed.
Either way, the White House and media will talk only about the unemployment number and declare Joe Biden the greatest jobs president in history.
Fast Friday Reminder
Fast Friday is a day of fasting, prayer, and physical recovery. It works like this: you don’t eat. Zero calories. No candy, no caloric supplements, nothing in your coffee or tea.
Fasting and prayer is proven to drive out demons (Mark 9:29). And fasting also drives out other demons, a few listed here:
The demon of obesity
The demon of brain fog
The demon of achy joints
The demon of weak immune systems
The demon of type 2 diabetes
The demon of gluttony
The demon of insulin resistance
The demon of hubris
The demon of comfort
Since today is Friday, it’s time to fast. If you’ve already broken your fast, don’t worry. Start now. Don’t eat until tomorrow morning. (But 36 hours, from 8:00 p.m. Thursday until 8:00 a.m. Saturday provides significantly more benefit than a 24-hour fast.)
You can read more here:
Praise Jesus and enjoy your day.