Better on the Fringe

This completely crazy book by a fringe conspiracy theorist is a #1 bestseller on Amazon at this moment. The reason why the author suddenly rose to stardom is because she had some spat with Dr. Fauci. People are so desperate for an alternative to Fauci-driven insanity that they will subscribe to anything. Bad as she might be, this author isn’t destroying our economy with ridiculous fantasies about the need to achieve complete safety in order to be able to venutre outside.

How sad is it that fringe conspiracy theorists are more sane than our mainstream medical establishment? And hey, this isn’t all new. This is the same medical establishment that made the opioid epidemic possible. Funny how nobody cared about 100% safety then.

8 thoughts on “Better on the Fringe”

  1. The conspiracy fringe has a long history of being wrong in the particulars, but right in the generalities.

    I mean, that one pizza parlor may not have been involved in anything nefarious, but the core claim of the whole ridiculous pizzagate thing was true: that the rich and powerful indulge and protect the pervs and pedos among them (Epstein? Weinstein? Spacey?).

    UFOs? As far as we know, we are not being visited by aliens. But the core claim– that there were unrecognizable aircraft with fantastical capabilities being spotted in the skies by regular folks, and the government was lying about it– was absolutely true. Now that the stuff has been declassified, we really do know that the military regularly started and encouraged UFO stories because it made legitimate sightings of classified experimental aircraft sound like Joe in Nevada had been licking too many toads. I mean, if you saw a UFO, you were obviously a nutjob, right? They’re still doing it, too.

    The anti-vaxxers? No, probably there’s not a huge global conspiracy to render the plebes infertile by making them allergic to their own reproductive cells, or whatever they’re alleging this month. But vaccines do cause some inevitable amount of harm, and it’s true the drug companies and the government are lying about it. It becomes a kind of nasty negative feedback loop, with a lot of medical professionals insisting at the top of their lungs that vaccines are perfectly safe and everyone must get them (because the antivaxxers are loonies, and docs don’t want to cede any ground to them)… while people who’ve suffered very real adverse effects and try to get a fair hearing get their reputations trashed and because there’s no obvious reason why this happened, they now don’t trust anything in the medical establishment, and those loony antivaxxers now look a lot more reasonable: congrats, parent, you’re now an antivaxx loony!

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    1. I thought that pizzagaters were completely nuts but then things started coming to light that made the connection between Hillary and child molesters very clear. So yes, there’s definitely a kernel of unrecognized truth at the heart of it.

      I was really confused by pizzagate at the time. Which goes to show how ignorant I was.

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      1. “I was really confused by pizzagate at the time”

        Not to gloat or anything (that’s a lie, I’m totally gloating) I got it at once. As methylethyl said the conspiracy crazies are wrong about a lot of details but generally right on the bigger picture.

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        1. It’s understandable why I didn’t get it. I’m fairly new to the country. But what’s the excuse for all of the people who have been witnessing all this for decades and we’re still completely confused by pizzagate?

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          1. “what’s the excuse for all of the people who have been witnessing all this for decades”

            Denial. It’s like people who don’t understand the motivations of sociopaths or malignant narcissists… it almost speaks well for them that it doesn’t make any sense to them…. (it doesn’t make sense to me but I know that the elite are into it and aren’t about to stop on their own)

            I’ve kept a finger or two on the pulse of the conspiracy crazies for a looonnng time, not believing in just anything they say but taking it in and comparing it with what’s going on in the world. And living where I do was, of course, a great aid in seeing through public platitudes and straight into the heart of darkness…. it’s a bit like the friend I mentioned in a previous comment who was freaked out by Waco – they had lived in Latin America (more than one country supporting themselves in the local economy and not on generous US grants) long enough that their view of what was happening in the US had been completely…. shattered? reformed? Armchair progressives don’t have that resource and tend to be stuck in outdated narratives.

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  2. Regrading vaccines: I never take a vaccine that hasn’t been around for several years at least. I only had the flu vaccine once, and that same year I got sicker than I could recall, either before or since. I’m no anti-vax fanatic, not at all. I’m just careful and do my own research (but I have access to university research level databases and did enough work in the biomedical fields to be able to interpret “results” and “conclusions.” I once had a physician offer a “new, new really good” vaccine, one that was 90% effective, as opposed to an older one only 60% effective, or something like that. I said try again in 7-8 years.

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    1. We follow a similar philosophy. We never buy new cars: prefer to buy one that’s well-cared-for and at least five years old, so we have the data to check that it’s not a horrible model with fatal accelerator-sticking problems.

      So far, I only get my children vaccinated for the stuff I was vaccinated for as a child: diptheria, tetanus, measles, polio… the basics. Those have been around a long time, and we know what the risks are. The newer stuff… eh. If we ever get to the point where we can travel internationally with them, we’ll do the HepA and HepB shots, and anything else that seems relevant to the destination (yellow fever, dengue, whatever). I’ve had those as well as the typhoid vax. Doesn’t make sense to do those now, as they’re such a low risk group. I hate that you can’t be skeptical, or even hesitant, about any aspect of the current vaccine recommendations, without being suddenly tagged “crazy anti-vaxxer”. It’s like if you said you were Christian, and everybody assumed you were one of those Westboro Baptist guys…

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