Are False Positives Systemic Or Isolated?

Science with Dr. Doug

A false positive is defined as when someone is actually negative for a target, but the diagnostic test measures this person as positive for the target. All tests have a false positive rate, and it’s expected that this rate should be as low as possible.

This report from Connecticut is very curious, indeed (links below). Out of 144 tests that were deemed positive, only 54 (38%) of those were real positives and 90 (62%) were actually negative (false positive).

Scientists at Connecticut’s public health laboratory identified that a test produced by Thermo Fisher Scientific was connected to these false positive results. This test is being used in many labs around the US. It has been reported to the FDA and to Thermo Fisher Scientific, with no explanation for the cause as of yet.

It’s curious because there is always a negative control included in these tests. The negative control serves…

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Enzymes in Humans are Mutating the Novel Coronavirus in an Accelerated Fashion to Make it Less Harmful.

Science with Dr. Doug

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This is great news, and probably something that most people failed to recognize the significance of. This is a bit long, but keep reading. You’re going to love the punchline.

Viruses normally mutate over time due to random processes that result in their viral genetics being unfaithfully replicated. All viruses change over time, with coronaviruses demonstrating an intermediate mutation rate compared to other viruses. They’re not the fastest, and they’re not the slowest. This process is normally thought to be completely random and not directed in any way, with certain mutations being selected preferentially over others as the virus competes against other variants in the pool.

This process, when compounded over time, normally results in the mortality and health impact of the virus being “attenuated”, meaning that the virus moves towards becoming more benign. This is…

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Is Our Reaction to COVID Causing More Damage Than the Virus Itself?

Science with Dr. Doug

First, consider that 25% of young adults have seriously considered suicide in June of this year.

This virus is certainly not something to be taken lightly, but there is something to be said for the idea that our collective reaction to the virus may be more deadly than the virus itself.

A new report just published by the CDC, titled: “Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, June 24–30, 2020”, clearly demonstrates a radical shift in the mental health of U.S. citizens since the COVID-19 pandemic.

From 5,470 participants in the analysis which took place in June of this year, the following troubling conclusions were made:

* 41% of people were assessed to have at least one adverse mental disorder.

* 31% had symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder.

* 26% of people were diagnosed with a Trauma and Stressor Related Disorder (TSRD)…

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Is a Coronavirus Vaccine a Ticking Time Bomb?

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Will a vaccine to SARS-CoV-2 actually make the problem worse? Although not a certainty, all of the current data says that this prospect is a real possibility that needs to be paid careful attention to. If you stay with me, I’ll explain why.

First, let’s set aside the debate surrounding the topic of whether vaccines work and the negative health consequences due to the components of the vaccine. No matter where you stand on the vaccine issue, I’m not asking anyone to capitulate on this point. I’m just asking that this issue be set aside, because…

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You Couldn’t Pay Me Enough…

The Lone Cactus

There have been several times in my life that I’ve been asked to run for an office of one kind or another, or lead a group or get on a Board of Directors of some sort. Probably 80% of the time I’ve declined. I’ve said no, not because it wouldn’t be an honor (it would), or that I didn’t think I could do the job, or that I couldn’t win an election. I’ve said no because I didn’t think the headaches involved would come close to off-setting whatever it was I was being asked to do.

I think Joe Biden is in such a position right now.

I really don’t think (and I know I don’t have to worry about it, Thank God!) that there is enough money in the world to get me to take over the presidency of this country right now and run it the way it…

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More Funding for Government Schools: Throwing Good Money after Bad

International Liberty

The story of the private sector is that competition generates ever-more output in ways that bring ever-higher living standards to ever-greater numbers of people.

By contrast, the story of the government is inefficiency and waste as interest groups figure out how to grab ever-larger amounts of unmerited goodies, often while doing less and less.

In some cases, where government is doing bad things (stealing property, subsidizing big corporations, fleecing poor people, etc), I actually favor inefficiency.

Sadly, the government seems to be most inefficient in areas where we all hope for good results. Education is a powerful (and sad) example.

A story in the LA Weekly is a perfect illustration of this phenomenon.

A little more than a decade ago, something unexpected happened. The district’s enrollment, which peaked in 2004 at just under 750,000, began to drop. …Today, LAUSD’s enrollment is around 514,000, a number that…

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The Lesson We Should Learn from 2020

International Liberty

I’ve already written a column about the best and worst developments of 2020.

But what if we wanted to identify a lesson that society should have learned from the past 12 months?

Well, there’s an obvious answer, especially for those of us with libertarian sympathies.

In a column for the Foundation for Economic Education, Professor Alexander William Salter of Texas Tech University explains that the key takeaway from 2020 is that government doesn’t work very well, especially compared to the private sector.

The disaster that was 2020 is finally over. Now it’s time for the inevitable post-mortems. …the diagnosis is straightforward. COVID-19 was going to be bad, no matter what. But the failures of big government made it much, much worse. …In particular, the Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, and public teachers’ unions are the great American villains of 2020. Meanwhile, the heroes of this year…

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Exposing the corruption … 2

Cry and Howl

Now that 2020 has expired and we look back on it, I believe there is a massive amount of corruption and perversion that has been exposed. President Trump has exposed the corruption in the media, the intelligence agencies, law enforcement and the judiciary, though really, that hasn’t even begun to be realized right now. Daily more comes out as there isn’t even much effort to hide it any more. The depth of perversion is also becoming known though the media as always continues to hide and cover for pedophiles, which is natural when they are partakers of the same sickness. The following is another video in which the international human trafficking and child pornography organizations are slowly being revealed. I suppose the most shocking part is knowing that the highest elected officials in our government are not just partakers, they are sponsors and facilitators of the sickest perversion on the…

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THE VIEW OF A RESPECTED PASTOR ON THE STORMING OF THE CAPITOL

Citizen Tom

Augustus of Prima Porta, 1st century AD (from Cult of personality – Wikipedia)

Since he serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world, it is probably safe to say Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. (About – AlbertMohler.com) is smarter and wiser than I am. So, I listened quietly and respectfully when Mohler offered his opinion on the storming of the Capitol Building (see Thursday, January 7, 2021 – AlbertMohler.com for both the text and audio).

Did I agree with Mohler had to say? No. Did Mohler actually lie or say anything that is not true? No. He just began with some assumptions I think false.

  • The election was conducted fairly.
  • Trump’s followers, the people who showed up, are following a cult of personality.

One of the things…

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