Sep 22

PDu

As much as I make fun of the stupid-ass Fat Acceptance bozos, by far the worst cultural phenomenon lately is the rise of those who refuse the Covid vaccines.

Damn, that’s powerful dumb. We need new names for the asshat-level dumbassitude of those people.

Sep 22

Controller

Being Fat in America Is Nothing Like Being Fat Abroad.

Reading this article, I realized something (probably because I am a low-empathy person in general): fat people feel like being fat is something that just, somehow, happens to them. However, when I was fat it was totally clear to me why it was the case: I ate way too goddamn much and thus made myself fat.

Body control and control of one’s own mind seem primary to me. Without those, what do you have? Not much. Not much at all. Glad I can do both of those things relatively easily.

Sep 22

Always The End

I was thinking today about the liberal li(n)e that Covid is absolutely fated to become mega-virulent and that they somehow believe it’s like the bubonic plague, for which herd immunity was never developed*. SARS2 is absolutely nothing like bubonic plague, of course, and there are nearly no lessons to be learned from that. The below is far more likely (~99%+):

Zero Covid was a very harmful fantasy that is preventing the above. People are starting to abandon that now, luckily, and seeing the inevitable shape of future history.

*This is not exactly true, but herd immunity waned over time, which is why there were various waves, etc., separated by dozens to hundreds of years. Anyway, SARS2 is nothing like Yersinia pestis so it’s kind of like comparing a toad with a dolphin.

Sep 22

In and Out Burgher

This is the thinking of 99% of humanity 99% of the time. Drives me mad.

Sep 22

Coup Two

I do agree. I think there’s about an 80% chance of a Republican coup in 2024, and if it does not occur that year, then nearly 100% chance in 2028.

January 6 was a trial run, similar to the (also-incompetent) 1923 Beer Hall Putsch in Germany.

Sep 22

Many Mistakes

Saw this tweet in a thread about supply chain shortages and I mostly agree:

That was not brilliant, no. And it was done poorly. Many mistakes preceded this, and many have followed, too, exacerbating the harm. Lockdowns should’ve been temporary and targeted; destruction from those is going to last decades.

Sep 22

Lacks Sense and Vax

The Unbelievable Grimness of HermanCainAward, the Subreddit That Catalogs Anti-Vaxxer COVID Deaths.

I love this subreddit. Surprised it hasn’t been banned yet.

Actions have consequences. Some people deserve them. These idiots definitely do. To be clear, I don’t want anyone to suffer, really. But there’s suffering by no fault of your own and there’s risking everyone else’s lives for your moronic “rights.” For that, you deserve what you fucking get, and part of that deserving is being lampooned on the internet for your clownishness.

Just as we shouldn’t entertain Fat Acceptance fantasies, why should we entertain anti-vax fantasies? We should not. Berate, don’t debate.

Sep 21

Lies All the Way Down

Just realized that obesity is another area where liberals lie to you “for your own good.”

“It’s ok for a 10-year-old to weigh 300 pounds” is another bit of mendacity where they think they are protecting people but just harming them even worse in the long run. What’s odd is these same mooks will abuse others online when they see someone’s overweight cat (which everyone knows is very harmful to the cat), but then will not apply the same obvious conclusion to humans.

Another thought on obesity as it relates to medical care: the obese have better outcomes now than they formerly did because so much more care is thrown at them. Everyone in the medical field knows that obese people require vastly more treatment, and more drastic interventions earlier, to achieve the same results as those in the normal weight range. That is very hard to capture in the statistics, by the way, but it’s just generally true.

I shouldn’t have to point out (but knowing how poorly people read, I do) that this diverts resources away from normal-weight patients that they would otherwise receive.

Sep 21

Unstudious

COVID and the moral panic over obesity.

Wow, this is complete garbage. This is the real danger of smart people: they can lie to you so well that the average person cannot detect the deception.

This chucklefuck doesn’t really understand what the numbers they are citing mean nor what the statistical practices behind them are attempting to suss out. Combining cohorts in an unusual way? Check. Not understanding the difference between absolute risk and relative risk? Check. Not understanding that the “normal” weight group includes a lot of people who have dangerously and rapidly lost weight due to illness? Check.

This better portrays the reality of the situation.

Among 148,494 adults who received a COVID-19 diagnosis during an emergency department (ED) or inpatient visit at 238 U.S. hospitals during March–December 2020, 28.3% had overweight and 50.8% had obesity. Overweight and obesity were risk factors for invasive mechanical ventilation, and obesity was a risk factor for hospitalization and death, particularly among adults aged <65 years. Risks for hospitalization, ICU admission, and death were lowest among patients with BMIs of 24.2 kg/m2, 25.9 kg/m2, and 23.7 kg/m2, respectively, and then increased sharply with higher BMIs. Risk for invasive mechanical ventilation increased over the full range of BMIs, from 15 kg/m2 to 60 kg/m2.

What bothers me the most when people like this lie about obesity and its risks, they think they are helping their fellow fat people. But what they’re really doing is making it less likely they’ll be cared for correctly, less likely that real risks will be recognized and dealt with and worst of all, that children will be inflicted with obesity and have lifelong problems due to this severe abuse.

A better way to read this study than what this idiot clown does: Covid is not very high-risk if you are under 65 and normal-ish BMI, and a bit riskier if you are fat. But if you are over 65 and fat, the IFR goes way, way up.

That doesn’t mean obesity is great for Covid outcomes when you’re younger — it’s just that other risk factors swamp that one in the case of this disease.

Why, why, are so people invested in “proving” that being enormous is a-ok? Even if you don’t understand statistics and can’t read very well, at least have some fucking dignity and epistemological self-respect.