wolffy wrote:Imo this lands at the feet of the GOP. We have conditioned half our nation to think theres a conspiracy behind everything. The party represents anti science that has its roots in the climate change front. Its has an anti education bias that it has uses to rally uneducated people and tell them that their educated neighbors are liberal brainwashed elites that look down on them. They are anti govt, anti hollywood(aka anti anyone famous trying to use their position to advocate change, anti media, anti science pops its head up again with vaccines, fask masks, social distancing. its all at the feet of the GOP. They are sowing this distrust so that they can get people to deny anything that doesnt benefit big energy, wall street, or big bisiness.
In February / March the surgeon general, CDC and WHO were adamant that masks didn't work. They put a full on blitz trying to tell everyone that "there is no evidence" and "people touch their faces more".
This, scientifically, wasn't true. There was already overwhelming evidence out of Asia that masks reduced spread. Beyond that, its just common sense and basic biology.
Recently, Fauci was asked about this and he got angry. He basically said that they intentionally lied so that people wouldn't rush buy masks. Now, months later we are trying to do a 180 degree turn and demand that everyone wear masks.
At some point, scientists started giving up on science and picked up politics. In this case, and many others, they decided that it was OK to lie to the public as long as it was for a good cause. From masks to the hockey stick graph to carbs being good for you, they have **** up and every time they have chipped away at their own credibility.
If scientists want people to take science seriously, they should do it themselves first.
And this comes from a person with an engineering background who is very pro science. The answer frequently has to be "we don't know". Stop playing politics and people won't treat you like politicians. its easy to take shots at low educated, low income people from the Ozarks. When the Surgeon General is tweeting out this crap:
They deserve a billion times the fire.