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May 6, 2021

Um, What's Going On With Wendy Bell And WJAS?

In case you missed it, earlier today this tweet was twitted on twitter:

And if you're wondering if our Wendy has been FIRED, Jon answered that in yet another tweet he twitted on twitter:

Coincidentally, this popped up in my newsfeed this afternoon as I was learning about Wendy's shrinking media empire:

Neurological and psychiatric experts are seeing more reports of COVID-19 sufferers developing psychotic symptoms, even when they have no prior history of mental illness. While rare, the condition can be severe enough to require hospitalization.

Symptoms may include hallucinations, unusual agitation, restlessness preoccupation, paranoid beliefs, decreased need for sleep and impulsive behavior, said Dr. Jonathan Alpert, a professor of psychiatry, neuroscience and pediatrics at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

For months Wendy Bell has been telling her audience that 99% of those who get Covid-19 will be just fine.

Tell that to those people (even if rare) who are now suffering from COVID psychosis, Wendy.

This has always been the danger posed by Wendy Bell. Even though her husband is an actual medical doctor, she's been routinely downplaying the severity of the virus (she even got factchecked by Politifact) or the effectiveness of the vaccines.

How many people will suffer simply because they believe what Wendy Bell is telling them?

May 3, 2021

Wendy? NEWSMAX Apologized To Dominion For Spreading The Big Lie. When Will You?

On April 30, Conservative "news" source Newsmax issued a statement that contained this:

Newsmax would like to clarify its coverage of Dr. Coomer and note that while Newsmax initially covered claims by President Trump’s lawyers, supporters and others that Dr. Coomer played a role in manipulating Dominion voting machines, Dominion voting software, and the final vote counts in the 2020 presidential election, Newsmax subsequently found no evidence that such allegations were true. Many of the states whose results were contested by the Trump campaign after the November 2020 election have conducted extensive recounts and audits, and each of these states certified the results as legal and final. [Emphasis added.]

And last December Newsmax posted this:

No evidence has been offered that Dominion or Smartmatic used software or reprogrammed software that manipulated votes in the 2020 election.

And this is Christopher Ruddy's Newsmax we're talking here. Hardly a "news" source with a liberal bias, no?

This past February this was posted on twitter:

Given all this, Wendy, when can we expect YOUR apology?



April 28, 2021

A Wendy Bell Invite! (Dayvoe RESPONDS!!)

This morning, I linked to today's blogpost and a few hours later this happened on Twitter:

Yes, that's Wendy Bell inviting me to be on her radio show.

And here's my answer:

I'm going to have to turn down your kind offer, Wendy. Fact of the matter is, I work during the day and I simply can't take the time off for a phone-in interview, sorry.

But even if that weren't the case, I'd still not be on your show. Here's the reason: Your radio program is far from being a level playing field. You (and/or your producer) will control the volume and the duration I'd be on. Not only that but after I finish you'll have the rest of your program to deliver your final word on whatever I said.

And as anyone who's ever argued with any other human being ever will undoubtedly know, whoever (whomever?) gets the final word wins the argument.

If you don't believe me, let me make illustrate with a counter offer: If I've written anything on this blog that you found factually incorrect, write it up and email it to me.  My address is easily found - just look for the word "Dayvoe" in the upper right hand corner of this blog.

I promise to post verbatim whatever you've emailed in to me.

However, I also reserve the right to analyze and comment on whatever you've written as harshly as I want for as long as I want.

And if that makes you distrust my counter offer because you feel it gives me too much power in the discussion, congratulations now you understand my reasoning for turning you down.

You're still wrong about the virus, wrong about the vaccine and now wrong about climate science. Feel free to email me with a response. That offer still stands.

I'll keep y'inz apprised on how the Angel of Death responds.

Wendy Bell - Now A Proven Climate Science Denier

Yesterday, the Covid-denying anti-vaxxer Wendy Bell offered up some more or less clear evidence that she's sailed farther out onto Crazie-lake than was previously known.

With this:

And she described it thusly:

The next time you’re told to be afraid of an impending climate catastrophe… Just remind yourself of these delicious headlines. Yes, these headlines actually ran in newspapers

As has been shown time and time again at this blog, Wendy Bell's research skills are, let's just say, close to non-existent. So it's hardly a surprise to learn that she did not compile this list herself.

The list can be found at the AEI in September of 2019 in a piece that references even earlier "research" from climate deniers Myron Ebell and Stephen Milloy.

Let's take a look at that first heading - described by crack researcher Wendy Bell as one of the "headlines actually ran in newspapers."

Click on the link to that "headline" in the AEI piece and it eventually leads you to this AP piece in 1966. Note, please, the headline as it's not what Wendy said it was:

U.S. Dry of Oil Soon?

The piece describes an address given to a group of businessmen by a man who was the head of a "consulting drilling geologic drilling company" and head of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He's also talking about US oil reserves, not the worldwide oil supply.

As it says nothing about the climate, why is it evidence for how scientists have gotten climate predictions wrong?

And that's just the first on this messy messy poorly researched list.

Meanwhile, the scientists over at NASA are on record as saying:

Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals1 show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree*: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. The following is a partial list of these organizations, along with links to their published statements and a selection of related resources.

And more than a decade ago the scientists over at NOAA said:

A comprehensive review of key climate indicators confirms the world is warming and the past decade was the warmest on record. More than 300 scientists from 48 countries analyzed data on 37 climate indicators, including sea ice, glaciers and air temperatures. A more detailed review of 10 of these indicators, selected because they are clearly and directly related to surface temperatures, all tell the same story: global warming is undeniable. [Emphasis added.]

The science is solid. Wendy Bell's research is shoddy.

April 27, 2021

When will Congressman Guy Reschenthaler Correct The Record? Will he?

Yesterday the representative from Pennsylvania's 14th Congressional District tweeted a bit of misinformation:

Note the time stamp: April 26 at 12:26pm

By that point the story had already been debunked by:

  •  The Washington Post:

    But Biden’s plan doesn’t include any call to limit meat-eating. Instead, conservative ire was sparked by a Daily Mail article that baselessly speculated about measures that could accomplish Biden’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030.

  • Snopes:

    Biden announced that his administration would seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. The Daily Mail ran a story that asserted, in entirely theoretical terms, that the policy "could" require Americans to reduce their meat consumption by 90%. Politicians like Rep. Lauren Boebert retweeted the Daily Mail's speculation as fact.

  • Newsweek:

    Biden has not publicly announced plans to limit the consumption of meat in the U.S., at last week's summit or otherwise. Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment.

    The claims made on Twitter appear to have originated from an article published by right-leaning British newspaper The Daily Mail that presented hypothetical ways that the U.S. could meet Biden's target of cutting emissions by 2030 when compared with 2005 levels.

    Among the hypothetical changes was cutting 90 percent of red meat of our the diet to 4 pounds a year.

All these posted online and still Rep Reschenthaler misinformed his constituency with beef BS.

And now it turns out that Fox News has even corrected the record:

So here's my question: When will Guy Reschenthaler?

April 26, 2021

They CHEERED The Virus That Killed Half A Million US Citizens

Wait. THEY DID WHAT??

WHO DID?

Here's the story: A few days ago at a local restaurant called "The Taste of Sicily" of Palmyra, PA (717 641-3363) if you want to call them) there was a fundraiser of some sort.

As seen by this video from their FB page.

At about 1:51 into that video, this happens:

The woman wearing the anti-mask t-shirt and the classy "It came from Chy-Na" hat. She's from The Cracked Egg in Pittsburgh, PA (412 881-3000 if you want to call them) as see by her FB video of the event. At that point in the video, she says, "Covid has been a blessing for me.

In response a chant of  "Covid! Covid! Covid!" erupts to hearty laughter all around. 

At this point about 26,000 Pennsylvanians have died from the virus the good citizens at A Taste of Sicily (again, PH: 717 641-3363) were cheering so happily.

A Taste of Sicily in Palmyra, Pennsylvania has had a history of Covid-denial for some time:

More than a dozen Pennsylvania restaurants received closure notices in the past week for not following the state’s COVID-19 mitigation orders.

And:

Among those ordered to close are Taste of Sicily in Palmyra, Kuppy’s Diner in Middletown and Denny’s Lennies in Halifax.

The department noted that three restaurants later requested new inspections and were permitted to reopen after being found to be in compliance.

Wait. They complied? But I thought the nice crying lady with the racist hat from The Cracked Egg (again, PH: 412 881-3000) said she would not comply.

Huh. Cheering worldwide pandemics made strange bedfellows, huh?

The Cracked Egg has had its own history of Covid-denial as well.

Wonderful human beings at A Taste of Sicily and The Cracked Egg.

Cheering the virus that caused the deaths of 26,000 Pennsylvanians and 570,000 Americans and 3,000,000 people world wide.

THEY CHEERED THE VIRUS.

Shame on them. Shame on all of them.

April 23, 2021

Wendy Bell Is Spreading COVID-19 Misinformation. Again.

If you, O Gentle Reader, were to happen upon Wendy Bell's FB page yesterday, you'd see this:



That's right. St. Barnabas Health System's own Angel of Death is spreading vaccine misinformation.

And this time, the fact-checkers at Facebook caught her.

How much of her anti-vaccine list is simply wrong?

Let's see:

1. It's experimental.

I'm not really sure what Wendy means by "experimental" here. In this context, however, it's obvious that she's looking to undermine the public's trust in the vaccines' safety. Good thing Reuters has already taken a look at this:

CLAIM 1 - “All the vaccines are considered experimental”  

According to the post, all approved vaccines are considered experimental. This is not true – they have all been put through standard safety testing before being rolled out to the public.  

Fullfact.org has more.

2. It's not FDA approved.

Good thing AdventHealth has an explanation of the "FDA Approval vs EUA" argument:

Although creating a new vaccine can sometimes take years, many pharmaceutical companies were able to quickly advance their development and distribution processes. Part of the speed is due to the use of the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) process. EUA means the vaccine can be approved by the FDA quickly compared to a traditional FDA-approval process, but that doesn’t mean it cuts corners when it comes to evaluating vaccine data, risks and benefits.[Emphasis added.]

And:

In order to issue an EUA, it needs to be proven that the vaccine may be effective in preventing a serious or life-threatening condition, and that the vaccine’s known and potential benefits can outweigh its known and potential risks. The FDA has said that in order for a COVID-19 vaccine to be administered to the public, including healthy people, they will only issue an EUA if a vaccine has demonstrated clear and compelling effectiveness in a large Phase 3 clinical trial.

And that's what happened, Wendy. Did you miss it?

3. My chance of survival is 99.97%

Good thing USAToday has already looked at this: 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified to Congress in March that the mortality rate may be as low as 1% when accounting for people who are infected but don’t develop symptoms severe enough to be tested. To Fauci, given how infectious the new coronavirus has proven to be, that is a very dire figure.

A 1% mortality rate “means it is 10-times more lethal than the seasonal flu,” Fauci said. “I think that’s something people can get their arms around and understand.”

A 99% survival rate might sound promising. But when it’s scaled out to the rest of the country – all 329 million residents – a 1% survival rate takes on a different meaning.

The attending physician for Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court predicted early in the pandemic that 70 million to 150 million U.S. residents would contract COVID-19. A 1% mortality rate at that scale of infection is between 700,000 and 1.5 million dead – roughly the population of Washington, D.C., on the low end or the entire population of Hawaii on the high end.

4. Side effects are numerous.

Good thing the folks at Sloan Kettering have already looked at this: 

The vaccine does not contain any live or inactive portion of the COVID-19 virus. It will not cause you to test positive on a test that looks for active COVID-19 infection. Some people receiving the vaccines have reported mild to moderate side effects, including pain at the injection site, fatigue (feeling tired), headache, and muscle pain. Not everyone gets side effects. But if you do, they are normal and a sign your body is building up its defenses against the virus.

7. I worry about the fertility of my sons.

This has to be the silliest point on Wendy's silly list. Good thing the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has already looked into this:

Joint Statement Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine in Men Desiring Fertility from the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU) and the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR)

As of January 9, 2021, there are no data about the impact of the COVID-19 vaccine on male or female fertility.

No data, Wendy. The usual anti-vaxx argument here is about womens' fertility (also false, of course) but you went that extra crazie-mile by including your sons.

Hey, isn't your husband an MD? Shouldn't you run this BS that you wrote on your BS board by him before embarrassing yourself in public?

Also, the more folks who follow your lead, the more they too will refuse the vaccine. Some of those folks will get sick. Some will pass it along to other people who'll get sick. Some of those sick people will die.

How'ya feeling about refusing the vaccine now, Wendy?

April 22, 2021

Meanwhile, Outside

 From the scientists over at NOAA:

Following a strongly negative Arctic Oscillation (AO) in February 2021, a strongly positive AO was present in March 2021. In a positive phase, the jet stream strengthens and circulates the North Pole, confining the cold Arctic Air across the Polar Regions. The AO value for March 2021 was 2.11—the fifth highest March value since 1950. The peak value on March 11 was the ninth highest daily value and the third highest for a day in March. In addition, during March 2021, La NiƱa continued to be present across the tropical Pacific Ocean; however, it weakened in strength.

The global surface temperature departure of +0.85°C (+1.53°F) in March 2021 was the smallest March temperature departure since 2014 and was the eighth highest for March in the 142-year record. March 2021 also marked the 45th consecutive March and the 435th consecutive month with temperatures, at least nominally, above the 20th-century average.

That was for March.

For the Year-to-date, they have this: 

The global surface temperature for January–March 2021 tied with 2007 as the ninth highest for this year-to-date period at 0.76°C (1.37°F) above the 20th century average. The global land-only temperature was also the ninth highest on record, while the global ocean-only temperature tied with January–March of 1998 as the eighth highest in the 142-year record. According to a statistical analysis done by NCEI scientists, the year 2021 is very likely to rank among the ten warmest years on record and only has a 6% chance to rank among the five warmest years on record.

And then the NYTimes has a piece on climate change's impact on bizz-nezz

Rising temperatures are likely to reduce global wealth significantly by 2050, as crop yields fall, disease spreads and rising seas consume coastal cities, a major insurance company warned Thursday, highlighting the consequences if the world fails to quickly slow the use of fossil fuels.

The effects of climate change can be expected to shave 11 percent to 14 percent off global economic output by 2050 compared with growth levels without climate change, according to a report from Swiss Re, one of the world’s largest providers of insurance to other insurance companies. That amounts to as much as $23 trillion in reduced annual global economic output worldwide as a result of climate change.

It's still getting warmer out there and it'll cost you.