This Controversy Over Masks Is Manufactured - IMHO
Why all of a sudden is there is this supposed “controversy” over masks? Who are the people “questioning” the science behind the efficacy of wearing a mask, to “help prevent” the spread of a deadly virus?
I have ZERO problem with anyone who wants to question "the science" (of anything), if they follow the Scientific Method. Maybe I'm just an uneducated, raving lunatic, who doesn't understand what the "fuss" is all about?
Why has there not been a “controversy” over masks in the past?
Has anyone, anywhere in the world, or the universe for that matter, declared that wearing a mask will 100%, beyond a shadow of a doubt, completely and utterly protect anyone against COVID19????
Why, is there any type of controversy in the first place?
Anyone who believes mask are 100% effective or 100% not effective, are, well, ah, ill informed and imho, they lack basic common sense, at a bare minimum.
What, IS, the controversy about wearing masks? In other words, what is the "root" of the controversy?
If "the science" informs us a mask is only 20% effective, would you rather have that additional 20% protection or not?
Who cares what it is made out of, if it provides protection, 20% is better than none, why would anyone not want to wear one, assuming of course your health and public health are not "competing" ideas for you. It certainly is possible to protect your health and those of others, by wearing a mask in those situation where they are highly recommended.
Do we just forget the last hundred or so years of pandemic responses, lessons learned, by health organizations all over the world, that used masks as a precautionary measure to slow or stop the spread of deadly, highly contagious virus and disease?
Are we "shocked, I tell you shocked" that our government has lied at worst or made a mistake at best, with mixed messaging to us?
One day Fauci tells us don't wear a mask, only in certain circumstances, but later tells us something completely different.
The "science" is clear as day to me, wearing a mask is better than not wearing one, but again, I'm an uneducated moron right?
What does common sense tell you?
Common sense informs me, that if the controversy about the "science" of anything, is being lead by non-scientists, then the issue is not one of science. Scientists have a specific method and well established processes for questioning each other's work.
Are we to throw out the scientific method, proven process because, well, we're inconvenienced?
My CT Theory
Here's some nuggets of info, that fit, well let's call it my "CT theory", because I have no proof, and I'm "speculating", that this so called "controversy", isn't about "science", but something else...(what I don't know... yet...)
Over at TheConversation, in April, they ran this story.
‘Reopen’ protest movement created, boosted by fake grassroots tactics
In recent days, there have there been public protests against continuing the lockdown. The people who are doing the demonstrating may really be frustrated and upset, but new research, and journalistic investigation, is revealing that there are powerful forces behind them, egging them on, who want their influence to remain secret.
In the space of several days, there were protests in a dozen states, ranging from a crowd of more than 2,000 who gathered in Olympia, Washington, to several dozen in Annapolis, Maryland.
The available evidence suggests that the demonstrations were organized by paid political operatives using Facebook and new websites to encourage conservatives to protest in specific places against specific governors who had imposed strong public health restrictions on economic activity. This context indicates that one real intention of the protests was to create the illusion of an organic movement that had arisen to object to the restrictions.
Evidence is to the contrary: Polling shows that just 12% of Americans think their local restrictions have gone too far – and 26% think they don’t go far enough.
Sparked by citizen inquiries first posted on Reddit, independent investigative reporter Brian Krebs has confirmed that most of the web domains that had been registered around the idea of “reopening” the economy belonged to a very small number of people. He used a cybersecurity search tool to search for “any and all domains registered in the past month that begin with "reopen” and end in “.com.” He found that many of them were created on the same day.
Then there's this from the NationalCompass.net - Dark Money And Extremists Behind National COVID-19 Anti-Government Protests
“Operation Gridlock” was also replicated in Colorado, Texas, Idaho, Arizona, Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky.
By now, you have seen many of the reports. What we’re going to look into in more detail here, is the network of right wing groups that are organizing and funding this activity, as well as their connections to (impeached) president Donald Trump and his administration.
The local group that put together Operation Gridlock, was the Michigan Conservative Coalition, also known under its DBA as “Michigan Trump Republicans”.
Assisting in the funding of the event and providing promotional support, was the Michigan Freedom Fund, founded by Greg McNeilly, who advises Trump cabinet member Betsy DeVos and her family on political matters.
Of course there's this from the WaPo - The anti-quarantine protests seem spontaneous. But behind the scenes, a powerful network is helping.
The ads on Facebook sounded populist and passionate: “The people are rising up against these insane shutdowns,” they said. “We’re fighting back to demand that our elected officials reopen America.”
But the posts, funded by an initiative called Convention of States, were not the product of a grass-roots uprising alone. Instead, they represented one salvo in a wide-ranging and well-
financed conservative campaign to undermine restrictions that medical experts say are necessary to contain the coronavirus — but that protesters call overkill and whose economic fallout could damage President Trump’s political prospects.
A network of right-leaning individuals and groups, aided by nimble online outfits, has helped incubate the fervor erupting in state capitals across the country. The activism is often organic and the frustration deeply felt, but it is also being amplified, and in some cases coordinated, by longtime conservative activists, whose robust operations were initially set up with help from Republican megadonors.
And for a more detailed analysis from the Intercept - Masks Off: How the Brothers Who Fueled the Reopen Protests Built a Volatile Far-Right Network
For right-wing fringe activist Ben Dorr, who sent the emails, outrage about Black Lives Matter was an easy pivot from another cause he’d been promoting. With his brothers Aaron, Chris, and Matthew, Ben Dorr helped launch protests to reopen states across the country shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic this spring. Alone or together, the four Dorr brothers started a slew of Facebook groups, joined by hundreds of thousands of members, that have helped to fuel skepticism about health precautions and pushed for states to open prematurely. In a country where the simple act of wearing a mask has become a political statement, the people who organize against masks are worth watching.
The Dorr brothers, who range in age from 29 to 40, have ties to tea party figures like Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul and have been dismissed by people on both the right and the left as astroturfing hucksters who are more interested in profit than policy. Even the National Rifle Association has denounced them as scammers. Before they began railing against public health measures, the brothers started gun rights and anti-abortion groups in multiple states, registering them as nonprofits and then paying out some of the money that they raise from donations to a for-profit direct mail company that they themselves control, according to IRS tax forms required to be filed by nonprofits.
The Dorrs administer or are affiliated with roughly two dozen nonprofits and Facebook groups across 11 states, including the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, Iowa Pro Life Action, and the Trump Club of Ohio. Often, their tactics are crude. Many of their organizations lack offices. The New York State Firearms Association and Pennsylvania Firearms Association are registered to UPS Stores. Iowa Pro Life Action and Iowa Gun Owners are listed at P.O. boxes. Many of the groups have nearly identical logos and web design. The Dorrs film similar videos for the different groups, often wearing the same outfit. In addition to asking for money, their emails typically link to ostensible petitions that collect names and physical addresses to feed back into the mailing lists.
To me, this "controversy" is "manufactured", because those leading the controversy like the Dorrs Brothers, funding the anti-lockdown, anti-mask protests, are not using science to disprove well established science.
When Trump abdicated his responsibility to the state governors, he let lose 50 mini-dictators who have enormous powers under emergency orders, who can willy, nilly violate CDC "guidelines" because the state's economy needs to saved, so fuck your god damn grand parents.
And created even more chaos because the governors where thinking they were going to follow the "national plan", which the Trump admin through out the window long before (years) this pandemic ever began.
Imho, if there is any "controversy, it should be about our government's utter failure, and gross criminal negligence that has contributed to 230,000 of our fellow Americans to needlessly die, because, ya know, we have it "Totally Under Control". "it'll go away, like a miracle, you'll see..."
I simply suggest, if you got a mask, wear it.
(If you read any links, I highly suggest the link to the Intercept article.)