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Statistical skidmarks at Sturgis

Thousands of bikers rode through the streets for the opening day of the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle rally Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Sturgis, S.D. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

There are lies, more lies and then there are statistics. When the COVID-19 autopsy is finally published we will know that had credible biopsies been conducted, such ineptitude would never have led to the disastrous outcomes and misinformation we have faced today. The media have been willing accomplices, taking a morbid fascination with daily reporting to help arrest falling ad revenues and relevance.

It is worth pondering the slew of dud predictions made to date by so many activist medical academic bodies across the globe. These forecasts have been the very opinions by which so many poor policies have been forged by local, state and national governments. Even worse, these healthcare hacks have faced absolutely no accountability for those wildly inaccurate advisories.

Australian senior medical experts told the government the country risked 5,000,000 infections and a best case scenario of 50,000 deaths. The actual figures are 26,465 and 781 respectively. Consequences? Zero.

It is hard not to think of the actions of these whackademics as akin to the climate science cult which has portended doom for the longest time. How timely that the Dr Tedros, of the completely discredited World Health Organization, said, “In particular, the Covid-19 pandemic has given new impetus to the need to accelerate efforts to respond to climate change.” To think if we had eradicated fossil fuels that the pandemic wouldn’t have been worse than a spot of hay fever?

Speaking of fossil fuels, it is a perfect segue into the carbon criminals who attended Sturgis, South Dakota (SD) last month.

A recent report published by the Institute of Labor Economics (ILE) – which to the best of our knowledge is not in the healthcare sector – suggests that the 10-day Sturgis motorcycle rally during August 2020 was a super-spreader event leading to 260,000 infections, or 19% of the nation’s total during that period.

Medical experts warned that SD would have 10,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals because the state refused to lock down but it never exceeded 100 at the peak. SD has some of the lowest rates in absolute and relative terms. Governor Kristi Noem made a point to allow residents to exercise common sense and keep operating. What a surprise it is now the best performing state in the US. No wonder the media hates its narrative busting success.

The mainstream media wasted no time to heap scorn on 480,000 irresponsible two-wheeled outlaws who have now apparently burdened the taxpayer with another $12.2bn in unnecessary health costs. Even if that number was accurate, we shudder to think of the $ trillions in economic damages caused by largely Democrat-controlled states and cities which have forced their minions into lockdown. Never mind that the political elites – who exert control over them – have brazenly violated many of the rules they issue dire warnings over. We wrote about that here.

Then these doomsayers wonder why events like Sturgis happen? Could it be that people are growing tired of the hypocrisy and see right through the “rules for thee, but not for me” double standards.

Naturally journalists went into overdrive saying that SD had the highest spike in the rate of coronavirus cases in the nation after Sturgis. That was partly true. Note that is the “growth rate”, not the “absolute” number.

What many statisticians fail to account for is the law of incredibly low numbers to begin with in SD.

Note the relatively unchanged trajectory of deaths from COVID-19 (below), which the CDC admits is directly responsible for only 6% of the total. 94% are caused by co-morbidities.

Neighbouring Iowa and North Dakota were also pointed to as states which were affected by these renegades. Death rates have not moved much, if at all.

The divergent trends of coronavirus cases and deaths is an increasingly global phenomenon. Lockdown or no lockdown, better approaches to hygiene and more precautions taken by age groups more susceptible to the virus are no doubt a factor.

Yet governments are still ignoring hard evidence and blindly following inept medical advice in order to hold onto these new found powers so they can preach how virtuous they are to save a handful of lives but destroy 1,000s upon 1,000s of livelihoods. It is shameless and we hope voters punish them at the ballot box.

In closing, these two charts on SD more accurately reflect the media and medical activists. Infections marking the level of amplified hysteria and death rates depicting the lack of trust we should place in these institutions.