So in case you’re not familiar with the name, Sturgis is shorthand for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that takes place each year in Sturgis, South Dakota. It happens mid-August and is attended by hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts. Now you need to understand that these are not Honda bike riders, or BMW cruisers, and I’m not sure a Kawasaki rider would even survive a trip down the main drag. No, these are Harley-Davidson riders. These guys (and gals) ride hogs and choppers – think Easy Rider. They wear leather jackets with patches all over them, belong to bike “clubs”, wear bandanas instead of helmets, drink beer (sometimes even out of a can), often have lots of tattoos, have American flags and quotes from the Declaration of Independence painted on their bikes, and generally celebrate freedom and the American spirit – so of course, they are (according to your mainstream elitist media) the dumbest people in the country. They probably all actually live in Alabama, or worse, Florida. Needless to say, the Sturgis attendees were easy pickins’ for our friends in the PANIC PORN industry, I mean, the mainstream media and government “experts” (I’m looking at you Anthony Fauci), to attack as stupid, selfish, science-denying, grandma-killers who simply don’t understand that it’s “not the time” to engage in communal activities and experience personal interaction with other human beings – idiots! Everyone’s favorite dictocrat, I mean uncle, Anthony Fauci said with furrowed brow (caps mine for emphais) "I'm very concerned … that we’re going to see ANOTHER SURGE related to that rally," This, of course, referring to the terrible superspreader event that was Sturgis last year.
In case you missed them, here are some headlines: “CDC: 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally led to ‘WIDESPREAD TRANSMISSION’ of COVID-19” or “A COVID SUPER SPREADER in 2020, Sturgis Motorcycle Is On Again” or (my personal favorite) “Results Are In: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Was A COVID ‘SUPER SPREADER’ COSTING BILLIONS” So, of course all those folks who consume mainstream media PANIC PORN “know” that these mongrels on scooters are the lowest people on earth – they’re selfish and stupid and they’re killing grandma (although now they’re apparently killing junior – it’s hard to keep up). And again, many out there “KNOW” these to be the facts. After all, really smart people who really care about us said so on TV.
But a funny thing happened on the way to Biker Valhalla. If one would just take a moment to peak behind the headlines, one would find some facts that don’t seem to jibe with the zeitgeist.
This idea that last year’s Sturgis was a “SUPERSPREDER” comes from a “SCIENTIFIC STUDY to affirm this was a WORST-CASE SCENARIO, an event that APPEARS to be accountable for 250,000 CASES of COVID-19 at a PUBLIC COST of $12 billion.” Well, that settles it, “Evil bikers kill everyone – film at 11”. It “appears”, by the way, that the stated number of infections from the “scientific paper” was 260,000, not 250,000 so there’s that. But, if you’ve been playing along with me for the past 18 months, you will immediately recognize the qualifier word “APPEARS”. That’s one of those favorite words of the slippery, little people who like to spread fear – words like “could, would, might, will, modeled, predicted” and so on and so forth. They are words to be used when you want to convey an idea but you never actually have to say it, you just imply it. This way you get to spread your fear but never have to take responsibility when you’re shown to be wrong. Why not just say “an event that WAS accountable for 250,000 deaths” if you're so confident in your "science"? Why not? Because it’s not true. It is the figment of the imagination (and that’s exactly what it is) of a group of “modelers”. Fifty years ago these same people would have been working at the local sideshow where they would be telling your future by gazing into a crystal ball for a dime. Today we use terms like “SCIENTIFIC STUDY” which of course this was not at all. These models have given us such great prognostications as 2.2 million dead Americans, post-holiday “surges”, and 250,000 more dead Americans in the month of December alone. None of which actually happened. Bullocks!
The particular piece in question here was written by a genius who starts out by telling us that “Anyone WITH A BRAIN could tell that putting on the gigantic Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year would be a bad idea… Excuse me, did I say that Sturgis was a worst-case scenario? What I meant to say was that Sturgis was MULTIPLE WORST CASE SCENARIOS rolled into one” This bit of intellect is based on the aforementioned “scientific study” which was actually a bit of modeling magic (remember: “could, would, might, will” etc.) performed by some economics think tank apparently out of Germany. The genius, I mean author, goes on to state “Now, anyone with a BIT OF SENSE KNEW this was going to happen. What’s new is that the report gives us a sense of JUST HOW BAD this really was.” And goes on to tell how Sturgis raised case rates “Enough that for the month in which Sturgis took place, the rally was responsible for A FIFTH OF THE CASES IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY” Yowza, that sounds terrible. Stupid bikers!!
The author babbles on: “What’s INCREDIBLE is this study WAS ABLE TO FIGURE OUT that not only did Sturgis go on this year in spite of COVID, it looks as if it specifically attracted the LEAST SAFETY-CONSCIOUS PEOPLE POSSIBLE.” Sometimes it’s too easy. So it’s “incredible” that the “scientists” at this economics institute could “figure out” that Sturgis actually happened, is it? Any moron (like the author of this PANIC PORN piece) could’ve typed “St” into Google and found out Sturgis was “on”. “Incredible” seems a bit hyperbolic, no? Anyway, I won’t torture you with more of the particulars of the propaganda in this piece (and others), you get the idea. Sturgis bad, we smarter-than-you, mainstream media types good. But let’s take a look at what the actual SCIENCE AND DATA had to say, shall we?
Some 462,000 people (if we can even call them “people”) attended Sturgis in 2020. From those 462,000 folks, “FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-THREE PRIMARY CASES were reported within two weeks of the rally, and another 186 were identified as secondary contacts, making for 649 TOTAL CASES TRACKED BACK TO THE EVENT.” This as reported not by “Orange Bikers of America” or “COVID Deniers Weekly” but by our friends at the CDC. Sorry. And “Of the 463 primary cases, 3.7% were hospitalized and ONE PERSON died. One person. Out of 462,000. That’s a population fatality rate of 0.0002%. Not sure that counts as “multiple worst case scenarios” but whatever makes your motor run.
But wait, it gets better: “While specimens were not available for ‘full genome sequencing’ to identify the rally as a super-spreader, the CDC reported that it had ‘MANY CHARACTERISTICS of a superspreading event.’” Oh, I see. So it “looked” like a superspreader but even with NO ACTUAL EVIDENCE to support that assertion, let’s just say it was. SCIENCE! I once saw a potato chip that looked like Richard Nixon but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t actually him.
In case you’re interested in how this “research” was actually conducted: “To arrive at the number of 260,000 COVID cases, the researchers used anonymous cellphone data to track movements from nonresidents, including their foot traffic at restaurants, bars, hotels, and campgrounds during the rally.” What the what? That sounds a little creepy and a whole lot big brother. Whatever.
And to get to the 12.2 billion dollar price tag associated with Sturgis: “Finally, the researchers used a previous estimate that each COVID-19 patient averages a $46,000 medical bill. They concluded that the rally generated public health costs of about $12.2 billion.” So even though around 99.7% of all people infected with coronavirus will have nothing more than a cold, if that, these “scientists” applied an average “estimated” medical bill to each and every one of the 260,000 “cases” they claim happened. Further, “The research is NOT peer-reviewed…This is a DISCUSSSION paper, or a working paper…noting it is a common practice in ECONOMICS research.” In other words, it’s useless garbage.
And finally, “While the researchers did find a CORRELATION of COVID cases with the movement data…there is NOT ENOUGH INFORMATION TO SEE IT AS CAUSE AND EFFECT, especially without contact tracing to back it up.” So the number one rule in all of scientific endeavor is, or at least used to be, “CORRELATION is not CAUSATION”. That’s why we have, you know, actual science, to determine if what we THINK we see is really happening. But in the age of COVID, if an "expert" says it, it must be true. No questions please.
So there you have it. PANIC PORN at its best. For those who consume mainstream media propaganda without a discerning eye, everyone “knows” Sturgis was a superspreader last year and will be again this year. Those bikers are clearly people (at least in the biological sense) with no more than half a brain and even less concern for their fellow man. How dare they try to enjoy themselves. Don’t they know that this is NOT THE TIME? We should probably just lock them up.
But the whole thing is based on modeled nonsense. The model says 260,000 cases and that’s your headline, but the actual data available says 649. Potato, potahto. Remember this the next time some “expert” tells you we’re all going to die from the next "variant".
I'm not saying, nor have I ever said, that COVID is not real or coronavirus is a scam. But I have said, and will continue to say that the reality of COVID is NOWHERE NEAR what you've been told it is. You are being lied to every day, all the time. Almost everything you see or here regarding COVID is slanted in a direction that has proven time and again to not be true. Stop listening to the mainstream media and the government “experts”. They DO NOT have your best interests at heart. Get out there and hug another human.