Tuesday, by email, David Lane of American Renewal Project is, yet again, trying to convince people not to wear facemasks. Lane is also opposed to COVID-19 vaccines.
Lane has done this before. In September, 2020, Lane asked: “Are Facemasks Creating Health Risks for Those Not Sick?”
David Lane claims that facemasks and vaccines are evil Marxist conspiracies. The real agenda, I suppose, is to bolster the many Republicans who are in COVID denial. At the same time, he is trying to denigrate the current administration. Lane loathes Joe Biden because President Biden is pro-choice and supportive of LGBTQ equality.
Cultural Marxism, secularism, multiculturalism, and political correctness are all toxic springs, from which never a drop of pure water will flow.
I will get to the earlier paragraphs in a moment. But first:
David Lane is a radical Christian nationalist and Christian supremacist. Not surprisingly, Mr. Lane is also a
Republican operative in service to his religious agenda. David Lane is robustly bigoted in regards to LGBTQ people.
Whether David Lane is lying or just plain stupid is irrelevant. Either way, Lane is deliberately misleading people. Lane writes:
An article published through the National Center for Biotechnology Information [NCBI] confirmed Dr. Johnston’s conclusion [that masks do more harm than good]. Established in November, 1988, the NCBI is a division of the National Library of Medicine [NLM] at the National Institutes of Health [NIH]. Its mission is to “develop new information technologies to aid in the understanding of fundamental molecular and genetic processes that control health and disease.”2
The article was written by Baruch Vainshelboim, who has a Ph.D. in clinical exercise physiology in pulmonary rehabilitation and hence has an excellent understanding of the fundamental processes related to health and masking.
Mr. Lane is either unaware of the author’s background or he is attempting to hide it from his constituency. Probably the latter.
NCBI is not the publisher of this article. That distinction goes to Medical Hypotheses. That “journal” does not subject articles to peer review. Our community knows a few things about Medical Hypotheses. It is infamous for its articles claiming that HIV does not cause AIDS.
Mr. Lane did not provide a link to the article. The absence of a link is probably an effort to obfuscate the fact that it was published to a substandard journal rather than to NCBI.
Medical Hypotheses is included in the PubMed collection (along with a number of other half-assed outlets). NBCI simply reprints articles from publishers included in PubMed. In this instance I believe that David Lane is lying, in contrast to being stunningly ignorant. Lane would like people to believe that this article has the imprimatur of the National Institutes of Health.
That brings me to Baruch Vainshelboim.
Up until about 11:00 AM today, the author was identified as a faculty member of Stanford University. In fact Vainshelboim originally tried to pass this off as Stanford research. I sent a link to the following statement (emphasis added) by Stanford University and the affiliation was (surprisingly) promptly removed:
Stanford Medicine strongly supports the use of face masks to control the spread of COVID-19.
A study on the efficacy of face masks against COVID-19 published in the November 2020 issue of the journal Medical Hypotheses is not a “Stanford study.” The author’s affiliation is inaccurately attributed to Stanford, and we have requested a correction. The author, Baruch Vainshelboim, had no affiliation with the VA Palo Alto Health System or Stanford at the time of publication and has not had any affiliation since 2016, when his one-year term as a visiting scholar on matters unrelated to this paper ended.
As for Vainshelboim’s “Ph.D. in clinical exercise physiology in pulmonary rehabilitation,” the degree is supposedly from Universidade do Porto in Porto Portugal. I have my doubts. At LinkedIn Vainshelboim claims to speak English, Hebrew and Russian. No mention of Portuguese.
Furthermore Vainshelboim is apparently an Israeli who claims to have attended college in Israel for both a baccalaureate and a master’s degree. Why then Portugal? It makes no sense.
It makes even less sense when considered in light of Vainshelboim’s fabrication of a current association with Stanford University. At a minimum it raises some questions. I am guessing that David Lane knows all about the Stanford scandal. Vainshelboim wrote something that Lane liked so Lane did not care whether or not Vainshelboim is just a cheap hustler.
The point here is that the holier-than-thou David Lane is perfectly willing to mislead people. The combination of Christian supremacy, Christian nationalism and Republican politics is profoundly toxic.