511 Medical Journal Article Retractions After "Coordinated Peer Review Rings" Are Discovered.
We have to stop outsourcing our thinking. Here’s at least one reason why from Principia-Scientific:
One of the world’s largest open-access journal publishers is retracting more than 500 papers, based on the discovery of unethical actions…
The papers have all been published since August 2020.
Sixteen journals published the papers that are being retracted…
Richard Bennett, vice president of researcher and publishing services for Hindawi, told the Retraction Watch blog that the review uncovered “coordinated peer review rings,” which featured reviewers and editors coordinating to get papers through peer review.
I’m curious to learn what was in those 500+ papers, and what the scientific community now believes as a result. I’ve observed that science does a lousy job of “setting the record straight” unless it props up the approved narrative.
Nice Wise has been digging deeper to discover some other disturbing trends.
The Hindawi journal Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing is booming. Until a few years ago they published 100-200 papers a year, however they published 269 papers in 2019, 368 in 2020 and 1,212 in 2021. So far in 2022 they have published 2,429…
Lack of oversight anywhere can have significant repercussions. Mistakes can happen. Opportunism can happen. Corruption can happen. And we’re all vulnerable when we fail to acknowledge what’s happening with gatekeepers at every level.
We’re busy. We’re overwhelmed. The science is cumbersome and confusing to read, but if we don’t engage in our own critical thinking process, they’ve got us by the headline (which is supported by the citation from the potentially lame, nonsensical paper that no one really read.)
They count us us NOT reading the whole story. I suspect sometimes THEY don’t even read the whole paper (or in the case of legislators, the whole bill).
My Own Little Experiment
I did some of my own personal experiments in my college and post-graduate studies. I remember being assigned one particularly rote and tedious paper that felt like a regurgitation exercise… and felt convinced that my professor would never bother to read it. So after the first page, I peppered the paper with the lyrics of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and ultimately turned in something I considered incomplete regardless.
I got an A.
And that wasn’t someone paid to look the other way or involved in some kind of lucrative scheme. It was likely just human nature in response to having to read stacks of long, boring papers.
What’s happening now in $cience weaponizes that aspect of human nature. Remember Surgisphere?
How many people still believe those original assertions about HCQ?
Some highlights from The Scientist article from 2020:
It sounds absurd that an obscure US company with a hastily constructed website could have driven international health policy and brought major clinical trials to a halt within the span of a few weeks. Yet that’s what happened earlier this year, when Illinois-based Surgisphere Corporation began a publishing spree that would trigger one of the largest scientific scandals of the COVID-19 pandemic to date.
At the heart of the deception was a paper published in The Lancet on May 22 that suggested hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug promoted by US President Donald Trump and others as a therapy for COVID-19, was associated with an increased risk of death in patients hospitalized with the disease…
The study was a medical and political bombshell. News outlets analyzed the implications for what they referred to as the “drug touted by Trump.” Within days, public health bodies including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) instructed organizers of clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment or prophylaxis to suspend recruitment, while the French government reversed an earlier decree allowing the drug to be prescribed to patients hospitalized with the virus…
…It also emerged that, for a company claiming to have created one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated patient databases, Surgisphere had little in the way of medical research to show for it. Founded by vascular surgeon Sapan Desai in 2008 and employing only a handful of people at a time, the company initially produced textbooks aimed at medical students. It later dabbled in various projects, including a short-lived medical journal, before shooting to fame this year with its high-profile publications on health outcomes in COVID-19 patients.
…Desai’s astonishing influence on COVID-19 policy was dependent on multiple parties, Cooper notes, from the institutions that employed him to the coauthors on his research studies, the journals that published the work, and the organizations that issued public health decisions based on his research. Seen that way, the scandal represents “a perfect storm of issues that have always been there,” she says.
An investigation by The Scientist points to a series of missed opportunities to halt Surgisphere’s progress—in some cases stemming from people’s failure to check implausible claims made by Desai or from a pattern of ignoring warnings of problematic data or behavior. While a few parties have since accepted some responsibility and outlined plans to avoid similar situations in the future, the majority have not.
Increasingly, the people who are writing the Cliff’s Notes version of our reality are not to be trusted. We need to boost our immunity to $cience-based messaging and start rooting back into our gut instincts.
Lately there have been a number of discoveries showing the massive widespread operation that’s been going on to control, misinform and dumb down the average person using news sources, social media giants, academia, entertainment platforms and influencers, and now scientific/medical journals. I guess if you’re going to create the New World Order, you need no stone left unturned. While many of us have witnessed the simulations performed at Event 201 in Oct 2019 (what a strange 3 years it’s been), we don’t know what was discussed and planned behind closed doors. Imagine if those who call the shots, instead of devising such an international power grab, put all of their wealth and resources into finding ways to protect and enlighten humanity. But that’s not the way that evil operates. As always it’s up to us to make the difference. https://youtu.be/xQucpAdsApw