Over the last little while I had to deal with an American cooker who was completely lacking in any understanding of science, let alone any dealing with Covid-191.
Not long after the American wandered away, I bumped into a tweet from Queensland Senator Matt Canavan. He now styles himself on Twitter as ‘Anti-socialist Matt Canavan’, having imported this latest drivel direct from the United State like so many of his culture war colleagues. He has never been the sharpest tool in the shed and is given to cosplay with high-vis clothing and a smear of coal dust over his face just before the cameras roll. Canavan is a city boy (from Logan) and has a B.A. and B.Ec. (Hons) from the University of Queensland, subsequently being employed by the Productivity Commission, then at KPMG before he became chief of staff to Barnaby Joyce. He was elected to the Senate in 20132. So, the high-vis clothing and coal dust are simply designed to impress the gullible; to make him appear to be ‘one of us’. Anyone who believes this must be supremely gullible.
His tweet said: “Forcing 1000s of people out of their jobs for a vaccine that never stopped transmission was one of the stupidest decisions that Governments have ever made”3. I asked if he was naturally thick or did he work at it. He didn’t reply.
As I explained in the earlier post, the common refrain from RWNJ ignoramuses is that ‘the vaccines never stopped transmission’ and therefore don’t work. In the same post, I showed how this portrays a singular lack of understanding of how vaccines do work1. However, in Canavan’s case I suspect it is simply another attempt to sucker the gullible.
Canavan has a history of opening his gob before he puts his brain (such as it is) in gear. Some time ago he whined about the Melbourne ‘hook turn’ where, if you are driving a car and wish to turn right at some intersections, you do so from the left lane. In front of an audience at the Sydney Institute, Canavan said: “I may think that hook turns are a stupid way to manage urban traffic flows, and I think that’s demonstrated by the evolutionary evidence that no other city, to my knowledge, has adopted this confusing practice”4.
This is not true, as some other cities do have them, but usually not for cars. The reason they have them in Melbourne is because the city has the world’s largest tram network and the hook turn is designed to prevent cars blocking trams and allowing the latter a clear run down the centre of the road. Canavan’s statement that hook turns are a stupid way to manage urban traffic flows simply demonstrates his ignorance. Research shows that hook turns are an effective way of managing traffic where trams run along the middle of the road, as well as being a safer practice for making a right turn. Analysis suggests that hook turns decrease congestion, reduce tram delays (on average between 11 and 16 seconds for each tram at a hook turn intersection) and lead to better safety records compared to conventional intersections4.
In a statistical quirk, hook turns also appear to work to increase the traffic capacity of those intersections deploying the manoeuvre, as 38 per cent of drivers will avoid making a hook turn and instead go around the block, according to the researchers’ findings4. This reminds me of my first drive through Melbourne in the late 1970s where I did precisely that. I was completely unaware of the existence of the hook turn intersection, and needing to turn right, I moved to the middle lane, put my indicator on to turn right, only to see a policeman waving his arms frantically at me. So, I turned off the indicator, drove straight ahead, turned left at the next intersection, then turned left again and left for a third time and drove straight past the same policeman who had been waving at me, eventually getting to where I wanted to go.
These instances of Canavan talking abject rubbish because he either does not understand the concept of evidence or is just playing to the gullible, pale into insignificance alongside his climate change denial5. For the latter he should be punished.