Posted On: Wednesday - April 15th 2020 6:29PM MST
In Topics:   General Stupidity  Healthcare Stupidity  Kung Flu Stupidity
The arising of the underground group Drunks Against Mad Mothers, OK, not even underground but at least in the minds and discussions of curmudgeons in the dive bars, was due to an effect called "mission creep"*. It's an effect seen in large, usually do-gooder organizations, when the are successful enough in their primary aim to need more work to justify their existences.
M.A.D.D., the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, was formed to work to prevent deaths due to the serious amount of drunk driving that was a bigger part of American life though the early 1980s than it is now. Fair enough, and good job Mothers (and Fathers). However, I distinctly remember a time in the mid-1990s when the same group was involved in trying to prevent drinking at the beach near where I lived then. These people were hanging out and not on the roads. This had nothing to do with driving drunk, but just drinking period. That's where you get your backlash, but there's a little more to it too.
First it was 0.10% alcohol in the bloodstream that was BAD (it really depends a lot on the driver), then 0.08%, and these mothas are always trying to push for lower. That keeps them in business. Funny thing is, and I guess it's simple an oversight, but Mexican and Central American drivers in the US drive with numbers like 0.30%, but M.A.D.D. hasn't noticed. I mean, 0.30%, this is when you not just see double** and spend time later worshiping the porcelain goddess, but you don't even remember your own name, Jose, the night in jail, and even 2-day trip back down to Mexico to wait for next building season to head norte to install porcelain goddesses again as Jos-B. Aye, Ca-rumba! But, again, this is just, an oversight ... I'm sure of that.
The most egregious thing out of M.A.D.D, and this finally relates to the Kung Flu, cause that's all you want to hear about, right(?), is their involvement in the stats. See, to keep M.A.D.D. relevant, there must be still lots of drunk-driving accidents and fatalities. Well, believe me there still are, with open-borders immigration policy being a nice boost. What is done now, though, is to juice the stats by including car accidents in which the primary cause has NOTHING to do with alcohol, so long as SOMEBODY was drinking. Maybe it was the guy who'd had 2 beers but got blindsided in the intersection by a guy running the light, maybe a drunk panhandler got ran down by someone reading the internet while exiting up the off-ramp, or maybe it was a passenger in the back of the van. This is not really so much mission creep as "goosing the numbers" to keep people scared enough to stay relevant.
What got me thinking of this again was this comment under a Steve Sailer post on unz, by a good commenter named "The Alarmist":
If a gang-banger is shot or stabbed while COVID-19 positive, is it logged as a COVID-19 death?VERY GOOD QUESTION, Alarmist! I have been wondering for the last few weeks of this Infotainment Panic Fest how the co-morbidities, as the constant phone-watchers now know to call it, are separated out when determining official cause of death. How many deaths of people marked as due to COVID-19, would have happened anyway? Is it very clear that someone died of the Kung Flu instead of with the Kung Flu?
The efforts of the Lyin' Press and governments officially involved in worrying about the Kung Flu for us, have been tremendous. It is really more than mission creep - it seems to simply be a supposed crisis not being wasted and goosing the numbers is part of it.
How about if that gang-banger from The Alarmist's hypothetical anecdote had drank 3 large cans of malt liquor on the way to the hospital and hit the curb by the emergency room? Does that count as a drunk-driving death AND a Kung Flutality – a two-fer?
PS: I'd really meant this post to be more about the goosing of the numbers, a different process than general mission creep, but I got going, and that's that ...
* Early on in it's blogging life, Peak Stupidity discussed the mission creep of the Sierra Club. This organization, which, going by the name, would seem to be in favor of saving beautiful places in America such as the Sierra Mountains, has branched out into areas of politics that are in no way related to their original mission. We also have mentioned the Bureau of Labor Statisics, with their green eye-shade boys' getting into all manner of US Government economics numbers, not too big a problem, relatively speaking. Lastly, there was the mission creep of CNN, discussed here.
** See a funny anecdote in Docs on Bikes, Addendum