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  1. villakram

    U.S. Politics

    CDC has it at 0.4% and potentially lower. This is not conspiracy land. Humans are terrible at making decisions based on data and logic. Emotions... yes, let's do more emotions! https://reason.com/2020/05/24/the-cdcs-new-best-estimate-implies-a-covid-19-infection-fatality-rate-below-0-3/ "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the current "best estimate" for the fatality rate among Americans with COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. The CDC also estimates that 35 percent of people infected by the COVID-19 virus never develop symptoms. Those numbers imply that the virus kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected by it—far lower than the infection fatality rates (IFRs) assumed by the alarming projections that drove the initial government response to the epidemic, including broad business closure and stay-at-home orders."
  2. Derry Girls. Funny stuff and loads to resonate with us 90s kids.
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    But Biden... Still running damage control this morn after his comments about "black" people yesterday. I guessing the LGBT crowd better watch out as they are due a misspoke any day now.
  4. It's a hard spot to be in, but believing protesting on the streets would gain independence is a little naive. It's unfortunate that the local political leadership was not a little sharper, as there was a way to manage re-integration with China that would be softly, softly. I suppose it hasn't helped that Shanghai now wants to be the financial center and Beijing wants that too. The ongoing tete-a-tete with the US is lowering the value of the HK external financial window more and more each day.
  5. There is nothing in the public domain at the current time that fits the definition of vaccine. Lots of treatments, but zero vaccine. Also lots of mouthing from various in the for profit medical sector, because they "care".
  6. villakram

    U.S. Politics

    And I thought the Vegas parking lot images were shoddy, well... outside city hall San Francisco, a social distanced homeless camping site or as the call it a "Safe Sleeping Village"
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    "Up & Vanished" is of a similar vain. If you subscribe to that you'll find a bunch of other podcasts that company/group have subsequently done.
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    U.S. Politics

    And in further not investing in your infrastructure news, a little bit north in Mid-Michigan, right near the home of mega-corp Dow chemical, a couple of dams have failed. This will potentially lead to up to ~9ft in downtown Midland. This dam lost it's Fed hydro-power licence a couple of years ago as it's flood mitigation capabilities were not up to scratch. The local political community were getting their act together looking to get the Dam fixed by the mid 20s, whoops. Of the over 2000 dams in Michigan, ~80% will be exceeding their 50yr design lifetime in the next few years. The civil engineer society has most of these with a D-grade.
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    U.S. Politics

    That is not true, and could be construed as a dangerous statement in itself. There is a protocol under use in many hospitals globally with HCQ+. It's especially useful when combined with some zinc, e.g., https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04377646 (src trial site, so I'm not quoting). The mechanism is supposedly that the hcq can get the zinc into the cells, and it is the zinc that interferes with the viral binding mechanism. Zinc on its own can't get into the cell efficiently and I believe the trials to date have shown minimal efficacy of hcq, although these trials were focussed on late stage hospitalized patients. Carrying out such a study on early stage patients is a much, much trickier task. Now, ingesting fish tank cleaning salts is an entirely different story.
  10. A tough read in the graun today about how life after football has gone for Lee Hendrie. Part a solid interview, part a puff piece for a TV show. "Nine months later, in July 2011, Hendrie tried to end his life again. “I was adamant I was going to do it. It felt like everything had been taken away. My divorce [to his first wife] was prolonged. Bankruptcy was in the wings. So this time I was going to finish it off." https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/may/17/lee-hendrie-interview-aston-villa-england-harrys-heroes
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    Try the damp paper towel/zip-lock bag method. Worked a charm for me. I just transferred it to a pot after about 4 weeks. See the method on here: "Forget the toothpicks and water!" https://empressofdirt.net/grow-avocado-seed-easy/ Got a pineapple underway for a laugh and working on a mango next. Might end up making for some nice in house shrubbery/greenery. Unfortunately, our rose appears to have died over the winter, cranky fecker. Any tips on how to care for these when only at potted size?
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    U.S. Politics

    Imagine the incoming presidential team having their national security advisor get in contact with the ambassador of one of the global nuclear powers and a long term strategic threat/partner with the US. This is as standard a practice as it gets and the reason why the Obama team are looking all sorts of bad right now.
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    U.S. Politics

    Probably. The publishing of primary documentary evidence showing who was accessing NSA spying on a US citizen.
  14. Examination of Roche testing equipment over here revealing a large false negative rate. I believe it's an anti-body test, either way, the numbers are clear as mud given the sloppy and rapid way various things have been knocked together. This plot is close to as true a representation of things as it gets, imho.
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