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peterms last won the day on November 28 2019

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  1. With previous incidents, I gather it took a while to establish what had happened and how. Your claim rests on people already knowing what happened, and choosing to cover it up. In other words, you posit a conspiracy, in order to suggest that other people believe there is a conspiracy. Apart from the logical fallacy, circular reasoning and straw man, I wonder why you feel the need to do this?
  2. The general view is that the markets are the most likely. However, you'd be foolish to discount possible leaks from the facilities where these things are developed. Perhaps you know that SARS is reported to have escaped from labs on six occasions, four of them in China. And foot and mouth is reported to have escaped some years back from a Pirbright lab, which would help explain why they are very quick to refute any suggestions of a connection between this and their current work. Mistakes happen, even at places dealing with the deadliest things, where the need for the highest levels of
  3. Perhaps you have misread what I wrote, and conflated it with something you have read elsewhere. As I said, the Pirbright patent was an example of people developing coronaviruses, in that case of a type different to the one in the news. The point was simply to illustrate that people are developing viruses in various places for various reasons, in support of the notion that the one in question may have been developed and have somehow escaped. To present this as being a suggestion that the Pirbright one is the same, or the cause of the current epidemic, is a distortion of what I wrote,
  4. There is a conspiracy theory doing the rounds, ie that it was developed as biowarfare. That is very different from what I said. Presumably the PIrbright thing refers to that. The Wuhan research centre does research on viruses which can cross from bats to other animals, I gather, among other things. It is the most biosecure facility in China, and therefore works on the more dangerous things, including things that can cross to humans. It's not a great leap of the imagination, nor a conspiracy theory, to think that some failure in security procedures may have allowed something to escape
  5. There are suggestions that the virus was developed deliberately, perhaps as a treatment for something, and that something went wrong. For example, here is a patent taken out a year ago for presumably a different coronavirus, developed to treat bronchial disease in poultry.
  6. That tool Levy, again. Incomprehensible that any management figure, in any occupation, would behave in this way to his/her staff. Ever. If you ever work for such a person, leave, asap.
  7. Maradona's pretty wide these days, and probably available?
  8. And the hair all over everything, and wanting pre-shredded mozzarella, and the way she says "posta". She speaks like she's sedated. I guess she'd be even more smug otherwise. But on the bright side, it gives me an idea for a video about cooking with someone from an Edinburgh housing estate: Cooking With Harris Pilton.
  9. It's only Canada as far as I know. I'm interested that the reality of customer preference, at least there, doesn't fit the impression we are given that these things are much in demand. Avoiding these products and having a plant-based diet are in no sense incompatible or contradictory, but the corporations would have us think that eating plant-based means buying their (very profitable) sludge.
  10. More on pretend burgers: Tim Hortons removes Beyond Meat offerings from remaining locations I've never tried them, and never will, but it's interesting that the customer demand which has been much talked up recently doesn't seem to be present in these locations. It would be good if people who want to avoid meat would eat plants, and stay away from extruded sludge churned out in factories, like a tribute act to the very worst (wurst?) sausages.
  11. That vaguely rings a bell, but I'm not at all sure. Any such request should be turned down. Especially in light of the further emails reported today, which are more damning and suggest that several people were very well aware of the dangers.
  12. I wasn't commenting on the pay, and I agree the issue is the difference with the curators' pay - must be demoralising for the people doing the core work without which no-one would be dropping by for a coffee. It's the up-itself way of expressing it that I was looking at. Like a more hipster version of the worst corporate drivel.
  13. Don't do it. They're full of artificial factory shite. If you want a non-meat burger, just make one. Mushrooms, onions, garlic, green or brown lentils, spices, egg to bind. The factory shite won't be better than you can make, but it will contain more bad stuff.
  14. Saved, for future use. Bound to come in handy.
  15. Truly, it is the end of days. I can't quite tell if it's real, or an amusing parody of themselves as a form of sending up post-structuralist, gender-non-conforming, woke narcissism. But I fear it's real.
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