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The masks people are using won't stop viruses any more than a chain link fence will stop insects.

Ah, a "clever" line (which is totally original...) from yet another guy who doesn't understand aerosol science.

Here is a fun lil' source.

The world's best experts in the field are unable to explain how or why SARS-Cov-2 is becoming more pathogenic. Viruses tend to become less pathogenic, not more so.

A vaccine that permits a person to catch and then transmit a mutated virus from their interaction is worse than no vaccine at all.

Also many other researchers are speculating that the vaccines that are currently used or under developments will have no effect on this particular mutated strain (B.1.1.28) and the same applies for various monoclonal or antibody therapies currently being developed.

A virologist from Maryland speaking on conditions of anonymity said, “The US and European experts and authorities knew about the emerging mutations and various strains but down played the situation. Many experts are looking at the mutations in the genomic sequencing the wrong way as even minor codon changes in certain so called “non-relevant” sites of the virus are creating newer strains with different properties and characteristics. The world is in a deeper trouble than we know.”

Uh, no.

Just no.

That isn't how viruses work, or how vaccines work.

And we can always update the vaccine (much like the flu vaccine) and your source is bogus because anonymity is really just a word that means, "I don't know what I'm talking about and I'm probably not who I say I am."

They could literally print me saying something and say I'm an anonymous source and lie about my credentials.

Two Nobel prize winners are telling you that you are wrong.

Be weary of argument from authority.

I also have a hard time taking the Nobel Peace Prize seriously when Obama won one and then went on to relentlessly bomb brown kids in a desert.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support donald trump
« on: February 28, 2021, 05:23:14 AM »
Very unhidden symbol.
It was center stage.
And uts not meant for libs, its meant for an inside wink nod to their brotherhood.

Did you start the whiskey before we all got here?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support donald trump
« on: February 27, 2021, 09:08:34 AM »
I'm amazed at the fact that, just this morning, I clicked on the news, switched to FOX on a whim, and nearly every other phrase was "President Trump."

Sorry, but he ain't President anymore. And he's basically now a private citizen deep in legal doo-doo.

And they really, really lingered on Hawley. Man, that traitor? Really?

And they accused Biden of his partisan policies. Passing relief for everyday, struggling Americans that Republicans don't want and won't cooperate on is... partisan? Really?

And they further accused Biden of hating America and wanting to ruin the economy by backing a raise in minimum wage to $15/hour. So lemme get this straight, FOX -- finally adjusting minimum wage for inflation and making it a lil' more livable is hating America and ruining the economy? Really?

For shame, FOX. For shame.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Favorite YouTube channels
« on: February 27, 2021, 09:06:19 AM »
Mutahar's Deep Web Browsing series is highly entertaining and actually very informative.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Re: Why Should We Go To Mars?
« on: February 27, 2021, 09:05:11 AM »
Mars is a hellhole, and there is no changing that with wishful think and handwaving.

No, but hard work, ingenuity and the desire to explore and push boundaries certainly can change it.

Going there is the first step.

Nobody is forcing you to go, nothing wrong with wanting to stay here.  I don't plan on going either.

Just don't stomp on peoples dreams, jeez.  Humanity in general wants to explore, nothing wrong with that either.

No, but Jimmy's got a point -- Mars is a hellhole. Now of course we've explored places like Antarctica which aren't exactly very friendly to us humans, but we've come up with some work-arounds.

Mars? That's a whole different ballpark. We can still breathe the air in Antarctica, expose our skin a bit, things like that. It's much easier to ship stuff there and get people on and off the place.

Do I have a problem with us going to Mars, really? No.

Do I worry about it? Oh yeah. It's pretty unfeasible right now. So many of us struggle with even basic notions like the color of someone's skin or their sexual orientation... and we're supposed to unify and commit ourselves to the pursuit of a Martian colony?

I don't see it happening, not in my lifetime.

I kinda like the Blaze Bayley-era Iron Maiden albums.

The Lounge / Re: Official Happy Birthday Thread
« on: February 26, 2021, 11:56:17 AM »

Happy spirit journey formation anniversary.

That's honestly one of my favorite shows.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support donald trump
« on: February 26, 2021, 05:40:11 AM »

Mitch McConnell 'would absolutely' support Trump for a 2024 election lol

So does the entire repugnican party have Stockholm syndrome or are they really just crazy

I'm beginning to believe it's the latter. I couldn't be paid enough to vote for Trump again.

The Lounge / Re: Official Happy Birthday Thread
« on: February 26, 2021, 05:35:05 AM »
Is it true that all Pisceans smell of fish?

I've gone once more 'round the sun today.

It's true. I smell a tad bit like salmon.

I think part of the problem, too, is that everything is political now.

That's a postmodernist shtick -- meta-politics. Everything is political, like or not.

Except that's not really true, but it's the narrative these days.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Hot take: Orwell is very overrated.
« on: February 25, 2021, 12:31:32 PM »
Asimov kinda seems to argue he isn't really a competent writer, I was surprised by how hard he went on Orwell.

Competent here meaning conventions, language, and mechanics.

He had a competent grasp of how to write, from what I recall reading his stuff.

No. Mods must be all powerful and above the law and free to ban whoever they want, whenever they want, with gleeful abandon.

Colonel Gaydafi for President!

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Hot take: Orwell is very overrated.
« on: February 25, 2021, 05:49:02 AM »
I'd more-or-less agree.

He was a competent writer who distilled complex things into fairly straightforward books with varying degrees of success.

The Lounge / Re: What's your accent?
« on: February 24, 2021, 11:52:39 AM »
You all sound like Kermit the Frog.

And you sound like Miss Piggy.  ;)

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coca-Cola: Try to be less white
« on: February 24, 2021, 09:27:16 AM »
Is this why Crystal Pepsi failed?

The Lounge / Re: What's your accent?
« on: February 24, 2021, 09:26:15 AM »
What about me?

I don't assign accents so much as I do celebrity voices.

You're Mark Ruffalo. Dunno why.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Equitable Math
« on: February 23, 2021, 06:14:20 AM »
Although some of the stuff in this is definitely unhelpful and wrong. But the reason it's always math etc with these outrage articles it is because they try to make it seem like what is being challenged is, like, the truth of math itself or whatever as opposed to the teaching of math which is a different thing.

Pedagogy, or the approach to teaching, should absolutely be an evidence-based, research-informed practice. And teachers should be willing to professionally develop themselves and read an academic journal or two to keep up with the newer developments in the field. That may sometimes include realizing that something they've been doing doesn't really work and that there's a better way, or even a totally different way, to do things.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Re: Why Should We Go To Mars?
« on: February 20, 2021, 07:12:23 AM »
A parachute in an atmosphere that's supposed to be 1% of Earth's. A small helicopter working in an atmosphere that's supposedly 1% of Earth's.

And people can't see an y problems with this.

Absolutely baffling to all hell.

Oh, you silly simpleton.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Now Playing
« on: February 19, 2021, 11:55:16 AM »
Chainsaw for Birthday - Demon Parade

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why Folks Hate / Are Bad At Math
« on: February 19, 2021, 08:56:39 AM »
When I was a kid and was learning multiplication, the teacher would fail anyone who wrote 7x8 as 8+8+8+8+8+8+8 instead of 7+7+7+7+7+7+7+7, even though the result is the same.

It's that sort of arbitrary crap which ruins school for most people.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: R.I.P. Rush Limbaugh
« on: February 17, 2021, 09:46:26 AM »
Rest in peace, you bastard.

I agree capitalism has benefits and it's really what has driven human progression and technological prowess but are we reaching it's zenith? With 7 billion people and counting all wanting the same thing and where greed and profit reign supreme can we continue to do this with such limited resources?

For example, companies have been busted for deliberately sabotaging their products longevity because heaven forbid you buy a fridge, washing machine or toaster and then never need to buy another one again. There is no reason why most smart phones older than 3 years cant be upgraded to the latest software versions in many cases. They just want you to buy a whole new phone and so on

Looking at America as an example now. The bastion of democracy and the free world - but it has never looked so toxic. People there hate each other - they are divided on partisan lines. Despite the fact that people are free to speak the truth, not many are listening anyway. You still get strong men or power hungry politicians that are happy to spread falsehoods and lies while condemning truth as 'fake news' for their own advantage and people are happy to walk off the cliff

I'm not saying communism/socialism is better - it isn't because human nature will ultimately corrupt those in power no matter how good their intentions were to begin with - but with 7 billion people now, I think capitalism does need to evolve with the times and demand

Capitalism is why no one in power really has the courage to combat climate change - a real existential threat to humanity. It is also why even in a pandemic, people will expose themselves to lethal viruses to spread among one another to keep the economy ticking

Most people, even those well off in the middle class, will spend the majority of their lives slaved to servicing debt. Now what difference does it really make if I didn't 'own' my house or car etc?

What if the new 'currency' was a social score? Depending on your job or how you manage to stay out of trouble with the law etc determines what kind of score you get and how much you can 'cash in' for stuff

I will admit though, China did attempt this 'own nothing' many decades ago and it led to extreme famine and poverty. And because a farmer didn't 'own' his crop, if he was starving and caught eating some, he'd be violently beaten/arrested

I don't think humanity will ever find the perfect system. Perhaps one day we will make an ASI to come up with the solution :)

Sorry, this post was probably too many words :P

But is capitalism necessarily to fault for humanity's inability to coordinate an effort against climate change?

Capitalism has led to innovations that are pro-climate, like the electric car and fake meat. Capitalism has also led to otherwise fossil fuel-emitting processes becoming much more efficient and requiring less fuel.

I'd wager that whatever responsibility capitalism bears, it has more than made up for it by offering solutions. But entire populaces can't be convinced overnight to swap out their gas-guzzling truck for an electric car or to set down their hamburgers and try a plant-based alternative, etc.

Those things just take time.

The Lounge / Re: Are you all freezing?
« on: February 16, 2021, 05:23:10 AM »
I got close to a foot of snow on the ground here and sub-zero temperatures.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why Folks Hate / Are Bad At Math
« on: February 16, 2021, 05:22:18 AM »
It took until engineering physics for me to understand the purpose of showing your work. The math was so complicated and open ended that professors don't expect students to get the right answer often enough to pass a test. Instead they want to see if you can demonstrate a thought process for solving a problem.

Unlike in K-12 where they merely emphasize getting the right answer.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why Folks Hate / Are Bad At Math
« on: February 15, 2021, 03:26:34 PM »
People (like me) also suck at math because other people, i.e. teachers, are bad at teaching math.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Equitable Math
« on: February 15, 2021, 11:51:51 AM »
Crouton does not represent flat earth at all.

And you do?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Equitable Math
« on: February 14, 2021, 11:37:38 AM »
That's ridiculous.

How can math be racist? I suppose word problems can me made more culturally/ethnically-relevant, but that's not racism. The world problems aren't white-dominant to disparage minorities, they're just written that way.

I also suppose math can be made more relevant and practical otherwise, but again, that's not racist. That's just mediocre curriculum.

And of course there are things which are objective or neutral. Like math, which is simply a way of quantifying our literal reality. Is a foot, which is objectively twelve inches, racist? Is a pound, which is objectively 16 ounces, racist? No, that's just the objective, agreed upon measure by which we quantify our reality. Math describes qualities which already exist -- we merely put them in an understandable language.

I respect the motive behind critical theories -- deconstruct societal whatnot and challenge power structures to uncover inequality and injustices. It has it's place though and some things, like math, just are.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Now Playing
« on: February 14, 2021, 10:09:36 AM »
Iron Maiden - Murders in the Rue Morgue

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