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    hot take as reported by my grandmother:

    Bill Gates is the antichrist and orchestrated both the pandemic and civil unrest in an attempt to overthrow the government and subjugate himself as supreme ruler. All of this is evidenced in Jane Austen's final work--Sanditon--which was left unfinished.

    I have always thought she may be schizophrenic but I think she may be on to something...
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    Gates is the third largest funder of the World Health Organization, behind only the US (who cut funding under Trump) and UK. Helps explain why all conspiracy theories he is behind corona:


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    Quote Originally Posted by stealurface831 View Post
    hot take as reported by my grandmother:

    Bill Gates is the antichrist and orchestrated both the pandemic and civil unrest in an attempt to overthrow the government and subjugate himself as supreme ruler. All of this is evidenced in Jane Austen's final work--Sanditon--which was left unfinished.

    I have always thought she may be schizophrenic but I think she may be on to something...
    Did you at least give her a courtesy "OK, Boomer"??

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    Quote Originally Posted by The AD View Post
    This is old news now, but why was the Amy Coney Barrett event at the White House allowed to take place last month? Over 150 people attended, many of whom were not wearing masks or socially distancing. In fact many people were hugging, shaking hands, etc. and, as we know, it became a superspreader event. Washington D.C. currently requires face masks and specifically prohibits gatherings of over 50 people. See: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/sites/def....29.FINAL_.pdf
    and https://coronavirus.dc.gov/sites/def..._Coverings.pdf

    It's disgusting this event was allowed to take place and it really shows the lack of leadership coming from the top.
    Quote Originally Posted by altasnob View Post
    Yes, seems like clear violation of local health order. Chris Christie claimed he was told everyone in the first three rows had been tested and tested negative. Still should have to follow local health orders, and that includes everyone, even POTUS.
    I seem to remember reading somewhere that, being federal property, the White House (and other federal buildings) are not subject to local DC city regulations? No idea if that's true, and doesn't make the ACB event any less dumb, just something I remember reading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The AD View Post
    This is old news now, but why was the Amy Coney Barrett event at the White House allowed to take place last month? Over 150 people attended, many of whom were not wearing masks or socially distancing. In fact many people were hugging, shaking hands, etc. and, as we know, it became a superspreader event. Washington D.C. currently requires face masks and specifically prohibits gatherings of over 50 people. See: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/sites/def....29.FINAL_.pdf
    and https://coronavirus.dc.gov/sites/def..._Coverings.pdf

    It's disgusting this event was allowed to take place and it really shows the lack of leadership coming from the top.
    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalated View Post
    I seem to remember reading somewhere that, being federal property, the White House (and other federal buildings) are not subject to local DC city regulations?
    I'm pretty sure that is the case. Anyway, it feels true, which is the standard these days.

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    Some good news for the safety of flying:

    (Reuters) - The risk of exposure to the coronavirus on flights is very low, a U.S. Department of Defense study released on Thursday found, a positive sign for the airline industry as it tries to rebound from the pandemic’s crushing effect on travel.

    When a seated passenger is wearing a mask, an average 0.003% of air particles within the breathing zone around a person’s head are infectious, even when every seat is occupied, it found.

    The testing assumed only one infected person on the plane and did not simulate the effects of passenger movement around the cabin.

    The study, conducted aboard United Airlines Boeing 777 and 767 aircraft, showed that masks helped minimize exposure to infection when someone coughed, even in neighboring seats.

    About 99.99% of particles were filtered out of the cabin within six minutes due to fast air circulation, downward air ventilation and the filtration systems on the aircraft.

    “These results ... mean your chances of COVID exposure on a United aircraft are nearly non-existent, even if your flight is full,” said United Airlines Chief Customer Officer Toby Enqvist.

    The study estimated that to receive an infectious dose, a passenger would need to fly 54 hours on a plane with an infectious person.

    The research over six months involved 300 tests during 38 hours of flight time and 45 hours of ground testing. It was done by releasing particles the same size as the novel coronavirus across the entire cabin by section, each of which had 42 sensors representing other passengers who could potentially come in contact with the particles.

    Each test released 180 million particles – the number of particles that would be produced by thousands of coughs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalated View Post
    I seem to remember reading somewhere that, being federal property, the White House (and other federal buildings) are not subject to local DC city regulations? No idea if that's true, and doesn't make the ACB event any less dumb, just something I remember reading.
    I have not researched, but off the top of my head I would say this is correct. All of DC is subject to federal law, not the other way around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seano732 View Post
    That is fucking criminal and someone should go to jail for that shit. Unreal.
    That shit happens everyday in D.C.. Dont be so shocked. How do you think Pelosi is a nine figure millionaire? Feinstein? Pretty much everyone? D.C. is one of the healthiest cities in America. The real estate market is off the charts. Not S.F. or Manhattan rich, but, we're talking about a town filled with public servants on civil service incomes. Har fucking har.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The AD View Post
    Some good news for the safety of flying:
    You believe that shit? Who runs the department of defense? Duh.

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    Pelosi is a nine figure millionaire
    That must include decimal points or the question mark.

    32,000,000?

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    I have been in this State for 30 years and I am willing to admit that I am part of the problem.

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    Bullshit.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ress_by_wealth


    Besides, ok, let's just say, 16 million. Now, you tell me why someone who has worked in "public service" all her life, and comes from a political family in Maryland (father mayor of Baltimore), so, second generation politician, should be worth 16 million dollars. That's a lot of fucking money. Are you worth even half that? Know anybody who is? And, I assume, you worked all your life, like me. Silly us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    Bullshit.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ress_by_wealth




    Besides, ok, let's just say, 16 million. Now, you tell me why someone who has worked in "public service" all her life, and comes from a political family in Maryland (father mayor of Baltimore), so, second generation politician, should be worth 16 million dollars. That's a lot of fucking money. Are you worth even half that? Know anybody who is? And, I assume, you worked all your life, like me. Silly us.
    Wiki eh? OK sure.

    Maybe she sucks a wicked dick.

    You are still deranged.
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    Quote Originally Posted by altasnob View Post
    I'm a fan of how Sweden has handled the pandemic and here is why. They came up with a plan and have stuck with it. Yes, that plan has cost them lives....
    That’s were I quit reading. Late to this, but time for you to go fuck yourself, Mr. Hypothetical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The AD View Post
    Some good news for the safety of flying:
    Now if we can just figure out how to get on planes without going into an airport.
    And hope that everyone on the plane is compliant with wearing a mask and no one eats or drinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    That shit happens everyday in D.C.. Dont be so shocked. How do you think Pelosi is a nine figure millionaire? Feinstein? Pretty much everyone? D.C. is one of the healthiest cities in America. The real estate market is off the charts. Not S.F. or Manhattan rich, but, we're talking about a town filled with public servants on civil service incomes. Har fucking har.
    You forgot the baby blood drinking. You're out of the club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meadow Skipper View Post
    That’s were I quit reading. Late to this, but time for you to go fuck yourself, Mr. Hypothetical.
    I see you want more information on the Swedish approach. Here are some more quotes from the NYTimes:

    “Today, all of the European countries are more or less following the Swedish model, combined with the testing, tracing and quarantine procedures the Germans have introduced, but none will admit it,” said Antoine Flahault, director of the Institute of Global Health, in Geneva. “Instead, they made a caricature out of the Swedish strategy. Almost everyone has called it inhumane and a failure.”

    [In Sweden] gatherings of more than 50 people were banned, museums closed and sporting events canceled. But that was the extent of the measures, with officials saying they would trust in the good sense of Swedes to keep their distance and wash their hands.

    Mr. Flahault lauded Sweden’s government for that part of its approach. “The Swedes went into self-lockdown,” he said. “They trusted in their people to self-apply social distancing measures without punishing them.”

    “We are happy that the number of cases is going down rapidly and we do believe immunity in the population has something to do with that,” Mr. Tegnell said, “and we hope that the immunity in the population will help us get thought this fall with cases at a low level.”

    Some experts believe Sweden is now almost fully in control of the virus.

    “There are indications that the Swedes have gained an element of immunity to the disease, which, together with everything else they are doing to prevent the infection from spreading, is enough to keep the disease down,” Kim Sneppen, professor of biocomplexity at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, said in an interview.

    He stressed that the country could have avoided the high death toll in the beginning, but said that Sweden had regained control from mid-April, when deaths declined steadily.

    While the Swedes are far from having achieved herd immunity, he said, “we can conclude that their social distancing rules have proven essential.”

    Swedish officials have been right to worry about “sustainability.” Strict lockdowns bring their own steep costs for society. With a vaccine at least months away, societies probably need to grapple with how to restart activities while minimizing risk.

    Sweden’s leaders do not seem to have found the ideal strategy, but they are asking a reasonable question. “We see a disease that we’re going to have to handle for a long time,” Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s top epidemiologist, “and we need to build up systems for doing that.”

    The fact that Sweden is no longer an extreme outlier in new virus cases — even as life there looks more normal than in most places — offers a new opportunity to assess risk.

    https://nyti.ms/3cFCOlD

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    Fear and Loathing, a Rat Flu Odyssey

    71.8k new cases today in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old goat View Post
    Now if we can just figure out how to get on planes without going into an airport.
    Treadmills.

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    I love the Italians.


    Italian governor says covid-19 means no parties for Halloween, which is ‘a huge American stupidity’ anyway

    By Adam Taylor

    Vincenzo De Luca, the forthright Italian governor who heads the southern Campania region, said that the rise in coronavirus cases in the country should curtail any planned Halloween parties.

    “Halloween is this huge stupidity. A huge American stupidity which we have imported into our country,” De Luca said in a video posted to his Facebook page, where he has over 1 million fans, according to a translation by Reuters News Agency.

    To stop late-night parties, the governor said, he would be imposing a 10 p.m. curfew on the weekend surrounding Oct. 31. It would be a “total curfew,” he explained, meaning transiting home after this time would not be allowed.

    “With these numbers, you cannot joke,” De Luca said, adding that the aim was to keep up to 90 percent of the economy running by people taking simple measures like wearing masks and no “irresponsible outings at night.”

    De Luca is a popular center-left politician in Campania, a region that includes Naples, and he easily won reelection in September. In March, he had threatened strong action after rumors of students planning a graduation celebration. “We’ll send the police,” he said. “We’ll send them in with a flamethrower.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by seano732 View Post
    That is fucking criminal and someone should go to jail for that shit. Unreal.
    They are already casting the movie of that. One of a 5 season, 50 chapter “House of Shards” series. One episode per week of 2020. Trumps Eleven or the Great Pandemic Heist-type thing. Blockbuster! Greatest scam ever!

    PT Barnum would be awed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    Now, you tell me why someone who has worked in "public service" all her life, and comes from a political family in Maryland (father mayor of Baltimore), so, second generation politician, should be worth 16 million dollars. That's a lot of fucking money. Are you worth even half that? Know anybody who is? And, I assume, you worked all your life, like me. Silly us.
    Yeah, and how did Melinda Gates make all that money? I mean, she was a marketing manager at Microsoft for a few years, and basically hasn't worked in 24 years, and now she's worth 120 billion. It's a mystery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by altasnob View Post
    I see you want more information on the Swedish approach. Here are some more quotes from the NYTimes:

    “Today, all of the European countries are more or less following the Swedish model, combined with the testing, tracing and quarantine procedures the Germans have introduced, but none will admit it,” said Antoine Flahault, director of the Institute of Global Health, in Geneva. “Instead, they made a caricature out of the Swedish strategy. Almost everyone has called it inhumane and a failure.”

    [In Sweden] gatherings of more than 50 people were banned, museums closed and sporting events canceled. But that was the extent of the measures, with officials saying they would trust in the good sense of Swedes to keep their distance and wash their hands.

    Mr. Flahault lauded Sweden’s government for that part of its approach. “The Swedes went into self-lockdown,” he said. “They trusted in their people to self-apply social distancing measures without punishing them.”

    “We are happy that the number of cases is going down rapidly and we do believe immunity in the population has something to do with that,” Mr. Tegnell said, “and we hope that the immunity in the population will help us get thought this fall with cases at a low level.”

    Some experts believe Sweden is now almost fully in control of the virus.

    “There are indications that the Swedes have gained an element of immunity to the disease, which, together with everything else they are doing to prevent the infection from spreading, is enough to keep the disease down,” Kim Sneppen, professor of biocomplexity at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, said in an interview.

    He stressed that the country could have avoided the high death toll in the beginning, but said that Sweden had regained control from mid-April, when deaths declined steadily.

    While the Swedes are far from having achieved herd immunity, he said, “we can conclude that their social distancing rules have proven essential.”

    Swedish officials have been right to worry about “sustainability.” Strict lockdowns bring their own steep costs for society. With a vaccine at least months away, societies probably need to grapple with how to restart activities while minimizing risk.

    Sweden’s leaders do not seem to have found the ideal strategy, but they are asking a reasonable question. “We see a disease that we’re going to have to handle for a long time,” Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s top epidemiologist, “and we need to build up systems for doing that.”

    The fact that Sweden is no longer an extreme outlier in new virus cases — even as life there looks more normal than in most places — offers a new opportunity to assess risk.

    https://nyti.ms/3cFCOlD
    If Europe is really following the Swedish approach that doesn't speak well for it, given that Europe is seriously spiking.

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    The Swedes that i know (over 70) never stopped doing their regular thing. No social distancing, no mask wearing, social restaurant gatherings with friends almost daily, transit commuting to town, face to face client meetings. So far so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CantDog View Post
    A friends piece about the surge work:

    https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.105...qaeMlA.twitter

    There is a collective feeling of dread going into the next few months. It definitely hit me in Sept when I took a vacation and slowed down a bit.

    I submitted a large grant earlier this fall and one of the reviewers critiqued my lack of ‘productivity’ since March. I am thinking of resubmitting the grant with a note on front saying ‘go fuck yourself’, but something tells me that won’t help my score.
    Eeeyuup, take away grad students, normal staff ops, pile on an exorbitant amount of liability paperwork, increase operational costs...productivity is going to take a hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    I love the Italians.


    Italian governor says covid-19 means no parties for Halloween, which is ‘a huge American stupidity’ anyway

    By Adam Taylor

    Vincenzo De Luca, the forthright Italian governor who heads the southern Campania region, said that the rise in coronavirus cases in the country should curtail any planned Halloween parties.

    “Halloween is this huge stupidity. A huge American stupidity which we have imported into our country,” De Luca said in a video posted to his Facebook page, where he has over 1 million fans, according to a translation by Reuters News Agency.

    To stop late-night parties, the governor said, he would be imposing a 10 p.m. curfew on the weekend surrounding Oct. 31. It would be a “total curfew,” he explained, meaning transiting home after this time would not be allowed.

    “With these numbers, you cannot joke,” De Luca said, adding that the aim was to keep up to 90 percent of the economy running by people taking simple measures like wearing masks and no “irresponsible outings at night.”

    De Luca is a popular center-left politician in Campania, a region that includes Naples, and he easily won reelection in September. In March, he had threatened strong action after rumors of students planning a graduation celebration. “We’ll send the police,” he said. “We’ll send them in with a flamethrower.”
    telling a mils worth of sad zuckerbitch fans about hudge american stupidity they imported
    oh he ironing hard
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