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A curious thing about the IHME (Bill Gates-funded) model from August 6 is that, although their U.S. death count by December 1 is 300,000, they also estimate that if mandates ease, the count will be in the 400,000 to 500,000 range. And that's just December 1, and just the official counts. Thus, if mandates ease, using their methodology, probably 600,000+ Americans dead by year's end.
Today, 02:29 PM
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    starspawn0
    The number of Americans incapacitated will be much higher, maybe 10x to 20x higher. So, around 12 million+.
    Today, 02:31 PM
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"This 1944 CIA memo, on how to infiltrate an organisation and make it dysfunctional, is amazing. Worth framing in the coffee room of every company.": https://mobile.twitter.com/page_eco/status/1292236241610502144
Yesterday, 11:56 PM
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    starspawn0
    Note: Technically, the OSS, a forerunner to the CIA.
    Today, 12:23 AM
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"An internal model by Trump’s Council on Economic Advisers predicts a looming disaster, with infections projected to rise later in August and into September and October...Trump, meanwhile, has continued to insist publicly that the virus is receding": https://mobile.twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/1292425450761924609 Hopefully it was another "cubic model" howler.
Yesterday, 02:11 PM
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    starspawn0
    *If* he loses, and is forced to relinquish power, a "loser", at a minimum I expect a press conference with x-rated language. It will more like "grab 'em by the pussy" than the usual stuff. He might even blame Republican Congressmen who let him down.
    Yesterday, 07:27 PM
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    Maximus
    If he loses, he won't relinquish power. Mark my words, it will be the end of democracy in the US.
    Yesterday, 08:41 PM
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    Erowind
    Trump isn't the strong man you guys think he is. That person hasn't entered the scene yet.
    Yesterday, 09:27 PM
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starspawn0

Another car-related annoyance: I pull my car right up to the entrance to the gate at the parking deck, only to discover that it's blocked... by someone playing chauffeur (waiting on a date, perhaps?). They can't see that, by waiting there like that, they are preventing anyone else from using the garage -- it just never enters their mind at all.
Aug 08 2020 05:20 PM
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starspawn0

Covid has been a *thrill* for planning obsessives. They may say how awful the disease is, how many it's killed; but they *enjoy* investing time and energy into planning for it. It's like that squirrel in the Ice Age animal films, obsessed with his acorn. They also like pointing out how people "aren't pulling their slack". Opportunities like this don't come along often!
Aug 07 2020 03:42 PM
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    starspawn0
    "animal" --> "animated". Probably a spell-correct error.
    Aug 07 2020 06:40 PM
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The Bill Gates-funded Covid-predicting outfit with U. Washington ties now predicts nearly 300,000 Americans will have died from Covid-19 by December 1. (The true total is likely to be much higher, and will not be determined until maybe 2022.)
Aug 07 2020 08:27 AM
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    wjfox
    It'll still be the fault of "China" or as Trump says, "Chy-NAH."

    The dreaded "Left" will take a large share of the blame for destroying the economy.

    Trump and his supporters will do the most unbelievable mental gymnastics as they attempt to deflect any sort of blame from their cult leader.
    Aug 07 2020 09:58 AM
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    wjfox
    That figure of 300,000 is 50% higher than what was projected earlier.
    Aug 07 2020 10:01 AM
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starspawn0

One of the great annoyances in life: you're driving through a parking lot, looking for a place to park, when you suddenly eye the perfect spot... but then when you get a little closer, you discover there is either a motorcycle or one of those little expensive cars using it (you couldn't see them from far back down the lane).
Aug 06 2020 02:25 AM
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    Raklian
    Happens to me all the time. I even thought motorcycles or tiny cars (like the Smart car) should be banned from parking lots. lol
    Aug 06 2020 04:10 AM
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    Raklian
    These days, if I see what appears to be an empty parking spot, I automatically assume something is parked there but go over there to check anyway. lol
    Aug 06 2020 04:11 AM
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    tomasth
    You people should get a drone in your vehicle so that anytime you want to check some were without going you do a scouting mission.
    Aug 06 2020 06:39 AM
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Small study gives evidence you can reverse your epigenetic clock (Horvath clock) by diet and lifestyle changes: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.07.07.20148098v1 The average reversal was about 2 years in the 8 week study; and the difference in epigenetic age at study's end, between treatment and control, was 3.23 years. Perhaps after a few years of this, you can wind the clock back a decade or more.
Aug 04 2020 11:37 AM
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    starspawn0
    @erowind: the body starts accumulating damage almost from birth. But, most of this doesn't do us much harm for a long time. The body has excellent repair mechanisms up till about the age of 45 or 50, and then they start to decline. It might be orchestrated by a decline in NAD+ -- I'm not sure what the consensus is at the moment.
    Aug 05 2020 01:28 AM
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    Erowind
    Good answer, thankyou :) I was under the impression damage accumulation started sometime in the 20s. That's fascinating that babies age but the repair mechanisms are just in such incredible condition.
    Aug 05 2020 11:45 AM
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    Erowind
    Depends on whether one values brains or brawns more TG ;) I do lean towards the former tho
    Aug 05 2020 11:47 AM
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Here's something deeply immoral: CVS pharmacy still keeps condoms locked in a plastic box (or at least some do), so you need staff to use a special key to open it. It discourages condom use by young adults, for example, who are already embarrassed by going to get condoms. I'm not sure the rationale, but think it is about shaming people into not having sex -- a Christian conservative outlook. Related: I notice smokers, who want to get nicotine patches, have to have staff get it f...
Aug 03 2020 03:04 PM
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    tomasth
    I know of this with razor blades , maybe against theft

    Those conservative think that condoms give licence to people's urges , putting a psychological barrier they think to help young people with temptations. (those not embarrassed would be less virtous according to the conservative so harder to help)

    Even for married couple , it help sex for procreation and increase shamed demographics.
    Aug 03 2020 03:19 PM
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    wjfox
    Condoms are clearly another liberal communist plot, and an outrageous attack on the American way.

    True patriots who love God and country will uphold Conservative family values and abstain from using these evil rubber devices.
    Aug 03 2020 03:32 PM
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    kjaggard
    small light weight objects with sales prices in the 5-10 dollar range are high theft items. not just snatch and grab boxes but taking boxes off shelves opening them in another isle and stuff the content in purses and pockets. so many stores prefer to get them for you rather than constantly write them off as 'shrinkage'
    Aug 03 2020 04:32 PM
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I haven't been following the Amazon/Apple/Google/Facebook hearings, but it does seem like the left and right are united in reining them in. I actually wonder if some of the services should be *nationalized*, rather than broken-up. Facebook, in particular, exerts too much control over our lives. In fact, if you don't obtain and maintain a Facebook account, you get shut-out of a lot of things -- you are *forced* into Facebook's ecosystem, if you want to live a good life these day...
Jul 31 2020 03:50 PM
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    Maximus
    True, but I can't imagine the Department of Facebook would have much independence under an administration like the current one. Trump's turning the US into an authoritarian regime, and I wouldn't like to see a government with no accountability have such power as Facebook has over our daily lives.
    Jul 31 2020 07:16 PM
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    Maximus
    Imagine if Trump, with his fondness for ruling by executive order and his love for twitter, could actually set the rules for social media platforms instead of being bound by them. It would be an absolute nightmare.
    Jul 31 2020 07:18 PM
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    Maximus
    You think fake news is a problem now; reality would dissolve completely with Trump in charge of social media. The past four years have shown us that the American democracy is frail and crumbling; far better to keep the US government's hands tied as long as possible.
    Jul 31 2020 07:22 PM
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Interesting Intercepted podcast interview with military expert David Kilcullen on how Covid affects the U.S. and other countries on all levels, economically, militarily, in terms of stability, and so on; they also discuss such things as what causes violent movements to spiral out of control -- Kilcullen says it isn't "hate", but "fear": https://theintercept.com/2020/07/22/weak-state-how-the-coronavirus-pandemic-exposed-americas-dysfunctional-democracy/
Jul 30 2020 05:52 PM
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    Erowind
    Big yes! It is fear. A fear caused by a profound state of alienation of the modern condition and expressed through the vehicles of racism, sexism, etc.
    Jul 30 2020 10:36 PM
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starspawn0

Florida has 252 Covid deaths over the past 24 hours. The deaths keep going up.
Jul 30 2020 03:11 PM
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A new study measures the actual impact of robots on jobs. It’s significant. https://mitsloan.mit.edu/ideas-made-to-matter/a-new-study-measures-actual-impact-robots-jobs-its-significant
Jul 29 2020 08:03 PM
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It seems that I smell pot just about everywhere now. There will be traces in the elevator, in the parking deck, in outdoor malls -- literally *everywhere* someone is lighting up.
Jul 28 2020 03:49 PM
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    funkervogt
    I've noticed the same thing in my area. It started a few years ago. A group of idiot renters moved into a house a block away from me, so now I smell it if I walk down the street for 30 seconds.
    Jul 29 2020 12:12 AM
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    Raklian
    Pot is becoming widely legal. It's a matter of time the whole country legalizes it.
    Jul 29 2020 12:45 AM
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    funkervogt
    I think it should be legalized, but that doesn't mean I think people are smart to do it. No better than being a drunk fool.
    Jul 29 2020 03:10 AM
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"Wow. Google is telling its employees that they'll be working from home until the summer of 2021. My guess is 1) Their models suggest COVID is not going away 2) WFH is going reasonably well there.": https://mobile.twitter.com/nxthompson/status/1287741446204862474
Jul 27 2020 05:58 PM