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Posted in: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87 See in context

No one should act surprised for even a microsecond that this was going to get immediately politicized. Tge moment we read that she had passed on the first thing we all thought of was that this is going to turn into something ugly right before the election.

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Posted in: Rich nations snap up vaccine stocks in global race for jab See in context

Just because you deny it doesn't mean it's not true

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Posted in: Biden says he trusts vaccines and scientists, not Trump See in context

You refer to "Unusual Features of the SARS-CoV-2 Genome Suggesting Sophisticated Laboratory Modification Rather Than Natural Evolution and Delineation of Its Probable Synthetic Route,", of which 3 of her co-authors are affiliated with the Steve Bannon group Rule of Law Society, which does not do infectious disease studies.

She states COVID-19 is "suspiciously similar to that of a bat coronavirus discovered by military laboratories", but yeah, it's from a bat, as are numerous coronaviruses and is related to SARS-Cov1.

She states that the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein is similar to the original SARS virus. Sure, both use the ACE2 receptor to enter into cells, thus, they must have similar configurations in order to use this same binding region.

She states the SARS-CoV-2’s cleavage site is “unique”....not true as furin-cleavage sites occur in many coronaviruses, including MERS.

Now, if you had done your homework, you would have realized this about Li-Meng Yan before making the above post.

Blacklabel

Chinese Virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan

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Posted in: Biden says he trusts vaccines and scientists, not Trump See in context

No, starting out based on your lack of scientific understanding, but that cannot be helped at this point.

Please explain what Blix's or Atlas's positions are regarding the vaccine and whether they feel comfortable that it will be safe and available in weeks, as per Trump's decree. You wish to educate us, then do your homework.

Blacklabel

you are already starting out in bad faith.

How about a scientist whose scientific conclusion doesnt match the Dem political narrative exactly.

that would be a good start. Ok, go ahead and complain about Dr. Scott Atlas, whats the Dem position on him? Dr. Birx, remember her? no good?

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Posted in: Biden says he trusts vaccines and scientists, not Trump See in context

Blacklabel, according to you, which scientists should we be listening to? Dr. Stella Immanuel?

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Posted in: Biden says he trusts vaccines and scientists, not Trump See in context

You mean the voodoo sec-with-demons "doctor" brought out by Trump in order to create more confusion and distrust in scientific research? Many people rely on mass media and their first page of results from a Google search in order to get their medical information and we wonder why there is such discord and a lack of understanding in science.

IloveCoffee

"I’m saying, trust the scientist."

You mean like Dr. Stella Immanuel and her team of scientists?

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Posted in: UAE and Bahrain forge ties with Israel at White House See in context

Cnn naysayers......analysis of the above on the cover page as of 11:48 am JST

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/15/politics/israel-uae-bahrain-white-house-analysis-intl/index.html

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Posted in: Trump aide apologizes for video slamming virus scientists See in context

Caputo claimed that some CDC scientists were committing sedition, and that he might be killed, and outlined a case when "the shooting will begin", as well as discussing “shadows on the ceiling in my apartment, there alone, shadows are so long.”

Worrisome maybe?

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Posted in: Citing new book, Biden accuses Trump of betraying Americans on coronavirus See in context

Gotta a question for both sides: Since Trump apparently knew that COVID-19 could get bad, what if, at the onset in the US, Trump had ordered a strong lockdown which eventually succeeded at preventing many of the deaths and ongoing spread of infection? Wouldn't that have been the ideal outcome and wouldn't that have made Trump a lock for winning in November?

Seems like some panic might have been better politically for Trump, rather than the current situation.

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Posted in: Citing new book, Biden accuses Trump of betraying Americans on coronavirus See in context

Unless you got a crystal ball, you are making predictions about what Biden would have done.

As it turns out Trump should have also banned travel from the EU, since that strain of the virus is the one that struck the US.

Wolfpack

Trump severely restricts travel from China, Dems call him racist and a xenophobe. Biden never would have restricted travel because he believes it’s racist. A month after the travel ban Pelosi was in Chinatown without a mask encouraging tourists to visit.

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Posted in: Citing new book, Biden accuses Trump of betraying Americans on coronavirus See in context

Deflecting to Biden, which means that you are admitting that Trump screwed up. Thank you for being honest.

Serrano

 Biden wouldn't have.

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Posted in: U.S. officials change virus testing advice, bewildering experts See in context

You sure about that?

Sweden is #8 for deaths per million population (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries) and given how low the population densities are in most Swedish cities compared to other cites throughout the world, doesn't really provide much evidence that their methods are applicable elsewhere (or even were suitable for Sweden itself).

Goodlucktoyou

did you check the numbers for Sweden? Your (or better their) herd immunity just doesn't work!

Numbers are the same in other countries that have house arrest.

difference is Sweden’s economy and happiness and freedom is intact.

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Posted in: U.S. officials change virus testing advice, bewildering experts See in context

Serrano...can you prove that Biden would not have shut travel with China down? Maybe he would have shut things down sooner. That's the problem with hypothetical statements....you seem to only have those in your repertoire. But go right ahead with your creative writing.

Side note: the virus serotype that first hit the US, entered from the EU.

Serrano

Thanks a lot, China. Trump shut down travel from China Jan. 31. Biden would not have.

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Posted in: Trump says Democrats' convention was 'gloomiest' in history See in context

Trump also said that an ID was required to attend the DNC which was virtual

"To get into the Democrat National Convention, you must have an ID card with a picture...Yet the Democrats refuse to do this when it come to your very important VOTE!"

Sycophants willfully believing or not caring about the constant lies is "gloomy".

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Posted in: Biden, Harris lash out at Trump at debut of historic VP choice See in context

Not that it matters and while it is probably off topic. People from India are classified as Asians, specifically South Asian. Wikipedia "Asian people" if you are ok with Wikipedia as a source.

ZaphodToday \

starpunk

First of all, Kamala's dad is Jamaican (black) and her mom is India (non-white Caucasian).

What is a "non-white Caucasian"? Can you elaborate on your race classification system?

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Posted in: Japan reports record new coronavirus infections for 3rd straight day See in context

Sorry....Akula....autocorrect

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Posted in: Japan reports record new coronavirus infections for 3rd straight day See in context

Akika.

During the winter and spring, the virus was running around in the general population, so it was hitting more people who were susceptible (Ie., older people and people with comorbidities). Therefore you saw a higher fatality rate. Those people are not outside among the general population the people who are getting the disease now (ie., a younger group of people much healthier much more likely to survive the disease) which is not indicative the general population. Therefore now you see a lower fatality rate.

if you have a peer reviewed even a non-peer reviewed article from a source such as biorxiv or medrxiv, indicating the attenuation you suggested please post a link.

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Posted in: Japan reports record new coronavirus infections for 3rd straight day See in context

Monty

My point is keeping the numbers down so as not not saturate the hospitals. The number of patients the hospitals can take care of is difficult to increase. The numbers of infected, the true rate of spread, and most importantly, the remaining portion of the population who are susceptible to severe symptoms is not able to be calculated at present. That’s the problem.

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Posted in: Jagger, Stipe sign letter demanding campaign song consent See in context

Use of a song requires licensing as determined by ASCAP or BMI (Jasrac in Japan). Depending on the agreement with ASCAP, etc., the artist or the licensing group can reject a request for licensing.

I would’ve pasted a direct link to the ASCAP website but it’s under maintenance at this moment.

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Posted in: Japan reports record new coronavirus infections for 3rd straight day See in context

Monty,

You are looking at numbers on one day.....Expand those cases over three or four weeks and you exceed the number of hospital beds In Tokyo available not just for severe Covid cases, but also for people suffering from other diseases or trauma.

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Posted in: Trump's coronavirus retweets spark claims of censorship See in context

That's not what science is. Serrano. Science is based on proving that your hypothesis is correct based on the current information. I know this is the current argument style favored on the internet "Prove me wrong", but proving a negative is generally limited to math and physics.

Serrano

Why censor them? Prove them wrong if you can.

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Posted in: Bill Gates denies conspiracy theories he created virus outbreak See in context

You really don't understand what Gates meant by that? Seriously? Think about what the word "potential", as in "China has potential if......." means.

ohara

*“..our faith in China’s potential as a catalyst for development worldwide.” Bill Gates*

We are talking about China, right Mr Gates? A million Uigurs in concentration camps. And thats just for starters.

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Posted in: Bill Gates denies conspiracy theories he created virus outbreak See in context

People who peddle in these conspiracy theories always seem to have gathered information from some YouTube video they saw and deny peer-reviewed science articles clearly refuting their theories usually by attacking the authors as being in cahoots with “Big”-something or other. Can’t attack the actual science because they aren’t smart enough.

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Posted in: Japan reports record 795 new daily virus cases amid resurgence See in context

Tommy Eddy Kookabura.....

Other than the HE gene from the coronavirus being homologous to the influenza C virus HA1 gene, what study/government information are you talking about

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Posted in: U.S. states issue conflicting mask orders as new cases set another record See in context

Back in the dark ages of Covid-19, when very little was known about this virus, Fauci did indeed say that masks were not needed. As more and more information came out, he realized that he was wrong and decided to recommend masks. That's true science. Amending your initial hypotheses in the face of new and more complete information. Sticking to your rigid belief system even in the face of contravening evidence is religion.

Back in April, there many people on here and all over the world saying "It'll be killed in the summer by the heat and UV". You still claiming that will happen? Probably not. So even you and others are able to amend your/their hypothesis in the face of new information, just like Fauci did with the usage of masks.

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Posted in: Tokyo lifts coronavirus alert to highest level; 165 new cases reported Wednesday See in context

Matchalatte....I think the color of Tocho also becomes red. A powerful call to action!

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Posted in: U.S. tops 3 million known infections as coronavirus cases surge See in context

Sam.....at the onset of the disease in late winter, it was mainly slamming older folks in rest homes in the US. Now that it has entered the general population to a greater extent than 4-5 months ago, it's not going to have as high a death rate. Still, many of those who recover from severe symptoms do so with health issues that will debilitate them for years and some will require medical care throughout their lifetimes. That's not doomsaying, it's reality for many people.

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Posted in: U.S. tops 3 million known infections as coronavirus cases surge See in context

Blacklabel...I like your child-like fall back position when you lose an argument..."no, your excuses and reasons are irrelevant".....

You use the word "reckless" to describe the protester and try to describe the summer beach parties as a small family BBQ...image conjuring wizard you are. The beach parties and BBQs and anti^mask protests (especially in Huntington Beach CA) were not small family gatherings. Additionally, your above demography information neglects (not entirely your fault as you are just reporting some stats that you believe to be relevant...can't fault you for not understanding proper stat analysis, it's not easy) regional density (think of it as DC is more compact than Arizona...increased interconnectivity = increased exposure chance) among other reasons.

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Posted in: U.S. tops 3 million known infections as coronavirus cases surge See in context

Blacklabel...sure...the protests were not a good idea, but ask what led to the protests (endless systemic oppression and police brutality). Now, ask yourself what led to people needing to go to the bar the BBQ, etc....(hint: not endless systemic oppression and police brutality). Sad that this needed to be explained to you. Result may be the same (more spread of COVID), but the reasons for the two are completely different....you understand this , right? Right?

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Posted in: U.S. tops 3 million known infections as coronavirus cases surge See in context

Blacklabel....science just clearly isn't your strong suit........it takes much less than 34 minutes for the person standing next to you at a bar, at the beach, at a BBQ, at a protest, etc., to send the virus your way. You can claim that you are young and free of factors that influence the severity of symptoms (I assume that means you know which variant of the APOE allele you have), and therefore are safe from the debilitating effects....and you may be wrong. Being wrong and selfish about this can cause others to suffer and die.

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