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On to 2021 Open Thread

by Bernard Fri Dec 11th, 2020 at 06:27:17 PM EST

Cliff edge, COVID vaccination, what else to expect next year?


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Vaccine in England

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Dec 12th, 2020 at 05:34:33 PM EST
Not sure about the east side of the pond, but over here, one death related to COVID-19 vaccination is going to bring the entire project to a grinding halt.
by asdf on Sat Dec 12th, 2020 at 11:41:35 PM EST
Due to the fact the general run of Americans are innumerate ....

We're talking about treating very, very large populations, which means that you're going to see the usual run of mortality and morbidity that you see across large samples. Specifically, if you take 10 million people and just wave your hand back and forth over their upper arms, in the next two months you would expect to see about 4,000 heart attacks. About 4,000 strokes. Over 9,000 new diagnoses of cancer. And about 14,000 of that ten million will die, out of usual all-causes mortality. No one would notice. That's how many people die and get sick anyway.

[Emphasis original at Cite]

and the tendency for Americans to commit the Post Hoc Ergo Proptor Hoc fallacy we can rest assured the usual mob of morons will flood the internet with anti-vax BS.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Dec 19th, 2020 at 05:01:17 PM EST
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Yes, try explaining to 99 44/100s% of the US citizenry that correlation does not equal causation. Good luck with that.
by rifek on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 03:44:13 PM EST
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Indi Samarajiva
Americans are unused to prosecuting Presidents, but it really can be done. South Korea does it all the time. Out of 12 Presidents total, four have been convicted, a full 33%. All four living ex-Presidents have been convicted. You can do this America. Just follow the true leader of the free world, the Republic of Korea.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Dec 14th, 2020 at 03:51:15 PM EST
Bitcoin will either skyrocket, making some very irritating people rich, or will crash, causing some financial houses difficulty
by asdf on Sat Dec 19th, 2020 at 06:44:08 PM EST
When the regulators finally figure out Bitcoin is a security not a currency, it will hit the fan.
by rifek on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 03:48:13 PM EST
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They all know this. The worldwide flap over ICO registration proved 2016-2018 that. (booo hisss CHINA) What governments are unwilling or unable to do is coordinate and apply "capital controls," which typically moderate price changes and distribution of any one underlying currency ("asset"), to a worldwide array of currency HFTs. Sideline IMF disaggregation is hard werk!
archived Always Read the Footnotes
by Cat on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 05:14:02 PM EST
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$26,286.74 as of 20:45 GMT on Saturday, 26 Dec
chief investment officer at BlackRock, Rick Rieder, suggested Bitcoin could soon replace gold to a large extent, considering that it was "so much more functional [BWAH!]" in use than gold bars.

Bitcoin accounts for approximately 65.6 percent of the world cryptocurrency market.

by Cat on Sat Dec 26th, 2020 at 11:22:30 PM EST
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Fauci
Children around the world should not worry about the logistics of Christmas present delivery while the coronavirus pandemic rages, Dr Anthony Fauci said - because he vaccinated Santa himself.

"I took care of that for you," the top US infectious diseases expert told CNN. "Because I was worried that you'd all be upset.

"So what I did a little while ago, I took a trip up there to the North Pole. I went there and I vaccinated Santa Claus myself. I measured his level of immunity, and he is good to go. He can come down the chimney. He can leave the presents, he can leave, and you have nothing to worry about. Santa Claus is good to go."

CNN
Visit from Santa may have infected 75 with coronavirus at Belgian care home
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Dec 19th, 2020 at 08:20:26 PM EST
Fake News

.. a man playing Santa Claus may have resulted in 75 coronavirus infections ..

An imposter! Fauci went to the North Pole ... the top virologist never mentioned St. Nick ... originating in Turkey, spending the summers in Spain ... it's a celebration of children, not the elderly!

by Oui on Sat Dec 19th, 2020 at 09:07:08 PM EST
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Let's not forget the NHS:

UK Health Service Apologizes For Making Santa Desperately Ill With COVID-19 In PSA

Officials from the U.K.'s National Health Service have apologized for a controversial ad featuring Santa Claus desperately sick with COVID-19 that angered some parents.

The public service announcement, which was yanked from YouTube, featured a gravely ill man with a white beard being rushed into the emergency room of an NHS hospital. He's clearly in distress and cared for by a crew of caring professionals.

The mystery man eventually bounces back to (apparent) sleigh-riding recovery, and his nurse discovers he's St. Nick.

People commenting on social media were disturbed by the images of a seriously ill Santa and concerned about the video's impact on children
by Bernard on Sat Dec 19th, 2020 at 09:08:25 PM EST
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Ahead of the tier 4 lockdown, Londoners scurried to trainstations to spend the holidays in the countryside 🙃🔥⭕️

by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 01:29:14 PM EST
Neil Ferguson as "mr Lockdown" in BoJo's Advisory Commission to cancel Christmas 2020 ...

A very dubious call by Downing Street 10 ...

Claim new mutant is 71% more infectious 🆘

Cannot be shown by evidence IMO! Way too soon for data.

Furthermore the claim it would cause the R-rate to increase from 1.39 to 1.93 🙃🙃

As I see it similar to Dutch Mark Rutte ... it's part of the package to cover asses for miserable failure to act on time to prevent increase of cases in early fall en the Black Friday shopping spree. UGLY

Q. How much was wasted on track & trace and what brought it science to halt the spread?? 😠

by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 03:32:43 PM EST
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Rutte in step with Conservative friend BoJo ...

First to comply ...

Netherlands bans UK flights for 10 days over coronavirus mutation | NL Times |

For domestic political purpose as opposition calls for Mark Rutte to step down after gross failure exposed last week!

Rutte rejects call to step down due to childcare subsidy scandal saying that "it's too early too tell"

FEAR MONGERING and superior PR Advisory

by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 03:43:51 PM EST
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This new variant has emerged at a time of the year when there has traditionally been increased family and social mixing. There is no indication at this point of increased infection severity associated with the new variant.

Source: Publication ECDC

by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 04:21:02 PM EST
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On CNN interview how to handle new strain?

Follow rules of hygiene: wash hands, keep distance and wear a mask.

Is a curb on all incoming flights necessary?

We have seen that doesn't work, the mutant is already here. Develop the vaccines and start inoculation.

I agree.

by Oui on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 08:54:31 AM EST
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Preliminary genomic characterisation of an emergent SARS-CoV-2 lineage in the UK defined by a novel set of spike mutations

The two earliest sampled genomes that belong to the B.1.1.7 lineage were collected on 20-Sept-2020 in Kent and another on 21-Sept-2020 from Greater London. B.1.1.7 infections have continued to be detected in the UK through early December 2020.

The emergent virus has a combination of various mutations ... present since September.

by Oui on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 12:36:28 PM EST
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Mutant coronavirus in the United Kingdom sets off alarms, but its importance remains unclear

Scientists, meanwhile, are hard at work trying to figure out whether B.1.1.7 is really more adept at human-to-human transmission--not everyone is convinced yet--and if so, why. They're also wondering how it evolved so fast. B.1.1.7 has acquired 17 mutations all at once, a feat never seen before. "There's now a frantic push to try and characterize some of these mutations in the lab," says Andrew Rambaut, a molecular evolutionary biologist at the University of Edinburgh.

As this indicates, we are only at the end of the beginning of this pandemic.  


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 05:45:44 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 05:37:55 PM EST
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But we can anticipate the UK press and Tories will treat it as such.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 05:48:06 PM EST
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This variant is not more dangerous and research must  prove vaccines will form anti-bodies. Being more contagious means this variant will soon be prevalent. One can slow this proces,but it cannot be stopped.

by Oui on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 06:25:07 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 11:28:20 PM EST
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All about COVID-19 vaccine ... just nothing about that most dangerous Brexit mutant uncovered in UK Kent lorrie parking areas ... are all lorries prohibited from travel now until Jan. 1st? DFDS Travel Updates UK-France

by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 08:09:16 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 09:09:38 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 09:18:02 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 09:19:51 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 06:16:09 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 11:10:21 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Dec 22nd, 2020 at 08:21:43 AM EST
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by Oui on Tue Dec 22nd, 2020 at 08:24:58 AM EST
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Dutch Have Banned All Incoming Travel

The Brexit Mutant ...

by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 09:27:03 PM EST
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Abbott rapid test is more dangerous than any variant entering the country ...

by Oui on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 09:54:45 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 04:00:06 PM EST
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Why should the public continue to follow the dystopian rules?

To not spend their last days gasping for breath while they drown in their own lung fluids?

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 04:06:28 PM EST
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Rules set by a Cummings, Hancock and "Mr Herd Immunity" Ferguson ... are not the same as universal health sciences and the WHO.
by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 04:14:32 PM EST
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Haven't seen you around here recently.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 07:48:02 PM EST
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Hi AT, I am reading here sometimes, and today is one of those "sometimes". :)

I wish you all merry holidays and a happy and healthy new year!

by Katrin on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 08:24:19 PM EST
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And the same to you and yours!


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 05:28:22 PM EST
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Happy Holidays! and stay safe.
by Bernard on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 07:19:34 PM EST
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Trump attacks Boris Johnson's Covid lockdown: `The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself' | The Independent |

by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 05:03:05 PM EST
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"Cure (ie. lockdown) worse than the disease" is a common opinion among "leaders", not only Trump.

Yet, it is disproved by the facts: economies do suffer more from the outbreaks than from the lockdowns.

by Bernard on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 05:59:02 PM EST
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Capitalism: from each according to their work, to each according to how much they can grab.

The point and purpose of Economics is to justify maximization of the latter for their paymasters: the 1%

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 05:32:32 PM EST
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From each according to how much the Ueberklass can grab from them.
by rifek on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 03:57:50 PM EST
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So Downing Street #10 changed tactics due to availability of two vaccines?

Coronavirus: UK R number back above one | BBC News - Dec. 18, 2020 |

The UK's R - or reproduction - number is now estimated to be between 1.1 and 1.2, meaning the coronavirus epidemic is growing once again.

Covid-19 cases have risen to an estimated 660,000 infections across the UK between 6-12 December.

In England, the rise was driven by sharp increases in London, plus rises in the South East and East Midlands.

But the proportion of people testing positive in the North West and Yorkshire has continued to fall.

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But the proportion of people testing positive in the North West and Yorkshire has continued to fall.

Roughly one in every 95 people had the virus across Britain last week.

The previous week's figures suggested about 560,000 people had the virus across the UK - one in 115 people in England, one in 120 in Scotland, one in 175 in Wales and one in 235 in Northern Ireland.

by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 05:41:44 PM EST
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Professor Sian Griffiths Interview TV4 News - Jan. 24, 2020

Emeritus prof. of Chinese U. in Hong Kong, co-chaired the SARS inquiry, says that China's response to the coronavirus outbreak is far better than during the 2002 SARS pandemic.

"During SARS initially there was a lot of silence in China. The response by China this time is very different. There's openness. The public are told."
Professor Sian Griffiths, who co-chaired the SARS inquiry, says that China's response to the coronavirus outbreak is far better than during the 2002 SARS pandemic.

Just watched her interview on the newest variant discovered in the UK. My conclusion, her main concern of the virus being more contagious for young children and adding this group as possible superspreaders within the community. The mutated virus is not more dangerous, etc.

by Oui on Tue Dec 22nd, 2020 at 07:32:06 AM EST
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by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 06:30:10 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 06:32:44 PM EST
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Geography Tier 4

by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 06:45:42 PM EST
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Outside the EU

Icelandic Government: Border measures to be reviewed by 15 January

The Icelandic Government has announced that current border measures to limit the influx of COVID-19 infections will remain mostly unchanged until 1 February next year. These measures include a choice between a fourteen-day quarantine period or a double screening process, with a five-day quarantine required between a border test and a second test.

However, as of 10 December, arriving passengers who have already recovered from a COVID-19 infection will exempt from border measures if they can provide proof of prior infection.

Does this suggest countries outside the EU-27 are already immune for BoJo's Covid-19 mutant? Interesting of course!

by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 07:47:22 PM EST
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Unfortunately ............

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Re-infection by a Phylogenetically Distinct Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Strain Confirmed by Whole Genome Sequencing

Epidemiological, clinical, serological, and genomic analyses confirmed that the patient had re-infection instead of persistent viral shedding from first infection. Our results suggest SARS-CoV-2 may continue to circulate among humans despite herd immunity due to natural infection. Further studies of patients with re-infection will shed light on protective immunological correlates for guiding vaccine design.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 07:55:10 PM EST
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Fisheries dispute threatens to sink post-Brexit trade deal | EurActiv |

A group of UK MPs warned on Saturday that Britain has not installed the complex IT systems and port infrastructure needed to ensure trade with the EU runs smoothly.

The coronavirus epidemic has added another level of crisis. Southeast England, which includes the Channel tunnel and ferry ports was ordered back into lockdown this weekend after a new fast-spreading strain of the virus was detected.

Belgium suspends UK flights, trains over virus strain

The abrupt decision came a day after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a lockdown for London and parts of southeast England to at least 30 December.

He linked a surge in Covid-19 cases in those areas to the new strain of the coronavirus that he said could be up to 70% more infectious than the others seen so far.

Belgium's travel suspension from the UK would affect flights and the Eurostar train service that runs from London.

It follows a similar ban declared by the Netherlands.

by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 07:03:32 PM EST
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Whenever something this vacuously inane starts running around the Infotainment Mediums I can't help but wonder if is real or a distraction from something else.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 07:52:07 PM EST
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Several EU nations halt UK flights, fearing virus variant
BERLIN (AP) -- One by one, several European Union nations banned flights from the U.K. on Sunday and others like Germany were considering such action, all in hopes of blocking a new strain of coronavirus sweeping across southern England from establishing a strong foothold on the continent.

The Netherlands banned flights from the U.K. for at least the rest of the year while Belgium issued a flight ban for 24 hours starting at midnight and also halted train links to Britain, including the Eurostar. Austria and Italy said they would halt flights from the U.K. but did not say exactly when that would take place.

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Twitter that the government was preparing the ban "to protect Italians" from the new coronavirus variant. About two dozen flights were scheduled to arrive in Italy on Sunday, most in the northern region of Lombardy but also to Venice and Rome.

German officials, meanwhile, said they were considering "serious options" regarding incoming flights from the U.K. and the Czech Republic imposed stricter quarantine measures from people arriving from Britain.

by Bernard on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 04:10:04 PM EST
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🤣🤣 JAN. 1, 2021
by Oui on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 05:43:48 PM EST
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And now, Ireland and Germany. Plus France, but not before holding a "Defense Council" earlier today, with Jupiter himself, via video link from his Covid quarantine location.

Covid: France and Germany among nations banning flights from UK

In Germany, an order from the ministry of transport said planes from the UK would not be allowed to land after midnight on Sunday, although cargo would be an exception. Health Minister Jens Spahn said the UK variant had not yet been detected in Germany.

France has suspended all travel links with the UK for 48 hours from midnight. It said the period should be used to provide a co-ordinated European response.

And yes, "flights" also include the Eurostar trains; there's a subject on French TV right now about the last Eurostars to Saigon London leaving the Gare du Nord.

by Bernard on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 07:07:03 PM EST
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... and Pakistan. (h/t Cat)

by Bernard on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 07:21:33 PM EST
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End 2020: Covid-19 - Brexit - Loser Trump

I'll miss 'good friend to UK' Donald Trump, defence secretary says

'Whatever people think of him, Donald Trump's position towards the United Kingdom in many areas was totally aligned with us,'
says Ben Wallace.

... and with the Apartheid policy of the Jewish State of Israel.

Under President Joe Biden much needs repair and true change ... NOT leaning over backwards to cross the isle. 😠

by Oui on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 10:27:53 AM EST
editorial management cannot decide whether or not Rice is a threat to Miss Nancy's twilight House leadership; or whether AOC is losing her "progressive" bona fides with the self-care faction idly ogling budget bill roll calls.
Pelosi gets revenge against one of the Dem rebels
by Cat on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 02:45:31 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 02:49:48 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 02:54:02 PM EST
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It's taken (checks watch) two months of 'tuber Jimmy Dore near daily ranting about DCCC opposition to M4A to catch fire across innerboob channels. This past week--approaching R1, FY2021 fed budget deadline--that fire flushed moderate and radical grouse(s), so to speak, from the We. Much vitriol has ensued.
by Cat on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 04:26:38 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 05:43:21 PM EST
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by Bernard on Wed Dec 30th, 2020 at 03:28:47 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Dec 30th, 2020 at 04:45:39 PM EST
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Parlament schließt Regierungsgegner per Gesetz von Wahlen aus
In einer früheren Version dieses Artikels wurde der Eindruck erweckt, das Parlament Venezuelas schließe Regierungsgegner von Wahlen aus. Es handelt sich jedoch um das Parlament von Nicaragua. Wir bitten, diesen Fehler zu entschuldigen.
The "Eindruck" may be due to the fact that the article included a picture of Maduro, among other things....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Dec 22nd, 2020 at 09:46:42 AM EST
by Bernard on Thu Dec 24th, 2020 at 09:23:15 PM EST
Today we received from my brother's family two (2) chests of dry-ice packed delicacies from an outfit called "Omaha Steaks". My household consists of 1.5 vegetarians.

Having recklessly eyeballed the manifest (associated to public product price schedule), I'm very likely to distribute the six (6) frozen filet mignon among favored neighbors IF my SNAP benefit is not restored by 31 Jan.

Sadly, I cannot even think who might savor the things labeled "Edamame Succotash" and "Lobster Mac and Cheese". The eight (8) salmon steaks also are in grave danger of freezer burn IF I cannot persaude my Z-informant to renounce her principles.

Finally, all I truly desired was one litre 12 y.o. single malt, paired with a moderately priced pinot for my Z-informant, to accompany our customary toasted sandwiches and soup fare.

But, no.

by Cat on Thu Dec 24th, 2020 at 11:23:15 PM EST
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We did back-to-back Christmas Eve (French tradition) and Christmas lunch (personal tradition) affairs, with respectively a capon and a leg of lamb (bought from a peasant farmer, former neighbour. They cost, respectively, an arm and a leg, and were worth it).

I scored TWO litres of scotch, from the people who know me best.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Dec 29th, 2020 at 05:19:05 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Dec 29th, 2020 at 06:15:30 PM EST
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Is scotch really appropriate for Christmas? It only became a holiday in 1958, and I knew older people who refused to have anything to do with that pagan holiday. Hogmanay is a another matter, of course.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Dec 29th, 2020 at 07:54:26 PM EST
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The daughter who bought me the Talisker at the airport(a day before the UK travel lockdown) will be back in Glasgow for Hogmanay, which I suppose will be a quiet affair, with all the excitement of a virtual Edinburgh festival.

A close friend of hers, with extensive experience of the Edinburgh fringe, moved to Adelaide a year ago to work on the Festival, and has since mostly been living with her boyfriend's parents in lockdown in the country. Not what she bargained for...

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Dec 30th, 2020 at 09:14:35 AM EST
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Missing the Family dinner
by Oui on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 09:17:00 AM EST
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The helplessness of a King ...

Full text of King Willem-Alexander's 2020 Christmas speech

Leader of the Dutch Reformed Church

And of course, the King and family traveled to their holiday home in Greece during an imposed period of lockdown at home. 😷 😠

by Oui on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 01:30:37 PM EST
It's good to be king.
by rifek on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 04:10:03 PM EST
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Elaborate Homecoming On Xmas Eve

Australian expeditioner evacuated from Antarctica in five-day mission | BBC News |

The expeditioner was at Australia's Davis research station in east Antarctica when the mission began.

The AAD said that "fortunately for the operation" a Chinese icebreaker happened to pass by. It dispatched its helicopters to transfer a team of Australians to a site some 40km (25 miles) inland, so that they could build a ski-way for a US aircraft to land on and pick up the patient.

Meanwhile, the US ski-equipped Basler aircraft flew 2,200km from the US McMurdo research station to Australia's Wilkins Aerodrome to pick up an Australian doctor.

It then flew to the ski-way near Davis, where it picked up the patient and returned to Wilkins Aerodrome.

An Australian Airbus A319 transported the patient back to the Australian city of Hobart on Christmas Eve.

by Oui on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 04:52:58 PM EST
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Dec 26th, 2020 at 02:28:58 PM EST
Forced into quarantine ... under   cover of darkness:

200 Briten über Nacht aus Verbier geflohen

by Oui on Sun Dec 27th, 2020 at 06:49:28 PM EST
Drugs Bust, Cobra's In Car

Certainly an eye catcher ... early hours in the morning, police in Amsterdam found Cobra's in the car ... and drugs (cocaïne) in underwear 🤣

No, not the snake variety but illegal fireworks 🔥🔥

by Oui on Mon Dec 28th, 2020 at 07:35:17 PM EST
Washington DC: Corona Hits Close to Home

Luke Letlow passed away due to the coronavirus ...

Republican Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, dies from COVID-19 just days before being sworn in - as US hits new daily death record of 3,700

Luke Letlow, Louisiana's incoming Republican member of the U.S. House, died Tuesday night from complications related to COVID-19 only days before he was due to be sworn into office.

Ahead of being diagnosed with coronavirus, Letlow held multiple campaign events, including meet-and-greets where people did not wear masks although they appeared to be standing six feet apart.  

On December 19, Letlow said he was undergoing treatment at St Francis Hospital in Monroe. Three days after being admitted, his office said he had been transferred to Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center.  

At the time, the married father-of-two was in stable condition and was being treated Remdesivir and steroids - the same treatment President Trump was given.

Letlow, who was due to be sworn into office on Sunday, died on Tuesday night.

by Oui on Wed Dec 30th, 2020 at 07:32:03 AM EST
Congress Cutting In Line ...

Members of Congress send mixed messages on getting vaccinated

The vaccine became available to Congress about a week before Christmas, after the National Security Council announced Congress would be allotted doses of the vaccine to protect "continuity of government operations."

"If they were considered a priority to keep the country going, then they need to take the vaccine so they can be healthy and well to keep the country going," said Dr. Simone Wildes, an infectious diseases physician.

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota said it was "shameful" for members of Congress to get vaccines ahead of frontline workers and declared that she would wait until they do to get her own.

Anger as Republican lawmakers who played down pandemic jump vaccine queue

A disfunctional US Congress getting priority during a pandemic? A very bad example ...

Approval rating Congress hits new low in Dec. 2020 of 15%

by Oui on Wed Dec 30th, 2020 at 08:18:53 AM EST
by Oui on Wed Dec 30th, 2020 at 09:51:12 AM EST
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Hopefully  not an electricl oven.
The EU has secured the ability to shut off gas and electricity supplies if the UK tries to seize control of disputed fish stocks in future, experts are warning.

The sanction - which would hike prices and possibly trigger blackouts - makes a mockery of the prime minister's claim to have "taken control" of British waters in his trade agreement, they say.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Dec 30th, 2020 at 04:16:04 PM EST
The Institute for Government said Brussels had been determined to secure a connection "between energy and fish" in the negotiations that finally concluded on Christmas Eve.

Bonk finally receiving its due?


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Dec 31st, 2020 at 02:36:05 PM EST
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Death sentence and multiple Federal executions at home ... THIS is outrageous!

Trailing in the polls ...

Georgia Sen. David Perdue, facing tight runoff, will quarantine after close Covid contact

by Oui on Thu Dec 31st, 2020 at 10:22:49 PM EST
COVID-19 vaccination - for immediate action | NHS |

GPs hit out at 'grossly unfair' plan to delay follow-up COVID-19 jabs

As cases continue to surge across the country it is hoped that vaccinating greater numbers with one dose of either the Pfizer or Oxford/AstraZeneca jab will provide more people with short term protection against the virus.

by Oui on Fri Jan 1st, 2021 at 08:25:11 AM EST
Creating the illusion a person is "safe" after the first jab ...

Study: Britain Must Vaccinate 2 Million a Week to Prevent Third COVID-19 Wave | Reuters |

Pfizer questions UK move to lengthen gap between Covid vaccine doses

Pfizer has criticised the UK's decision to lengthen the gap between doses of its Covid-19 vaccine, saying the "safety and efficacy" of the new schedule had not been evaluated, as infections and hospitalisations continued to soar across the UK.

"[Our] study . . . was designed to evaluate the vaccine's safety and efficacy following a two-dose schedule, separated by 21 days," the company said.

by Oui on Fri Jan 1st, 2021 at 08:49:09 AM EST
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Heh, listening to the scientists. What do they know?
by Bernard on Fri Jan 1st, 2021 at 09:02:33 AM EST
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BioNTech doesn't have JIT production capability anyway.
by Cat on Fri Jan 1st, 2021 at 03:13:58 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Jan 3rd, 2021 at 08:08:16 PM EST
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Get Ready for False Side Effects

We're talking about treating very, very large populations, which means that you're going to see the usual run of mortality and morbidity that you see across large samples. Specifically, if you take 10 million people and just wave your hand back and forth over their upper arms, in the next two months you would expect to see about 4,000 heart attacks. About 4,000 strokes. Over 9,000 new diagnoses of cancer. And about 14,000 of that ten million will die, out of usual all-causes mortality. No one would notice. That's how many people die and get sick anyway.

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And Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc too.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Jan 1st, 2021 at 04:25:50 PM EST
1/2 dose is as effective as a full dose
"Moderna and the FDA could not immediately be reached for comment."
by Cat on Sun Jan 3rd, 2021 at 09:54:48 PM EST
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Selfishness and Pandemic Chaos

by Oui on Sat Jan 2nd, 2021 at 08:21:55 PM EST
by Oui on Mon Jan 4th, 2021 at 04:54:29 PM EST
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South African Covid variant reported in southern Switzerland | Swiss Info |

At least thirteen people in Switzerland have now been detected with the mutant virus, ten with the British version and three with a version detected in South Africa.

On December 20 Switzerland banned flights from the UK and South Africa and imposed an entry ban following reports of the new strain of coronavirus. People who had entered Switzerland from those countries since December 14 were ordered to go into a ten-day quarantine.

Scientists appeal for calm over new Covid variant in South Africa

by Oui on Mon Jan 4th, 2021 at 10:17:27 PM EST
by Oui on Tue Jan 5th, 2021 at 03:12:52 PM EST

Dutch to pass urgent legislation to avoid age discrimination in choice for last ICU beds ... the Black scenario.

UK King's Fund: Age discrimination in health and social care

Ethical dilemmas in the age of coronavirus: Whose lives should we save? | LA Times |

by Oui on Tue Jan 5th, 2021 at 06:42:26 PM EST
by Oui on Tue Jan 5th, 2021 at 07:55:56 PM EST
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#BREAKING Unexpected win for sub-Scandinavian European nation of France as Brexit peace deal halts boiled, bland culinary exports from cold and reclusive island kingdom of Britain whose pitiable, ethnically divided subjects have historically had to escape to find hope of flavour.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 6th, 2021 at 06:52:54 PM EST
Excellent, as always.

by Bernard on Wed Jan 6th, 2021 at 07:50:45 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 7th, 2021 at 03:29:53 AM EST
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This was supposed to be a satirical twitter thread, but with Trump, even satire is caught up and then run over by reality.
by Bernard on Thu Jan 7th, 2021 at 12:01:53 PM EST
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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Florida, September 24, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo

A lost half-mast memorial, "ranks," as the Brits say, with my early-bird Bloomberg Lloyd headshot out-take (2009).

by Cat on Fri Jan 8th, 2021 at 01:00:44 PM EST
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Independent
He continued: "Over the next ten days, we get to see the machines that are crooked, the ballots that are fraudulent, and if we're wrong, we will be made fools of. But if we're right, a lot of them will go to jail."

Mr Giuliani then suddenly yelled: "Let's have trial by combat!" to lacklustre cheers from the crowd.

Great idea! On the Republican side, Giuliani. For the Democrats, I propose Rep. Sharice Lynnette Davids (D-Kansas). How about it?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 6th, 2021 at 09:47:05 PM EST
Gathara
#BREAKING Diplomats from first world basket case, US, have written home demanding immediate defenestration of condemned dictator, Donald "Papa Don" Trump, over his role in inciting the failed Orange putsch, which some in the jumpy capital are calling the Day of Pigs fiasco.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 11th, 2021 at 07:04:11 PM EST
A Karlin
A Russian meets up with an American.

"We have freedom of speech," the Russian says. "I can post that Russian elections are falsified on social media."

"What's the big deal?" asks the American. "I too can write that Russian elections are falsified on social media."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jan 17th, 2021 at 04:44:42 PM EST
Euronews
The Falkland Islands are back in the spotlight after being excluded from the UK-EU trade deal, meaning the British overseas territory will not benefit from commercial, tax and customs advantages that have been negotiated,

Products coming from the islands to the EU could now face tariffs, following the UK's departure from the bloc.

It's a major concern for the economy of the islands, which exports 90% of its fish to Europe. Local residents hope to eventually maintain the status quo, as 60% of the local government revenue comes from the fishery-related sector and 40% of GDP is dependent n this special relationship with the EU.

Teslyn Barkman, a member of the Falklands Legislative Assembly told Euronews their request is incredibly simple: "We just want to continue to be able to trade in a way that benefits us and benefits the EU,. So, from the EU our calamari is enjoyed in Italy, in France, and everywhere someone can go and enjoy some gorgeous top-quality squid and we want to keep these opportunities flowing.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 18th, 2021 at 04:50:16 PM EST
"We want to continue to have all the rights and privileges of EU membership without any of the costs, responsibilities, and duties of EU membership."

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Jan 19th, 2021 at 04:30:59 PM EST
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