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March-April Open Thread

by Bernard Sun Mar 14th, 2021 at 07:15:07 PM EST

Waiting for spring... and for vaccines.

British Police Broke Up A Vigil Honoring A Woman Who Was Allegedly Killed By A Police Officer
London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Sunday ordered investigations into how the Metropolitan Police handled a peaceful vigil for Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old woman whose kidnapping and murder -- allegedly at the hands of a police officer -- has left the UK reeling.

Images of police officers forcefully disrupting Saturday night's emotional vigil and arresting women prompted an outcry, including calls for the head of police, Cressida Dick, to resign. Thousands had gathered at a memorial for Everard in London to pay their tributes and raise their voices to end violence against women, before being swarmed by police.

by Bernard on Sun Mar 14th, 2021 at 09:14:32 PM EST
by generic on Mon Mar 15th, 2021 at 05:24:19 PM EST
After Austria, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria, The Netherlands and Iceland last week, today, Monday 15 March, Germany, France and Italy are joining the conga line.

Pending advice from WHO and the EMA, expected on Thursday.

Covid-19: France, Germany and Italy suspend AstraZeneca vaccine

Germany, France and Italy have halted rollouts of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, after a series of incidents in Europe involving blood clots.

They join several smaller European nations who have halted vaccinations as a precaution while checks are made.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said there is no evidence that the incidents are caused by the vaccine.

It said it was reviewing reports relating to the jab, but it was important vaccinations continued.

It was good practice to investigate potential adverse events, it added.

The WHO's vaccine safety experts are meeting on Tuesday to discuss the jab.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will meet on the same day and is due to draw conclusions on Thursday. It has also said the vaccine should continue to be used.

(Oui's diary)

by Bernard on Mon Mar 15th, 2021 at 06:20:03 PM EST
And now, Spain:

Spain to halt AstraZeneca vaccine for 15 days

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain will stop using AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine for at least 15 days, Cadena Ser radio reported on Monday, citing unnamed sources.

Health Minister Carolina Darias was due to provide an update later on Monday, as a growing list of countries stop administering the shot amid concerns of severe adverse effects.

by Bernard on Mon Mar 15th, 2021 at 06:52:37 PM EST
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CERN: Today's observation a three sigma finding ...

by Oui on Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 07:31:17 PM EST
Why didn't the officers just shoot the little guy? Was it his age? Lucky little boy ...

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35, the union representing Montgomery County police, declined to comment on the matter, citing pending litigation.

by Oui on Mon Mar 29th, 2021 at 07:05:36 AM EST
micro-aggression v. macro-aggression, Or How a Professional Concern Card Ended in Expulsion
The October 25 Microaggression Panel Discussion
Bhattacharya:  Yeah, follow-up question. Exactly how do you define marginalized and  who is a marginalized group? Where  does that go? I mean, it seems extremely nonspecific.
[UVA Professor Beverly Colwell] Adams: And that's intentional. That's intentional to make it more nonspecific . . . .
Bhattacharya continued his critique of Adams's work, saying, "The evidence that you provided--and you said you've studied this for years--which is just one anecdotal case--I mean do you have, did you study anything else about microaggressions that you know in the last few years?" Id. [...] Hours after the panel, Christine Peterson, Assistant Dean for Medical Education, sent Bhattacharya an email with the subject "The panel today." Dkt. 33-12. The email read:
I was at the "Microaggressions" panel today and observed your discomfort with the speaker's perspective on the topic. Would you like to come share your thoughts with me? I think I can provide some perspective that will reassure you about what you are and are not responsible for in interactions that  could be uncomfortable even when that's not  intended. If you'd  prefer to talk with your own college dean, that's fine too. I simply want to help you understand and be able to cope with unintended consequences of conversations.
Dr. Peterson
At an ASAC meeting on November 14, the committee considered Kern's Card against Bhattacharya. Id. ¶77. UVA Medical School's Policy on Academic and Professional  Advancement vests the ASAC with the power to act on behalf of the School of Medicine's faculty with respect to "patterns of unprofessional behavior and egregious violations of professionalism." Dkt. 33-9 at 2. The policy includes the following provision:
If a student receives three or more written observations of concern . . . , or is cited for a single egregious breach of professionalism, notice will be sent to ASAC for review. A student identified as having a pattern of unprofessional behavior may be directed to further counseling and/or to supportive remediation and/or placed on academic warning or academic probation . . . , or if the professional violations are severe, a student may be dismissed from school even if they have passing grades in all courses. . . . . Egregious behaviors, such as but limited to assault on or threat to a patient,  patient's family member, student, GME trainee or  faculty member, conduct that may constitute a felony, etc., regardless of whether criminal prosecutions are initiated or pursued, will be  referred immediately to ASAC,  irrespective of   whether previous observations of concern exist, with the recommendation for dismissal from school.
by Cat on Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 at 03:04:27 PM EST
Medical schools are notorious for shit canning students and interns when they question or challenge the teaching staff.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 at 04:45:45 PM EST
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by generic on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 08:27:08 AM EST
Sixth night of violence in Northern Ireland.  Earlier today a bus was hijacked and burnt.  Tonight (Apr 7) things are escalating.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Apr 8th, 2021 at 02:27:16 AM EST
Did I say that? | Celebrity | The Guardian
In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, to contribute something to solving overpopulation (1988)
by generic on Fri Apr 9th, 2021 at 03:00:22 PM EST
The Prince Philip variant is coming.....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Apr 9th, 2021 at 05:11:02 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 07:14:21 PM EST
If you don't take care of your house and yard, a nuclear bomb blast might burn it down. Better be neat and alive than sloppy and dead.

Talk about nudging!

by fjallstrom on Thu Apr 15th, 2021 at 09:30:33 PM EST
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France officially passed the 100,000 deaths from COVID today, making it the 8th in the world in absolute numbers of cumulative COVID deaths (Source: OurWorldInData). The seven other countries with over 100K fatalities are: USA, Brazil, Mexico, India, UK, Italy and Russia.

In fact the 100K mark has been passed some times ago, according to epidemiologists: they estimate another 12,000 deaths outside hospitals or nursing homes were due to COVID, essentially people who died in their home.

by Bernard on Thu Apr 15th, 2021 at 06:20:44 PM EST
In Sweden we are in full blown third wave, mostly the British variant. Hospitals are straining under the pressure. The eldest are now vaccinated, which means much fewer deaths, but otherwise I think this wave is the worst yet.
by fjallstrom on Thu Apr 15th, 2021 at 09:33:56 PM EST
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About the same here: British variant is dominant too; still a death rate twice that of most EU countries, but contamination (and deaths) figures "stabilizing" (is it a "peak" or a "plateau"?). ICU patients now number 5914, the highest since April 2020.

Concerns about the prospect of the Brazilian (P1) variant taking over, hence the abrupt closure of flights with Brazil (and French Guiana that has a 736 km land border with the giant country).

Vaccination now open to all people 55 and up, mostly Pfizer; AZ is now considered the inferior vaccine by the public, but still the only one available at your GP.

by Bernard on Fri Apr 16th, 2021 at 08:04:16 PM EST
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... of CODID:

A leading conspiracy theorist who thought COVID-19 was a hoax died from the virus after hosting illegal house parties

A Norwegian conspiracy theorist, who believed COVID-19 was a hoax, has died from the virus just days after hosting two illegal gatherings at his property, according to officials.

Hans Kristian Gaarder, 60, from Gran, a municipality that lies 40 miles north of Oslo, tested positive for the virus after dying on April 6, officials said this week.


Gaarder's death comes several days after he hosted two illegal house parties on March 26 and 27. It is unclear how many people attended. He is thought to have been ill for several weeks but kept it secret local officials believe, newsinenglish.no reported.

Local media reported that more than a dozen attendees have since tested positive for the virus and continued to pass it on.

Norway is recording about 100 daily cases per million people while neighboring Sweden is recording 600 daily cases per million (about the same as in France).

by Bernard on Sun Apr 18th, 2021 at 06:14:57 PM EST
The government announced a couple of weeks ago that vaccination was open for my age group (55+)... Delighted, I searched for an appointment ... none within 100 km (10km travel limit applies).

Never mind, we'll wait a couple of weeks. But the English variant, hyper contagious, got the better of our containment strategies... Ten days of isolation, paracetamol, and nothing worse than extreme discomfort later, we are convalescent.

And now, with hospitals saturated and deprogramming all but essential surgery, the government has announced that France is re-opening for the May holiday weekends... with a vaccination rate of less than 20%.


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

by eurogreen on Wed Apr 21st, 2021 at 11:59:52 AM EST
Hope you have well recovered by now. We were lucky to get our first jabs two weeks ago (second ones scheduled for... June), but I'll feel better when our children can get vaccinated too.

Management of the epidemics has been a disgrace with our Jupiter turned Epidemiologist-in-chief crowing that he has spared the country from lockdown during the whole winter. Thousands of our fellow citizen have died for this "success" though. France is now the sick man of Europe - literally: still 480 new cases per 100,000 people as of April 19; only Sweden is faring worse with 600 cases per 100,000.

It's as if Macron is trying to outdo Johnson, maybe not in stupidity, but definitely in arrogance.

Anyway: all the best for a speedy recovery.

by Bernard on Wed Apr 21st, 2021 at 06:42:36 PM EST
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I have my first scheduled for Saturday (I could have got it tomorrow, but the times were inconvenient.) Hopefully they won't cancel it after some new panic on side effects. 2nd is early June

No problem with distance - it's a mere 10 minute walk.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 21st, 2021 at 07:04:27 PM EST
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Congratulations on being alive.
by asdf on Thu Apr 29th, 2021 at 02:53:16 AM EST
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President Putin said some Western countries were like jackals trying to please the US, just as a jackal behaves with the tiger Shere Khan in Kipling's tale The Jungle Book.

"We don't want to burn bridges, but if somebody interprets our good intentions as weakness, our reaction will be asymmetrical, rapid and harsh," he said. "We'll decide for ourselves in each case where the red line is."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Apr 22nd, 2021 at 08:14:15 AM EST
by Bernard on Mon Apr 26th, 2021 at 06:12:36 PM EST
US and UK's vaccine nationalism illustrated:

by Bernard on Tue Apr 27th, 2021 at 06:42:15 PM EST
Meanwhile in America .....

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat May 1st, 2021 at 03:35:19 PM EST

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