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  1. This is all I got for it, but so far I only include sources up to 1996.
  2. General Chat / Random Musings

    My point is that you shouldn't need respite from the ongoing virus craze. It is nothing to worry about. It is media-made hysteria and you buy into it. The chance of you getting sick from this new disease, or dying from it, is for all practical purposes zero. About 650,000 people in the US will die from heart diseases in 2020 and 600,000 from cancer. I doubt more than 10 will die from this new disease. It doesn't deserve 10 seconds of out consideration. Forget about it. Worrying about this is a complete waste of time and will not do you any good at all.
  3. General Chat / Random Musings

    Because, as I have stated a few times, it simply doesn't work. Why do you never respond to people who argue your point? With incubation times of many days, lock downs and quarantined can never prevent the spread of epidemics, only slow it down.
  4. General Chat / Random Musings

    Because a few hundred people dying simple isn't a world crisis. Normal flu kills many, many, many fold more. Do you have no grasp of relativity?
  5. The Hangover/I'm an Alcoholic Thread

    You get RR in Canada? I thought they didn't export out of California.
  6. Street Performers in Covent Garden

    Maybe, maybe not. But considering that contactless account for at least 2/3 as many transactions as cash as per your graph, and knowing that contactless is still used much less than normal sticking-in-the-slot card use, that would imply that cards are far more used in store transactions in the UK.
  7. Street Performers in Covent Garden

    But contactless accounts for a minority of all card transactions in stores. Most people still jam their cards into the slot and don't tap. "Contactless" doesn't mean you use it online
  8. The Hangover/I'm an Alcoholic Thread

    What then do you pair with your fish, your foie gras, your sweet desserts, your sea food? Reds and wines serve different purposes. My life would be sadder without great Ausleses and Spätleses. When I drank a lot I think the most outrageous thing I did drinking-wise was 3 bottles of wine before going out. Right now I am enjoying a pils from Russian River before the game starts.
  9. General Chat / Random Musings

    That brought back memories. I was at a closed-off event at Georgia Aquarium once where I got a bit buzzed and started to argue with the people working there that it is wrong to keep whale sharks in captivity Hope you and Donny are having a great time
  10. General Chat / Random Musings

    It is not absurd because past experiences tell us it simply doesn't work, as I have pointed out before Calling for quarantines of countries and regions is a hysterical gut reaction from people who don't know better. Read this: https://www.pnas.org/content/103/15/5935.short Or just the conclusion "Our simulations demonstrate, that in a highly mobile population, restricting travel after an outbreak is detected is likely to delay slightly the time course of the outbreak without impacting the eventual number ill". Basically, ill-informed politicians have tried banning flights many times before, from restricting HIV, to SARS to swine-flu, etc, with disappointing results. Here's another example: With swine flu (H1N1) they imposed travel restrictions from Mexico but it only delayed the outbreak with three days. No observable effect on number of people who got the disease. And again, this is an entirely absurd discussion considering that other recently evolved zooid viruses have only cased a few hundred deaths globally. As far as fatalities are concerned these viruses are entirely negligible. It makes no sense to call for quarantine to stop a disease that will likely just kill a few hundred people while accepting that the normal seasonal flu virus strains (which also originate in one area and then spread across the world) can move around unrestricted when it on average kills many hundred thousand people every year. In short, what we have here is people accepting the danger they know while overreacting to the presence of the danger that is new to them. It is nothing short but hysteria.
  11. Street Performers in Covent Garden

    I believe that graph shows that card is used more than cash in the UK Do you know what contactless payment with card is? You just tap the card and the transaction is done. Quite fantastic. But really, frequency of forms of payment is entirely irrelevant for the argument that it is cumbersome to pay with cash, just as it is entirely irrelevant what people do in other countries. That the infrastructure for payment with card is not fully developed across the world does not mean using cards in the UK isn't the most convenient form of payment. Regardless, I think it is somewhat charming that people stick to what they are used to. It will change, though, and sooner or later card will have replaced cash entirely.
  12. Street Performers in Covent Garden

    It is not really about being fashionable or trendy, either, I don't give two fucks about that either. It is about choosing convenience. What you might get away with as cute idiosyncrasies today can quickly evolve to village moron proportions as the world moves forward and the gulf between you and modern world because uncrossable. My grandmother had the same problem, being left out, out of touch, confused, but she was in her 90s.
  13. General Chat / Random Musings

    Media reports about new science breakthroughs that will end cancer regularly Yeah, not going to happen anytime soon, I'm afraid. As for using the immune system to attack tumors, I am working on such a project now. We have a customer with a cool immunotoxin platform. Basically they have engineered new proteins comprised of an antibody domain with a toxin from snakes. The antibody part is engineered to selectively bind to the surface of tumors (because binding with strong affinity to something is just what antibodies do), and when it locks with a tumor the toxin domain will do its nasty part and fuck it up. Quite brilliant. Avoids all the systemic symptoms of conventional cancer drugs like chemo.
  14. General Chat / Random Musings

    You don't think that's a bit overreacting? Stopping all transportation has a huge impact on so much. And not just Wuhan, but China, or even the entire Asia? Why should Indians be barred from going to the US because of a new virus in Wuhan? Sounds unfair and hysterical.
  15. General Chat / Random Musings

    My kids don't need me around 24/7 I liked the trainee. It wasn't planned, I just popped into the hairdressers and asked for a cut and they only had the trainee available. Siva was her name and she was from Kurdistan so we had lots to talk about. She had only been there for a few months, needed help from her colleagues all the time. Basically, from listening to all the instructions she got, I feel I can start cutting hairs. The time flew away. And I paid a quarter of regular price. The hair's a bit weird but that's okay. Worth it for the fun and the chat.