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Old 04-13-20, 09:09 PM
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Do you know me? No? Then why would you presume that I don't know what I am talking about?
The content of your posts gives it away.
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Originally Posted by Trevtassie View Post
Sergei to Alexei "Comrade, you know that Bill Gates is the devil thing you started a few years ago? have you checked in on it recently? It is on fire!"

How come the only billionaire who is actually trying to do some good is getting roasted by the tinfoil hat brigade, when real evil buggers like the one remaining Koch brother and the Mercers can bank roll some real evil disinformation? Just proves how stupid the foilers really are. Dude tries to warn the world to be ready for a pandemic because the science says it's gonna happen. Tinfoil hats decide his warning means he must be behind it. No, you mouth breathing morons, it just means that he's smarter than you, and because you suffer from a massive case of Dunning-Kruger you don't realise it.
After some more thought I think we agree.

Malware man is happy to be the puppet, as are all the others.

Especially orange man, he will eat his own excrement and call it delicious, with a smile.

Its a comedy of useful idiots, just remember to stay out of the line of fire when someone decides to have a bad day.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Thanks for posting that.


That's the thing--it's not like COVID just causes people to drop dead, the complications of infection are so well-known at this point that the testing is probably only confirming what's obvious at the point of death.

I suppose it's theoretically possible someone could coincidentally drop dead of a massive heart attack just as they got an uncomplicated COVID infection, but what's the likelihood that someone would even suspect COVID was involved and actually do the test? OTOH, someone having a heart attack while suffering from COVID-induced ARDS almost certainly was killed by the complications of the infection, which the criteria you just posted would lead to the listing of COVID as UCOD..

BTW, I know I'm talking through my hat, but this "every death is being attributed to COVID" thing is turning into a conspiracy theory, and I think it's obvious even to lay people that it's implausible.
Case in point, I once testified for the plaintiff in the following medical negligence case: Lady with history of hypertension undergoes routine bowel surgery, has some sort of poop leak, gets peritonitis, bacteremia, sepsis, multi-organ failure, the works. During this ordeal, she has a devastating stroke from a large vessel occlusion. Question is did her weeks of bacterial hell contribute substantially to the stroke or was it just bad luck and the natural history of her mild hypertension? The argument I used was that even if she was a setup for clotting off her entire carotid artery (which she wasn’t) the daily risk of that catastrophe was very low. Therefore, simple probability, along with everything we know about coagulopathies and I inflammation, favors sepsis as the cause of the clot. Anyway, the judge (this was NC) bought the fancy yankee doctor’s argument and the lady got her award.
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Old 04-14-20, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
Case in point, I once testified for the plaintiff in the following medical negligence case: Lady with history of hypertension undergoes routine bowel surgery, has some sort of poop leak, gets peritonitis, bacteremia, sepsis, multi-organ failure, the works. During this ordeal, she has a devastating stroke from a large vessel occlusion. Question is did her weeks of bacterial hell contribute substantially to the stroke or was it just bad luck and the natural history of her mild hypertension? The argument I used was that even if she was a setup for clotting off her entire carotid artery (which she wasn’t) the daily risk of that catastrophe was very low. Therefore, simple probability, along with everything we know about coagulopathies and I inflammation, favors sepsis as the cause of the clot. Anyway, the judge (this was NC) bought the fancy yankee doctor’s argument and the lady got her award.

The way you tell that story makes me think "yutes" were involved.
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Old 04-14-20, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
The way you tell that story makes me think "yutes" were involved.
It was definitely an interesting experience. Trial was in a county seat somewhere in the Piedmont. The plaintiff's attorney had long hair and, IIRC, a seersucker suit!. Apparently a big man locally and very successful in that line. They had a big team and were all set up in a motel room with a rented copier and a visible supply of bourbon. The defense was outgunned and by this point they knew it. I was careful not to disparage the defendant and it ended up being fairly friendly all around.
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Old 04-14-20, 04:17 PM
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Is this a widespread, general representative attitude in the USA, currently (7 April 2020)? If so, get the bulldozers and open pits ready.
As you have seen by now thats whats happened in NYC and maybe in Louisiana and Florida to some extent. We will be facing this stuff until a antibody serum is offered and then a vaccine. The vaccine could take til years end or longer. There will be more mass burials.
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Old 04-14-20, 04:39 PM
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As you have seen by now thats whats happened in NYC and maybe in Louisiana and Florida to some extent. We will be facing this stuff until a antibody serum is offered and then a vaccine. The vaccine could take til years end or longer. There will be more mass burials.
Yep, a week on and my original post aged well. Unfortunately.

Any true "peak" is only seen once you're well past it; and removing restrictions too soon can put you right back into the curve. I've a feeling this could endure for quite some time.
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Old 04-14-20, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by ridelikeaturtle View Post
Yep, a week on and my original post aged well. Unfortunately.

Any true "peak" is only seen once you're well past it; and removing restrictions too soon can put you right back into the curve. I've a feeling this could endure for quite some time.
The "hoaxers" have now moved on to who's fault it is. The Chinese, Big Pharma, 5G, etc etc Like that makes any difference. Some of the attitudes to who's fault it is mean that people still aren't isolating properly.

I learnt my lesson not to mess with bats years ago (before the internet) I read somewhere bat guano is good for your garden, so I dug a bunch out of a small bat colony under an overhang in the desert. It took me years to get over the weird sinus infection I got from that, 'cause I read the bit about wearing respiratory protection in bat caves afterwards.
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Old 04-14-20, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Trevtassie View Post
The "hoaxers" have now moved on to who's fault it is. The Chinese, Big Pharma, 5G, etc etc Like that makes any difference. Some of the attitudes to who's fault it is mean that people still aren't isolating properly.

I learnt my lesson not to mess with bats years ago (before the internet) I read somewhere bat guano is good for your garden, so I dug a bunch out of a small bat colony under an overhang in the desert. It took me years to get over the weird sinus infection I got from that, 'cause I read the bit about wearing respiratory protection in bat caves afterwards.
Breathing any excrement isn't great for your health...
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Old 04-15-20, 04:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Unca_Sam View Post
Breathing any excrement isn't great for your health...

Yes, but for some reason, bats are particularly good at producing viruses that can be spread to humans, so bat guano is especially dangerous.

The main protection we've had from exposure to bats is the obvious fact that our species don't hang out together much. Alas, that's changing.
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Bats are viral disease-bags:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/28/s...rus-Wuhan.html


They are extremely important animals in terms of the environment, but best not to eat them, touch them or inhale their droppings.
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
Bats are viral disease-bags:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/28/s...rus-Wuhan.html


They are extremely important animals in terms of the environment, but best not to eat them, touch them or inhale their droppings.
Them pesky bats and rats.

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Yes, but for some reason, bats are particularly good at producing viruses that can be spread to humans, so bat guano is especially dangerous.

The main protection we've had from exposure to bats is the obvious fact that our species don't hang out together much. Alas, that's changing.

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However, the sinus infection was more likely fungal, specifically histoplasmosis.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post

However, the sinus infection was more likely fungal, specifically histoplasmosis.

​​​​​​​I've actually got a phobia of bats, bad enough that you won't find me ever going into a cave. I'm thinking that not trying to get desensitized to them is looking like a pretty good decision right now.
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I've actually got a phobia of bats, bad enough that you won't find me ever going into a cave. I'm thinking that not trying to get desensitized to them is looking like a pretty good decision right now.
Rabies is what really scares me about those little mofos. I do like them in the abstract, however, and I miss them flitting around at dusk and eating mosquitos, pollinating crops, and whatnot. There used to be mobs of them here, but I think they've been wiped out by white nose syndrome.
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Rabies is what really scares me about those little mofos. I do like them in the abstract, however, and I miss them flitting around at dusk and eating mosquitos, pollinating crops, and whatnot. There used to be mobs of them here, but I think they've been wiped out by white nose syndrome.
My phobia is very specifically being in an enclosed space with a flying bat, outside has never been a problem. Like you, I very much miss the swarms of bats that used to fly around doing their bug-eating job.

Where I grew up, I believe I read that the bats were too small to pose a rabies threat as their teeth weren't strong enough to penetrate human flesh. I don't know of anyone who tested that, however.
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My phobia is very specifically being in an enclosed space with a flying bat, outside has never been a problem. Like you, I very much miss the swarms of bats that used to fly around doing their bug-eating job.

Where I grew up, I believe I read that the bats were too small to pose a rabies threat as their teeth weren't strong enough to penetrate human flesh. I don't know of anyone who tested that, however.
A story from my parents from when I was a toddler and too young to remember it:
They had a window fan in bedroom, and one night a bat got sucked into it from outdoors.
The result was diced bat distributed across the room.

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My phobia is very specifically being in an enclosed space with a flying bat, outside has never been a problem. Like you, I very much miss the swarms of bats that used to fly around doing their bug-eating job.

Where I grew up, I believe I read that the bats were too small to pose a rabies threat as their teeth weren't strong enough to penetrate human flesh. I don't know of anyone who tested that, however.
https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/education/index.html
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I grew up and developed the phobia in Minnesota, where the species of bats commonly found are very small--they're basically flying mice with very small teeth. Obviously, where bats are bigger, the likelihood of a skin-breaking bite is higher.

Either way, I didn't want to play with them.
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A man died in BC last year after an encounter with a bat.

He wasn't aware of being bitten, and it is surmised that he was scratched by the bat.

Henry said the man's symptoms progressed "very quickly." It was only after he mentioned that he had come into contact with a bat that he was tested for rabies.

Henry said skin must be punctured for rabies to be passed from an animal to a human, though it can be difficult to tell with a bat scratch.

"With a bat you may not even recognize that a scratch has happened ... that can happen very quickly so any sort of direct contact with a bat is a risky thing," said Henry.

"Bats generally don't want to be around humans so that's one of the things that is worrisome. If you are in contact with a bat then you really need to be assessed so we can give you the vaccine to make sure we can prevent you from getting this terrible disease."
I found a dead bat in a mouse trap once . I disposed of the whole thing, bat and trap without touching the bat.

When they were teenagers, a friend and his buddy went in to a cave used by bats during the day and captured a sleeping bat, put it in a paper bag, stored it in the fridge, then released it in a movie theatre at night. The theatre had to be evacuated. I am not endorsing this kind of stunt.

I think bats are cool creatures, but the more I learn about them, the more I want to avoid them.



https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/briti...uver-1.5212965
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I grew up and developed the phobia in Minnesota, where the species of bats commonly found are very small--they're basically flying mice with very small teeth. Obviously, where bats are bigger, the likelihood of a skin-breaking bite is higher.

Either way, I didn't want to play with them.
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These people are not social distancing.

Protesters in MAGA hats and flying Confederate flags swarm Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah, Wyoming, New York and Virginia to demonstrate 'tyrannical' and 'unconstitutional' lockdown orders that are 'worse than the virus'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...wn-orders.html
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It's not a hoax and neither is it an accident.
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Originally Posted by CycleryNorth81 View Post
These people are not social distancing.

Protesters in MAGA hats and flying Confederate flags swarm Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah, Wyoming, New York and Virginia to demonstrate 'tyrannical' and 'unconstitutional' lockdown orders that are 'worse than the virus'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...wn-orders.html
Nature has an abundance of self-correcting mechanisms. Unfortunately, in this case, they are probably going to take some other people with them.
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