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    Today, 12:41 PM
    $10,000 Quadrillion is what you could get for the iron/nickel IF you could get it to earth. On Earth iron goes for $.04 a pound (ballpark). Nickle goes for just under $7.00 per pound. The cost of transporting the iron and nickel from the asteroid belt to the Earth system would be far more than what the material is worth. Even transporting the material to the Moon requires that you first get one or more transport vehicles off the surface of the Earth and out to the Asteroid Belt before you can use them to bring anything back. There might be materials that are more rare and expensive for which an economic case could be made for mining and transport back to Earth.; but not iron and nickel, or even gold. The most reasonable economic case that could be made would be for using ores found in the Asteroid Belt to build space infrastructure (habitat and other structures) in the general vicinity of the Asteroid Belt - which would require assembling and operating smelters and manufacturing facilities in space. But most of that manufacturing infrastructure would have to built on Earth and transported out to where the ore is; and the cost of getting off the surface of the planet to even low Earth orbit is measured in THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS PER POUND.
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    Yesterday, 05:57 PM
    Aw, don't fret so much. Vonnegut predicted it would all be resolved by 2081 (everyone will be equal)
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    Yesterday, 10:50 AM
    Obviously someone who hasn't grown weary from all the winning during the Trump years. :smirking:
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    10-24-2020, 01:06 PM
    There's a person-to-person activism you can engage in to have a little fun with this topic - it's free market stuff. FDA medical certification does cost millions of dollars. And it effectively keeps small manufacturers out of markets when they can't afford the costs of certification. So let your mask drop down to your chin and wait for Karen to come over and berate you. Then apologize and tell her than your other mask is being cleaned/soaked at home and that you're wearing a mask someone sent you - which you didn't find out was so ill-fitting until you got to the store. And then slyly state that your mask isn't even an FDA approved one like the one she's wearing. Then hesitantly ask, "Your mask IS FDA-certified, ISN"T it? ... I mean, how can you be assured it's effective unless it's FDA-certified?" When she asks, "How can you tell?", step back away from her saying something like, "I don't think it's wise for me to linger around a super-spreader like you." You could probably punctuate it with a remark like, "How many people here do you think are wearing uncertified masks?"
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    10-24-2020, 12:45 PM
    If bullet-proof vests work then why are the police so apprehensive when they have to enter a home in which it is unknown whether the suspect is armed or not? It's simply that the vests are not full-proof. The role they provide is risk reduction, not risk elimination. Bullet-proof vests are different than surgical masks in that the primary protection provided by vests is to the wearer, whereas the primary benefit of surgical masks (however limited) is in trapping virus-containing water aerosols generated by the wearer. Unfortunately, your average Boobus Americanus is unaware of this - and, provided with a false sense of security, they are taking on risks they shouldn't be. Your 80 year old Granny (and others in vulnerable demographics) should probably not be attending church, bingo or other large gatherings of people during this time ... a mask isn't going to save them in those settings. With respect to stopping the transmission of disease, labels on the masks do warn : ... but that's not the same as saying the masks are worthless - just that the manufacturer hasn't gone through a multi-million dollar FDA medical certification process to prove that they have some degree of medical risk reduction. Beyond that, the effectiveness of the masks is reduced when worn incorrectly, when worn too long, when reused without cleaning (or reused at all for disposable masks), and when used under conditions exceeding those for which it was designed (low respiration rates, quiet conversation, etc.). A QB wearing a mask while under Center and barking out audibles is someone not quite clear on the mask-protection concept. Likewise, someone wearing a mask when they're exhibiting symptoms (coughing, sneezing) - because the masks will inflate like a spinnaker and the virus-containing water aerosols will come spewing out the sides of the masks. Every engineered device has limits - and you have to be aware of them. Unfortunately, Boobus is not aware of the limits, is not aware of the risks, and from what I'm seeing, is not even aware of how to wear the damn things correctly.
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    10-24-2020, 09:35 AM
    No, he didn't. FACT CHECK: Fauci study did not attribute 1918 Spanish flu deaths to bacterial pneumonia caused by masks:
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    10-23-2020, 07:03 PM
    Hey tebowlives ... check out that link in the OP - that chart from the "US Hospitals" thread is back again.
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    10-23-2020, 06:47 PM
    Undoubtedly ... Amtrak, buses, air travel - anything where people are moved en masse. Though you'll have a difficult time convincing anyone here that Biden's generality doesn't include personal automobiles, pickup trucks and motorcycles.
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    10-22-2020, 06:07 PM
    Infection rate requires testing ... and I'm not at all convinced that there's enough testing going on, in any color of community, to say that they've caught everyone who has the disease. Deaths get noticed, whereas someone with mild symptoms or no symptoms, may not get tested/reported. Is the testing situation better or worse in any given community? That's something I can't even hazard a guess at.
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    10-22-2020, 12:58 PM
    Vitamoin D probably has something to do with it. But African Americans are much more a race that's been blended with European DNA than are native-born Africans. I guess we'd need to check out how Caucasians in Africa are doing compared to Caucasians in other parts of the world - that would give some indication of whether it's genetic or "lock down" procedural.
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    10-22-2020, 11:04 AM
    There was a story a few weeks back about how the major genetic risk factor for severe COVID-19 is inherited from Neanderthals. There's not a lot of Neanderthal-inherited DNA in Africa.
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    10-22-2020, 10:44 AM
    One more - immunotherapy. That's how my bladder cancer was ultimately arrested. With surgery followed by chemotherapy, new tumors kept appearing. I then went through 15 rounds of immunotherapy - where they filled my bladder with Bacille Calmette-Guérin (a vaccine for tuberculosis) for two hours per session. I've had no new tumors for 184 weeks now. There's also some correlative evidence that countries with compulsory bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination appear to have built up a degree of “herd immunity” against COVID-19
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    10-19-2020, 08:59 PM
    Does this mean that the "Schifference" profile will have the "Banned" Status Line removed like with "angelatc" ... cuz I think that's pretty cool - almost like reincarnation. Would "DiverseSegregation" be a higher or lower caste than "Schifference"? Also makes me wonder what "angelatc"'s sock puppet is. Naw, nevermind, "angelatc" doesn't have the self-restraint needed to pull it off.
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    10-19-2020, 04:00 PM
    The numbers that I posted were total deaths from COVID (as correlated by the NYTimes - which pretty much mirrors what gets shown on TV) ... which, one would think, would be somewhat close to the difference between total deaths in 2020 and the average deaths from the preceding year. But they're not - calling into question the validity of one set of numbers within the ones we're looking at (which ones I certainly can't say). The NYTimes dataset quotes 32,972 Covid deaths through 18OCT. Different again. I think I'd question the NYTimes figures due only to the chaos that's baked into this process. If you look at a graph of their figures, you'll find that it's a sawtooth chart - indicating that individual county morgues are probably bundling reports rather than reporting them daily on the day they occur. But even averaged out over the course of seven days, the NYTimes figures are higher than the "excess deaths" calculations. But even the "excess deaths" calculations have to be in question - because the CDC doesn't generally have accurate figures until three or four months have passed since the death, because it takes that long to make the final death evaluation and get the bureaucratic paperwork filed. It's frustrating trying to find numbers which represent reality.
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    10-19-2020, 09:25 AM
    I've update your table to show what the NYTimes and Wash Post are reporting as the daily deaths from COVID (in red font) for the same dates (see https://github.com/nytimes/covid-19-data). Note: NYTimes only reports cumulative deaths; so I had to do some spreadsheet work to get the daily figures from that.
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    10-17-2020, 07:53 PM
    The chart has the following link on it: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/nyregion/new-york-coronavirus-deaths.html ... but I didn't see the chart when I went to that nytimes webpage; so I suspect it was a "home brew" chart that someone put together based upon what was on the nytimes webpage correlated with data pulled from one or more CDC webpages. I saw the chart before - I think it may have been pulled from Facebook. I tried to find the data on the CDC sites, but didn't have the patience to wade through the various pages. Yeah, they really should have sourced their data a lot better.
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    10-17-2020, 07:27 PM
    Here in the MidWest, that'll only come after False Fall, Second Summer and Actual Fall. Actually, we may have already had False Fall and Second Summer - you never really know until you get to December.
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    10-17-2020, 11:19 AM
    Voluntarist replied to a thread Home Brewing in Freedom Living
    Not exactly home brewed, just a slightly off-kilter brew ...
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    10-17-2020, 10:52 AM
    So what's the conclusive proof (I didn't hear Tucker mention it)?
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    10-16-2020, 12:10 PM
    Biden's correct - subject to caveats. It's safe to say that it's less expensive to build green power generation facilities and supply green power than it is to do so with oil, gas or coal power generation for roughly two thirds of global power consumers (even without subsidies). It's primarily wind power generation that's brought that about; though solar is also less expensive (albeit, two to three times as expensive as wind). So what are the drawbacks: - Proximity of consumers to the power generation source; and the requisite infrastructure for transmission. It's the age old problem of metropolitan areas expecting rural areas to supply their every whim and wish. - There just isn't enough green power generation available; and won't be. Not In My Back Yard - For example, people in coastal communities object to windmills obscuring their ocean vistas; and object to the low-frequency hum that accompanies them, and there's the safety issues on top of that (windmills are dangerous). The benchmark timeframe for all these dreams is between now and 2050. Keep in mind that global energy consumption is expected to rise 50% during this period of time. So the question is not, "Which form of energy is less expensive?" - it's, "Which form of energy will be available?" See Net-Zero Carbon Dioxide Emissions By 2050 Requires A New Nuclear Power Plant Every Day ... BTW: that translates to:
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    10-14-2020, 08:06 PM
    Average American Voter:
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    10-14-2020, 11:33 AM
    If it counted as an actual vote that might be worthwhile - so long as the requirement existed that a majority, rather than plurality, vote was need to win. But I'm still quite fond of Nobody, because Nobody will: - Balance the budget - Keep us out of foreign wars we have no business in - Ensure equal treatment for all under the law - Etc.
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    10-13-2020, 03:23 PM
    Is that a new category in your sig line? Cuz that's one I belong in.
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