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by Atomic
Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: End of the Day 2010-10-26
Replies: 9
Views: 88

End of the Day 2010-10-26

Boundaries? What boundaries?
by Atomic
Sun Oct 25, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 360
Views: 37520

Re: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)

Dave, thank you for posting that. My poorly worded point was the media are concentrating on the Eeek! factor and not providing much context -- at least that I've seen. Journalism used to include the occasional "Here's How It Stacks Up" type articles.
by Atomic
Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 360
Views: 37520

Re: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)

This situation has moved from the worrisome to the ridiculous, especially because of the politics involved. To paraphrase Mark Steyn: Adding dog dirt to vanilla ice cream does not give you a new taste sensation, it give you contaminated ice cream. Such is adding politics to anything. For all the med...
by Atomic
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: No Left or Right 2020-10-21
Replies: 7
Views: 246

Re: No Left or Right 2020-10-21

Pareidolia is the effort by our brains to find patterns where none exist. Thus we see faces and shapes in clouds because we're wired to recognize faces and shapes. Now flip that to where it's mandatory, and you're now beholden to whatever existing order or pattern which doesn't extend far enough to ...
by Atomic
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 360
Views: 37520

Re: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)

Sadly, many supposedly neutral platforms have taken to shooting messengers instead of conveying messages and letting the readers/viewers decide. Even if the Hitler News Network had a special on "Stalin - The Man, the Myth," it could be worth watching just to see what viewpoints were expressed and re...
by Atomic
Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: More Stuff
Replies: 5705
Views: 1052701

Re: More Stuff

I'm trying to remember that joke about the vegetarian vampire....
by Atomic
Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 360
Views: 37520

Re: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)

Exactly. The Monday morning quarterbacks are out in full force decrying the insufficient preemptive actions which themselves were ridiculed at the time. Then of course they curse those who followed the best information available from the best sources at the time as "they should have known better." M...
by Atomic
Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: My Left Has Left The Building 2020-10-19
Replies: 5
Views: 133

Re: My Left Has Left The Building 2020-10-19

I just flashed on her learning to tie her shoe laces using the rabbit-ear method, only to have her ask if it depends on which way the rabbit is facing, because if it's going the other way, would she have to change shoes, but then if ....
by Atomic
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 360
Views: 37520

Re: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)

Indeed! Is the cure worse than the disease? This is a "compared to what" situation -- the loss of lives vs the loss of livelihoods. There is a limit to "If it just saves one life, then..." type of thinking. And that limit should be open for debate.
by Atomic
Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 360
Views: 37520

Re: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)

Indeed. The whole situation is suffering a bad case of GIGO: Garbage In, Garbage Out. A lack of actual journalism (who what where why when, etc) is affecting the whole debate. For example, after the lock down period expired in places, the hospitals filled up. "Oh Dear!" screamed headlines. Not menti...
by Atomic
Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 360
Views: 37520

Re: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)

To whom, then, is such a proclamation delivered? Has no one ever written a open letter to be published in the newspapers? Leaving it open for additional signatories without careful filtering to remove the goofballs is an error. But, as Ronald Reagan said when he was endorsed by the KKK, "I didn't ch...
by Atomic
Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 360
Views: 37520

Re: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)

Note please that jerks signing false names to an open document does not diminish the reasoning and authority of the original document and those who created and signed it, nor the further signers who are legitimate experts in the field.
by Atomic
Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 360
Views: 37520

Re: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)

The Great Barrington Declaration

TL;DR: "Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal." Protect the elderly.
by Atomic
Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: Care Buddy 2020-10-13
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: Care Buddy 2020-10-13

There's a dissociative condition where people recognize a circumstance but unable to respond well. The classic example was a person who, being treated for burns, said, "The sofa was on fire when I sat on it."

Having the awareness is one thing, being able to act on it is another.
by Atomic
Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: More Stuff
Replies: 5705
Views: 1052701

Re: More Stuff

I'm particularly fond of Minnesota's Lake Moosemeseeyoulook!
by Atomic
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: I know you 2020-10-12
Replies: 4
Views: 151

Re: I know you 2020-10-12

All together now: Green Acres is the place to be. Farm livin' is the life for me. Land spreadin' out so far and wide Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside. Now that I'm older, I figured out the running gag of the show: Upon seeing something new, somebody would blurt out any old goofball expl...
by Atomic
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: More Stuff
Replies: 5705
Views: 1052701

Re: More Stuff

Back in the 70s when I was posted to Luke AFB west of Phoenix, an odd thing happened that really threw the Emergency Services systems for a loop. It seems the cities of Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe are neighbors, and they all used a road naming system dating from their founding in 1800s. They had a Main...
by Atomic
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 360
Views: 37520

Re: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)

Results from Sweden

TL;DR: Sweden took an approach without masks or lockdowns, and it seems to have worked.
by Atomic
Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: More Stuff
Replies: 5705
Views: 1052701

Re: More Stuff

Nah - J R Ewing is running a sale! You just need to get there early.
by Atomic
Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: Introduce Yourself 2020-10-08
Replies: 19
Views: 516

Re: Introduce Yourself 2020-10-08

Bill and Ted got lost in a phone booth, so she's in good company!