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by Dave
Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 295
Views: 31778

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

The limitation is that if there were another new-and-never-seen-before cause of ten of thousands of deaths worldwide in 2020 Well, there was another new cause of deaths - the economic oppression of the lockdown, where willing buyers and willing sellers of goods and services were told not to associa...
by Dave
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 295
Views: 31778

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

The BBC has published an article which looks at the coronavirus death rates, using the "excess deaths" metric I mentioned a few days ago... comparing actual deaths this year, with "expected" death rates based on historical records. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-53073046 Among other things, the info...
by Dave
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 295
Views: 31778

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

At this rate, I wouldn't be surprised to hear that just looking at someone with the virus will spread it. Back in the earlies, someone postulated a mutant form of HIV infection that they called "Hearing AIDS" - it was transmitted by listening to assholes. I'm reminded a bit of an SF novel I read ye...
by Dave
Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 295
Views: 31778

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

In another item: a study by a Texas A&M group suggests that face-masks are more useful in preventing COVID-19 infection than had previously been realized. Wearing a mask significantly reduces the risk that the wearer will pass on an infection via aerosols (that's been recognized for months), but app...
by Dave
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 295
Views: 31778

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

On the Good News front... the BBC just reported on an Oxford-University-led study which indicates that dexamethasone (an inexpensive steroid) significantly reduces the death rate for COVID-19 patients ill enough to need oxygen or ventilators. "For patients on ventilators, it cut the risk of death fr...
by Dave
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 295
Views: 31778

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

???... and... HOW many decades has this drug been prescribed by VA and Civilian MD's, and NOW they need to run trials? These drugs have been prescribed, for decades, for malaria and for lupus. These are diseases for which there is plenty of historical data (and lots of previous trials) to show that...
by Dave
Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 295
Views: 31778

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

Well, if it's "probable" covid-19 deaths under discussion, then pretty much by definition some are and some aren't. CDC is wrong to insist that they all be counted as covid-19 deaths, same as if they were confirmed. The states that refuse to count any of them are equally wrong. But without the abil...
by Dave
Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: First Trailer for Wapsi Square's The Library Ghost Story 2020-06-09
Replies: 7
Views: 860

Re: First Trailer for Wapsi Square's The Library Ghost Story 2020-06-09

Hmmm... Shawna as the instigator, and Castela being reluctant? Seems like a different dynamic than we've seen before; Pickle was always the one going squeeeeee about ghosty stuff.
by Dave
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 295
Views: 31778

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

Is that like in New York where it was discovered that ALL DEATHS were being listed as 'Covid-19' because of the $$$ the hospitals would receive? Hospitals are not allowed to do elective procedures at this time, so making a Covid diagnosis becomes a matter of fiscal survival... Could you cite the so...
by Dave
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: Life on the wet side -
Replies: 6
Views: 788

Re: Life on the wet side -

Here's hoping that all goes well, "not exciting or interesting", and that you're soon home consuming ${BEVERAGE_OF_CHOICE} in appropriate quantities!
by Dave
Fri May 29, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: More Stuff
Replies: 5650
Views: 993669

Re: More Stuff

Best of luck on that! I know that people really do want to get their lives back to normal (although "normal" is probably not going to be the same as it was, for a long time). Car detailing seems like something that people are going to want again once their area "opens up". A good thing about it, I g...
by Dave
Fri May 29, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 295
Views: 31778

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

WHO - “Masks should only be used by health care workers, caretakers or by people who are sick with symptoms of fever and cough.” Link It's a bit misleading to headline that as "WHO says". "WHO said " is more accurate. Although that video is still up on the WHO web site, it's actually almost 3 month...
by Dave
Thu May 28, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: Bad Jokes II
Replies: 274
Views: 89907

Re: Bad Jokes II

xkcd is going for the Pastis award today ("nerd humor" subdivision). I have to say this is one of the best shaggy-mutant-caninoid-beast science-pun setups I've seen in a long while.

https://xkcd.com/2312/
by Dave
Tue May 26, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 295
Views: 31778

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

I'm seeing people say that because areas that ended lockdowns saw a sudden spike in cases just a couple days later is proof that the lockdowns were working... except that the virus has a two week incubation period, meaning these people got it while the lockdowns were in effect. Incubation period pr...
by Dave
Mon May 25, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: March 12, 2020 (aka COVID-19 thread)
Replies: 295
Views: 31778

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

TL;DR: The original model estimates were waaaay pessimistic. Newest numbers suggest COVID-19 is a bit harsher than an average flu season. As usual, the elderly and infirm are hardest hit. That definitely is good news, and comforting for those who find they've been infected or are at elevated risk. ...
by Dave
Wed May 20, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: Bad Jokes II
Replies: 274
Views: 89907

Re: Bad Jokes II

Well, that approach did work during the years of the Black Plague. Resistance is feudal, y'know. A pox upon thee, vile punster. (just jealous i hadn't thought of it) Oooh... flashback! My sense of humor goes back a long way (to childhood exposure to Rocky & Bullwinkle, at least). It became particul...
by Dave
Mon May 18, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: Bad Jokes II
Replies: 274
Views: 89907

Re: Bad Jokes II

Well, that approach did work during the years of the Black Plague. Resistance is feudal, y'know.
by Dave
Fri May 15, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Original Art, Prints, eBay, and More Updates!
Topic: Another casualty to Covid-19; Wapsi Square on eBay...
Replies: 9
Views: 1553

Re: Another casualty to Covid-19; Wapsi Square on eBay...

eBay alerted me about a new listing by Paul, and it sold before I got to see it... a "Monica in a bikini" drawing.

So, Paul's eBay presence isn't dead yet! It's going to go for a walk. It feels happyyyyyy!
by Dave
Fri May 15, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: Bad Jokes II
Replies: 274
Views: 89907

Re: Bad Jokes II

A Roman ruin was found -- a square block, waist high, with two iron rings fastened to either side near the top. On the face was the inscription: TOTIE HORS ESTO What was it? An anachronism... possibly a joke by The Doctor. ("To tie horse to" in English, on a Roman ruin, suggests that Ulglossen has ...
by Dave
Thu May 14, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: Bad Jokes II
Replies: 274
Views: 89907

Re: Bad Jokes II

If it was a really heavy southern accent, they'd be penguins, not ducks.