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  • THE_WIZARD_
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    STFU

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  • Jeff Buchanan
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    I'm pretty much tapped out on M v. MSU on Saturday so, I'll sum up some of the COVID stuff I'm reading about.

    First, in the US new cases have declined by nearly 60% and the decline is uniform across all regions of the US. That's new news. In the past cycles both surges and declines have been regional then spreading elsewhere. Epidemiologist think this subtle change predicts a less that scary next cycle. IOW, experts expect an overall increase in case numbers during the late fall and winter but it will be tamped down by the impact of vaccines and changed human behavior brought about by almost 2 years of the pandemic accompanied by increasing awareness of how to protect yourself and others from spreading SARS2.

    We've been through several mutations and while infectiousness of them increases, they generally don't produce more severe symptoms. Evidence of this is that hospitalizations and deaths have remained relatively stable in the face of rising case numbers through September.

    This is all good news but the US still leads the world in a number of key metrics that measure disease impact namely total cases and deaths. According to some analysts the political polarization in the US and misinformation associated with it explains some of this. I don't necessarily endorse that take but it nonetheless is one deserving consideration down the road as things sort themselves out with SARS2 and understanding it's behavior becomes clearer. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

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    ...... and, some think it didn't need to be that way. Compared to a basket of other rich countries, the US has the lowest vaccination rate despite the availability of vaccines. Vaccine hesitancy and anti-vax politics contribute to the low US vax rate. For older age groups, the virus remains a leading cause of death. And the main reason is that millions of Americans have chosen to remain unvaccinated. Some facts:
    • For older people, the effects of vaccination are profound. In late August, near the height of the Delta wave, 24 out of every 10,000 unvaccinated Americans 65 and above were hospitalized with COVID symptoms, according to the CDC. Among fully vaccinated Americans 65 and above, the number was 1.5 per 10,000.
    • According to the Kaiser Foundations, only 67 percent of American adults without a four-year college degree have received a shot, compared with 82 percent of college graduates, and only 58 percent of self-identified Republicans are vaccinated, compared with 90 percent of Democrats.
    • Globally, vax rates range from 88% in the UAE to < 0.1% in Congo. The US is at 57%
    Take what you will from those facts. IMO, it's a triumph of misinformation spread through social media platforms and possibly more importantly here in the US, the absence of clear messaging at the federal level from people like Fauci of NIH and Walenski of CDC. Their confusing and often contradictory guidance and statements are, in large measure, responsible for the confusion within the US population.

    One final comment. Months ago I wrote that I'm less concerned about the impact of COVID than government's reactions as they pertain to dealing with rising case numbers. My concerns have proven to be valid. The world relies on mobility and access for commerce and social interaction. That continues to be stifled by unnecessary, capricious government mandated mitigation measures. As these measures are implemented, as soon as the threat lessens, they are rarely withdrawn. There has been a trend toward governments developing health policies that stress living with the virus instead of eradicating it. China remains the only country pursuing an eradication approach to SARS2.

    The lack of any kind of uniformity of COVID mitigation measures between nations is stunning. I've read plenty of articles on the mess that is the global supply chain and how this has been interrupted first by COVID and next by persistent government mandated COVID related measures. These impact staffing/employment on a massive scale across a wide range of businesses in the service sectors among others. The net result is too much demand, chasing too little supply. We see it as cargo ships stacked up outside US ports, skyrocketing prices for just about everything and empty shelves in Walmart.

    On a personal level, keeping up with entry requirements, proof of vaccinations and COVID related health protocols for any number of countries I've visited in the last 3 months has been hard. It is no wonder that spending within the travel and leisure sectors of countries that depend almost entirely on this economic sector to sustain themselves still have not returned to pre-pandemic levels. In fact, countries returning to 50% of pre-pandemic spending levels are outside of the norm. I assign almost all of the supply chain, mobility and social interaction disruption to government over-reaction in dealing with COVID and the pandemic it spawned.










    Speaking of which:

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  • Kapture1
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    again, he needs to have been fired already. Puppies? Gain of function.

    Fauci is a litteral evil scientist, like Mengele.

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  • THE_WIZARD_
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    Ok.

    I wish there was a coup at your trailer...

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  • Dr. Strangelove
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    Originally posted by THE_WIZARD_ View Post
    I wish there was a coup at your house...
    Forced. Revise and resubmit

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  • Mike
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    Originally posted by Dr. Strangelove View Post
    Military coup in Sudan overnight

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-59033142
    But what will that mean for the midterms?

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  • THE_WIZARD_
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    I wish there was a coup at your house...

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  • Dr. Strangelove
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    Military coup in Sudan overnight

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-59033142

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  • THE_WIZARD_
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    horrible

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  • AlabamAlum
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    Hey, did you hear you can buy iron and carbon for just the price of one alloy?

    What a steel!

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  • Dr. Strangelove
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    A highly-anticipated nonpartisan report on Wisconsin’s 2020 election has found no widespread voter fraud or wrongdoing, but made dozens of recommendations for updating state policies and state laws related to elections.

    The 168-page audit by the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau, initially ordered by the GOP-controlled Legislature in February, was released Friday morning. It found the Wisconsin Elections Commission didn’t follow some state laws in 2020, including things like failing to get electronic voter registration signatures from transportation officials, but that there weren’t widespread instances of people committing voter fraud or officials’ actions affecting large numbers of votes.

    For example, the review flagged only four people who may have voted twice in the election and 11 people whose absentee ballots may have been counted, even though they died before Election Day. There were more than 3.3 million ballots cast in the election in Wisconsin. The review also conducted a hand count of ballots to test some voting machines and found no notable concerns.

    Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, who chairs the Legislature’s audit committee, said in a tweet Friday that the review "showed us that the election was largely safe and secure."

    "The (audit bureau) has been well-respected as a nonpartisan agency by both sides of the aisle & by their colleagues around the US," Cowles said in a subsequent tweet. "It’s my hope that we can now look at election law changes & agency accountability measures in a bipartisan manner based on these nonpartisan recommendations."


    https://www.wpr.org/nonpartisan-revi...despread-fraud

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  • Kapture1
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    Originally posted by crashcourse View Post

    Kapture1 and CGVT liked this.

    apocalypse coming
    I like it because she didn't compromise her principles. He likes it because she was fired for not doing something he wants forced on her and everyone.

    which sounds like an American and which sounds like an authoritarian?

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  • crashcourse
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    Originally posted by Hannibal View Post
    Allison Williams has been fired from ESPN for refusing the jab.
    Kapture1 and CGVT liked this.

    apocalypse coming

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  • lineygoblue
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    As she should be.

    Nobody should lose their job over refusing a shot.

    Even Joe Biden.

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  • Dr. Strangelove
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    Originally posted by Hannibal View Post
    Allison Williams has been fired from ESPN for refusing the jab.
    She's already been hired by the Daily Wire, lol

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