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  3. Coss

    The Covid-19 thread

    equilibrium what it would do, if it stayed at one temperature, has it ever stayed at one temperature? Or one pH? I'm no scholar, on this, but looking at this document - https://cp.copernicus.org/articles/14/1097/2018/cp-14-1097-2018.pdf and a having a quick and rough and ready interpretation, of all the graphs et al, it would seem that the current temperature rise is happening, sure, and on the back of, coming out of the middle ages mini ice age, but that before then, it was falling into the middle ages mini ice age.... My point would be, variability, yes, up at the moment, maybe more up soon. But definite, catastrophic, disastrous, doom, - "how can you tell?" Are humanity the only cause (as media would suggest) or do Volcanoes, Maunder minimums and such, have anything to do with it?
  4. baa99

    The Covid-19 thread

    The FDA revoked emergency use authorization. Studies have shown no benefit. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-revokes-emergency-use-authorization-chloroquine-and The agency determined that the legal criteria for issuing an EUA are no longer met. Based on its ongoing analysis of the EUA and emerging scientific data, the FDA determined that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are unlikely to be effective in treating COVID-19 for the authorized uses in the EUA. Additionally, in light of ongoing serious cardiac adverse events and other potential serious side effects, the known and potential benefits of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine no longer outweigh the known and potential risks for the authorized use. This is the statutory standard for issuance of an EUA.
  5. baa99

    The Covid-19 thread

    But you only need a few parameters to determine the equilibrium temperature and pH level of the oceans.
  6. Coss

    Beirut

    some before/after photos https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/122361175/lebanons-beirut-explosion-before-and-after-photos-show-the-scale-of-destruction
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  8. Trump: There are those that say, you can test too much. You do know that. Swan: Who says that? Trump: Oh, just read the manuals. Read the books. Swan: Manuals? What manuals? Trump: Read the books. Read the books. Swan: What books?
  9. Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends By Peter Schweizer There is a new political corruption that is taking place in Washington D.C. that is following the trends of other nations. This includes the families of politicians using their political connections to make billions of dollars in business deals. This has taken place in other countries for many years and has gone unfettered. This book addresses a litany of politicians and their families who have become enormously wealthy from their business dealings while working in public service. It opens the eyes of America to the financial schemes that have been taking place at a national level for many years. The final issue the book addresses are "what to do about it?" Thick as thieves! It has been slightly hidden for several decades but "they" were all engaged in this practice! Clinton, Obummer, etc. Another well written Peter Schweizer book!!! ****
  10. Gold has hit record highs or near record highs against all the major currencies $2,000 US dollar $2,800 Aussie dollar 1543 British pound 1710 Euro Silver is $26 USD, crazy prices all around. The stock market (S&P 500 futures) is over 3300 not too far off its 3400 high pre Covid and it makes absolutely no sense. Even Jim Cramer is saying its nutty. We are so overdue for a major crash of epic proportions, that will dwarf 2008.
  11. I so love Beirut, the Paris of the East, simply stunning Amazing women, even more amazing nightclubs. Israel always fucks them up whenever Lebanon gets settled and proporous Before you dicks jump in, the both sides in Lebanon have proven to work well together, I have a video of this just horrendous.
  12. You would probably have to fend off the hotel staff. Elevators, etc, are all limited and everything goes by the staff and we know how attentive they all are!!
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  14. Coss

    Beirut

    Massive Boom, bigger than a very big thing :: Aftermath of the massive explosion. A giant mushroom cloud rose above the city as the blast rang out. https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/300074046/huge-explosion-rocks-beirut-killing-scores-and-injuring-thousands https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/122349266/the-beirut-explosion-in-pictures-it-is-a-disaster-in-every-sense-of-the-word
  15. As weary as I am, of being alarmed every morning by the antics of 'merica, there are times, when I post here, so as to at least, have something in the record, on this forum, for future reference. Playing tennis with Cav has lost it's entertainment value. Dr. Deborah Birx warned that the country is in a “new phase” of the coronavirus pandemic and that the current outbreak is “extraordinarily widespread.” Birx stressed that Americans need to follow public health recommendations, including wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. She added: “What we are seeing today is different from March and April.[…] It’s into the rural as equal urban areas. […] To everybody who lives in a rural area, you are not immune or protected from this virus.” (CNN / New York Times / Axios) So of course Trump slams his closest supporting Medical expert Trump tweeted that Dr. Deborah Birx’s performance has been “pathetic.” Prior to Dr. Birx’s comment that the virus is in a “new phase,” and that it is “extraordinarily widespread,” Nancy Pelosi said Dr. Birx had been “too positive” about Trump’s handling of the pandemic. Trump then accused Dr. Birx of unfairly criticizing the administration’s response to the pandemic, saying she “took the bait & hit us.” Pelosi also said she does not have confidence in Dr. Birx, linking her to Trump’s disinformation about the virus spread of the coronavirus. “I think the president is spreading disinformation about the virus and she is his appointee,” Pelosi said, “so I don’t have confidence there, no.” (CNN / New York Times / Wall Street Journal / Washington Post / Politico / Reuters / Daily Beast) Trump rebuked Dr. Anthony Fauci, retweeting a video of Fauci explaining to a House subcommittee that the U.S. has seen more cases than European countries because it shut down a fraction of its economy in response to the pandemic. “Wrong!” Trump wrote. (Politico) Againilly ___ The Manhattan District Attorney’s office suggested that it’s investigating Trump and his company for bank and insurance fraud. Until now, Cyrus Vance’s inquiry had appeared focused on hush-money payments made in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election to two women who said they had affairs with Trump. But, in a court filing Vance said Trump’s arguments that a subpoena for eight years of his personal and corporate tax records was too broad stemmed from “the false premise” that the probe was limited to hush-money payments. Vance told the judge that he was justified in demanding the financial records, citing public reports of “extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.” The filing doesn’t say specifically what Vance is investigating, but instead quotes from an October opinion by a district judge in New York, who listed a number of publicly reported investigations that included allegations of “insurance and bank fraud by the Trump Organization.” (New York Times / Associated Press/ Bloomberg / CNN / Axios) Oh dear! ___ Deutsche Bank opened an internal investigation into a 2013 transaction between Trump’s personal banker and a company part-owned by Jared Kushner. In June 2013, the banker, Rosemary Vrablic, and two of her Deutsche Bank colleagues purchased a Park Avenue apartment for about $1.5 million from a company called Bergel 715 Associates. In 2011, Kushner introduced Vrablic to Donald Trump – a time when most mainstream banks refused to do business with Trump because of his history of defaults and bankruptcies. Vrablic and her superiors agreed to take Trump on as a client, despite defaulting on a Deutsche loan three years earlier. In an annual personal financial report, Kushner and Ivanka Trump reported that they had received $1 million to $5 million last year from Bergel 715. (New York Times) Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner earned at least $36.2 million in outside income as they served in the White House last year. The Office of Government Ethics require administration officials to report the worth of assets and liabilities in ranges. The two advisers reported a minimum combined income that was at least $7 million higher than in 2018, when they reported making at least $29 million. (Washington Post) Oh dear! Againilly! ___ Notables. Trump threatened legal action after Nevada’s Legislature passed a bill to automatically send mail-in ballots to all active voters. Trump tweeted that lawmakers were “using Covid to steal the state” in an “illegal late night coup.” Trump also claimed without evidence that the “Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation.” House Majority Whip James Clyburn, meanwhile, said he believes Trump is “trying to put a cloud over the election” and has has no intention of “peacefully” transferring power if he loses in November. (Politico / Bloomberg/ Axios / CBS News) poll/ 52% of Americans believe Trump will not accept the results of November’s election if he loses. 55% of Trump supporters say they refuse to accept a narrow Trump loss if mail-in ballots contribute a Biden victory. (Yahoo News) Homeland Security reassigned a senior official whose office compiled “intelligence reports” about journalists and protesters in Portland. Brian Murphy, the acting under secretary for intelligence and analysis, was reassigned after his office disseminated “open-source intelligence reports” containing Twitter posts of journalists, noting they had published leaked unclassified documents. (New York Times / Washington Post) Trump appointed his choice to fill the Pentagon’s top policy job to a temporary senior position in the same Defense Department office that does not require Senate approval. Anthony Tata confirmation hearing was canceled amid bipartisan opposition to the nomination. Tata’s role is essentially the deputy of the role he had been nominated for. (Politico / CNN / New York Times) House Democrats subpoenaed four top aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, accusing them of stonewalling their investigation into the firing of the State Department’s former inspector general earlier this year. Pompeo previously said he recommended that Trump fire Steve Linick as the State Department inspector general, citing leaks from Linick’s office and claiming that the internal watchdog was trying to undermine his department. At the time of his termination, Linick and office were investigating the Trump administration’s use of an emergency declaration to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. (Politico / Wall Street Journal / Associated Press)
  16. And though it was something else Trump said, that I alluded to, being like "Mob Boss" talk, I watched the yahoo content at the link and the impression I got was of Donald, back pedalling from his "I wish her well" comments. But the original "I wish her well" now takes on a more sinister tone, after Donald says, "I wish you well", "I wish everybody well"... Imagine if, in the Godfather, Marlon Brando, instead of saying - “I'll make him an offer he can't refuse,” had said - "I wish him well". If you view Donald's comment as 'Mob Speak', it fits well, as a warning to Ghislaine Maxwell. Also we know that Trump successfully, had any references to the Godfather movie banned from Michael Cohen's trial. Book out soon. Lastly on this Mob thing; Pre the 2016 election of Trump, I was commenting to an old fella, down here in NZ, ½ a world away, that I thought that Trump was an idiot etc. The old fella said, 'I'd be more worried about his Mob connections' ... true or not, prescient in my view.
  17. I insist I shall be the first one in history who called Trump mentally sick. Anybody who does not agree should follow Steves link and listen to the President. The very< best that the Democrats should do is to lock up Biden somewhere in his basement, tell him to shut up and just go on waiting that Trump buries himself by being interviewed. The man does not know any more what he is saying.
  18. She's very fine people https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/trump-doubles-dow-support-ghislaine-maxwell-not-looking-for-anything-bad-for-her-070813496.html
  19. In case you had enough and just wanted out at whatever cost. Could you physically leave the place or are you locked in the building? Thinking about a quick visit to Soi 22 Honey Bee massage.
  20. https://www.yahoo.com/news/leaked-report-shows-dhs-targeted-214300677.html
  21. Autopsy confirms death of key witness in Red Bull heir’s case was accidental .../ of course: A second autopsy, conducted on the body of Julachart Mardthong, a key defence witness in Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case, has confirmed a police report that he died in an accident and that there was no foul play. The finding was disclosed at a news conference this afternoon (Monday) by Pol Lt-Gen Prachuab Wongsook, commissioner of 5th Region Provincial Police, Dr. Bannakit Lojanaphiwat, Dean of the Medical Science Faculty at Chiangmai University and Associate Professor Dr. Kanda Mekjaidee, Chief of the Forensic Science Department at the same university. Pol Lt-Gen Prachuab said that Mr. Jurachart sustained a fractured skull, a broken brain stem, shattered spleen and six broken ribs, with bleeding in the stomach and brain. {consistent with a head shot followed by falling of a moto at speed} An X-ray didn’t find any metal in the victim’s body, but his blood alcohol content was measured at 0.218%. {bullet went straight through then or was removed before autopsies} “A road accident can inflict injury or death if the victim has a 0.218% blood alcohol content, which results in slower reaction times. The muscles lose reactive response because of the influence of the alcohol. The impact caused the fracture of blood vessels in brain stem,” said the Police Commissioner. He insisted that doctors examined the body thoroughly and did not find anything suspicious, adding that the full results of lab tests will be out in the next few days and the public will be informed. Although no traces of assault, which may have led to the victim’s death, have been found, Pol Lt-Gen Prachuab said those in charge of the case have not ruled out assault or suspicions about the victim’s personal wealth. The victim’s body is still at the hospital, waiting to be claimed by his relatives. Julachart was involved in a motorcycle accident with another motorcyclist in the early hours of July 30th, in Chiang Mai province, as both of them were heading for a town centre bar. https://www.thaipbsworld.com/autopsy-confirms-death-of-key-witness-in-red-bull-heirs-case-was-accidental/ via Thai Visa along with the general stink of this case, there is the 'other' bloke, who was drinking with him and persuaded him to go to another bar, down the road, which has now become known as 'Sniper's Alley'
  22. cavanami

    The Covid-19 thread

    FYI Comorbidities: hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, obesity (body mass index ≥ 30 kg/m2), cardiovascular disease, heart failure, history of stroke, history of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), other lung disease, kidney disease, liver disease, autoimmune disease, or history of cancer. The following clinical symptoms of treated patients were documented: cough/dry cough, fever, SOB, changes of or no smell or taste, sore throat, headache, runny nose/clear rhinorrea, sinus congestion, diarrhea/vomiting, cold symptoms, feeling sick, weakness, and low back pain. Triple therapy for 5 consecutive days in addition to standard supportive care: zinc sulfate (220 mg capsule once daily, containing 50 mg elemental zinc), HCQ (200 mg twice daily), and azithromycin (500 mg once daily).
  23. For anyone interested, or may need to go through it. Day 7 in quarantine at Grande Centere Point Sukhumvit 55. When I first arrived my floor was full at meal times with the plastic bags outside most every door. Now only about 3-4 doors have the bags. Not sure if that means vacancies available but for what it's worth. The rooms have no balcony but are nicely done with a hot pot and cooler. No microwave or refrigerator though. There is an ice bucket but since we can't leave the rooms not sure why. Quite a few menu choices, especially Japanese style meals. Food has been quite good and you can also order off the room service menu for a discounted price. Not a huge menu but some items such as pizza and hamburgers not on the quarantine menu. I had my covid test day 3 with results given day 4. Now I can, with a reservation, go out to the deck area around the pool. They said 30-45 minutes a day . Cleaning of the rooms also started day four and they come every other day. We can leave the room, again for the pool area, while they clean, maybe 20-30 minutes so you can actually get fresh air twice on cleaning days. Pool area is big enough to walk some laps if desired and plenty of chairs, and lounges, smoking is allowed. Meals arrive in a plastic bag, plastic utensils and plastic containers, outside your room. They ring your doorbell to let you know. I had some laundry done yesterday, one day turnaround. There have been some families when I get my yard time each day so those quarantining with families it is available. Haven't seen any pets. There was no mention about being able to go outside after the covid test results so if you test negative just ask them. Communications is mainly over line and response time has been very good. The room has some international channels and netflix. I was having problems with netflix, called, and someone was up very quickly to fix it. There are smoking rooms but, again, no balconies and can not open the windows. The pool, and gym, are offlimits. No family in the area but if you have some (or friends I imagine) they can bring you dried food snacks. Inspection of all items is to be done. There is a bench placed by a window that I have noticed people talking through. Probably to friends/relatives that we can not visit face to face. Internet is good and, so far, reliable All in all if you have to be quarantined it's a decent place
  24. I hope and pray this drug is the wonder drug Trump says it is but the suggestion that it is and the so called left knows this and is ridiculing its use solely because Trump is for it is ridiculous. So, thousands of doctors aren't using it on their Covid 19 patients because Trump is for it?
  25. Coss

    The Covid-19 thread

    Gentlefolk, the wonders of international travel have ceased. And like many, I worry for my family and friends, in NZ, Aus, LOS and Laos and elsewhere in the world. This pandemic looks like it's here for a while. The media are doing a reasonable job in getting the facts out, but we only have to see this story from Iran - BBC story - where the government has reported less than 1/3 of the actual deaths, to know the governments everywhere, are determined to keep the stains of death, from their shiny clothes. This has the potential to upset, not just the American Dream, but the dreams of all of us. I know I'm often a doomsayer, but I have enough knowledge, to say that the typical spread, of diseases in populations, is enhanced and prolonged, by contact, between discrete pools of hosts. So from the virus' point of view, having places like Perth Aus, and NZ, where there is almost no infection, is great, because it allows speedy infection to a fresh bunch of hosts, from infected areas like Victoria Aus, and other places of infection. The only way out of this, is to treat every one as though they have the plague and wear masks and keep one's distance, until such time as we can say, the virus is gone, or at least is so minimal, that contact tracing can contain it. To all those who wanna have no mask parties and protests, in places like those that feature in the news daily, I say, - some of you will die.
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