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wasoxygen  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

How much do you value credibility?

When the president said a vaccine was around the corner in October, I didn't believe him because he has repeatedly demonstrated willingness to say things that aren't true.

Is the mask & vaccine message so important that it justifies trampling the truth? I think that's a dangerous path to follow.

What's wrong with appealing to young people with honesty?

"Hey kids, you probably don't worry too much about your health. You're right, there has never been a safer time for young people to live. But that's not an excuse to be stupid, nobody is immortal. Over a million people have died while infected with this virus, and we don't yet know what the long term health effects will be for people who recover, even young people. Old people are scared, the chance of surviving infection at age 85 is only 85%.

You can help slow down the spread of the virus, so fewer vulnerable people get sick before a vaccine is available to reduce their risk. Using a mask and reducing socializing in person is inconvenient but effective. A thin layer of fabric helps people say it, don't spray it. Keeping your hands clean and away from your face can reduce other diseases too, like annoying colds. Our grandparents survived world wars with gas masks, we can make some sacrifices to help keep them safe."

Compare that to "If you don't wear a mask and get vaccinated, you're going to die in biblical proportions, and it will be your own fault because you are selfish and unscientific."

wasoxygen  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

The article by "Mayo Clinic Staff" says that "Even in young people, COVID-19 can cause strokes" but there is no link to show which of the 16 references might back that up.

The blog post from Harvard says "even young individuals are seven times more likely to have a stroke from this coronavirus versus a typical flu virus" with a link to an article in The Lancet "COVID-19 related stroke in young individuals".

The Lancet mentions "a 7.6-fold increase in the odds of stroke with COVID-19 compared with influenza" citing Merkler which says "The youngest patient with ischemic stroke in the cohort was age 51 years."

The Lancet also describes "a 7-fold increase in the rate of large vessel stroke in young people compared with the previous year" citing Belani which gives a median age of 65.5 ± 15.3 for the 41 cases and does not mention a minimum age.

wasoxygen  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

Can you provide any citation showing evidence of long-term health damage to people under age 30?

  
wasoxygen  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

The infection fatality rate is 0.01% at age 25.

wasoxygen  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Arecibo telescope will close forever

wasoxygen  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Arecibo telescope will close forever

RELATED: Gigantic Chinese telescope opens to astronomers worldwide

But it doesn’t transmit, so if you want to beam more messages out they have to go through Goldstone.

wasoxygen  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I published my first novel

Another Easter Egg in the table of contents. I approve!

wasoxygen  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

Why would anti-vaxxers under 30 suddenly start dying when the vaccine appears?

wasoxygen  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I published my first novel

☑️ ambigram on title page

wasoxygen  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Git is simply too hard

    "Oh, I just pushed a change. I really didn’t wanna push that, so how do I undo it?"

    So from their perspective, that’s a really reasonable question to make. And then I’m just like:

    "I’m sorry… This is gonna sound like I am teasing you or that I’m mocking you, but actually I’m really being frank, and I’m gonna give you my advice. It’s just not gonna be great."

How to undo (almost) anything with Git

    Scenario: You just ran git push, sending your changes to GitHub, now you realize there’s a problem with one of those commits. You’d like to undo that commit.

    Undo with: git revert <SHA>

    What’s happening: git revert will create a new commit that’s the opposite (or inverse) of the given SHA.

Same idea as accidentally saving a messed-up version of a Word doc on a folder shared with collaborators: you fix your copy of the file and save it again. With Git you don't even have to figure out how to undo the mistakes.

I think the complications arise because Git is robust to difficult but unavoidable cases like edit conflicts. Consistency is tricky to get right.

Does #TinCan rely on timestamps to order comments? Has anyone tried having a group conversation?

wasoxygen  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

    by the end of 2021

Ugh, that’s no better than we did without vaccines, and probably less locking down, in previous pandemics.

wasoxygen  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Key to Trump's Appeal

If we don't judge people, how do we decide who deserves our admiration?

I don't see why an accusation of racism would be untestable. If someone characterizes an entire race of people by saying "they steal, they're dishonest" or they "live like a bunch of dogs" that would seem consistent with the dictionary definition of a belief that "racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race."

    it's important to point out why very few Black people actually voted for Donald Trump

The African-American vote traditionally skews strongly Democratic. Rather than comparing parties it would be more fair to compare Trump to another Republican candidate who doesn't have racist baggage. Or we could compare how African-Americans voted for Trump in 2016 versus 2020 after seeing him operate for four years.

Other people have expressed disapproval of the Black Lives Matter movement, associating it with "hate."

    The baby boomers who drove the success of the civil rights movement want to get behind Black Lives Matter, but the group’s confrontational and divisive tactics make it difficult. In the 1960s, activists confronted white mobs and police with dignity and decorum, sometimes dressing in church clothes and kneeling in prayer during protests to make a clear distinction between who was evil and who was good.

    But at protests today, it is difficult to distinguish legitimate activists from the mob actors who burn and loot. The demonstrations are peppered with hate speech, profanity, and guys with sagging pants that show their underwear. Even if the BLM activists aren’t the ones participating in the boorish language and dress, neither are they condemning it.

wasoxygen  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Key to Trump's Appeal

    I've had it explained to me that Trump's economic policies somehow make up for this, but I've never heard a person of color make the argument.

I can't imagine why the strength of an argument would depend on the color of the person who makes it. Aren't we supposed to judge people by the content of their character?

approximate transcript

    I think his policies have been by and large have been policies that were far better than that of previous Democratic or Republican administrations so I go by the consequences. I mean he hasn't produced the right rhetoric but the fact is that unemployment among low-income people, black, hispanic included, is a level that is far lower than it's been in decades. The economy is booming in a way that no one had predicted, people like Paul Krugman were saying that when Trump gets in the economy is gonna tank; no the economy hit new highs.
wasoxygen  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Charles Koch Says His Partisanship Was a Mistake

Jorgensen said "I used to tell people the Libertarian Party is the best of both sides. We take the economic freedoms from the right and the social freedoms from the left. I can't even say that anymore because Republicans aren't acting like Republicans and Democrats aren't acting like Democrats."

I agree the left offers more spectrum, having taken over most of the airwaves, media and academia. I am still partial to Caplan's Simplistic Theory of Left and Right, which says the right is defined by opposition to the left. Yudkowsky offers his take in a delightful parable.

wasoxygen  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Charles Koch Says His Partisanship Was a Mistake

Yes, I would like to see more people say that partisanship is a mistake. Everyone seems disappointed by the home team, yet most cheer as loudly as ever.

    “We did not create the tea party. We shared their concern about unsustainable government spending, and we supported some tea-party groups on that issue,” Mr. Koch wrote in an email. “But it seems to me the tea party was largely unsuccessful long-term, given that we’re coming off a Republican administration with the largest government spending in history.”
wasoxygen  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: My new Kickstarter puzzles

As seen 408 days ago.

wasoxygen  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Charles Koch Says His Partisanship Was a Mistake
wasoxygen  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Three Gorges dam hits highest level

2020

    Officials expect water levels in the reservoir, whose dam was built to withstand a water level of 175 metres, to reach 165.5 metres on Saturday.

2012

2010

    Its water level hit its peak height of 175 meters (574 feet) at 9 a.m. on Tuesday
wasoxygen  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski.com calls it. Joe Biden has won the 2020 presidential election in the USA

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wasoxygen  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski.com calls it. Joe Biden has won the 2020 presidential election in the USA

Half credit?

Any measure will cause some distortion. If the tax is effective as a deterrent to high executive pay, it is also an inducement to reduce the number of positions with lower compensation.

California has many exemptions for overtime.

wasoxygen  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Silk Road bitcoins worth $1bn change hands after seven years

    In intriguing details that sound like they’re straight out of a crime novel, the complaint said that a mysterious hacker identified only as Individual X was responsible for transferring the seized bitcoin out of Silk Road coffers.

    “According to the investigation, Individual X was able to hack into Silk Road and gain unauthorized and illegal access to Silk Road and thereby steal the illicit cryptocurrency from Silk Road and move it into wallets that Individual X controlled. According to the investigation, Ulbricht became aware of Individual X’s online identity and threatened Individual X for return of the cryptocurrency to Ulbricht.”

    The unknown hacker didn’t return or spend the bitcoin. Instead, Individual X on Tuesday signed a Consent and Agreement to Forfeiture with the US Attorney’s office in San Francisco agreeing to turn over the funds to the government.

The feds just seized Silk Road’s $1 billion stash of bitcoin

wasoxygen  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Post election discussion thread.

    Gore had the right to request a hand recount in each of Florida’s 67 counties—the request had to be made county by county—but he asked for a recount in just four: Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Volusia. All of them were populous and heavily Democratic.

The Bush-Gore Recount Is an Omen for 2020