wolfriverjoe

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wolfriverjoe last won the day on August 18

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  1. He's had it for a fairly long time and has a lot of jumps on it. It's fairly sensitive to body position on opening. Once it twists up and starts spinning, it's not usually fixable.
  2. The US military has a long history of fucking up and trying to hide it. Local to me, quite a while ago, a kid in Para Rescue school was drowned by the instructors, who then covered it up. It took a congress critter investigating it to uncover the fact that it was basically involuntary manslaughter. Several instructors were tried. The explosion in the turret in the USS Iowa was caused by overcharging the propellant. It was a practice that was stupid dangerous, but was known and condoned by the command structure. The Navy tried to blame it on a seaman who had a relationship with another one, and tried to make it a 'homosexual relationship gone bad to suicide". https://www.wearethemighty.com/articles/the-navys-investigation-of-the-uss-iowa-turret-explosion-was-seriously-bungled/ And don't forget about the death of Pat Tillman. On a slightly related note, a friend jumps a 170 Diablo. He's had 2 cutaways from spinning linetwists on opening. I often joke that "they call it the 'Diablo'. That means 'Devil'. They don't call it the 'Cute and Fuzzy Bunny'. There's a reason for that."
  3. There's a quote attributed to Neils Bohr that goes something like: If you are studying quantum and are completely, totally, utterly confused; then you are starting to understand it. If you think you understand it, you don't have a clue. I looked a bit for it, and can't find it. But I've seen it in the past. I've got a good grasp of Newton. Some understanding of Einstein (relativity). But quantum is beyond me (mostly because I haven't really studied it).
  4. That's one way to develop real objectivity. To not 'hitch all the horses' to any given idea. Another is to actively try to undermine or disprove one's own theories and ideas. The good old "what did I get wrong?" self critique. It's not easy. It takes practice. But it pays off. In part because when someone throws up an objection, being able to respond with "I already looked into that fairly deeply and here's why it doesn't hold true" is a good thing.
  5. Very true. But the trustworthiness of the source also matters. Especially for stuff that ordinary people cannot accurately judge. The idea of running one lug nut short on each wheel for a short time is something that is very easy to evaluate. A 'no brainer' if you will. The key to that anecdote is that it was a simple idea that the motorist simply hadn't thought of. Effectiveness & safety of vaccines, transmissibility & deadliness of viruses, effectiveness of mitigation methods, all of that is well beyond the judgement capabilities of 'ordinary people.' Or even scientists. In the beginning of the pandemic, the big thing was hand washing, sanitizer & disinfecting surfaces. That's because the known coronaviruses (along with rhinoviruses) are 'surface contact' spread (large droplet). After the spreader event at the church choir practice in Washington state, a few epidemiologists clued into the fact that Covid-19 is more 'airborne' spread (small droplet). They tried to convince the scientific community, but were dismissed for quite a while. So 'wash your hands' took precedence over 'stay away from people and wear a mask' for quite a while. And the disease spread. Of course, when the scientific folks understood the reality, and changed the recommendations, all of the idiots refused to believe them. And accused them of lying. Or not knowing what they were doing. And the alt-right shit spreaders took it and ran. Anyone who applies critical thinking to Brietbart or OAN knows full well how accurate their reports are(n't). But the fools and idiots lap it up, spread it around and revel in their ignorance.
  6. There's a big (and I mean HYOOOOGE) difference between a legitimate difference of opinion and having an unsubstantiated position based on bullshit. Anti vax falls under the second, not the first. One of the big problems with the pandemic is the anti-intellectualism. These fools take pride in not knowing. And they then dismiss 'science' because it changes. One of the principles of Darwin evolution is 'survival of the fittest'. Which is somewhat true, but it's better put as 'survival of the most adaptable'. Change is inevitable. Being able to adjust and adapt to that change means survival. Science changes as knowledge grows. It adapts. Ignorance refuses to admit there's any change at all. Remember the 'evolution debate' between Ken Hamm & Bill Nye? When asked 'what would make you change your position?', Nye replied "Evidence". Hamm replied "Nothing." Sums it up very nicely. I mentioned the anti-intellectualism in a post yesterday. One thing I didn't go into is the fact that, despite the gains it's made in recent years, it's taking a huge hit right now. Proponents are removing themselves from the argument, and life itself. Many that survive the lesson are realizing how important knowledge & science are. Not all, but more than a few.
  7. Do you remember the adverse reactions to the J&J vaccine back in April? 6 million doses given. 6 women had blood clots attributed to it. One died. As a result, administration of the vaccine was suspended while they tried to figure out what happened. There was a similar situation of 'reactions, suspension of use, investigation, resumption of use' in Europe (UK?) for the exact same thing. Yet the fools and idiots keep on claiming that the vaccines are 'killing people'. Do you really think that the 'government' could keep it quiet? Do you think that Fox, OAN, Blaze, Breitbart and all of the other Alt-right shit-stirrers wouldn't have this all over the place? Even the "main stream media" is 'death focused' enough that they wouldn't let this slide (if it bleeds, it leads). The last few years have seen such an eruption of anti-intellectualism that has been frightening. One that was interesting was that people were reported to have voted for Brexit specifically because the 'experts' told them not to. The current 'treatments' for Covid that are being touted by the fools are equally baffling. Vitamins & minerals. Ivermectin (parasite treatment) HCQ None of them have any valid studies supporting them. These same morons reject the vaccines because they don't think they've been studied enough. The idiots are also starting to spread the idea that the current protocols, Regeneron, Remdisivir and even ventilators are what is killing people instead of Covid. The fact is that by the time these dipshits get to the hospital, they are pretty much doomed. I've seen reports from EMS/ER intake people that if the incoming patient has O2 sats below about 80% on room air, their lungs are damaged to the point that they are not likely to survive. And, of course, once they get to the hospital and realize how much trouble they're in, they want everything. Vaccines (too late), vent, EMCO, even lung transplants. I heard a second hand story about an unvaccinated guy who was in bad shape. A vent would only prolong the misery. So he decided to just do palliative care and hospice. He called family and said goodbye. The family members convinced him to try everything. It won't change the outcome. Just prolong the agony and tie up resources. Right now, it's looking like the current 'wave' is going to subside. New cases aren't increasing as fast as they've been, and are starting to decline in places that saw the first of the delta. That doesn't change the fact that the 7 day average deaths is over 2k, and will continue to be so for a couple weeks (deaths lag new cases by a couple weeks). And, not surprisingly, Florida is seeing more cases & deaths than it did during the worst of it last winter. Link:https://www.google.com/search?q=covid+deaths+in+us&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS910US910&oq=&aqs=chrome.0.69i59i450l8.4576594j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 Just google search results, but it has a nice graph at the top. You can switch between deaths & new cases, and pick individual states or the entire country (or other countries), We're likely to see 750k total deaths (3/4 of a million dead) by Halloween. The real fun part will be all the people who had bad cases and didn't die. They're going to be in long term care or on oxygen for a long time. And it didn't have to happen. The Herman Cain Awards page on Reddit is very active. I don't see that changing for a while.
  8. Obesity is a hell of a comorbidity for Covid. So is the diabetes, cardio-vascular disease and all the other stuff that comes along with obesity. The number of people earning Herman Cain awards who are morbidly obese is staggering. Their denial of the obesity is almost as prevalent of their denial of the seriousness of the disease.
  9. Yeah, like the people behind this wouldn't apply just a bit of understanding of crowd psychology (or idiot psychology) to this sort of thing.
  10. Yup. And until kerosene was found to work well, and then crude oil found in accessible places in decent quantities, the whalers just about exterminated the whales. Like as in "all of them gone".
  11. In addition to using a specific metric from a fairly short time, (I remember the double digit inflation of the late 70s & early 80s), it's also cherry-picking from a time when the economy was basically at a standstill just after reopening everything last August to a time when the economy has done a great job of rebounding. For example, look at gas prices. Back up to where they were before the pandemic started (plus a bit, partly due to the hurricane damaging oil production & refinery capability in the Gulf). But way up from where they were back last August, when traffic was virtually non-existent. And since he hasn't stated his name since you issued the challenge, I'm wondering myself.
  12. Oh hush. Stop using facts. You know, like back in 1921 cars were a rarity, only owned by the well-to-do. Or that most rural homes were without electricity. You're just being silly.
  13. United Airlines has issued it's policy on those who have a 'valid reason' to refuse the vaccine. They don't get fired. Those claiming a religious exemption get unpaid leave. Those who have a valid medical reason get temporary medical leave. https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/united-airlines-staff-who-are-granted-religious-exemptions-vaccine-mandate-n1278782?cid=sm_npd_ms_fb_ma&fbclid=IwAR32UdnYA0CQkXZJQ2_iWkkK-RNxJWcHMceFOXRbBAOcOTKMCq8EIBakouw
  14. To be fair, the mask is not a cure. Neither is the vaccine. Both are mitigation methods that will slow the spread and stop the pandemic. But those idiots are too stupid to understand science. Fortunately, the kids seem to have some sense.