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  • 2 days ago
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    this is so me

    i also noticed that if i have sex the night before (especially if by myself) then i get a dopamine hangover the next day and, hence, hangxiety

    also, if i have caffeine to help with the hangover it amplifies hangxiety

    fascinating thing the brain. it's almost as though it responds to chemical stimulus or something

  • 2 days ago
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    from the actual study abstract: "There is an inverse relationship between the proportion currently immune and the fraction of the population vulnerable to severe disease. This relationship can be used to determine how many people will require hospitalisation (and possibly die) in the coming weeks if we are able to accurately determine current levels of herd immunity. There is thus an urgent need for investment in technologies such as virus (or viral pseudotype) neutralization assays and other robust assays which provide reliable read-outs of protective immunity, and for the provision of open access to valuable data sources such as blood banks and paired samples of acute and convalescent sera from confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 to validate these. Urgent development and assessment of such tests should be followed by rapid implementation at scale to provide real-time data. These data will be critical to the proper assessment of the effects of social distancing and other measures currently being adopted to slow down the case incidence and for informing future policy direction"

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  • 2 days ago
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    New Oxford study suggests millions of people may have already built up coronavirus immunity

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    Star Trek: Picard is the dark reboot that boldly goes where nobody wanted it to

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  • 6 days ago
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    Ah yes. Market correction. Thine will be done

    2020

    the year of the hindsight

    Hey maybe decades of unchecked predatory lending, Ponzi schemes and post-industrial vapor production wasn’t such a hot idea after all?

    Hey maybe all-credit, zero savings and trillion trade deficit from a single global currency doesn’t lead to stable, resilient economies?

    Hey maybe dumping plastic and nuclear waste into the ocean cannon be sustained indefinitely after all ?

    Hey maybe interdependent fossil fuel-based global logistic chains might be just a smidge too brittle to survive even the slightest disruption to operations?

    Hey maybe an unbridled urban sprawl and human reproduction have limitations after all?

    Hey maybe a delicate balance between ourselves and our habitat is more valuable than market indicators for Brent crude might suggest?

    Hey maybe electing a corrupt fucknut in bed with totalitarian regimes across the world to be a leader of the free world could have negative consequences and repercussions during a time of crisis after all?

    Hey maybe an uneducated populous on a daily diet of junk food, alcohol and hours of McContent, FUD news and commercials might be primed to elect just such a fuckwit?

    all these - and many more like these - could have more light shed on them in 2020: the year of the hindsight

    When investors all realize they have all been drinking their own Kool-aid on the same day - that’s called hindsight

    Yessir. 2020

    she’s-a comin’ round the mountain when she comes

    Why at this rate some people might even be arriving at the conclusion that adding another camera to a touchscreen device or another app that allows posting of selfies is kind of like designing a car with an extra wheel (or a Rolls-Royce SUV with suicide doors ) in a world where the only hope we have to survive is for everyone to catch the train. Yes, technically it’s innovative but alas it’s not the kind of innovation that will unlock any value

    there’s no lost value for tech’s top 5; merely the realization that there was very little value there to begin with beyond inflated expectations of a whole lot of resting on their laurels

    turns out the plants don’t need electrolytes electrolytes. Who knew?

    who knew that counting your chickens before they hatch from the same basket was such a poor form of planning ?

    In other words - it’s a giant shit-sandwich and we are all gonna have to take a huge bite out of it

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  • 7 days ago
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    Thanks wired

    you’re totally not guilty of the hypocrisy you seek to expose

  • 7 days ago
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    Wow Harvey has had a rough month

    if he wasn’t literally Jabba the Hut I’d feel sorry for him

  • 10 days ago
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    Seems quite plausible if speculative

    viruses are interesting molecular strains, for instance

    they are long protein-like chains “floating” around till they are near complete RNA molecules where they can form covalent bonds with compatible molecules i.e. cells and in so doing become complete proteins able to reproduce. but it’s not a virus is a living thing which “wants” to reproduce, so it must be some sort of chemical reaction which is driving the process and a chemical reaction is at its heart about energy and physics of atom bonds

    it’s not that far of stretch to imagine a few of simpler kinds of things like simple viruses floating around in conditions like England describes, bumping into each other and forming longer and more complex chains (which over time may have stabilized into complete RNA able to self replicate)

    in fact, didn’t we recently read something about the cell mitochondrion of cells being self sufficient but in a symbiotic relationship with other parts inside the cell membrane? Someone correct me but as I recall essentially mitochondrion are processing oxygen into a byproduct for the rest of the cellular ecosystem to consume in return for basically protection and a regular supply of oxygen... something along those lines (they also found free-floating mitochondrion in blood and red blood cells don’t have mitochondrion)

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  • 13 days ago
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    What Do We Do With Feelings Now That They Don’t Matter Anymore?

    Sarah Miller thinks about climate change and other current horrors, and what it’s like just being sad forever.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    that was a little navelgazy

    "Opinion | Overdosing on morphine sounds like a painless way to die"

    you think? not so sure. maybe we need one of them expensive studies to confirm this

    "we have scanned brain activity of over 1,500 dying people, and those injected with morphine prior to having their breathing apparatus unplugged, had areas of the brain associated with euphoria lit up like Tokyo on New Years' Eve"

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Yet another in a long list of “Why Do We Need This Study” studies

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Planet Plastic

    How Big Oil and Big Soda kept a global environmental calamity a secret for decades

  • 1 month ago
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    I was a young, unattached man when this war started; my oldest son is now almost as old as I was back then

    there are generations of Afghans who grew up in the midst of this war; some born into it

    after two decades of violent conflict, there’s nothing like a peace talks summit - organized and facilitated, mind you, by the withdrawing and occupying force - to heal all wounds, right all wrongs and solve all problems which caused the violence to erupt in the first place

    I hope the best for the Afghans but given the much-disdained facts of the matter, I fear the worst for them

    I suppose I’m just a cynical old person who should be grateful for and positive about everything

    especially given how nobody could foresee any of the events of the last 20 years unfolding beforehand (it’s not like there were any historical presidents for western invasions into Afghanistan or indeed for US involvement in land wars in Asia)

    so long as lessons are learned, progress is being made and whatever the cost may be is at least not in vain

    and I suppose we might look at it from the POV that Afghanistan and the rest of the world owes a big debt of gratitude to US DoD for trying their goshdarn hardest to bring peace, justice and freedom to Afghanistan at a low, low price of a trillion dollars and mere hundreds of thousands of lives

    and let’s not forget the American people: a big thanks to them for cheering their government on every step of the way on this road to prosperity, in the name of righteous retribution

    mishun accomplished!

    if, that is, the mission was to destabilize the region, lose international credibility, leave a gaping hole for China and Russia, and put the Taliban exactly where they were twenty years ago

    call me pragmatic, but you could have instead done nothing, saved a trillion dollars in the process and landed up with the same, exact outcome (minus the death and destruction, of course)

    on a side note - how’s everything in Syria? has anybody at the US DoD proposed leaving Assad right where he is and pulling out now?

    could save a couple of trill and that’s where he will land up being in ten years in any case

    just asking for a friend cuz - ya’know... y’all have a rep ‘s all im sayin’

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  • 1 month ago
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    Bet they won’t make a movie about this any time soon

  • 2 months ago
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    i just do not understand "i demand for you to make a demand to take away my money"

    i mean - why make the demand that someone else make the demand for you to do something? wut? just do something, if that's how you feel about it

    its like a nursery school "fight" where 5y olds are each 'daring' the other to do something in order to provoke them into action and then calling the other a coward for not provoking them. it's a fucking stupid way for adults to try and appear 'brave' like that tho

    if you want to give away your money, just give it away. nobody is actually preventing you from doing that. if you feel you have more than you need, give the surplus away. right now. go ahead

    go to your personal banker and instruct them to give away 90% of your net income earnings for 2019 to any, from a wide range of organizations in need including but not limited to Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, SPCA, Wikipedia and that's not counting virtually any university research program desperately looking for funds in areas of climate change, cancer research etc etc et

    heck - you could just cut the check to the government. go to the receiver of revenue and say to them "i wish to overpay on my annual tax return because i have too much and i want to give it back to you"

    to me, crying crocodile tears about how "government won't take my money" sounds like a way of phrasing the converse that "i refuse to give my money away unless an external agent forces me to"

    i get that "philanthropy doesn't work" in principle and government should tax rich people more. very noble

    however you are still in control of and (very much) holding onto your funds, right?

    at least rich people who want to hold onto their funds makes sense. they are greedy and selfish and that makes sense to me. rich people who "desperately want" to give away their money away BUT ONLY IF someone else forces them to give it away - makes no sense to me

    "i just hate it that i have too much and i blame The Status Quo for refusing to tax me more ;_;"

    really? that's your actual complaint? someone else won't legally oblige you to give away your surplus? well why not simply give away your surplus out of your own volition then?

    i mean, like, it's bothering you so much, like, all this crazy surplus and stuff and you, like, have nobody to forcefully take it away from you or something... what to do? what to do?

    wait a moment... i know! you could give it away!

    seriously tho - someone complainbragging they "have too much because the government is bad" is like standing on a boat, shouting at drowning victims nearby: "im sorry you're drowning! you need help from a search&rescue boat... and someone else refuses to confiscate mine towards that end ;_; f*ck this system!"

    people couldn't care less about how badly you feel about 'having too much'. it doesn't matter how you feel. it only matters what you do

    while we wait for the government to get their shit together and confiscate your boat - just pull the drowning victims into your boat, if it means that much to you. or give your boat away to search&rescue missions who are willing and able to help and pleading for more boats

    that is way more useful than writing open letters about how privileged you are to have a boat and it will definitely send a louder message to powers that be than writing open letters signed by your other millionaire buddies

    either that or s...

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  • 2 months ago
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    'Consumers still want it' is such a bad BS red herring

    'Consumers want marijuana' but somehow the alcohol industry has managed to keep it illegal for decades

    This double standard where businesses blame consumer demand for being bad agents is just gross

  • 2 months ago
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    Starship Troopers. One of Verhoeven's best

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSLZQcx_mN0

    Based on a book that is on every military reading list

    Why?

    https://libcom.org/library/starship-stormtroopers-michael-moorcock

    The future is now. Yay. Let's talk about kittens

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    Google is finally killing off Chrome apps, which nobody really used anyhow

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    Google cutting web cookies, ending lucrative tracking tool for advertisers

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