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In most venues the statistical evidence of fraud is enough (just think tax returns or insider trading convictions); so I am perplexed why people expect a higher burden of proof (other than heartfelt bias) in this election. In Canada we have Supreme Court judges who have felt free to interpret the law as they feel it should be, not what our constitution said, or legislators have passed; it is not going well.
If you don’t think this matters, think Venezuela. How the win happened is more crucial than who ‘won’.
The sad part is the discrediting of the electoral process, and lack of respect for it in the media. The remaining question is wether the legal system is up for the challenge of addressing the ‘irregularities’, and unravelling the software ‘glitches’.
As part (in my former life) of my usual series of pre-op questions. (ever been in Hospital, any medical problems?), I once had a lady reply that she had had an episode of kidney stones, BUT there was some extra ‘something’ in the reply, which made me ask what kind of stones? the embarrassment increased and, after a long pause, she said hesitantly, Vit C stones. I asked somewhat incredulously, how much were you taking? the embarrassed answer was 12 grams a day! So, more Vit C, is not always better. Following the proper dosage is usually best.
There is a lot of cross talk with respect to masks, and a current of absolutism about beliefs. A lot of people are partly right and partly wrong; I ‘believe’ masks are a benefit, as much as for the behaviour that goes with them. To be 95% effective (N95 masks) in preventing any transmission; they have to be properly fitted and sized (rarely done outside an infectious disease unit) and are quite uncomfortable to wear for any period of time. Wearing a mask without (strict) good practice and routine is marginally benefial, and may only function to keep ones hands away from your face. Wearing it the way most politicians are seen, eg. not fitted around nose, nose showing, loose around neck, taking it on and off; it is for show only. Cloth masks commonly seen are comfortable to wear and pretty ineffective (goes with the comfort). If you keep some distance, outside, or with good ventilation, any ill fitting (or cloth) mask is probably just virtue signaling. If properly worn, they may reduce your inoculum if you meet a spreader, so I am for wearing one around strangers and crowds (as I am considered high risk). Having had a career in the OR, and ultimate responsibility for any breaches in aseptic technique, I feel there is more to be gained with education about mask wearing than enforcement of mask adornment.
The video on acute mercury poisoning is interesting, but neglected to note that the mercury vapour is highly toxic and needs to be handled under a fume hood (not mentioned) so 2 drops on a glove (if latex there is no protective value, or nitrile effective if no holes and good quality gloves (not the bulk pack)). so my guess , with the omissions mentioned, it was acute, on chronic exposure, toxicity. The validity of the presentation is limited.
If it is science, it is not consensus; if it is consensus, it is not science
A video from early in the year suggesting that delaying reaching herd immunity just results in more deaths and sickness by prolonging the transmission in the population, as well as collateral damage; now censored by YouTube. How accurate he was.
Polio was a really big issue in the early and mid 50’s, now it isn’t; that’s a big change, whooping cough, smallpox and more, have faded from our memories. There are are lots of more plausible explanations for the change in autism incidence, including using the diagnosis as a label. Many a FLK (funny looking kid) of my youth would now have a label. To paraphrase Malcom Gladwell: we all love beauty, and beautiful presentations, and beautiful prose, and seamless eloquent presentations…….but it doesn’t make any of it true.
The tragedy is the vaccines that benefited children in the 1950’s and 60’s, and being lumped together with (and their marginal benefits) flu vaccine now being pushed (for profit). This report is a little too all encompassing, and includes some iffy hyperbole on Autism, which for me debases it.