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  1. I am neither a statistician nor an epidemiologist, but if you look at the increased number of cases (which itself may not be a reliable figure to use for the reasons explained in Thommo's link) in the UK, possibly due to wider testing than infection, then look at the death rates, then it seems difficult not to conclude that the infection's morbidity is dwindling or never was that great. There are suggestions as to why it appeared so high at first, health vulnerability of patients, poor socio-economic factors in the first countries hardest hit, and so on. The truth is the information is
    6 points
  2. Certainly been some psychological damage been done to some of you.
    5 points
  3. Sure it wasn't the three way lights at Gov Bridge?
    4 points
  4. John Wright: Do you think that if we had had a more liberal policy of social distancing, based on voluntary compliance, somewhat akin to the policies adopted by the likes of Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Japan, would we have had more premature Covid-19 deaths? Note that for a more liberal policy I do not exclude encouraging the working from home and the temporary shutting down of the riskiest kinds of activities such as those of discos, pubs etc. Some shutdown of the riskiest activities would have been needed if there was sign of the health authorities being overwhelmed, a
    4 points
  5. Thanks, I desperately needed your validation on that.
    4 points
  6. The stats in all of this have been misleading. The death from CV in the UK were always skewed by including deaths from any cause after a positive test. They have now clarified that their mortality figures count anyone dying within 28 days of a positive test. As others have said, in the early days, the approach was right as no one knew how it would all unfold. However, as information has been gathered and the true mortality understood, isn't it time to start to educate and de-escalate the fear? Governments have got themselves on a hook that it is proving very difficult to get of
    4 points
  7. A bit like the woman who eats a water melon with her legs open to keep the flies off her food, I think the Promenade is doing a very good job of taking the focus of stuff like the MEA huge mega loans scandal, IRIS, incinerator and many more.
    3 points
  8. Just updated the title of this thread, little knowing it would last 7 years and is mainly about the prom refurb thingy. Here's to the next 7 years.
    3 points
  9. That encapsulates and explains a great deal of IoMG and its CS....
    3 points
  10. Politics (government rather than Tynwald) and inertia seems to be driving some of this so far not science. We cannot live in a bubble, a bubble is completely unsustainable, even if you create a bubble you can’t live in it forever. And actually the bubble mentality is a psychologically damaging environment to create as it creates fear of outsiders and all sorts of other strange and insular behaviours and nobody can move on from it. The optional 7 day testing is going to reveal much more of this and people just need to get used to it as the virus is circulating, there is no vaccine, and so locki
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  11. There are 3 ways to look at the stats Truth Lie - overblown because you're a piece of shit who ought to be controlled Lie - under reported because you can't know how awful the response has been You can pretty much rule the first one out.
    3 points
  12. I’m only away 7 weeks. I’m working every day using ipad or laptop on my office VPN. If I get any tribunal hearings I can chair remotely via Teams. If I get an ombudsman adjudication I can receive the documents in e-format and do it as I travel. I get fatigued travelling. That explains the ferries, avoiding long drives. Great to travel as you sleep. I’m going at my own pace. I actually think Quayle & Co have done a good job. But I also think that putting a nation state, or a micro state, into total isolation, with no real exit plan, isn’t viable. I don’t discount the seriousness
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  13. Years ago I used a reflector device to scan 35mm slides on a regular flatbed scanner. It wasn’t mine, I’ve no idea where to get one or even if they still exist. Clearly an entry for ‘most helpful post of the year’
    2 points
  14. Do you think he was the only one to Proffitt from it?
    2 points
  15. I shouldn't worry. I'd imagine most of them would be too ashamed to claim their pension off the back of that debacle
    2 points
  16. Too fucking right it is. In fact it is a scandal that it isn't a scandal. They all got away with it. The greedy , nasty, spineless, greed-ridden gets.
    2 points
  17. Of course, its why you're forking out £200 odd quid a year in 'sewerage' tax.
    2 points
  18. This is another strong reason to do this:
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  20. I went through governors firstbyjing this morning then this afternoon, I'm sorry but if you cant see those road markings you shouldn't be driving.
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  21. Im not exactly sure it matters to the general public in any meaningful sense whether its a returning resident on repatriation a returning resident who has gone away for a short break a patient transfer returning from treatment a keyworker a person allowed in on compassionate grounds it May be useful to @rachomics and @wrighty to know the type of person, the reason for travel, where it might have been picked up. But I think policy, which is political, is pretty well set at 1:5000 or 20:100,000 ( as everyone else uses - why the 1:5000 for IOM is just confusing ) a
    2 points
  22. Though it’s not the public who’ll elect the next CM in all certainty. Personally the thought of this guy becoming CM fills me with dread.
    2 points
  23. ....and the radiologists, and the physio's and the lab technicians, and the porters and the house keepers and the ........... (gulp) medical staff. What ever happened to all the froth last year about paying half a much again for them here than in the UK? Asking for someone else.......
    2 points
  24. Says more about the knuckle dragging morons in cars. The road signage is very clear. Just read and follow. Police should be up there confiscating driving licences of any idiots not following the signs
    2 points
  25. I’d suggest anyone still waiting for cancer treatment gets down there and really makes his day!
    2 points
  26. Are you really trying to claim some sort of victory due to me not offering you an answer to something there's no information for? I suppose setting your goals that low makes them easier to achieve.
    2 points
  27. Cycling home tonight, a lot of motorists let me through mainly because I don’t think they could believe what they were seeing State of the road not state of me...
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  28. Then you is a knacker. So for example what about the big team/s of legal advisers on 'both' sides (there was only ever one side - and they all wanted more of that lovely money, money, money).
    1 point
  29. Just for good measure I think he stole said car, should have been sentenced with a big fuck off shovel!
    1 point
  30. And why the MUA buys gas and puts a mark up on it to sell to Manx Gas, affecting your gas bill!
    1 point
  31. No, you can only be convicted for something that was an offence at the time you did whatever it was. Retrospective legislation is extremely rare, especially in the criminal sphere. What might change is more likely procedural, time bars and sentencing guidelines. Generally you are sentenced in accordance with the guidelines in force at date of sentence. But if the sentencing was lower at time of offence or because your age at the time of the offence, then that will be taken into account.
    1 point
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  33. I cant believe that Manx drivers are incapable of altering their driving to match the new road layout which is blatantly obvious where you should go. I mean we have the best drivers in the world on this island, we are that good at driving we don't even need speed limits like the rest of the civilised world, oh no not us, just don't change the road markings in a 30 zone, we cant handle that well………….
    1 point
  34. Test more, find more. Simples. We only seem to be testing key workers. The virus is here, no doubt.
    1 point
  35. Apart from the fact he is a supporter of Manchester City he does a grand job. In fact there are several councillors who aren't so bad at all, but I agree with the trimming down being planned.
    1 point
  36. Of course, we could just pipe Manxforums into the schools.......best education ever.
    1 point
  37. Well said. Yesterday's dramatic Howard announcement just goes to underline that the policy now needs to be rapidly reviewed. The fact that it had to be held at 10am on a Sunday finely illustrates two things - Howard loves creating a drama and its also trying to emphasise the Island's very badly out of control paranoia. Was it necessary? In my opinion, no. Apart from the drama, there was also the cost of putting it all on. Frankly, it could have waited until today. But when you think through the subject matter, it was to say that a person who had been off island had travelled to the
    1 point
  38. Ah balls. You'll be missed woolley. As you mentioned, we didn't agree on much, but if I let that put me off a person I'd be a bit short of company! It hasn't passed me by that you were always reasonable in disagreement. All the best.
    1 point
  39. A good post for sure. The trouble being that a department is totally out of control with no firm leadership whatsoever. The leader (Mr Baker) is spinning plates in other areas like the Promenade and the war zone traffic issues in Douglas and elsewhere that he has inherited. it appears to me that many good MHKs that get involved in ministerial positions end up losing the faith of their constituents. Sorry to say that Baker is my MHK and he has fallen into the trap and as such my family will certainly not vote for him at the next general election as he has forgotten the people that put
    1 point
  40. Which bits are well run?
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  41. It's a pity the DoI removed the temporary bus stop from Blackberry Lane even though the buses are still running up there. I wouldn't then have had to watch the bus go past me as I was walking up to catch an alternative one on Governor's Road. I think I might actually hate the DoI.
    1 point
  42. I think it’s like most things now. Unless you have money to go private you are pretty much stuffed. Used to be if you were really ill the NHS here would look after you but I don’t think even that is true now. I don’t think the IOM is a good place to be old or ill but is even the UK these days? Unless you have a bit of a cough that is and you get a 4000 bed hospital all to yourself.
    1 point
  43. Just put it in the normal bin. Nobody checks. Nobody cares. Least of all me.
    1 point
  44. To what end? Do the fiendish lizard people own shares in companies producing masks and hand sanitizer or something?
    1 point
  45. My Mum was a teacher, she passed away almost three weeks ago. We had cards from her former pupils, expressing how she fired them in their chosen paths, her kindness and the respect they had for her. She retired from teaching almost 30 years ago, so in teacher terms, a very, very long time ago. How many people have you encountered in your chosen profession would express their respect for you and the impact you had on their lives 30, 40 or 50 years on?
    1 point
  46. It isn't just about pay. We know from Maslow that financial compensation is not the sole or highest motivational factor, There are other problems in the Education Department and some of those have been acknowledged by a change of Minister, arguably. The teachers here were required to stay at home, some opened up and staffed hubs, but they did as they were told, whether painting the fence or whatever. They did no cause the pandemic. I hope Allinson can get some form of compromise. We want and need the best teachers we can afford here, not just for now but for the future, and gi
    1 point
  47. A little known fact about the Isle of Man is that it has more monsters per square mile than anywhere else in the world. People tend to not talk about it that much, but you're almost guaranteed to come across a monster or two on any typical day, especially if you spend any time in the countryside. In addition, every Friday a dog inflates until it explodes. This is purely random - it could be any dog - but it is only one dog per week. Nobody knows why this happens. So if you have a dog think carefully before bringing it.
    1 point
  48. Woolley’s post is like when someone you know writes their autobiography and you go into Waterstones on day of publication to check if your name is in the index.
    1 point
  49. This is woolley’s final contribution on Manxforums which will come as a blessed relief to some, no doubt, and so, ladies and gentlemen, I crave your indulgence one last time. Considering that I’ve written so much here, I can’t even recall what it was that moved me sufficiently to sign up to MF in the first place. It’s all lost in the mists of time, but it was clearly the start of something that endured and became a part of my routine. All things, both nice and nasty, eventually come to an end. When I’d idly pondered in the past how I might conclude my MF tenure other than by fa
    1 point
  50. With the exception of Jessopp, the other candidates weren't standing on a party platform, were they? Also, they're not on here making dodgy claims about having published more policy than anyone. If you'd trundled along as an independent and just blurted out "Hey! I'm Michael Josem, vote for me because I think there should be more houses and less paedos!", then fine. But you didn't, you stood as a representative of a party that's been around for a sufficient amount of time for it to have figured out a solid political identity and nailed down the details. So, you're coming up wit
    1 point
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