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Everything posted by Chinahand

  1. They are doing it again. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58587147 Sorry, but why should any of these people be treated any differently from any other citizen? The law is the law and it applies to all. The idea some privileged group due to their blood relationships should be able to claim the law doesn't apply to them is pernicious to everything a democracy stands for. Unacceptable.
  2. You do get that this is in people who have caught it. The vaccinated are less likely to catch it in the first place. If you vaccinate fewer people catch it and of those a smaller proportion become seriously ill. Yes, the smaller number of people have similar viral loads but in a vaccinated community fewer people will become infected by this viral load. After 6 months, Vaccination reduces likelihood of infection by 2/3 to 3/4 and risk of hospitalisation and death by a similar ratio compared to the unvaccinated. Hence the double success: fewer people catch it and fewer of those get seriously ill. The fact that infected people in both unvaccinated and vaccinated groups have similar viral loads isn't really the issue. The fact fewer people carry a viral load and the viral load causes less harm is what is important.
  3. I can't do a music theory explanation but quite simply Charlie Watts' drumming brought something totally unique to the Stones' sound and that has now gone. It's poignant listening to his classics and those more personal favourites. A key part of many people's musical enjoyment over many decades. A stabilizing rock within the dynamic of the Rolling Stones. Dust we are and to dust we will return. Memento Mori.
  4. Oh blast Charlie Watts has started gathering moss. Something a little different to remember him by:
  5. But most of the comments in the thread are people supporting the scientific evidence and criticizing those who deny or misunderstand it. It's the reality of the forum if even a very small minority keep igniting an issue the thread will no die. The flat earth thread is the premier example of this. The reality is people will raise misunderstood issues about vaccines at the moment, either through ignorance (and there is nothing wrong with innocent ignorance) or willfulness and deliberate ignorance (a huge problem). The result this thread will continue. A better name might have been "vaccine issues", but John is John! 😉
  6. Weekly Case fatality rate compared to cases 10 days earlier is 0.3% at the moment in January it was 3%. 10 times reduction in the death rate. 10times reduction of risk. If course, there is still risk, but the odds a double jabber faces compared to the hesitant are massively in their favour. https://ourworldindata.org/explorers/coronavirus-data-explorer?zoomToSelection=true&time=2021-02-04..latest&facet=none&pickerSort=desc&pickerMetric=new_cases_per_million&Metric=Case+fatality+rate&Interval=7-day+rolling+average&Relative+to+Population=true&Align+outbreaks=false&country=~GBR
  7. Another denier dies. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/phil-valentine-dies-covid-conservative-radio-host-vaccine-skeptic/#app
  8. I've enjoyed John Gray's writing for many years and this New Statesman piece is a tour de force. Provocative, thought inspiring, with a wide sweep of history, culture and nations. Bravo. https://www.newstatesman.com/world/asia/2021/07/west-isn-t-dying-its-ideas-live-china
  9. Wonderful entertainment. World record in the women's triple jump, joint golds in the high jump and now the 100m final. Great fun.
  10. Is he bringing Starlink to the Island? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2021/07/31/elon-musk-sets-isle-man-blanket-britain-starlink-broadband/amp/
  11. Fascinating discussion on the causes and solutions to authoritarian thinking. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000y7sq https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000y7sq
  12. Charlie Christian was born today in 1916, he died in 1942 of tuberculosis at only 25. Basically invented modern jazz guitar. Take 3 minutes off to enjoy.
  13. Goodness, I am so in favour of the head of state being a citizen and so subject to the laws of the country. I find royal meddling and tax fiddling the worst examples of the corruption of monarchy. At very least make them citizens and so subject to the law just like everyone else or get rid of monarchy all together. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-58005875
  14. Blast, Dusty Hill the bassist with ZzTop has died
  15. Great advert for the grit it takes to be a Paralympian https://youtu.be/OjIP9EFbcWY
  16. Great example of astrophotography: https://youtu.be/oHcMvF-nP2s
  17. China's political slogans (提法 ti2fa3) are quite fascinating things. Sometimes understandable, sometime not. The BBC has recently had a go looking at some of them: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09pnqtq 1. 只有社会主义才能救中国 Zhi1you3 she4hui4zhu3yi1 cai2 neng2j iu4 zhong1guo2 Only Socialism can save China. 2. 从群众中来,到群众中去 Cong2 qun2zhong4 zhong1 lai2, dao4 qun2zhong4 zhong1 qu4 From the masses to the masses 3. 百花齊放,百家爭鳴 Bai3hua1 qi2fang4, bai3jia1 zheng1ming2 Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend. 4. 两条腿走路 Liang3 tiao2 tui3 zhou3 lu4 Walking on two legs 5. 造反有理; Zao4fan4 you3 li3 To rebel is justified 6. 让一部分人先富起来 Rang4 yi1bu4fen4 ren2 xian1 fu4 qi3lai2 Let some people get rich first 7. 民主万岁 Min2zhu3 wan4 sui4 Long live democracy 8. 中国梦 Zhong1guo2 meng4 The China Dream They also had a go back in 2013 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24923993
  18. Fascinating long-read on the ancient Chinese text the Zuo Zhuan 左传 and how it is a more useful guide to the Chinese-US rivalry than Thucydides. https://warontherocks.com/2020/12/trapped-by-thucydides-updating-the-strategic-canon-for-a-sinocentric-era/
  19. Difficult game. Surprise goal and 20 mins of possession but then growing Italian dominance. Not too hopeful at the moment.
  20. Not the most elegant game, but good enough.
  21. Not a bad game of football so far. Chances and tough defending is my summary. Need a bit more excitement.
  22. Interesting. I mistakenly thought Labor voters had repudiated Blair. This survey says not. Really interesting thread on political views. https://twitter.com/rcolvile/status/1412419329015140367?s=19
  23. Is this seriously the first post on Euro 2020 on the forum?? Anyway, nicely dominant at the moment. I'm not much of a football watcher, but it's been a nicely one-sided match so far!
  24. Modern genetics and patient archeology are discovering an incredible story of human ancestry in Denisova Cave in Siberia. Goodness would I like to go there. Sit and watch the sun rise at its mouth and wonder at the minds that have done a similar thing over the millennia. Deep time and ancestors. https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/06/denisovans-were-the-first-hominins-to-arrive-at-denisova-cave/
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