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Off Topic / Re: Life's so drokking fantastic because (the rebirth)
« on: 31 March, 2020, 08:05:13 PM »

That's cool.

I used to donate but nobody wants my blood any more - well, except for Jim, of course...

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 31 March, 2020, 02:40:45 PM »

Hi Doc - good to see you again.

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 25 March, 2020, 08:20:02 PM »


Lots of coffee.

Off Topic / Re: activities of the trapped
« on: 25 March, 2020, 04:48:39 PM »

Me too!

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 24 March, 2020, 07:28:12 PM »

So sad.

When I was very young, about 8 or 9, I came across two Asterix books in a tourist shop in Southport. I could only afford one, which I bought, and then (I'm ashamed to admit) I stole the other. It's the only book I ever pinched - and got a good hiding for it when I got home. It didn't dampen my love for Asterix, though, a love which has only grown over the years. Goscinny and Uderzo were the first comic creators whose names I learned and Asterix was the first comic I fell in love with.


Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 24 March, 2020, 02:56:11 PM »

I'm actually too busy digging trenches for drainage and power/water (and contemplating that this activity, rather than The Virus, is more likely to see me off) to spend as much time as I'd like researching the current situation.

Afraid, though? Nah, not me. Wary, perhaps, or concerned, but not afraid. That said, I'm not insensitive to the fact that many people are afraid and it's not my intention to stoke that fear. It is my belief that free and frank discussion is a good antidote to fear, but that's just my position.

I apologise if I've scared anyone.

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 24 March, 2020, 12:46:09 PM »

Your site, your rules.

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 24 March, 2020, 12:14:26 PM »

Please define misinformation and conspiracy theories so we're all on the same page. Also, how does one define a dodgy site?

Thanks in advance.

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 24 March, 2020, 10:15:40 AM »
Which is why they always use the word 'Coronavirus' instead of MERS or SARS in the news, for fuck's sake.

You literally just made a post that implied that they were different things. You actually said: "Even though we didn't pick MERS or SARS or H1N1 or swine 'flu or Ebola or any of the other viruses you've heard of, it was just a coincidence that our exercise used Coronavirus".

Your own link makes it very clear that they were modelling a coronavirus, which, by definition, could have included a new strain of SARS or MERS, not the specific COVID-19 strain. You're reading a conspiracy into lazy journalistic shorthand and you could have debunked your own 'story' if you'd taken thirty seconds to double check the definition of 'coronavirus'.

Just. Fucking. Stop.

Which is why I used the word 'coincidence,' which is exactly what it might be.  Also, I wouldn't call this a conspiracy per-se. It might just be people suspecting a coronavirus event had already started or was about to start trying to get ahead of the curve, or it might be just some random study coincidentally hitting on the global buzzword of the day.

In any case, the information's there for you to do with as you will. I'm glad you seem to know for certain exactly what Event 201 was about, Jim, because I don't.

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 23 March, 2020, 05:20:17 PM »

Out on our gardening rounds today in this fine weather, few people seemed concerned. In fact, whilst doing the gardens adjacent to fairly well travelled roads, more people than usual stopped for a quick natter about nothing in particular.

The only hitch was our last customer, an elderly lady who usually makes us a brew and let's us use the toilet, declared herself in lockdown (which is fair enough, of course) - so no brew and no toilet. Had to do the last hour of weeding with crossed legs and a clenched jaw. (It's just weeding, wee-ding, WEE-ding - think about deserts, think about deserts... Nnng...)

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 22 March, 2020, 12:55:24 PM »

Coronavirus bill: summary of impacts.

"The policy makes provision to postpone elections in England
and Wales scheduled for 7th May 2020 by a year to 6 May
2021. It also makes provision for other relevant elections
and referendums that may arise (for example, by-elections)
to be postponed up to 5 May 2021, and for supplementary
provisions to be made to handle the consequences of any
election postponements."


Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 22 March, 2020, 12:33:23 PM »

You're always welcome, Tordels - as are you all (I'm not nearly so scary in real life...).

Anyhoo, I've been reading some second-hand reports about a Bloomberg report - unfortunately, my 'phone can't access the Bloomberg site at all (annoying transcoding error). I'll post what the reports of this report typically say and then the link. If anyone feels like it, could you possibly check the link to see if the reports of the report are real and/or accurate and pass on any links that might be included? Thanks, guys:)

Typical report of the Bloomberg report:

"More than 99% of Italy's coronavirus fatalities were people
who suffered from previous medical conditions, according
to a study by the country's national health authority.
After deaths from the virus reached more than 2,500, with a
150% increase in the past week, health authorities have
been combing through data to provide clues to help combat
the spread of the disease.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's government is evaluating
whether to extend a nationwide lockdown beyond the
beginning of April, daily La Stampa reported Wednesday.
Italy has more than 31,500 confirmed cases of the illness.
The new study could provide insight into why Italy's death
rate, at about 8% of total infected people, is higher than in
other countries.
The Rome-based institute has examined medical records of
about 18% of the country's coronavirus fatalities, finding
that just three victims, or 0.8% of the total, had no previous
pathology. Almost half of the victims suffered from at least
three prior illnesses and about a fourth had either one or
two previous conditions.
More than 75% had high blood pressure, about 35% had
diabetes and a third suffered from heart disease.
The average age of those who've died from the virus in Italy
is 79.5. As of March 17, 17 people under 50 had died from
the disease. All of Italy's victims under 40 have been males
with serious existing medical conditions.
While data released Tuesday point to a slowdown in the
increase of cases, with a 12.6% rise, a separate study shows
Italy could be underestimating the real number of cases by
testing only patients presenting symptoms.
According to the GIMBE Foundation, about 100,000 Italians
have contracted the virus, daily Il Sole 24 Ore reported. That
would bring back the country's death rate closer to the
global average of about 2%.
© Copyright 2020 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved."

And the supposed link:


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