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  1. Elsewhere ... What is funny/sad about this is that whoever is manning the Q account on 8kun had to do some cleanup ...
  2. When we invite 'the public interest' into discussion, assessing and determining it takes up a lot of time, in my opinion. The closer to life and death the quicker cases tend to leap to appeals and to the Supreme Court docket. Put more simply than down below, I foresee a similar kind of set of events as Michael, just over a longer period of time, and with less confidence that some judicial happenings will happen. William, Truncquote! I can use another guide to what all this means, legal expertise or not. I just don't see Congress warp speed legislation soon, definitely not before the votes are counted after November 3 (if to insert statutory versions of the executive order). With Alex Jones if not & Co who in particular, which 'officer' might instruct YouTube and Facebook and Twitter to re-instate the terminated accounts? A judge? Before the election? As that libertarian might say, who would be showing up with the gun? I am more on the fence about Big Tech's (insofar Twitter) "very survival." In re rigging -- it could be argued that if the GOP really knows more-or-less how "The Enemy Party" gets away with wholesale fraud at various levels of count-by-county and county-with-county collusion, they might ought do their own dirty deeds, given what they will know to be happening all over the place. In any case, does anybody sometimes find "rigging" to be a pretty non-specific word? Rigging is rigging. Rig! Big massive deep massive bigtime scramble. Tidal wave of doom. I believe that Twitter made a significant error, that it was a mistake to craft a special "Famous political figure who has a personal account that kind of stands in for the policy organ of a major nation's executive" rule that applied only two times so far. Who wants the weight of this special 'flagger' uniform? A staff of how many to baby-sit a special class of account? My kneejerk me says It's clunky, it's dumb, it's unworkable, it's a kludge. I thought one of the hardest lines on Trump's Twitter behaviour was from Kamala Harris -- back when she urged Trump's private account be disciplined according to Twitter's avowed rules, already existing rules -- whether timeout, delete-or-timeout-forever, "please feel free to appeal your termination," what have you. Fellow hopefuls mocked or had proxies castigate her. They eat their own, them people. But anyway ... Specially-crafted add-a-tag-with-link rules quickly banged together to apply to one particular situation? Pfui. I agree with Michael in spirit at least that "Big Tech" in the guise of Twitter brought on the executive order and its formal policy directive, however we disagree on the proximate or ultimate outcome of the issues in the snarl. The more cynical me would say the machinery of sustained, broad-based administration media oversight may take some time to get rolling, but Jared could shirley figure that out. If there was ever a time to go after enemies, it's now. If you were, say, a Trump-doubter or someone with full-blown political hatred derangement, you might be saying, "Thanks, Twitter." In the ironic tense.
  3. From Nandita Bose and David Shepardson at Reuters: Trump executive order takes aim at social media firms: draft
  4. Headlines can be somewhat deceptive at the best of times, I think. Headline from the Guardian, May 15 2020: Africa facing a quarter of a billion coronavirus cases, WHO predicts Subheadline of the Guardian story: Africa facing a quarter of a billion coronavirus cases, WHO predicts | But continent will have fewer deaths than Europe and US because of its younger population and other lifestyle factors For the official page of the South African government's COVID-19 response, strictures, numbers, plan, etcetera ... https://www.gov.za/Coronavirus The WHO's African region website has a number of metrics and points of information for those curious about its good/evil work: https://www.afro.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus-covid-19
  5. Do you have a link to share? Or maybe you noted the polling house. Definitely. This is what I assayed at the RCP site, the head to head matchup ... click image or link to visit RCP. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2020/president/us/general_election_trump_vs_biden-6247.html
  6. I don't object in the least. But the chemical compound you refer to is not a vaccine. Hydroxychloroquine is a well-known generic anti-malarial prophylactic and therapeutic in a class originally invented in Bayer labs. It's been widely used since American government-sponsored clinical trials revealed its potency against the mosquito-carried scourge. A vaccine or inoculation or immunization involves a dead/weak/part virus or bacterium "presented" to the body -- which 'learns' the fingerprint of the infective agent and 'trains' early warning components for a future immune-system response. Smallpox vaccine is an example of an anti-viral, cholera vaccine an example of an anti-bacterial. Malaria infection involves a plasmodium, a parasitic organism neither a virus nor a bacterium -- chloroquine and its analogues disrupt the parasite feeding (and shitting heme). In positive news for everyone but Jordan Sather, a malaria vaccine candidate is about to enter Phase Four (human) trials. The best thing about the drug Hydroxychloroquine prescribed to the President is that its dosage-toxicity is known and ill-effects studied and tabulated into a kind of risk-ranking -- which ends up as a list of observed/assumed side-effects, from rarely-observed to more common but not general. No doubt the President has been briefed on those possibilities and his physicians are alert. The drug itself is cleared for clinical trials and emergency (compassionate) use in the USA by the FDA . It is not yet approved as a prophylactic treatment regime. People with and without pull can get it if they want it, I guess. For a guy with the job description of Donald Trump, given his age, it can easily be seen as an urgent intervention ... if it makes him immune while he is on it, great. If you can convince your doctor to prescribe a continuing course of the drug , you may well be protected against SARS-CoV-2 replicating in your nasal and bronchial tracts. As a treatment or therapeutic for a COVID-19 illness, I believe its ultimate utility will be figured out in the various trials around the world. Will it be useful as an early intervention and/or preventive? Will it become the 'indicated' treatment for some or all the stages of the disease? Will it save lives of folks having the worst time? I don't know. I do hope so. I think worldwide efforts to develop a vaccine will bear fruit relatively quickly -- I am hopeful such a product will be available for the most vulnerable sooner than a year from now. Gold-standard trials of HCQ (and adjuvants) will probably show reliable results long before the world has a vaccine. [Added:] I should also have noted natural immunization or natural immunities. In this case, the body mounts a defense to a virulent invader or bacterial squadron "presented" to it. Once the natural infection progression is over, the body has learned its lesson, and the immune system has a production line of warriors ready to go all out for the next foreign visitor wearing that uniform. You likely won't get measles a second time. You probably will not get smallpox again. It might not be the last time you will have syphilis, but odds are you won't have the worst symptoms the next time. Herd Immunity is a useful concept. To my understanding if 90% of the "herd" are immunized against a thing, the thing is much less likely to find a 'host' to replicate and emerge as an infectant to the the herd members who have never 'met' it. On the whole, I would much rather have an unnatural herd immunity become the norm in nursing homes. Some stories of deaths by COVID-19 are horrifying. Here in British Columbia, there is little age-discrimination in healthcare for the most part. If you are in a nursing home and need COVID-19 hospitalization by the same indices as anyone else, but are not ultimately going to make it -- you get the full treatment of end-of-life care. You don't drown in terror alone in a home. For the most part. I do hope everyone in the OL 'family' is safe and sound. We tend to be on the 'vulnerable' end of the age scale in relation to the virus. Cheers to Reason, cheers to all who accept my cheers. Wringing truth or reliable information out of the sodden quilt of media small and large is not easy at the best of times. In these times, the weight of untruths seems especially heavy.
  7. Typical "alarmist" headline followed by a story of possible interest to followers of issues in this blog thread ... The Arctic Is Unraveling as a Massive Heat Wave Grips the Region Circumpolar jetstream is in one of its so-called "loose" periods ... The 2-Metre Temperature Anomaly:
  8. A Twitter thread by the author of the Conversation story, adding more detail:
  9. A fun read, if you like oddities, quirks and foibles ... The Church of QAnon: Will conspiracy theories form the basis of a new religious movement? May 18, 2020 7.12am EDT
  10. QAnon. pub is an alternative to Qmap.pub (which adds in editorial material from unknown people) ...
  11. An article by Adrienne LaFrance, "The Prophecies of Q," in the Atlantic.
  12. Science magazine:




    How does coronavirus kill? Clinicians trace a ferocious rampage through the body, from brain to toes

    By Meredith Wadman, Jennifer Couzin-Frankel, Jocelyn Kaiser, Catherine MatacicApr. 17, 2020 , 6:45 PM


    What follows is a snapshot of the fast-evolving understanding of how the virus attacks cells around the body, especially in the roughly 5% of patients who become critically ill. Despite the more than 1000 papers now spilling into journals and onto preprint servers every week, a clear picture is elusive, as the virus acts like no pathogen humanity has ever seen. Without larger, prospective controlled studies that are only now being launched, scientists must pull information from small studies and case reports, often published at warp speed and not yet peer reviewed. “We need to keep a very open mind as this phenomenon goes forward,” says Nancy Reau, a liver transplant physician who has been treating COVID-19 patients at Rush University Medical Center. “We are still learning.”




    How the virus attacks the heart and blood vessels is a mystery, but dozens of preprints and papers attest that such damage is common. A 25 March paper in JAMA Cardiology documented heart damage in nearly 20% of patients out of 416 hospitalized for COVID-19 in Wuhan, China. In another Wuhan study, 44% of 36 patients admitted to the ICU had arrhythmias.

    The disruption seems to extend to the blood itself. Among 184 COVID-19 patients in a Dutch ICU, 38% had blood that clotted abnormally, and almost one-third already had clots, according to a 10 April paper in Thrombosis Research. Blood clots can break apart and land in the lungs, blocking vital arteries—a condition known as pulmonary embolism, which has reportedly killed COVID-19 patients. Clots from arteries can also lodge in the brain, causing stroke. Many patients have “dramatically” high levels of D-dimer, a byproduct of blood clots, says Behnood Bikdeli, a cardiovascular medicine fellow at Columbia University Medical Center.

    “The more we look, the more likely it becomes that blood clots are a major player in the disease severity and mortality from COVID-19,” Bikdeli says.

    Infection may also lead to blood vessel constriction. Reports are emerging of ischemia in the fingers and toes—a reduction in blood flow that can lead to swollen, painful digits and tissue death.




    1. Jon Letendre

      Jon Letendre

      Too bad that you couldn't explain one sentence of this fear porn in your own words, Billy. Not one sentence, not if your life depended on it.

    2. william.scherk


      Re-upping and bolding a line from the intro of the article I linked to at Science:


      What follows is a snapshot of the fast-evolving understanding of how the virus attacks cells around the body, especially in the roughly 5% of patients who become critically ill.

      I think everyone struggles at least a bit to comprehend the novel coronavirus and its impacts on the human body. The article at Science is a brief reading for OL readers who want to know how close medical sciences are to answers for the questions posed in the article. The questions are almost all ''How?"

      Understanding the way the virus works is key to disrupting its work, I think. I thought this article would serve as a reasonably a-political piece to share with OLers. We all seek understanding. The more knowledge, the less fear. I am hopeful that the humans will beat this thing into the ground, if not tomorrow.

      I found the most interesting questions were posed on the subject of cytokine storm versus blood system as cause for certain symptoms. Enormous resources are being put in play by the humans to get safe and effective treatments out the door ...


      Some clinicians suspect the driving force in many gravely ill patients’ downhill trajectories is a disastrous overreaction of the immune system known as a “cytokine storm,” which other viral infections are known to trigger. Cytokines are chemical signaling molecules that guide a healthy immune response; but in a cytokine storm, levels of certain cytokines soar far beyond what’s needed, and immune cells start to attack healthy tissues. Blood vessels leak, blood pressure drops, clots form, and catastrophic organ failure can ensue.

      Some studies have shown elevated levels of these inflammation-inducing cytokines in the blood of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. “The real morbidity and mortality of this disease is probably driven by this out of proportion inflammatory response to the virus,” says Jamie Garfield, a pulmonologist who cares for COVID-19 patients at Temple University Hospital.

      But others aren’t convinced. “There seems to have been a quick move to associate COVID-19 with these hyperinflammatory states. I haven’t really seen convincing data that that is the case,” says Joseph Levitt, a pulmonary critical care physician at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

      He’s also worried that efforts to dampen a cytokine response could backfire. Several drugs targeting specific cytokines are in clinical trials in COVID-19 patients. But Levitt fears those drugs may suppress the immune response that the body needs to fight off the virus. “There’s a real risk that we allow more viral replication,” Levitt says.

      Meanwhile, other scientists are zeroing in on an entirely different organ system that they say is driving some patients’ rapid deterioration: the heart and blood vessels.

      One part Science magazine to nine-parts Infowars is a reasonable trade for me ... it's a mean 'flu' that is still in its top killing phase in many of our states and provinces. "Excess deaths" as the actuaries might plot it.

      I hope everyone is financially secure and staying safe. Our household has two essential service workers who head out every day and one eighty-year old who is the focus of our 'do not bring it home' efforts. Our governments up here, like yours, are feeding empty wallets with future billions. Canadians are in general much more pacified-by-authority than Americans, and so are doing what public health authorities tell them to do without significant protest.

      We have our own gruesome gallows humour on the subject of nursing homes, of course, and the debate on how, where, when and under what criteria we relax the strictures on commerce and recreation.  On the other hand, we don't have the ordeal of a presidential election year to get through at the same time.

      The biggest losers are the high-cost energy producers. The "demand shock" to the global energy markets is going to be felt for a good while in the Oil Patch, by my estimation.

      I will head back to the shallows until I find something as neutrally interesting to share.

  13.  Real Fake stakes ...


    1. Peter


      Symphony of Science by Carl Sagan.
      As the ancient mythmakers knew
      We're children equally of the earth and the sky
      In our tenure on this planet, we've accumulated
      Dangerous evolutionary baggage

      We've also acquired compassion for others,
      Love for our children,
      And a great soaring passionate intelligence
      The clear tools for our continued survival

      We've begun at last
      To wonder about our origins
      Star stuff contemplating the stars
      Tracing that long path

      Our obligation to survive and flourish
      Is owed not just to ourselves
      But also to that cosmos
      Ancient and vast, from which we spring.

  14. On the front porch ... ... number 3929 has spawned some good and bad interpretive dancing via Qmap.pub, whereas Qanon.pub adds no headlines or editorial enhancements: (click image for direct to 8kun, if you dare). Qanon.pub: Qmap.pub:
  15. Not quite a sighting, but. The 'talking books' folks at Audible have made Atlas Shrugged available for no charge. Hat tip to the Ayn Rand Institute, via email ...
  16. As I noted, all three of the Grievance Studies scholars are active on Twitter. James Lindsay is also busy with a kind of dictionary of terms from "Woke Culture." It's funny and sad and enlightening ... "Translation from the Wokish (A Plain-Language Encyclopedia of Social Justice Terminology)" There's an audio intro to the newer projects that OLers can sample, at The Roots of “Woke” Culture ... via New Discourses. And of interest to those who savour/debunk various strains of thought under the rubric "Conspiracy Theories" ...