Friday, March 13, 2020

Disease Control Expert Debunks Coronavirus Myths | WIRED UK

Disease Control Expert Debunks Coronavirus Myths | WIRED UK

45,867 views - March 10, 2020

Wired UK

Is Covid-19 any worse than seasonal flu? Does hand sanitizer, or alcohol, kill coronavirus? Should you be wearing a face mask and should you be worried about your dog getting coronavirus? The global outbreak has spawned numerous questions, myths and outright misinformation about what to do and how to avoid spreading the virus.

We asked Dr Bharat Pankhania, Senior Clinical Lecturer at Exeter Medical School and an expert in communicable disease control, to debunk some of the most common myths surrounding the virus outbreak, also known as Covid-19.


One item he missed is the specific method of transmission. It seems clear that it's mainly spread in an airborne manner. Also, apparently the virus can survive on a surface for up to three days. I suspect that this form of transmission is comparatively much less likely. We could say that this virus is nothing compared to the plague of HIV/AIDS was back in the 80s, but it just feels like it is. Since its origin was probably from weaponized biological testing, it has an eerie aura surrounding it. The real danger is seemingly in the numbers, with the common yearly flu being 0.6% fatal, and the Coronavirus being 1.5% fatal. It's not at all likely that a strong healthy person would die from it.

I would be wary of the mail. The postal carrier handles thousands of letters a day, including those he places in your mail, and that stacks up the odds of a surface-transmittion danger. Items in the grocery store are much less likely since those items have only been handled by a person or two in the last 72 hours, and maybe a few more with customer in-store handling. Basically crowds and and touching heavily trafficked public surfaces (door handles, countertops, railings, grocery cart handles) form the greatest odds of contracting this. halo oral antiseptic spray (citrus & berry) is a good precaution. I think they sell it at Target; sometimes it's available at Walgreens.


3-24-20 ADDITION: Beyond the errors and agendas of nations and agencies, beyond the reactions and emotions of people, we will eventually find out what happened here. So far, about 500 Americans have died from this most recent Coronavirus, while within the same time frame about 16,000 Americans have died from the common yearly flu. Other Coronavirus' such as SARS and H1N1, where apparently much worse. The one particularly strange aspect of this latest Coronavirus is the incubation period: 4-14 days, with most occurring at 5-6 days.

The U.S. Postal Service mail is actually irradiated, which would apparently kill any micro-organisms. I'm not sure about other mail services. UPS it is said does irradiate mail, while FedEx it is said does not. Therefore any part of the outside of inside of a package, if not irradiated, could have been handled by someone. All you can do is open it, discard the package itself, wash your hands, and not worry about it too much. Outside of flu or cold viruses, there are 10,000 germs on an average human hand anyway; so... warm water and soap are never an empty gesture.


Thursday, February 27, 2020

'Italy... 400 coronavirus cases... the most infected country outside of Asia'

'Italy sealed off entire towns and canceled major events after 400 coronavirus cases and 12 deaths made it the most infected country outside of Asia'

Sinéad Baker - Business Insider - February 26, 2020

[Right: Military officers outside the Duomo cathedral, closed by authorities because of the coronavirus outbreak, in Milan on February 24]

 REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo

* Italy is scrambling to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus within its borders as cases of COVID-19 soar.

* Italy has the most cases outside of Asia. As of Wednesday evening, 12 people there had died from the disease.

* The country has put almost a dozen towns under lockdown, canceled major sporting events, and debated closing its borders with neighboring countries.

* The two most infected regions are Lombardy and Veneto in the north of Italy, home to Milan and Venice. New cases are also being reported in southern Italy.

* Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Italy is scrambling to fight a coronavirus outbreak after a sharp spike in cases and deaths made it the worst-hit country outside of Asia.

As of Wednesday evening, 12 people in Italy had died from the virus. Italian authorities reported at least 400 cases of COVID-19 in the country, according to the BBC.

All the people who have died in Italy were elderly or had other health complications, the Italian newspaper La Repubblica and the Associated Press reported.

The country has put 11 towns on lockdown to contain the virus' spread.

The two most infected regions are Lombardy and Veneto in the north, which contain the major cities of Milan and Venice. But the virus has also spread farther south, with regions including Tuscany and the island of Sicily also reporting cases on Tuesday and Wednesday.



I'll just re-post the following from the previous post:

There are--on average--10,000 germs on a human hand. It would always be a good idea, even aside from this concern, to have liquid hand cleaner handy during the day. Also, halo oral antiseptic spray is a good precaution to use prior to a lot of close contact, such as grocery shopping. Using latex gloves is an option as well. I think a box of 100 goes for about $11 at Lowes. Face masks can be observed occasionally in places like San Francisco. Think gas pumps, shopping cart handles, and door knobs/handles.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Winter 2020

A.I. Is Making it Easier to Kill (You). Here’s How. | NYT

507,306 views - December 13, 2019

The New York Times

A tank that drives itself. A drone that picks its own targets. A machine gun with facial recognition software. Sounds like science fiction? A.I. fueled weapons are already here.


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Coronavirus Impact on Global Economy Explained

47,727 views - February 18, 2020


In this video Patrick Bet-David talks about the coronavirus, how it spreads, the most deadly epidemics in history, and how viruses effect the stock markets around the world. Subscribe to Valuetainment for all new videos



How the rich get richer – money in the world economy | DW Documentary


DW Documentary

Exploding real estate prices, zero interest rate and a rising stock market – the rich are getting richer. What danger lies in wait for average citizens?

For years, the world’s central banks have been pursuing a policy of cheap money. The first and foremost is the ECB (European Central Bank), which buys bad stocks and bonds to save banks, tries to fuel economic growth and props up states that are in debt. But what relieves state budgets to the tune of hundreds of billions annoys savers: interest rates are close to zero.

The fiscal policies of the central banks are causing an uncontrolled global deluge of money. Experts are warning of new bubbles. In real estate, for example: it’s not just in German cities that prices are shooting up. In London, a one-bed apartment can easily cost more than a million Euro. More and more money is moving away from the real economy and into the speculative field. Highly complex financial bets are taking place in the global casino - gambling without checks and balances. The winners are set from the start: in Germany and around the world, the rich just get richer. Professor Max Otte says: "This flood of money has caused a dangerous redistribution. Those who have, get more."

But with low interest rates, any money in savings accounts just melts away. Those with debts can be happy. But big companies that want to swallow up others are also happy: they can borrow cheap money for their acquisitions. Coupled with the liberalization of the financial markets, money deals have become detached from the real economy. But it’s not just the banks that need a constant source of new, cheap money today. So do states. They need it to keep a grip on their mountains of debt. It’s a kind of snowball system. What happens to our money? Is a new crisis looming? The film 'The Money Deluge' casts a new and surprising light on our money in these times of zero interest rates.



Annie Jacobsen: "The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA" | Talks at Google


Talks at Google

Journalist Annie Jacobsen visited Google's office in Cambridge, MA to discuss her book "The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA,  America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency".

Ms. Jacobsen has written the first history of the the Defense Department's most secret, most powerful, and most controversial military science R&D agency. She draws on inside sources, exclusive interviews, private documents, and declassified memos to paint a picture of DARPA from its Cold War inception in 1958 to the present.




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2-23-20 ADDITION:

'Things Are Not Looking Good for Stopping the Coronavirus'

Ed Cara - - February 21, 2020

The prospect that the new coronavirus, whose outbreak has been so far largely confined to China, could become a pandemic is seeming more likely today. This week, several countries have reported local clusters of the disease outside of mainland China, suggesting the virus is freely circulating there. Meanwhile, a new report estimates that only a third of cases that have left China’s borders are being documented at all.

On Friday, South Korean health officials reported a dramatic jump in cases of COVID-19, as the disease is officially known. There are currently 204 cases, more than double the number reported the day before. Iran’s Health Ministry reported 13 new cases on Friday, bringing Iran’s total up to 18, along with four deaths. Italy reported six new cases, all of which were not connected to travel from China.

In total, there have been close to 76,000 cases of COVID-19, with more than 2,100 deaths, nearly all in China, since the outbreak began last December. There have been more than 1,000 cases outside of China, with the largest bulk of cases—over 600—involving people onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship now being held off the coast of Japan.

These newest waves of cases in South Korea and elsewhere indicate that we’re heading into a dangerous new phase of the outbreak. The virus (formally known as SARS-CoV-2) is now routinely showing up in people who didn’t catch it from recently traveling to China. In places like Iran, we’re also seeing cases where the chain of transmission is a mystery. That means there are almost certainly blind spots where the virus is spreading in communities without detection. The more unwatched sparks of disease there are in a country, the more likely they’ll erupt into a full-blown wildfire that will sustain the outbreak and turn it into a pandemic.



There are--on average--10,000 germs on a human hand. It would always be a good idea, even aside from this concern, to have liquid hand cleaner handy during the day. Also, halo oral antiseptic spray is a good precaution to use prior to a lot of close contact, such as grocery shopping. Using latex gloves is an option as well. I think a box of 100 goes for about $11 at Lowes. Face masks can be observed occasionally in places like San Francisco. Think gas pumps, shopping cart handles, and door knobs/handles.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

100 Years of Immigration to The U.S., 1919 to 2019 (video graph)

100 Years of Immigration to The U.S., 1919 to 2019

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Toxicity of Social Media

Toxicity of Social Media Richard Grannon x Sam Vaknin Documentary

55,533 views - Premiered Dec 22, 2019

Richard Grannon

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00:00 Intro
1:18 People Are Documenting Their Existence
2:28 Why Spending Time Online Causes Serious Problems With Ongoing Identity Maintenance
6:50 What Excess Social Media Usage Instead Of Real-life Interaction Leads To
12:42 Does Social Media Allow You To Be In The Moment?
16:39 The Identity Crisis Might Have Started Before Social Media
18:32 Now Is The Age Of Social Darwinism
22:31 When Things Are Bad, Somebody Must Be Targeted
24:53 Why Has There Been An Explosion In The Awareness Of Narcissistic Personality Disorder?
30:33 Human Contact Is Crucial To Maintaining One’s Sense Of Identity
34:57 Ways Of Making Social Media Less Damaging Part 1
39:37 Ways Of Making Social Media Less Damaging Part 2
42:16 Social Media Is Run By People Who Are Stuck In The Teenage State
44:35 Why Social Media Should Charge A Fee
48:29 Being Famous For Being Famous
53:18 We Need A Hard Reset


"Deleted facebook a year ago...I cannot express how differently I view myself and my life.  Much more in tune with my emotions and my body." -- gaming_girl


"I can't stand watching the news anymore it makes my depression horrible.  I also got rid of my FB page a year ago.  It was the best decision I ever made!" -- Rachelstorrersings

"But if I didn't watch YouTube 12 hours a day I would have never found this video and learned that I shouldn't watch YouTube 12 hours a day guys. Ha!" -- Rollercoaster Olski

"When I originally got on FB years ago, it was fun and promising, people were generally positive and pro-social. I figured it was a social tool, so that if you made a friend online it was supposed to naturally grow into a real life friendship. It wasn't supposed to be a video game where you lived in and never left.   Wow, was I ever wrong.  Over time, there seemed to be nothing but outrage and narcissism. Most people who stayed on the platform seemed to be happy to live virtually and never leave.  I've tried to sound the alarm multiple times, but nobody, at least nobody left on those platforms, seemed to care. It seems to select for extreme personalities or it creates them." -- Vi

"In short, Social Media is a weapon that shoots the finest of bullets, that kill your soul." -- Martin Jasiak

"I deleted facebook about 5 years ago. Best thing I ever did. I'd highly recommend it ." -- krainey

"This addiction and weird social retardation began as soon as the first television was sold." -- Bonnie

"I can’t wrap my head around how on point this discussion was on the ramifications of social media. The path of real human interaction that social media has destroyed." -- Carlos Oscar Comedy

"I watched it all unfold. I was in college as social media got huge and smart phones came into play. Year by year people got less and less social. More isolated. I remember walking through the hall one day, tons of people changing classes...... i was freaked out. No one was talking AT ALL,everyone was looking at their phone or had earphones in.  All you could hear was footsteps and the rustling of bags and clothes.  I recall thinking “wtf is going on?!” " -- Nick

"Spot on! So refreshing ! I have never owned a TV, EVER... I raised my son without one. He was reading at 5 and his greatest passion it Writing." -- PAULA JANE ALEXANDER

"10 years on Facebook. I've had my awakening. no longer interested. Ready to really live my life." -- choco pieces

"I shared this video on social media." -- George Ockham

"We should all start calling it anti-social media, because that's the effect it actually has." -- rick landers

"I make a point of NOT going on my phone to surf in public, and I am amazed that I can't even start a conversation with anyone because they all are on their phones." -- Amethyst Rose


"Remember a child saying "look at me mummy, look at me daddy" when the child needs validation. Adults who cannot self validate (feel whole and complete in their own skin) now use social media to post requests for validation via pics, messages and images of themselves online looking for likes and followers. It's a form of unhealthy social vanity, here's Me doing this, here's Me doing that, look at me mummy look at me daddy !!!! 

People are becoming more narcissistic with the advent of social media, it gives the person unable to self esteem a platform to suck validation from others in the guise of Facebook and IG, this has become addictive and validation is addictive to someone who is traumatised and has no healthy boundaries or understanding of how empty superficial validation is. 

The social media platform culture has also spilled into the world of online dating. I cringe at most profiles I read with online dating apps, the standard female profile now is a shameless self promotion list, highlighting how wonderful the woman thinks her attributes are and no where do I ever read any profile where the woman highlights any flaw or weakness, humility is completely absent - sound familiar ? 

It's the profile of a Narcissist, yes women are now far more narcissistic in my view than ever, and social media pics are now linked to the dating App on Bumble and Tinder, so the person is so preoccupied with how they look that they actually believe this is way to meet a good guy. Woman don't send any messages to men anymore on dating Apps, they see this as below them, sound familiar ? (Narcissistic entitlement).  

So we now have a whole generation of entitled, self obsessed, serial selfie pic loaders, male and female who have no interpersonal skills and feel that they need Validation from every one else, is it a surprise we are in the shit we are? Men and Women so apposed and isolated from each other because its too easy to go online and feed the ego. I fear for our future!" -- Simon Thompson


" "You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad."   This line from the Matrix always felt so relevant to me someone, and this video feels a little bit like taking the pill for the first time, and having your eyes opened . " -- MDOY79

"I love that expression that people want to document their lives to prove that they do exist! That’s powerful and makes sense in a way I’ve never thought of it before. This is so good, I love the points Sam did, I hope you make more videos with him." -- Dahlia Dezay


"Well, I guess my real story is that I made it through a lot of life before "social" media ever showed up. By that time, I pretty much had it down, how to be social in the real world. I've never really had a problem separating the real from the virtual. One thing I've noticed though, especially in the past 10 years or so - is the addiction. I believe that is what it is. Addiction. I own a flip phone. It exists for the purpose of mobile phone calls.

My landline is what people ring up to talk to me at home. I use a desktop computer at work, and one at home. And all of the things I do with those devices remains rooted to a desk. Which means that when I'm out in the real world, I am fully engaged with that world, its sights, sounds, smells, sensations, all of it. There are no distractions. This leads to focus. Focus is something that convinces you that you control your own life. What that means is that you're not played, coerced, cajoled, blown around like a leaf in the breeze.

Whenever I'm in a situation where I have to wait upon someone or for something (when all the smart phones spring into action) I pull out a book. A good book. It fascinates me at times, watching all that addiction going on around me. I guess I could say I'm addicted to books. But they don't clamor for my attention when I'm busy doing something else. I do not twitter or tweet. I rarely ever write anything that is reduced to 140 characters or less. I do not text. I do not purposely avoid the sound of a human voice, exchanging that for the prison of words on a screen. such a powerful thing.

I will not surrender my eight fingers in order to employ two thumbs to write. I type. And I do it well, for I am a writer. Thing is, dividing up your time and prioritizing what deserves your attention at any given moment, makes you feel that you are running your life. Any device at all, is a tool. And you are the master of that tool. Flip that the other way around, and the tool becomes the master. And to me, that is just a crazy existence.

Perhaps I could summarize it this way. When I'm lost in a moment, or a series of moments that may turn into hours - it does not matter what "media" I am not tuned into. It does not matter what I'm missing. It does not matter who may or may not be attempting to contact me (other than in the obvious and most typical way - a phone call.) It does not matter who "likes" or dislikes anything I express, say, write, think, or feel. By the way, the number of phone calls over a typical period of time becomes reduced with each passing year - betraying the power of textual compulsion. Have we begun to become allergic to the sound of voices?

My social experience of the world is a sum total of two different components. My family, relatives, inner circle, close friends, a few not so close friends, a small smattering of colleagues, associates, and acquaintances. As well as any person, a perfect stranger, I may happen to meet or encounter in some way out in the real world. That is my social existence. Everything else is fiction.

I have never been compelled to be modern, up to date, or with it. I derive far too much fun and enjoyment from the pursuits of culture, literature, music, film, and all the issues of the day, usually perused from good books by great authors, followed by tracking down those same authors and other intelligent people who discuss these things online. In this way am I not played by commercial media.

I know all of this adds up to a big bully for me. Fine. But the fact that millions of children out there will never stand a chance to escape being bowled over by the behemoth we have unleashed on society does not distract from one huge and important factor in their young lives. And that is the fact that for many of them, their elders and betters are no wiser when it comes to this issue. And that is a damned shame."

-- Sir Laughs a Lot


"This is a time that human beings must to overcome polarization and dualities. Who is locked up in the ego will be trapped. Everyone must migrate to soul level awareness." -- rosely covali