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Bact PhD

Member Since 08 January 2012 - 11:28 PM
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In Topic: Coronavirus

17 February 2020 - 05:01 PM

View Postbaw1064, on 16 February 2020 - 08:27 PM, said:

God will protect us from the coronavirus*, because Trump is such a fine righteous leader.


*except for the Blue States

Blergh. That nonsense again. This is the same EvangeLogic that had God's Holy WrathTM behind Hurricane Katrina and its associated death and destruction...remind me again who was residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

I appreciated this from the comment board:


Its comical that you're trying to portray god in thee and thou-speak... "why do you fear, United States"? You say god is going to spare us because we "elected" an anti-abortion president? Trump, who tried to force every woman he got pregnant (gross) to get abortions. Portrying god only as vengeful and apparently super selective is not based on religion, it's based on greed. A fearful congregation is a controllable congregation. ... "This virus is the spirit of god" is utter nonsense. 12,000+ people died in the US last year of influenza, while trump was president. Why didn't god protect them? Evangelicals use current events such as the Corona virus outbreak to "prove" god's wrath is not to be doubted. They like Trump because he is their partner in crime now.

In Topic: 2020 Presidential & Congressional Elections

16 February 2020 - 04:47 PM

View PostProbabilistic, on 16 February 2020 - 11:15 AM, said:

Fair point to an extent. Mind you voting has already begun after her change of stance. Voters from a couple of states, where she campaigned heavily, have rendered a verdict. None too pretty a sight.

View PostRue Bella, on 16 February 2020 - 11:21 AM, said:

I think we also were talking about different elections. You were commenting on the nominating process, my comments were more about the general in November.

CMIIW, but didn't the conventional wisdom used to be "play to the base for the primaries, tack center for the general?

If that still holds, and Warren can somehow pull off the progressive support, IMO she stands a better shot at (believably) tacking center enough in the general to pull in the swing voters. However, the "Bernie or Bust" ideologues seem to want Revolution or Nothing, and therefore will be of no help come fall if Anybody Except Bernie captures the nomination.

To quote Traveler,
...we're fucked.

In Topic: Coronavirus

16 February 2020 - 04:35 PM

View PostD. C. Sessions, on 14 February 2020 - 06:21 PM, said:

Some last longer than others, assuming that they're in a moderately humid environment away from actinic light (like sunshine.) IIRC some of the real champs are close to a week but nine days is impressive. Not much data, perhaps?

LFC, DC beat me to the punch. Some, such as herpesviruses, don't last terribly long on ordinary surfaces. However, common cold (rhino-) viruses, e.g., are pretty hardy buggers. Although I'm not surprised that coronaviruses are on the hardy side, I'll concur that the nine days would be something of a feat. At least routine disinfectants seem to do the job.

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In Topic: Trump on Trade ... Stupidity and Childish Continue

16 February 2020 - 04:13 PM

View PostLFC, on 13 February 2020 - 09:30 AM, said:

Here's a chart of how various sectors have been doing.

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I get the overall trend; however, I am curious about a couple of things.

This chart only goes through the first 2 years of the Obama administration, as we were coming out of the Great Recession. What do many of those lines do under the later Obama years? The first couple under DJT?

Interesting that the "Information" line is nearly flat, despite all the talk about IT, the Internet, yada, yada. Alternatively, is a lot of that classified under "Professional and Business Services"?

In Topic: Want to Kill Your Economy? Have MBA Programs Churn out Takers Not Makers

10 February 2020 - 12:34 PM

View PostD. C. Sessions, on 10 February 2020 - 11:11 AM, said: