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Pilot Zone / Re: Idiocracy in action
« on: Today at 10:54:54 AM »
While a student on campus may have free speech, a state employee on a state campus in front of a class doesn't have these same freedoms.  Outside of class on their own time not representing the school, OK.  Each year I have to undergo training on what is and what is not allowed as a state employee.

Yup.  We are all constrained in our speech by our employers.  The First Amendment only refers to what the government may or may not do.

Spin Zone / Re: This is getting a little scary
« on: Today at 08:34:49 AM »
^^^^^Then after that probably fair assessment and good info on a disease, NPR had three stories on the oppression of LGBT, two stories about how Trump hates minorities and only White Supremacists like him, the plight of "Undocumented Immigrants", how the U.S. is a Colonial Power, and that we should have "Hate Speech" laws.

Obviously you listen to it more than I.  It is one of the few things I can tune in on my arm clock.  I'd have turned it off, but they said they were interviewing Fauci and I wanted to hear what he had to say.  Again, nothing I hadn't thought of, but nice to hear confirmation from as unimpeachable a source as I could imagine.

Pilot Zone / Re: Idiocracy in action
« on: Today at 06:06:34 AM »
Please, go read up on the first amendment before making such ludicrous remarks.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Spin Zone / Re: This is getting a little scary
« on: Today at 06:04:19 AM »
So listening to NPR this morning (I know, you guys think of it as a bastion of left-wing falsehoods, but I digress) they interviewed Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).  If anyone would know about an infectious disease, it'd be him.

He said about what I was thinking, that most people who contract this coronavirus get a very mild disease akin to a cold, with accompanying fever and pulmonary symptoms.  However, if you're elderly, have underlying cardiac or pulmonary conditions or are immunocompromised the infection can develop into a dangerous pneumonia that can be life-threatening absent treatment.

You should of course never go into work or associate with groups of people when you have a  fever.  Treatment for coronavirus is the same as any other virus, stay at home, rest, drink lots of fluids.  Seek medical treatment if symptoms persist or the fever grows too high.  The cutoff for the emergency room a the Steinholme is 103.  That is, I see that on the thermometer and the decision is made to head to the ER.

And I still think you'd be better served worrying about the flu, as you're far more likely to get it and it's far more likely to be worse.

Pilot Zone / Re: Idiocracy in action
« on: February 18, 2020, 11:49:26 AM »
Yes, like Michael, Bryan is a good guy to hang out with in person. Believe it or not.   ???

You obviously don't know me very well.  But Bryan is a really funny guy in person.

Pilot Zone / Re: Idiocracy in action
« on: February 18, 2020, 11:48:44 AM »
What a dumbass. Life throws enough random crap at you so why go asking for more?

Because really, we're supposed to have freedom of speech.  That, and Bryan described his interactions with the FSDO folks after his incident.  His description made it sound like a positive event that he was glad happened.

Spin Zone / Re: This is getting a little scary
« on: February 18, 2020, 11:47:00 AM »
Agree! I got the actual flu (lab confirmed) a couple of years ago and came close to going to the ER one night for thinking I was going to die. But I was too sick to care to wake up my husband and just thought if I die here in bed tonight so be it. I was sick for three weeks too.

I like that it doesn’t kill the young like the Spanish flu. But what’s bothersome is the long incubation period. I’m thinking that might make it harder to contain. Do you know how that compares to SARS?

Honestly I don't.  That said, I'm not convinced about the latency, this is coming from China after all.  Moreover, usually if a virus is infective that means that there's significant viral titer in the pulmonary system, meaning there is a focal infection.  If you're sufficiently infected to shed enough virus to be contagious I think you're going to know it.  I find it hard to believe you can be asymptomatic and shed this sort of virus.  This sounds a lot more like Chinese officials trying to find excuses for who they let this get so out of hand.

What I read this morning is these sorts of viruses can persist on surfaces for a long time.  All this said, I still don't think it's as bad as influenza, and I do believe warm weather will put a stop to it.  With any luck it can be contained below pandemic status until then.

Spin Zone / Re: This is getting a little scary
« on: February 18, 2020, 11:11:59 AM »
I hope to God you're right.

Maybe you know the answer to this question: is it true that we don't develop immunity to this virus?  I heard that somewhere but they were making it sound like we can't develop immunity to this specific virus, but maybe they were talking about it mutating, and not being immune to the new mutant version.  If the former is the case, why?  Is this such a new type that homo sapiens sapiens can't deal with it?  If the latter, does it mutate faster than any other flu virus?
The problem with influenza is the virus has multiple chromosomes, so if strains intermix they can swap and come out different.  That's why it can come back year after year.  SARS was a coronavirus, and while it did wreak havoc, it disappeared fairly rapidly.  I suspect that the new coronavirus making the rounds in China will fare similarly.

I'm reading conflicting reports on this coronavirus.  Some say it's as deadly as the Spanish Influenza that killed more people that WWI, but others that say the mortality is limited and it kills mostly the old and infirm (Spanish flu killed young people).

It still doesn't sound as bad as influenza.  Most people who think they've had influenza haven't, they had a nasty rhinovirus or something.  There is no such thing as 24-hour influenza.  If you get the flu you will either think you're going to die or actively want to die.  Flu kills lots and lots of people every year.  Mrs. Steingar had it last year, I didn't have to hospitalize her but she wasn't right again for 3 weeks.

I really do hope the Chinese can get past this.  I don't wish this sort of viral disease on anyone.

Pilot Zone / Re: Idiocracy in action
« on: February 18, 2020, 07:59:35 AM »
Bryan's hobby is making funny videos, and in person he's a pretty funny guy.  Perhaps it was one joke too far, perhaps he's' having a laugh on POA.  I don't know.  He's already had the local FSDO investigate him based on one of his videos.

Spin Zone / Re: This is getting a little scary
« on: February 18, 2020, 07:57:08 AM »
My students have never heard of Jimmy Hoffa.  I think the media hype about Corona is highly overblown.  China has a billion people.  A couple thousand dying is nothing to them.  Most of their response is simply pablum for public consumption.  They'll be back to business as normal soon enough.

Spin Zone / Re: Iowa Democrats.......
« on: February 06, 2020, 07:34:24 AM »
Obviously none of you follow Presidential elections, or you would realize that Iowa is a very firmly in the Red State camp, and that Trump won the state quite handily.  Thus it's no surprise that he gets more votes in the primaries than all the Democrats combined, he did that already.

But you guys feel free to keep up with the insults.  i wouldn't want to spoil your good time.

Spin Zone / Re: Rush Limbaugh Diagnosed with Lung Cancer
« on: February 05, 2020, 11:31:42 AM »
Wow, a well wish for Limbaugh's recovery attracts abuse.  You guys really do know how to sink low. I can like or dislike whatever I like, and I don't give a fuck if you guys don't like it.

Actually, I do give a fuck.  If you guys don't like it I MUST be on the right track.

Spin Zone / Re: Meathead Goes Postal Over Limbaugh Medal
« on: February 05, 2020, 11:29:26 AM »
If you want to see a good movie, his old man Carl made a movie about nonagenarians.  It was really great. It had him, Mel Brooks, Betty White, Dick Van Dyke and others, and ended with Kirk Douglas, who was at the time of filming 101 years old and still sported a gray ponytail.  Its on HBO, can't recall the name.  Really really good.

Spin Zone / Re: Iowa Democrats.......
« on: February 05, 2020, 11:27:08 AM »
What I've read is they bought a cell phone app from a vendor to do all this.  But the guys on the ground didn't install the fool thing until the last minute, and there were quite a few security precautions.  With what's been going on in our elections, that's pretty understandable.  The security defeated a lot of the folks who needed the app, so they called the hotline, which was supposed to be the backup.  It was designed to respond to a few people, not all of them and was quickly overwhelmed.

So yeah, lots of egg on lots of faces.  In the meantime your hero Trumplethinksin got more votes that all the Democratic candidates combined, news that should warm your hearts.  Of course, it is Iowa...

Spin Zone / Re: Rush Limbaugh Diagnosed with Lung Cancer
« on: February 04, 2020, 11:35:14 AM »
I despise what Limbaugh stands for.  But I wouldn't wish cancer on him or anyone else.  I hope he makes a full recovery.

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