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Spin Zone / Re: Joke Thread: Post 'em if ya got 'em
« on: Today at 08:03:03 PM »
What kind of MAN lets a gold chain go in his crack while wearing a dress and bent over?

A very kinky one.

Spin Zone / Unintended consequence of remote learning
« on: Today at 06:13:55 PM »

Some Florida parents have turned to booze and weed to get through remote learning with their kids.

Boca Raton Elementary teacher Edith Pride said some parents can be seen walking around unclothed while drinking and smoking during remote learning classes.

"We need to make sure parents don't get on the computer to help their children with joints in their hand and cigarettes in their mouth," Pride told Fox News. "Sometimes the joints are as big as cigars. You can't do that!"

She said parents need to realize that there is a window into their homes during remote learning.

"We've seen the parents in towels, we've seen them in underclothes, we've seen them in bras," Pride said. "It's just inappropriate. The children can see it in the squares."

After Pride voiced her frustration during a board meeting Wednesday, she said several teachers have reached out to thank her and tell her of similar experiences.

A different teacher told KATV that a father of one of her students was "drinking a beer at 11:45 in the morning" without a shirt on.

"I did have a parent who sat on the couch and we could see an ankle monitor on her leg," another teacher told the local news outlet.

"This is not a party. This is school," Pride said.

Elysa Grossman, a Johns Hopkins University professor, and Susan Sonnenschein, a UMBC professor, polled parents earlier this year and found that stressed parents are drinking more during the coronavirus pandemic.

"We found that parents who are stressed by having to help their children with distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic drink seven more drinks per month than parents who do not report feeling stressed by distance learning," they wrote in The Conversation. "These stressed parents are also twice as likely to report binge drinking at least once over the prior month than parents who are not stressed, according to our results."

Spin Zone / Re: RGB is Dead
« on: Today at 06:05:58 PM »
As if this election isn’t crazy enough. Fasten you’re 5 point harness.

Yep, I didn't think the stakes could get any higher. This will be a fight to the death, possibly literally, of a person or the nation.

Spin Zone / Re: so NOW the government cares about the flu?
« on: Today at 12:59:45 PM »
Can you name a benevolent dictatorship that remained benevolent and has endured?

I can’t even name a benevolent dictatorship period.

That’s why we can’t let people like Fauci set national policy.


Spin Zone / Re: so NOW the government cares about the flu?
« on: Today at 08:30:41 AM »
I do wish governments were a bit more judicious in which businesses they deem important enough stay open. Here they allowed tattoo parlors and barbers, I think because part of their licensing involves training in asepsis and hygiene.  There are still some common sense measures that would have allowed a lot more businesses to stay open longer.  But at the end of the day we do have ourselves to blame, we elect these people.

Can’t argue with that. It’s why I secretly believe - and this is only semi-sarcastic: benevolent dictatorship is actually the best form of government. For the most part, the masses cannot be trusted to vote intelligently. Otherwise we wouldn’t be in this mess right now. Except the trouble with that is the benevolent dictator will eventually die and leave some psychopathic brute in charge. There’s no winning. All free, prosperous societies will ultimately crumble. I was hoping the U.S. would last a little longer but it looks like 2020 is the year.

Spin Zone / Re: All The People Would Still Be Alive
« on: Today at 02:29:29 AM »
So Biden admits Trump is God? Cool.

Because that’s the only way he could have had the power to stop this pandemic and consciously chose not to.

The Founders know all about the media, which included newspapers as the time.  The internet is nothing more than an extension of what they had at the time. I think had they known that the government could stop the spread of plagues they might have thought about things differently.  Personally, I think your much vaunted freedom ends where you can transmit a potentially lethal disease to me, and I suspect the founders might have thought likewise.  And YOU are the most clueless fellow I know.  While my spouse likes you, I suspect she'd agree.

There’s a legal concept where the government may take your rights for a compelling reason. On one end of the spectrum say there’s a disease with a 99.5% fatality rate. Most people here would agree that would justify forcibly limiting rights. The reason would be compelling. On the other end we have diseases with less than 0.5% fatality that no one, ever, has thought justifies taking away our rights. Not compelling enough. Until Covid?

This would be more rational if we were discussing something with a fatality somewhere between these extremes and that would be a good question: who gets to decide what number is the magic cutoff? Apparently now some think it should be zero. That opens the door to the government controlling every detail of all our lives. Drive yourself to the grocery store, you put other people on the road at risk. The government should control when and how often you drive somewhere.

Proteins that fight cancer are called tumor suppressors, and they are big deal in basic science and medicine.  The biggest of them all are P53 and Rb.  Mutations in both cause juvenile cancer syndromes, and both have integral functions within the cell cycle.  Rb functions in the CyclinD/CDK4/E2F axis, and is a very important cell cycle brake.  Knockouts of Rb in mice had suggested that it had widespread functions within the embryo, which made sense for its role as a major tumor suppressor.  I saw some slides of the placenta of an Rb embryo and realized that placental dysfunction was the etiologic agent of most Rb dysfunctions.  This view was not accepted at all at first (I recall my friend Gustavo saying "what's a placenta") but I outlined a research program that would pinpoint Rb's role both in placentogenesis and embryonic function.  It turned out that Rb was only involved in muscle development, most critically the diaphragm.  This was the basis for a multimillion dollar award from the NIH, and was published in Nature.  It overturned a tightly held paradigm, that Rb was essential for numerous embryonic functions.  It was a huge deal, Nature doesn't publish just anything.

The funniest thing is we needed tetraploid rescue to prove the point, and the widget that electrofuses embryos was sitting in a friend's lab across town and he didn't know how to use it.   Quite the surprise.  I got that up and running.  I loved that thing, came from Hungary and you needed a Hungarian darning needle to do the blastomere aggregation experiments.  Good times.

Scientist love new data that overturns paradigms. The old paradigm is once cells are differentiated, they stay that way.  iPS cells put the lie to that, the paper was published in Cell.  Remember ulcers?  Turned out to be a bacterial infection, published in Nature if memory serves.  I could easily go on.  If someone could really prove that there was no climate change, or that it was definitely not caused by humans the journals would eat it up.  If this lady really has data showing that COVID is a product of a bioweapons program she could publish it anywhere. Fact of the matter it isn't.  She's got a lot of nothing, thus she's on Tucker Carlson.

Yeah but how much money and political power is invested in placental dysfunction being the etiologic agent of Rb dysfunctions?

Edit: username made the point more eloquently than I and I didn’t read it before responding.

He's right.  This is the greatest tyranny and removal of rights, freedoms and liberties the American public has endured since slavery and the internment of Japanese American citizens during WWII.  Yet many if not most people just take it because the Media has created such fear just like the Nazi propaganda ministry and Goebbels.

Unfortunately young people are accepting it as normal. They lack the perspective to remember similar pandemics in the past (Hong Kong flu) and to have lived decades under what used to be a norm of freedom even through times of hardship. They lack experience with hardship itself so can’t see that coronavirus really isn’t the threat it’s being sold as. On top of that they lack education about the Bill of Rights and the concept of American individual liberty. And they lack access to uncensored, objective information. And old people are legitimately scared because they are actually threatened by this virus. It is quite the gift to the left. They are not going to let this go any time soon. If ever.

My brother in law in Raleigh NC said there are so many New York plates driving around now. Presumably moving down because of COVID shutdown and riots. So they’re leaving the Democrat created hell and gonna come vote Democrat and ruin NC.

How many manuscripts has this "famous scientist" published in international (read "English") journals? I'll wager not even one.  And before you tell me she's published in Chinese journals out the wazoo, you should know the bar for doing that is way, way lower than for International journals.  My old boss at the NIH published hugely, our lab was one of the most productive there.  HE moved back to China and hasn't published in international journals since. 

I have no respect whatsoever for a scientist that evades peer review and publishes in the media.  I can't blame you guys for falling for it, you don't have the technical training to know better and aren't supposed to.  No one can be an expert on anything, except maybe Bob Noel in his own head.  That's why there are guys like me, to look over the data and make certain it's ship shape.  To make certain that the conclusions are supported by the data, and aren't overstated.  Like I said, had she submitted her work to Science, Nature, the Journal of Virology, PLOS Genetics or a number of other journals, I've give it quite a bit of creedance.  Instead she appears on Tucker Carlson.  What the fuck ever.

The only flaw in your logic is if those high bar journals suffer from some kind of bias. Scientists aren’t supposed to allow bias but they’re only human. Would not be the first time the top experts in a scientific field couldn’t break out of a paradigm or a prejudice. Somebody has to decide which papers to publish out of all the submissions. And now with academics and researchers being around 90% liberal, and today’s atmosphere of extreme hatred for the current administration as well as anti-capitalism and pro-leftism sentiment infesting our higher institutions, I’m wary of trusting the objectivity of these experts you’re talking about, while agreeing with you that strict scientific protocol in search for truth should be being followed.

Spin Zone / Re: Will Scott Adams get in trouble?
« on: September 17, 2020, 05:57:53 AM »
Maybe it’s sexist. A waitress’s boobs?

I don't know why I bother.  I really don't. 

The COVID genome has been deciphered, you can look it up yourself.  It is a naturally occurring coronavirus that made the jump humans.  I don't really care what Tucker Carlson says, he doesn't know a damn thing about it. Researchers at the medical school in Wuhan was investigating coronaviruses because they had emerged from the area before.  It is possible that the virus was a lab escapee, but I doubt it very very strongly.  It is a bat virus that can use pangolins as reservoir.  Turns out Pangolins were on the menu in Hubei.  My old boss used to say in Hubei province they'll eat anything with four legs that isn't a table.  I recall responding that in Sichuan province they'd only eat what they ate in Hubei province if it had hot sauce on it.

Like HIV, Sars, Mers, Ebola and others the virus jumped to humans in place were humans ate bush meat.  Puts them in intimate contact with viruses.  Most human viruses come from animals, we haven't been around long enough to evolve our own.  Measles is a cow virus, if memory serves.  Most poxviruses come from poultry. There will be more, you can count on it.  I just hope the next round isn't handled at insanely irresponsibly as this one.

Go ahead with your invective, I've disagreed with Fox News so I must be wrong.  My years of expertise count as nothing against the incredible wisdom of Fox News.  I'm just a liberal professor perpetrating some sort of hoax.  yada yada.  Like I said, I really don't know why I bother.

I was hoping you would weigh in. I thought I had remembered that the virus genome had been sequenced and it had been determined to most likely have arisen in the wild. There was another Chinese researcher who had said so, and that he believed it had been inadvertently released by the lab, not created by it. This woman, as much as I could understand her between her heavy accent and my hearing loss, seems to be saying the Chinese created it and deliberately released it. Why should I believe her over the other guy?

Because I’m not a virologist or haven’t even bothered yet to educate myself on virus genomes and then look at the thing myself, I don’t know first hand what the truth is. Occam’s razor would incline me to say it arose in the wild, was being studied at the lab, and the incompetent Chinese let it escape. But I also wouldn’t put it past the CCP to tweak a wild virus into something they could deploy as a bioweapon. It’s just that, if that’s what they were doing, why the hell wouldn’t they make one that was actually frightful to people not already with one foot in the grave?

I have trouble believing that the Chinese foresaw the economic shutdown when never in the history of man have we reacted to a pandemic by committing economic suicide, least of all for a bug with better than 99.5% survival rate. I’m sure they’re loving the damage being done to the U.S., but I seriously doubt they plotted the whole thing. In fact we know exactly where that idea came from: the 14 year old daughter of some government researcher or bureaucrat many years ago did a paper for her high school class postulating what would happen if we “social distanced” during a pandemic. That paper led to the development of a “plan” a long time ago, but it was never implemented until now. Why now and not for the swine flu is another topic, but not really something the Chinese control, unless they’re collaborating directly with Fauci.

But I am very interested in hearing what this woman says and seeing whatever evidence she can produce. I’m not going to believe it just because Fox and Tucker host her, but at least they’re letting her talk. If she is wrong, let’s look at what she has and prove it wrong.


 What's even more alarming is how people rush to defend the CCP.   And I'm talking American academics, politicians and the MSM.   I understand why the DNC wants to protect their newfound toy (covid).  It enables them to do things like nothing before.

The American left and the CCP are ideologically aligned. Core values: economic collectivism, censorship of all who disagree and ultimately, use of violence, imprisonment and/or career and reputation destruction for any who try to push back against their cult.

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