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12:47 AM
@CowperKettle Nice.
 
1:03 AM
@tchrist: 609 new cases here, ~50% over yesterday. Keerist.
And yesterday was a new post-reopening peak.
 
1:21 AM
@Robusto We had over a thousand today. And Wisconsin is even worse. And lots of people are dying in Florida daily now. Again.
 
Thanks, anti-vaxxers.
When did Republicans begin making stupidity such a point of pride?
 
It's tragic is what it is. And it will get much worse before it gets better. We're a long ways from matching the UK or Dutch patterns in this. I think @Cerberus may harbor doubts that that's our appointed course though.
The Know Nothings were a nativist political party and movement in the United States in the mid-1850s. The party was formally known as the "Native American Party" prior to 1855 and simply the "American Party" after that.The Know Nothings were originally a secret society. It was primarily an anti-Catholic, Anti-Irish, anti-immigration, populist and xenophobic movement. It aligned with American progressivism in its stances on "issues of labor rights and the need for more government spending" as well as for its "support for an expansion of the rights of women, regulation of industry, and support of...
 
It makes me weary. And I am going to California on Sunday, staying 10 days. I will only eat at outdoor restaurants and keep my mask on indoors. But it still freaks me out.
 
Since then. It's what they do.
 
@tchrist Don't you think the government will come up with some restrictions when it gets bad, and people will become more careful as well?
 
1:26 AM
@Cerberus No, they've been passing laws against restrictions in the Republican states.
 
But the other states?
 
I don't know.
 
The other states will pass restrictions, politically unpopular though they may be.
It comes at a bad time for California, though, with Gavin Newsom facing a recall election.
 
Arkansas's Republican governor now regrets signing into law that crap his legislature sent him to forbid restrictions. It means their kids are in trouble.
 
LA county already mandated indoor masking, even for the vaccinated.
 
1:29 AM
When the hospitals clog, something will have to give.
 
Yeah. I better hope I don't get sick with something else while I'm traveling.
Florida is getting 12,000 cases per 100K population. That is insane.
Wait, I made a mistake. I read the number on a different line. It's only 548/100K for Florida.
 
I understand that they are having problems with ICU beds in some places in Florida now.
Louisiana is pretty bad.
But they do have a Democratic governor there, I think.
> Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Florida are up 13% from their previous peak on July 23, 2020, according to the Florida Hospital Association. And FHA said it expects 60% of hospitals in the state to face a "critical staffing shortage" in the next seven days.

According to a news release Tuesday, there are currently 11,515 patients hospitalized with Covid-19 in the Sunshine State. FHA said that 84% of all inpatient beds and 86.5% of ICU beds are currently occupied.
 
@Robusto yeah 10% would be crazy plague level
 
@Mitch That's why I checked again. Human error.
@tchrist Yeah, and a Republican everything else.
God knows how they got a Democratic governor.
 
Your South is Europe's East.
 
1:43 AM
Wisconsin is similarly hamstrung. It's awful.
 
Although not with respect to vaccinations.
Just general insanity.
 
@Cerberus your bible belt is ... Our bible belt?
 
Europe doesn't have a Bible Belt, but Holland does.
 
This isn't about bibles in most places.
 
We do see low rates of vaccination in our Bible Belt, normally.
And with the Corona vaccines as well.
There are occasional outbreaks of measles there, I believe.
Luckily, it's thinly populated.
They have no cities.
North and west of the Bible Belt, there were moderate protestants. South and east, Catholics.
 
1:48 AM
@Cerberus Measles is one of the required vaccines in the US, and we have only about 300 cases a year. And measles is way more contagious even than the Covid delta variant.
 
No minority rule?
 
The Belt must feel as though it were the frontier.
@Robusto Required, really?
 
@Robusto 2-3x worse in fact.
 
We have no compulsory vaccination.
 
@Cerberus Of course.
 
1:48 AM
@tchrist What's that?
 
How the hell do you get into school otherwise?
 
@Cerberus Yes. People still find ways to get around it, but most school districts require it.
 
You can't go to school without it.
They won't let you.
 
Day care companies are allowed to refuse unvaccinated children (quite a few do).
But otherwise, you are allowed to remain unvaccinated.
 
Haha.
 
1:49 AM
They might change that if vaccination rates drop too low...
But not yet.
 
> State laws establish vaccination requirements for school children. These laws often apply not only to children attending public schools but also to those attending private schools and day care facilities. All states provide medical exemptions, and some state laws also offer exemptions for religious and/or philosophical reasons. State laws also establish mechanisms for enforcement of school vaccination requirements and exemptions.
 
We might get similar laws if/when needed.
 
> To protect students and children from diseases that are preventable by immunization, Wisconsin law requires all students to show that they have received the required immunizations or have a signed waiver.
Lots of laws about this.
 
Any ideas about approval of COVID vaccines for under 12s?
 
Yes: it's a good idea.
When? It probably won't happen much this side of Thanksgiving.
Rather unfortuntately.
We'd been hoping for a couple months before then, but they were asked to expand their sample size.
To get data on rare effects.
 
2:07 AM
I wonder what capacity Africa has for vaccination.
We should be sending them as many vaccines as possible.
 
There are only a few that are approved.
I thought they were planning on sending both AZ and JJ though.
Those don't cost too much and don't have cold-chain requirements that can't be met there.
China can send their sinovaxen, but that didn't work out very well for Indonesia.
@Cerberus You could probably get Florida to send doses. After all, they aren't using them.
 
Fun.
 
Today has been the third day in a row that Florida has broken its previous covid-hospitalization record.
 
The Norwegian Bible Belt (Norwegian: bibelbeltet) is a loosely defined southwestern coastal area of Norway, which is more religious than most of Norway. Typically, the definition covers Western Norway (Vestlandet) and Southern Norway (Sørlandet), which includes the counties of Rogaland (typically called the "buckle" of the Bible Belt), Hordaland, Sogn og Fjordane, Møre og Romsdal, Vest-Agder and Aust-Agder. However, the most urban areas, such as Stavanger (once known as the 'religious capital of Norway'), have become strongly secularised since the 1960s and are no longer considered part of the...
 
Even their children's hospitals are filling up there.
 
2:18 AM
@tchrist Do they have any restrictions at all?
Are people fraid?
 
@Cerberus No, that's against the law there.
 
I see.
 
Because those upstart Democratic big-city mayors and county health departments were trying to do things that the neo-Republican governor and legislature didn't like. So they passed laws against that.
 
↑ Measles in the Bible Belt.
@tchrist Perhaps they will declare some sort of emergency and come up with restrictions anyway?
 
@Cerberus That's part of the law. They can't do that anymore.
> In the decade before 1963 when a vaccine became available, nearly all children got measles by the time they were 15 years of age. It is estimated 3 to 4 million people in the United States were infected each year. Also each year, among reported cases, an estimated 400 to 500 people died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 1,000 suffered encephalitis (swelling of the brain) from measles.
 
2:23 AM
@tchrist Laws can be repealed.
 
A bunch of states are like that. They withdrew the power of local health departments to enact protective measures even in emergencies. More freedom.
 
Or challenged?
 
Or ignored.
 
A city could simply close all nightclubs.
And wait for the state to call them out.
 
Some states even have laws fining schools for requiring masks.
 
2:24 AM
Such a fuss.
So much dissent even within a state.
 
Wouldn't need masks if everyone were vaccinated. But we can't vaccinate the kids yet, and the wicked states won't let us protect them either.
And they refuse to let anything ever lock down again. "You'll get over it."
 
I think having children wear mouth caps is less about protecting children and more about protecting adults from them...
 
@Cerberus That's because local health departments are trying to save lives, not elected seats.
 
It's just that one would expect people in one state to agree upon such an important issue, more or less.
And then the (smallish) minority just accepts that.
 
> Some Florida school districts push ahead with mask mandates, defying DeSantis’s threat to cut funds.
@Cerberus When do so many millions of people ever agree on anything?
To a first approximation, CA has 40M, TX has 30M, and NY and FL have 20M people. Each.
> Some of Florida’s largest school districts have announced they will either keep or issue new mask mandates in light of the coronavirus outbreak that is ravaging the state, challenging an order by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) threatening to withhold funds from school districts if they mandate that students wear face coverings.

At least four school districts in the state are pushing back against the governor’s staunch opposition to new virus restrictions or mask mandates after he issued an executive order Friday saying that recent guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Preventi
I feel like I've heard that only once the number of daily deaths per 100k (or whatever denominator you please) exceeds some threshold in a given area, that only then do people start to panic enough to do something about it.
There has been some uptake in the number of daily vaccinations in the places that are having a rough time of things right now.
 
2:40 AM
Let's hope that number is not very high.
@tchrist Most countries of those sizes don't have such a fundamental division within them.
 
@Cerberus So the whole populace agrees with what the leadership of countries like, I dunno, Hungary and Austria are doing right now? Still, it takes both of them to add up to one Florida.
And then there's Belarus.
When you have nutjob authoritarian rulers, it's hard to get everybody to like that.
But many will. And so there is dissent.
Most other countries don't try to mix oppositional factions. They split them off into new countries. Like Flanders. :)
And then there's Israel and Palestine, however that works out. Which isn't even Shia and Sunni fighting each other within one country. Let's not talk about Ireland.
Bed time.
 
2:57 AM
@tchrist With respect to the epidemic, yes, more or less.
@tchrist Israel and Palestine is admittedly a worse situation...
But I suppose countries like Poland and Hungary are indeed deeply divided over important issues.
I can't think of any subnational entities with such deep divisions. But I'm sure they exist.
 
It's the propaganda wars in mass and social media, the replacement of thinking people in government by whoever can rabble rouse the populace. And it's so easy to subverb and control this way.
 
The Internet is a problem.
 
It is.
 
However, even in the 19th century, it struck a Dutch traveller in America how polarised the media were.
And he was pretty crazy himself...
 
We no longer agree on what is real.
 
3:09 AM
The Rage of Party was the tumultuous period in English politics directly after the Glorious Revolution of 1688 until c. 1715. This period was characterised by political instability brought about by increased partisanship within Parliament and frequent elections. Eleven Parliaments met in this period, partly as a result of the Triennial Act, which meant a general election had to be held every three years. In fact, on average an election was held every two and a half years.The period ended with the Hanoverian succession and the passage of the Septennial Act 1716 allowing up to seven years between...
Democracy has its benefits and malefits
 
I think polarisation can be a big problem in any country.
And the Internet doesn't help.
I think the problem with American politics is that the election systems greatly increase, or even enforce, polarisation.
Winner take all.
If you have more parties, there will be less polarisation.
Then parties will have to work together, and they cannot portray all other parties as enemies.
 
4:13 AM
> People who were unvaccinated had a three-fold higher prevalence than those who had received both doses of a vaccine, at 1.21% compared to 0.40%. However both of these represent more than a five-fold increase compared to the previous round (0.24%, 0.07%, respectively). Based on these data, the researchers estimate that fully vaccinated people in this testing round had between around 50% to 60% reduced risk of infection, including asymptomatic infection, compared to unvaccinated people.

In addition, double vaccinated people were less likely than unvaccinated people to test positive after c
@tchrist
I think most Englishmen got A-Z, which is quite a bit less effective than what we got.
So vaccines should help us even more, in preventing the spread of the virus.
 
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6:43 AM
Lake Baikal covered in forest smoke
 
 
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7:44 AM
Putin's authorities have just blocked the website of a journalistic award project that has existed since 2016, titled "Profession: Reporter".
Looks like every day there will be news of sites blocked.
 
8:18 AM
@Cerberus Your Olympic countrywoman Sifan Hussan is wonderful, and a pleasure to watch.
 
 
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9:44 AM
> No, I won't work three jobs to pay for your bills!
 
10:28 AM
> What is your main source of news about Russia and the world?
> RED: Russian TV
> BLUE: Internet sites
> GREEN: Social Networks
 
11:24 AM
Do anyone know of an adjective meaning ‘Jesus-like’. One can, for example, add -al to create an adjective from many nouns, such as salvation → salvational (Merriam-Webster lists this entry; Oxford Dictionary does not, though). But I cannot think of any way of doing the same with the noun Jesus.
 
 
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12:43 PM
> Latest data from 101 patients in Lilly/Incyte's study shows patients put on ventilators, who received baricitinib, a janus kinase inhibitor, plus standard of care were 46% less likely to die, compared with patients who received placebo plus standard of care.
Good. The bigger the arsenal, the better.
@CannedMan Christianly? Christlike?
I googled for "Jesus-like synonyms" and found these ^^
 
@Xanne Oh, good. I don't watch sport myself.
 
1:02 PM
May I ask why you use the singular "sport", instead of "sports" @Cerberus
 
> Let’s look at some examples. My son is a computer programmer. He says:

I am not interested in sports.

A British person who shares my son’s opinion would say,

I am not interested in sport.

When getting to know someone new, a British person may ask:

Do you do any sport?

That does not sound right to my American ears. I would ask,

Do you play any sports?
And it works the same way in Dutch and British.
 
Interesting.
 
> Statistics-based studies have suggested that the genome’s noncoding region contains genetic variants that contribute to autism, but the new work may be the first to identify three such mutations, says Tychele Turner, assistant professor of genetics at Washington University in St. Louis, who led the new work.
How does one pronounce the name Tychele? I haven't found a transcription online.
I want to translate the name into Russian.
Tie-Chelle?
Tickle?
Tie-Shell?
 
Names are unpredictable.
I would say Tie-shell if it's a black woman.
 
I asked her on Twitter. Maybe she'll reply.
Unless she thinks I'm some queer guy.
 
1:16 PM
Because I think they often have sh sounds.
 
nods
 
@CowperKettle I would go with something that rhymes with Michelle, but perhaps the ty is pronounced tie
 
1:33 PM
That doesn't sounds very neutral...
You need to compare places on more than one factor.
 
@CowperKettle Yeah, Christlike (Christ-like?) was the only one I could think of myself. It is, though, clunky in the same way.
 
@Cerberus What if it were an Ancient Greek woman?
TIH-kuh-lee?
> If you take a sentence and replace each word with a word that means roughly the same thing is it still the same sentence?

You know, the Ship of Thesaurus
 
@Mitch /ty.kʰɛː.lɛː/, perhaps.
@Mitch Hah.
Greek tyche means fate.
 
1:50 PM
Word of the day: meibum (an oily substance that prevents evaporation of the eye's tear film)
 
@CowperKettle Is it something you apply to your eye or is it naturally already there?
 
@Mitch naturally there, is secreted from special glands, and was researched as late as 1980s
 
I'm weirded out by sticking stuff near my eye, like contact lenses.
 
Yes, contact lenses increase the number of immune cells inside your cornea. In rare cases might turn out bad.
Immune cells sometimes get nervous.
 
No I mean the mechanical sticking of something pointy at your eyeball.
Like putting on eyeliner... on the eyeball side of the eyelid... gives me the willies.
 
1:57 PM
One gets used to it.
 
I got sticked inside the eyeball with a syringe needle several dozen times. You just rise the eyes to the ceiling and keep them there until the nurse is done injecting dexamethasone.
 
shudders
shuddering on top of shuddering
I'd rather chew on tin foil... wait... no that's pretty bad too.
 
It's not as painful as the pain after the procedure in which the surgeon takes away the stitches from your cornea with a scalpel.
He does it one by one, and they make the "ting" sound as they break.
 
Yikes.
No anaesthesia?
The situation in Lebanon is quite desperate.
Perhaps it should be recolonised?
 
@CowperKettle That, oh that
Taking off stitches is the most painful experience of my life. Maybe. But it'd be top five.
 
2:17 PM
@Cerberus There are some anesthetic drops, and compared with what people had to go through in former centuries, it's all comfortable. I bet it's nervous time for the surgeon.
 
@CowperKettle Hmm.
 
Electric car sales in UK jumped from 9% to 17% (BEV + PHEV)
 
All those abbreviations.
Such bad English.
But, yeah, electric cars are booming.
 
2:45 PM
 
@CowperKettle Don't they have those bio-dissolving stitches for that?
In order to avoid the 'pointy scalpel at your eye' situation?
I vaguely remember that anykind of stitch removal is painful. Like 'punch that guy in reaction' painful.
@M.A.R. Exactly. The axe chop by the nightmare guy comes in second.
I mean that hurts a lot too.
But removing the stitches that fix the axe chop...
 
3:01 PM
@Mitch No, for some reason they use non-dissolving stitches
 
3:15 PM
 
3:36 PM
Haha, America is a caricature of itself.
 
@CowperKettle Very Bladerunner. Thanks for the image
 
3:59 PM
@M.A.R. They don't tell you that at the end of the Voigt-Kampf test they forcibly rip the stitches out of your eyes. If you scream you're not a replicant. It's a pretty accurate test.
 
4:15 PM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Offensive answer detected (78): What is the abbreviation for 'who are' by Austin on english.SE
 
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Q: Meaning of "this is the first thing, not the only thing" in contex (article about a new genetic variant linked to autisim)

CowperKettleFrom "Mutations in the noncoding genome contribute to autism": Even though only one enhancer rose to the level of nominal significance in this study, in time more enhancers may well be linked to autism, both the researchers and other scientists say. It’s as if “at first we were looking in a po...

> Norway. Sales of battery and plug-in hybrids
January-July 2017: 31.170 (34.8%)
Январь-июль 2018: 43.762 (47.3%)
Январь-июль 2019: 48.403 (55.4%)
Январь-июль 2020: 47.258 (68.5%)
Январь-июль 2021: 78.275 (82.9%)
A recent study from North Carolina State University finds that the older an adult thinks a Black child is, the more likely the adult is to incorrectly view the child as being angry. There was no similar shift in adults' perceptions of white children's emotions.
(Black people do look kind of angry to me, in real life)
They are rare in Yekaterinburg, of course, but not as extremely rare as they were in the 1990s
I see some black person in the street maybe once or twice a month.
 
 
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7:02 PM
@CowperKettle Wha, now you got me confused. I gotta try to think back to The Wire and try to remember if I thought the kids were angry
 
@CowperKettle In Holland, hybrids were sold a lot because they counted as electric and were subsidised.
But it turned out most buyers never charged them, so subsidies were stopped (I think).
 
7:44 PM
> The basis of my 10-year sentence was nothing more than a refusal to submit to the Islamic theocracy or disavow affiliation with the organization. That affiliation meant the explicit denial of many of the regime's closely-held, backward religious beliefs, such as the notion that Islam requires the forced veiling of women, that women are half the value of men, and that adherents of other religions are "infidels" whose voices must be excluded from Iranian society.
 
Yes, Raisi is pretty bad.
 
@CowperKettle What a shame that it doesn't rhyme with Peter Schickele: shickily-tickily.
 
7:59 PM
@CowperKettle turnerlab.wustl.edu/people Since she's female and white and American, I'd bet her name is pronounced to rhyme with Michelle.
I might lose my money, but that's how I'd bet if I had to.
 
 
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9:11 PM
@Cerberus In Norwegian (especially Northern Norwegian) swearing, han Tykje /hɑnˑ tyːçe(ˑ)/ is one of many ways of saying the name of the devil. The pronunciation is more or less exactly as the Byzantine Greek of Týkhē (Τύχη), except the raising of η /ɛː/ → /e/ → /i/.
 
@CannedMan Hmm did Byzantine Greek pronounce chi as ç?
 
I believe so, yes.
 
Interesting.
But the Norwegian word is probably unrelated?
 
Yes, it seems to just be a happy coincidence. The only etymology I have been able to find, simply says that it is of unknown origin.
 
Quite happy!
Perhaps it was some mysterious loan word from an extinct substrate language.
 
9:15 PM
I have checked the regular dictionary, my Norse dictionary, and my massive etymological dictionary by Yann de Caprona. (Seriously, it is 1920 pages!)
 
Nice.
 
(Even the biggest tabloid wrote a review of it, so it made quite the impact. How often do you see reviews of dictionaries these days?)
 
How often, indeed!
 
So in summary: Norwegian vikings at the Byzantine temple (as you may know, they were imperial guards), if they used that word all the way back then, could have turned some heads.
 
There were Viking imperial guards at Constantinople?
Indeed, if they pronounced the word as it is pronounced now.
 

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