PopeBeanie

  • PopeBeanie posted a new activity comment 13 hours, 14 minutes ago

    (Instead of “getting through”, the better term is “surviving”..)
    • PopeBeanie posted a new activity comment 13 hours, 17 minutes ago

      Good research there… covid-19 has been shown to have a low incidence of mutation getting through from one generation to the next. This is super-geeky, but you can take a look at nextstrain.org/ncov if you want to see some results of that kind of research. They use it to trace back the ancestory of different “clades” that have infected people.
      • PopeBeanie posted a new activity comment 1 day, 11 hours ago

        Yeah I agree, or maybe even lower if a larger number than currently estimated have been infected and we don’t know it yet. (You did read the last line that indicates a bit of wink wink right?)
        • PopeBeanie posted an update 1 day, 14 hours ago

          What I’m worried about most is that covid-19 will keep coming back until we gain enough herd immunity. Korea might be starting to experience a second wave already. But we can’t survive a six or twelve month shelter-in-place, so I suggest 1) We really, really need widespread testing to keep learning who’s infected, isolate them, and trace back…[Read more]

          • Bean man, what makes ya think mortality rate is 3 percent?
            I think it is a lot lower.
            • Yeah I agree, or maybe even lower if a larger number than currently estimated have been infected and we don’t know it yet. (You did read the last line that indicates a bit of wink wink right?)
              • I did read it but did not get the reference. I heard an epidemiologist from Yale opine that the percentage will be around .6 but he said some of his colleagues thought around 1 percent. And it just looks like a whole lot of young people are asymptomatic. So unless you are breaking it down by more vulnerable demographics i doubt it will be 3…[Read more]

              • Good research there… covid-19 has been shown to have a low incidence of mutation getting through from one generation to the next. This is super-geeky, but you can take a look at nextstrain.org/ncov if you want to see some results of that kind of research. They use it to trace back the ancestory of different “clades” that have infected people.
                • (Instead of “getting through”, the better term is “surviving”..)
                  • If one were to utilize the wisdom of Solomon or is it Simon?
                    then one would say the better term is THRIVING!
                  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic Repentance? in the forum Atheism 3 days, 9 hours ago

                    And about determinism, which I believe in strongly, I don’t see why it should necessarily invalidate an urge or request to repent. Relatedly, the concept/construct of karma works for me too, even if there’s no invisible or transcendental force around to enforce it.

                  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic Repentance? in the forum Atheism 3 days, 9 hours ago

                    Was going to say similarly to Reg, that all religious writings first came from people thinking and feeling things before myths were invented to explain them. Then God was invented in our image to assign our thoughts and feelings a source or origin. Against other opinions, I even feel that a word like spiritual can mean something outside a…[Read more]

                  • Whahhhhhhhhhh?

                    I like the time delay between that response, and “How do those diagrams you gave explain that?”… it’s like a double-take.

                  • Despite infinite branches existing in the quantum universe or Hilbert space only one outcome can collapse into event space at every instance. I subscribe to Penrose’s supposition, that Hilbert space is a reality and not just a mathematical construct. A Quantum God would be privy to that reality and existing outside of event s…

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                  • So I have at least one amateur hour question. Preceded with at least one amateur hour supposition.

                    Supposition (open for your corrections): Either–as I think Jake spoke to–1) there are near-infinite branches, of which none will ever meet again and we can never prove or disprove their existence or empirical natures; or 2) perhaps similarly but…[Read more]

                  • Fact Checker Websites

                    Preliminary list, subject to updates. Comments and additions appreciated!

                    [First link is to their website, second link to their RSS. Some browsers handle RSS feeds nicely, presenting a clean list of stories. But if yours doesn’t, it will merely present a lot of harmless geeky-looking code to you. More info later on good RSS…[Read more]

                  • A couple more stories via Nieman, and during our pandemic’s relatively early stages:

                    Nieman: How a Boston Globe website started connecting those in need because of coronavirus with those who can help

                    Excerpts [emphasis on a paragraph is mine]:

                    As local news outlets suffer blow after blow in this pandemic, Boston Helps is a reminder that local n…

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                  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic Corona… in the forum Small Talk 1 week, 2 days ago

                    Here is a very interesting/enlightening graph wrt the amount of testing by country. It’s over a week out of date and I wish this source would update it (and present it as “per capita”), but it’s still enlightening from a historical perspective:

                    graph of covid-19 testing, per country

                    And there is still a shortage of available test kits in my area.

                  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic Corona… in the forum Small Talk 1 week, 2 days ago

                    I actually heard one “expert” ask “Are you disinfecting your keys when you come home?” That seems a bit far. Maybe I should burn my clothes when I get home.

                    I listen to a virology podcast every week, presented by real experts in the field, often with a guest expert in or near the front lines. One interesting fact learned about m…[Read more]

                  • PopeBeanie posted an update 1 week, 3 days ago

                    WordPress has been updated, but I wouldn’t declare that all is safe until Umar does, tomorrow. Meanwhile (and this is often a good habit to have, anyway) make sure that the URL (that shows up when hovering the mouse cursor over a link) indeed points to atheistzone.com before you click..

                  • PopeBeanie posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

                    and I’ve not found info if newer software has been fixed… but I’m also not nearly as expert at this as Umar
                    • PopeBeanie posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

                      Thx. Umar’s updated the wordpress software, but I’ve not found info yet on which wordpress software is exploited. It could go back months.
                        • and I’ve not found info if newer software has been fixed… but I’m also not nearly as expert at this as Umar
                        • PopeBeanie posted an update 1 week, 3 days ago

                          …because moderator accounts can be taken over. So again, NO CLICKS ON ANY LINK on any wordpress-based site, and don’t trust what any single moderator says.

                        • PopeBeanie posted an update 1 week, 3 days ago

                          DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS HERE until further notice from ALL FOUR moderators.

                        • PopeBeanie posted an update 1 week, 3 days ago

                          Futhermore, these attacks are probably happening on several other wordpress-based websites, so BEWARE!

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