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  1. chrisg

    how crap is this government ?

    That.. could lead to some impressively dictatorial SF possibilities that I really do not want to explore IRL... Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Heh, For reasons that pass understanding I've had chicken pox three damned times, shingles is not allowed near me CV will most likely not be a big deal, but it does for now pay to be alert. Cheers
  3. I really do not quite know what to make of this, but it is frighteningly plausible: https://www.news.com.au/world/asia/coronavirus-may-have-leaked-from-a-chinese-lab/news-story/0bc7c4f52892eb2e51e788b8e2e45c07 A separate thread for CV news was probably due anyway. To my mind the containment has been pretty much consistently bungled, especially with regard to the Diamond Princess but I am still trying to resolve just how Australia is dealing with it. Initially the banning of inbound flights etc. whilst perhaps somewhat heavy-handed definitely kept the numbers low and contained in Australia. But now - the deal is that if a returned person from the infection zones is found to be contagious, primarily now at the Darwin facility, they are passed along to their state of origin for isolation and care. Question. How do they safely get there without potentially contaminating others ? No one seems yet able to answer that with much confidence and meanwhile Japan, which has a health system at least as advanced as ours seems to be losing the containment battle, as is South Korea. This is a long way from being over. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Yeah. The re-infection is not yet confirmed but it is possible the virus is already mutating the way the flu does roughly once a year, but in the early stages of its encounter with humans happening much faster. Virus' do not think as such but best evidence says they are not suicidal, they adapt to their host. This one seems to be not particularly vindictive in the first place, we can hope it mutates to being benign. No guarantees though - ebola has been taking its sweet time about it. To illustrate: A vaccine for 'flu 2019 is unlikely to protect you much from flu 2020, as scruffy mentioned it is only around 40% effective anyway, in the strain it is addressing. In the end it comes down to the immune system. Personally I'm upping my vitamin C Cheers
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    Pet Peeves !

    Hmm, could be, however usually the damage is done quickly. Rice is just a case of grabbing what is to hand. It's worked once for me, of three tries Cheers (Only one was my phone and no, it did not work for that one.)
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    how crap is this government ?

    Utterly agree, blinker focused on short term book balancing. Cheers
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    Pet Peeves !

    Kids can do some incredibly daft things. Had a boss years ago who had a very nice whale tail Porsche 911. Caught his young son running from the sandpit up the bonnet and using the tail as a slide... No I can't picture it either but the insurance company did come to the party and not just respray but bake the car. Hate to have seen his premiums following year Cheers
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    Pet Peeves !

    It is the commonest way phones take a bath yet people persist in sticking them in their back pockets. You CAN get lucky with the rice trick, especially if it is a sealed unit which most are now, but no guarantees. Cheers
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    how crap is this government ?

    The single stupidest thing the government has ever done was privatising energy. In the NT no, you get little choice, nor currently does WA but in SA for example it is open season, like putting a fox in with the chickens. Now power in WA is by no means cheap but it is still less expensive than SA where we have several companies in so-called competition - personally I cannot see any difference between them. SA has led in getting rid of coal-fired power, and is leading in renewables as well. They probably are not making a big enough deal of that but demolishing the Port Augusta power stations, which ran for decades on brown coal - horrible stuff, was a powerful message that went largely un-noticed. Now we are probably the cleanest state for power, Tassie might edge us out with hydro but coal abounds elsewhere. Torrens island is natural gas, again not perfect but far better than coal. Port Augusta meanwhile is undergoing a quiet renaissance in power. The new solar farm is far from dead and windmills are sprouting like Salvation Jane along the foothills. Boy do we pay for it though. The promise is that once we are transitioned totally to renewable the bills will stabilise or even fall. That kind of assumes the State does not go bankrupt in the process... That is not a throwaway comment. The original ETSA that was government owned until 1999 still exists and most if not all Government agencies buy power from them, but they are as expensive as the rest - ie. deep gouging. Something is going to have to change, people plain and simply cannot afford the usurious power bills. There are some aspects of daily life that simply should not be in private hands, energy is one of them. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    If hand sanitizer doesn't kill the damn thing Coles and Woollies have been making a killing under false pretenses Cheers
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    Pet Peeves !

    Doctors probably do not. I do. I wear a couple of rings, a bracelet, an all metal watch and two neck chains. Most of it is for purely personal reasons, the watch is more a case of traditionalism I guess. I do keep it all clean, it's entirely silver so a simple cloth is fine although my watch is waterproof so I just wash it. Silver doesn't tarnish much but it looks better clean Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    More the case that if they do have patients presenting with coronavirus they will likely be unable to confirm and in a form of face saving rather unique to Indonesia will sweep it under the carpet. Not really derogatory to Indonesian healthcare but what I have seen of it has me determined to never get sick enough to need it. They have distinctly different attitudes to life, living and death for that matter. In that respect far from unique to Indonesia, the same could be said of most of Africa. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Yeah, I'd be very suspicious of Indonesia's reporting as well. Even Bali, which I do know quite well, has lousy healthcare. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    The impact on travel has been dramatic: https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/health-safety/impact-of-coronavirus-revealed-by-stark-difference-in-flight-radar-from-last-year-to-now/news-story/127e1b51d5b5a0fc8414230122b60fa8 In one respect a good thing, curbing the 747 vector, but the industry has been running on very small margins for a very long time, it does have much room to move. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    A lot of people are saying alcohol is the answer - I'll drink to that Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Seems the Italian doctor had been staying in the Canaries for a week, which puts his departure before the Italian viral bloom but nonetheless when he heard of it he reported himself to local medical officials and is now headed for Madrid for confirmation of if he is actually infected. Understandably the facilities on the island were not equipped to give a definite answer. So, it may all be a false alarm but regardless I fail to see how the guy could have been any more responsible. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    That hospital was primarily built for simple bed treatment of patients to take the load off the primary facilities of the main hospitals that are dealing with more severe cases. That China could assemble a hospital so quickly was amazing in itself but it could not be expected to have all the capabilities of a mature hospital. There's now the first suggestion that if the crisis does not peak and recede the Olympics could be cancelled. https://www.news.com.au/sport/olympics/tokyo-olympics-could-be-cancelled-rather-than-postponed-because-of-coronavirus-crisis/news-story/191ef1cac5c2090444bfecfa02aa8feb It would be unprecedented other than from WWII and the comments Pond is making are measured and appropriate to where things are at. However if the virus is not in decided retreat by May they are going to have to treat it seriously, the Olympics pulls in literally people from all over the world, great way to guarantee a pandemic. It would be a complex measurement, or it could be bluntly simple. If Japan is still fighting with the virus by then the decision would have to be cancel. If Japan is clear but other countries are still fighting with it then they could be banned from attending or even having visitors. Those South Koreans really are nutters. I'm a bit concerned because my Nephew's wife's family is from Usan which is not far away and they are very elderly. Cheers
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    The latest ... " Tradwives "

    I've not worked in a traditional sense for over a decade, never intend to again. Work is everywhere if you go looking for it and work from home opportunities grow by the day. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Too little information on the case to even comment. As noted there is no mention of when he left Italy which could well have been before the virus was identified in the country and the articles do not even mention if he is displaying symptoms. That's the danger with this virus and it cuts two ways. You can be infected, or indeed have some completely unrelated ailment with similar symptoms or be asymptomatic but a carrier. On the other hand you can can become hypochondriac and lurk behind a mask in a darkened room. However yet again the foolishness is repeating, now people are being quarantined in a hotel which is guaranteed to have air conditioning which very likely will spread the virus unnecessarily. All very well but then the question becomes just how DO you deal with it when it is detected in a large close-contact area ? Not easily it would seem as country after country is rapidly discovering. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Could be, I'd say the level of international reaction terms it as a pandemic already. The problem is that I really can't get more than fatalistic about it - if I get it I get it and I'll see if my immune system can deal with it. Probably it can but my recovering respiratory system does give me pause. Not that I'm going to go out looking for it but not modifying my agenda either. Cheers
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    i see dead people

    Katherine Johnson has died, 101. She was the inspiration behind the movie "Hidden Figures," well worth watching. RIP. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Very literary scruffy I'm not 100% sure if the WHO has declared a pandemic as yet but it must be getting awfully close. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Hmm, Just had lunch with my sister. At the moment they are keeping an eye on it but if Australia starts banning incoming flights from Italy, which they may, they will probably delay their trip. It's not a fixed type of trip they tend to just get to Europe and wander around by train booking as they go. Recycled air in aircraft is a bit of a myth, what actually happens is the air bleeds out of the aircraft under continual pressure from the pressurisation system but that can be just as bad in terms of bugs. Essentially the air travels the length of the aircraft, under pressure, not that you would notice a draft or anything but bugs certainly get around inside. Cruise ships and I'd guess trains as well with people in close proximity definitely not a good idea. The problem really is that the authorities do not know enough about the virus in general as yet or if they do they are not telling plus the stats are very confusing. As an example the stats show Australia having 22 cases, including 7 from the Diamond Princess but that ignores that 3 have fully recovered and most are not showing any symptoms. That seems to be a part of the problem, a lot of infected people never show symptoms but are carriers making it very difficult to track. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    That does not sound very promising scruffy. They do now certainly seem to be taking it seriously in Italy: https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/coronavirus-outbreak-in-italy-plunges-europe-into-lockdown/news-story/6d2a1d9e27005da95135f0b9544a9045 My sister and her husband were planning a trip there in a few weeks, may have to re-think. Cheers
  25. chrisg

    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Venice and a couple of other chunks of Italy but in typical Italian fashion it sees somewhat sporadic. It's probably time to get a bit of a grip - it's a virus, it has a mortality rate, but a lot of those infected never even develop symptoms. Australia WAS pretty much locked down, just what they did with those infected on the Diamond Princess no one seems to be saying. So you get it, you get over it and hopefully you are then immune, unless the damned thing mutates - short answer we need a vaccine and we need ongoing vaccines to keep ahead of it - which is what we have been doing with 'flu, not massively successfully, for decades. Buckle down, could be a rocky ride... Cheers
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