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  1. @~thehung

    The coronavirus conspiracy

    oh, i did? i mentioned something that i wouldnt automatically assume. the only assumption i made is that i can determine what i would and wouldnt automatically assume. in case youre wondering, my assumption was 100% correct. this rehash shows you glossed over or missed the main points of my post, which addressed all of this. he's very probably a medical doctor, as it would not befit journalistic convention to refer to him simply as a doctor otherwise. not that i think that's terribly relevant, nor for that matter his level of education... ...a far more pertinent conjecture would be to wonder when exactly he left, and whether or not the news in Italy at the time reflected the understanding we have now. taking this information from wiki as verbatim, "The 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak was confirmed to have spread to Italy on 31 January 2020, when two Chinese tourists were tested positive for the virus in Rome. A cluster of COVID-19 cases was later detected starting with 16 confirmed cases in Lombardy on 21 February, an additional 60 cases on 22 February..." and allowing at least another 24 hours for the penny to fully drop in the media — its very possible that a well informed individual could have left the Lombardy area up until as late as less than a week ago without any compelling reason to believe it was a hotbed of disease. another thing i am wondering about is an ancillary ethical question — hypothetically — if an individual with a suspicion that their area might soon become a hotbed of disease takes steps leave with the hope of avoiding infection, a) whether or not we should deem their decision sensible/reasonable, and b) whether or not a subsequent discovery that they were (unwittingly) infected at the time they made that decision should have any bearing on our assessment?
  2. @~thehung

    The coronavirus conspiracy

    ffs? we now have credible theories of an incubation period as long as 24 days or more, as well as growing reports of asymptomatic transfer. knowing that the sudden spike in cases in northern italy only became apparent as recently as Feb 21, and without knowing when the man left Italy — i wouldnt automatically assume he had any basis to think of himself as enough of a potential carrier to rethink his travel plans.
  3. @~thehung

    The coronavirus conspiracy

    tonight: Four Corners - Coronavirus How the deadly epidemic sparked a global emergency "Everyone is hiding...I'm absolutely f***ing petrified." Australian citizen trapped in China It's likened to a scene from an apocalypse. Empty streets, overflowing hospitals and an overwhelming sense of fear in a city of 11 million people placed in "lockdown". "What have you done? I don't want to live anymore...Take those (bodies) lying on the ground somewhere else. Otherwise, you better kill me." Wuhan hospital worker In China, almost two thousand people have died as a result of coronavirus with tens of thousands more infected. Authorities are resorting to extreme measures to try to halt the contagion. "It's beyond quarantine. I don't even know what to call it. It's quite terrifying knowing that people can knock on your door and drag you out for no reason at all because you have a temperature." Australian citizen trapped in China The outbreak of the deadly virus in the city of Wuhan has triggered a global emergency with patients being diagnosed in 26 countries. Fifteen cases have been reported in Australia. To try to contain the spread, Australian authorities have effectively sealed our borders to people travelling from China. "This is unprecedented in the history of modern medicine. We've never tried. We know that containment can work, but it's never really been done at this large scale." Australian infectious diseases expert On Monday Four Corners charts how the outbreak occurred and investigates whether a cover up by Chinese authorities allowed the virus to spread. "Just at a time where they could have traced it, just at a time where perhaps they could have checked it more substantially...that was lost because it got caught up in the politics of the information flow and information surveillance in China." China expert In interviews filmed on smartphones, Chinese activists and Australians trapped in the lockdown explain what they are going through. "There's queues outside the hospitals now. We're not allowed near them. There's people dropping on the footpath, literally." Australian citizen trapped in China Here in Australia, scientists are engaged in a race against time to develop a vaccine. Four Corners has gained exclusive access to the high security laboratory involved in key coronavirus research. "We know it kills people, but we don't know how many, and we don't know exactly what the mechanism is by which this virus kills people. So, at the moment we're taking the highest level of precautions." Virologist This comprehensive report explains why health authorities are taking this virus so seriously. "We always look at the worst-case scenario because if we don't prepare for the worst-case scenario, we'll never be forgiven." Global biosecurity expert Coronavirus, reported by Sean Nicholls, goes to air on Monday 24th February at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 25th February at 1.00pm and Wednesday 26th at 11.20pm.
  4. @~thehung

    The coronavirus conspiracy

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-02/20/c_138802487.htm "Those who spread conspiracy theories about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are doing so either out of "bad intentions" or "absurd ignorance," a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Thursday." yeah...problem is, you have a basic credibility problem when the following sentence is just as likely: "Those who spread conspiracy theories about the training and education centres in Xinjiang being non-voluntary prison camps for the brainwashing of Uighur people are doing so either out of "bad intentions" or "absurd ignorance," a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Thursday."
  5. @~thehung

    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Scientists ‘strongly condemn’ rumors and conspiracy theories about origin of coronavirus outbreak "... A group of 27 prominent public health scientists from outside China is pushing back against a steady stream of stories and even a scientific paper suggesting a laboratory in Wuhan, China, may be the origin of the outbreak of COVID-19. “The rapid, open, and transparent sharing of data on this outbreak is now being threatened by rumours and misinformation around its origins,” the scientists, from nine countries, write in a statement published online by The Lancet yesterday. The letter does not criticize any specific assertions about the origin of the outbreak, but many posts on social media have singled out the Wuhan Institute of Virology for intense scrutiny because it has a laboratory at the highest security level—biosafety level 4—and its researchers study coronaviruses from bats, including the one that is closest to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Speculations have included the possibility that the virus was bioengineered in the lab or that a lab worker was infected while handling a bat and then transmitted the disease to others outside the lab. Researchers from the institute have insisted there is no link between the outbreak and their laboratory. ..." Twitter, Open Source Intelligence HK - @OSINTHK "...now deleted paper on ResearchGate that we were able to retrieve. It claims #COVID2019 / #nCoV2019 may have originated from accidental Wuhan Center of Disease Control..."
  6. @~thehung

    The coronavirus conspiracy

    i find the mid february increase to be curious thing
  7. @~thehung

    Locked threads and suspensions

    imho youre blowing a throw away line out of proportion. it wasnt put forth as the reason or justification for the suspension. i too, am uncomfortable with anything that comes off as an official designation of "our" political persuasions, because little good can come from insinuating that anyone whose politics skew even slightly conservative is unwelcome. i do understand if that was your take. however, i do agree with what i understood to be the intended meaning, despite not thinking the accompanying connotations were advised. i think what chaos is referring to are things like principles of free speech and free expression. in that respect, we are hardly a conservative community. such ideals are a legacy of western enlightenment, and the left. as a group, we favour science and reason over religious dogma and fundamentalism (ie. the "religious hokum" context you omitted from the quote). we are small 'l' liberals in that we welcome all colours and creeds etc. under the stewardship of one DH we decided to dispense with hate speech against gays. protecting freedom of expression can be paradoxical like that; we put ensuring that we are welcoming to everyone above anyone's right to throw around terms like faggot. in a similar, and very consistent vein, we also tend to frown on people who execute personal vendettas against other members, or repeatedly characterise all transgender people as mentally ill perverted freaks, just to name a few totally random examples. and its not like, as an average over time the mods have ever been heavy handed. quite forgiving and very patient, if anything. case in point: as it stands, i am unclear if repeatedly characterising arab muslims as goat-fuckers is completely off the table — which is testament to the powers that be having a far longer fuse here than you would get it in many other places that value robust free speech less. as for 'left leaning' and 'woke', in my opinion you have a somewhat distorted view of these terms. firstly, its the lean part youre massively downplaying. i lean left. because i have a strong libertarian streak, which in the current climate is more often a right of centre ideal. whilst left and right can be used as static labels, 'leaning' strongly implies a loose conglomeration of left and right affinities that may be fluid, but among which the left side is slightly more abundant. so its not a very strong designation at all. i believe you support gay marriage. on that particular issue you skew left. if i was in charge of the world, i'd use eugenics to phase gingers out. in that regard at least, i skew far right :D. but in the final analysis, i lean left. as for wokeness, its a neologism that has sprung up and is quickly morphing into a parody of itself. whether or not, or how quickly that change is perceived may depend on the vantage point of one's echochamber. among the consistently left-leaning vast majority of my friends and family, they have plenty of negative things to say about many ideas and attitudes they perceive as far-left which they are increasingly likely to deride by way of the shorthand of them falling under the umbrella of so called wokeness. i dont know if this is surprising or counter-intuitive to you? sure, the aforementioned people supported gay marriage, which until such time as the definition crystalises into something unambiguous, is a 'woke' idea, and have many other ideals you could call woke. but with the word's definition currently in a superposition between liberalism and self-parody, i do not think its accurate to say being 'woke' is what left-leaning folk pride themselves as being. based on what i am aware of at least, were it up to me, i probably wouldnt have suspended Leo. however, he's needed a good arse chewing from on high for quite a while. but thats easier said than done. it wasnt up to me — i dont have the responsibility, and dont want it, but i am thankful to those who have taken it on. had i got involved as an ordinary forum member then i would just be another person trying to get people out of a cesspit by climbing down into it. thats why forums everywhere, no matter how hands-off, need people with the authority to dispense law and order. back in the day, i mightve criticised the response. but since we are such a small forum now, and we exist by the grace of barely a handful of people willing to take on the burden of running this place for so little reward — i am disinclined to bite the hand that feeds. and i dont presume i am aware of every factor that went into the decision.
  8. @~thehung

    What's on your mind?

    so, looks like Jeremy Corbyn is kind of helping Assange at the 11th hour. and i cant help thinking that if Corbyn is on the case it can mean only one thing: he is truly fucked.
  9. @~thehung

    Locked threads and suspensions

    quoted for truth
  10. @~thehung

    how crap is this government ?

    hmm...i wonder what they use? synthetic polymers i imagine. probably an instance where genuine human hair wouldnt be prized.
  11. @~thehung

    Green Room non-Googleable Music Quiz Game.

    do you recall if it charted well in australia? i have never heard of her or it. i suppose the whole Pearl Jam connection with that song may have made her well known, but i guess i'd stopped paying attention to them even before Vitalogy came out and sucked so hard.
  12. @~thehung

    how crap is this government ?

    so you allow that regulation and public ownership may be better solutions than your previous hyperbolic take?
  13. @~thehung

    how crap is this government ?

    yep, that sure is a head scratcher.
  14. @~thehung

    how crap is this government ?

    i realise its about water, what i dont know is the relative assumed value of that "amount of product" within the context of our GDP and its degree of expendability in our economy.
  15. @~thehung

    how crap is this government ?

    whats the argument for this?
  16. @~thehung

    What a joke

    The Report hardly the thriller it aspires to be, but works admirably as a fairly dry docudrama. interesting fact: lead actor Adam Driver served in the marine corps for a couple of years after enlisting in the wake of 9/11.
  17. @~thehung

    Oversampling compressed music

    if it is a production problem you should be able to hear it here, right: my ears cant identify a whine in the 12k region. although i can identify a harsh and brittle over all sound that was probably there before data compression. its like a build up of low res noise in the mix. nothing in particular shows up in either FFT analysis (real time or full song scan) or in the spectogram (anything somewhat sine-like and of sufficient volume should be visible as a horizontal smear) there's a lot of yuck, including vocal sibilance and craptastic hi-hat in the high end, and it sounds immediately better with both 6k and 12k pulled down a bit on a 30-band EQ, but i didnt play around much... if it is present in the youtube version, can you be more specific about what you are hearing. are there parts in the song where its super noticeable?
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    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    Bettina Arndt is an irrelevant try hard. she is attacking this list in some retarded attempt to stay relevant, and doing it totally wrong, because she is an irrelevant try hard. there really isnt anything there for the MGTOW crowd to decry — unless i got too bored and missed something provocative. i wonder which of these "rights" she think anyone shouldnt have? the problem here, is that the list itself is fundamentally inappropriate and silly. each point should end with "mmkay". because it doesnt belong in the adult world. it belongs as a set of talking points for an 8th grade class discussion on the ethics of sexual politics or whatever. really, if basic decency has not been learnt by a person before adulthood and university then they won't be receptive to having it all broken down for them with dot points and a stupid graphic. yes, the university needs to be loud and clear and proactive in laying down the law and their policies with regard to harassment. it doesnt, however need to tell adult human beings "they have the right to have friends" ffs. it needs to be maximally comprehensible and accessible to everyone, sure, including second language learners — which implies erring on the side of oversimplification. but i just wonder if students are asked to sit cross legged in a circle as someone with a set of hand puppets reads this booklet aloud to them.
  19. save every cent you make, and never go outdoors unless it is to make more money. you will be richer on paper, whilst your quality of life will be poor. there is more to life than money. i assume you are talking about these money flows because youre interested in what is best for Australians. but accruement of wealth is not the ultimate measure of success. a healthy amount of spending is a far better measure of the success of an economy, and the net quality of life of the populace. the option to enjoy all that NZ has to offer improves Australian's quality of life. suppose we avail ourselves of their wares more so than they ours — such that 'the wealth transfer from Australia to New Zealand' is not $10m as in your hypothetical, but $15m? so what! this means next to nothing in isolation. say we both have $100, and stuff we want to sell. you haggle with me and end up buying something from me for $20 that you wouldve paid $30 for. i buy something from you for $50 dollars that i woulve paid $80 for. now you have $80, and i have $50. so who "won"? nobody won! firstly, the idea that you can make a meaningful determination from a spreadsheet is grossly simplistic. secondly, there is no obvious way to quantify how much my purchase improved my quality of life relative to your purchase. thirdly, i may happen to know a buyer who will pay me $100 for your used gay porn mags, hence, i will soon be in front in the spreadsheet stakes anyway. the analogue to this is a Australian photographer who spends a lot on NZ travel, helping to inflate our country's outgoings, but then makes a mint selling the resulting photos locally. where does such seconday wealth creation factor into your appraisals? nowhere, thats where.
  20. @~thehung

    Oversampling compressed music

    necromancy! if we are talking about a whine at 12khz that is consistent in pitch and volume, then i think a combination of a very fine notch filter and multiband compression is called for. both could easily be too brutal in unison. the multiband probably wouldnt trigger when the offensive sound is most noticeable, and the EQ would suck life out of a fair chunk of the high end throughout the song. my suggestion: 1. make a copy of the track and keep only a narrow band either side of 12kHz (like an inverse notch) using a linear phase EQ or FFT filter etc. make 2nd copy of this track, and run it through a gate to preserve only the loudest parts — which likely includes desirable sounds in the 12kHz-ish range that also tend to naturally drown out the 12kHz whine. invert the 2nd copy and sum it with the 1st copy (thereby eliminating the aforementioned desirable sound) — resulting in a track that preserves only the most noticeable and obnoxious 12kHz-ish material. 2. use the 'noise track' to trigger some fairly severe multiband compression on the 12kHz band. the compressor will kill the whine that wouldve persisted noticeably during a break when there is only bass playing, for example, but do nothing intrusive when percussion or voices etc are occupying the band.
  21. @~thehung

    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    very cool
  22. @~thehung

    What's on your mind?

    this concise article goes into detail on the possible animal origins of coronaviruses: 2019-nCoV: Just a Stop on the Zoonotic Highway As part of a global effort led by the United Nations, the U.S. Agency for International AID developed the PREDICT program in 2009 "to strengthen global capacity for detection and discovery of zoonotic viruses with pandemic potential. Those include coronaviruses, the family to which SARS and MERS belong; paramyxoviruses, like Nipah virus; influenza viruses; and filoviruses, like the ebolavirus." PREDICT funding to the EcoHealth Alliance led to discovery of the likely bat origins of the Zaire ebolavirus during the 2013-2016 outbreak. And throughout the existence of PREDICT, more than 145,000 animals and people were surveyed in areas of likely zoonotic outbreaks, leading to the detection of more than "1,100 unique viruses, including zoonotic diseases of public health concern such as Bombali ebolavirus, Zaire ebolavirus, Marburg virus, and MERS- and SARS-like coronaviruses," according to PREDICT partner, the University of California, Davis. PREDICT-2 was launched in 2014...However, in October 2019, the Trump administration cut all funding to the PREDICT program, leading to its shutdown. LOL
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    i see dead people

    2019-nCoV may not be the zoonotic disease that does us all in, but just in case, i will be tracking our potential demise with the aid of this cool interactive infographic! In response to this ongoing public health emergency, we developed an online dashboard (static snapshot shown below) to visualize and track the reported cases on a daily timescale; the complete set of data is downloadable as a google sheet. The case data visualized is collected from various sources, including WHO, U.S. CDC, ECDC China CDC (CCDC), NHC and DXY. DXY is a Chinese website that aggregates NHC and local CCDC situation reports in near real-time, providing more current regional case estimates than the national level reporting organizations are capable of, and is thus used for all the mainland China cases reported in our dashboard (confirmed, suspected, recovered, deaths). U.S. cases (confirmed, suspected, recovered, deaths) are taken from the U.S. CDC, and all other country (suspected and confirmed) case data is taken from the corresponding regional health departments. The dashboard is intended to provide the public with an understanding of the outbreak situation as it unfolds, with transparent data sources.
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    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    the right/left distinction is a problematic abstraction. theres a bit of horse shoe theory at play when it comes to social policy. the left tends to germinate the lion's share of thought orientated towards defining the collective good. so when there is overreach on that front, the first visible signs tend to maintain the leftist branding — even if actual enforcement tends towards the jackbooted excesses that are inherently a feature of the right. the core of libertarianism, meanwhile, which in theory can be regarded as politically neutral, is most often pushed relatively towards the right within a democracy.
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