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  1. Half expecting and half hoping that it will be significantly longer than ADWD. At least ADWD+AFFC long. It's the only way to we can advance the story far enough to make an ending possible. Once the story is focused on Westeros things might get easier from the plot perspective.
  2. https://www.correos.com/eu/sala-prensa/correos-lanza-equality-stamps-una-coleccion-de-sellos-contra-la-discriminacion-racial/# https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/28/spains-postal-service-accused-of-racism-over-flesh-toned-stamps Saw it today. I'm meh with it. Probably not the best signal, but neither deserving such an outrage (I'm quite dark skinned btw) This does deserve outrage Danish secret service helped US spy on Germany's Angela Merkel: report https://www.dw.com/en/danish-secret-service-helped-us-spy-on-germanys-angela-merkel-report/a-57721901
  3. Reportedly, two prominent women have died recently after receiving the AZ vaccine. model Stephanie Dubois: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/stephanie-dubois-model-astrazeneca-vaccine-death-b1853973.html reporter Lisa Shaw https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/may/27/bbc-presenter-lisa-shaw-died-of-blood-clot-after-astrazeneca-jab-family-says How many anonymous ones have done so? This is infuriating.
  4. It sucks but it's harmless for most and help to keep your defenses in alert. There have been a lot of articles speculating about cross-reactive antibodies between endemic HCoV and SARS-COV-2, which may explain the different observed course of disease. E.g. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-23074-3 But even rhinovirus, the most common cause of the cold, might be very helpful, by stopping replication of SARS-COV-2 https://academic.oup.com/jid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/infdis/jiab147/6179975 Since people haven't got sick much during last year, there is some fear that next flu session might be bad, because the immune system might overreact to the virus. Besides, scientists might be having a hard time figuring out which strains will dominate next session.
  5. The lab leak hypothesis has been always something to consider. What changed is that Biden is the president and not Trump, otherwise it might still be conspiracy. It's the way it is, for reasons that I cannot understand, but as soon as Biden was in the WH the story started to gain momentum. I noticed and reported that. Wuhan labs must come clear, as well as other labs, including one in North Carolina where the only attenuated (live) SARS1 vaccine was being developed.
  6. Make sure you can take the day off. Didn't you have COVID not long ago? I've read that the recommendation is to wait at least three months after the infection, otherwise side effects tend to be stronger. Which vaccine btw? I number of people I know have taken AZ and well, they have felt pretty bad for few days.
  7. Sounds similar to an incident involving a S. American head of state https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo_Morales_grounding_incident
  8. They could have phoned NASA or people with proper knowledge within their ranks. Reportedly, there is going to be a frigging report to the US congress, soon. The communication aspect about this "issue", makes me more uneasy that the "phenomenon" itself.
  9. The question is why the US military (and the Navy in particular) feel they need to do so, now, regardless of what we are seeing. If real world explanations are plausible, they could just tell us. If not, why aren't they keeping them secret?
  10. This has been in the fringes of internet for a while and me never being interested in these sorts of things always frowned profusely every time it showed up in my feeds. I'm unable tell what is about and I only feel some uneasiness as I see these reports slowly creeping from the dark corners of the web to more mainstream media (still mostly yellowish). Today: https://www.dailywire.com/news/bombshell-ufo-report-u-s-military-encounters-ufos-every-day-that-far-exceed-its-tech-capabilities but before was this or this https://www.vice.com/en/article/z3xewj/air-canada-westjet-porter-pilots-ufo-sightings I don't know what we are seeing. I don't know if real. I don't know the intentions to "reveal" these "reports". The last thing I think of course is we are being visited by foreign creatures. Things that come to my mind in order of probability. - Videos are doctored and, as in the 60s, they are meant to confuse the public to be able to hide the real weapon programs. - These are footage of new weapon systems developed by US and the videos are subtle warnings to its adversaries about the new capabilities. - Weapons systems by US rivals. However, if the US suspected that they would never revealed as they would look weak. - Some weird unexplained atmospheric phenomena? - Something else? - Aliens
  11. Americans are brave people "what is your definition of a coward? a man who would think twice before fighting a lion with his bare hands. and what is your definition of a brave man? a man who doesn’t know what a lion is. every man knows what a lion is. every man assumes that he does." - Charles Bukowski
  12. I think he specifically said it will become endemic, meaning waves of infections back and forth and sooner or later we all may become in contact with the virus. The question is what we do with that information. An article about the issue https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01220-7
  13. You know better than me that the federal government cannot enforce that. Republic leaning states are going to lift mask mandates (if they haven't done already) just to go against.
  14. I mean that having PCR positive (having the virus in your upper airways) doesn't mean that you are going to get sick (i.e. have COVID by some clinical definition). I'm aware it has been talked before, but as more people get vaccinated and we reopen cases of SARS-CoV-2 positive are going to be more common (or should be if testing continues), but hopefully few end in the hospital.
  15. Well, a prominent virologist in Germany is saying that people are going to become immune either via vaccination or via infection, which means that probably vaccines cannot completely curtail transmission but with them you can avoid to get severely sick. Choose wisely people! As I said before, is past due to make the distinction between being PCR positive and having COVID. It's not the same.
  16. The german interior minister Seehofer is also infected. He hadn't received the second dose thought. I think people need to make a distinction between being PCR positive and having COVID19 https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-digest-german-interior-minister-horst-seehofer-tests-positive/a-57482202
  17. First they need to setup the methane and oxigen plant, which won't be available immediately. How is the plan for that? I don't follow things too closely. You are reading it wrong. The Lunar Starship doesn't come back, but it goes from the Gateway to the Moon surface and back. Notice this maneuver is energy expensive, in comparison to the Apollo scheme. The 11 launches are necessary because you need 5 to fuel the Lunar Starship in LEO so it can reach the lunar orbit. Another tanker to LEO and 5 more launches to get the tanker to the Gateway so it can transfer enough fuel to the Lunar Starship so the later can get to the surface and back. It sounds about right. It might be they are assuming a different more efficient orbit than the Gateway. OK, I see. It might be that the Gateway is detrimental from the energy perspective. There have been critics before.
  18. It's the same in Europe and it's BULLSHIT and tells you that the "vaccine passports" has nothing to do with public health but with politics, both internal and external.
  19. Even in that, SpaceX has really little competition. They have completely turned over the space industry. Other launch actors are mostly stuck with government payloads or with particular niches, like small payloads, etc. Many countries are companies are now trying to catch with SpaceX developing similar and alternative designs and well, SpaceX is developing the next generation. No country or company is thinking in anything remotely similar. The weak point for interplanetary travel using the Starship concept (either metalox or hydrolox) is the huge logistical challenge to launch that many refueling missions. For example. This is apparently the scheme to get the Lunar Starship to the Moon. https://imgur.com/a/4J0yb20 Of course NASA thinks it's feasible, but if 17/18 launches are required to get to the Moon, how many are required to get to Mars? I think the only competition in that respect might arrive from nuclear powered space ships assembled in LEO by relatively modest (and cheap!) rockets.
  20. Yeah, I agree. Full stop to air travel for one or two months. Trace all visitor from China and others with growing outbreaks (chinese and otherwise). It might have worked and save us of much pain. It might have not but it could have still delayed the first wave long enough to have better preparations in place. Air travel is still disrupted now, so... hardly any loss. If glass candles existed.... but on the other hand people warned that this virus had all the landmarks of a pandemic one.
  21. In China worked because the outbreak was regional and the rest of the country could provide assistance. It wasn't the case in most countries. I agree that it still requires high compliance. Well, one of the problems of COVID is the IFR is high enough to be pose a severe public health threat, but still low enough that the menace seem negligible at individual level, specially considering the age stratification. My opinion is that health authorities and policy makers were either sleeping or were stupid/evil. The time for harsh measures was 24 Jan 2020 at the latest. This was people with more knowledge were writing at that time https://threader.app/thread/1220919589623803905 EDIT: An old article about the topic https://nymag.com/intelligencer/amp/2020/03/why-was-it-so-hard-to-raise-the-alarm-on-coronavirus.html
  22. I don't think it was feasible in Europe after February 2020 or so. For example, the very harsh Spanish and Italian lockdowns were never able to cut the transmission chains to a level where eradication seemed possible. Even if some countries tried even harder, the ones who didn't or those were measured failed would doom the others sooner or later. At that point you would have to choose between maintaining the Union or try manage the crisis. Another possibility would have been a harsh lockdown amid summer 2020 where spread was quite minimal. This was also impossible to sell politically.
  23. As a matter of fact China is doing a lot of launches. Only last year US surpassed China in the number of launches thanks to SpaceX. China still has a relatively high failure rate and first stages often fall in their own territory and damage to property is not unheard. Most of the launch sites are in the west of the country and launches are typically towards the east and pass over densely populated regions. But it's true, other countries are also at fault. I didn't know about the Washington incident. I remember a different one in Uruguay or Paraguay where the second stage of a Falcon 9 fell over a house and there were interesting tidbit about it. In the end US embassy had to intervene so the locals didn't start selling advanced technology. Other "out-of-control" satellites also fall to the ground. Yes, it's not the best practice and hopefully will be regulated. However, this widely publicized incident hid something more serious: China launched the rocket in the general direction towards the ISS It's highly unlikely they didn't realize that. As you may know, China was explicitly left outside of the ISS treaty and the political hurt is still felt.
  24. Lot of people freaked out because the "out-of-control" chinese rocket stage without realizing that similar things happen relatively often. What it doesn't happen often is this and it might have been intentional.
  25. Could you please explain it a little bit more? What do the Russians have to do with all of this? I saw somewhere that speculation that Bill-Melinda divorce *might* have something to do with Epstein, but as with many things found in the interwebs I didn't even give it a second though. Is there really a connection? That for sure. Maybe QAnon was right all along...
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