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Here in Japan it is on Amazon Prime. Weirdly... 171 Views / 6 Replies  
Here in Japan it is on Amazon Prime. Weirdly enough, Discovery is on Netflix.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 28, 2020 at 11:06 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I’ll try to be vague to keep spoilers to a... 171 Views / 6 Replies  
I’ll try to be vague to keep spoilers to a minimum.
I really liked the premise, but it did not live up to its potential. The old characters were great, they slipped right back in.

My main...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 28, 2020 at 09:15 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I did provide evidence from credible sources.... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
I did provide evidence from credible sources. I’ve linked to the John Hopkins University ( https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-facts-infographic)...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 25, 2020 at 07:24 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I think these two points are connected: people... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
I think these two points are connected: people are buying masks in bulk, which causes shortages. At the same time, in many places (including Japan, which has a mask-wearing culture independently of...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 25, 2020 at 12:02 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I don't see where I was wrong. For example, ... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
I don't see where I was wrong. For example,

then I am not saying face masks are ineffective. I'm saying for the general population they are much less effective than other measures we should be...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 24, 2020 at 11:05 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Why do you insist to speculate and spread FUD? ... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
Why do you insist to speculate and spread FUD?

Airborne and particle-spread are quite clearly distinct, and every reliable source I have seen stated that at present, Covid-19 is not airborne....
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 24, 2020 at 11:01 PM, in Political/War Lounge
@turtle777 I find your singular focus on face... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
@turtle777
I find your singular focus on face masks quite weird. Nobody is arguing that in the right circumstances, face masks are an important tool to curb pandemics. Let's translate this to my...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 24, 2020 at 10:45 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Laypersons should not push particular treatment.... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
Laypersons should not push particular treatment. Pertinent medical information should only be distributed via a few trusted channels like the CDC. There is so much bs floating around, which the...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 24, 2020 at 08:53 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Also, many states’s finances are in a vert... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
Also, many states’s finances are in a vert precarious state. So losing all business — even for a while — might snap the necks of many communities. And IMHO you can’t blame people. If you and everyone...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 22, 2020 at 04:56 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Currently, the plan is to give people who did not... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
Currently, the plan is to give people who did not pay any taxes less money, so I’d use whatever way the US government is using now.
You could also think of handing out e. g. pre-paid credit cards...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 22, 2020 at 03:22 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Given the numbers, I think we should err on being... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
Given the numbers, I think we should err on being uncomplicated and on what serves the majority. Not giving money to those who need it the most is borderline stupid and forces people to do things...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 21, 2020 at 10:18 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Poll: I've been working from home since last Tuesday... 901 Views / 28 Replies  
I've been working from home since last Tuesday and my wife has lugged her work monitor home yesterday, too. That'll be an interesting experience, working from home next to one another.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 20, 2020 at 02:48 AM, in MacNN Lounge
WTH is the UK government doing? They want to... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
WTH is the UK government doing? They want to reach heard immunity by increasing the spread?!?
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 18, 2020 at 10:35 PM, in Political/War Lounge
It's a tug-of-war between macro and micro... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
It's a tug-of-war between macro and micro economics. Every business wants to remain open and basically not die. People don't want to lose their jobs, especially when it is through no fault of their...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 18, 2020 at 10:34 PM, in Political/War Lounge
They are still around. They definitely got... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
They are still around. They definitely got Trumpier over time, some people left and I find few of their analysis insightful or thought-provoking. I listened to their podcast regularly for a few...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 17, 2020 at 07:19 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Glenn is a health care professional, so I would... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
Glenn is a health care professional, so I would not be so quick to dismiss him as “wrong”, being caught by the “MSM” or accusing him of “lying/spreading propaganda”. I think he knows more about the...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 17, 2020 at 06:34 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Reader has cited experts in the field, and you... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
Reader has cited experts in the field, and you reject their recommendations as propaganda. And now you are asking me to show you the data. I think the onus is on you to provide evidence all these...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 16, 2020 at 08:06 PM, in Political/War Lounge
It sounds to me as if your are prioritizing... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
It sounds to me as if your are prioritizing marginal gains over the big ticket items.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 16, 2020 at 06:54 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Reader did me a favor and posted a succinct... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
Reader did me a favor and posted a succinct reply, to which I have nothing to add.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 16, 2020 at 06:47 PM, in Political/War Lounge
This is due to the jump in demand, and yes, some... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
This is due to the jump in demand, and yes, some people are hoarding, too. In Europe and the US, “surgical” masks are not a common household item, so you have an item that wasn't very much in demand...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 16, 2020 at 12:37 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Conversely, your line of argumentation only... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
Conversely, your line of argumentation only weighs the benefits for yourself. There is a shortage of masks for people who really need them, which leads to an accelerated spread of the virus. Care...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 16, 2020 at 12:02 AM, in Political/War Lounge
These masks are not very effective protecting you... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
These masks are not very effective protecting you from being infected. Only if you are infected, do they provide protection to others. That's why it is recommended not to wear them...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 15, 2020 at 08:48 PM, in Political/War Lounge
According to the experts I have heard, it is more... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
According to the experts I have heard, it is more likely that this is due to false negative tests. You first test positive, then you get tested negative and then get tested a third time, positive. If...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 13, 2020 at 08:48 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I heard those turbine blades are extreeeemely... 92,687 Views / 537 Replies  
I heard those turbine blades are extreeeemely expensive.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 11, 2020 at 04:42 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I don’t think I have attacked you personally.... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
I don’t think I have attacked you personally. Pointing out that I think you have fallen into the same trap as a sizable share of the population when it comes to statistics is not the same as calling...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 10, 2020 at 09:19 AM, in Political/War Lounge
The US has the added problem of its forked health... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
The US has the added problem of its forked health care system. You are already hearing the horror stories of people being served $$$$ bills just to get tested.

In Japan the government is still...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 10, 2020 at 02:38 AM, in Political/War Lounge
But does it? I still think it'd be highly... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
But does it?
I still think it'd be highly misleading.

Why, what would be the use?

Why would “your” mortality rate be “more directly related to what the public is consciously observing”? The...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 10, 2020 at 02:36 AM, in Political/War Lounge
We all know the situation is serious, because the... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
We all know the situation is serious, because the mortality is quite similar to the Spanish Flu from 1918/1919 despite our advances in medicine. Thus, we know what to expect and what to do: we can...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 8, 2020 at 09:44 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Your way of computing the death rate is highly... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
Your way of computing the death rate is highly misleading, you could have one disease that is mild in 98 % of the cases, but in those 2 % of severe cases, the death rate is 50 %. It is then...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 8, 2020 at 09:36 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Doomsday Preppers are different from people who... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
Doomsday Preppers are different from people who keep enough canned food for a reasonable amount of time.

The EU is banning exports for medical supplies it runs low on as well. Although that is...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 8, 2020 at 11:08 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Why? Diseases that are too deadly and kill... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
Why?
Diseases that are too deadly and kill quickly don't get very far. The problem with COVID-19 is precisely, because it strikes the Goldilocks balance between being benign and infectous enough to...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 8, 2020 at 08:15 AM, in Political/War Lounge
It is important to put COVID-19 into perspective,... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
It is important to put COVID-19 into perspective, and to understand why you shouldn't all run out and buy toilet paper (which seems to be a worldwide pandemic, stretching Italy to Japan to...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 7, 2020 at 10:31 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Usually there is a Force Majeure... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
Usually there is a Force Majeure (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Force_majeure) (aka Acts of God and Parliament) exclusion to many contracts (including insurance contracts), and it seems reasonable...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 6, 2020 at 11:36 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Your argument ignores that they don't all have... 2,454 Views / 66 Replies  
Your argument ignores that they don't all have the same impact. It is right-wing sites like The Daily Caller that dominate Facebook's shared articles, not Vox's. Nor does that mean that Youtube leans...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 6, 2020 at 11:35 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Apart from your feeling that artists tend left,... 2,454 Views / 66 Replies  
Apart from your feeling that artists tend left, do you have any other arguments or evidence?

It seems to me you are again conflating traditional media with youtube et al. The skew for both is...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 5, 2020 at 07:14 PM, in Political/War Lounge
It is a strategy, that can work well. The... 2,454 Views / 66 Replies  
It is a strategy, that can work well.
The German center-right party's current slogan is literally “Die Mitte”, the middle. But in a hyper party-polarized environment, I don't think it is the only...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 5, 2020 at 12:27 AM, in Political/War Lounge
That's fine, I know that things cut both ways. ... 2,454 Views / 66 Replies  
That's fine, I know that things cut both ways.
The impeachment process as laid out in the US Constitution is quite toothless, because the barriers are too high. Apart from Nixon*, no President has...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 4, 2020 at 09:17 PM, in Political/War Lounge
The traditional media isn't biased along the... 2,454 Views / 66 Replies  
The traditional media isn't biased along the left-right axis. The media skews towards people living in big cities and who have been educated at good universities. And this isn't just because of the...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 4, 2020 at 09:10 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I don't think the idea of a special prosecutor... 2,454 Views / 66 Replies  
I don't think the idea of a special prosecutor was horrible, at least that is my objective take ;)

Plus, “the Left” only exists in the imagination of right-wing pundits, and the term is usually...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 4, 2020 at 08:57 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Agreed. Striking a balance between limiting the... 2,454 Views / 66 Replies  
Agreed. Striking a balance between limiting the scope of the investigation (so that you don't go from real estate deals to blowjobs) and independence is something that needs to be taken into account,...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 4, 2020 at 08:48 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Thanks! Fortunately, our daughter is still in day... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
Thanks! Fortunately, our daughter is still in day care, so that doesn't affect us yet.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 2, 2020 at 08:44 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Well, the Japanese government is trying... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
Well, the Japanese government is trying everything it can to not have to cancel. Of course, their backwards solution was to attempt to conceal the extent of the problem by simply not testing people...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 2, 2020 at 08:44 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Yeah, all the working parents were suddenly... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
Yeah, all the working parents were suddenly asking themselves “WTF should I do with my children during the day?” Because if you are a working parent, you can't just take a month off of work even...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 2, 2020 at 04:04 AM, in Political/War Lounge
The situation here in Japan is bad: it is a mix... 4,665 Views / 256 Replies  
The situation here in Japan is bad: it is a mix of utter incompetence and hysteria. On the one hand, the Japanese government created a floating petri dish, but then refused to test health care...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 1, 2020 at 09:16 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I offered quite a few: America should learn from... 2,454 Views / 66 Replies  
I offered quite a few: America should learn from its mistakes, stop supporting malleable dictators and instead be serious about promoting democracy — even if that means that some countries will elect...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 28, 2020 at 02:05 AM, in Political/War Lounge
That isn't just arrogant, looking at history, it... 2,454 Views / 66 Replies  
That isn't just arrogant, looking at history, it is plainly wrong. The US's attitude to foreign nations is riddled with short-term thinking and not sticking to its stated mission of spreading...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 27, 2020 at 09:18 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I get where you are coming from, but I think... 2,454 Views / 66 Replies  
I get where you are coming from, but I think reality is way more nuanced than that. On the one hand, a lot of Democrats are actually way more conservative than is perceived. Think of Hillary Clinton,...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 25, 2020 at 09:27 AM, in Political/War Lounge
And Grenell is still the Ambassador to Germany.... 2,454 Views / 66 Replies  
And Grenell is still the Ambassador to Germany. My fellow Germans and I are ecstatic that Trump did not even bother to “promote him away”.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 21, 2020 at 10:20 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Politicians grow up in political systems that... 757 Views / 9 Replies  
Politicians grow up in political systems that have certain incentives. If fund raising is as ridiculously important as it is in the US, then yeah, just to run a campaign you will be nudged towards...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 6, 2020 at 09:33 PM, in Political/War Lounge
It's a sign of intellectual and moral weakness... 757 Views / 9 Replies  
It's a sign of intellectual and moral weakness when politics is just about the cheap entertainment of sticking it to the other side rather than make your country better.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 5, 2020 at 08:59 PM, in Political/War Lounge
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