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by midtskogen
15 Oct 2021 03:43
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 463
Views: 90592

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

38046 The vaccines clearly work Yes, a recent study from Norway found that the  vaccines reduce the risk of hospitalisation by >70% : " We included 7,977 cases of Delta and 12,078 cases of Alpha. Overall, 347 (1.7%) cases were hospitalised. The aRR of hospitalisation for Delta compared...
by midtskogen
15 Oct 2021 03:09
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 3
Views: 168

How many countries have you been to?

38053 Across the US I've visited more states than not, and driven across country (Virginia to Washington) twice. US states for me are just New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, California, Florida, Oregon, Illinois, Hawaii and Tennessee (airport only).  Places visited in Canada: Nova Scotia, Newfoun...
by midtskogen
14 Oct 2021 08:29
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 3
Views: 168

How many countries have you been to?

SSIA. Whilst not a "collector" countries, making a list was interesting.  I'm not 100% sure it's complete, but certainly close.  I feel old when I'm beginning to forget visits.  I count 35 (33 if UK is regarded as one): Norway (native), Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, England, Scotland,...
by midtskogen
14 Oct 2021 05:23
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Astrobiology Poll
Replies: 52
Views: 17728

Astrobiology Poll

Biological diversity is highly correlated to latitude.  But I think there are several more essential factors.  These include climate stability over geological time, solar stability, magnetic field, tides, atmospheric stability, orbit stability.  Just one bad factor easily reduces the chances of life...
by midtskogen
13 Oct 2021 12:53
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Astrobiology Poll
Replies: 52
Views: 17728

Astrobiology Poll

38030 Interestingly, they are basing this on when Earth was a tropical rain forest paradise and are looking for planets warmer, wetter and larger than earth and with denser atmospheres with more oxygen. Funny how climate doomsayers think warmer, wetter means inhabitable Earth, whilst astrobiologist...
by midtskogen
09 Oct 2021 23:00
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 463
Views: 90592

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

38018 Be careful with the booster if you decide to take it. My basic take on vaccines is that the benefits should outweigh the risks.  So if there is a 10% chance of getting a disease, the disease should be at least 10 times worse than the ill effects of the vaccine.  The benefit of doubt is given ...
by midtskogen
09 Oct 2021 05:21
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 463
Views: 90592

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

38012 I was reading today that Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland are having great success with dealing with the pandemic because of the extremely high vaccination rates in those nations. Norway lifted the restrictions last week despite an infection rate near the top of the entire pandemic, when 2...
by midtskogen
08 Oct 2021 01:16
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 463
Views: 90592

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

The fact by sharing your DNA also means sharing your relatives' DNA is just how nature works.  You own your of DNA, it was not given to you under an NDA, so you can share it if you like.  But that your ability to have control over your own DNA is limited, doesn't mean that it's OK to sample every ci...
by midtskogen
06 Oct 2021 07:41
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 463
Views: 90592

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

37988 Then you've removed their right to decide what happens to their own body Uhm, what?  Ok, I think what you're arguing is that there is a conflict of rights.  Then there's no win-win, and I think the sad truth is that the rights of the majority defeat the rights of the minority.  If your have a...
by midtskogen
05 Oct 2021 09:55
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 463
Views: 90592

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

37985 Not everyone who attends (or works at) a university is young. And have you given thought to what happens when students bring this disease home to their parents, or to people at a shop, or a restaurant or bar, and ultimately the rest of society including those who are at high risk or unable to...
by midtskogen
04 Oct 2021 07:32
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 463
Views: 90592

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

Well, slippery road, but it's not that this stand means an unvaccinated society.  If it did, it would mean that everybody would be opposed, and the argument would be even worse.  If this still seems a good idea, understand at least how horrible laws in the past were passed in the interest of public ...
by midtskogen
03 Oct 2021 23:01
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 463
Views: 90592

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

Ok, to be clear, it's about the right to choose over one's own body and medical treatment. I might not be able to convince anyone why the wording in the above court decision is extremely dangerous, but these kinds of arguments are not new.  Over here there was a debate in the 1920's and early 1930's...
by midtskogen
03 Oct 2021 13:43
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 463
Views: 90592

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

Making vaccines (de facto) mandatory is a big mistake and backfires in distrust in vaccines.  Denying unvaccinated a job is no better than denying people a job because they have the wrong skin colour, gender, sexual preferences or beliefs.  That such laws have been passed or even discussed reveals h...
by midtskogen
27 Sep 2021 21:20
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Asteroids, meteors, and meteorites
Replies: 120
Views: 30642

Asteroids, meteors, and meteorites

37944 An other possibility mentioned in the article is that the crater could exist and be buried in the nearby Dead Sea. One could also argue that, but it's pretty unverifiable and since it's unlikely given the dominance of dry land in the area, such an assumption will be fitting the observations t...
by midtskogen
27 Sep 2021 01:36
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Asteroids, meteors, and meteorites
Replies: 120
Views: 30642

Asteroids, meteors, and meteorites

37940 air burst so it means there would be no crater since it didn't make it to the ground? My understanding that, like in Tunguska, there is no evidence of a ground impact.  However, there could be still have been fragments reaching the ground which would leave no crater or craters small enough to...
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