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by Tortoise
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 3399
Views: 157044

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

A recent medical study found that of people who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 on an RT-PCR test with a cycle threshold of 35 (the standard threshold currently used in the U.S.), less than 3% of them are actually infectious : https://academic.oup.com/cid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cid/ciaa1491/591260...
by Tortoise
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Election meaningless unless we change for the better
Replies: 322
Views: 3343

Re: Election meaningless unless we change for the better

That used to work...and I'm not knocking amazon...I like what they offer...but A LOT of the reviews are fake nowadays. That said, their return policy is so easy it's pretty easy to put it right back in the mail. When I return Amazon products, I no longer even have to print out a return label or fin...
by Tortoise
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Election meaningless unless we change for the better
Replies: 322
Views: 3343

Re: Election meaningless unless we change for the better

I agree with Tom’s general sentiment that “there oughta be a law” is usually not the best solution, but I would argue that expecting the average person to jump through 1000 complicated hoops probably isn’t the best solution either. Most of us on this forum are detail-oriented geeks who are relativel...
by Tortoise
Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Whoa: Nearly a Third of Democrats Believe the Election Was Stolen From Trump
Replies: 149
Views: 1165

Re: Whoa: Nearly a Third of Democrats Believe the Election Was Stolen From Trump

I wouldn't put the popcorn down just yet. Definitely not! I have a feeling that if SCOTUS hears the case and hands the election to Trump by ruling in favor of the Constitution, the TDS sufferers in this thread won't acknowledge that justice was done. They will probably say something like, "SCOTUS s...
by Tortoise
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: The New Republican Populism (personal Trump references not allowed)
Replies: 106
Views: 715

Re: The New Republican Populism (personal Trump references not allowed)

It's incorrect to say or imply that individualism means there should only be individual freedom and no collective constraints, or vice versa. (That's not meant to be a strawman, pmward. It's how I interpret the "black or white" accusation in your last couple of posts.) Individualism simply means the...
by Tortoise
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: The etiology of TDS
Replies: 29
Views: 244

Re: The etiology of TDS

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, guys, but Trump isn't going anywhere. Either he'll remain President for the next four years, or he'll most likely start a new media empire that will give him even more exposure than he enjoyed as President. Trump has been incredibly lucrative for the media. He's ...
by Tortoise
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Election meaningless unless we change for the better
Replies: 322
Views: 3343

Re: Election meaningless unless we change for the better

I think that's a pretty accurate description of our quandary....what options exist to mitigate the effects of this before China and Russia get to gleefully watch as America tears itself to pieces? How do we get the cream to rise to the top? How do we get people to turn away from the lizard brain tr...
by Tortoise
Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: The etiology of TDS
Replies: 29
Views: 244

Re: The etiology of TDS

Ohh, can of worms...! Who's actually having Thanksgiving gatherings? ;D I'm having a small gathering on my side (7 people total), and a large gathering on my wife's side (probably ~25 people just like every other year). At the latter, we plan to spend most of the time outdoors in the backyard. It's...
by Tortoise
Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Election meaningless unless we change for the better
Replies: 322
Views: 3343

Re: Election meaningless unless we change for the better

I think doodle's recent thread about the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma really got to the crux of this matter of "two parallel realities" or what Scott Adams often calls "two movies, one screen." Online and social media companies have created and inflamed much of this polarization by applyin...
by Tortoise
Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: The etiology of TDS
Replies: 29
Views: 244

Re: The etiology of TDS

Tangentially related to TDS, are any of you kind of dreading the political comments that some of your family members or friends are bound to make at your Thanksgiving gatherings? I can tell you anecdotally that at my large family gatherings (on both my side and my wife's), the only people that I hea...
by Tortoise
Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: The New Republican Populism (personal Trump references not allowed)
Replies: 106
Views: 715

Re: The New Republican Populism (personal Trump references not allowed)

The core philosophical divide seems to be between individualism and collectivism. New problems in the world created by new technology and social trends can be solved in innovative ways even if one's core philosophy is individualism. Solutions to the new problems can be considered in the context of m...
by Tortoise
Mon Nov 23, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Whoa: Nearly a Third of Democrats Believe the Election Was Stolen From Trump
Replies: 149
Views: 1165

Re: Whoa: Nearly a Third of Democrats Believe the Election Was Stolen From Trump

Don wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 2:26 pm
The problem is that even though many Democrats know that the election was stolen away from Trump in the middle of the night they just don't care.
Lack of a moral compass, perhaps?
Some people believe that the ends justify the means.