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Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Post by Maddy » Tue Sep 01, 2020 7:28 am

dualstow wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:14 am

Bill Gates has done more for humanity than most. Eradicating diseases and building toilets in India. God bless him.
IMHO, Bill Gates is just another economic hitman. His philanthropy comes with strings attached. Or maybe I should say "chains attached."

Here he is, declaring that "You don't have a choice." Normalcy will return, he says, only after the entire worldwide population is vaccinated. https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/inte ... for-power/ Those aren't the words of a humanitarian, but of a megalomaniac who, like many high-functioning autistics, views other people are mere props in his play.

I'm always fascinated by his overtly autistic traits. Watch the wildly uncoordinated, almost spastic, body movements that occur while he speaks. He has no idea where his body parts are in space. He is unable to control his emotions or to even modulate his voice.

The scary thing about all this is that while isolated parts of his brain are on overdrive, he appears to be lacking in the normal wiring that makes us essentially "human." Which is why, I imagine, he lives in a world of algorithms, seemingly unable to assimilate information that entails the unpredictability of emotional intelligence, value judgments, or the incorporation of paradigms other than his own. And which is why, I imagine, he embraces a new world order where people interface with the world and with other people through "devices," and where ultimately people are fully merged with computers. In fact, but for the computer revolution, which finally gave only marginally functional people like Bill Gates an opportunity to succeed at something, he would probably be in a state hospital.
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Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Post by Tortoise » Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:55 pm

Massachusetts' government has put barriers in place for learning pods to make sure they don't compete too much with the teachers' unions:
Learning pods, or groups convened by up to five families, will be able to operate without licenses, as long as a parent is on-site at all times. Payments are not allowed, and exchanges of funds are limited to compensation for food and materials.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/08/28/ ... e-schools/
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Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Post by Xan » Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:34 pm

Tortoise wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:55 pm
Massachusetts' government has put barriers in place for learning pods to make sure they don't compete too much with the teachers' unions:
Learning pods, or groups convened by up to five families, will be able to operate without licenses, as long as a parent is on-site at all times. Payments are not allowed, and exchanges of funds are limited to compensation for food and materials.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/08/28/ ... e-schools/
Wow... That's pretty terrifying. Here in Texas that could not happen, at least not without major changes: private schools require no licensing. Sounds kind of dystopian to require such a thing to me.
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Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Post by jalanlong » Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:43 pm

Xan wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:34 pm
Tortoise wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:55 pm
Massachusetts' government has put barriers in place for learning pods to make sure they don't compete too much with the teachers' unions:
Learning pods, or groups convened by up to five families, will be able to operate without licenses, as long as a parent is on-site at all times. Payments are not allowed, and exchanges of funds are limited to compensation for food and materials.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/08/28/ ... e-schools/
Wow... That's pretty terrifying. Here in Texas that could not happen, at least not without major changes: private schools require no licensing. Sounds kind of dystopian to require such a thing to me.
It could be worse:

https://www.dw.com/en/european-court-ru ... a-47021333
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Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Post by Xan » Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:53 pm

jalanlong wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:43 pm
Xan wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:34 pm
Tortoise wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:55 pm
Massachusetts' government has put barriers in place for learning pods to make sure they don't compete too much with the teachers' unions:
Learning pods, or groups convened by up to five families, will be able to operate without licenses, as long as a parent is on-site at all times. Payments are not allowed, and exchanges of funds are limited to compensation for food and materials.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/08/28/ ... e-schools/
Wow... That's pretty terrifying. Here in Texas that could not happen, at least not without major changes: private schools require no licensing. Sounds kind of dystopian to require such a thing to me.
It could be worse:

https://www.dw.com/en/european-court-ru ... a-47021333
Okay, wow, that is utterly unbelievably awful.
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Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Post by pugchief » Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:54 pm

Xan wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:34 pm
Tortoise wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:55 pm
Massachusetts' government has put barriers in place for learning pods to make sure they don't compete too much with the teachers' unions:
Learning pods, or groups convened by up to five families, will be able to operate without licenses, as long as a parent is on-site at all times. Payments are not allowed, and exchanges of funds are limited to compensation for food and materials.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/08/28/ ... e-schools/
Wow... That's pretty terrifying. Here in Texas that could not happen, at least not without major changes: private schools require no licensing. Sounds kind of dystopian to require such a thing to me.
Welcome to life in a Blue State. Coming soon to TX with the influx of liberal Californians fleeing the mess they created there. :P
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Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Post by vnatale » Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:40 pm

pugchief wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:54 pm
Xan wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:34 pm
Tortoise wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:55 pm
Massachusetts' government has put barriers in place for learning pods to make sure they don't compete too much with the teachers' unions:
Learning pods, or groups convened by up to five families, will be able to operate without licenses, as long as a parent is on-site at all times. Payments are not allowed, and exchanges of funds are limited to compensation for food and materials.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/08/28/ ... e-schools/
Wow... That's pretty terrifying. Here in Texas that could not happen, at least not without major changes: private schools require no licensing. Sounds kind of dystopian to require such a thing to me.
Welcome to life in a Blue State. Coming soon to TX with the influx of liberal Californians fleeing the mess they created there. :P
I actually don't know anyone who is leaving Massachusetts!

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Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Post by Xan » Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:05 pm

vnatale wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:40 pm
I actually don't know anyone who is leaving Massachusetts!
That may not be terribly representative as you haven't left your house for 8 months. ;-)
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Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Post by Hal » Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:54 pm

Evidence we are living in The Twilight Zone. :o

Russia calling Australia a Nazi State.

https://www.rt.com/news/499668-australi ... -lockdown/
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Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Post by l82start » Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:04 pm

scratch Australia off the list of cool country's,
it was on my "places i would like to visit" list, with the direction they have chosen to go in, it may be a while before it gets back on..
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Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Post by Tortoise » Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:10 pm

Hal wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:54 pm
Evidence we are living in The Twilight Zone. :o

Russia calling Australia a Nazi State.

https://www.rt.com/news/499668-australi ... -lockdown/
Australia began as a penal colony, and apparently they've decided to return to their roots.
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Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Post by dualstow » Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:23 pm

Maddy wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 7:28 am
dualstow wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:14 am

Bill Gates has done more for humanity than most. Eradicating diseases and building toilets in India. God bless him.
IMHO, Bill Gates is just another economic hitman. His philanthropy comes with strings attached. Or maybe I should say "chains attached."

Here he is, declaring that "You don't have a choice." Normalcy will return, he says, only after the entire worldwide population is vaccinated. https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/inte ... for-power/ Those aren't the words of a humanitarian, but of a megalomaniac who, like many high-functioning autistics, views other people are mere props in his play.

I'm always fascinated by his overtly autistic traits. Watch the wildly uncoordinated, almost spastic, body movements that occur while he speaks. He has no idea where his body parts are in space. He is unable to control his emotions or to even modulate his voice.

The scary thing about all this is that while isolated parts of his brain are on overdrive, he appears to be lacking in the normal wiring that makes us essentially "human." Which is why, I imagine, he lives in a world of algorithms, seemingly unable to assimilate information that entails the unpredictability of emotional intelligence, value judgments, or the incorporation of paradigms other than his own. And which is why, I imagine, he embraces a new world order where people interface with the world and with other people through "devices," and where ultimately people are fully merged with computers. In fact, but for the computer revolution, which finally gave only marginally functional people like Bill Gates an opportunity to succeed at something, he would probably be in a state hospital.
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