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  1. The ones I downvoted were untouched earlier because I only recently got around to reading them. I think you owe Ken Fabian an apology for blaming him for what I did.
  2. Yeah but you also think you invented standing in line. 😅
  3. Thanks everyone! That makes a lot more sense now.
  4. Okay that makes sense. Do you think the way they use the terms pH and alkalinity is correct? Seems like "raise pH" and "raise alkalinity" mean the same thing. Or might they just be playing loose with the terms as it doesn't really matter for the average Joe working on his swimming pool?
  5. I moved into a new home recently and am now the proud (and overworked) owner of an in-ground swimming pool. Part of pool maintenance is keeping the water chemistry in the correct balance. Two of the things I must regulate are pH and alkalinity; two separate things. Since my water test strips indicate I have low pH AND low alkalinity I had to buy two products to fix the problem. One raises the pH level and one raises the alkalinity level. The product to raise pH contains Sodium Carbonate, and the product to raise alkalinity is sodium bicarbonate. Since the pH scale is considered acid at one end and alkaline (or base) at the other, I don't understand what it means to raise both pH and alkalinity. Any help is appreciated.
  6. If Mordred or Markus have EVER gotten pissed off in a thread on this site they sure do keep it under their hats. They never seem to react to any comments as if they are anything other than honest discussion or honest misunderstanding.
  7. Thanks. I often use laymen's terms as, well, I'm a layman. 😁 Thanks again! Learning these details are why I skulk around the science threads. 😀
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    Yes, I agree with you. I didn't mean to imply the rights were mystically granted. I just meant that a parent should no more be allowed to sterilize a child than a state should be allowed to sterilize one of its adult citizens (under most conditions). Once born, there are (or should be) rights bestowed upon all humans, regardless of age.
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    Well, I wouldn't necessarily say I wouldn't have a 'problem' with it. But if the state told me that someone MUST have a fetus aborted I would find that to be unacceptable. If someone decided on their own to have an abortion and the child's handicap was the motivation, I wouldn't try to stop them. Having low IQ children sterilized would be a problem for me. Once a child is in this world they have rights of their own.
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    One major difference is that on the one hand you have (presumably) a government body deciding and enforcing that a particular potential person is not worthy. On the other hand you have an individual deciding what is best for her and her unique set of circumstances. The more personal the impact, the more the decision belongs to the individual.
  11. Given that the universe experiences entropy, wouldn't it be safe to say that everything will NOT repeat itself? Since we know the universe of today is different than the universe of 1 million years ago, and since the universe can never return to the state it was in 1 million years ago, then given that different condition it seems the chances for an exact repeat are zero. Doesn't matter if the universe exists for an infinite period of time or not.
  12. What does the term "die" mean in relation to a virus. Does that mean 'no longer able to infect' or something similar? How is that state of a virus determined?
  13. I can't answer your question, but to save you some time, you will be requested to show what you've tried thus far before anyone works with you on this. This model here is to help the student solve the problem, not solve it for them. Welcome to the forum! Hope you enjoy your stay. 😀
  14. Wow. Great article that is spot on. And as is now so common, it seems that those with the means are taking advantage of those who don't have the wherewithal to avoid being manipulated.
  15. Whenever I see these kinds of discussions it makes me wonder how a person gets to the point where they are out of step with reality. Is their internal compass broken? Is it organic? A lifetime of disinformation? Weaned too soon? And I'm not talking about differing interpretations of the data, but of 100 people looking at the numbers and 99 of them seeing that the numbers add up to 3,256, and that one person sees that they add up to "halibut". I should have spent more time studying psychology.
  16. I don't usually see these types of nonsense threads running this long. People must be getting a little stir crazy.
  17. Citation please. Again, what were the results of the viral and/or antibody tests? Did you get tested?
  18. Believe it. The first spacecraft was propelled toward another star and the galaxy at large 43 years ago. It's not like driving on a highway. Once you get up to speed you can turn off the engine and coast for the rest of the trip. https://www.space.com/22783-voyager-1-interstellar-space-star-flyby.html
  19. What were the results of the viral and/or antibody tests? My symptoms in January were nearly identical and I tested positive for the flu.
  20. Yes, I go back to noticing my breathing when I am ready to start exploring rabbit holes again. Once I am deep in a hole I have no idea what my breathing is doing. Hmm. Unless I come back to alertness, I guess you could call it one long rabbit hole as I don't regularly 'start over'. It seems more like I go down a rabbit hole, and visit lots of side tunnels while down there. If one of those side tunnels happens to pop me alert I'll use the breathing observation to again go below ground. In the case of 'napping', sometimes I consciously pull myself out of the rabbit hole without ever falling asleep.
  21. I use the technique you describe to fall asleep. Normally when I go to bed my mind doesn't slow down which will keep me awake. I'll observe the breathing which gets me to quit thinking of other things. This allows my mind "to go down its rabbit hole of choice" (LOVE that description of it! Hope you don't mind me using it in the future. 😄) The rabbit hole often includes some really strange journeys. After a while the rabbit holes stop, and sleep begins. Sometimes if I'm just trying to nap I'll just explore rabbit holes for a while then get up without ever having fallen asleep, yet feeling very much refreshed. The other difference seems to be that I don't intentionally restart/repeat. If I hit a rabbit hole of particular interest it snaps me back to alertness so I can properly explore it. When I'm done properly exploring I go back to letting my mind drift. I love the feeling that comes with the mind drifting around. Hard to explain what it is like.
  22. The idea is to not overwhelm the healthcare systems so that they can save as many lives as possible. If we infect everyone in a short period of time the healthcare systems will have more patients than they can handle, and the absolute number of deaths will be higher. In addition, some will be infected and die who might otherwise have received a future vaccine if the infection rate was slowed. And of course there is testing. When we do finally get up to speed we can better track who has been exposed and quarantine them before they are able to infect others.
  23. And it's your contention that they were infected via aerosol while locked in their rooms?
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