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  1. On 2/22/2020 at 4:14 PM, dimreepr said:

    Insurance is anti-socialism, it profits from and consumes the needy...

    You have mistaken the idea of insurance (which is fairly Left wing) for the activities of  insurance companies (which are very Right wing).


    On 2/22/2020 at 4:24 PM, dimreepr said:

    It's not insurance, it's a tythe; the difference is, the payment has nothing to do with the benifit.

    If everyone pays and everyone benefits and everyone has a say in what they pay (and what benefits accrue) then it's insurance.

  2. On 2/20/2020 at 6:39 AM, synergy29 said:

    How funny it is when Indian government wants to bring the CAA act which Excludes Muslims and the opposition opposes it and the opposition in their own ruled states bring acts which only gives benefits to Muslims and  calls it secular !

    It depends what you mean by "funny"

    "Funny peculiar, or funny ha- ha?"
    because it's not actually much of a joke.

    On the other hand, it's possibly unusual enough to warrant a  mention- but not in a jokes thread.

    And the sad truth is the hypocrisy among politicians isn't  very unusual

  3. 18 hours ago, J.C.MacSwell said:

    This would be my argument, in part, why felons should get to vote. (One of the few areas I would agree with Bernie Sanders)

    Pretty hard though, to find a description for civil disobedience, generally, that we will all agree is appropriate

    An extreme example:

    Debatably, the US 2nd amendment sees gun ownership as essential to potentially necessary overthrow of an oppressive government.

    That escalated quickly.

  4. 2 hours ago, LaurieAG said:

    At least it will cause no harm, depending on what was mixed with it that is.

    Good point.

    In my case it's generally mixed with gin.

    Alcohol isn't going to help the immune system at all.

    So a G&T probably isn't a good idea overall.

    Having said that, I really hope quinine ( or chloroquine) works as a treatment for coronavirus.

    It's cheap.

  5. 4 hours ago, MigL said:

    I always thought it was fairly simple...
    Everyone has rights.
    But my rights stop when they start infringing on the rights of others.

    Too simple.

    That rule means nobody can do anything (for fear that someone else objects).

    All rights granted to any individual or group constitute an infringement of the rights of others.

    Your right to walk down the street without fear of being killed infringes on my right to kill you.

    My right to have a barbecue infringes on your right to enjoy fresh air

    But your right to enjoy fresh air infringes on my right to enjoy a barbecue.

    In the end, it comes down to compromise.

    Is the right to protest more important than the right to easy holiday travel?

    Well: you only get to have a holiday because, in the past, people protested about not getting one.




  6. On 2/18/2020 at 5:45 PM, CharonY said:

    That and the fact that he is more into publishing than research are warning signs. It should be noted that he apparently did work in a bioinformatics core facility, but he is not an active researcher and clearly has an agenda.

    Ask yourself, why do reputable media not report on it? 

    In fairness to Fresh, it's worth remembering that the available data on this virus is from the Chinese government- and their first reaction was to pretend that it didn't exist.

    It really is hard to find trustworthy data here.

  7. 54 minutes ago, TonyWang said:

    Let a laser beam parallel to the optical axis, refract and form a spot on the wall 10 meters away. This spot will not move no matter in the morning, noon or night.
    But add a vacuum tube to the laser beam, and you will find that the spot is moving slowly.

    We have done this experiment, which is very easy to do. This phenomenon shows the effect of air on light.


    You seem to have built a very complicated barometer.

  8. On 1/31/2020 at 5:28 AM, DARK0717 said:

    Also, how little electricity do piezos produce if i just use ambient noise to generate electricity from it?

    So little that it would be quite hard to measure.
    The sound levels in an office are about 60 to  65 dB
    That's something like 10 to 30 microwatts per square metre.

  9. It would freeze, but it might burst the safe.

    Water expands when it turns to ice.
    You don't need air for water to freeze- comes are often described as "dirty snowballs".


  10. 20 hours ago, swansont said:

    If it does, it will tend to make red fade to a larger extent than other material. Red dye is red because the dye absorbs light that isn’t red.

    Since 390 nm is (practically)  invisible the extent to which a dye absorbs it has nothing to do with the color of the dye.


    The extent to which teh dye fades also depends on the nature of the dye. It would take a while to fade cinnabar (OK that's a pigment, not a dye) which darkens with exposure to light.

    The answer to the OP's question si also "it depends on the dye".

    21 hours ago, kevinlee234 said:

     Is HDPE naturally resistant to this type of UV?

    It should be.

  11. The mortality rate for flu is about 0.1%.

    The mortality rate for 19 NCov is about 2%

    It's about 20 times more likely to kill you.


    In the UK about 600 people a year die from flu- in spite of the fact that many people are vaccinated and that we have antivirals that help treat it.

    So, it's not unreasonable to imagine that, if there's a serious outbreak in the UK, it's more likely that you will catch it and, if you catch it, it's more likely to kill you.

    That's grounds for making a bit of fuss.


  12. 1 hour ago, J.C.MacSwell said:

    That's essentially handwaving a few factors that if done well can have positive effects, and you are counting on government to do it well,...

    It worked.

    It worked under Bill Clinton, and it was just starting to work under Obama- which is how Trump managed to capitalise on the results of  policies he didn't enact.

  13. 1 hour ago, J.C.MacSwell said:

    ... people that can only run an economy by increasing deficit spending...


    If I'm reading the figures right, the last time the US national debt fell was under Clinton.
    It's now as high as it's ever been (after a few years under Trump) and rising about as fast as it ever did, but without the excuse of the 2007/08 world wide recession.
    It seems to have started climbing steeply under Reagan. It carried on under Bush(I) and leveled out, then fell under Clinton.


    The current deficit is about a trillion dollars.


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