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by Tony.Williams
Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: General Health Issues.
Topic: How the Coronavirus Could Take Over Your Body ....
Replies: 8
Views: 313

Re: How the Coronavirus Could Take Over Your Body ....

Thinking about an epidemic like this involves a lot of juggling with numbers - infection rates, death rates, and the economic cost of the virus compared with the cost of countermeasures. I have some sympathy with one viewpoint I have read: that the enormous costs involved in trying to keep society i...
by Tony.Williams
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Brexit consequences
Replies: 819
Views: 126148

Re: Brexit consequences

I read a nice joke today, set in a post-apocalyptic world: "Every year the British Leader visits Europe in order to make the traditional appeal to extend the Brexit deadline, although no-one can remember what that was about".
by Tony.Williams
Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: General Health Issues.
Topic: How the Coronavirus Could Take Over Your Body ....
Replies: 8
Views: 313

Re: How the Coronavirus Could Take Over Your Body ....

There seems to be a huge variation in the severity of the symptoms, even among older people. I heard one middle-aged lady say that she had caught the disease and recovered from it. She had also passed it on to her elderly mother - who was less affected than she was.
by Tony.Williams
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Religion, Humanism and Philosophy.
Topic: Coronavirus cured!
Replies: 4
Views: 554

Re: Coronavirus cured!

Matt wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:30 pm
Maybe but the first thing I'd check is if the televangelists had encouraged supporters to think of the mission when writing their wills.
Yep, god wants the televangelists to have their limos and private jets. They really deserve them, after all.
by Tony.Williams
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Brexit consequences
Replies: 819
Views: 126148

Re: Brexit consequences

Yep, one effect of coronavirus is to highlight the disadvantages of Brexit, although so far Johnson has refused to acknowledge that it might be a good idea to extend the transition period.
by Tony.Williams
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Religion, Humanism and Philosophy.
Topic: Coronavirus cured!
Replies: 4
Views: 554

Re: Coronavirus cured!

An interesting contrast. It seems that strongly religious people may be less rational in the USA than in the Vatican. Perhaps because in the US there is no agreed body of dogma which believers are supposed to sign up for?
by Tony.Williams
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Psychology and Neuroscience.
Topic: Can we trust our own eyes? The science of “motivated seeing” says not always.
Replies: 3
Views: 579

Re: Can we trust our own eyes? The science of “motivated seeing” says not always.

Obviously true when it comes to estimating the numbers at US Presidential inaugurations...
by Tony.Williams
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: General Health Issues.
Topic: Want to do something about coronavirus? Here are 5 ideas.
Replies: 1
Views: 303

Re: Want to do something about coronavirus? Here are 5 ideas.

Fair enough - although I have my doubts about taking No.4 literally. If you want to help the most vulnerable - the elderly - stay a safe distance from them!
by Tony.Williams
Sat Mar 07, 2020 2:53 am
Forum: In The News.
Topic: Emperor's new passport?
Replies: 5
Views: 875

Re: Emperor's new passport?

This is an example of a flag showing a blue colour at the opposite end of the range. Most flags are of course somewhere in between:

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by Tony.Williams
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: In The News.
Topic: Emperor's new passport?
Replies: 5
Views: 875

Re: Emperor's new passport?

Yes, the flag certainly looks closer to blue than the passports - but seen in isolation, I would have said it was black.

It does seem odd to me that there does not appear to be any specified official shade of blue for the flag. Or if there is, it gets ignored a lot.
by Tony.Williams
Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: In The News.
Topic: Emperor's new passport?
Replies: 5
Views: 875

Emperor's new passport?

I have been puzzled for some time about the fuss over blue passports, since my old one (and the illustrations of the new ones) look black rather than blue. I thought it was just me, but in an "Emperor's new clothes" moment, I see this has now emerged as a debate online: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ed...
by Tony.Williams
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: In The News.
Topic: Losing your marbles?
Replies: 0
Views: 300

Losing your marbles?

https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/commons-debate-on-elgin-marbles-and-brexit-1-6541792 A SNP MP has called for the Elgin Marbles to be returned to Greece as part of Brexit talks, claiming that it would 'mark a sea change in how Britain is viewed in the world' . Really? I would have thoug...
by Tony.Williams
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Oops.
Replies: 1
Views: 383

Re: Oops.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-calls-coronavirus-democrats-new-hoax-n1145721 NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — President Donald Trump accused Democrats of “politicizing” the deadly coronavirus during a campaign rally here on Friday, claiming that the outbreak is “their new hoax” as he c...
by Tony.Williams
Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Brexit consequences
Replies: 819
Views: 126148

Re: Brexit consequences

A nice cheerful (not) article examining the impact of Brexit on trade: http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/2020/02/27/is-britain-committing-commercial-suicide/ The former ‘party of business’ is deliberately shooting the country in the feet. It is unique in actively negotiating less favourable market access...
by Tony.Williams
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Area.
Topic: Prepping
Replies: 6
Views: 3735

Re: Prepping

I think that coronavirus poses greater problems than a hard Brexit, in that if it gets so bad that there is major disruption to supplies, it is likely to go on for months before the virus has run its course. Unless I'm going to clear the shelves of the local supermarkets and fill my garage with food...