Graydon

Graydon

  • Commented on Cough Cough
    There are public videos out there of ERII arriving at Balmoral and the whole in-residence ceremony, pony-mascot, pipers, the works. I would not want to be the Scottish politician who proposed that the first monarch of the newly recognised Kingdom...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Note I said available, not exists. Whatever the treatment is will need to exist in units of $COURSE_OF_TREATMENT x several billion, and it'll need to be available in that quantity every year for awhile. And it's inherently medical, so clean...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Let's see.... Doctors are the wrong unit of provision; ~provinces are the wrong unit of control; the notion of a GP is completely whack at present levels of medical knowledge; discontinuous is an actively harmful idea with medical care; medical...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Herd immunity wasn't a bad idea Herd immunity has never happened without a vaccine, even for diseases like smallpox or measles where you get it once and if you live you never get it again. There is absolutely no basis...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Small steps can really help reduce spread to more manageable levels That would be "unfortunately not"; viruses disdain philosophy and preference. We can all spend a couple-three-five years being seriously careful until effective treatment of some kind is available, or...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Apparently though the subsidy market has been deeply skewed in the past decade and the old subsidy card scheme no longer helps, so fees are all over the place. You can't effectively ration health care with money. At all. Ever....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Indeed not; the Mammonites want all the money. The value of money arises from exchange; if you had all the money, it would be worthless. But before the system collapses, the Mammonites have greater relative social standing than would otherwise...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    but when it was clear that it saved money, they just closed their eyes and we still have to pay. If you admit the logic -- that the goal is to minimise costs to society as a whole, and that...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    it does make one wonder what the governments are attempting They're Mammonites. Someone is getting something for which they could not personally pay. This is a major sin. It must not be allowed. That's all. It's not complicated. Throw in...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    It will be interesting to see if there is given that it was all outdoors and no opportunities to later congregate in bars and restaurants. They didn't all walk, and the whole TTC has closed-cycle air conditioning. At ~30 C,...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Also masks are only of use if you are close to other people. Which is why you wear one before setting foot out of the house, and it stays on until you return. Other people will do what you don't...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Absolutely true. I don't figure it's any of our jobs to be managing Charlie's risks, though....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    If getting some N95 masks would help with the anxiety associated with going outside, we should maybe help find some for him. I figure Charlie -- numerate, medical background, knowledgeable about local conditions, etc. -- is making appropriate decisions. In...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Indeed, I think we'd all be happy to pitch in for a decent supply of proper masks if that will help. Masks only help if everyone else is wearing them. They don't help you. (Look at the full medical PPE!...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    You can't get off a local maximum without loss. So, in geography terms, if you're on the peak of a hill and want to be on the peak of a higher hill, you can't continuously increase your elevation; you have...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    It would need to be a pretty big one, really. The curse is only lifted in sight of the burning, so the on a hill part is important. You distribute the wicker men so the burning's visible over the whole...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    I'd invoke the idea that the purpose of the system is what it does. Distracting from the real problems is the objective; there's no way to address the real problems and keep "bring hither the money" capitalism, everyone in the...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    We don't have a general social construct of incompetence by reason of deficiency of imagination, but we should. There's a certain personal history in which you've never been responsible for anything in the functional, operant sense that makes the captain...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Well, yes, because there's no way to distinguish the folks who crossed the street to get to the park and the folks who came sixteen subway stops. And the later absolutely shouldn't, and the former might-maybe could. Can't make rules...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I have my doubts about fencing; corps-a-corps involves breathing on your opponent, and vice-versa. But, yes, badminton or tennis or bowls could be done fine. I am oddly reminded of the venerable brick badminton club a block or two south...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    This thus tells us that periodic contacts in the wide open outside world is a low risk activity. If you can get there by teleporting and never use a bathroom outside your home. The problem is not the outside, especially;...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Um, kids walking to a park to kick around a soccer ball, or to their nearest playground/schoolyard to shoot some hoops, isn't high risk. There will be physical contact. Of course it's high risk. You can't play anything two metres...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Gotta watch the confirmation bias there; notably, that you're emotionally convinced you live a healthy life and won't get it. We know three things about transmission; the mechanism hasn't been identified, enclosed spaces bad, aerosols very bad. (As in, environments...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    BC was doing very well up to a point with tracing and has done quite well so far, no argument. Problem is the location of the point; the test-trace-and-isolate we're supposed -- for the plan to work, supposed -- to...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    the outdoor activities that are low risk They're not low risk. They're relatively high risk. Direct transmission between decently distanced people outside is low odds. Transmission due to gas-station bathrooms on the way up to the cottage, public restrooms in...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    It's supposed to be keeping the health care system from collapsing while test-trace-and-isolate gets put in place. (Note that US policy is to collapse the health care system good and hard; the proles don't deserve one and shouldn't have one...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    It's not retained now. The de facto gun laws are "only if you are male and white" and "it's OK if you are a cop". There's a death penalty for violating the de facto laws. It's a bit like "unreasonable...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    how are they going to get the money to pay for the necessary things? Socialism! Or, well, some kind of collectivism. Keep everybody not merely alive but able to spend a bit on stuff so the "everyone's income is someone...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    What are the people who haven't had a chance to acquire the level of assets I have going to do? Take whatever job they can get under whatever terms they are offered in the hope of starving a little slower....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Not likely, and not likely to improve matters. The confederacy is trying to take over the United States Federal government and undo all amendments to the Constitution. (At least, I can't think of any they're actually going to support.) They've...
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