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Saturday, November 21, 2020
This comes two days after Pfizer, with their German partner BioNTech, released promising final results that show their vaccine is 95% effective and protects elderly adults who are most at risk of dying. Pfizer had submitted the EUA request earlier in the day Friday.
An FDA spokesperson told FOX Business the three-week window is necessary because "this amount of time will allow the FDA to thoroughly evaluate the data and information submitted in the EUA request before the meeting.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Yellowstone super volcano eruptions are rare and one is not predicted to happen in the next few thousand years. I read that smaller eruptions are more likely than bigger ones.
I suspect that in the event of a big eruption, the safest place to be (or head to) would be Florida. It might be safer to stay indoors. According to one site, the ash fallout in Indiana would be just a few millimeters, and extend down to the southern states like Georgia.
However, the ash contains silicates that can damage your lungs. You would want to have protective breathing gear.
A major eruption would severely damage the environment, causing crop failures worldwide.
There would be massive loss of life in the western states. The last major eruption, around 700,000 years ago, wiped out all the animal life in the neighboring states. The entire western half of the country would be in danger, as well as parts of Canada and Mexico.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Monday, November 16, 2020
Moderna's vaccine can be kept at minus 20 degrees Celsius. Other vaccines, such as the one against chickenpox, need to be kept at that temperature.
That means Moderna's vaccine can be kept in "a readily available freezer that is available in most doctors' offices and pharmacies," Zacks said. "We leverage infrastructure that already exists for other marketed vaccines."
Sunday, November 15, 2020
All that shipping and freezing requires a level of technical sophistication that, for now at least, mostly exists in hospitals and labs—posing significant logistical challenges in rural areas and in the developing world. These are the "cold chain" problems that Koff mentioned, the problem of refrigerated shipping. (A critical Ebola vaccine needs the same deep freeze, and engineers stepped up to create specialized coolers to transport it across western Africa—but that was a pandemic that affected tens of thousands of people, not billions, and the people who made the coolers have since gotten out of the cold-chain innovation game.)
Saturday, November 14, 2020
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Tuesday, November 10, 2020
North Carolina is one of at least 18 states allowing voters to "cure" ballots rejected for deficient information or missing signatures. Democrats in the state say they're seeking volunteers to help cure absentee and provisional ballots that they think could prove decisive in some races.
"Our team is helping cure absentee & provisional ballots -- and we need your help. There are thousands of outstanding votes to be cast -- and these could be the difference in determining crucial elections," the North Carolina Democratic Party wrote in a tweet Monday.
However, I won't be satisfied until we have verified many of the results. Recounts need to happen in close states. We need to know that the election laws are being followed.
I notice that Biden's lead in some of these states that haven't been fully counted is very thin.
I have favored the Electoral College because I understand the historical reasons for it. However, it seems to turn the election into a carnival. It feels like a slot machine, where if you get two jackpots, a cherry, and a lemon then you lose. It creates contention in close states and it is pretty much only these states that decide the election.
Maybe the system has outlived its usefulness.
Monday, November 9, 2020
Pfizer plans to ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization of the two-dose vaccine later this month, after it has collected the recommended two months of safety data. By the end of the year it will have manufactured enough doses to immunize 15 million to 20 million people, company executives have said.
"This is a historical moment," said Kathrin Jansen, a senior vice president and the head of vaccine research and development at Pfizer. "This was a devastating situation, a pandemic, and we have embarked on a path and a goal that nobody ever has achieved — to come up with a vaccine within a year."
Saturday, November 7, 2020
Friday, November 6, 2020
A blind unconditional hatred of President Trump fuels the energy and action of Biden supporters. Their leader's ideas, policies, and resume are irrelevant. Biden is a tool to kill the Trump presidency. Nothing more.
I am not arguing that unconditional love of Trump is proper or healthy. I'm arguing that Trump and Biden supporters are tapping into two distinct energy sources.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
A Crisis Of Trust And A Close Election: https://youtu.be/oRvu1fzwVis
PA Secretary of State Boockvar holds election update press conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoxU1pWtWFs
In Nevada Trump needs 51% of the remaining 25% of the vote. My feeling is that Nevada will lean Democrat based on some recent state elections.
In Pennsylvania, Biden needs roughly 56% of the remaining 13% of the vote to win the state. In his speech yesterday, Biden claimed that he would win 75% of the remaining vote in Pennsylvania because they are counting mostly mail-in ballots. If Biden does win Pennsylvania then it is over.
We should see results soon. The earliest we will know Pennsylvania is tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
From Fox News - Election unrest: Why were protestors out across country although presidential race remains uncalled?
Election unrest: Why were protestors out across country although presidential race remains uncalled?
Monday, November 2, 2020
Nothing in history is more dangerous than the underemployed wannabe intellectual or college graduate, whose cultivated sense of superiority is not matched by his income or standard of living, but who blames "them" for his own self-inflicted miseries and unappreciated genius.
The revolution toppled statues, renamed what it did not like, Trotskyized the past, photoshopped the present, and used language, government, and cultural intimidation to do its best to make America into Animal Farm.
Corporate CEOs in terror washed the feet of the woke. University presidents, fearful for their status and careers, wrote incomprehensible memos admitting their past sins and asking how best to do present penance. Hollywood studio owners promised race and gender quotas, with ample provisions that—in the manner of NBA and NFL owners—adjustments and exceptions could be worked out for themselves.
Somewhere, somehow graduations, dorms, and campus spaces, all segregated by race, became "liberal." Intermarriage, integration, and assimilation were shamefully illiberal. Standing for the National Anthem was unpatriotic; sitting in disdain for it, cool. Donald Trump fought that revolution too.
What tools did Donald Trump have to wage these many counterrevolutions?
The media? America's Fortune 400? Academia? The great foundations? The nation's think tanks? The bipartisan government establishment? The international community? The banks? Wall Street? Corporate CEOs? Silicon Valley? Professional sports? The entertainment industry? Hollywood? The intelligence community? The current and retired top military brass?
In fact, none of them. All had joined or enabled the revolution, on the theory either that their wealth and influence would shield them and their own from its excesses, or like naïve Kerenskyites their status would impress and win over even those who targeted them, or they were inner revolutionaries themselves all along, just waiting to be freed at last by BLM and Antifa.
Against all that money and clout, the counterrevolutionary Trump had only one asset, the proverbial people. He had solely the under-polled and the written-off. They came out to his rallies in the tens of thousands, deluded the pollsters, and told the media less than nothing, but voted and will vote in waves to save America from what it was becoming.
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Only a few results were in by 8 PM, at which time Donald Trump had a lead. My thinking was that this small lead would be obliterated by the large west coast states. By 9 PM it looked like the race could be very close. Trump was still in the lead, but many polls had not been fully counted nor closed yet. However, the network anchors were expressing concern and were looking worried. By 10 PM they were expressing outrage and wondering how could this have happened? They weren't giving the election to Trump yet, but they acknowledged that Hillary was going to have to win most of the remaining races to win the election.
There was a dry spell from 10 PM to 2 AM. Results were coming in very slowly or not at all. I gave up around 1:30 AM because I didn't want to be too sleep-deprived. I had no idea how much longer this was going to take. I went to bed not knowing for sure who won.
Of course, we know who won. The question is could this happen again? Despite what the polls say, I have been arguing for about 3 weeks that Trump is actually winning. The polls don't necessarily reflect who actually votes. There is an enthusiasm gap between the two candidates. Certain recent polls have moved in Trump's direction. Not enough to say that he is winning, but it is hard, very hard, for me to see how the country could elect someone like Joe Biden for a whole bunch of reasons that are already known to most people, so I don't need to restate them here.
We won't know until at least election night, and it may take several more days to sort it all out. Add court challenges and this process could take weeks.
Friday, October 30, 2020
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The suspects, whose mission was allegedly sanctioned by the Peoples Republic of China, worked for more than three years as part of a campaign known as "Operation Fox Hunt" to coerce Chinese nationals living in the United States to return to China where they were wanted for various government offenses, said John Demers, chief of the Justice Department's National Security Division.
Five of the suspects, including a New Jersey private investigator who allegedly assisted with surveillance, were arrested earlier Wednesday and charged as illegal agents of the PRC. The three others are believed to be living in China.
"The Chinese government's brazen attempts to surveil, threaten and harass our own citizens and lawful permanent residents while on American soil are part of China's diverse campaign of theft and malign influence in our country and around the world," FBI Director Christopher Wray said.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
3. If Trump Loses, His Supporters Remain 'An Existential Threat'
4. Prosecute Everyone Who Supported Trump
5. Trump Supporters 'Must Be Eradicated From Society'
7. Plots to Dox Political Opponents
Terror Is Predictably Increasing
Everywhere I look, I see people in poverty and suffering. No matter what political system you live in, Capitalist or Communist, you have different degrees of the same problem where a tiny percentage of the people own maybe half of everything while a great many others are struggling. What causes this problem? The answer might surprise you.
Nowhere on planet Earth does limited government exist anymore, except maybe in some tiny provinces like Liechtenstein and Luxembourg, which by the way
are doing quite well.
In my retirement, I started a couple of self-employment projects. My point is that people are happier, more productive, and generally more prosperous when they can work for themselves. However, excessive government regulation makes owning your own business so difficult that most people would never try, and those who do often give up. It takes economies of scale to make running a business workable, which is why we have the current corporate culture to which most people find themselves "wage slaves."
The Keynesian idea that government spending drives the economy has failed over and over again. Free people engaging in Free Enterprise drive the economy and make us prosperous. The only way we can get back to that is to reign in excessive government. (We should scrap all regulations and start over with simpler replacements. We should start with the tax code.)
Unfortunately, it might not matter, because the excessive and failed policies of government have driven us so far into debt that we will forever be paying off that debt.
Monday, October 26, 2020
Sunday, October 25, 2020
New nuclear engine concept could help realize 3-month trips to MarsSeattle-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies (USNC-Tech) has developed a concept for a new Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) engine and delivered it to NASA. Claimed to be safer and more reliable than previous NTP designs and with far greater efficiency than a chemical rocket, the concept could help realize the goal of using nuclear propulsion to revolutionize deep space travel, reducing Earth-Mars travel time to just three months.
Saturday, October 24, 2020
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BREAKING: Guiliani turns over Hunter Biden's hard drive to police over photos of underage girls and illicit texts | The Post Millennial
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020
During the interview, McMahan revealed that Mariner was romantically involved with Captain Amina Ramsey when the two were at the Academy.
The showrunner stated, "The thing about privilege is that some people have it, some people don't. But everybody has their own story as well."
That character is Captain Amina Ramsey. And McMahan would be asked a follow-up on that revelation confirming if she is indeed her lover.
He responded, "We weren't explicit about it, because most of the relationships in this show are familial or friendship love. It's not physical love. That character showing up, the story we're telling about them has nothing to do with any previous relationships they've had."
He then went on to reveal that all the Starfleet officers on the show are "baseline bisexual."
He stated, "For me and for the writers as we were making this, we didn't intentionally mean for anybody to be strictly heteronormative or straight or cis. Every Starfleet officer is probably at the baseline bisexual, in a way. That being said, I am not the most amazing person at writing those kind of stories. I think we get a little bit better about it in the second season."
McMahan would also discuss the show's inclusiveness. He stated, "It's something I think we need to be better about. If there's anything I can say about inclusiveness — whether it's about sex or gender or race or anything — is that I know that I can always learn more and be better about it, and I'm always trying to do that."
He then specifically stated they should have made it clearer that Mariner had a female lover, "This is one of those cases where we could have done a better job of explicitly stating the things that the writers always knew about Mariner. It seeps in there in little ways, which even irritates me even more, like you start off the season with Mariner saying, "Whoa, she's like the hottest girl on the ship, are you nervous?" — that's one of her first lines."
McMahan continued, "That doesn't put a stake in the ground, which I wish we had done a little bit more explicitly. It's always a learning experience. We're going to be trying to be better about it. And we are more explicit about it in the second season."
Sunday, October 18, 2020
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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
This is a grim subject matter. I don't agree with people ending their life except under extreme circumstances when it would be merciful. This is how Sigmund Freud died with the help of his physician. I think a better response would be to tell the man to wait until he was much closer to dying, when it would also be legal in his state.
It is possible that within the next year there could be better treatments. It is not likely, but it is possible. Where there is life there is hope.