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  • Actress Tanya Roberts Died of a UTI—How Can That Happen?

    01/23/2021 11:22:45 AM PST · by L.A.Justice · 80 replies ^ | January 6, 2021 | Claire Gillespie
    Actress Tanya Roberts, who starred in the TV sitcom That '70s Show and the 1985 James Bond movie A View to Kill, has died at age 65 from a urinary tract infection (UTI) that spread to other parts of her body. The sad news came after a bizarre turn of events. TMZ initially reported, via Roberts' publicist Mike Pingel, that the star collapsed at home on Christmas Eve after walking her dogs. She was then taken to the hospital and put on a ventilator, according to the news outlet, but never recovered and died on Sunday (January 3). Roberts' husband...
  • Straight talk on Intermittent Fasting (does it work or not!?!)

    01/23/2021 11:00:07 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Jan. 13, 2021 | Christine Sismondo
    Sometimes it seems as if the diet world is nearly as polarized as the political sphere. Especially when it comes to Intermittent Fasting (IF). I wrote a piece about it last year and, almost immediately, saw people sub-tweeting me to complain about promoting an eating disorder in the name of wellness. That’s a pretty stock response to the mere mention of IF in some circles. On the other end of the spectrum are the die-hard devotees of this popular weight-loss plan, which places more emphasis on when people eat than what they eat. Earlier this fall, when Dr. Ethan Weiss,...
  • Researchers Predict COVID-19 Will Eventually Be 'No More Virulent Than the Common Cold'

    01/23/2021 9:55:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01/23/2021 | Stacey Lennox
    New research predicts that, like the virus that caused the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918, COVID-19 will become another seasonal bug that we build efficient long-term immunity against. Researchers at Emory University and the Department of Biology and Center for Disease Dynamics at Pennsylvania State University published their findings in Science. It provides a hopeful outlook for the course of the pandemic, especially for young, healthy individuals who have been infected:We are currently faced with the question of how the CoV-2 severity may change in the years ahead. Our analysis of immunological and epidemiological data on endemic human coronaviruses (HCoVs)...
  • Flubros and Flubras! Day 301 (a place for Flubros and Flubras)

    01/23/2021 5:15:24 AM PST · by impimp · 11 replies ^ | 22 January 2020 | Impimp
    It’s just the flu, bro. Death rate trends for Brazil, Germany, and USA. Open the links and check whatever country you want. The fact is that the death rate changes from year to year are much more a function of demographic trends than the Coronavirus. The American death rate was always going to be higher this year than in the last few years regardless of flu, Coronavirus, etc. In many countries there is a lower death rate this year than in past years. - Biden says he can’t change the trajectory of the Coronavirus for several...
  • Some Humor for Senior FReepers

    01/23/2021 5:14:47 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 15 replies
    email from friend | 1/23/2021 | unknown
    Subject: On the 8th Day God created Seniors God's Plan for Aging. Most seniors never get enough exercise. In His wisdom God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys, and other things, thus doing more walking. And God looked down and saw that it was good. Then God saw there was another need. In His wisdom He made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things, requiring them to bend, reach, and stretch. And God looked down and saw that it was good. Then God considered the function of bladders and decided...
  • What A Fight Over $2,000 Checks Says About The Left’s Approach To Biden

    01/23/2021 3:45:09 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 1/22/20 | Daniel Marans
    When President Joe Biden announced his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill last week, the opening bid drew mostly positive reviews from progressive observers. But a handful of influential left-wing members of Congress, activists and commentators cried foul, arguing that Biden’s proposal failed to deliver on his promise to provide all lower- and middle-income households with $2,000 relief payments. **SNIP** In a note to a group of socialists, David Duhalde, a vice chair of the Democratic Socialists of America Fund, the DSA’s philanthropic arm, acknowledged the merit of the critique of Biden’s proposal before suggesting that an ill-fated battle to increase...
  • Stanford Study: Lockdowns Have No Clear Benefit

    01/22/2021 11:35:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Daily Post (Palo Alto) ^ | January 18, 2021
    A Stanford study comparing Covid responses in different countries found “no clear significant beneficial effect” from stay-at-home orders and business closures. The peer-reviewed study, published Jan. 5 in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, found that lockdown orders early in the Covid pandemic didn’t provide more benefits than other measures such as social distancing and travel reduction. The study investigated measures by England, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, the U.S., South Korea and Sweden. The first eight countries imposed stay-at-home orders on residents while South Korea and Sweden took less restrictive steps. The researchers used a mathematical model to...
  • Johnson & Johnson’s One-Shot Covid-19 Vaccine Updates: Efficacy Figures, Production Delays

    01/22/2021 5:44:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/22/2021
    Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) is developing one of the most closely watched Covid-19 vaccines, considering that it is a single-dose shot that should be relatively easy to distribute. Here’s a quick rundown on the recent developments for the vaccine. Based on data from the phase 1/2 trials of 805 participants, published on Wednesday, the vaccine generated a long-lasting immune response with 90% of participants generating neutralizing antibodies against the Coronavirus. Based on these early-stage findings the company expects the vaccine to be more than 70% effective, noting that efficacy could reach “very high levels”. For perspective, the Pfizer and...
  • Biden Announces New COVID Vaccine Rollout Plan (Satire)

    01/22/2021 3:42:26 PM PST · by RetiredTexasVet · 1 replies
    1/22/21 | RetiredTexasVet
    Today the Biden Administration announced a new COVID vaccine rollout plan. President Biden announced that Hunter Biden would be the Drug and Vaccine Czar overseeing the vaccine rollout citing his vast experience in drug distribution. Hunter announced that he was shunning CVS, Walgreens, Amazon, Walmart, and other major distributors to accelerate the vaccine rollout. Instead, Hunter has contracted with the major drug cartels to distribute the vaccines citing their vast existing distributor experience and capabilities. Since the cartels have existing agreements with local, state and national political representatives, existing structure and management capabilities would not have to be re-invented. Kickbacks...
  • Knock it down: Tourists in Bali punished with push-ups when caught not wearing masks

    01/22/2021 1:35:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | JANUARY 21, 2021 | ANNA TAN
    Bali has been a hot topic on social media lately, no thanks to rule-breaking foreigners. In these trying times, a face mask is pretty much mandatory when you leave the comfort of your home and it is no different in Bali. The fine for not wearing a face mask in Indonesia is IDR100,000 (S$9.45). Or like some foreigners are discovering, doing push-ups in front of masked security officers. In a series of viral videos circulating social media, According to AFP, the push-up punishment is meted out if the individual claims to not have the cash to pay the fine. Those...
  • Loyal dog waits for six days outside hospital for her sick owner

    01/22/2021 1:16:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    East Idaho News ^ | January 22, 2021 | Niamh Kennedy and Sara Spary,
    They say a dog is a man’s best friend — and that was definitely the case for one patient of a hospital in northeastern Turkey, whose loyal pet waited by the entrance for six days until he was discharged. When Cemal Senturk was transferred by ambulance to Medical Park Hospital in Trabzon on January 14, his dog, Boncuk, escaped from their apartment and followed him to the facility, where she waited patiently each day. Hospital staff informed Senturk’s family about the whereabouts of his canine friend. But after Boncuk was brought back home, she managed to escape again — and...
  • Microsoft Granted Patent to Reanimate Dead People as 3D ‘Chatbots’... Literally straight out of a Black Mirror episode.

    01/22/2021 1:11:30 PM PST · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | Published 1 min ago on 22 January, 2021 | Paul Joseph Watson
    Microsoft has been granted a patent for technology that would “reanimate” the dead by re-creating them via social media posts, videos and private messages that could even be downloaded into a 3D lifelike model of the deceased. Not creepy at all. “The tech giant has raised the possibility of creating an AI-based chatbot that would be built upon the profile of a person, which includes their “images, voice data, social media posts, electronic messages,” among other types of personal information,” reports IGN. “It’s understood that the chatbot would then be able to simulate human conversation through voice commands and/or text...
  • Does wearing 2 face masks offer more protection against COVID-19? Here’s what to know

    01/22/2021 12:45:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 74 replies
    KSBW ^ | Jan 22, 2021 | Korin Miller
    While some people are still pushing back against wearing a face mask in public despite strong evidence that covering the nose and mouth helps protect the wearer and those around them from COVID-19 infection, others are taking their level of protection one step further by doubling up and wearing two. Layered face masks have been spotted on everyone from President Joe Biden to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick to essential workers on public transportation and at the grocery store. But is wearing two face masks actually more effective than wearing one? And is it even safe to layer up?...
  • SARS-CoV-2 needs cholesterol to invade cells and form mega cells

    01/22/2021 12:28:02 PM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies ^ | JANUARY 22, 2021 | by Meghan Rosen, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    Researchers engineered cells to carry either a protein (green) from SARS-CoV-2 or its human target ACE2 (magenta). When near each other, the cells’ membranes fused. Researchers think a similar process lets the virus slip into cells. Credit: D. Sanders et al./ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- People taking cholesterol-lowering drugs may fare better than others if they catch the novel coronavirus. A new study hints at why: the virus relies on the fatty molecule to get past the cell's protective membrane. To cause COVID-19, the SARS-CoV-2 virus must force its way into people's cells—and it needs an accomplice. Cholesterol, the waxy compound better known...
  • World-first home hydrogen battery stores 3x the energy of a Powerwall 2

    01/22/2021 11:47:18 AM PST · by Red Badger · 34 replies ^ | Loz Blain | January 22, 2021
    The Lavo home hydrogen battery is not a battery, it's an electrolysis system, hydrogen storage array and fuel cell power system rolled into one attractive cabinetLavo VIEW 3 IMAGES To get off the grid with home solar, you need to be able to generate energy when the Sun's out, and store it for when it's not. Normally, people do this with lithium battery systems – Tesla's Powerwall 2 is an example. But Australian company Lavo has built a rather spunky (if chunky) cabinet that can sit on the side of your house and store your excess energy as hydrogen. The...
  • What the COVID-19 vaccine might mean for your travel plans

    01/22/2021 7:42:45 AM PST · by Capt. Tom · 19 replies
    the Points Guy ^ | Jan. 21, 2021 | Victoria M. Walker
    Nearly 16 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the United States, and even though less than 5% of the population has been vaccinated so far, some travel providers are already accepting proof of vaccination as a requirement to travel. What’s more, travelers who’ve had the vaccine are itching to hit the road. “I have multiple trips planned for later this year, the biggest one being South Africa,” said Michele Scott, a physician and member of TPG’s Facebook group who had just had her first dose of the vaccine. “[But even after being vaccinated], I’m still taking precautions [like]...
  • Flubros and Flubras! Day 300 (a place for Flubros and Flubras)

    01/22/2021 5:09:15 AM PST · by impimp · 28 replies ^ | 21 January 2020 | Impimp
    It’s just the flu, bro. Due to new variant the experts at the Chicago Tribune says we should wear a “two or three layer mask” and “double down on precautions”. These people are obviously promoting fear just to sell newspapers. - Some Coronavirus lunacy news from around the world - Netherlands planning to impose curfew. A police state at night will surely stop the virus from spreading. - Tennessee Governor says to not worship in person.
  • WORLDOMETER COVID-19 Deaths in USA 1/21/2021: 4,363 with 193,758 new cases

    01/21/2021 7:13:07 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    Worldometer ^ | January 21, 2021
    Places with highest daily reported cases per capita Seven-day average of daily new reported cases per 100,000 residents
  • COVID-19 Data Collection, Comorbidity & Federal Law: A Historical Retrospective

    01/21/2021 2:34:05 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 4 replies
    IPAK PHPI ^ | 10/12/2020 | Henry Ealy ∗, †, Michael McEvoy ‡§, Daniel Chong , John Nowicki , Monica Sava, Sandeep Gupta
    ABSTRACTAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on August 23, 2020, “For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19 , on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.”[1] For a nation tormented by restrictive public health policies mandated for healthy individuals and small businesses, this is the most important statistical revelation of this crisis. This revelation significantly impacts the published fatalities count due to COVID-19. More importantly, it exposes major problems with the process by which the CDC was able to...
  • Kimchi wars: South Korean academic takes spat with China to new level with tart ad in New York Times

    01/21/2021 1:43:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | JANUARY 20, 2021 | PARK CHAN-KYONG
    South Korean social media influencer Hamzy eating kimchi in a YouTube video. Chinese social media sites have banned Hamzy after she gave a thumbs-up emoji to a comment critical of China for claiming to be the origin of the dish. A renowned South Korean academic activist has taken the simmering row with China over which country invented kimchi to a new level – by placing an advertisement in The New York Times promoting it as a purely Korean culinary offering. Seo Kyoung-duk, a professor at Sungshin University in Seoul who specialises in publicity, said he launched the campaign announcing Kimchi...