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  • The Atlantic Predicted an Iowa COVID ‘Tsunami’ to Discredit Governor — But It Never Materialized

    01/15/2021 12:27:43 PM PST · by Onthebrink · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/15/2021 | Tobias Hoonhout
    Iowa governor Kim Reynolds’s reluctance to embrace stringent coronavirus lockdown measures resulted in a case spike in November and guaranteed certain disaster over the holidays, according to an ominous story featured prominently on The Atlantic’s website in December. Titled “Iowa Is What Happens When Government Does Nothing,” the article, written by Iowa native Elaine Godfrey and published on December 3, attributed the brief statewide spike in cases and hospitalizations to Reynolds’s insistence on weighing economic factors when making decisions about COVID, and predicted that the state “can expect to see nothing less than a tsunami” over the upcoming holiday season.
  • A Taste Of Things To Come: Joe Biden Succeeds In Getting Operation Warp Speed Chief Scientific Adviser To Resign

    01/14/2021 9:46:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Red State ^ | 01/15/2021 | Sarah Lee
    Trump’s now infamous suggestion that the country would eventually tire of all the winning has become a de rigueur joke among the smart set. “Aren’t you tired of all the winning?,” they laugh while presumably texting photos to their group chat of the violence at the Capitol last week.And it’s a fair bet they won’t give the Trump administration credit for their actual wins, even as the country settles back into the comfortable malaise of suffering under the new policies of an old guard that is disturbingly compromised by a nation most recently engaged in unleashing a designer virus on...
  • China’s Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine Only 50 Percent Effective

    01/14/2021 1:37:16 PM PST · by Onthebrink · 12 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/14/2021 | Ethen Kim Lieser
    The coronavirus vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech has been found to be 50.4 percent effective in a late-stage Brazilian trial—falling far below the 78 percent level that was initially announced. While the percentage barely met the 50-percent threshold required for regulatory approval, the finding has only raised more concerns about the veracity of vaccine data put forth by Chinese companies.
  • SR-71 Blackbird: Why The Fastest Plane Ever Was Grounded

    01/14/2021 8:53:20 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 55 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/14/2021 | Peter Suciu
    No other U.S. Air Force aircraft could fly faster or higher than the Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird,” and on its final flight, it set a truly impressive record. The reconnaissance aircraft flew from the west coast of the United States to the east coast – some 2,404 miles – in just 68:17 minutes. During that flight, it traveled from St. Louis, Missouri, and Cincinnati, Ohio, a distance of 311 miles in about eight and a half minutes.
  • Beijing Lockdowns: Coronavirus Makes Comeback In China

    01/13/2021 5:17:05 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 10 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/13/2021 | Ethen Kim Lieser
    Local authorities in areas in and surrounding Beijing are increasingly imposing stringent lockdowns to curb the recent surge in new coronavirus cases. Despite its 1.4 billion population, China has largely stemmed new cases of domestic transmission of the virus, but recent reports have surfaced detailing that dozens of people have tested positive for the contagion in Hebei Province, which borders Beijing. That outbreak comes at a concerning time, as the nation ramps up preparations for next month’s Lunar New Year holiday.
  • I had to break all my beakers.

    01/13/2021 4:47:43 AM PST · by Norski · 22 replies
    NileBlue on Youtube ^ | Dec 31, 2019 | NileBlue
    I unknowingly damaged a bunch of my beakers and then mixed them back with my good ones. I then had no idea which ones were good or bad anymore, so I ended up having to sacrifice them all.
  • Lockheed Martin’s SR-72 Mach 6 Darkstar: What We Know

    01/12/2021 6:13:51 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 24 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/12/2021 | Peter Suicu
    It was over twenty years ago the Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” was retired by the United States Air Force, and while surveillance satellites can provide that eye in the sky for intelligence gathering there is still a need for such high flying, ultra-fast aircraft. Such a platform would complement other manned aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), providing flexibility in how intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) is gathered. Back in 2013, Lockheed Martin proposed a follow-up to the SR-71. Fittingly, it was the SR-72, which has also become known as the “Son of the Blackbird,” and it was suggested that the...
  • 1 In Every 15 Americans Test Positive For Coronavirus

    01/11/2021 1:16:20 PM PST · by Onthebrink · 61 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/11/2021 | Ethen Kim Lieser
    Roughly one in every fifteen Americans have now tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Over the past weekend, the United States surpassed twenty-two million cases and 370,000 related deaths—both figures by far the highest among all countries. Health officials, however, are anticipating even darker days ahead despite the surge in cases and fatalities in recent weeks.
  • Language of the Universe: Mathematics

    01/11/2021 7:55:42 AM PST · by jackplanck · 13 replies
    AtomsTalk ^ | April 23, 2020 | AtomsTalk
    “Mathematics is the language of the universe“. You might have heard this a lot of times from a lot of people. Did you ever think what does it mean? and How is it justified? In this article let us do an analysis of this special language of the universe called Maths. We live in an age of huge technological and scientific advancements. Today we can do a lot of things which we did not even think about a few years ago. We can land rovers on Mars, we can accelerate tiniest of all particles to unbelievable speeds and smash them....
  • Is Your Hisense TV (Partially Owned By The CCP) A Threat?

    01/04/2021 11:23:40 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 11 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 01/4/2021 | Stephen Silver
    Throughout the last year, there’s been a great deal of rancor related to Chinese-owned tech companies that do business in the United States. The Trump administration spent the better part of 2020 attempting to ban the Chinese-owned TikTok. The U.S. government has also devoted energies in recent years to cracking down on Chinese-made smartphone manufacturers Huawei and ZTE, with the FCC, last summer, declaring both companies threats to national security. More recently, security researchers discovered what they described as a “Chinese backdoor” in TCL’s Android TVs that are sold in the United States. The acting secretary of homeland security, Chad...
  • Dr. Fauci on Mandatory COVID Vaccines: 'Everything Will Be on the Table'

    01/02/2021 4:56:54 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 41 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 01/01/2021 | Soo Kim
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said "I'm sure" some individual institutions will make coronavirus vaccinations mandatory, while it is "quite possible" that the COVID-19 vaccine could become a required travel vaccine when visiting other countries. Speaking to Newsweek, America's top infectious disease expert said: "Everything will be on the table for discussion" when asked if he will be discussing the possibility of introducing COVID-19 vaccine passports and potential mandatory vaccinations at a local level, including in schools, in his role as chief medical adviser to President-elect Biden.
  • NPR: Disinfecting Surfaces Might Not Be Worth It to Prevent Coronavirus

    01/01/2021 8:56:10 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 1, 2021 | Katherine Rodriguez
    A recent NPR report said that disinfecting surfaces using sprays and wipes might not be necessary to prevent the coronavirus. Scientists say that if a person infected with the coronavirus sneezes, talks loudly, or coughs, droplets containing particles of the virus are airborne and can land on surfaces. But Emanuel Goldman, a microbiologist at Rutgers University, told NPR the risk of getting infected from touching a surface with the virus is low. “In hospitals, surfaces have been tested near COVID-19 patients, and no infectious virus can be identified,” Goldman says. Instead, what is left over is viral RNA, otherwise known...
  • Five Times This Year The New York Times Accidentally Told The Truth About Covid-19

    01/01/2021 5:27:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Institute of Economic Research ^ | 01/01/2021 | Jeffrey Tucker
    The paper of record in 2020 shifted dramatically to the most illiberal stance possible on the virus, pushing for full lockdowns, and ignoring or burying any information that might contradict the case for this unprecedented experiment in social and economic control. This article highlights the exceptions. The first shocking sign of the placing of a persistent bias was a podcast with reporter Donald McNeil on February 27. This was the beginning. It was grossly irresponsible. He asserted that half the American public would get this disease and that it would have a case fatality rate of 2.5%, or 25 times...
  • Wisconsin Hospital Employee 'Intentionally' Ruined Hundreds of Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

    12/31/2020 6:02:44 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 112 replies
    TownHall ^ | 12/31/2020 | Leah Barkoukis
    A hospital employee in Wisconsin who "intentionally" ruined hundreds of doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has been fired, Advocate Aurora Health said Wednesday. Earlier this week the medical center learned that 57 vials had been removed from a pharmacy refrigerator and left out overnight. Each vial contains 10 doses. “While some of the vaccine was administered to team members on Dec. 26 within the approved 12-hour post-refrigeration window, unfortunately most of it had to be discarded due to the temperature storage requirements,” Advocate Aurora Health said Monday. After an internal review, officials initially believed the cause was “inadvertent human...
  • Dr. Fauci Lied about Masks and Herd Immunity!

    Dr. Fauci, the media darling of the Covid pandemic, is nothing more than a liar and politically-minded bureaucrat. He acts like he is trying to save America, yet all he does is bend to the political winds of the time. When lockdowns are popular, he supports them. If they fall from grace, he cautions against them. He was against masks, then he wasn’t. He set one number for herd immunity, then he changed it. Every statement he has made he has gone back on, and often he changes his mind multiple times! But the worst instances of that flip-flopping are...
  • How Safe Is Russia’s Sputnik V Coronavirus Vaccine?

    12/30/2020 6:24:02 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 13 replies ^ | 12/29/2020 | Ethen Kim Lieser
    Dr. Wes Van Voorhis, professor of allergy and infectious diseases at the University of Washington and director of the Center for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases, told me that he remains cautious about the Sputnik V vaccine. “It is an adenovirus (cold virus) vaccine, and thus, has more potential than the Pfizer, Moderna (mRNA vaccines), and Sinopharm (inactivated) vaccines to cause adverse reactions,” he said. “I am uncertain whether it is safe because the data for large scale safety have not been released yet. … The issue for experts to endorse the Sputnik V safety is the lack of access...
  • In Far-Flung Places, COVID-19 Is Being Treated Early And Well. Here’s Why Americans Don’t Know This.

    12/29/2020 4:24:59 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 74 replies
    Trial Site News ^ | December 27, 2020 | Mary Beth Pfeiffer
    It has occurred to us all. Somewhere in this plague-ridden world is a way to manage COVID-19 that works. Somebody must be getting this right. Indeed, at isolated hospitals and nursing homes, in parts of India and Africa, in countries like Bangladesh and Egypt, and even in a few American doctors’ offices, COVID-19 is quietly and effectively being managed. Fewer patients in those places go to hospitals. Those admitted don’t stay as long. Fewer die, according to preliminary but impressive studies. The typical American, however, has heard none of this — not heard that COVID can be prevented, not that...
  • More Than 1.5B COVID Face Masks Will Pollute the Oceans

    12/29/2020 12:36:03 PM PST · by Onthebrink · 39 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 12/29/2020 | Catherine Smith
    An Estimated 1.5 billion disposable face masks will end up in the oceans this year according to a Hong Kong-based conservation organization. OceansAsia based its estimate on 52 billion masks being manufactured in 2020 to meet the demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Their report also says that a “conservative” calculation means at least 3 percent of them will be washed out to sea. “Single-use face masks are made from a variety of meltblown plastics and are difficult to recycle due to both composition and risk of contamination and infection,” the report says.
  • President Trump's Tweet About the China Virus in Florida Drives the Left Bonkers, Because They Are and Because President Trump Is Correct

    12/27/2020 6:05:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Red State ^ | 12/27/2020 | Streiff
    One of the things that I will really, really, really, really miss about President Trump is his ability to reveal the left and the NeverTrump GOP establishment as a bunch of slobbering imbeciles using 240 characters or less.A few hours ago, President Trump sent out this tweetThe lockdowns in Democrat run states are absolutely ruining the lives of so many people – Far more than the damage that would be caused by the China Virus. Cases in California have risen despite the lockdown, yet Florida & others are open & doing well. Common sense please!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December...
  • Donald Trump was right again, this time about UV light and Coronavirus

    12/27/2020 6:01:45 AM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 20 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | December 26, 2020 | M. Dowling
    ....“We discovered that it is quite simple to kill the coronavirus using LED bulbs that radiate ultraviolet light,” said Prof. Hadas Mamane, head of the Environmental Engineering Program at Tel Aviv University’s School of Mechanical Engineering, who led the study with Prof. Yoram Gerchman and Dr. Michal Mandelboim. She said that the UV-LED bulbs require less than half a minute to destroy more than 99.9% of the coronaviruses. The study is the first of its kind in the world. An article about it was published earlier this month in the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology. TRUMP TOLD THEM,...