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by PPVRA
Mon Jul 19, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Wide spread protests in Cuba
Replies: 77
Views: 4018

Re: Wide spread protests in Cuba

Cuba’s Latin American neighbors have indeed had a hard time implementing successful democracies and economies. But their path is the only path that will some day yield results. Cuba’s path will never lead to anything good. I hope these protests don’t stop and lead to regime change, the sooner the be...

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by PPVRA
Wed Jun 23, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lawsuit Against Houston Hospital Mandating Vaccine for Employees Fails
Replies: 92
Views: 4440

Re: Lawsuit Against Houston Hospital Mandating Vaccine for Employees Fails

The general public doesn't risk vulnerable people. Lightsaber Agree 100% with you, but same health care workers risked their lives when nothing was available, including PPE. Pfizer/Moderna got federal indemnity, private hospitals got liability protections under state emergency laws, but HCWs who ri...

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by PPVRA
Wed Jun 23, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lawsuit Against Houston Hospital Mandating Vaccine for Employees Fails
Replies: 92
Views: 4440

Re: Lawsuit Against Houston Hospital Mandating Vaccine for Employees Fails

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/hea ... 314704001/


Let’s hope there are no further lawsuits wasting this hospital’s time and resources.
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lightsaber wrote:


Let’s hope there are no further lawsuits wasting this hospital’s time and resources.

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by PPVRA
Tue Jun 01, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anonymous letter of Delta employee to a CEO.
Replies: 148
Views: 9560

Re: Anonymous letter of Delta employee to a CEO.

1. It’s a private company, period.

2. I doubt they said anything they believe would go against stockholder’s interest. It’s not what management is hired to do.

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by PPVRA
Mon May 17, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta to require new employees be vaccinated..
Replies: 130
Views: 8756

Re: Delta to require new employees be vaccinated..

Get another job! This is not a personal benefit, for any customer facing employee this should be mandatory! They would lose half their employees. what happened to my body my choice? As well this new decision will limit the amount of people that apply. There would be plenty of fully vaccinated peopl...

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by PPVRA
Sat May 15, 2021 11:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta to require new employees be vaccinated..
Replies: 130
Views: 8756

Re: Delta to require new employees be vaccinated..

Anyone in an industry severely affected by this disease needs to get vaccinated, produce doctor’s orders against it, or be terminated. Airlines, hotels, cruise lines, etc.

This is about protecting the economic foundation of these businesses and industries. Play along or go elsewhere—simple as that.

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by PPVRA
Tue May 11, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California reports $75B Budget Surplus, what could it be used for?
Replies: 40
Views: 2881

Re: California reports $75B Budget Surplus, what could it be used for?

Fund your unfounded liabilities, California.

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by PPVRA
Sat May 01, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206347

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

India’s situation is going from bad to worse. Let’s hope the US finally gives away those extra AZ doses. Send them all to India I’d say, given they’re an important vaccine manufacturing hub for the world. Don’t want that crawling to a halt… https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/india-posts-reco...

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by PPVRA
Sat May 01, 2021 11:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lack of truck drivers in USA and problems from it
Replies: 69
Views: 4915

Re: Lack of truck drivers in USA and problems from it

An easy problem to solve: pay them more. Hmmm to bad freight rail is not considered more. Sigh. Rail is important but it’s slow (stops along the way) and it’s got less capillarity to get the cargo where it needs to go. I’ve heard from an auto plant manager that rail can take a week to deliver equipm...

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by PPVRA
Sat May 01, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206347

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

https://www.dw.com/pt-br/guedes-diz-que-chin%C3%AAs-criou-o-coronav%C3%ADrus-e-desenvolveu-vacina-pior-que-a-dos-eua/a-57356927 Brazilian Minister of economy claim Chinese vaccines less effective than American while calling China invented the virus, in a meeting he didn't know would stream online. ...

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by PPVRA
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206347

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Sinovac may be 73.4% effective against transmission 5 weeks after second dose. This, per a study conducted at a Brazilian university hospital that had 20,000 workers vaccinated. Link in Portuguese only: https://www.cnnbrasil.com.br/saude/2021/04/08/coronavac-apresenta-ate-73-8-de-eficiencia-diz-est...

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by PPVRA
Sun Apr 11, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206347

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Sinovac may be 73.4% effective against transmission 5 weeks after second dose. This, per a study conducted at a Brazilian university hospital that had 20,000 workers vaccinated. Link in Portuguese only: https://www.cnnbrasil.com.br/saude/2021/04/08/coronavac-apresenta-ate-73-8-de-eficiencia-diz-estu...

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by PPVRA
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Exclusive- Airbus floating concept for A380 combi
Replies: 96
Views: 13249

Re: Exclusive- Airbus floating concept for A380 combi

It would be an interesting aircraft for South American ops: low utilization (almost exclusively red-eyes), lots of cargo, not too many pax.

But 60 frames is a lot of frames.

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by PPVRA
Thu Jan 28, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: GameStop Stock Fiasco
Replies: 122
Views: 6021

Re: GameStop Stock Fiasco

Excellent thread writeup on what occurred here. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1354517067240771584.html?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark I missed out on the fact that at some point these hedge funds had Shorted 140% of available stock in GME. That ne...

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by PPVRA
Thu Jan 28, 2021 2:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: GameStop Stock Fiasco
Replies: 122
Views: 6021

Re: GameStop Stock Fiasco

Short sellers beware! Learn your lesson and move on.

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by PPVRA
Mon Jan 25, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206347

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-se ... ccination/
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“Israel sees 60% drop in hospitalizations for age 60-plus 3 weeks after 1st shot”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-se ... ccination/

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by PPVRA
Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206347

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

There have been over 23 million vaccines given worldwide. Even if the vaccine is perfectly safe, some people are going to die shortly after getting it. If anyone dies as a result of taking a vaccine, then it's not "perfectly safe." However, if the risk is low, then it becomes tolerable an...

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by PPVRA
Wed Jan 06, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So it seems to me that we need to be having more vaccine freezer fails
Replies: 9
Views: 953

Re: So it seems to me that we need to be having more vaccine freezer fails

IMO, crude and simple works best: 1. Healthcare workers 2. Long term care residents and workers 3. 75+ 4. 65+ 5. Anybody with other ailments 6. 55+ 7. 45+ And so on. Once you reach 50% of one group, start on the next. Clearly we have vaccine hesitancy even among healthcare workers, so there’s no poi...

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by PPVRA
Fri Dec 18, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206347

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Generally speaking the greatest pressure in the medical system, I think, has come from the elderly. So healthcare workers first, elderly home workers second, the residents of such homes third. Logistically you might as well just add steps two and three... probably much easier than a second visit lat...

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by PPVRA
Thu Dec 17, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump doubled support from LGBTQs
Replies: 56
Views: 3328

Re: Trump doubled support from LGBTQs

Across the globe, there’s a roughly 50-50 split between left and right in just about every country. There’s no reason to think any particular group, be it ethnic, race or sexual orientation, will not fall within that 50-50 split. But obviously, if you’re a party that still hangs on to anti-gay marri...

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by PPVRA
Thu Dec 10, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206347

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Besides that, what’s shortened the time a lot was running the 3 different phases of the trials concurrently. I don't believe that is true. Phase 1 and 2 trials were run before phase 3 was started. We have shortened the time where we are manufacturing the vaccine before approval. “ To speed up devel...

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by PPVRA
Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206347

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

IIRC the immune system definitely responds to Cancer (we all have some degree of cancer cells) it just can't keep up because its the rapid replication of cells beyond what it normal. I recall that one of the ways Cancer can be detected in the body is an elevated T-cell and white blood cell level in...

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by PPVRA
Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206347

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Here you can clearly see the onset of protection 11-12 days after the first shot: This graph is so impressive. After a single exposure to an antigen, we begin to see a robust antibody response at 7-14 days. This is a beautiful textbook example of this phenomenon. In fact, just by eyeballing, it app...

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by PPVRA
Tue Dec 08, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206347

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Just on a national level, recent figures for the larger European countries are proportionately way below the US. UK, France, Italy have about 20% of the population of the US. Infections per day are not 20% of the US figures. Yesterday US 200,121 UK 14,717 France 3,411 Italy 13,715 Source: https://w...

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by PPVRA
Tue Dec 08, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206347

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/mortality
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John Hopkins is still reporting lower deaths per capita in the USA than in the UK, Spain and Italy:

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/mortality

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by PPVRA
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206347

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Americans report widespread usage of masks: “ Similarly, adults ages 65 and older (62%) along with Democrats (65%) are more likely to say they are bothered a lot when people around them do not wear masks in public. Majorities across all major demographic groups say they are not too or not at all bot...

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by PPVRA
Sat Nov 28, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Supreme Court Stikes Down Capacity Limits on Religious Services in New York State
Replies: 107
Views: 5545

Re: Supreme Court Stikes Down Capacity Limits on Religious Services in New York State

One might have hoped that common sense would prevail. The science behind the spread of the disease and it's capacity for both death and a tremendous drain on overstretched emergency services is hard to argue against. The most effective way to stop the disease in its tracks (pre vaccine) is to restr...

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by PPVRA
Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Supreme Court Stikes Down Capacity Limits on Religious Services in New York State
Replies: 107
Views: 5545

Re: Supreme Court Stikes Down Capacity Limits on Religious Services in New York State

“The dis- parate treatment is even more striking in an orange zone. While attendance at houses of worship is limited to 25 per- sons, even non-essential businesses may decide for them- selves how many persons to admit.“ https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/20a87_4g15.pdf There’s a reason Cuom...

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by PPVRA
Sat Nov 28, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Supreme Court Stikes Down Capacity Limits on Religious Services in New York State
Replies: 107
Views: 5545

Re: Supreme Court Stikes Down Capacity Limits on Religious Services in New York State

There is no reason to treat them differently to secular businesses. They were treated as “non essential businesses” because they are. Don’t need to attend religious worship place to survive. Need to go to grocery store to get food to sustain life. There’s a difference. They were treated more strict...

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by PPVRA
Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 30710

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020

Point being, none of the judges are going to base their opinions on what health policy should be. When people start saying this... “ joining the conservative extremists on the court in supporting religious freedom over critical public health.orders.” ... is just wrong. The dissenting opinions acknow...

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by PPVRA
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 30710

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020

The Supreme Court of the US just before midnight on Wednesday, 11/25 in a 5-4 emergency decision, temporally overrules public health orders of the Governor of NY State, Democrat Mario Cuomo of very necessary and special and tight (10-25 persons) restrictions on the numbers who can attend religious ...

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by PPVRA
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 30710

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020

FGITD wrote:
In what way is the US a “controlled burn”?

The current policy seems to follow the Flanders doctrine of “we’ve tried nothing, and we’re all out of ideas”


Deaths per million are lower in the USA than in the UK. If that’s trying “nothing”, what on earth has the UK been doing?

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by PPVRA
Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 30710

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020

I mean it is until it's not. Up until a week and a half ago Europe was in the pits, and still is in some parts. Many areas of the US are implementing restrictions and mitigation measures, so we shall see how things play out. Hopefully it starts to bend the right way. Very true. It worries me that M...

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by PPVRA
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What is wrong with South American capitalism/ capitalism in general?
Replies: 20
Views: 1587

Re: What is wrong with South American capitalism/ capitalism in general?

Formalization is also a challenge, however. You give some poor guy his documents and rights and all of a sudden he is out of compliance with all kinds of things: 1. His house is not up to code, and there’s no way he can afford to change that anytime soon. 2. Owe back taxes? Yeah forget it. 3. He’s b...

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by PPVRA
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What is wrong with South American capitalism/ capitalism in general?
Replies: 20
Views: 1587

Re: What is wrong with South American capitalism/ capitalism in general?

This is a very very broad topic. The video below is the best summary of the most fundamental problem. It’s one hour long. This is from a Peruvian perspective, but it’s the same problem in Brazil and the rest of South America. The Power of the Poor - Hernando de Soto https://youtu.be/rxd55k2w6tM Ess...

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by PPVRA
Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What is wrong with South American capitalism/ capitalism in general?
Replies: 20
Views: 1587

Re: What is wrong with South American capitalism/ capitalism in general?

https://youtu.be/rxd55k2w6tM
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This is a very very broad topic. The video below is the best summary of the most fundamental problem. It’s one hour long.

This is from a Peruvian perspective, but it’s the same problem in Brazil and the rest of South America.

The Power of the Poor - Hernando de Soto
https://youtu.be/rxd55k2w6tM

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by PPVRA
Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 30710

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020

I think that schools in which students are obliged to wear masks are an example of the success of masks in reducing infection, IIRC New York's threshold for closing schools was when they reached 3% positive tests. I believe that is lower than the rate generally found in testing. Seems to me that th...

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by PPVRA
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 30710

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020

Times opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof, who has won two Pulitzer Prizes and often appears on the liberal news network CNN, wrote a piece Wednesday headlined “When Trump Was Right and Many Democrats Wrong” shortly after New York City officials announced schools would be shutting down again. I thin...

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by PPVRA
Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 30710

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-heal ... SKBN28015L
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“COVID-19 reinfection unlikely for at least six months, study finds”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-heal ... SKBN28015L

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by PPVRA
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 30710

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020

I've known 4 separate "events" of friends/family getting COVID now. In two cases, whoever caught it first spread it to the rest of the family and even extended family. The two others managed to keep it from spreading to other family members, but BOTH of them are healthcare workers. Nobody ...

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by PPVRA
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 30710

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020

In the USA it's much higher than 60%. It's practically universal, if the standard is indoor public spaces.

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by PPVRA
Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are cruel rulers necessary?
Replies: 66
Views: 5406

Re: Are cruel rulers necessary?

The Chicago Boys fixed Chile. Not Pinochet. It’s purely a happy coincidence that Pinochet claimed complete economic ignorance and instead allowed the Chicago Boys to fix Chile’s economy. AND the fact that the Chicago Boys were politically savvy enough to navigate a dictator’s many feelings and fears...

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by PPVRA
Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 30710

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020

It’s their private property. They make the rules, if that means you need to wear a mask, you wear a mask. Or expect to get bounced out. Oh, *now* we care about property rights and personal sovereignty? Remember 5 minutes ago when you didn't believe that? "They" (private businesses) aren't...

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by PPVRA
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 30710

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020

ArcticSEA wrote:
When I get the vaccine, and I will, my mask is coming off. Then I'll get denied entry into businesses. Then I call my lawyer.


It’s their private property. They make the rules, if that means you need to wear a mask, you wear a mask. Or expect to get bounced.

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by PPVRA
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206347

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Are there any estimates of how long it would take to get all healthcare workers in the US vaccinated?

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by PPVRA
Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Market failures
Replies: 41
Views: 2354

Re: Market failures

I use Amazon and Amazon reviews all the time, and for years now. It’s not perfect but it’s very, very good. I cannot relate at all to those who complain about Amazon reviews.

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by PPVRA
Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Market failures
Replies: 41
Views: 2354

Re: Market failures

Amazon is not a market failure. Scale alone is never sufficient to call it a negative. While Amazon has not been good for brick a mortar, that doesn’t mean it’s effects are negative in the aggregate. Amazon made my life more efficient—less time waste, less product waste (thanks to the review system...

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by PPVRA
Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206347

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

"Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Meets its Primary Efficacy Endpoint in the First Interim Analysis of the Phase 3 COVE Study" "As more cases accrue leading up to the final analysis, the Company expects the point estimate for vaccine efficacy may change." https://investors.mo...

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by PPVRA
Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Market failures
Replies: 41
Views: 2354

Re: Market failures

Rockefeller introduced safe, stable and quality kerosene that didn’t burn down your house. Hence the name “standard” oil. His competitor’s products were burning down the country.

Both Roosevelts were populists.

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