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  1. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54500556 Well, it's on record now, then. Let's see if she had her fingers crossed when Roe v Wade comes to her desk (as it might).
  2. That is all true - unfortunately. However, I still do think that the good outweighs the bad, but perhaps I'm leaning on the deficit model a bit too much here. I can understand it's frustrating being asked to substantiate something one believes to be self-evident. However...please do understand that, as @Line-X eloquently covers above, there is so very much misinformation out there being peddled by the ignorant and the outright malicious. Being able to either substantiate a claim or admit while claiming it that it's purely conjecture based on a hunch is wh
  3. There's no way such a thing could actually be enforced. And China has the square sum of zero responsibility for how another country contains a disease once it's within their borders, and any international lawyer would likely tell you the same. So...no. (Though keep banging the drum.)
  4. I would put that down to squeaky wheels making more noise rather than there being an overabundance of that misinformation, but tbh given the state of the world I wouldn't be 100% sure on that.
  5. Social media makes the life of a science communicator an order of magnitude more difficult. But at the same time I personally wouldn't have it any other way, because being able to reach so many more people with science information is a good that outweighs the bad.
  6. Unfortunately, opinion expressed as verified fact seems to be the norm in these times.
  7. As someone with a little experience in science communication, you did a fine job of disseminating the information in those articles and addressing how the original post containing them was misleading.
  8. ...and then when the time comes they shit themselves, blame everyone else and "want more time", just like anybody else does. Yeah, humans lacking foresight and taking risks based on that is definitely a thing and that's totally ok - so long as it is only themselves that they're potentially harming (or at least others consenting to take the same risk). That ain't the case here. I'll direct this question to both of the above responses tbh, because I don't think I've heard a real response to it in all of this thread. What is the alternative
  9. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54475466 Good to see the checks and balances holding out against voter suppression in at least some times and places.
  10. I've heard about this, deeply frustrating. The worst thing is that Pratchett's work, especially involving the Watch, contains a strong note of how important social justice is anyway so there really was no need to mess with it like this. No wonder Rhianna Pratchett and most of the fanbase are forgetting it exists.
  11. Better to show him this one if he really wants to keep as many businesses as possible open and cases/deaths down at the same time, which Sweden didn't quite manage:
  12. Not verified that the numbers were above a million except by the organisers themselves - I did check numbers both of those before I posted the initial response just in case because they were big. Point taken, though - the Koreans actually getting what they wanted with their marches notwithstanding.
  13. I'd definitely prefer the term engaged tbh. I actually agree that "track and trace" would be a lot more difficult in the UK (though not impossible) - but I think that's down largely to the lack of a plan and infrastructure based on it, rather than the way the population is fundamentally.
  14. ...and so does Sweden, Russia and a variety of other nations. Is that really a measure of complicity? Might want to ask Park Geun-Hye and Chun Doo-Hwan just how complicit the culture was towards authority when over a million people were in the streets looking for them to get kicked out. When was the last time over a million people were out in the streets of the UK? Sorry if I'm targetting this a bit much, but there's a cultural stereotype of Asian folks being humble and subservient to authority being implied here - as if Western nations "stick it to the Man" more - and
  15. Are the Koreas getting mixed up here (easy mistake to make tbh) or is it not known that around 50% of the current South Korean population (that is to say those under 40 years old) have known nothing but a fully functional democracy?
  16. Only one month off work and furloughed for me despite interacting with the public heavily and that was back in March (and not too many hours lost for jobs across the board compared to other places)? Keeping the numbers low through targetted measures that ensure really efficient knowledge of outbreaks while keeping businesses open as much as they can be? An economic downturn as a result of this that, while nasty, doesn't really compare to other similar places? I'll be honest, perhaps the UK could learn a thing or two. Of course, the Koreans had a couple of adva
  17. And (yes, I'm banging this drum again): Korea (similar to the UK in terms of population number and development/health and economic resources available) - 8.29 deaths per million
  18. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54268038 https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54435638 Sir David going all-in, if he wasn't already.
  19. Because that's the only kind of solid information the layman has to go on. Peer-reviewed citation needed. Citation forthcoming or just a hunch? You aren't a horrible bastard, nor is anyone else. Just driven by self-interest, just like most others with the same viewpoint. "Just because this thing kills a lot of people this other thing killing a lot of people is acceptable" isn't a superb argument tbh. And yes, that is what that sentence boils down to. Citation needed. The UK isn't the world and some other countries a
  20. https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2020-54465139 Second debate is off 'cos Trump can't dictate the terms, then.
  21. That's why it's better to not go with any of them if it's at all possible, IMO.
  22. I'm suggesting that the present US government - and likely the next one, tbh - will demand their price for such vital infrastructure projects, and as such the UK might be better shopping around for a client that isn't driven by geopolitical self-interest in a way that threatens "national security" (the Chinese) or has the UK assuming the poodle role once again (the US).
  23. ...when there's a better government in the White House and in Congress, maybe. And while/as the US tech companies aren't beholden to the government in the same way Huawei is, where's the accountability for them when it comes to infrastructure reliability, too? I don't know, perhaps there's an Aussie or Scandinavian tech company the UK might be able to tap up that can actually be relied upon as they have less skin in the geopolitical game.
  24. https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-54455112 So Huawei are (obviously) fibbing about taking work on the side for the Chinese government, but it doesn't present a bona fide national security threat to the UK at this time. Proceed with caution being the general message.
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