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leicsmac

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  1. Fair point well made. Social media has certainly acted as a "force multiplier" of sorts on that score, I think.
  2. That doesn't seem to be much of a barrier to the highest of offices right now tbh.
  3. leicsmac

    Corona Virus

    Imagine a world where a sociopath like the one who made this video (because this is far more than simple ignorance, the video itself is far too finely crafted for that; it's a deliberate attempt to mislead and put people at risk for personal gain which for me is textbook sociopathy) actually manages to have this much leverage.
  4. May we say thank you..and may we say "Never Again". Ever.
  5. leicsmac

    Corona Virus

    http://m.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200507000634 Just goes to show, even countries with a better bead on things have their idiots. Hopefully this won't result in a second wave...
  6. leicsmac

    Corona Virus

    A stupidly obvious one, too. However, it seems that they are often (sadly) effective.
  7. leicsmac

    Corona Virus

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52568405 Deaths keep rising, as do cases, and never let a good crisis go to waste.
  8. From what I can tell, the answer to that one is that it has taken this long because it's only now a grand jury has been convened to indict the guys involved - seeing as the local law wouldn't arrest and/or charge them, because, you, know, "good ol' boys" network.
  9. leicsmac

    Corona Virus

    Yeah, like you I can see the appeal but I do also think it's clumsy simply because of the time factor - unless we're very, very unlucky Covid-19 is not going to be any kind of a comparable risk factor to actions like smoking, drinking and driving a car within standard human life after the next year or two whereas the former three are always going to be there as long as that same idea of the "standard human life" continues. As such, I think it calls for an entirely different approach to risk management whereby taking extraordinary measures in the short and medium term in order to drive that risk factor down to a level where it is barely a problem any more is justified, whereas it would not be with the other examples.
  10. leicsmac

    Corona Virus

    I might posit there is a difference in terms of comparison between deaths caused as a corollary of everyday activity that it would be near impossible to stop without seriously affecting quality of life permanently, and those caused by a disease whose reach, while wide, will likely only be temporary.
  11. Yeah, it's an example of the reductive thought I was hinting at, perhaps I should have been clearer there. The more I find out about the antipathy on each side, the more a bloody miracle the GFA seems.
  12. Ireland and The Troubles was a far more complex (and filthy) situation than many on both sides make it out to be tbh.
  13. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52557609 Ugh.
  14. Bob Ross, Fred Rogers and Steve Irwin all had brilliant wholesome messages to send and I would recommend people watching any one or all of their shows.
  15. Truth be told, the more one reads about it the more scary it becomes. But...taking it on and managing to adapt either ourselves, the environment or the way we live (or a mix of the three) in order to continue live with good living standards is possible.
  16. Think this cartoon from The Economist sums it up well tbh: Thing is, I reckon we can lay down the knockout punch and manage climate change in a way that guarantees the future...but not if too many nations decide their own self-interest comes first.
  17. Interesting discussion and always good to revisit it because it's so important. My argument is that if the world burns, it doesn't really matter who exactly it was who lit the match - the effects will be felt by pretty much everyone and I really doubt the survivors will care. So, as much as the US, China, India and sundry others are the main contributors, pointing that out doesn't really do much and either giving up and/or not setting an example to follow is not an option we can feasibly consider if one has any kind of interest in the future. Even if it is hopeless, believing that and acting as such will simply make sure that it is, rather than it being merely likely. This crisis has shown that humanity can live at least a bit more sustainably, but rather than regressing, advancing tech and innovating should be the way forward, and any nation should be chomping at the bit to set an example there.
  18. I consider not reading the comments on such articles self care, to be honest, so I haven't. But let me guess: lots of edgy "humans are the real plane" wannabe nihilists there?
  19. https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52530828 Some good news!
  20. Yep. "Humans are the real plague" is the starter version of eco-fascism.
  21. leicsmac

    Corona Virus

    ...necessary for perhaps preventing a much worse disaster in the future due to nation states not being honest on account of of self-interest. Of course, this solution is pretty much fundamentally flawed too for reasons above but this event has shown quite clearly that the status quo is also untenable because a significant part of the planet cannot be trusted to help with a global response to a global problem.
  22. leicsmac

    Corona Virus

    I agree and I've said so here before. Ditto for an organisation overseeing environmental issues as they too transcend national borders. However, to gun down my own argument I would say that such organisations have to be accountable to someone. How that would work I simply don't know.
  23. It's rather funny, I've never actually worked in what one would call a classic British office-style environment. Not for more than a few months temping while at university, anyway.
  24. leicsmac

    Corona Virus

    Insane. Again, you have to think how an organisation like the WHO can do it's job when various big nation states present them with obviously erroneous data.
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