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by niggle
8 May 2020, 10:28am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Covid 19 outbreak - arguing about Stats (again)
Replies: 412
Views: 10849

Re: Covid 19 outbreak - arguing about Stats (again)

TUC do you accept there has been a massive spike in the overall UK death rate? If so, to what do you attribute it if it is not Covid-19? IMO you are a useful idiot for the real conspiracy against science and scientists, trying to discredit the science behind the lock down, the science of climate cha...
by niggle
4 May 2020, 6:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....
Replies: 49
Views: 1544

Re: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....

The history of medicine is, from one point of view, a major cause of the Malthusian problem now hot on our heels: overpopulation of the human hordes. Naturally, as individuals we all enjoy being cured of any and everything that may cause us ill-health or death. But I've come to realise that this is...
by niggle
3 May 2020, 10:18am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....
Replies: 49
Views: 1544

Re: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....

I don't want to get into one of those interminable arguments about intermittent renewables, batteries, load varying etc. Please. Me neither, but I am certainly interested in all constructive ideas on the subject. Me too .... but the deconstructive ideas seem to have evolved to be rather tougher: to...
by niggle
3 May 2020, 10:10am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....
Replies: 49
Views: 1544

Re: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....

Cugel wrote:we can't


A fatalistic view point, whereas I am merely pessimistic as I believe we can, but probably won't.

Cugel wrote:For details, see history.


But not all history supports your view, e.g. the history of medicine.
by niggle
3 May 2020, 9:28am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Covid 19 outbreak - arguing about Stats (again)
Replies: 412
Views: 10849

Re: Covid 19 outbreak - arguing about Stats (again)

My perspective: The annual 'flu death total in the UK averaged about 17,000 between 2014/15 and 2018/19, with the worst year being 2014/15 with a total of 28,330. https://fullfact.org/health/coronavirus-compare-influenza/ The total number of deaths from Covid-19 so far in the UK is 28,131 in less th...
by niggle
1 May 2020, 5:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....
Replies: 49
Views: 1544

Re: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....

Mike Sales wrote:I don't want to get into one of those interminable arguments about intermittent renewables, batteries, load varying etc. Please.

Me neither, but I am certainly interested in all constructive ideas on the subject.
by niggle
1 May 2020, 4:16pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....
Replies: 49
Views: 1544

Re: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....

Technology is just as capable of saving us as it is of destroying us, the problem is down to human decision making about what technologies to apply. If every country built as much renewable energy generation capacity as possible, plus modern safe nuclear power generation (multiple small scale react...
by niggle
1 May 2020, 3:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Covid 19 outbreak - arguing about Stats (again)
Replies: 412
Views: 10849

Re: Covid 19 outbreak - arguing about Stats (again)

Will be interesting to see whether there is a significant dip after this spike as many of the elderly patients who have, or will, die from covid19 related causes would have died in the next few years anyway - and now they won't (i.e. the elderly population will have been reduced and therefore there...
by niggle
1 May 2020, 3:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....
Replies: 49
Views: 1544

Re: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....

4 Technology (an unholy conjuration by gene + meme monster magii) is evolving as the main physical armature of memetic evolution. It's already capable of wiping us out overnight; and may soon do so. Technology is just as capable of saving us as it is of destroying us, the problem is down to human d...
by niggle
1 May 2020, 3:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Covid 19 outbreak - arguing about Stats (again)
Replies: 412
Views: 10849

Re: Covid 19 outbreak - arguing about Stats (again)

Another version of the death rate up-tick: https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/95101080_3621286677897832_9131734150770851840_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=Z_aBjDJ5JykAX-GNaqW&_nc_ht=scontent-lht6-1.xx&oh=70ea1d0e43eaf5ee3e876f582dd0769a&oe=5ED13780 If that is...
by niggle
16 Mar 2020, 11:25am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lockdown for over seventies?
Replies: 181
Views: 5063

Re: Lockdown for over seventies?

My step daughter, who is doing a masters in nursing, told her mum that the risk groups are people with underlying conditions like diabetes or COPD and a test for compromised lung function is whether a person cannot (normally) hold their breath for over 10 seconds without coughing. That test seems v...
by niggle
16 Mar 2020, 9:36am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lockdown for over seventies?
Replies: 181
Views: 5063

Re: Lockdown for over seventies?

My step daughter, who is doing a masters in nursing, told her mum that the risk groups are people with underlying conditions like diabetes or COPD and a test for compromised lung function is whether a person cannot (normally) hold their breath for over 10 seconds without coughing.
by niggle
16 Mar 2020, 9:08am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lockdown for over seventies?
Replies: 181
Views: 5063

Re: Lockdown for over seventies?

Tangled Metal wrote:There's even one on how to season your wood.

Presumably this has now been superceded by Viagra :wink:
by niggle
16 Mar 2020, 9:01am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lockdown for over seventies?
Replies: 181
Views: 5063

Re: Lockdown for over seventies?

mercalia wrote:Capture.JPG

That's just a misleading headline that the Torygraph is using to try and boost sales. Dig into the article and you find the powers to detain are for quarantining infected people, regardless of age, whilst the over 70s are being requested to self-isolate.
by niggle
16 Mar 2020, 8:26am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lockdown for over seventies?
Replies: 181
Views: 5063

Re: Lockdown for over seventies?

Isn't the plan to keep the need for respirators below the number of respirators. By isolating the over 70s they get rid of Corbyn, presumably a large number of MPs, but also aim to protect a large number of the vulnerable, or at least spread out the rate at which the vulnerable, who may need respir...