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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Doesn't seem like anything to get offended about. Nevertheless, I'm offended. Do they have any idea how racist that is?
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    It sounds downright Italian, almost offensively so.
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    Re: The Potential Lab Origin of COVID-19

    SARS-CoV-2 has unique characteristics among coronaviruses that make it a particular problem, such as its ability to infect a variety of organ systems and its ability to cause (potentially long term)...
  4. Re: Romanian parliament votes to ban all mentions, discussion and theories regarding gender identity and gender fluidity from all levels of education

    Depends on what you mean. The concept of gender as distinct from biological sex was first proposed in an article published in 1987, although it was written in 1977.

    In the Indo-European and...
  5. Re: Romanian parliament votes to ban all mentions, discussion and theories regarding gender identity and gender fluidity from all levels of education

    And to counter his argument, you posted the opinion of T.L. Brink, a professor of psychology and religious studies at a community college. No one ever self-identifies as a pseudoscientist, but the...
  6. Re: Romanian parliament votes to ban all mentions, discussion and theories regarding gender identity and gender fluidity from all levels of education

    Quoting myself for context:


    Well, I didn't want to derail the thread too much, and I'm a bit lazy about it, because to me it's self-evident as a matter of definition:

    Why psychology isnít...
  7. Re: Romanian parliament votes to ban all mentions, discussion and theories regarding gender identity and gender fluidity from all levels of education

    A lot of psychiatry/psychology (maybe the majority of it) is pseudoscience. The reason it persists as such, despite the efforts of some to reform it, is due to its function in legitimizing ideology...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Yes, and it's not the first time this has been observed.

    Yes, but probably not to the same degree as those with symptoms.
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    To be fair: Anthony Fauci lied about masks; now he complains that people 'distrust authority'

    Fringe ideas serve a valuable function. Occasionally they turn out to be correct, but even when they...
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    Re: The Potential Lab Origin of COVID-19

    [/QUOTE]Correct, and experimental studies have indicated that the O-linked glycans they predicted do not exist.

    Let’s review:

    While not peer-reviewed, Andersen et al is the only serious paper...
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    Re: The Potential Lab Origin of COVID-19

    No, it doesn't matter in determining whether or not SARS-CoV-2 was the result of gain-of-function experiments, and if you've read the relevant part of Rossana Segreto's paper which I've quoted...
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    Re: The Potential Lab Origin of COVID-19

    No, according to a small number of virologists who have conflicts of interests, and everyone who hasn't bothered to look carefully at their arguments. I've quoted plenty of scientists skeptical of...
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    Re: Death of George Floyd and Subsequent Riots.

    lol... tikkun olam.
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    Re: The Potential Lab Origin of COVID-19

    You didn't actually answer the question Aexodus asked, nor did you add anything new to the discussion. You just reposted the same speculation that has been circulating in the scientific literature....
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    Re: The Potential Lab Origin of COVID-19

    No, they aren't. They're phylogenetically downstream from the Chinese strains, and anyway, the earliest known patient in China was exposed sometime in November since his symptoms started December...
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    Sticky: Re: Ancient vendettas.

    Too lazy to even learn to make a decent fake. I suspect there was a lot of suspicion beforehand that was kept quiet. It's probably pretty common for archaeologists, or people in any scientific field,...
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    Re: The Potential Lab Origin of COVID-19

    The more specific you want to get, the harder it is to argue with any certainty. Nevertheless, estimates are made all the time regarding how long it would take for something to evolve naturally based...
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    Re: The Potential Lab Origin of COVID-19

    That wasn't a formal study as far as I know. It was a press release that indicated that two scans were found that were compatible with having been COVID-19. If there's more to it, I'm interested, but...
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    Re: USA elections 2020

    Not to be outdone by Brazil, Americans are altruistically offering themselves as test cases for the rest of the world to see exactly what happens when the COVID is left to run rampant. You’re welcome.
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    I think the term you were looking for is globohomo.

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/qNZNyrS1Qk8/maxresdefault.jpgThe appeal to hypocrisy doesn't really work though. The US government is in fact quite...
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    Re: USA elections 2020

    You probably played the Greek version:

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/04/c0/e1/04c0e141d9cee82c7fb41e4188b808ec.jpg
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    Re: The Potential Lab Origin of COVID-19

    Like most viruses that have just made a species jump, MERS doesn't easily spread human to human. SARS didn't spread easily human to human at first either. One of the reasons SARS-CoV-2 took the world...
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    Re: Death of George Floyd and Subsequent Riots.

    It was the security guard for a Q13 news crew that was there according to their journalist Brandi Kruse.
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    Re: Death of George Floyd and Subsequent Riots.

    Speaking of Kshama Sawant (the aforementioned Aryan):

    Oddly, I was under the impression when I was living on Capitol Hill, that both the area and the police department were already under community...
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    Sticky: Re: Discussion and Debate Community Thread

    As I remember, I just made an assertion, but this isnít really what I was talking about. There are actually two issues, which Iíll tie back together at the end of this post.

    The first is that the...
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    Re: Death of George Floyd and Subsequent Riots.

    To be fair, she appears to have had her hands tied by the Seattle City Council, but they're Latina women more than anything else:

    https://i.postimg.cc/dt0n23CW/Seattle-City-Council.jpgNaturally,...
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    Re: Death of George Floyd and Subsequent Riots.

    The Seattle police chief's statement:

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    Sticky: Re: Discussion and Debate Community Thread

    Hmm...

    It was a vulgar brawl.
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    Re: Death of George Floyd and Subsequent Riots.

    Oh, I'm sure they'll weather it as well as the last major crisis:

    https://zapatopi.net/blog/seattle_street_samurai.jpg
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    Sticky: Re: Discussion and Debate Community Thread

    These aren't counter examples to my assertion. The first was a data use issue, the second was due to lack of ethical approval, the third was misuse of data, the fourth was plagarism. These are the...
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    Re: Death of George Floyd and Subsequent Riots.

    What is shocking is that a cis white woman is even allowed to be mayor of Seattle. It's 2020 people! At least she's a lesbian.

    I'm likewise surprised that it would be Capitol Hill that would...
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    Re: The Potential Lab Origin of COVID-19

    I haven't read it, but from the abstract it looks decent:

    They point out a lot of the same issues I have.

    I consider that a reasonable position to take, as noted in my last post, but there are...
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    That retraction is an atypical case, and the rationale for its retraction 16 years later wasn't that it was mistaken. It was that it was surrounded by significant controversy due to its political and...
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    Oh, I see... Yeah, that's obviously ideological.
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    A study which employed fake empirical data is drastically different than a paper that makes an argument about an abstract concept, but again, I don't know what you're referring to specifically....
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    I don't know what you're referring to specifically, but studies aren't pulled from publication when they're disproven. Usually only if they're fraudulent. Plus, social theory isn't really science, so...
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    Lol, because they were discovered by a twitter account that posts the most ridiculous real papers that actually have passed peer-review in order to make fun of them. The journals didn't figure it out...
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    Sticky: Re: Discussion and Debate Community Thread

    For example
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    I'd recommend against using garbage as window dressing.
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    Re: The Potential Lab Origin of COVID-19

    Based on the partial sentence you underlined, I don't think you understood it. RmYN02 is only closest to SARS-CoV-2 at the furin cleavage site insertion. It differs from SARS-CoV-2 by ~39% in the...
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