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    • I actually recall the Rystefn event. I also remember becoming increasingly skeptical of him as his “disease” continued on with no real progress one way or another (though I am pretty sure I did the condolences thing even if I wasn’t so certain about the truthfulness of the claim).

    • Good Lord, Rystefn. I haven’t thought about that whole fiasco in years.

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    Yesterday I talked about how easy it is to get people to believe […]

    • Unfortunately the lie made its way right around the world many times because they kept retweeting it.

      You know it wasn’t too long ago when medical ethics strictly forbade doctors from engaging in any advertising at all, except for well defined exceptions such as public health officials or whoever made the first heart transplant.

      This was how we could tell a real doctor from a quack.

      You were allowed to have a brass plate with letters like an inch high.
      Standards dropped in the late 80s iirc and we began to see clinics with huge neon signs so the whole thing became a free for all.

      If anybody wants to challenge the lie that there is no science behind social distancing and mask use, here is a huge meta study:
      https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673620311429

      It’s a hard read though, the results are in terms of risk ratios rather than absolute probabilities and you are better off just looking at the raw data.

      Good luck convincing the average magat who can’t even handle the simplest percentage calculation – they always divide deaths by the whole population, add a few extra zeros, then put % at the end without multiplying by 100.

      That’s how they get a 99.999999 % “recovery rate”.

      That said, the idea of a nice witch who wants to have sex has some merit.
      Bring on the demon semen!!

    • Dr. Stella Immanuel. Immanuel is a pediatrician ….

      Q: What do you call the med student who graduates at the bottom of their med school class?

      A: Doctor

      • Give her a break, she was educated in Nigeria, a country rife with superstition and third world levels of grinding poverty and inequality.

        Then she came to….. wait…

    • Regarding HCQ, some of the lesser known side effects are:

      Agitation
      Mania
      Hallucinations
      Psychosis
      Paranoia

      -all of which are prevalent in your average magat! Coincidence? lmfao

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    I’m once again exhausted with talking about COVID-19 so let’s talk about mag […]

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    I’m a big fan of supporting local journalism, and usually the San Francisco C […]

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    Last week, the Trump administration announced a bold new plan for stopping the […]

    • Please tell me Worldometers is still legit data?
      https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

      The whole rest of the world looks at the US in horror.

      Add up the daily death rate for all of Europe, from Ireland thru the UK, EU, Eastern Europe , thru Belarus and Russia, then add in all of east Asia: China, Japan, Vietnam, Phillipines, Thailand Malaysia and Indonesia – still nowhere near the 1000 deaths/day in the US.

      Indonesia, population 270 million, the 4th largest population on the planet has 4900 deaths., the US 150, 000.

      You can quibble about the exact US figure but that’s more than a whole order of magnitude greater.

      Even Bangladesh has its first wave under control ffs. The mullahs in Iran point fingers at the US and laugh!

      President Duerte of the Phillipines is hardly a bleeding heart leftist, he threatened to shoot anybody who broke quarrantine.

      Yet 100 million Americans still think this is a hoax or overblown and/or a Leftist conspiracy with the whole world in cahoots just to influence an election on the other side of the planet?

      Some Americans need to open their eyes and look at the rest of the world and get a clue on how to handle this.

    • On another note, I see anti-masker and COVID denier Congressman Louie Gohmert is doing his bit for herd immunity.
      My T/P for everybody he infected along the way.

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    Last week a man apparently went to the home of a federal judge and murdered […]

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    Hey remember back in the before times, when I made videos about things other […]

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    So it’s now July, month four of sheltering in place here in the US because p […]

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    Guys, I don’t know if you’ve heard this but…the plague is back.

    No, not the […]

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    When I was a kid just learning about computers, I remember reading up on […]

    • Small correctoin: “Dismissed with prejudice” means that they *cannot* file the charge again. If it was dismissed but the police was free to charge him again, then it was dismissed *without* prejudice.

    • Machine Learning is considered a subset of AI, so it technically does count as AI, although not what most people think of.

      I do not have a high opinion of the cat study. Models do not perform well when given data so far outside of the distribution that they were trained for; this is not new or surprising. It’s not even a good criticism unless you’re supplying data that the model would be applied to in practice. I think the paper was rightfully retracted. But it is funny and illustrates a larger point, and don’t think you were wrong to bring it up.

    • > They made an algorithm that can look at a picture of your face and tell you how likely you are to commit a crime.

      Sounds like phrenology all over again…

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    I’m not really sure what I want to talk about today so let’s bring out my ide […]

    • I’m very disappointed that this made it out of review. Psych Science is the flagship journal of the American Psychological Society (very different than the APA, American Psychological Association). It’s been a long time since I worked in the field, but I always respected Psych Science.

    • IQ tests are supposed to be independent of cultural background, education, wealth and other factors, but they are not and never have been. Using garbage to prove garbage never ends well.

      But maybe the “cold winter” theory explains why the giants who live north of the wall are the smartest and most decent people in Westeros?

    • Any time you measure intelligence of a large group of people like the population of a country, and you finding that they are substantially “below average” on average, you need to seriously questions your methodology for testing intelligence.

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    Last year I made a video about JK Rowling, who used to be the author of the […]

    • “It’s common knowledge at this point that psychological warfare works, and if you can keep your enemy distracted, exhausted, and angry at a different target (like kids and dumbasses), you will have an easier time winning.”

      “Rapists will lurk in bathrooms”
      Or “Who will arrest the murderers when you defund the cops”
      Or “the gays will turn everybody gay and the human race will become extinct.”

      Different iterations of the same tactic.

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    Oh my gosh, I have more good news to talk about! Let’s talk about m […]

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    One night a few weeks ago, my dog Indy was being super weird. Like, weirder […]

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    I’ve been in quarantine for three entire months. It hasn’t always been eas […]

    • Nice! As somebody said, this has all brought out the fact that good, kind, unselfish people remain so, while nasty mean vindictive assholes remain the same as always.

      Two points.
      If Iran is one of the places that had a better response. that’s a pretty low bar to jump – the only country to have an actual full blown second wave going!

      Second, the school closure thing was known right at the start out of Wuhan. Kids don’t get it easily and if they do it’s from family not school. I think only one known case of kid to kid transmission in Australia (7400 cases). All the parents understandably freak over Kawasaki Disease but the chances of that are literally similar to dying in a plane crash.

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    Ten years ago, the Mythbusters tested a few potential myths about pain. In one […]

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    I mean, I literally mentioned the huge problems in the Tenderloin and elsewhere so I’m not clear on what else you want me to do.

    • I don’t know either. You did get there. But my SRO dwelling friend didn’t think it was enough. Sure, California and SF quarantine are yonks beyond conditions in red states. But SF’s housing and homelessness are just SO bad that its hard not to be distracted.

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    In my previous video, I talked about the completely baseless conspiracy theory […]

    • Conditions in the Tenderloin, the streets full of tents and raw sewage on the pavement. They have nothing to do with Newsome NOT leaving the state, or Republican dystopian fantasies about states with grown-ups deciding pandemic policy. And you DID get to the matter eventually. But when I shared this, I heard back right away from a friend who escaped to Hayward from a Tenderloin SRO hotel. Of course, they described you as ‘privileged.’

      • I mean, I literally mentioned the huge problems in the Tenderloin and elsewhere so I’m not clear on what else you want me to do.

        • I don’t know either. You did get there. But my SRO dwelling friend didn’t think it was enough. Sure, California and SF quarantine are yonks beyond conditions in red states. But SF’s housing and homelessness are just SO bad that its hard not to be distracted.

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    As you all know, we are in the darkest, stupidest timeline, so it’s hard to s […]

    • Somehow I don’t feel like this answered the question at all. It feels more like some kind of straw man built on outliers. Or public shaming. It doesn’t really explain why people believe what they do, but if I believe what you’re saying it’s because they’re just bad people.

      Side note: Google image search results for “shameful straw men” are surprisingly tame.

    • OT but I thought you might like to see what happens when a New Zealand minister violates quarantine. You can also see why the Prime Minister is getting some high ratings. She does well in / earthquakes too.

    • “Areas like mine here in the San Francisco Bay Area who sheltered in place early have seen the completely not-shocking result of fewer deaths per 100,000 people”

      Yes exactly. They found the same thing in Europe too, as this graph shows:

      Plus, you are right that “lockdown” is used too loosely, in Germany for instance, they could go out, but were not supposed to congregate. “Shelter in place” is much more accurate.

    • Another thing – with the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 States or cities that went back to” business as usua”l too soon fared worse economically than those who addressed the health problem first. This point cannot be made strongly enough.

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