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About balticus

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    Back on September 22

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  • Location Berlin
  • Nationality Reputable Poster on TT Germany
  • Hometown City on the Water
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  • Interests Jumping Rope, Zinc, Nature

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  1. President Donald J. Trump

      Here is an idea.      Identify the top (3) or top (5) issues for you and then remove the personalities from the equation.   So independent of comments from Trump, BoJo, Putin, Obama, Biden, etc, set your priorities and define a rough outcome.    On some issues, there will be no choices, e.g. Medicare For All.   Neither party will support it.   M4A is mostly an issue for US citizens and residents anyway, but you get the idea.     You can ignore things like Trump's lying, Biden's cognitive decline, Pence's religious nuttery, and Biden's running mate accelerating her career on her knees.   You get the idea.    Don't ignore positions or policies for which they invested a lot of political capital.   While tone is important, look at what they have done and not what they said or promised.   For me:   1.  Trade policy and transition from Cold War frameworks 2.  Defense policy and transition of alliances from Cold War frameworks 3.  Energy policy 4.  Engagement / Confrontation with China (most important)   It is not nearly as easy as name calling.   In addition, it reveals a lot about the sophistication of a person's political worldview.    Give it a try.     
  2. Coronavirus

      Noblesse Oblige .      The magnitude of the effects of COVID are not random, nor is the contraction.   
  3. Coronavirus

      Actually, i was trying to be polite in case you had a link from a Health Ministry or recognized Public Health institution.       I don't want to fight, but you have posted misinformation (in "pedant" mode).   People who maintain a certain level of fitness and eat a healthy diet are not guaranteed anything, but they improve their chances of avoiding a variety of maladies.   Contracting COVID and experiencing symptoms is another issue.   As more testing occurs, it seems clear that many people contract the virus with minimal effect.   Perhaps the reason we have different perceptions of the risk involved is that we see different levels of randomness involved.  
  4. Coronavirus

        According to this the groups which are vulnerable to COVID ( posted on the infamous poll thread from the NHS) and complications from standard influenza are almost the same including those who have a high body mass index.   Where did you get your information from?   I would be interested to see other opinions.
  5. Covid-19 Poll (UPDATE 9 Aug 2020: new poll questions)

      That is not to say that there is no idea which groups have a higher risk.   There is lots of data.   There is probably lots of non-public data about the demographics of the people classed by severity of symptoms.     Here is something from the NHS which is probably not much different from most Health Ministries:
  6. Reporting a bad employer in Germany

      Given the nationality in your profile, why is there an issue with a visa?    You should be able to switch employers.
  7. Covid-19 Poll (UPDATE 9 Aug 2020: new poll questions)

      Isolate the people who are vulnerable rather than everyone.      
  8. Covid-19 Poll (UPDATE 9 Aug 2020: new poll questions)

      People should not smoke cigarettes in the forest, in fact, they shouldn't smoke cigarettes at all - it is a filthy, unhealthy and costly habit/addiction.        For school aged kids, the risk of dying from COVID is lower than the risk of  dying from commuting to and from school.    Luckily public health officials usually make policy recommendations based on the relative risks and not on unlikely scenarios involving what could potentially do a lot of harm.   Barricading oneself in a bunker has social and ultimately health consequences.      
  9. Covid-19 Poll (UPDATE 9 Aug 2020: new poll questions)

      Do some exercises and watch the latest live Phish concert to chill out.      Once this COVID stuff is over, you can slug random strangers engaging in behavior you don't like and simply face the legal consequences without the worry of becoming infected. 
  10. Covid-19 Poll (UPDATE 9 Aug 2020: new poll questions)

    Private businesses have the right to require masks.    It is just an extension of "no shirt, no shoes, no service."   But the efficacy has not been proven sufficiently to people who are high level and who tend to err on the side of caution.
  11. Covid-19 Poll (UPDATE 9 Aug 2020: new poll questions)

      They are compulsory in some areas but not everywhere and not by mandate of the Federal government.  You would need to read the links I posted to see why you refuted nothing.   But you have missed the forest for the trees:   there are lots of high level people who believe that the use cases for masks are very limited.  Health ministers of Netherlands and Denmark to be specific.
  12. Covid-19 Poll (UPDATE 9 Aug 2020: new poll questions)

      My understanding is that cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam are free to make stricter regulations, but the rules do not come from the Federal level.   Note that the article states once again that the authorities have doubts about the efficacy of masks.
  13. Covid-19 Poll (UPDATE 9 Aug 2020: new poll questions)

    Not really.   Nothing about masks on this page.   This from the "Dutch Dr. Fauci":   Bottom line is that they are not convinced there is any benefit.   Denmark:   There is diversity of opinion.   UCLA Professor on the transmission.   Based on other articles, he does not advocate masks for everyone.   It is nice that TTers want to be conscientious, but the ideas about masks are not science based and the lack of support for kids going back to school is absurd.
  14. Covid-19 Poll (UPDATE 9 Aug 2020: new poll questions)

      Which forum rule was violated by my post?  😉   Who are these COVID deniers?  
  15. Covid-19 Poll (UPDATE 9 Aug 2020: new poll questions)

    In Finland, Denmark, Estonia, and Latvia there is no mask mandate.   Look at their case loads on .