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show of hands, do we really even need two corona threads anymore?    It seems like everyone just posts whatever they want wherever they want anyway, and maybe that's not the end of the world.  The only reason I haven't closed or merged them is because it doesn't seem to make much difference if there are one or two, as long as there aren't twenty.

 

Thoughts?

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@dessa_dangerous  The line between the two threads definitely has blurred, but there is still a line.  The other thread seems to have become mostly memes.  This thread has ventured into conspiracy theory and hyperbole on a number of occasions, but it is still a bit more informative than silly.

 

I would prefer to keep the threads separate.

 

(edit)  Sorry, I seem to have got mixed up about the threads - THIS thread is the silly meme thread, the OTHER thread is a bit more informative.

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16 minutes ago, dessa_dangerous said:

show of hands, do we really even need two corona threads anymore?

 

It seems like everyone just posts whatever they want wherever they want anyway, and maybe that's not the end of the world.

 

The only reason I haven't closed or merged them is because it doesn't seem to make much difference if there are one or two, as long as there aren't twenty.

 

Thoughts?

 

Yes, no (I don't), are you serious, yes.

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Keep 2 threads, I agree with the others that the separation is a bit blurred, but that thread is 240 pages and this one is 120, that would be a huge thread if combined.

 

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"Table For One"

 

Bord För En restaurant consists of a single table and chair in a field (Credit: Credit: Bord För En)

 

Sweden's single-diner restaurant:

 

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When Sweden implored its citizens to socially distance themselves, one couple answered that call to duty in an unconventional way.

The romantic picture of sitting in a lush meadow surrounded by blooming wildflowers and dining from a picnic basket might conjure up thoughts of Instagram lifestyle influencers, who tend to be mostly female. But for Linda Karlsson, her novel dining idea’s main demographic has surprised her.

“Men,” she said. “It has been almost only men who have booked the table.”

 

“The table” she refers to is, in fact, her new restaurant Bord För En (Table For One), which opened on 10 May. Located in Ransäter, a tiny rural town tucked in the Swedish countryside in Värmland, around 350km west of Stockholm, it consists of a sole wooden table and single chair set in her garden overlooking a verdant pasture. A candle and bouquet of wildflowers finish off the demure table setting.

 

The story behind this new venture is as sweet as the setting. When Karlsson’s elderly parents wanted to visit her during the current Covid-19 situation, she and her partner, Rasmus Persson, needed to devise a way of sharing a meal with them without compromising their health. Since they couldn’t sit at the same table for safety reasons, they decided to set up a table outside in the garden to “remotely dine” with Karlsson’s parents while they conversed through the window.

 

BBC

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Get a German there on New Year’s Eve and make it Dinner for One!

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Misinformation about the origins of Covid-19 is far more likely to be spread by pro-Trump, QAnon or Republican bots on Twitter than any other source, according to a study commissioned by the Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology.

In late March, when the coronavirus pandemic was taking hold in the US and across much of the rest of the world, two researchers at Queensland University of Technology, Timothy Graham and Axel Bruns, analysed 2.6m tweets related to coronavirus, and 25.5m retweets of those tweets, over the course of 10 days.

They filtered out legitimate accounts from those accounts most likely to be bots, which can be identified when they retweet identical coronavirus-related content within one second of each other...

 

 

the rest

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After 2 months alcohol in South-Africa is allowed again. Must have been a sobering experience.

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Been doing some virtual sightseeing on Europe's favourite train set, Switzerland. A lot of the scenic routes are on Google Streetview. Just click the little man on the railway track.

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This is a screen-shot from a train on the route from Tirano in Italy to Chur in Switzerland. The usual 360° views are available. The cameraman is sat on the wagon

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On 6/5/2020, 1:03:15, Janx Spirit said:

Yay!  :) For all you musicians out there, we can practice again starting Monday:

 

"Musiker dürfen wieder gemeinsam proben"

 

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/bayern/corona-bayern-news-1.4775078

 

Get your earplugs ready!

 

https://www.corona-katastrophenschutz.bayern.de/faq/index.php

 

 

"Das gemeinsame Üben und Proben von Instrumentalmusik in Gruppen von höchstens zehn Personen inkl. Leiter wird ebenfalls ab dem 8. Juni 2020 wieder möglich sein. Der Mindestabstand zwischen den Musikern muss zwei Meter, bei Blasinstrumenten drei Meter betragen. Eine Mund-Nasen-Bedeckung müssen alle Musiker tragen – außer bei Blasinstrumenten. Außerdem sollen die Proben nach Möglichkeit im Freien stattfinden."


"The joint practice and rehearsal of instrumental music in groups of no more than ten people including the leader will also be possible again from 8 June 2020. The minimum distance between the musicians must be two metres, for wind instruments three metres. All musicians must wear a mouth-and-nose cover - except for wind instruments. In addition, rehearsals should take place outside if possible".

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

 

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Psychopathic traits linked to non-compliance with social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic

 

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Blagov found that lower levels of agreeableness and conscientiousness were associated with a reduced likelihood of endorsing health recommendations related to social distancing and hygiene. In other words, people who were less sympathetic/cooperative and people who were less responsible/organized were less likely to engage in preventative measures.

 

In addition, people who scored higher on the psychopathic subtraits of meanness and disinhibition tended to show less interest in social distancing and hygiene. Meanness and disinhibition also predicted the endorsement of behavior that puts others at risk of infection, such as touching or sneezing on high-use surfaces in public. Disinhibition reflects poor impulse control, while meanness describes the lack of regard for others.

 

Now who could have predicted that?

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12 hours ago, El Jeffo said:

 

Are you suggesting that the people attending the mass protests over the weekend have psychopathic tendencies?   

 

I don't agree, but the virus does not really care about the motivations for non-compliance.   

 

Here is an interesting thread from an Virologist from a respected Cancer research institute in Seattle who supports the protests, but is professional enough to try to quantify the effects.   

 

End effect is an additional 1500 cases and 75 additional deaths per day of protest, though he acknowledges that the modeling is difficult, i.e. with high chance of error (just like the other models).  

 

 

 

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Seen elsewhere:

 

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I was not surprised to see Horse Racing become the first elite sport to resume, albeit behind closed doors. It's called lobbying and it's big business. 

I can imagine the scene at 10DS ...

 

Switchboard: Hello, Number 10 Downing Street.

 

Queen:            Hello, One wishes to speak to One's Prime Minister.

 

Switchboard:   Who shall I say is calling?

 

Queen:            We are Her Majesty.

 

PPS:                Prime Minister, the palace on the telephone sir.

 

Boris:              Is it ... you know

 

PPS:                Her Majesty, yes Prime Minister

 

Boris:              Put it through, quickly man!

 

Boris:              Your Majesty.

 

Queen:           Hello Margaret, is that you?

 

Boris:             No Your Majesty, it's Mr Johnson, your Prime Minister, how may I serve

 

Queen:          I've had Khan on the telephone

 

Boris:            Sadiq?

 

Queen:         Who?

 

Boris:           Sadiq Khan m'am, the Mayor of London

 

Queen:        No, Aga, lives in the desert, lots of race horses. Reckons this lock down is costing him millions, wants to know when we can get back to it. His vet assures him that the horses can't catch COVID-19, so surely we can hold a few races, get down to Epsom and Ascot maybe. 

 

Boris:           But m'am, we are in the grips of a global pandemic, we are only doing what we are to protect the public. I mean, what about the jockeys?

 

Queen:        That's no problem, One is assured that there are plenty of spares. Perhaps a few races at Royal Ascot?

 

Boris:          A few, how many?

 

Queen:       36 should do it.

 

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BBC Newsreader: And now for the sport. The government has given the go ahead for 36 races to be held over five days at a rescheduled Royal Ascot meeting next week ....

 

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