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  1. Probab. not new to many of you ... https://www.visualcapitalist.com/the-anatomy-of-the-2-trillion-covid-19-stimulus-bill/ ... but about the the current hyper-attention to our little nursing home epidemic ... hmmm.... well, that $425B "Loan" to Large Corps has, of course, very little correlation to the CONTINUED media attention and spotlighting. Hmmm .... so the Large Corps are not paying laid off workers (that comes outta that 30% "Individuals" portion) ... and they still need $500B .... wink :; wink ;)
  2. Okay, class, schools are shut but distant learning is the new norm and HOMEWORK is assigned and now due .... The following infographics were featured in the latest (June 2020) issue of Discover Magazine: https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/historys-most-deadly-pandemics-from-the-antonine-plague-to-covid-19 Large sized image of above Concentrating on the second graphic (Death Toll; note COVID-19 data up to Apr 6, 2020), please list all the reasons why this presentations like this -- so common in pop sci -- may be inaccurate, irrelevant, sensationalistic, etc. E.g., (1) COVID-19 deaths age group typically over >60yo (compared to Black Plague, when most people didn't live that long) (2) Improvements in science, nutrition, communication (even compared to 1918 Spanish flu, when there were no ventilators, or antibiotics) (3) etc. (add your own thoughts !)
  3. Wuhan lab(s) -- complicit or not in COVID-19? Potholer54 investigates with reasonable analysis, rationality, facts, and research:
  4. KHashmi316

    Walking and All-Cause Mortality

    And ultra health nuts and marathoners, with superb lifelong habits, can walk (and do) THAT MANY steps. But it's JAMA for Chrissake!! They're supposed to correct for variable and correlations..... PFFFFFFFFFT. ;) ;) ;)
  5. "PSSSSSSSST ..... it ain't that bad." As far comparisons to 1918 flu pandemic, in which the majority of deaths were caused by bacterial pneumonia. Which was pretty much and an untreatable cond. in '18 'cause they ain't had ... antibiotics and ventilators ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacterial_pneumonia#Treatment "PSSSSSSSST ..... COVID-19 ain't that bad."
  6. Just came out today.... A look at the group of people who built the Biosphere 2, a giant replica of the earth's ecosystem, in 1991. 1hr 53 min Director: Matt Wolf Stars: John Allen, Tony Burgess, Jane Goodall , Roy Walford, ... https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11394188/
  7. KHashmi316

    Walking and All-Cause Mortality

    I do almost NO walking these days except in the grocery/supply store. Prior to 2009, I used to put in 5-6 miles worth of steps daily. And my CR'd joints and (especially) feet suffered. Also, walking burns a LOT of calories. Not an easy economy on heavy CR. Indeed, I felt quite drained and exhausted after my daily walks. Since 2009, I do bicycle regularly -- every other day (~7-10 miles), at a leisurely pace of 9-10 mph. On opposite days, I use an indoor (stationary) recumbent bike, leisurely pace, ~20 min. One very important part of my exercise routine is multitasking with a media player (phone or iPod), using earphones, playing mostly music. I used to do audio-books and downloaded podcasts, especially in the "walking days". But concentrating on audio-books or podcasts --while all the other muscle memory (of walking) is active -- often made me "tune out". I guess I can kinda see where the "walk and chew gum" cliche came from. Music + exercise is much more ideal IME. It is a kind of "meditative" time where the mind can drift randomly for a bit. Ideas, thoughts, reflections on current events or what I may have read or watched on YouTube, bounce around in the "exercising brain" in all sorts of novel and amusing ways. HOWEVER, on heavy CR, even music seemed dull and and lifeless near the end of a typical walk (energy depleted, running on fumes, low body fat and low blood-sugar levels, I assume). Cycling-only for exercise, grocery getting, etc., changed everything. But all my podcasts and audio-book (non-music files) listening is at home. Music + biking is hugely enjoyable:... and that is a rare and appreciated phenomenon in the emotionally-buffered mind of a hard--core CR individual. BTW: One thing I have NEVER been able to do is jog or run. That VO2 max test for the WUSTL CR study was pretty much the only time since high-school gym class that I entered jogging/running mode.
  8. How many co-infections (of SARS-COV-2 with other resp. viral infections)? How about ~20% https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/04/researchers-report-21-covid-19-co-infection-rate https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2020/03/covid-19-can-coexist-with-other-respiratory-viruses.html https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/6/20-0299_article Chicken or egg?
  9. Are you into tales about senescence, telomerase, "broken mice" and academic corruption? High drama and complete listenablity (better than the movies!!) in this story .... Advance to approx. 40:00 into podcast. https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9yc3MuYXJ0MTkuY29tL3RoZS1wb3J0YWw&episode=Z2lkOi8vYXJ0MTktZXBpc29kZS1sb2NhdG9yL1YwL0xvUE1mb2FsMnRnV0lZaTg4dHpjV2RKdEhRZkJTZTNMUFhqTl81RzBrNUE&ved=0CCUQzsICahcKEwjQ4uGozPLoAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ&hl=en Refs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bret_Weinstein https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/63672/fruitbat_1.pdf?sequence=1
  10. KHashmi316

    Exercise Effects

    Just checked the Respro web site ... you are now put into a waiting queue before you can enter the site. Also, all product links to Respro have been removed from Amazon. Despite my praise for their products (part of the reason for that being them being the only game in town for THIS type of product), I have always been aware of the company's/products drawback. For one. they were very aggressive in marketing -- incl. frequent marketing emails. Also: their products are $$; not that durable; and fitting (choosing correct size) is not easy. I'm not sure if this waiting queue is not a marketing ploy. In any case, I'm hoping the pandemic forces innovation and evolution in the anti-pollution mask industry. Especially the (hepa) FILTER ...
  11. Food flow maps for USA: This map, courtesy of "Food flows between counties in the United States," shows America's food supply chain. The top map shows food flows between states and some cities. The bottom map shows food flows between counties. (Courtesy of Megan Konar / Environmental Research Letter) https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ab29ae/meta
  12. Glad we discussed the mask before the pandemic came Stateside. How coincidental! Now with this pandemic in full swing, I have noticed quite a few people with similar masks. One of my complaints (from prev discussion) was cost and availability as well as some fitting, breathing, and social-acceptance issues. Hopefully, now, with the increased demand, the technology improves as well as economies of scale. About folks in cars... actually, as a biker, I've noticed that for quite while now, especially since smartphones exploded. I often see those "parkers" engaged with their phones. Maybe they're in a free wifi hotspot. On that note, I wonder if free wifi spots are still active for closed stores, cafes and libraries?
  13. Hmmm ... well a minimal dose for CV infection has not been scientifically established yet ... afaik. But that does not stop the entertainers ...
  14. Those who participated in the WUSTL/Fontana CR human study -- 2002-2008?? -- may remember their stay at WUSTL's Barnes-Jewish hospital. This hospital was in the news recently (NPR Science Friday) pertaining to COVID 19: You can play the podcast here: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/583350334/science-friday