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by Dan74
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 711
Views: 28699

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Meanwhile in India... https://www.ft.com/content/10d8f5e8-74eb-11ea-95fe-fcd274e920ca?fbclid=IwAR36SPq_hEchtoKDT8A9Z2ksGs8o2Y6dGoZzMUKFj8ytNr20hdxD6Cw-Eqw Arundhati Roy: ‘The pandemic is a portal’ The novelist on how coronavirus threatens India — and what the country, and the world, should do next....
by Dan74
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 711
Views: 28699

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

I think Nemo is largely right, at least as regards there being a lot more infected than the confirmed cases. Looking at Korea, which tested the most extensively of everyone, the mortality stands at 1.5%. It is likely lower. Sure in Italy, there were factors like a very old population, poor air quali...
by Dan74
Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dukkha and pure mathematics.
Replies: 33
Views: 2523

Re: Dukkha and pure mathematics.

I totally agree, that's exactly my problem with mathematics as is taught today, i.e., without the mystical side which by all evidence the Pythagoreans did emphasize. Perharps it was a peculiar development in a specific society and thereafter suited only to a peculiar type of personality. But it has...
by Dan74
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 65
Views: 1378

Re: Alan Watts

Until that is, I did my first actual Zen retreat. And then I realised I had not the faintest idea. What made you realize that? Meditation? Other sources / studies it were taught to you there? Meditation, initially. Restlessness, not coping with pain, Endless story-making and getting caught up in it...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 65
Views: 1378

Re: Alan Watts

I think he was just a brilliant guy, very very clever and with an incredible gift of gab. Zen to him was a wonderful intellectual adventure, not a praxis. I enjoyed his book The Way of Zen tremendously. It made perfect sense to me and I thought I had Zen figured out. Until that is, I did my first ac...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 711
Views: 28699

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Putting aside the Nazi-worthy comments, I thought there were some strict measures being implemented as we speak? What makes you think the future is really so bleak? In the Canton of Geneva, we have about 1 case for every 300 people (compare to 1 in every 750 in New York State), in the city of Geneva...
by Dan74
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 711
Views: 28699

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

There may be some cause for optimism, people. If you look at the US data, the daily new deaths and the daily new infected vs recovered has gone down for the last two days. There may be other explanations, of course, and the virus sometimes spreads to new vulnerable locations after being successfully...
by Dan74
Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 711
Views: 28699

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

According to the WHO advil and other ibuprofin may be an aggravting factor in COVID-19: https://news.yahoo.com/avoid-taking-ibuprofen-covid-19-symptoms-202007508.html Just a note: there doesn't seem to be any concrete explanation at the moment as to why this may be the case, but this does come form...
by Dan74
Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 711
Views: 28699

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

That is a sanitized timeline. First case is now tracked back to Nov 17. First samples were destroyed on Jan 2 or 3 depending which side of the date line you are on. China's initial reaction was to hide it. Once docs leaked the info internationally they took decisive action to save face. At best the...
by Dan74
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 711
Views: 28699

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

New and alarming studies: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.05.20031815v1 https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.05.20030502v1 https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/mar/12/coronavirus-most-infections-spread-by-people-yet-to-show-symptoms-scientists Coronavirus: many infect...
by Dan74
Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 711
Views: 28699

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

All schools and unis closed here at least until April 4, but probably longer. No gatherings over 50 people allowed. All borders staffed and checked. Where is 'here'? He lives in Switzerland. Thanks, Malcolm. Correction - events of 100 people and higher banned. Restaurants, bars and discos can conta...
by Dan74
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 711
Views: 28699

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

All schools and unis closed here at least until April 4, but probably longer. No gatherings over 50 people allowed. All borders staffed and checked.
by Dan74
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 711
Views: 28699

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

So, Ireland and France are closing schools to protect the spread amongst children who will then infect parents and grandparents. The UK is saying it is keeping them open as grandparents would otherwise end up looking after them. Just how dim are they? Close schools now and a few kids may infect a f...
by Dan74
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 711
Views: 28699

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

So, Ireland and France are closing schools to protect the spread amongst children who will then infect parents and grandparents. The UK is saying it is keeping them open as grandparents would otherwise end up looking after them. Just how dim are they? Close schools now and a few kids may infect a f...
by Dan74
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 711
Views: 28699

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Well, this is the shit that happens when you vote fascists and crypto-fascists like Trump into power. I don't think so. The entire Western world is more or less doing this. Oh, you missed my point--the pandemic is the outcome of authoritarian hamfistedness. Do you mean the Chinese reacting slowly? ...
by Dan74
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 711
Views: 28699

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Right. So it is a balancing of the economy and containment. I thought as much. Of course this is not said. So much for open societies... they treat the voters as children.. Well, this is the shit that happens when you vote fascists and crypto-fascists like Trump into power. I don't think so. The en...
by Dan74
Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 711
Views: 28699

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

But why does not a single Western government take strong measures from the start? I don't quite get it. We (in Switzerland) are still quibbling over closing the borders. We have given up following up the suspected cases and isolating them when the official number were still in 2 digits and instead ...
by Dan74
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 711
Views: 28699

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

What I don't understand is why in the West, we have given up on containing the virus. Why we are not doing, have not done what they did in Taiwan, Singapore and HK and indeed in China. We have resigned ourselves to a massive number of cases, most of the population eventually succumbing to the infec...
by Dan74
Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 711
Views: 28699

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

What I don't understand is why in the West, we have given up on containing the virus. Why we are not doing, have not done what they did in Taiwan, Singapore and HK and indeed in China. We have resigned ourselves to a massive number of cases, most of the population eventually succumbing to the infect...

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