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Old 07.10.2020, 09:34 PM   #1241
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University of Houston researchers create heated air filter that can kill coronavirus 'instantly'
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Beyond belief. OF FUCKING COURSE they should be mandatory, everywhere, we're way past the "debate" on it. As I've said before, here you can't do shit without a mask on and has been so for months; unfortunately, this measure has not been part of a comprehensive plan New Zealand-style, so when it comes to the pandemic we have some wretched statistics. In any case (and as much as Trump deserves to be shat on for letting his country fly blind): Britons returning to the pubs, the French back to their crowded cafés and sipping wine along the Seine, brutish Serbians violently protesting lockdowns... The human race is just too stupid to deal with this. An actual zombie apocalypse would be easier.
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Beyond belief. OF FUCKING COURSE they should be mandatory, everywhere, we're way past the "debate" on it. As I've said before, here you can't do shit without a mask on and has been so for months; unfortunately, this measure has not been part of a comprehensive plan New Zealand-style, so when it comes to the pandemic we have some wretched statistics. In any case (and as much as Trump deserves to be shat on for letting his country fly blind): Britons returning to the pubs, the French back to their crowded cafés and sipping wine along the Seine, brutish Serbians violently protesting lockdowns... The human race is just too stupid to deal with this. An actual zombie apocalypse would be easier.

The government have been a total joke in handling this whole thing. God knows what the dithering about wearing masks is. I was walking through town yesterday and I could count on one hand how many people I saw wearing masks.

It's too easy to pass the blame onto the public and say "well they should know better" and that's exactly what the government wants people to do. Rather than hold the people put in charge to handle the whole mess.
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a bit of copypasta from new scientist:

Horror movie fans are better at coping with the coronavirus pandemic
Fans of horror films like Contagion seem to be coping better with the pandemic

Everyone is entitled to one good scare – and it may be good for us. People who watch a lot of horror films and those who are morbidly curious about unpleasant subjects seem to be more psychologically resilient to the covid-19 pandemic, a study reveals.

“Horror users tended to have less psychological distress,” says Coltan Scrivner at the University of Chicago.

The research was prompted by a question from New Scientist news editor Penny Sarchet. In a Twitter conversation with horror researcher Mathias Clasen at Aarhus University in Denmark, Sarchet asked “if people who like apocalyptic/horror movies (which I’ve always hated!) will be more resilient to the trauma of this pandemic”.

Scrivner, Clasen and their colleagues decided to find out. They asked 310 US volunteers which film genres they liked, including horror and other “prepper” genres such as post-apocalyptic and alien invasion. They also asked whether people had seen pandemic-themed films such as Contagion. The volunteers then took personality tests and a questionnaire designed to measure their morbid curiosity: their motivation to seek out information about dangerous situations or phenomena.

Coping with covid-19
Alongside this, the volunteers were asked how well they were coping with the covid-19 pandemic, both whether they were still having positive experiences despite the crisis, and whether they were experiencing unusually severe negative states like anxiety. Participants were also asked how well-prepared they had been – for instance, whether the pandemic’s consequences took them by surprise.

Fans of horror movies were less prone to negative mental states. “Which suggested to us, maybe with horror it’s about emotion regulation,” says Scrivner. Watching scary movies “allows me to give myself the experience of being afraid and then conquering that fear”. This may be one of the underlying reasons for people’s fascination with scary stories.

The prepper genres, which all feature society’s institutions collapsing, had an additional benefit. “We find that same decrease in psychological distress, but you also find an increase in preparedness,” says Scrivner. The team found a similar pattern for pandemic-themed movies. “People who’ve seen none at all were much less prepared than people who said they’d seen many.”

Finally, people with high levels of morbid curiosity showed a different profile. “It really predicted positive resilience, enjoying things despite the pandemic,” says Scrivner. “People who scored high in morbid curiosity were no different in the psychological distress, they weren’t more or less prepared, but they did exhibit more positive resilience.”


This may be because morbidly curious people are doing a lot of fact-finding. “Presumably a pandemic presents a really interesting opportunity to gather lots of really cool information,” says Scrivner.

Margee Kerr of the University of Pittsburgh would like to see the work peer reviewed to be sure the results are secure. Assuming they are, though, she says it’s not clear why horror fans should show this resilience. “Is it a matter of having learned better emotional regulation through viewing horror movies, or are they somehow better at emotional regulation to begin with?”

It isn’t clear how useful the findings will be in practice, says Scrivner. “Do I think you could watch a bunch of horror movies and then you’d be fine for wave two of coronavirus? No. There’s so many other factors.” For instance, it may be that only the real gorehounds show a meaningful increase in resilience. However, Scrivner adds that cognitive behavioural therapy also includes techniques for regulating emotions. “It could be trainable in some ways,” he says.

Reference: PsyArXiv, DOI: https://psyarxiv.com/4c7af/

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Paul Krugman's NYT newsletter, July 14. He absolutely nails it in the paragraph I put in bold:


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A plague of petty grievances

The great re-closing has begun. California is entering a de facto second lockdown. Many southern states, which actually have worse outbreaks than California, should be doing the same, although it seems all too likely that Republican governors will, true to form, wait too long to take effective actions. Nonetheless, it’s now clear that the rush to resume normal life was an act of immense folly, for which we will pay a heavy price in both lives and money.

In today’s column, I emphasized, in particular, the folly of permitting large gatherings and opening bars. This was in part, I have to admit, because I liked the rhetorical device of suggesting that we compromised our children’s future so we could go out drinking. But it’s also true that drinking in groups, a situation in which people naturally become loud and boisterous, has to be among the activities most likely to fuel a pandemic spread by airborne droplets.

It occurs to me, however, that some readers might think that I have a problem with the idea of people having fun, or that I think we got into this mess because people wanted to have a good time. I plead not guilty on both counts.

There may be an element of censoriousness in some critiques of reopening; enough with the photos of crowded beaches! But Puritanism, which H.L. Mencken famously described as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy,” wasn’t a major factor in the alarm I and others felt as we barreled toward our current crisis.

And for what it’s worth, while bars aren’t my thing, indie music concerts — lots of people standing in a small space, beers in hand while the performers and sometimes the audience sing — are. Today’s music selection is a video I shot eight months, and an eternity, ago.

Nor do I believe that the natural human desire for a good time is what got us into our current crisis.

People are people, and can’t be expected to behave with inhuman self-restraint. Anyone who imagines that we can reopen colleges and expect undergraduates to practice social distancing has forgotten what it was like to be 19.

But fun-loving young people didn’t drive the disastrous March/April push to LIBERATE (as Donald Trump put it) states under lockdown. Much of that push, instead, came from the top down — from Trump and his allies who wanted to goose the stock market, from business interests who wanted to bring back lost profits.

And the psychology behind grass roots opposition to social distancing — behind all those people raging against being required to wear a face mask — doesn’t have much if anything to do with a desire to enjoy life.

What it reflects, instead — or at least that’s what I believe — is a pervasive resentment among some Americans at the idea that they might be asked to bear any burden, even a small inconvenience, for the sake of others. In fact, the small inconveniences seem to provoke the biggest displays of rage.

I first noticed this phenomenon decades ago, when I was living in Massachusetts and saw how a local talk radio host whipped up rage against the state’s mandatory seatbelt law. (The law was reinstated after a surge in deaths.) I’ve seen it on environmental issues, with right-wing pundits suggesting violent action against local officials over things like the ban on phosphates in detergents — hey, this was meant to prevent toxic algal blooms, but possibly means that your dishwasher doesn’t work quite as well.

In other words, the problem isn’t people who want to enjoy themselves, it’s people who act out their petty grievances — encouraged and empowered by the pettiest, most grievance-filled man ever to occupy the White House. And in the face of a pandemic, pettiness can be lethal.


Quick Hits

How New York and its governor, after a bad start, rose to the occasion.

Arizona’s governor didn’t, and the public has noticed.

The president doesn’t need experts, he can listen to game show hosts.

Of course Stephen Moore is leading the smear campaign against Anthony Fauci.


Facing the Music

I shot this on my phone at Rockwood Music Hall last November — without magnification. (I got a friend to hold my beer.) How long it will be before we can have experiences like this again?
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