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Everything posted by speeeeeeedie

  1. I'll guess that the freedom chant is Americans trying to be funny. A new take on the U-S-A one.
  2. I actually like it. It's all part of the event. Poulter just teed off. He was giving the crowd a bit before his drive.
  3. The USA have a much stronger team. They have 8 of the current world top 10; Official World Golf Ranking | PGA TOUR Stats Stricker left out Patrick Reid. He is a very good golfer and has had his moments at prior Ryder Cups. I'm guessing that Stricker thought that Reid + DeChambeau + Koepka was too much but as Reid had had the poorer season he lost out. DeChambeau should be an excellent partner in the foursomes. He'll whack the ball for miles and his partner will play a tidy short game. McIlroy had a few years in the sun but now spends every tournament driving his way to oblivion. I can't see Hatton, Wiesberger, or even old hands Poulter and Westwood being able to overcome the USA's power.
  4. Your research is PhD calibre though isn't it? Entertainer Joe Rogan, a bloke who had to resign for his comments, mad scientist Malone, a very dodgy twitter poll, some odd website that nobody has ever heard of. Professor Nolan never gets a mention though. Neither does any other person who promotes vaccinations. It's the common theme with you; dismissing the obvious and championing the views of quacks. Sounds like a conspiracy theorist to me. If I spend too little time searching Google it seems to me that you spend too much time reading kooks, crazies, sceptics, and self promoters. You've been misled. Coronavirus is real. Vaccines are helping to lessen the load. Here is data form the UK, and Ireland. Hospitalisations and deaths in both countries dropped dramatically once vaccines became available in January. Coincidence? No. Ireland's COVID19 Data Hub (arcgis.com) Healthcare in the UK | Coronavirus in the UK (data.gov.uk) Deaths in the UK | Coronavirus in the UK (data.gov.uk) What are you scared of? Needles? Have you spoken to any front line healthcare staff? What would you have done differently?
  5. Are you able to form an opinion that isn't borne out of conspiracy theories?e to You called the article rubbish but posted a long YouTube video of his wacky pontifications. Speak to a few nurses over here who are dealing with people who listened to and believed people like Malone, Joe Rogan, and others. It's heartbreaking for them, the sick, and families that have lost family members due to individuals deciding not to get vaccinated. A multitude of readily available real world data confirms that vaccines are safe, effective, and dramatically cut hopsitalisation and death. What are you scared of?
  6. In my view there are 2 main reasons, followed by a host of smaller ones. The 2, in no order of importance are; Misinformation and unsubstantiated information given easy avenues to spread by both traditional and social media. A lost trust in governments. It's been on a steady decline for years; 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer.pdf I will add that as information available on coronavirus isn't complete it opens the door to people questioning all that is known and coming to a different conclusion.
  7. The Ryder Cup is a few days away. It's one of my favourite sporting events. It's always a good watch. The US captain gets to pick 6 of his 12, the European only 3. Here is a good BBC summary; Ryder Cup 2021: Format, schedule, teams and how to follow - BBC Sport I'd have to favour the USA this time out. It's on US soil with very few European fans, and a strong US squad. However, the wild card is cohesion. The European lads tend to really get along, whereas the US have had issues in the past. This time out it's DeChambeau and Koepka. Can they put their differences behind them for the week? Stricker has his work cut out. Harrington has gone with experience. Westwood, Garcia, and Poulter are all at the tail end of their careers, but all know how to win Ryder Cups. Rahm is a talent, but can be wayward. I wonder if he and Garcia will be paired up?
  8. I grew up watching Saint and Greavise on a Saturday lunch time. It was a while before I learned that they were both former footballers. Oh how life was without YouTube and Google. He scored boatloads of goals. Was he a selfish type? Did teams he play on succeed or did he take all the limelight?
  9. You could have saved a lot of typing if you'd have showed your source material a few days ago. The first page of my google search came up with this somewhat forgiving article on him; Robert Malone: Vaccine Scientist, Vaccine Skeptic - The Atlantic You have been hoodwinked. He is spinning a yarn. A tall tale. A fantasy. Albeit one borne out of expertise which makes it dangerous. Coronavirus is real, vaccines to combat it work very well. Empirical data from institutions all over the world backs that up. Malone is smart, has knowledge, and therefore the veneer of legitimacy. But he cannot back up his claims with data. No doubt you'll cry that he's been pushed out and silenced, and the data is irregular. Occam's razor is at work here.
  10. You've got it all wrong. The "experts" you and I listen to are feeding us bad information. The real ones have been sidelined, shut down, quietened, shoved into the dirt, but do pop up on Joe Rogan now and again to tell it straight. Only they know the real truth.
  11. Less of the condescension please. No need to resort to attempted insults. It's an easy link to make. In your world "experts" are "shutdown". We are all following "blindly" without "open minds". What would the "experts" you know have done differently? You are the only person on here continually questioning everything regarding coronavirus and vaccines. Others have had misgivings of arenas within it, vaccine passports, death numbers, etc, but I don't see anyone outside of you and trying their hardest to deny its existence. Are you the only one who is right?
  12. Please tell us what should have been done to avert a global pandemic. Or is it all made up?
  13. I use USA data as that's where I live, and as a result I know I come across differently than a UK resident. I agree that zero covid is impractical. In January 50% of hospitalisations were over 65. Now it's 33% thanks to vaccination. Over 65's went for it with over 80% having at least a dose. Under 18's consisted of less than 2% in January, they are now over 4%. This population is largely unvaccinated, even with Pfizer being available for kids 12 and up. Delta's emergence and now dominance driving this. If the data supports it and vaccinating younger people helps, why not do it?
  14. Age is the single greatest factor for serious illness. Older people have died at much higher rates than anyone else. See my post to Dreams on pharma. My whole stance is based on the fact that I want people to live and enjoy "normal" lives. Stopping the dying part should be priority 1, but closer to home for me is the disruption it's all caused. Stress on workers. Kids not learning. Social lives disrupted. The reason why coronavirus is so dangerous is that it is benign in many. I think that it will. Viruses that kill their hosts don't survive long.
  15. I'm not saying that the pharmaceutical industry is next to sainthood. I think it would be hard to find a large multinational who doesn't engage in dodgy practices. Oil companies and banks to name two. It's rife. They get away with what they can, and often more due to the strength of their lobbying operations. The premise is that multiple drug companies pushed giving coronavirus vaccines to people who do not need them when all signs point to everyone needing it. There is already enough safety data available for coronavirus vaccines that any of the issues occurring like many of those in your article (a good one by the way) would be known by now. A lot of your article references "off label" prescribing, which is giving a medicine for an indication it's not approved for. Coronavirus vaccines are being given solely for that.
  16. The second part of the first sentence in the article was "to the extent that any vaccine against a new strain of virus raises new safety issues." Then a litany of reasons for why they are safe. I'm sticking with my new world order theory on why you are so unconvinced of the seriousness of coronavirus or the success of vaccines in slowing its march. You may not be in deep but you are there. Coronavirus has upended how everybody lives. The uncertainty and lack of clear answers has created an environment where conspiracy theories thrive. Your statement about big pharma and its "nefarious actions" feeds into it all. It’s preposterous to think that Pfizer, AZ, J&J, and Moderna weren’t on the up and up when developing vaccines. To allege, however indirectly, that they recommended that people take a Covid vaccine they may not need to maximise profits is cuckoo talk. I think that South Carolina is a pretty decent comparison. Population is the same, it's density is similar to Ireland, yet Ireland has far more vaccinated people and far less ICU patients. Coincidence? No. How about Wisconsin then? A little higher population but also rural. Over 300 in the ICU there. Still 5 times higher than highly vaccinated Ireland. Bandying around the % survival rate tells me that you don’t think that coronavirus is serious. Using pre delta variant drug efficacy %’s and plugging articles noting increased breakthrough infections tells me that you are also unconvinced on the effectiveness of Covid vaccines. Irish health experts say that it is serious and vaccines help tremendously. They said so in the article you posted. Did they get paid off by big pharma to say it? I'll go with no. You again mentioned long term side effects, presumably of a vaccine. What are you scared of? Death is more worrisome if you ask me. Long Covid isn't pretty. Feeling rough for a week isn’t fun either. Even quarantining is a pain. I have my own opinions. I’ll debate lockdowns, media stupidity, government actions, the right of the individual, and a host of all other side issues but I’m steadfast on the main point; coronavirus is real, it’s serious, it’s much more deadly than flu, it’s caused no end of personal grief, upended economies, and for some odd reason has polarised some people against science and medicine. Most people recover, most don’t get seriously ill, but many more haven't and the surrounding societal costs have been enormous. I’m not obese either. Why do you ask?
  17. I'm late with my annual Champions League thread. We all know that the usual suspects will be there at the end but I do enjoy watching it. Here are the groups; Group A Man City, PSG, RB Leipzig, Bruges Group B Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Porto, AC Milan Group C Sporting Lisbon, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas Group D Inter, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Sheriff Group E Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kyiv Group F Villarreal, Man United, Atalanta, Young Boys Group G Lille, Seville, Salzburg, Wolfsburg Group H Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit, Malmo
  18. Calling coronavirus vaccines experimental is a charge popular with deniers. They aren't. Here is a summary; Are COVID-19 vaccines experimental? (cosmosmagazine.com) There isn't "no need" for boosters; Covid booster vaccine rollout to begin next week - BBC News Who gets them is the big debate. One argument against boosters is the moral issue of is it right that some people get 3 when half the world hasn't had one? The article you posted actually backs up the case for vaccination. There are less than 60 patients in the ICU in the whole of Ireland. That is an extremely low number. South Carolina has a similar population and make up as Ireland, with a lot less % vaccinated. Presently there are almost 600 in the ICU there. A couple of other quotes from it; “But for the vaccination programme, hospitals would have been overwhelmed,” Dr Henry said. “The impact is also clear in terms of reduced translation of numbers of cases into patients who require intensive care.” and "For every vaccinated person requiring admission to hospital with a breakthrough infection, vaccines avert 10 to 12 other severe infections and hospital admissions, Prof Philip Nolan of the National Public Health Emergency Team estimated last month." The delta variant is a much more virulent strain. It changed the game. It spreads quicker and easier than prior versions. Your last paragraph is also an eye opener. You have said previously that you don't know anyone who's been seriously ill or died from it which makes sense as you come across as relatively young. Due to that it looks like you've come to the conclusion that something isn't right. This then gets backed up by you listening to sceptics like Joe Rogan, when you should be listening to experts like professor Philip Nolan. I do see "different views" on coronavirus. There is the side of the virus is real, it's dangerous, and through unbelievable scientific effort and collaboration vaccines have been developed in record time that should enable countries to manage the pandemic. The other side is fear, doubt, misinformation, and denial. I have seen and continue to see what it does to individuals. It's awful. Governments across the globe have tried mitigation efforts that haven't worked well. I'll not argue against that. Lockdowns were a joke. Furlough schemes inadequate. Business support slapshod. No qualms from me on that. This is exactly what I mean when I accuse you of promoting conspiracy theories. A lot of what you post reads to me as belonging in the realm of the new world order; New World Order (conspiracy theory) - Wikipedia. Nods to distrust and an invisible hand controlling everything from behind the scenes. The Media. Big Pharma. Iffy numbers. None of it is provable but the doubt is easy to sow.
  19. Citing the "media" as the real problem. It's an unprovable allegation that gets bandied around for all sorts. It's not only that, it's the overarching theme in all of his posts on Covid. There is a distrust that originated from who knows where promoted by people and sources who aren't credible experts. I've said before that maybe I'm more sensitive on this as I live in the Covid denier capital of the world and have seen first hand the effects of it. If people weren't bitten by conspiracy bugs, and looking for answers that aren't there this pandemic would be much closer to being over. There are countless people who are now dead because they jumped down the coronavirus is a hoax/vaccines are bad rabbit hole. The other week a radio DJ in Tennessee died who'd spent months making fun of Covid. Today this poor dear died; Chicago woman at center of ivermectin firestorm dies (ajc.com). It's all tragic and easily avoidable.
  20. Here we go again. Nonsense and conspiracies. Coronavirus is real. Get vaccinated.
  21. Forming an opinion based on your posts is not lying. I'll ignore the ludicrous drivel you wrote and instead will thank you for unilaterality "ending the conversation". Good. Hopefully it will be the end of you peddling conspiracies, misinformation, and scepticism regarding the seriousness of the coronavirus and the effectiveness of and the need for coronavirus vaccines on this messageboard. It will be a welcome relief. .
  22. A little knowledge? Spare me. You've been peddling junk and conspiracy theories from all sorts of off the wall sources on here. The latest iteration from Joe Rogan; an entertainer. Your position, for what reason I don't know, is that coronavirus vaccines are voodoo science and should be avoided. Yet experimental treatments, ones that don't work, and others with marginal benefit are fair game. Not lost on me either is that they all have to be administered after someone gets Covid. Your stance genuinely baffles me. Coronavirus vaccines are safe and effective. Yet you spend all day questioning them because as far as I can tell you don't know anyone who's had Covid, are young enough that if you do get it you think that you will be fine, and you spend a lot of time on websites that promote scepticism. Unfortunately I'll not make a headway in changing your warped view. You'll be back spouting more rubbish about some cure all that isn't, how "they" are out to get us, how the "media" is duping everybody, or how some "expert" has proven that the Bilderberg Group is behind it all. I may get through to someone else though. Get vaccinated. You might have a sore arm for a bit, or maybe feel ill for a day if you get Moderna, but it will save you, and potentially others too.
  23. Bill Bryson tells the story a lot better than I. I'd recommend his books. As Blue blood says, he's a great author. I am not.
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