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currentbias

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☣️ "There once was a Doctor AJ
Who came onto Twitter to say
It might be alarming
But T cells are harming
So, avoid reinfection, OK?" - https://mstdn.science/@LeonardiBot

⚠️ I boost a lot of art, photography, and anticapitalist points of view, and write posts about covid* and systemic violence that may not have content warnings (*https://open-source-eschaton.net/@currentbias/tagged/covid)

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currentbias, to academia
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"For $5m, Louisiana's flagship university will let an oil company weigh in on faculty research activities. Or, for $100,000, a corporation can participate in a research study, with 'robust' reviewing powers and access to all resulting intellectual property."

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/apr/21/louisiana-state-university-oil-firms-influence

#academia #climate #environment

currentbias, to H5N1
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The USDA is doubling down on mythical milkborne spread:

"The USDA said cows shed the virus in milk at high concentrations, so anything that comes in contact with unpasteurized milk may spread the disease. Respiratory transmission is not considered a primary way for the virus to spread in cattle, the department added."

No explanation given. Flu is a milkborne pathogen now. Total fucking clownshow

https://www.yahoo.com/news/usda-confirms-cow-cow-transmission-183050781.html

#FluIsAirborne #H5N1 #BirdFlu #AvianFlu #pandemic #PublicHealth

currentbias, to random
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"The report was sparked after hundreds of air traffic controllers filed complaints with the agency that a staff shortage has left them overworked. These complaints coincided with a rise in the number of close calls at airports: in fiscal 2023, the FAA logged 23 serious close calls, up from 11 a decade ago."

https://qz.com/faa-controllers-fatigue-1851422863

currentbias, to random
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currentbias, to random
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Authors of the paper that demonstrated immune dysregulation at least 8 months following mild-to-moderate SARSCoV2 infection have published a followup study demonstrating improvements after 2 years, controlling for reinfection (who wants to bet masks were an integral part of that):

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-024-47720-8

"The exceptions to this were levels of IFNs β and γ, and spike- and NC-specific CD8+ T cells"

currentbias, to random
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Okay, the NIH director admitting in an interview with MedPage Today that persistent live virus is causing chronic outcomes definitely wasn't on my 2024 bingo card:

https://zeroes.ca/@Brad/112278537466877591

We are at the "evidence is undeniable" stage, where you can keep denying it if you are a committed-enough delusion-artist, but it's less and less of a good look from here

currentbias, to random
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4 more years of: well at least wearing a mask in public isn't illegal yet, please

luckytran, to random
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I'm begging journalists to please learn the definition of a pandemic. This is embarrassing. It's been four years!

Governments can't declare the end of the pandemic. The US declared that the public health emergency ended, not the pandemic.

currentbias,
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@BruceMirken @inquiline

Remember that time Biden quite literally said "the pandemic is over" on 60 Minutes:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/18/politics/biden-pandemic-60-minutes/index.html

currentbias, to random
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"Lobbyists for the world’s biggest meat companies have lauded a better than expected outcome at COP28, which they say left them 'excited' and 'enthusiastic' for their industry’s prospects."

What a terrifying sentence

https://www.desmog.com/2024/04/08/us-meat-lobby-celebrates-positive-outcome-cop28/

currentbias, to random
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JeremyMallin, to actuallyautistic
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If you know, you know.

@actuallyautistic

currentbias,
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@JeremyMallin @actuallyautistic I got a Toshiba microwave that let me turn off the beeps and it was one of the best investments I've ever made

currentbias, to random
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currentbias,
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@PacificNic

It would definitely free up a lot of soy for human consumption

currentbias, to random
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I am under the impression that viruses have never been demonstrated to be foodborne, and this stuff about pasteurizing milk from infected cows sounds like public health theater to calm the plebs

FantasticalEconomics, to climate
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"I push back on doomism because I don’t think it’s justified by the science, and I think it potentially leads us down a path of inaction. And there are bad actors today who are fanning the flames of climate doomism because they understand that it takes those who are most likely to be on the front lines, advocating for change, and pushes them to the sidelines, which is where polluters and petrostates want them.”

  • Michael Mann, Climate Expert

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2024/04/forget-doomers-warming-can-be-stopped-top-climate-scientist-says/

currentbias,
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@FantasticalEconomics @jackofalltrades

The framing is flawed, imo, between "warming can be stopped" and "warming cannot be stopped"

Overall, the most correct doomers are asserting, using available data, that certain feedback loops can no longer be stopped. But harm reduction and mitigation are always possible, and this is where the fight is

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@FantasticalEconomics @jackofalltrades

I have not seen any scientific papers make that bold of a claim, either -- doomers are extrapolating that assertion from the data available. My guess is that papers arguing for literally-unstoppable feedback loops probably don't get published. That said, see section 14.4 ("Implications for climate stabilization") in this paper by Hansen et al:

https://pubs.giss.nasa.gov/docs/2011/2011_Hansen_ha06510a.pdf

luckytran, to random
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UPDATE: In the US, COVID wastewater levels are now low.

If you've been holding off getting healthcare or doing other indoor activities, now is one of the best times of the year to do these things more safely.

currentbias,
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This will probably have to be repeated indefinitely

Only wearing masks when cases are high is how they become high in the first place, and if people see drops in wastewater levels as an opportunity to stop masking, they are creating the conditions for the next wave -- one in which they might be patient zero for a new variant

#WearAMask #WearARespirator #CovidIsNotOver

currentbias, to random
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If the body could evolve the means to filter the air it needs, it would. This would be a really intelligent adaptation for the immune system to make, like RNase on skin (the stuff that destabilizes RNA on contact)

Wearing a respirator is an externalized form of this adaptation. It is quite literally adding a layer to your immune system. The immediate tradeoff is a negligible amount of breathing resistance

#WearAMask #WearARespirator #CovidIsAirborne #CovidIsNotOver

currentbias, to random
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currentbias, to random
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"What can we do about #BirdFlu?"

I don't know -- maybe all of the shit the #covid prevention community is already doing. But that would be too embarrassing, wouldn't it? Good thing you can't die of embarrassment

#FluIsAirborne #CovidIsAirborne #pandemic #PublicHealth

currentbias, to random
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Remember to remember, because you are expected to forget

axbom, to random
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Not gonna lie. I tried out Threads for a couple of months to get my own grasp of what it's about. The FOMO can be strong in me.

My personal conclusion is that it can't hold a candle to the Fediverse. It was a novelty for a week or two but once again the algorithm just messes everything up, wanting to "predict" and control what I should be paying attention to.

I've also (again) realised that this right here is where my peeps are, and that is likely the most important aspect of all.

So very happy and thankful for everyone who chooses the fediverse.

I truly doubt that Threads federating with ActivityPub is a good thing – the underlying raison d'être is just very different.

currentbias,
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currentbias, to random
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"Who said what?"
"Covid is airborne."
"But who said it?
"Yeah, the WHO said it."
"The band?"
"No, the world health organization."
"The world has a health organization?"
"I guess not."

currentbias, to random
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Losing my mind that this is in a 2013 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene:

"The growing threat of an influenza pandemic presents a unique challenge to healthcare workers, emergency responders, and the civilian population. [OSHA] recommends [NIOSH]-approved respirators to provide protection against infectious airborne viruses in various workplace settings."

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15459624.2013.818228

#covid #covid19 #pandemic #CovidIsAirborne #CovidIsNotOver #WearAMask #PublicHealth

BlackAzizAnansi, to random
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Has mass protests ever caused any Presidential administration to change their foreign policy?

currentbias,
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@futurebird @BlackAzizAnansi the legal infrastructure for a draft still exists through the Selective Service, but like you said, it would not be popular if used

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