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Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 25th June 2022, 09:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 909
Posted By The Atheist
I can see an enlightened alien species thinking...

I can see an enlightened alien species thinking that, but the other species is humankind.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 25th June 2022, 07:07 PM
Replies: 2,137
Views: 127,880
Posted By The Atheist
Yeah, smart move, it does decline fast. I'm...

Yeah, smart move, it does decline fast.

I'm very pleased to have got my shot right before it hit everywhere, and the event better news is, the current vaccine is a perfect match for the strains...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 25th June 2022, 03:18 PM
Replies: 2,137
Views: 127,880
Posted By The Atheist
This pretty well says it all about the current...

This pretty well says it all about the current state of covid - in NZ, there are over 2.5 times more people in hospital with influenza than covid.
...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 25th June 2022, 05:30 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 5,051
Posted By The Atheist
Is that the same Pelosi who backed an...

Is that the same Pelosi who backed an anti-abortion Democratic Party candidate, or is there another Pelosi I don't know about?



One word: god.

I've been saying for decades, once you believe...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th June 2022, 07:20 PM
Replies: 292
Views: 5,051
Posted By The Atheist
As was it ever thus. Jesus, I hate the 21st...

As was it ever thus.

Jesus, I hate the 21st century.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th June 2022, 07:19 PM
Replies: 292
Views: 5,051
Posted By The Atheist
:dl: Genius! Lucky the law of...

:dl:

Genius!

Lucky the law of abstinence will prevail in your imaginary world, because no teacher is going to be teaching sex ed for fear of being labelled a groomer by the insane anti-abortion...
Forum: USA Politics 24th June 2022, 07:16 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,923
Posted By The Atheist
Comment of the year! I love America. It's...

Comment of the year!

I love America. It's like the worst reality TV program ever: think Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump, Martha Stewart and Kid Rock on Love Island Naked.

Every time you think the...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 22nd June 2022, 05:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 909
Posted By The Atheist
What the headline should read.

What the headline should read.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 19th June 2022, 06:55 PM
Replies: 638
Views: 11,453
Posted By The Atheist
Your first one says it all: the violent...

Your first one says it all:

the violent rhetoric against trans people is infuriating

Yeah, forcing people to compete on a level playing field is violent.



Soccer. Big deal - it's the one...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 19th June 2022, 01:22 PM
Replies: 638
Views: 11,453
Posted By The Atheist
I'm sure that kind of thinking is due to some...

I'm sure that kind of thinking is due to some countries not playing netball.



As noted, thankfully, world swimming have seen the light, and hopefully that becomes the benchmark.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 18th June 2022, 10:11 PM
Replies: 2,137
Views: 127,880
Posted By The Atheist
The WHO sets out why they're not given separate...

The WHO sets out why they're not given separate names, and it looks like there hasn't been a new variant or sub-variant discovered this year.
...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 17th June 2022, 06:33 PM
Replies: 2,137
Views: 127,880
Posted By The Atheist
Emphasising yet again what a strange virus this...

Emphasising yet again what a strange virus this is.

I was wondering just before - I haven't heard of any new variants for some time, we must be due.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 16th June 2022, 07:00 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 4,050
Posted By The Atheist
A typical load of fetid dingo's kidneys from...

A typical load of fetid dingo's kidneys from someone drenched in the art.

If we only discussed topics with new information, we could get rid of 97% of all threads.
Forum: USA Politics 16th June 2022, 04:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 837
Posted By The Atheist
I believe the article - and you - are confusing...

I believe the article - and you - are confusing the laws of supply and demand with profiteering.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 16th June 2022, 04:50 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 4,050
Posted By The Atheist
That's because christians are stupid and deluded...

That's because christians are stupid and deluded and don't actually read the bibble, they just swallow the cherry-picked nonsense told by their tithe collector.



:dl:

Retracted without a...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th June 2022, 03:37 PM
Replies: 2,137
Views: 127,880
Posted By The Atheist
I'm seeing that over and over again. I'm now...

I'm seeing that over and over again.

I'm now absolutely certain that all of the people dying of covid fall into one of three categories. Based on NZ data, they're:

Not vaccinated - 10% of...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 15th June 2022, 03:59 PM
Replies: 2,137
Views: 127,880
Posted By The Atheist
This is interesting, and potentially really bad...

This is interesting, and potentially really bad news: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300614489/australian-researchers-find-parallels-between-alzheimers-and-longcovid-brain-fog
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 15th June 2022, 03:15 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 4,494
Posted By The Atheist
Yeah, nah. You answer it yourself: If...

Yeah, nah. You answer it yourself:



If I'm sentient because I say I am, a computer can do the same.

I think, 2400 years after Socrates, we ought to be able to do better.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 14th June 2022, 03:01 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 4,494
Posted By The Atheist
Can someone direct me to the post where consensus...

Can someone direct me to the post where consensus was achieved on the definition of "sentience"?

Thanks
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 14th June 2022, 01:51 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 4,494
Posted By The Atheist
Somewhere on the internet, a christian has read...

Somewhere on the internet, a christian has read your post and is busy constructing the next "Why consciousness proves god exists" meme.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th June 2022, 12:21 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 4,494
Posted By The Atheist
Chess is easy - it's a series of calculations and...

Chess is easy - it's a series of calculations and I was always surprised it took so long to beat a grandmaster.

Now, give me a computer that can beat a human at Spades and I'll be impressed.


...
Forum: USA Politics 12th June 2022, 07:01 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 8,502
Posted By The Atheist
All of which are facts demonstrated by the bloke...

All of which are facts demonstrated by the bloke himself.



I can only presume it's some flaw in your cognitive abilities, because there's nothing about DeSantis that makes him like Hitler, and...
Forum: USA Politics 12th June 2022, 06:32 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 8,502
Posted By The Atheist
You're welcome to ask for it to be merged - I'll...

You're welcome to ask for it to be merged - I'll blame the terrible search function. The only one I saw about him and covid, which isn't relevant.



I think the primaries will be the uphill...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 12th June 2022, 05:55 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 4,494
Posted By The Atheist
The other question is whether the current view of...

The other question is whether the current view of what sentience is fits AI?

And would a sentient robot let us know?
Forum: USA Politics 12th June 2022, 01:40 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 8,502
Posted By The Atheist
The [President] Ron DeSantis Thread

Trump has one, despite not having been president for a couple of years, so DeSantis, USA's next president, should have his own thread.

I wonder if the Republicans are quietly playing...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 12th June 2022, 01:24 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 4,494
Posted By The Atheist
Is LaMDA Sentient?

Depends what metric you use to measure sentience, but it;s being claimed that LaMDA has got as far as [I]cogito, ergo sum[...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 10th June 2022, 03:36 PM
Replies: 2,137
Views: 127,880
Posted By The Atheist
Both, I'd say. I've now had both my in-laws...

Both, I'd say.

I've now had both my in-laws catch and survive covid.

88 & 86 respectively, with heart disease, diabetes and just about every other age-related disease between them and they...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 10th June 2022, 03:32 PM
Replies: 2,137
Views: 127,880
Posted By The Atheist
Some serious vindication in there for the South...

Some serious vindication in there for the South African doctors. Sometimes, anecdotal evidence is right on the money.

Right now, my only remaining question about covid is how long before it's...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 7th June 2022, 10:00 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 19,952
Posted By The Atheist
I think you have that completely wrong, and the...

I think you have that completely wrong, and the immediate response by Modi and the BJP says you're wrong, too.

Despite evidence to the contrary, Modi isn't a complete idiot, and is ~70% reliant on...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 7th June 2022, 09:53 PM
Replies: 502
Views: 95,459
Posted By The Atheist
:dl: Priceless!

:dl:

Priceless!
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 7th June 2022, 10:51 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 14,506
Posted By The Atheist
No doubt about that at all. Freedom of the...

No doubt about that at all.

Freedom of the press, my arse.

It shows that the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the Danish cartoonists worked - we live in a world where only Southpark is game to...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 7th June 2022, 10:47 AM
Replies: 368
Views: 26,964
Posted By The Atheist
China getting quite bolshy over other people's...

China getting quite bolshy over other people's planes flying in the South China Sea, with now Canada reporting a bit of trouble after Aussie had the same problem a couple of days ago:...
Forum: USA Politics 7th June 2022, 02:50 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,957
Posted By The Atheist
I was just coming to see if that news had hot...

I was just coming to see if that news had hot here yet.

Two of the world's most-disgusting and furthest-right people coming together. A match surely made in heaven.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 7th June 2022, 02:44 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 14,506
Posted By The Atheist
Far as I can tell, no media outlet is quoting it....

Far as I can tell, no media outlet is quoting it.

I had to go to reddit to see what she actually said, and it seemed pretty legitimate stating of the known fact that he married a pre-pubescent...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 6th June 2022, 11:54 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 14,506
Posted By The Atheist
The reaction to an Indian politician speaking the...

The reaction to an Indian politician speaking the truth about Mo's love affair with pre-pubescent girls seems to show very clearly how seriously the muslins take their blasphemy.
...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 3rd June 2022, 05:29 PM
Replies: 2,137
Views: 127,880
Posted By The Atheist
There's a confounding factor there as well - the...

There's a confounding factor there as well - the near-zero death rate of influenza on 2020 & 2021, and then it's hitting hard this year. We found in NZ that deaths were down by 1-2% in those years,...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 3rd June 2022, 02:51 AM
Replies: 2,137
Views: 127,880
Posted By The Atheist
The best guide is total deaths per month, and the...

The best guide is total deaths per month, and the ones I've seen show that deaths are no higher, or marginally higher, than baseline numbers pre-covid.

UK - marginally higher...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 2nd June 2022, 09:26 PM
Replies: 2,137
Views: 127,880
Posted By The Atheist
Just a snippet for the doomsayers - covid is now...

Just a snippet for the doomsayers - covid is now killing 1200 people a day worldwide, and there's no doubt that includes people who died with rather because of covid.

That's slightly more than...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 2nd June 2022, 09:05 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 987
Posted By The Atheist
No irony in the boss of the place being a real...

No irony in the boss of the place being a real turkey.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 2nd June 2022, 09:04 PM
Replies: 1,929
Views: 32,371
Posted By The Atheist
Jesus H Christ. Fun country you have there.

Jesus H Christ.

Fun country you have there.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 2nd June 2022, 04:18 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 3,283
Posted By The Atheist
I'm not arguing what should be, I'm saying what...

I'm not arguing what should be, I'm saying what is. Starbucks, Macdonald's and thousands of other businesses provide no intrinsic value, but they provide jobs and pay taxes.



You're talking a...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 2nd June 2022, 03:02 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 987
Posted By The Atheist
Did Ceylon, Dutch East Indies, Rhodesia and...

Did Ceylon, Dutch East Indies, Rhodesia and Yugoslavia vote on it?
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 2nd June 2022, 02:59 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 3,283
Posted By The Atheist
He's not the only one - there's a substantial...

He's not the only one - there's a substantial move to get people back to work in NZ, and a lot of companies are now demanding people return to their offices.

While it may be that productivity is...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 2nd June 2022, 02:41 PM
Replies: 2,137
Views: 127,880
Posted By The Atheist
Me three, and I think there are two different...

Me three, and I think there are two different things in play:

1 - some people take a long time to rid their body of the virus. I have no problem agreeing that that is a specific symptom and that...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 2nd June 2022, 02:06 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 19,952
Posted By The Atheist
Nice. The parallels with Nazi Germany are very...

Nice. The parallels with Nazi Germany are very visible.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 2nd June 2022, 02:02 PM
Replies: 1,929
Views: 32,371
Posted By The Atheist
Oh, duh! ******* don't go to school. They...

Oh, duh!

******* don't go to school. They stay home and shoot each other.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st June 2022, 11:48 AM
Replies: 368
Views: 26,964
Posted By The Atheist
Pure gold! China Says It Will Work With...

Pure gold!

China Says It Will Work With Russia to Promote ‘Real Democracy’...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st June 2022, 03:36 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,233
Posted By The Atheist
I love the way you're swallowing every lie the...

I love the way you're swallowing every lie the CCP promulgates.

They've understated the case load by tens or hundreds of thousands; they've understated the death toll by hundreds hundreds or...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 31st May 2022, 01:14 PM
Replies: 2,137
Views: 127,880
Posted By The Atheist
I thought we already knew that. And whether...

I thought we already knew that.

And whether that's just part of the whole long covid conundrum is another question.

There's a great piece in The Week right now with the headline:

What the...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th May 2022, 03:07 PM
Replies: 1,929
Views: 32,371
Posted By The Atheist
"Remember that school shooting that was so...

"Remember that school shooting that was so horrific even other mass shootings stopped for a while?"

"No"

"Me neither...
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