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Currentsitguy

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Member since: Wed Nov 5, 2014, 10:40 AM
Number of posts: 23,187

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46. Small business co-owner. IT Professional by trade.

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PA Governor just cancelled school for the rest of the year

Here's the stupidity: The online system they rolled out requires Flash. Tablets, phones, and Apple products, including PC's aren't compatible. So at this point if you don't own a PC you're basically SOL.

https://www.wpxi.com/news/pennsylvania/live-updates-coronavirus-pennsylvania-what-you-need-know-thursday/B2MELZGY2RGL7HZCPTIRTBOKTI/

Pa. schools ordered to remain closed until end of academic year

UPDATE 10:15 a.m.: HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania schools will remain shuttered for the rest of the academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic that has sickened thousands and caused hundreds of deaths statewide, under an order signed Thursday by the state's education secretary.

The extended shutdown order affects more than 1.7 million students in public and private K-12 schools. It means children will spend the rest of the year learning remotely.

The order applies through the last day of the current academic year, a date that varies among districts because calendars are set by school boards.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Apr 9, 2020, 10:50 AM (14 replies)

In honor of out 1st month of "stay at home"

Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Apr 9, 2020, 08:20 AM (1 replies)

Look at this and shake your head. Neat optical illusion.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed Apr 8, 2020, 01:39 PM (1 replies)

Quokkas break the cute meter

Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed Apr 8, 2020, 09:37 AM (1 replies)

If this turns out to be true, it's very, VERY bad

Take it with a grain of salt, it's from China

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3078840/coronavirus-low-antibody-levels-raise-questions-about

Researchers in Shanghai hope to determine whether some recovered coronavirus patients have a higher risk of reinfection after finding surprisingly low levels of Covid-19 antibodies in a number of people discharged from hospital.

A team from Fudan University analysed blood samples from 175 patients discharged from the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre and found that nearly a third had unexpectedly low levels of antibodies.
In some cases, antibodies could not be detected at all.

“Whether these patients were at high risk of rebound or reinfection should be explored in further studies,” the team wrote in preliminary research released on Monday on Medrxiv.org, an online platform for preprint papers.
Although the study was preliminary and not peer-reviewed, it was the world’s first systematic examination of antibody levels in patients who had recovered from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, the researchers said...

The researchers said they were surprised to find that the antibody “titer” value in about a third of the patients was less than 500, a level that might be too low to provide protection.

“About 30 per cent of patients failed to develop high titers of neutralising antibodies after Covid-19 infection. However, the disease duration of these patients compared to others was similar," they said.

The team also found that antibody levels rose with age, with people in the 60-85 age group displaying more than three times the amount of antibodies as people in the 15-39 age group.

The low amounts of antibodies could affect herd immunity, resistance to the disease among the general population to stop its spread.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed Apr 8, 2020, 08:11 AM (12 replies)

1st Hand Sanitizer run just about done

I really wanted to get this done last week, but I found out my pump to cool the condenser was bad. The replacement just showed up yesterday. When all is said and done this should yield about a gallon. I sould have slightly more again in about 4 days.

Bathtub is for cooling water. I'm on a well, so this seemed to be the best solution without pumping the house dry.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue Apr 7, 2020, 05:44 PM (13 replies)

James Bond's "Pussy Galore" dead at 94

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/apr/06/honor-blackman-james-bond-pussy-galore-avengers-dies-aged-94?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other



Honor Blackman, the actor best-known for playing Bond girl Pussy Galore, has died aged 94.

The actor, who became a household name in the 1960s as Cathy Gale in The Avengers and enjoyed a career spanning eight decades, died of natural causes unrelated to coronavirus.

Blackman’s family called her an “adored mother and grandmother” who possessed “an extraordinary combination of beauty, brains and physical prowess”.

In a statement to the Guardian, her family said: “It’s with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Honor Blackman aged 94. She died peacefully of natural causes at her home in Lewes, Sussex, surrounded by her family. She was much loved and will be greatly missed by her two children Barnaby and Lottie, and grandchildren Daisy, Oscar, Olive and Toby.

“As well as being a much-adored mother and grandmother, Honor was an actor of hugely prolific creative talent; with an extraordinary combination of beauty, brains and physical prowess, along with her unique voice and a dedicated work ethic, she achieved an unparalleled iconic status in the world of film and entertainment and with absolute commitment to her craft and total professionalism in all her endeavours she contributed to some of the great films and theatre productions of our times.”

As well as her parts as Cathy Gale in The Avengers and Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, her family highlighted Blackman’s roles as the vengeful goddess Hera in Jason and the Argonauts and as Laura West in the 1990s sitcom The Upper Hand. She appeared in theatrical productions including The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady and Cabaret.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon Apr 6, 2020, 01:17 PM (4 replies)

A tiger in the Bronx Zoo has it

https://newsroom.wcs.org/News-Releases/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/14010/A-Tiger-at-Bronx-Zoo-Tests-Positive-for-COVID-19-The-Tiger-and-the-Zoos-Other-Cats-Are-Doing-Well-at-This-Time.aspx

Bronx NY, April 5, 2020 -- The following information was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo:


Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo, has tested positive for COVID-19. She, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions had developed a dry cough and all are expected to recover.

This positive COVID-19 test for the tiger was confirmed by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory, based in Ames, Iowa.

We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about COVID-19 will contribute to the world’s continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus.

Though they have experienced some decrease in appetite, the cats at the Bronx Zoo are otherwise doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert, and interactive with their keepers. It is not known how this disease will develop in big cats since different species can react differently to novel infections, but we will continue to monitor them closely and anticipate full recoveries.

The four affected tigers live in the zoo’s Tiger Mountain exhibit. One male Amur tiger that also lives at Tiger Mountain has not exhibited any clinical signs, and a Malayan tiger and two Amur tigers at the zoo’s Wild Asia exhibit have also not exhibited any clinical signs.

None of the zoo’s snow leopards, cheetahs, clouded leopard, Amur leopard, puma or serval are showing any signs of illness. Our cats were infected by a person caring for them who was asymptomatically infected with the virus or before that person developed symptoms. Appropriate preventive measures are now in place for all staff who are caring for them, and the other cats in our four WCS zoos, to prevent further exposure of any other of our zoo cats.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Sun Apr 5, 2020, 08:05 PM (0 replies)

Amazon worker wants you to know dildoes are not "essential items"

https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1245880011455967235
Posted by Currentsitguy | Sat Apr 4, 2020, 08:06 AM (3 replies)

The stupid... It burns!!!!

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11320198/coronavirus-5g-conspiracy-theory-masts/

CONSPIRACY nuts are reportedly setting phone masts alight and targeting engineers after a bizarre claim 5G "radiation" caused the deadly coronavirus spread.

The theory originated last month after a video filmed at a US health conference claimed Africa was not as affected by the disease because it is "not a 5G region".

The myth was quickly debunked after the World Health Organisation confirmed there were thousands of Covid-19 cases in Africa.

The government has also confirmed there is "no evidence to suggest that 5G has anything to do with Covid-19".

Amanda Holden has now been slammed for sharing the conspiracy theory, as well as Jason Gardiner and Callum Best, who posted similar claims that 5G can impact the immune system.

But the claims have still been doing the rounds on WhatsApp via a lengthy voice note - with phone masts now being set alight in the UK.

Engineers are now also being targeted with social media users encouraging each other to destroy the masts in a Stop 5G Facebook group.

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Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Apr 3, 2020, 01:59 PM (3 replies)
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