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1  Other / Politics & Society / The keys to unlock the golden gate of herd immunity towards Sars-CoV-2 on: October 04, 2021, 01:58:28 AM
by Geert Vanden Bossche: https://www.geertvandenbossche.org/post/the-keys-to-unlock-the-golden-gate-of-herd-immunity-towards-sars-cov-2

The keys to unlock the golden gate of herd immunity towards Sars-CoV-2


Stop mass vaccination (including boosters) as it puts more gas on the detrimental evolutionary dynamics of the virus (see increase in infection rates in countries/ regions with high vaccine coverage rates)

Under no circumstances should young and healthy people be vaccinated as it will only erode their protective innate immunity towards Coronaviruses (CoV) and other respiratory viruses. Their innate immunity normally/ naturally largely protects them and provides a kind of herd immunity in that it dilutes infectious CoV pressure at the level of the population, whereas mass vaccination turns them into shedders of more infectious variants. Children/ youngsters who get the disease mostly develop mild to moderate disease and as a result continue to contribute to herd immunity by developing broad and long-lived immunity. If you are vaccinated and get the disease, you may develop life-long immunity too but why would you take the risk of getting vaccinated, especially when you’re young and healthy? Firstly, there is the risk of potential side effects; secondarily, there is the ever increasing risk that your vaccinal antibodies will no longer be functional while still binding to the virus, thereby increasing the likelihood of ADE or even severe disease. So, not all of the vaccinees will finally get to broad, long-lived protection as this would require them to not develop serious side effects and to contract mild or moderate disease ( which is a very ‘thin’ line!)

Discrimination between vaccinated and unvaccinated people is anything but scientifically justifiable. It is pure non-sense, already from a scientific viewpoint. The question is not about ‘which individuals do I need to avoid?’ but about ‘how to protect myself against the ever increasing infectious pressure in the population?’ (see my post on ‘Repetitio est mater studiorum’)

Taken together all these arguments, vaccination mandates are the worst and most irrational initiative ever, from both an individual and public health viewpoint

Immediate steps to be taken for mitigating the pandemic crisis:

Stop mass vaccination (to stop erosion of strong innate immunity in young and healthy people and hence, erosion of herd immunity!)

As innate immune defense mechanisms protect the vast majority of the population, especially young and all healthy people should do whatever they can to get their innate immunity boosted instead of getting the shot! (e.g., exercise; healthy life style and food [manage your weight!], etc.).

Bring down the high infectious pressure (look how the infection rate baseline in countries with aggressive mass vaccination programs is now much higher than back one year or even 6 months ago) via antiviral chemoprophylaxis and prevention of overcrowding.

Once the infectious pressure has come down, younger age groups can again feel safe and get back to a normal life, except for mass gatherings, especially if those occur indoors (this will help to further dilute viral infectious pressure!). Once the infection rate has come down, these younger age groups should no longer be afraid of contracting the disease as i) it would be mild to moderate in over 99.99% of the cases (i.e., similar to the situation at the beginning of the pandemic) and ii) provide them with broad and long-lived immunity, thereby compensating the breakthrough in their innate immunity and, hence, contributing  to herd immunity!). Any influx of young and healthy unvaccinated people will dilute viral infection rates and contribute to building herd immunity. 

But even more importantly, and not just applicable to the younger but also to the older age groups: Covid-19 can be successfully treated if early multidrug treatment is used at an early stage of the disease, i.e., at the appearance of the first signs and symptoms. This not only prevents people from contracting severe disease but also provides them with broad and long-lived immunity in a way that is much safer, reliable and durable than getting the vaccine and also contributes to building herd immunity.
2  Other / Politics & Society / The TRUTH About ASIAN Discrimination & "Stop Asian Hate" on: March 22, 2021, 04:03:05 PM
I found this video very informative, comprehensive yet compact, on the matter of Asian discrimination
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=013Mg-cg3uo
3  Other / Politics & Society / 25th Amendament for Joe Biden, when? on: March 20, 2021, 01:42:07 AM
Joe Biden's cognitive decline is increasingly difficult to hide by the corrupt mainstream media. It is just a matter of time until he will be subjected to the 25th Amendament.
I believe the 8 options I listed are covering most possibilities (some regarding time, and some regarding a different way of leaving), but if you think of something funny, please share.
4  Other / Politics & Society / Intel CEO admits to industry-wide conspiracy on: April 01, 2017, 12:30:08 PM
If true, it's unbelievable how they took advantage of consumers, for so many years. Grrr! Angry
https://www.extremetech.com/computing/246975-intel-ceo-admits-industry-wide-conspiracy-slow-cpu-advances-kill-frequency-boosts
5  Other / Politics & Society / Volkswagen caught cheating on: September 21, 2015, 01:43:46 PM
VW diesels have been cheating on emissions, by using the full suite of pollution control only when tested. Stocks dropped 23%.
http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/214605-vw-caught-cheating-on-diesel-emmissions-standards-ordered-to-recall-500000-cars
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-21/volkswagen-drops-15-after-admitting-u-s-diesel-emissions-cheat
6  Other / Politics & Society / Smell-o-vision becoming reality on: December 05, 2014, 10:50:06 AM
Long-lasting smell-o-vision may finally be a reality, thanks to Japanese ‘solid scent’ startup, article at Extremetech:
http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/195308-long-lasting-smell-o-vision-may-finally-be-a-reality-thanks-to-japanese-solid-scent-startup
7  Other / Politics & Society / Nvidia proves that the lunar landings happened on: September 22, 2014, 01:36:35 PM
Article at Fudzilla:
http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/35822-nvidia-proves-that-the-lunar-landings-happened
8  Other / Politics & Society / Monstermind on: August 14, 2014, 03:11:56 PM
Article at Extremetech: Snowden went too far by revealing the NSA’s MonsterMind cyber weapon. I found this interesting:
http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/187992-snowden-went-too-far-by-revealing-the-nsas-monstermind-cyber-weapon
9  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Downfall of Bitcoin (fiction) on: June 07, 2014, 08:10:23 AM
Is this plausible? Links to article:
http://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/news/downfall-bitcoin-need-responsible-mining-practices/2014/06/03
http://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/news/downfall-bitcoin-part-2/2014/06/04
http://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/news/downfall-bitcoin-part-3/2014/06/07
10  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / New OpenSSL vulnerability on: June 05, 2014, 05:09:38 PM
Article at Arstechnica: http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/06/still-reeling-from-heartbleed-openssl-suffers-from-crypto-bypass-flaw/
Would this concern bitcoin? I don't know, someone more knowledgeable please comment.
11  Other / Politics & Society / Putin 'killed' by Femen activist on: June 05, 2014, 04:53:36 PM
Enjoy:  Cheesy

12  Economy / Speculation / Should Karpeles resign from the Bitcoin Foundation? on: February 20, 2014, 04:31:38 PM
According to cryptocoinsnews, there's a petition to remove Mark Karpeles from the board of the Bitcoin Foundation.
I'd like to see the opinion of the forum dwellers on this matter. I wanted to add a 5th option, but it would have been too harsh... Wink
13  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Who is mutating transactions? on: February 11, 2014, 11:32:44 AM
I have to ask this question, because nobody asked it yet. Someone (a group?) with technical abilities and some serious hardware
has been scamming MtGox of (many?) coins, resulting in them deciding to stop the BTC withdrawals until they (allegedly?) will fix the problem.
Now that the main target is not available, the scammer(s) may try the same on other major exchanges, like Bitstamp and BTC-E.
Right now I don't know if those exchanges are as vulnerable (or not at all) as MtGox to this exploit, and it would be good if they would clarify this.

Back to the OP, the scammer(s) did something illegal and while MtGox's management / technical staff should take a lot of blame, for not
fixing this without waiting for a general fix from the core developers, it seems no one cares about those who are at the root of the problem.
So I am asking again, who could be at the root of the problem (mutated transactions), please speculate and maybe a suspect will eventually emerge.
14  Economy / Speculation / In 2018 bitcoin might collapse... on: January 21, 2014, 02:21:28 PM
...under it's own weight.

The current blockchain is already over 13 GB, and the yearly growth is about 3x. And this while the transaction speed is limited, to delay this excessive growth.
If bitcoin will see a larger adoption, then a minimum of 3x blockchain growth per year is reasonable, but possibly more.
By 2018, 4 years from now, it may reach 13 * 3 ^ 4 = 1TB (one terabyte), which is going to be too much IMO, and still growing fast.
Possible solutions for Average Joe would be storing the blockchain on an external HDD, that's going to be purchased with the latest version of the blockchain,
because downloading without recoverable errors something this large is going to be tricky and take a long time (about 30 hours at 100 Mbps).
Pruning the blockchain might open the door for double-spending, and I haven't yet seen a serious attempt at this. It might also require some centralization.

Uber-bulls reading this will dismiss it as another bear attempt to scare the market, but I think it's a serious problem and should be addressed asap.
15  Economy / Service Discussion / Speculator sites hacked? on: November 20, 2013, 04:46:31 AM
I noticed yesterday that tradingview.i286 malfunctioned.
Today bitcoinwisdom was playing the same 'scenario' in a loop.
Is this an attack on the sites or just Gox API malfunctioning and causing errors?
16  Economy / Service Discussion / Ransomware demands bitcoins on: October 18, 2013, 11:08:42 AM
Interesting article at Arstechnica, about a malware that encrypts files and demands ransom, including bitcoins.
I'm not sure if this belongs in the Service discussion, moderator feel free to move it.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/10/youre-infected-if-you-want-to-see-your-data-again-pay-us-300-in-bitcoins/

PS. Sorry, didn't notice someone posted it first.
And I don't know how to delete the topic, the site doesn't allow me to.
17  Economy / Speculation / Alternative to bitcoincharts? on: October 14, 2013, 03:23:10 PM
I need an alternative to bitcoincharts. I'm fed up with bitcoincharts being down or malfunctioning when I need it most.
If you know of, please tell me which site provides similar functionality. I need Stochastic RSI, Money flow index and MACD.
And to be able to adjust the time, both start - end and the intervals (30 min, 1h, 2h, 6h).
I'm only interested in MtGox and Bitstamp. Bitconwisdom (I'm using it) only provides MACD and their Stochastic RSI looks different.
Thank you in advance.
18  Economy / Speculation / Total speculator mass in gold, silver, etc? on: July 30, 2013, 02:55:26 PM
I believe it would be interesting to find out the total speculator mass, expressed in $ (or rather million $),
that are active in the gold, silver, currencies, other commodities, that might be interested to join the BTC ecosystem.
This way we should have a more reasonable estimate of the future prices. Some people like to dream about 10,000$
and more for 1 BTC, which would mean a market capitalization of 150 - 200 billion $ in 3 years, insane IMO.
IMO that's never going to happen, and a more reasonable and stable price 3 years from now would be around 1,000$.
19  Other / Beginners & Help / How to physically protect a Yubikey? on: June 27, 2013, 04:37:07 PM
I got my Yubikey from MtGox and I find it small and kind of fragile.
What's the best physical protection for a Yubikey?
Protection against damage when carried in my pocket for example?
20  Other / Beginners & Help / MtGox keeps losing my login, any advice? on: June 21, 2013, 10:00:02 AM
Hi there, first post on these forums!
I used to trade on Bitstamp and then moved my BTCs to MtGox.
There is an annoying thing going on: after logging in and spending some time watching clarkmoody and bitcoinity,
in different tabs of Firefox, when I switch back to the open tab with MtGox trade page I find myself logged out.
Actually, when I try to modify my order I have to login again, which can take upto 30s, typing username and long password.
I tried to clear all Firefox cookies and history, as suggested by Mozilla support, but it didn't help.
This loss of login didn't happen on Bitstamp, using the same version of Firefox. Any advice would be welcome.
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