Originally Posted by Steve Bruzonsky
Dreamwarrior I hope you feel better for your ramble and demonstrated superiority without even giving any info on the current crisis or frankly showing any care or concern. I hope the alcohol or whatever your taking is working for you! 😍😁😍
I was specifically trying not to demonstrate superiority. If you knew how much I've hated myself in the past, how much I've wanted to kill myself on more than one occasion in my life....maybe you'd know how not superior I am. I thought I tried to make that abundantly clear in the post...and failed. Maybe this one will do a better job letting you know how I really feel about myself.
About the only thing I know to be true about myself is that I test well. That's pretty much it. I don't know anything else. Am I a good person, no idea. A good father? Do my best. Husband? Very doubtful. Computer programmer -- well, unabashedly, yes...and everyone who felt like commenting on my performance in this regard throughout my life has generally said I'm pretty darn good at it. I believe that entitles me to declare myself "smart", right? I'm sorry if it was taken as it was. I even quantified it was "most people" which isn't "this forum" or "a poster" or even "you". I can't say something as simple as, "I objectively test better than most people in aptitude tests and that makes me statistically likely to be smarter than a person selected at random?" Sorry, but sufficiently quantified, my statement stands and I stand by it. If you want me to adjust it, we'll talk about....all the "dumbs" I've had in my life. It'll give you balance...and is precisely why I also said I don't consider myself above anyone else (but, I suppose that was just taken as some disingenuous humble bragging, right?). I will never win...getting my point across in text is not easy...certainly not without taking sufficient time to craft my thoughts with extreme precision. Something I, admittedly, failed to do in that post (and probably this one, and probably every one I have and will ever make as far as some person will be concerned).
Originally Posted by audioguy
It is really nice to be in the company of such incredibly smart (and humble) people. May be the most incredible post I have read in the 19 years I have been on AVS. This is a good day!!
In the entire post, you latch on to that? Not even a few sentences around it could have avoided this? I mean, overall, I suppose I'll admit the post wasn't my best foot forward. But, it was honest...if not harsh, possibly terrible. My heart is in the right place, though...I think. Hell, I honestly don't know any more.
But, read above and see if you still think I believe myself superior; certainly "academically smart" (as, I believe, was quantified in the post) is about the best I'll give myself. And, even then only with subjects in which I immerse myself. And, even then I am only as good as the data I can acquire. Of course, thanks to the Internet I can acquire more at a slightly more rapid pace...I just can't always trust myself to have pulled in the right information. So, I bounce it off others and see what sticks. Sometimes I do that very poorly. And, sorry, but sometimes people just aren't capable of communicating with me...that's both our faults, I suppose. But, I only have so much time, and I have to ration it accordingly. This is...unfortunate?
That said, I can enumerate all the ways I'm stupid if you'd like. I know how dumb I am, believe me. My wife would tell you I can't even get myself around the block without her, and I'd agree (in jest, but it's not far from the truth). But, I know what I'm good at, too. I have always tested well, and I've barely studied for any of them. Heck, the singular test I can remember studying for in my entire life was an AP biology test...I had to memorize so much information. I tried so hard, but I had not the patience and I had so many other things I wanted to do instead (computers, lol). I believe I managed to eek out a low C, maybe high D, lol. I wish I remembered that professors name...I really liked him. Anyway, I was mad, but it was totally expected. In fact, part of me was proud I did as well as I did for the overall effort I put in...that and I believe the teacher curved it.
Regardless, I am "lazy", this I know. Mostly "lazy" simply because half the time I live in a dream-world so I don't have to face the real one and how terrible I believe I am at moving through it. If it weren't for my being good at my job, and now having a wife and kids, I'd probably be dead. About the only thing I work hard at is my job, when I am not distracted by learning anything else (including things on this forum because A/V is about the only other thing I love that isn't a human or computer).
Originally Posted by Ratman
And, as was experienced in 1918, the mutated strain(s) was not as deadly.
Viruses don't "want" to kill their hosts...it's best "they" both survive. But, I do believe this was already mentioned while I was on my...hiatus. I just felt the need to repeat it: viruses don't "want" to kill us.
Actually, I suppose we can't be sure whether they "want" anything or not...and I don't know how we'd ever know; maybe they are sentient and we just can't figure out how to "talk" to them, lol -- so sci-fi.
Originally Posted by Cyberathlete
From CDC's website
"Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:
-People aged 65 years and older
-People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
-Other high-risk conditions could include:
>People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma (According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 13 people have asthma. More than 25 million Americans have asthma. This is 7.7 percent of adults and 8.4 percent of children)
>People who have serious heart conditions (28+ million Americans)
>People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
>People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
That all sounds pretty...sensible. I don't know what else to say. I'm not sure I'd be safe, but...my personal risk analysis model is not everyone's. Besides, I suppose the socially correct thing to do right now is what we're doing. Plus, John Oliver's recent episode pretty put me over the edge. I get it! But, so do a lot of pros and they are doing their best to balance a crap health situation with a crap market situation. The health pros know the "only" solution is to put everyone in a bubble (the show said to freeze them in time for 14 days 6' apart). But, the crap market situation requires attention before a bunch of people (many elder, who, suckily enough, are kind of getting it at both ends -- more quickly depleting retirement accounts and higher risk of dying) don't end up "broke" despite their best efforts to be responsible.
Of course, if we keep this up, the "crap market" may just have no choice but to adjust itself -- we can help by "shuffling" stocks to companies who care. Maybe we can finally tell the world "we care more about our people than money" through money itself. Bets to what happens; I certainly don't know -- Musk says we need to be better at predicting the future, I'd say as crazy as it sounds, it'd never hurt.
I do know I'm (finally, after a long time of staying out) investing in the market. Plus, thanks to this forum and thread, I'll invest in companies who are making our life better right now. Hopefully it pans out and I can use the money I gain not only to help my family but to help build a concept I've been toying with in my head for a while to help shift the economy to a more "fair" and "open" system (and BTC would probably be a part, if not some crypto). If not, well, failure is just a learning experience for the next time.
Originally Posted by markmon1
But my response to that was directly to your statement. We do not care more about human life. We care about overrunning the hospital system. The annual flu does not overrun the hospital system, therefore, nothing is done for it yearly. All these measures are purely about not overrunning the hospital system.
Don't we care about all of it? True, over-running the hospital hurts a lot of other people, too...like people that need it for something other than Corona virus (and who may have a more serious condition). But, if we had portable ventilators maybe we could send those people on their way home to recover (at an acceptable "social distance") without further medical attention (and possible risk to the medical health professions)? I don't know. But, the hospitals can't be on Corona duty all day, either! Nor can people be cooped up in their houses indefinitely without a breakdown of our social fabric and continuing decline of our market.
Honestly, though...we have lots of under-used hospitals right now...what's it cost to ship the sick to them? Or, are they lacking medical supplies, too?
This whole thing is messed up. It's such a massive mess of variables and trying to piece it all together hurts. Besides, my head is in such a messed up place right now; I need to decompress.
, quick research on the ventilators you mentioned and I think I found the company that owns Newport is now Medtronic. Just bought a bunch of stock. Musk has been talking with them about ventilators...so, maybe they do well off this old idea in a new age? Honestly, it seems like it's fairly solid at its current price and maybe it goes up. Well, guess it's only money and if I'm to gamble, it may as well be on a company whose profile I liked and is doing some good for the world in a time when it's needed desperately. I have to see how Telsa is doing, too. Maybe the rest of my free money goes to them as soon as I can move it around.