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  1. frenchie

    One month after opening, Covid 19 spiking

    I dunno about the rest, but that last bit is wrong. The virus now reaches the gas exchange units of the lung and infects alveolar type II cells. Both SARS-CoV and influenza preferentially infect type II cells compared to type I cells [11, 12]. The infected alveolar units tend to be peripheral and subpleural [13, 14]. SARS-CoV propagates within type II cells, large number of viral particles are released, and the cells undergo apoptosis and die (fig. 1) (...) The pathologic result of SARS and COVID-19 is diffuse alveolar damage with fibrin rich hyaline membranes and a few multinucleated giant cells [17, 18]. The aberrant wound healing may lead to more severe scaring and fibrosis than other forms of ARDS. Recovery will require a vigorous innate and acquired immune response and epithelial regeneration. Pathogenesis of COVID-19 from a cell biologic perspective; Robert J Mason, Eur Respir J.
  2. frenchie

    Really? Biden????

    The general doesn't matter. It's the primaries that matter.
  3. frenchie

    Time for a new Church Committee?

    If it's anywhere like here, the legality doesn't suggest, amount to, or require, or imply, recognizing kurdistan as a country. It's about who you're fighting against, not alongside. At least that's how ours is written: it forbids citizens & green card holder from fighting against a country the US is not at war with. Any Americans go to jail for fighting for the republicans, or for supplying the fascists, after the Spanish Civil War? No. Did the US recognize either side? No.
  4. LOL, you think "The Market" gives a fuck? You think fishing companies are going to suddenly decide to limit themselves to sustainable levels, on their own? Mutual agreement?
  5. frenchie

    Distraction Needed - Stat!

    It's not the eighties anymore, you know that, right?
  6. frenchie

    Why we were all wrong about covid

    You misunderstand. My earlier advice to you still stands: put him on ignore. Trying to talk sense to him just revs him up worse. I'm not one for feeding trolls, so I just nod and say "yes, dear, whatever you say dear," and move on.
  7. frenchie

    Hygiene & economic growth

    Just a really interesting piece. Basic argument: the absence of sewage, trash removal, etc once made city living so deadly, that public health was actually the most important pre-requisite for the industrial revolution. Before all that, cities were so deadly that they required a steady influx from the country to stay the same - growth was out of the question. And when the average worker dies before you can get any skilled work out of them, there's limits on how much industry you can sustain. Also - seems "they" have always been with us:
  8. frenchie

    Biden and ?

    Legislators can take that power back from the Governor any time they want, I think.
  9. THIS is the sort of content I come here for.
  10. frenchie

    Really? Biden????

    I just mean his job isn't to forge any new ground. It's just to end the shakedown, re-install some of the basic norms, and un-do some of the damage. If he can get us back to where we were 4-6 years ago, or close to it: job done. He doesn't have to push for M4A; fix some of the glaring flaws in Obamacare like the low-end cutoff, the family glitch, maybe a public option, re-fund navigators: job done. He doesn't have to make us as internationally well-liked as during Obama; we'll settle for late Bush, that would already be a massive improvement. He probably doesn't even have to abolish or redesign ICE, or have DoJ issue a bunch of consent decrees to local PDs, or reform sovereign immunity; he'll probably get away with purely cosmetic changes on all that. He doesn't need a better Iran nuke deal; just get the old deal re-installed. He doesn't need to pass Immigration reform; just ease up on the refugees and non-criminals, re-raise the number of work visas. And all of that's okay, because the house in on fucking fire. When things get back to normal, we'll start looking for a candidate who can improve the country; right now we just need a fire extinguisher and some repairs.
  11. frenchie

    Lincoln Project - getting better with every film

    Meh. They left too much, that should have been in this ad, but wasn't.
  12. frenchie

    One month after opening, Covid 19 spiking

    That depends on what you mean by "current mortality". If you're doing science, you're comparing deaths to resolved infections. If you're included unresolved cases, that's not science; it's artificially lowering the rate in a (weak) attempt to make yourself feel better, or at convincing idiots. You won't convince anyone rational that's science. Look at how much people are making fun of Trump, for the Axios interview.
  13. frenchie

    Yo! Semite!

    I've lived in NYC for twenty-two years. I have never heard anyone pronounce Yosemite that way. I've heard it pronounced that way, exactly once: in Montreal, by a french-canadian kid who'd never heard it, only read the word on paper before. He was promptly corrected, by another french-canadian. Even Northeastern-ers that barely speak English know better.
  14. frenchie

    One month after opening, Covid 19 spiking

    Is Georgia gonna need its own thread soon? senior's photo, taken yesterday morning: While a second-grader in the same County tested positive and had to be sent home:
  15. Seems some of the spooks have been hard at work gathering info on Americans who went & fought against ISIS, alongside the Kurds, and their links to domestic "antifa" activity. The intelligence report, titled “The Syrian Conflict and its Nexus to the U.S.-based Antifascist Movement,” mentions several Americans, including a left-wing podcast host who traveled to Syria to fight ISIS. The report includes a readout of these individuals’ personal information, including their Social Security numbers, home addresses, and social media accounts, much of the data generated by DHS’s Tactical Terrorism Response Teams. As the intelligence report states, “ANTIFA is being analyzed under the 2019 DHS Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism (CT) and Targeted Violence.” Dated July 14, the document, marked FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY and LAW ENFORCEMENT SENSITIVE, draws on a blend of publicly available information and state and federal law enforcement intelligence. It was provided to The Nation by a source who previously worked on DHS intelligence. “They targeted Americans like they’re Al Qaeda” a former senior DHS intelligence officer with knowledge of the operations told The Nation. The officer, who served for years in the DHS’s Office of Intelligence & Analysis (I&A), compared the operations to the illegal surveillance of activists during the civil rights era. “They essentially were violating people’s rights like this was the ’60s…the type of shit the Church and Pike committee had to address.” I was gonna stop there, but the non-Americans may require context: While the law generally prohibits intelligence agencies from spying on US residents, many of those protections do not apply if the individual is believed to be acting as an agent of a foreign power. “Designating someone as foreign-sponsored can make a huge legal and practical difference in the government’s ability to pursue them,” explained Steven Aftergood, who heads the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists. “It’s a crucial distinction. Once someone (or some group) is identified as an agent of a foreign power, they are subject to warrantless search and surveillance in a way that would be illegal and unconstitutional for any other US person. The whole apparatus of US intelligence can be brought to bear on someone who is considered an agent of a foreign power.” edit: I think the striketrough is the Nation's way of telling me my excerpt's too long? I can't edit it off, anyways.