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General discussion / Re: Great smells
Today at 05:40:29 AM
Quote from: Jell 0 Biafra on Today at 03:29:54 AMFried onions and garlic.

Certain strains of weed.

Any weed, when lit up fresh is nice to me. Stale weed is like stale tobacco. Not nice, at least in my nose.
General discussion / Re: Great smells
Today at 05:28:08 AM
Quote from: thewobbler on June 20, 2024, 08:01:23 PMI worked in pubs mostly growing up.

I still miss the sensory overload delivered by a union of stale smoke and pine detergent.

Same. Worked 7 years in McElroy's in Castle Street in Omagh. Opened every Saturday and Sunday morning. The freshly mopped wooden floor was a great smell.
General discussion / Re: Great smells
Today at 05:26:42 AM
Quote from: Jell 0 Biafra on Today at 03:29:15 AM
Quote from: Puckoon on June 20, 2024, 07:38:29 PMDog Paws
Fresh Tobacco
When you first open a bag of coffee

What do dog paws smell like?
To me it smells like fresh popcorn. But thankfully they don't get stuck in my teeth  :D

There's a fine line between a bad smell and a good smell. Yeast can get in their ears and paws, which drives a lot of licking and does not smell good.  Fresh puppy paws smell really comforting to me - but I do have house dogs.
General discussion / Re: Death Notices
June 20, 2024, 07:59:23 PM
Quote from: Gabriel_Hurl on June 20, 2024, 06:31:37 PMDonald Sutherland - 88

One of the most distinctive voices of the movies IMO. Always loved his work.
General discussion / Re: Great smells
June 20, 2024, 07:53:30 PM
We have Joop and CKone on board. All we need now is Cool Water for the 90's trifecta.
General discussion / Re: Great smells
June 20, 2024, 07:47:36 PM
Quote from: Nanderson on June 20, 2024, 07:33:12 PMThe fresh air after a heavy rain shower

It has a name, it's called Petrichor
General discussion / Re: Great smells
June 20, 2024, 07:38:29 PM
Dog Paws
Fresh Tobacco
When you first open a bag of coffee
General discussion / Re: Euro 2024
June 17, 2024, 09:19:53 PM
Quote from: tiempo on June 17, 2024, 04:51:39 PMA considerable weighting would be based on the spread of bets received, more people betting on Ukraine would thin their price and create a value price for Romania in this instance, in other words you wouldn't have got that price in a Romanian bookies. Actuary and algorithms will have the bookies in the green don't worry - always nice to beat them the odd time though, there's money to be made if you are smart and study the right markets

Interesting. Would such things happen in our regional market, say a bookies in Kerry offering shorter odds than a bookies in Tyrone on a Kerry Win?
General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
June 17, 2024, 12:48:06 AM
Once he missed on 16 it was imperative he didn't have a putt that length for par again. To have a 4ft downhill slider on the 18th after the oil started leaking was just a disaster.
General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
June 17, 2024, 12:04:20 AM
Quote from: thebigfella on June 17, 2024, 12:02:46 AMThe putt on 18 was 6ft 6inches, not 3ft. Just saying.

3ft 9 according to the broadcast.

Quote from: gallsman on June 17, 2024, 12:03:15 AMBryson is a twat. Famously so.

Pretending that's anything other than a bottle job is just bizarre contrarianism. He was two ahead, bogeyed three of the last four, with two of them from inside, what, 4 feet? Complete collapse.

Still wouldn't bet against him for the Open. This'll be the hardest one yet but he always comes back. Left immediately without doing any media.

Certainly was back in his day, seems to be a bit more level headed now.
General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
June 16, 2024, 11:36:38 PM
Gonna take some balls to come back from this mentally.
General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
June 16, 2024, 11:31:00 PM
Heartbreaking shit there. f**k me Rory!
Raspberry Beret
When the doves cry
General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
June 07, 2024, 05:51:29 AM
Thank you J70 and JoG2. It has been a wild ride. Don't mind admitting I suffered from some mental health issues during that time. My childhood best friend took his life in Feb 2020, which broke my heart -  and it all compounded from there I am sure as well. I went from a fighting fit 39 year old to a sedentary, out of shape 43 year old. Some of it was self induced for sure, but I Never saw it coming. I wish everyone all the best at all the times, I am a peace loving hippy. I can just never accept that AF spent his 50 year career working towards manipulating humanity and trying to get trump loving nutjobs into masks against their will as his career zenith. Literally makes no sense to anyone who can think for themselves. Which is the irony that we hear from those who 'want to think for themselves'.

God Speed.
General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
June 06, 2024, 07:11:10 PM
Always been reluctant to engage in Covid discussions, as this was an unprecedented global event that did threaten the world as we knew it and did result in a significant number of deaths across the globe. I personally find the witch hunt against Anthony Fauci to be abhorrent and pursued by the lowest of the low in our societies. I say that because they made it personal, and grotesque. This is a man of quality and dignity, who long before Covid was instrumental in efforts to curb HIV/Aids, Swine Flu, Avian Flu, and Ebola initiatives - not just USA but world wide. Politically he was trusted by presidents as far back as Regan, both Bushes, Clinton and Obama. It's no coincidence that the nasty discourse started during a pivotal world event when the man responsible for the erosion of democracy came into power.

The Science:
Thankfully until this COVID pandemic, we could only model how to handle the challenges that the virus brought to our doorsteps. There was no foolproof blueprint. The same with the vaccines. I work in this industry as a non biased contract research organization who worked along side the vaccine manufacture players (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J) to provide the safety data (non clinical) back to the pharma companies for their submissions to the FDA. I took the Moderna vaccine rounds 1 and 2. I've had Covid 4 times. More on that later. The previously understood safety profiles of mRNA based vaccines was leveraged for Covid vaccines to fast track the approvals - again an emergency decision based on what was facing the world. Should it have been mandated? Perhaps not. Do I wonder about the long term efficacy of the Vaccines? Yeah, there are days that I do. Did we have long term data in high population clinical trials that a non emergency approved medicine/vaccine would have? Not sure that we did. Were we the long term clinical trial? Perhaps. Would I take the vaccine again at that time in history? Yes. Did I continue with boosters after round 2? No.

The money!
So, the shitehawks such as MTG and others are screaming at Fauci about his increased net worth during the pandemic (2019-2022). Net worth of $11 or $12 million up from $7.5 or something to that effect. The pandemic was a bumper time for anyone connected with drug development. Stocks of all biotech and pharma soared (sorely coming back to earth now). Doctors and health care workers received all kind of hazard pay. I am actually surprised at how low this mans net worth is. The average orthopedic surgeon salary in my town is $500k. Average chief medical officer salary is $600k. Hardly an insane growth of net worth as the primary infectious disease advisor to the president of the USA during a pandemic in my opinion.

The virus
I'll offer two personal experiences on Covid 19.

May 2022 I was in Ireland. To fly back to the USA a negative Covid test was required. I flew, safe and sound, no virus before I boarded, no virus after I landed. 8 weeks later I was home again this time with my wife and daughter. During that 8 week period the CDC removed the requirement to have a negative test before boarding a flight or entering the US. We, and presumably half the plane landed in the USA and tested positive within a day of landing with the contract tracing app it was traced back to our flight. Did testing impact my civil liberties? Nah. Did it help with limiting transmission? Absolutely. Same with masks. Did they stop covid? Did covid not exist when you took your mask off to eat in a restaurant? Of course not. Did any of it help? I would argue that if it did it was marginal. Did it hurt? I would argue that it did not.

July 2022 was the 3rd time I contracted Covid - and I never had a cavalier attitude to whatever the regulations at any time were. It unfortunately has taken a serious toll on me since then, and my wife as well. She was high risk due to a long standing autoimmune disease and I thought I would be fine (although have a history of chest issues). Since July 2022 we have both been chronically ill with repeated respiratory issues, respiratory fatigue, loss of lung volume (I can barely move the needle when performing the forced respiratory volume test). I lay awake at night wondering why this all happened, but one thing I don't lay awake wondering is if Dr Anthony Fauci did it to me. You don't build a career spanning such political and scientific events as an evil, or even incompetent person. I know who I would rather stand behind - and it isn't MTG and her cronies who are chasing down a man who should be able to retire while being proud of his contribution to the betterment of humanity (the irony), during one of our darkest periods.

All in all it just astounds me that there are so many self educated experts that walk among us, talking in such certainties and absolutes. This is one of the most complicated, logistically challenging and dangerous issues our generation ever faced. I'd give the decision makers in many respects a solid B. Did we do some insane and dumb stuff during the pandemic, in hindsight - absolutely. Did we do it with Machiavellian intention, or because we were at one stage scrambling to keep the world turning? Those with half a brain will know the answer.