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  1. FirstWorldProblems

    Show Us Your Xmas Tree

    no tree this year as we are (hopefully) off to Aus in a few days and the poor tree will die. Shame. I do love a Christmas tree. but I have this in my home office as my background for all the video meetings we do these days.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    It's a good point. You think it might be acting as a disincentive to do the right thing, rather than the incentive it was intended as?
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Good on YOU. My role was minor. What a wonderful job to do. You must have made a difference to so many people. I’d imagine it’s a very tough but very rewarding job. I certainly wouldn’t have the strength
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Really? Then you are being very kind with the “Diva” label. I’d call her a scumbag. Why do some people care so little for everyone else?
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    I know no one will care but...........

    I know no one will care but........ I received a call to say that the stem cells I anonymously donated on Monday were successfully transplanted into a young lady in France. Knowing just that lit bit of detail makes it all seem more real and I felt quite emotional hearing the news. Hopefully she can now beat her blood cancer or at least get a few more precious months and years with her family. Science is amazing and the Doctors, Nurses and other healthcare professionals who make such things happen are wonderful Bonne Chance Madame/Mademoiselle!
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    Your next car.... petrol electric diesel

    In the UK that over 90% of new cars are purchased using finance options, including leases. I agree with you, it is amazing how many otherwise sensible people struggle with living to their means and will use as self-justification "but everyone does it". My best friend has been a bailiff for 25 years and the majority of the people he meets every day aren't dodgy chancer-types, but just regular folks who borrowed money and then their circumstances changed. Surely the single biggest failing of our education system. I'd vote for swapping out simultaneous equations with personal finance.
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    Your next car.... petrol electric diesel

    Can’t look at that picture without hearing Benny Hill singing “Ernie…..”
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I cross check everything. Just like I cross checked that obituary and discovered within 30 seconds it wasn’t a news article but a paid for piece by the deceased’s family. I recommend it. It helps us keep an open mind and in some cases prevents us from propagating misinformation which at worst can be dangerous and at best…..makes us look foolish.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    You sound like you’ve dismissed them without looking at them or checking the sources. almost as if you refuse to consider anything that doesn’t align to your views. Are you confident this approach is going to result in the most informed position on a subject?
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Yes. You’ll note that those with contrary views haven’t engaged with my post.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    It’s a paid for obituary written by the deceased’s family. Its understandably emotional given their loss. it’s not new news that all of the vaccines bring an element of risk. At a population level the risk is fractional compared to the risk from Covid. Doesn’t make it any less painful for the families of individuals that die from vaccine side effects of course. if you are interested in balance, take a read of sorryanticaxxer.com for a list of hundreds of vocal anti vax people who sadly paid the ultimate price after being misled by bad information.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Is this the lowest we will sink as a nation? Or can it still get worse from here?
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    I know no one will care but...........

    I understand your point. It seems like everywhere we turn there are people twisting information to mislead us for their own ends. Our problem is that it’s so easy these days for misinformation to propagate. If it sounds plausible and/or fits our pre-existing opinions or our wants then we share it instantly. And share it and share it. But Facts are statements that are true and can be verified objectively or proven.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I'd like to address your two points if I may. Gene Altering Therapy (commonly referred to as Gene Therapy) involves making deliberate changes to a person DNA as a form of treatment or cure. Typically this takes the form of introducing a normal gene into someones genome to repair a mutation that causes a genetic disease. Gene therapies permanently change the cell's DNA with those changes being inherited by any daughter cells if that cell divides Messenger RNA (mRNA) is not the same as DNA and the two cannot combine. mRNA vaccines cannot enter a cells nucleus (which is where your DNA genome resides). Ergo there is zero risk of mRNA vaccines altering a persons genetic makeup. As an aside they are also very fragile and degrade within a few days, they do not persist - that are not permanent. Once an mRNA is used the body breaks it down. Does that make sense? Does that help at all? I think the confusion comes from the fact that the mRNA vaccines use genetic code from SARV-CoV-2 to elicit an immune response in people. Some folks may have read "uses genetic code" and conflated that with "gene therapy", concluded that these vaccines change our genes. They two things are distinctly different and no mRNA vaccine is a "genetic altering drug". As I hopefully made clear above, such a thing is impossible. Definition of vaccine 1: a preparation that is administered (as by injection) to stimulate the body's immune response against a specific infectious agent or disease As mentioned above, the mRNA vaccines are indeed vaccines. They use genetic code from SARV-CoV-2 to elicit an immune response. You will have heard on the news a lot recently about the 'spike protein' thanks to the 30 mutations that Omicron has in the spike protein. mRNA vaccines present this 'spike protein' to the body so that the body can develop antibodies against the protein, so that if the person contracts Covid proper in the future, then the immune system can react much more quickly to it.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Thanks for asking. All good for next week so far. 3 days of home isolation now in Sydney which isn’t great but better than 14 in hotels like some other states. just got to avoid Covid until Monday when we have the PCR tests……and hope no more restrictions imposed in Australia. don’t think the wife is going to sleep until she’s actually there……..poor thing.
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