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Rigil Kent
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« Reply #90 on: May 17, 2020, 09:01:31 AM »

Now is the time to open your minds.

I cannot agree more.

For years I was convinced that homeopathy contributed nothing to the world but muddled, wishful and pseudo-scientific thinking. I was of course mistaken.

During a recent visit to a packaging supply warehouse I encountered the boon of which you speak, first hand.  In aisle 3 west, I came across the wonder that is homeopathic bottles. With their amber colour, convenient size range, and the brilliant neck insert which allows one to dispense single drop quantities - get this: without the need for a bulb dropper - they are in a class of their own.

I refuse to use anything else for my cannabis tinctures.
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« Reply #91 on: May 17, 2020, 11:30:23 AM »

Now is the time to open your minds.

I cannot agree more.

For years I was convinced that homeopathy contributed nothing to the world but muddled, wishful and pseudo-scientific thinking. I was of course mistaken.

During a recent visit to a packaging supply warehouse I encountered the boon of which you speak, first hand.  In aisle 3 west, I came across the wonder that is homeopathic bottles. With their amber colour, convenient size range, and the brilliant neck insert which allows one to dispense single drop quantities - get this: without the need for a bulb dropper - they are in a class of their own.

I refuse to use anything else for my cannabis tinctures.

Another thing to consider is that as the pandemic overruns the healthcare system, having access to some sort of supposed medical care will help to keep a lot of South Africans calm. So without homeopaths, they might have rioted. Perhaps homeopathy will save South Africa. :-)
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« Reply #92 on: May 17, 2020, 11:44:31 AM »

The effectiveness and the spread of homeopathic medicine around the world due to its successful use are demonstrated by many lives saved by it.
It can be used alongside anti-viral drugs, whilst on a ventilator, with old, young, infant and pregnant alike.
The numbers don't lie. Results have been recorded ,archived and are available for all to see. Now is the time to open your minds.
Starry-eyed belief in all of which is most ably helped along by first diluting your reasoning faculties beyond Avogadro’s limit, and succussing your brain against the obtuse imperviousness of homoeopathy’s proponents.

A gallery of hilariously uninformed humbug.  Even so, it does serve a didactic purpose, namely how not to assess evidence.

Homeopathy has been a boon to the patients of scarlet fever, typhus fever, yellow fever, Pneumonia, Cholera, Influenza, Hepatitis, Dengue, Leptospirosis and Conjunctivitis during the times of pandemics and epidemics.
Unsubstantiated because-I-say-so nonsense on stilts.  Is there a homoeopathic cure for pathological attraction to BS?

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« Reply #93 on: May 17, 2020, 11:50:30 AM »

Is there a homoeopathic cure for pathological attraction to BS?
From what I understand, it will mostly depend on the solubility of BS in water. But my hopes aren't high. Since BS infuses the brain, which is almost entirely composed of myelin, I suspect BS to be hugely hydrophobic.
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« Reply #94 on: May 17, 2020, 19:56:35 PM »

https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/

Bunch of virologists hosting a weekly podcast. Makes for interesting listening

This week in virology

These guys are having an awesome time!
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« Reply #95 on: May 21, 2020, 14:41:38 PM »

Science can be so inconvenient sometimes.
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« Reply #96 on: May 22, 2020, 05:58:10 AM »

Science can be so inconvenient sometimes.

The poor doc's probably going to get lynched by the anti-smoking lobby. :-)
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« Reply #97 on: May 27, 2020, 10:38:46 AM »

It is interesting to see how public pressure has an impact... even though the government seems to want to sell the idea that they're not waivering.

Meanwhile.

(With, of course, the one notable exception)
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« Reply #98 on: June 27, 2020, 06:15:57 AM »

Well, no ciggies for the foreseeable future:

https://www.businessinsider.co.za/business/analysis-ndzs-total-victory-over-cigarette-group-fita-makes-her-all-but-legally-bulletproof-2020-6

Apparently there is a fairly fanatic anti-tobacco and -booze faction in the government. If they could have it their way, they would permanently ban both alcohol and tobacco, and the pandemic gave them the perfect excuse to try out their ideas. Wave goodbye to the legal industry and say hello to yet another underground criminal network.
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« Reply #99 on: July 01, 2020, 08:30:33 AM »

NDZ got a bit of a setback last night. Which is surprising given the utter victory she recently had.

I watched a live-stream about it last night almost "as it happened" and I see only the citizen has an article up at this time. Which is irksome cause they have a huge privacy popup. Either go to the "more settings" thing and disable all their tracking nonsense or read the article "through the grey", so to speak... Here it is.

But, TL;DR is: Govt has been given leave to appeal only one point in the original ruling, given the vagueness of it specifying several unconstitutional regulations and then basically saying "and the rest". NDZ can appeal the "and the rest", everything specified in the ruling, stands. One legal-eagle who weighed in said this means taking it to the Supreme Court of Appeal is extremely likely to fail since she'd have to show that the ENTIRE appeal ruling was completely incorrect. Given that it makes concessions, this would, allegedly, be a feat of note... and basically "has to rewrite the regulations in 10 days, ensuring EACH POINT meets the rationality test".

What does this mean in the here and now? We wait 10 more days and see what she does, the regs are not, as yet, invalid. BUT, it does mean that thousands upon thousands of unlawful arrest cases just got a shot in the arm.
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« Reply #100 on: July 22, 2020, 16:42:08 PM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKNwmYE21Lg
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« Reply #101 on: August 03, 2020, 08:11:19 AM »

Stealing from your own people is a crime; stealing during the pandemic is a crime against humanity

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-08-02-stealing-from-your-own-people-is-a-crime-stealing-during-the-pandemic-is-a-crime-against-humanity/

-Calling the current round of stealing a crime against humanity is actually not at all an exaggeration. What else do you call it when an official knowingly and deliberately lets people starve to death, as is apparently already happening in some places in South Africa?

But of course, there is a flip side to this coin: these stealing officials were voted into power by the very people who are now starving. And come next election, they will do what they did last time: either vote ANC once again, or refrain from voting at all.

And thus, we now see vividly illustrated the principle that in a democracy, you get the government you deserve.
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« Reply #102 on: August 03, 2020, 08:52:17 AM »

The ANC are doing everything they can to NOT vote next year because they know it's going to be a bloodbath for them.

Even if that means working together with the EFF, and of course trampling all over the constitution.
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« Reply #103 on: August 03, 2020, 10:12:49 AM »

The ANC are doing everything they can to NOT vote next year because they know it's going to be a bloodbath for them.

Even if that means working together with the EFF, and of course trampling all over the constitution.

Implied here: This is a very, very big deal. It means the ANC no longer find democracy a useful tool and are completely willing to discard it. Come hell or high water. If one reads the above and the red lights and sirens are not blaring in one's head, then you do not understand what this means: It means we're truly entering the era of an autocratic, all powerful, lawless state intent on holding power by any means necessary, legal or otherwise. Our populace may have already voted themselves out of their right to vote.
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« Reply #104 on: August 03, 2020, 11:57:34 AM »

I'm not sure synchronizing all elections is a bad idea in itself, but then we can have municipal elections next year, and again when we have the next general election. Talk of simply postponing them for years more sounds to me like a Trump-like anti-democratic tactic.

What I would really want to see is reforms to the municipal election process. For example, how about banning party politics from municipal elections? Or requiring that any official representing a town has to live in that town, and is not allowed to make use of any private service delivery methods, such as owning a generator, or making use of any non-government schools or clinics? That way, if local government causes service delivery to collapse, they have to suffer the same non-delivery as everyone else.
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