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Today's Google doodle
at 17:42 23 Jul 2021

It seems to be an entire Olympic themed adventure in the style of the old Zelda games!

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Looking like it might be compulsory vaccinations for PL players
at 12:47 22 Jul 2021

Apparently they have until the 1st October to be fully vaccinated or they won't be able to attend matches and play.

Not that much information yet but looking at it I don't see why it wouldn't apply to players in the other leagues as well given it's all part of the criteria to attend matchdays that the fans are going to have to follow.

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Study on Indian excess deaths
at 19:52 21 Jul 2021

During the peak of the delta variant in India the doctors were saying the official numbers were nonsense but this excess deaths study which has been released really shows the truly horrible scale of what we saw in India.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-57888460.amp

Excess deaths running at x10 the official C19 death rate and somewhere between 3.7m and 4.7m.

Truly awful.

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Looks like we finally have someone who can take a direct freekick
at 09:25 19 Jul 2021

Preseason of course but if he could crop up with a couple of those during the season it would be helpful.



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12 people with blood on their hands
at 23:44 17 Jul 2021

A new study has found that just 12 people are responsible for the majority of C19 anti-vax misinformation on social media.

On FB alone they are responsible for 73% of the anti-vax content. FB themselves failed to remove 95% of reported misinformation.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/17/covid-misinformation-conspiracy-th

T*ssers.

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That thread shouldn't have been removed
at 09:39 16 Jul 2021

I don't think that thread should have been removed.

Some people posted controversial views in there which were read by those concerned and are now not available to the greater community. People have left, some during the course of that thread and I don't think the posts should be stricken from the record like that.

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Sensible decision from TFL
at 20:57 13 Jul 2021

Masks to remain compulsory on all London transport.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jul/13/masks-will-be-needed-on-london-t

Now it would also be good if they policed that rule which they don't seem to have been doing over the last month or two.

Deaths are creeping up slowly, still far below what they were because the vaccine is working but it was 50 today.

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More on the heatwave in the west of the US
at 15:42 13 Jul 2021

Lake Mead is at it's lowest ever level, it's now at the point where the electricity generated by the Hoover Dam is down 25% and water restrictions are going to have to be applied to the surrounding states.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/13/hoover-dam-lake-mead-severe-drou

The wildfires are expected to be worse than last years which were record-breaking:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/12/wildfires-california-oregon-drou

It's looking really bad for that area going forward with the way the climate change is effecting the region.

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Things not going as planned for Boris
at 21:36 10 Jul 2021

It seems that 50% want "freedom day" pushed back, hospitals and transport want masks to be compulsory and a number of restaurant and pub chains are planning on keeping the mask requirement and social distancing in their establishments.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/10/public-alarm-grows-at-boris-johnso

Can only see all of the above increasing over the next 9 days.

Follow the science and data, not the popularism.

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Open letter in the Lancet: "Mass infection is not an option"
at 09:22 9 Jul 2021

In the interest of balance and to counter some of the more cherry-picked claims on here over the last few days, here is an open letter in the Lancet, published yesterday by scientists from across a number of organisations advising the government.

"Mass Infection is not an option: we must do more to protect our young"
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01589-0/fullt

Some bits for those that don't want to read it:

"We believe this decision is dangerous and premature."

"We believe the government is embarking on a dangerous and unethical experiment, and we call on it to pause plans to abandon mitigations on July 19, 2021."

"The link between infection and death might have been weakened, but it has not been broken, and infection can still cause substantial morbidity in both acute and long-term illness."

"First, unmitigated transmission will disproportionately affect unvaccinated children and young people who have already suffered greatly. Official UK Government data show that as of July 4, 2021, 51% of the total UK population have been fully vaccinated and 68% have been partially vaccinated. Even assuming that approximately 20% of unvaccinated people are protected by previous SARS-CoV-2 infection, this still leaves more than 17 million people with no protection against COVID-19. Given this, and the high transmissibility of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, exponential growth will probably continue until millions more people are infected, leaving hundreds of thousands of people with long-term illness and disability.4 This strategy risks creating a generation left with chronic health problems and disability, the personal and economic impacts of which might be felt for decades to come."

"Third, preliminary modelling data9 suggest the government's strategy provides fertile ground for the emergence of vaccine-resistant variants. This would place all at risk, including those already vaccinated, within the UK and globally."

"Fourth, this strategy will have a significant impact on health services and exhausted health-care staff who have not yet recovered from previous infection waves. The link between cases and hospital admissions has not been broken, and rising case numbers will inevitably lead to increased hospital admissions, applying further pressure at a time when millions of people are waiting for medical procedures and routine care."

"Instead, the government should delay complete re-opening until everyone, including adolescents, have been offered vaccination and uptake is high, and until mitigation measures, especially adequate ventilation (through investment in CO2 monitors and air filtration devices) and spacing (eg, by reducing class sizes), are in place in schools. Until then, public health measures must include those called for by WHO (universal mask wearing in indoor spaces, even for those vaccinated), the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ventilation and air filtration), and Independent SAGE (effective border quarantine; test, trace isolate, and support). This will ensure that everyone is protected and make it much less likely that we will need further restrictions or lockdowns in the autumn."


A number of people have said that in general scientists are behind the opening and it's simply not true. The WHO have said it's unprecedented to be opening up in this way with cases in a steep rise and that no other country in the world has reduced restrictions in this scenario.

They also feel that proceeding as we are will make it more likely to have lockdowns and restrictions in the Autumn (and by extension Winter).

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Great first set there from Raducanu
at 13:49 3 Jul 2021

Very impressive serving and groundstrokes, I've not seen her play before but if she plays like that regularly it'll be very promising for her career.

Her parents wouldn't let her play much until she completed her A-Levels so this is her first major tournament I believe.

SB

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Crazy temperatures hitting Canada
at 16:09 30 Jun 2021

It hit 49.6C in Lytton yesterday, a small town about 150m NE of Vancouver. That was nearly 5C higher than the historically highest temperature ever recorded in Canada and there is a chance it could hit 50C today.

Records are usually beaten by a fraction of a degree, to have them beaten by 5C is almost unheard of.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57654133

Most homes there don't have AC and it seems that climate change it hitting in unpredictable and unprepared locations and it's taking it's toll on people. Unfortunately it's likely to get worse before it stabilises (assuming the world gets it's act together and it does stabilise).

SB

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A possible cause of long Covid may have been found
at 11:42 29 Jun 2021

It seems that some C19 infections result in dormant viruses already within the person to be reactivated. Specifically the virus causing concern is the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/wo-lcs062221.php

It could be that C19 reactivates the virus, it could be that it's inhibiting the immune systems responses that keep these viruses dormant or it could be that the body is putting so much effort into fighting off C19 that it doesn't concentrate on these other viruses.

If it turns out that EBV is a major cause of long covid then knowing that will allow scientists and doctors to work on a treatment which would be great news although it's too early to tell if this is actually the case.

SB

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Drapers won the first set against Djokovic
at 14:19 28 Jun 2021

Impressive stuff from the 19 year old regardless of the end result.

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Andrew Neil didn't last long then
at 16:43 25 Jun 2021

He's "taking a break" from GB News after only 2 weeks:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/andrew-neil-gb-news-break-launch-b942603.html

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New studies on long covid
at 07:54 24 Jun 2021

Doesn't make great reading and it's far more likely to affect younger demographics and women.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/jun/24/more-than-2m-adults-in-england-h

Usual caveat that it's not yet been peer reviewed.

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What on earth are the Germans doing?
at 21:29 23 Jun 2021

They grab an equaliser and then immediately concede within the minute against Hungary.

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Ronaldo - highest ever international goalscorer
at 21:24 23 Jun 2021

Hold's it jointly now with Ali Daei on 109 goals although obviously against a higher calibre of opposition.

An amazing achievement.

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They need to stop the players mobbing the ref
at 21:22 23 Jun 2021

Regardless of the decision it's ridiculous.

Book them all except the captain.

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Head for the bomb shelters
at 12:55 23 Jun 2021

Russia have fired warned shots at a Royal Navy ship that entered into what they consider Russian territory.

Unfortunately the rest of the world still sees Crimean waters as Ukrainian so it's all a bit of a mess.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57583363

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