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2017-12-02 01:16:27 PM  
Thats a farking ugly animal

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2017-12-02 02:31:07 PM  
the researchers spent five years monitoring the bats that lived there, collecting fresh guano and taking anal swabs

Five years of shoving Q-tips up bats' butts is serious dedication to science
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2017-12-02 03:29:22 PM  
In a remote cave in Yunnan province

As obvious as the solution may appear, please don't nuke the province. They make good tea.
 
2017-12-02 04:35:56 PM  
The vaginal egg won't protect you!
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2017-12-02 04:38:15 PM  

whither_apophis: the researchers spent five years monitoring the bats that lived there, collecting fresh guano and taking anal swabs

Five years of shoving Q-tips up bats' butts is serious dedication to science


Your serious dedicating to science may sound like a fun Saturday night to others.
 
2017-12-02 04:48:17 PM  

Quantumbunny: whither_apophis: the researchers spent five years monitoring the bats that lived there, collecting fresh guano and taking anal swabs

Five years of shoving Q-tips up bats' butts is serious dedication to science

Your serious dedicating to science may sound like a fun Saturday night to others.


I told you to stop cyber-stalking me!
 
2017-12-02 04:55:34 PM  

BumpInTheNight: Quantumbunny: whither_apophis: the researchers spent five years monitoring the bats that lived there, collecting fresh guano and taking anal swabs

Five years of shoving Q-tips up bats' butts is serious dedication to science

Your serious dedicating to science may sound like a fun Saturday night to others.

I told you to stop cyber-stalking me!


The restraining order only applies to physical stalking. It's not my fault the judge doesn't understand technology.
 
2017-12-02 05:43:18 PM  

McGrits: The vaginal egg won't protect you!
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dafuq? What';s that from?
 
2017-12-02 05:55:40 PM  

Kit Fister: McGrits: The vaginal egg won't protect you!
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dafuq? What';s that from?


Searching google for image leads to, "Paltrow Sevens Head". Her severed head at the end of the movie Se7en.
 
2017-12-02 05:55:57 PM  

Quantumbunny: BumpInTheNight: Quantumbunny: whither_apophis: the researchers spent five years monitoring the bats that lived there, collecting fresh guano and taking anal swabs

Five years of shoving Q-tips up bats' butts is serious dedication to science

Your serious dedicating to science may sound like a fun Saturday night to others.

I told you to stop cyber-stalking me!

The restraining order only applies to physical stalking. It's not my fault the judge doesn't understand technology.


Well okay, you've got me there.  But listen that job was a long time ago and it wasn't even qtips, bats or...or for science...so I'm not sure why you have to go and drag it up, again.
 
2017-12-02 06:19:43 PM  

BumpInTheNight: Quantumbunny: BumpInTheNight: Quantumbunny: whither_apophis: the researchers spent five years monitoring the bats that lived there, collecting fresh guano and taking anal swabs

Five years of shoving Q-tips up bats' butts is serious dedication to science

Your serious dedicating to science may sound like a fun Saturday night to others.

I told you to stop cyber-stalking me!

The restraining order only applies to physical stalking. It's not my fault the judge doesn't understand technology.

Well okay, you've got me there.  But listen that job was a long time ago and it wasn't even qtips, bats or...or for science...so I'm not sure why you have to go and drag it up, again.


Job. That's cute, but one normally gets paid to do a job.

Besides, you've only 5 years left on that restraining order, then the fun continues.
 
2017-12-02 06:51:53 PM  

Quantumbunny: BumpInTheNight: Quantumbunny: BumpInTheNight: Quantumbunny: whither_apophis: the researchers spent five years monitoring the bats that lived there, collecting fresh guano and taking anal swabs

Five years of shoving Q-tips up bats' butts is serious dedication to science

Your serious dedicating to science may sound like a fun Saturday night to others.

I told you to stop cyber-stalking me!

The restraining order only applies to physical stalking. It's not my fault the judge doesn't understand technology.

Well okay, you've got me there.  But listen that job was a long time ago and it wasn't even qtips, bats or...or for science...so I'm not sure why you have to go and drag it up, again.

Job. That's cute, but one normally gets paid to do a job.

Besides, you've only 5 years left on that restraining order, then the fun continues.


. . . and then the guano and masked palm civet jokes began again.
 
2017-12-02 06:55:11 PM  

you need help: Kit Fister: McGrits: The vaginal egg won't protect you!
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dafuq? What';s that from?

Searching google for image leads to, "Paltrow Sevens Head". Her severed head at the end of the movie Se7en.


Nope, it's from the movie Contaigon, where she's patient zero for a deadly global viral pandemic. The end of the movie had a scene that showed how the virus moved from a bat to her when she was traveling on business.
 
2017-12-02 07:09:39 PM  

Mad_Radhu: you need help: Kit Fister: McGrits: The vaginal egg won't protect you!
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dafuq? What';s that from?

Searching google for image leads to, "Paltrow Sevens Head". Her severed head at the end of the movie Se7en.

Nope, it's from the movie Contaigon, where she's patient zero for a deadly global viral pandemic. The end of the movie had a scene that showed how the virus moved from a bat to her when she was traveling on business.


ahh
 
2017-12-02 07:38:45 PM  
Ace Ventura was right! They are the winged spawns of Satan!
 
2017-12-02 07:42:25 PM  
In a remote cave in Yunnan province, virologists have identified a single population of horseshoe bats that harbours virus strains with all the genetic building blocks of the one that jumped to humans in 2002, killing almost 800 people around the world.

800 against 6.3 billion.  Damn.  Every sperm is sacred and all that, but thinking back to the press coverage at the time, it was like the apocalypse had arrived.  I guess journalists need stuff to hype.

/one of the few benefits of aging is immunity to hyberbole
 
2017-12-02 07:44:45 PM  
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2017-12-02 07:47:22 PM  

Kit Fister: Mad_Radhu: you need help: Kit Fister: McGrits: The vaginal egg won't protect you!
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dafuq? What';s that from?

Searching google for image leads to, "Paltrow Sevens Head". Her severed head at the end of the movie Se7en.

Nope, it's from the movie Contaigon, where she's patient zero for a deadly global viral pandemic. The end of the movie had a scene that showed how the virus moved from a bat to her when she was traveling on business.

ahh


I was trying to be topical. As in "regarding the subject matter" not as in a "cream".
 
2017-12-02 08:05:07 PM  
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2017-12-02 09:25:09 PM  
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Spreading SARS since 1939
 
2017-12-02 09:28:32 PM  
Professor Tim Fanning presumably unavailable for comment.
 
2017-12-02 09:35:00 PM  

Mad_Radhu: you need help: Kit Fister: McGrits: The vaginal egg won't protect you!
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dafuq? What';s that from?

Searching google for image leads to, "Paltrow Sevens Head". Her severed head at the end of the movie Se7en.

Nope, it's from the movie Contaigon, where she's patient zero for a deadly global viral pandemic. The end of the movie had a scene that showed how the virus moved from a bat to her when she was traveling on business.


I thought the chef was patient zero.
 
2017-12-02 10:03:24 PM  
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Wanted for questioning
 
2017-12-02 10:04:47 PM  

This text is now purple: Mad_Radhu: you need help: Kit Fister: McGrits: The vaginal egg won't protect you!
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dafuq? What';s that from?

Searching google for image leads to, "Paltrow Sevens Head". Her severed head at the end of the movie Se7en.

Nope, it's from the movie Contaigon, where she's patient zero for a deadly global viral pandemic. The end of the movie had a scene that showed how the virus moved from a bat to her when she was traveling on business.

I thought the chef was patient zero.


Now that you mention it, that's right. I forgot some of the details about the movie.
 
2017-12-02 11:34:42 PM  

in flagrante: In a remote cave in Yunnan province, virologists have identified a single population of horseshoe bats that harbours virus strains with all the genetic building blocks of the one that jumped to humans in 2002, killing almost 800 people around the world.

800 against 6.3 billion.  Damn.  Every sperm is sacred and all that, but thinking back to the press coverage at the time, it was like the apocalypse had arrived.  I guess journalists need stuff to hype.

/one of the few benefits of aging is immunity to hyberbole


Um, no. If you recall pretty much the whole world was put on alert. Two cities at least (I think more but I can't recall all the details) were quarantined including one in Canada, because this was such a potential killer.

Just like the Y2K non-event was a tribute to the IT industry that mobilized to prevent severe disruption worldwide, the minimal deaths from SARS is a tribute to public health officials worldwide. Its fatality rate was 9.7% and it was easily transmissible between humans.
 
2017-12-03 12:37:06 AM  

BolloxReader: Um, no. If you recall pretty much the whole world was put on alert. Two cities at least (I think more but I can't recall all the details) were quarantined including one in Canada, because this was such a potential killer.

Just like the Y2K non-event was a tribute to the IT industry that mobilized to prevent severe disruption worldwide, the minimal deaths from SARS is a tribute to public health officials worldwide. Its fatality rate was 9.7% and it was easily transmissible between humans.


Fair enough.  I don't work in IT, but my layman understanding of the internet is that it passed through challenges like the 1988 worm, various viruses, the Y2K "crisis", the dot.com collapse, and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 with barely a hiccup.  I'm not sure how much of that is attributable to mobilization on the part of the industry or simply the robust design of the system itself.  I hope I don't sound like a climate change denier there, I'm not.

Similarly, with SARS, I was wary of the degree to which it constituted a legitimate "crisis" measured against its wonderful alarmist power as a leading news item.  I was actually working in Asia at the time, and having never been exposed to any kind of public health crisis before, being forced to wear a facemask on the subway was a tad comical for me.  Maybe that speaks to my relatively privileged western upbringing more than anything else.

But if you're right, and doing so prevented all of humanity from falling into a dark chasm of global plague as media constantly warned at the time, then I applaud public health officials for their diligence.  I'm not mocking the legitimacy of your point, I'm just not a big fan of alarmism until plague zombies are actually pounding on my door and decimating my neighbourhood.  Perhaps this is a personal failing, and people who actively worry about possible impending doom are happier and more noble than me.
 
2017-12-03 02:06:21 AM  

in flagrante: BolloxReader: Um, no. If you recall pretty much the whole world was put on alert. Two cities at least (I think more but I can't recall all the details) were quarantined including one in Canada, because this was such a potential killer.

Just like the Y2K non-event was a tribute to the IT industry that mobilized to prevent severe disruption worldwide, the minimal deaths from SARS is a tribute to public health officials worldwide. Its fatality rate was 9.7% and it was easily transmissible between humans.

Fair enough.  I don't work in IT, but my layman understanding of the internet is that it passed through challenges like the 1988 worm, various viruses, the Y2K "crisis", the dot.com collapse, and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 with barely a hiccup.  I'm not sure how much of that is attributable to mobilization on the part of the industry or simply the robust design of the system itself.  I hope I don't sound like a climate change denier there, I'm not.

Similarly, with SARS, I was wary of the degree to which it constituted a legitimate "crisis" measured against its wonderful alarmist power as a leading news item.  I was actually working in Asia at the time, and having never been exposed to any kind of public health crisis before, being forced to wear a facemask on the subway was a tad comical for me.  Maybe that speaks to my relatively privileged western upbringing more than anything else.

But if you're right, and doing so prevented all of humanity from falling into a dark chasm of global plague as media constantly warned at the time, then I applaud public health officials for their diligence.  I'm not mocking the legitimacy of your point, I'm just not a big fan of alarmism until plague zombies are actually pounding on my door and decimating my neighbourhood.  Perhaps this is a personal failing, and people who actively worry about possible impending doom are happier and more noble than me.


SARS, avian flu, swine flu, H1-N1... I'm sure medical professionals helped contain some of this, but there is definitely a hugely sensational aspect to just how dangerous and world ending these diseases are.

I'm pro vaccines, and pro preventing world health crises, but as in all things with a huge potential for danger, that is not the same as a huge likelihood of realizing that potential. Similar to love letter, heartbeat, and the trillion other computer viruses and vulnerabilities discovered. They all need to be taken seriously and taken care of... But the sensationalist coverage hampers that effort a lot, which downplays each successive one.

\Chicken Little or Boy Who Cried Wolf?
\Either way, credibility wanes
 
2017-12-03 02:42:21 AM  

in flagrante: BolloxReader: Um, no. If you recall pretty much the whole world was put on alert. Two cities at least (I think more but I can't recall all the details) were quarantined including one in Canada, because this was such a potential killer.

Just like the Y2K non-event was a tribute to the IT industry that mobilized to prevent severe disruption worldwide, the minimal deaths from SARS is a tribute to public health officials worldwide. Its fatality rate was 9.7% and it was easily transmissible between humans.

Fair enough.  I don't work in IT, but my layman understanding of the internet is that it passed through challenges like the 1988 worm, various viruses, the Y2K "crisis", the dot.com collapse, and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 with barely a hiccup.  I'm not sure how much of that is attributable to mobilization on the part of the industry or simply the robust design of the system itself.  I hope I don't sound like a climate change denier there, I'm not.

Similarly, with SARS, I was wary of the degree to which it constituted a legitimate "crisis" measured against its wonderful alarmist power as a leading news item.  I was actually working in Asia at the time, and having never been exposed to any kind of public health crisis before, being forced to wear a facemask on the subway was a tad comical for me.  Maybe that speaks to my relatively privileged western upbringing more than anything else.

But if you're right, and doing so prevented all of humanity from falling into a dark chasm of global plague as media constantly warned at the time, then I applaud public health officials for their diligence.  I'm not mocking the legitimacy of your point, I'm just not a big fan of alarmism until plague zombies are actually pounding on my door and decimating my neighbourhood.  Perhaps this is a personal failing, and people who actively worry about possible impending doom are happier and more noble than me.


I understand completely. The big issue is that the alarmism you so rightfully detest does give us fatigue. It's damned near impossible for nonspecialists to figure out what really is important and what isn't. Everything is hyperbole.

And the problem is that a killer might slip in unnoticed because it is buried in the pile of histrionics over complete non-issues. If SARS happened today we might end up 36 million people fewer in this country.

A big issue is that we didn't know that the mortality was so high until after SARS had been contained. Those numbers were published after it was all over. They just knew the numbers were a lot higher than expected from a normal flu or something.
 
2017-12-03 08:21:11 AM  

This text is now purple: Mad_Radhu: you need help: Kit Fister: McGrits: The vaginal egg won't protect you!
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dafuq? What';s that from?

Searching google for image leads to, "Paltrow Sevens Head". Her severed head at the end of the movie Se7en.

Nope, it's from the movie Contaigon, where she's patient zero for a deadly global viral pandemic. The end of the movie had a scene that showed how the virus moved from a bat to her when she was traveling on business.

I thought the chef was patient zero.


The chef never got sick.  He hypothetically could have washed his hands after touching the dirty American.
 
2017-12-03 02:41:54 PM  
I expect that racists will want to know why the Chinese have been farking bats.

I think we should have an answer for them.

What do you say? Wood or aluminium?
 
2017-12-03 03:44:24 PM  
Batman can't help you sir, Adam West is dead
 
2017-12-03 11:21:21 PM  

BolloxReader: in flagrante: In a remote cave in Yunnan province, virologists have identified a single population of horseshoe bats that harbours virus strains with all the genetic building blocks of the one that jumped to humans in 2002, killing almost 800 people around the world.

800 against 6.3 billion.  Damn.  Every sperm is sacred and all that, but thinking back to the press coverage at the time, it was like the apocalypse had arrived.  I guess journalists need stuff to hype.

/one of the few benefits of aging is immunity to hyberbole

Um, no. If you recall pretty much the whole world was put on alert. Two cities at least (I think more but I can't recall all the details) were quarantined including one in Canada, because this was such a potential killer.

Just like the Y2K non-event was a tribute to the IT industry that mobilized to prevent severe disruption worldwide, the minimal deaths from SARS is a tribute to public health officials worldwide. Its fatality rate was 9.7% and it was easily transmissible between humans.


The Canadian City was Toronto.  44 deaths...  Thousands quarantined. including me (visited mum in  a hospital where a SARS patient turned up...)  I got 10 days off work moping in my apartment and relying on 'Meals-onwheels' to drop food at my door.  It was a serious event.  SARS
 
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