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Sifta

Member since Aug 2014 • Last active Apr 2021
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    you would only ever hear good things about Hitler, Stalin or Thatcher

    This should be in the epic WTF thread!!

    As a republican whose family were miners in the '80s I'm no great fan of Thatcher but I do have some sense of perspective for gods sake. This stinks of some look at me desperate attention seeker flopping his dick on the table shouting look at me I'm on the right side of history!

    Thatcher (and then Heseltine and Major), put my brother out of a job, but I wasn't amongst millions of Brits who woke up one morning wondering where the fuck he was, never to see him again!!

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    :), some jokes never get old

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    However BBC showing exactly the same programmes on BBC1, BBC2, and BBC News is WTF. People who want to watch same repeated loop for hours on end are quite capable of seeking out the channels showing it.

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    Massive irony that this is the American media.

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    Not really that epic WTF. Off the top of my head, he was an international sportsman, opened one Olympics, (Compared with the 2 his wife opened), and a former president of the MCC. I'm sure that he will have had many other posts with sporting associations as well. I'm pretty sure that any other MCC president's passing would be mentioned on the sports pages, so it would be strange if he was missed out.

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    I know Monday's numbers are generally lower due to the reporting delays over the weekend but the death numbers are really falling.

    17 today (which will climb a bit obviously, but still, that's the lowest that's been reported on a day for a long long time).

    I'm starting to wonder about this. The definition of a COVID death of one within 28 days of a positive test was criticised by people saying that it included random deaths that were not due to COVID, but also people that slipped in the shower etc. and we didn't know the S/N ratio.

    As a metric, this definition made sense to me when the daily deaths were 1000+, and we now know that the "noise" is no more than 30 a day given where we are. But I also think we must be very close to the point where the stats are more noise than signal. Does anyone know any way of finding out numbers of deaths where COVID is given as "cause of death" rather than death within 28 days of +ve test?

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    Its easy, both the BBC and ITV have their regional programming (Including football coverage) split as follows.
    Sheffield is Northern.
    Derby, Leicester, and Nottingham are East Midlands. (BBC have their East Midlands studio in Nottingham)
    Stoke is West Midlands, and the most Northerly midlands city
    The people of Crewe claim it's the most Southerly Northern town, but nobody can remember any TV company covering anything about Crewe, so its difficult to prove.

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    Now that we can meet officially, Wests in The Park is back on. We are taking advantage of the good weather to meet in Acton Park 5pm on Wednesday. 3 of the 6 slots are already taken, if anyone else is interested, feel free to sign up.

    We normally meet on the benches West of the Pavillion.
    https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.508386­7,-0.2610068,109m/data=!3m1!1e3

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    Given that the total positive rate in schools is 0.05% (2,588/4.6M), the false positive must be even lower than that Tom Chivers

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