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  1. On consumerism

    When dealing with the fake-socialism or downright communist crowd (they do exist) it is not infrequent to find the refrain that consumerism is a social defect, an attitude that should not be pursued. The claim, of course, has deeper roots than simple Marxism-Leninism dogma: religious vows of poverty and the hypocritical position of the Church, asking mankind to live a life of austerity and privations while preaching from gold-ceiling abodes and clad in silk garments, are also another voice calling ...
  2. On Courage and tennis

    The 2020 U.S. Open menís final has been universally decried as an abomination of the sport, a very sad match played at one of the gameís finest venues. Everybody is calling both players involved in the match anything short of a disgrace and comments about the quality of play range from four letter words to abysmal, with nothing being said about the match absolving it from damnation.
    Looking at the numbers, the verdict seems a bit too extreme. It was the first U.S. Open final in which one ...
  3. On tolerating intolerance

    Do you tolerate intolerance? The question begins to take more and more relevance as one sees how intolerance is gaining ground in many places and even in day to day thinking. Intolerance imposes terrible deviations in a lifestyle that has been forged, slowly and at great cost, over a couple of centuries. Tolerance has been fundamental in the eradication of Racism and Sexism (at least in what the printed law says; in practice, the struggle continues every day), and it has been the great springboard ...

    Updated 08-11-2020 at 08:00 AM by ponchi101

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  4. On Covid-19. II

    Proof me wrong.
    As we have reached the end of the first four months of 2020 more data have been inserted in the analysis of the COVID Pandemic. And the data keep getting worse.
    A recent article in the New York Times points in the direction that this has been and perhaps will continue to be worse than it has been reported. The article shows data that support the idea that the total number of deaths related to COVID is much higher than reported. The logic is straightforward: the spike ...
  5. On Covid-19

    I don't want to monopolize the thread.
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    As we approach the end of the first 1/3 of the year, the official count of COVID deaths stands at a bit below 200,000 (it will pass that by this week). Letís assume there is serious undercount of 50%, leaving us with a "real" count of 400,000. That is 100,000 per month, on average. Multiply by 12 months, 1.2 million in a year. In view that there are no cures, no treatment and no vaccine, plus that a lot of countries are simply ...
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