Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Videos Explaining Vaccines

This is simply a collection of videos on vaccines. In case you are still "doing your own research".

First: mRNA was 50 years in the making. Not just developed in less than a year:

This 12 minute video explains various processes and problems and challenges over 50 years and how these challenges were overcome.

Thursday, 23 December 2021

Khan and Singh

So the Committee of Privileges have called Raeesah Khan back. And even got her to undergo an psychiatric assessment. This was the news report:
Raeesah Khan stands by her evidence; psychiatrist says she did not have any disorder that would 'predispose' her to lying: COP report
So Khan had said that the WP leadership had advised her to continue to lie. Pritam Singh, WP sec-gen, and Leader of the Opposition had testified that she was not advised to continue to lie, and that she suffers from "disassociation", and would say things without thinking. Singh also said that he told Khan to take responsibility and ownership of the issue. Which he claims was his advice to her to tell the truth.

Sunday, 5 December 2021

The other shoe drops...

Raeesah Khan testifies to privileges committee that WP leaders told her to keep to lie made in Parliament

  • Speaking under oath, former MP Raeesah Khan said she was told by WP leaders to keep to a lie that she had made in Parliament 
  • They also told her that if she and the party "could get away with it, there was no need to clarify the lie"
  • WP volunteers who testified said the party’s disciplinary panel was "self-serving"
  • This was because it was made up solely of the same WP leaders who knew Ms Raeesah had lied 
  • Ms Raeesah also disputed assertions by WP chief Pritam Singh that she was ordered to clarify the truth and that she would be expelled from WP if she didn’t resign 

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Open borders. Closed minds.

If you're like me and practically live on Facebook, this Monday (29 Nov 2021) was the first day of the opening of the borders between Singapore and Malaysia, and many people working in the other country can finally go home to the families.

In other related news, there is a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. 

Identified just last week, the variant now called Omicron (because WHO does not want to use "Nu" (pronounced "Nee") and "Xi". Because.) has been detected first in South Africa, and neighbouring countries, and now in Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, and Israel. South African doctors report that so far, symptoms have been mild and could be treated at home. 

Generally, viruses become more transmissible, but less deadly. Because a dead host cannot infect others (and further spread the virus).

Sunday, 28 November 2021

A Response to an "Anti-Vaxxer".

"... the big question is whether the current vaccine is still appropriate given the new variants."

The prevailing variant in Singapore now is Delta. It is more transmissible. And has been shown to infect Children more. So, your belief that "Kids immune are tip-top, unlike our half-dead seniors" is a fallacy.
Also, MIS-C.
And "Long Covid."

"what's the rush?" No rush. take your time. If you do not need to work for a living, if you child do not need to go to school, if you are prepared or prefer to isolate at home, and avoid social situations, if you would like to be a "hikikomori" (and wish your family to be hikikomori too), your best bet to avoid the Delta or Omicron (if and when it becomes prevalent) variant is to withdraw from society? Or did you have another viable plan?

Omicron: Variant of Concern

 So there is a new variant (of Covid-19) now.

  • The WHO on Friday named the variant Omicron, classifying it as a variant of concern
  • Singapore announced restrictions for travellers who had recently been to seven African countries believed to be at risk from a new Covid-19 variant
  • The variant is reported to have more than 30 mutations in the spike protein alone, of which four of them believed to be able to neutralise some treatment options
  • More studies are need to determine whether the mutation can diminish the effectiveness of vaccines, or if it is more contagious
  • Experts say if the variant spreads widely around the world, it will eventually arrive in Singapore

So, should we be worried?

Thursday, 25 November 2021

How Social Media (Facebook, Google, Youtube) is not good.

"The main culprit, Haugen said, is Facebook’s desire to maximize engagement, which has turned its algorithm and platform design into a giant bullhorn for hate speech and misinformation... For clickbait farms, getting into the monetization programs is the first step, but how much they cash in depends on how far Facebook’s content-recommendation systems boost their articles. They would not thrive, nor would they plagiarize such damaging content, if their shady tactics didn’t do so well on the platform."