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    Say Cheese v2

    Oh, didn't notice the suspenders. Makes sense.
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    Say Cheese v2

    :lol:
    Did you just my happen to have a cigar on you?
    Nice suit, but no belt. But maybe that's the style.

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    The Taleworlds Travel Advisory

    Finally got to see Mont St Michel. What a tourist hell, but amazing architecture.
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    The Official Art thread

    Great. The perspective in the first image is interesting. But the shadow of the window frame(s) being tilted is really bothering me when everything else looks realistic and balanced :xf-smile:
    The black dude has a sci-fi vibe. Nice use of red tone colouring.
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    The Taleworlds Travel Advisory

    Yes. Looks like you could spend half a day on that tiny island.
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    TaleWorlds News: New News Necessary for the OT Neophytes


    Fast forward to reality
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    Ukraine Today

    Images showed what appeared to be a Russian Serna-class landing craft at Snake Island’s northern beach.
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    corona? :(

    Yes. I agree IQ tests are pretty poor at measuring anything but being good at IQ tests :smile:
    You example sounds more like "skill" than "intelligence". Or maybe that's the same to you.
    You may not measure practical skills but the results can be quantified. If a bridge collapses the engineer was bad.
    Same with surgeon: if there's a higher rate of post-operative infection, deaths, or patients limping despite a new hip (e.g.) the surgeon is bad.

    Reminds me of an almost funny study about how female surgeons scored better on post-operative outcomes (incl. lower death rates).
    The researchers noticed the female surgeons spent more time talking to the patients before surgery and speculated it gave them a better understanding of the condition. But they could of course just be better surgeons. (With surgery being a male dominated field the women might have to be 'top tier' to get ahead).
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    corona? :(

    That was before Omicron :smile:
    In Denmark in late 2021 about 80% of those eligible for the vaccine had been vaccinated. Yet from December and onwards as Omicon took over we started seeing sky high cases with 30-50 thousand daily cases. But hospitalizations kept dropping. People simply didn't get severely sick from Omicron, vaccinated or not. Intensive care units saw almost no new patients. No point in keeping up the vaccinations, as the authorities rightly saw.

    Not that personal experiences matter as arguments, but I've seen it first hand where I work. As Delta disappeared so did the patients. Close to all those in hospital with Omicron were there for other diseases. Even a few months ago when we had 50,000 daily cases (Omicron) it was quiet at the 'covid ward', mainly filled with a few (3-6) patients from nursing homes, mostly sick from other causes.
    All this might of course be different in other countries. It's not easy getting an overview anymore now that reporting on the pandemic has gone down a lot.
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    corona? :(

    First of all, intelligence and education are not the same thing.
    They're not the same but correlated. The longer the education the higher the IQ.
    I think that's commonly known, but here's a source:

    The evil big pharma predicts omicron vaccine availability in September, so I'm guessing people would be asked (but probably not required) to get an omicron booster shot in Autumn, to prepare for the next wave.
    But (the current) Omicron has shown to be very mild and is the very reason vaccines are not needed. Very few people require hosptalization, and don't get very sick, vaccinated or not. No need to vaccinate against it, the way I see it.
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    corona? :(

    I got my 3rd. shot back in December and here in Denmark the vaccine program has been shut down. Covid-19 is cancelled :iamamoron:
    (People can still get the vaccine (free) but have to apply themselves).
    ... because they found a correlation between cognitive function, which is not the same as intelligence, and being vaccine hesitant, which is not the same as being antivaxxers).
    But the results (of not just this study) show a strong correlation between cognitive function and level of education and thereby intelligence.
    MadVader is being edgy and provocative using the word "dumb", but it's not entirely wrong.
    Also, they wouldn't use the word "antivaxxer" because it's generally about hesitancy. But it's obvious that the higher a person scores on vaccine hesitancy the more likely they are in that group we colloquially call "antivaxxers". Again, I don't see MadVader being that wrong.

    I'm more curious why they chose to do cognitive tests instead of classic IQ tests or just level of education.
    The cognitive tests sound like the ones you use to estimate brain damage.
    For example the Montreal Cognitive Assessment test also uses memory (remembering words) simple math and saying as many words starting with L (e.g.) in a minute. (Did they exclude people with history of brain damage? I didnt' notice that, but it might have little influence on the results).
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    The European Union. Everyone keep calm. Be civil.

    To me, it's not democratic at all. The European commission and ECB (which is independent) are our government in fact and they are non-elected (from people) but burocrats. There are hundreds off lobbies behind like Business Europe. You can believe that they do the good of the people, but in fact they only respond to private interests (of big companies and hedge funds).
    Now that is something we can discuss properly, instead of infantile Nazi imagery.
    The European Commission is equally represented by all countries and the members are elected by the local/national governments.
    They are not elected by bureaucrats, unless you mean something specific by that.
    The ECB effectively deals in economic/monetary policies and I also find that democratically troubling.
    Your criticism of lobbyism and the influence of companies I can get behind, but it's also a problem in all national governance.
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    The Taleworlds Travel Advisory

    Oh, didn't you hear?
    (Everything manufactured abroad, I know :smile:)

    But my favourite is no doubt the Logicar from 1985. Sadly it was only a prototype.
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    The European Union. Everyone keep calm. Be civil.

    Okay. The auto-translate is a bit "hit-and-miss", though.
    The EU is a democratic union and all members are there voluntarily and can opt out if they so wish (like the UK).
    We can then discuss all the areas where it could be more democratic and other criticism.
    But again, drawing extreme parallels is a very poor starting point for a discussion.
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    The Taleworlds Travel Advisory

    No. We now have car technology in Denmark, and Just like the Germans I will drive straight through Belgium and be there in a blitz :iamamoron:
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    The Taleworlds Travel Advisory

    Monday I'm vacationing in northern France for 2 weeks. Rouen, Caen and St. Malo.
    I also hope to see the famous Mt. Saint-Michel. I understand it's a long walk to get there. Anyone been there?
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    What made you laugh today - Fifth Edition


    The courses incorporate woodland walks near Brussels and meditation sessions,
    including one that invites participants to feel empathy for trees and animals to boost “environmental compassion”.
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    The European Union. Everyone keep calm. Be civil.

    I don't speak/read Italian. I was referring to the images.
    Angela Merkel has no influence on German politics anymore. She is portrayed with high ranking Nazis (in Greece), but her politics were not national socialism. In fact very far from it. Same for Macron, who is far from a national socialist.
    When you start a topic with such extremist symbolism it's hard to even get into a meaningful conversation.
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    corona? :(

    Okay. It wasn't clear.
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