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Messages - Shasarak

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On the contrary I think you will find that most doctors would appreciate being able to discuss the various pros and cons of potential treatments with their patients which is necessary if you want to have informed consent.
I think that what you think does not match my professional experiences of working with doctors, with the biggest limiter being the doctors' available time per patient.

So Doctors dont want to spend the time to discuss a patients treatment with the patient because that would waste their time that they could spend in not discussing a different patients treatment?

It has a certain logic.
There's a balance they have to make between quality of care and quantity of care. Devoting too much time to one patient's care can sometimes be a disservice to others (and invites claims of discrimination in some cases). This is why face to face time with the doctor is often limited to only 10 minutes for many appointments.

So in that case there is no way that one of your doctors is going to make any real kind of diagnosis and or recommendation in a single 10 minute consulation.  They will send the patient for various lab tests or scans or xrays or what have you and rack up at least two or three consulations so that they can really milk that patient for as much as they can.

Because they cant be accused of discrimination if they send you for many expensive tests, can they?

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On the contrary I think you will find that most doctors would appreciate being able to discuss the various pros and cons of potential treatments with their patients which is necessary if you want to have informed consent.
I think that what you think does not match my professional experiences of working with doctors, with the biggest limiter being the doctors' available time per patient.

So Doctors dont want to spend the time to discuss a patients treatment with the patient because that would waste their time that they could spend in not discussing a different patients treatment?

It has a certain logic.

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From my view, those are the cases when I would *most* rely on a doctor's advice. The doctor has less information to go on in those case - but then so do I. I think it's always a bad idea for patients to do their own research and decide against their doctor's advice - and that is still true for new and/or experimental treatments. My doctor has a base of much more knowledge and experience than me. For a new treatment, she may well say "I don't know" and refer me to a specialist, but it's still deciding from a grounding she has of much greater knowledge of health.

As if most patients bother to do their own research.

Most of them dont even know what the tablets are that they swallow every day.

On the contrary I think you will find that most doctors would appreciate being able to discuss the various pros and cons of potential treatments with their patients which is necessary if you want to have informed consent.

As with Zelen, I apologize if my bad phrasing implied otherwise. I completely agree that reading and discussing with doctors is a good idea. My disagreement comes if the patient decides against the first, second, and third opinion to handle their own treatment.

That is exactly informed consent.  The patient has to take responsiblitiy for their own treatment.

Why would you disagree with that?

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From my view, those are the cases when I would *most* rely on a doctor's advice. The doctor has less information to go on in those case - but then so do I. I think it's always a bad idea for patients to do their own research and decide against their doctor's advice - and that is still true for new and/or experimental treatments. My doctor has a base of much more knowledge and experience than me. For a new treatment, she may well say "I don't know" and refer me to a specialist, but it's still deciding from a grounding she has of much greater knowledge of health.

As if most patients bother to do their own research.

Most of them dont even know what the tablets are that they swallow every day.

On the contrary I think you will find that most doctors would appreciate being able to discuss the various pros and cons of potential treatments with their patients which is necessary if you want to have informed consent.

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Be the çhange you wanna see, these are all easily discoverable public figures after all

Well, I did my part.

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If you really wanted to do pvp rankings then you should probably aim for something like:

Warrior <  Wizard  <  Thief  <  Warrior


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I'm not talking about taking some rando internet advice over your doctor's advice.

Yeah, I would trust my GP more then the head of the Ask Me Anything association.

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Not sure what exactly you expect an Allergologist is going to add to the discussion regarding a viral epidemic.

I mean treating Hayfever I would back her opinion 100%.

She's speaking because she is President of the American Medical Association which has over 240 thousand members, and is speaking for the AMA. Representing an established organization of 240,000 doctors is fundamentally different than just being a single doctor with an opinion. With over 9 million doctors worldwide, there are individual doctors with a huge range of opinions. There are licensed doctors who support faith healing. There are licensed doctors who opposed vaccination programs in general. Simply having a degree in the field, even in a sub-field allows a huge range.

Regarding Geert Vanden Bossche...

Dr. Vanden Bossche does appear to have a Veterinary Doctor degree and a specialty in virology. From PubMed, I can see that he has 8 publications between 1988 and 1995, but nothing after 1995. (ref) Looking over his LinkedIn profile, he seems to have jumped around to a number of virus-related companies or foundations from 1995 to 2011. He did work for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation from 2008 to 2011 as a senior program officer. He is noted, for example, as having helped a researcher get a grant from the Foundation in 2010. (ref) After that, though, his main work is for companies called Univac and Vareco - which I can't find any references to other than his own credits.

In his 2021 talk, he credited himself as "Founder and CSO, Coimeva Llc", which isn't listed on his LinkedIn profile, but that does turn up this company profile.
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Company Description: Coimeva is located in Huldenberg, FLEMISH BRABANT, Belgium and is part of the Education & Training Services Industry. Coimeva has 2 total employees across all of its locations and generates $37,000 in sales (USD).(Employees and Sales figures are modelled).
Key Principal: Geert Vanden Bossche
Industry: Education & Training Services
Education Sector
Schools and educational services, nec
Arts and crafts schools
Source: https://www.dnb.com/business-directory/company-profiles.coimeva.1c30a7c7a2e48d651cac3e61842ae2cf.html

In his letter (ref), he says that he was a keynote speaker at "Vaccine Summit Ohio" in 2021. From the site, he isn't listed in the advertised 14 speakers for that conference (ref). However, he among the 47 total speakers in the full program.

From this, it seems to me that he is recognized enough to speak at among 46 others at an Ohio conference, but he does not seem to be a leader in the field.

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As for the substance of his claims, there are a number of rebuttals. The link below seemed the most scholarly. It's not my field, so I can't confirm most of it, but it is thoroughly referenced.

https://www.deplatformdisease.com/blog/addressing-geert-vanden-bossches-claims

So then who to believe?  The part time Allergologist, full time Bureaucrat with training in Pediatrics or the trained Virologist with actual experience?

Its a conundrum alright.

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In reply to Ratman_tf's video, Chris Christie had a pretty good video answering questions of this sort.



Not sure what exactly you expect an Allergologist is going to add to the discussion regarding a viral epidemic.

I mean treating Hayfever I would back her opinion 100%.

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As a parent and former teacher, I know getting proof of certain vaccinations was a regular thing at schools both for students and teachers - well after HIPAA was in place. As a teacher, I had to get a regular tuberculosis test as well (every four years).

What is the point of getting you to do a regular tuberculosis test every four years when they can just give you a TB vaccine?

I blame Big Lab Test.

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Here's your Mask Protocol
« on: May 06, 2021, 01:17:14 AM »
Fuck that. Some of what happened in Portland definitely could have used some tasing. And not one of you fuckers would have objected to it either. Look, you want to protest on your own property, cool. You want to protest of public property without interfering with others, also cool. But you don't get to protest on someone else's private property, trespass and refuse to leave, without consequences. Getting your ass tased is one of those possible consequences. I know you all get that, when it's not some cause you agree with.
<tastes Mistwell>

That could have gone wrong so easily.

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I never said anything about Geeky's statement.  However if you want me to, then I will.  It was easier to move and leave your life a hundred years ago.  His comment about the internet (although I would use the term World Wide Web in this case) is dead on.  Did you or did you not reference friends in the 80s and 90s creating an entirely new life...the 80s and 90s, before the rise of social media...hmmm.

There is no way it was easier to move around a hundred years ago.  Just transport alone is completely different.  What are you going to do a hundred years ago, jump on a Zeppelin to fly to the USA?
Not quite what he's getting at. In terms of raw distance travel, yeah, we have an enormous amount of flexibility.

What Geeky's getting at is the difficulty in leaving behind a life and starting over nowadays.

Ok then exactly what is harder about moving now compared to any other time in history?

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I never said anything about Geeky's statement.  However if you want me to, then I will.  It was easier to move and leave your life a hundred years ago.  His comment about the internet (although I would use the term World Wide Web in this case) is dead on.  Did you or did you not reference friends in the 80s and 90s creating an entirely new life...the 80s and 90s, before the rise of social media...hmmm.

There is no way it was easier to move around a hundred years ago.  Just transport alone is completely different.  What are you going to do a hundred years ago, jump on a Zeppelin to fly to the USA?

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Live action Drow you say.


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After creating a fresh Level 3 Multiclass 3.5 Edition Character this week;  I am stricken by the excitement I felt about all the cool things my PC could do, but then the disgust I felt at the thought of having that level of depth and detail to consider for everything in the game.  Who can reasonably remember all of that finite detail?  I play games to relax, not to obsess over.

I like it, and I don't like it.  I could never run it RAW.  I'd forget too many rules.

Sounds like you would be a good fit for playing in my game.  My Players dont bother to remember the rules either.

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