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  • in reply to: Understanding Statistics Re: Masks #1910880
    charliehall
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    “The מלאך המות doesn’t read studies or check for masks. He answers to the Highest Power.”

    Regardless, you should not jump off tall buildings, run out in front of a speeding bus, or go outside without a face mask.

    charliehall
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    “(Reconsider who your calling “thugs”!!!)”

    They mostly were NOT law enforcement officers but private security goons. And for even the ones that were real law enforcement officers, it is illegal for them to do anything other than to enforce FEDERAL law and to protect federal property. They used excessive force against unarmed protesters and they teargassed the mayor.

    in reply to: REALLY disappointing clinical trial results #1910875
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    “When is the last time the 2 of you actually did anything Clinical?”

    You can look me up and you will see that I have over 180 scientific publications with my name on it and I have been principal investigator on four government funded research grants. I am one of the few folks here who posts under my real name.

    “HCQ (or Quercitin) + Zinc works, No matter whether you have some paper to rely on!”

    You have absolutely no evidence for that statement. And you post anonymously.

    in reply to: Studies Showing Masks Prevent Virus Transmission #1910859
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    ““Efficacy of face mask in preventing respiratory virus transmission: A systematic review and meta-analysis,” Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease (2020)”

    Only one of the 21 studies looked at COVID-19; the other 20 studies were for other respiratory viruses. In that one case control study, N95 masks reduced COVID-19 transmission by 97% in healthcare workers.

    in reply to: Studies Showing Masks Prevent Virus Transmission #1910851
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    “Masks are incredibly harmful because they lower oxygen levels in the blood (leading to hypoxia) while raising carbon dioxide levels (leading to hypercapnia), and force you to inhale and exhale more forcefully, stressing the cardio-pulmonary system.”

    Absolutely false for most people. I have asthma and have measured my own oxygen saturation with an FDA approved pulse oximeter while wearing a mask. In fact I did it again just before writing this comment, My oxygen saturation is consistently 97% to 98% whether I wear a mask or not.

    Stop promoting this dangerous disinformation.

    in reply to: REALLY disappointing clinical trial results #1910845
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    “They gave it late & w/o Zinc.”

    I only found one observational study of HCQ plus zinc and it had serious, possibly fatal, methodological flaws. THAT is the study not worth the paper it is printed on. We have been plagued with bad COVID studies since the beginning of the pandemic, including the original French study that got Trump, Navarro, and Giuliani so excited about HCQ.

    “It’s not worth the paper it’s written on!”

    That you say that shows that you do not understand clinical research at all and have no business commenting here.

    in reply to: REALLY disappointing clinical trial results #1910837
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    ” do you know if more detailed data is publicly available”

    Generally, individual level data from clinical trials or observational studies are not made available to the public because of privacy restrictions. On occasions I have had to practically sign my life away to get access to data and can’t even share it with other people in my own institution.

    in reply to: REALLY disappointing clinical trial results #1910684
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    “there seems to be a tendency”

    One must guard against the desire to overinterpret subgroup analyses in large studies. The famous statistician Richard Peto once found that zodiacal signs were associated with the successs of aspirin treatment!

    in reply to: REALLY disappointing clinical trial results #1910683
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    “treated 1700 covid positive patients, 0 deaths, 1 hospitalization”

    Without an untreated comparison population, those data are totally useless. The hydroxychloroquine proponents who promote statistics like that are quacks. They could have enrolled their patients into a clinical trial, or even started one themselves. But they didn’t.

    in reply to: REALLY disappointing clinical trial results #1910682
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    “can you point to any properly structured trials (control versus protocol) providing evidence showing that Zinc + HQC is effective? ”

    There are none. However, I found several such studies currently underway. We will know soon.

    charliehall
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    Trump sending armed thugs to Portland made what had been small scale protests into spectacular violence. His thugs even tear gassed Mayor Wheeler who was putting himself at risk trying to calm tthings down. The violence did not subside until the thugs were withdrawn.

    in reply to: REALLY disappointing clinical trial results #1910562
    charliehall
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    Hydroxychloroquine and interferon actually resulted in more deaths than standard of care, but the increased mortality may be due to chance. There is some evidence that interferon might be effective if given earlier. There is no evidence at all the hydroxychloroquine is effective at any point in the natural history of the disease.

    in reply to: Withholding funding: Checkmate #1910492
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    “If you’re going to claim that the frum community has in fact complied with the law all along then you must be saying that there has been an resurgence of infections in spite of such compliance. ”

    In my neighborhood we DO comply and go beyond what is required, which is what good frum Jews are supposed to do. Indoor minyans have really strict social distance rules. Many minyans are outdoors. No passing around the Torah. Anyone not in a mask is not allowed in. Same for schools: no mask, no entry. Lots of remote learning. Walls torn down for better ventilation and lots of disinfectant everywhere. No public funerals.

    And no increase in cases.

    This isn’t a burden. I like davening outdoors! It is like the Holy Kotel. And we even have a lot of feral cats running around to remind us of Jerusalem!!!

    in reply to: Eruvin and masks #1910494
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    “churches were also kept closed ”

    True. There is a Christian minister who lives two blocks from me. Once while taking my Shabbat afternoon walk a month or so ago, he was sitting on his front yard facing a video camera, recording his sermon to be given remotely to his congregation.

    And live theater remains closed. Completely. Shuls are being treated more leniently. The theaters may have a First Amendment case, but not shuls.

    in reply to: Tischler in jail #1910414
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    “the stabber was found NOT GUILTY and then invited the jurors were invited to celebrate”

    He was convicted of a different charge and served ten years in prison for his actions.

    in reply to: Tischler in jail #1910415
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    “What about Rosa Parks?”

    Yes she was arrested. Were it not for the incredible courage of people like here, we would still have segregated buses and trains, all white hospitals, suburbs and law firms with no Jews, and bigots being able to get away with all kinds of bigotry. Trump wants to bring back all white suburbs.

    in reply to: Why universal over absentee? #1909983
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    “Someone moves right before an election and they’re not sure where to vote. They ask the county clerk and the clerk gives them the wrong information. So they vote in the wrong place.”

    That happened to me once! Some think that I should have gone to prison for that. 🙁

    in reply to: Joe Biden Criminal? #1909975
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    “He’s from the old time doc’s that need definitive Proof.”

    And you are from the old time pharma shills who would have let thalidomide into the US to cripple massive numbers of children. It was the Deep State that kept us safe, demanding proof.

    In the case of HCQ, we now do have proof — that it is useless against COVID-19.

    in reply to: Joe Biden Criminal? #1909974
    charliehall
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    Another Trump conspiracy theory has been found to be false. Barr’s “unmasking” probe found nothing. That is because it was entirely appropriate to unmask the identity of someone claiming to be representing Trump who was negotiating with a hostile foreign power. That someone turned out to be an unregistered foreign agent whom Trump names as his National Security Advisor anyway, and it took a lie to the Vice President to get him fired.

    The criminals are in the Trump Organization.

    in reply to: Do I have to shave my beard? #1909966
    charliehall
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    I have worn an N95 mask with a beard. I also trim my beard really close with an electric trimmer (not an electric razor; I have not shaved since 1986). Remember that pikuach nefesh overrides almost all halachic restrictions and shaving is not one of the exceptions. Good luck.

    charliehall
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    Wheeler is a good centrist mayor who deserves support rather than derision. But thanks in part to ignorant internet commenters and far right inciters (including Trump) he may lose this election to an actual far left nutjob. There are no other candidates on the ballot.

    Somethign like this could repeat in NY if we keep up the vitriol against De Blasio and Cuomo.

    in reply to: Is Joe Biden A Racist? #1909902
    charliehall
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    I don’t blame Trump directly for the murder of Jews in Pittsburgh and Poway, but his rhetoric has made anti-Semitism acceptable as it has not been in over 50 years. And he has encouraged violence among his supporters, including the current Republican candidate for Governor of Montana who was convicted of assaulting a reporter.

    Only self-hating assmilated Jews who have turned their backs on Torah could ever support Trump.

    in reply to: Is Joe Biden A Racist? #1909899
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    “The white supremacists happened to be on the same side as the conservatives and moderate liberals”

    That is a lie. Real conservatives, and moderate liberals, don’t shout, “Jews Will Not Replace Us”. And contrary to Trump, people who shout that are not “very fine people”.

    Biden is not the racist candidate in this election.

    in reply to: Tischler in jail #1909595
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    “When al sharpton incited a mob to murder R’ Yankel Rosenbaum and beat yidden, he was not arrested.”

    He wasn’t arrested because he wasn’t there yet. He did plenty of horrible stuff but we don’t need to make up more. Freddy’s Fashion Mart was far worse. And he still hasn’t apologized to Steven Pagones.

    Rosenbaum should have survived but the hospital missed one of his stab wounds. 🙁 The person who stabbed Rosenbaum would spend ten years in prison.

    in reply to: Lack of respect for Rabbonim shlita #1909591
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    “All the Rabbonim I know of and respect have made clear time and time again the importance of following government COVID-19 regulations, such as masks and social distancing.”

    Same here.

    Rabbi Hershel Schachter in particular has written many tshuvot regarding what we should do during COVID-19, not just regarding masks and social distancing, but also regarding how we should adjust our practices at this time in a way consistent with halachah.

    in reply to: Political alternate universe #1909590
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    No question, A, as long as he had a broad exception on abortion for the health of the mother as Judaism demands. A is more consistent with traditional Jewish teaching.

    Bob Casey or Joe Manchin come closest to A.

    in reply to: Joe Biden Criminal? #1909008
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    “Because they didn’t let him recommend Zinc + HCQ.”

    HCQ proved to be a bust. Totally ineffective. Trump recommended it anyway and it helped, well, probably nobody.

    in reply to: Joe Biden Criminal? #1909005
    charliehall
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    “Removal is Not an Abortion!”

    According the the anti-abortion Christians whom many commenters here mistakenly follow, it is.

    in reply to: Joe Biden Criminal? #1909007
    charliehall
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    “Trump listened to his advice but decided to reject it and placed a Ban either way.

    In hindsight Fauci has stated Trump saved thousands of lives.”

    Trump did not ban travel from China in January. He banned travel by Chinese nationals. That is xenophobic and racist. Tens of thousands of people traveled from China to the US after the racist travel ban.

    in reply to: Joe Biden Criminal? #1909006
    charliehall
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    “You wrote Delivery. Why do Abortion?”

    In practice a healthy fetus would not be aborted at 34 weeks or later which is when preeclampsia often develops. But it can develop as early as 20 weeks when the fetus cannot survive.

    in reply to: Republicans – Pollard pidyon shvuyim opportunity #1909004
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    “When it comes to the mitzva of Pidyan Shavuyim party does not matter.”

    1) Would it apply to a Jewish serial killer who has been convicted of multiple counts of first degree murder after fair court proceedings? (This does not apply to Pollard but it brings up the question of whether we are obligated to spring every Jewish criminal from prison. My rav o”h was a prison chaplain for 25 years and he hated prisons.)

    2) Does it apply when the person is not, in fact, in prison? (Pollard was released almost five years ago, one day before he was supposed to have been released.)

    in reply to: Republicans – Pollard pidyon shvuyim opportunity #1908991
    charliehall
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    I had a job with a security clearance when Pollard was arrested. Every Jew with any connection to Israel whatsoever immediately became a security risk. Worse, many Jewish groups in America openly defended Pollard’s espionage.

    And Donald Trump continues to promote this anti-Semitic dual loyalty canard to this day.

    in reply to: Republicans – Pollard pidyon shvuyim opportunity #1908938
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    “The Americans threw the book at him.”

    No, he actually copped a nice plea deal in which he would plea guilty to a single count of espionage when they could have thrown the book at him and at his then wife, who was also involved in the espionage.

    But both Pollard and his then wife broke the terms of the plea deal by giving unauthorized interviews with the media. The judge was infuriated and threw the book at both of them. As he should have.

    It should be noted that Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed after being convicted of spying for an ally. And Ethel was probably innocent.

    in reply to: Cuomo #1908483
    charliehall
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    If we would stop having mass spreading events, and more of us wore masks, he would not be targeting us.

    I am attending outdoor minyans. Why isn’t the entire frum world moving its services outdoors? The weather has been remarkably good for this time of year. The holy Kotel is outdoors! The Beit HaMikdash Courtyard was outdoors!!!

    in reply to: Covid #1908482
    charliehall
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    Only a fool thinks that COVID is not a serious threat to health. Many of them are now dead.

    in reply to: Trump says no more stimulus #1908480
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    Trump now says he wants a big stimulus package, throwing under the bus all his trolls who had backed him on rejecting one.

    in reply to: Trump says no more stimulus #1908479
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    “Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University; Dr. Sunetra Gupta, an epidemiologist at Oxford University; and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a physician and epidemiologist at Stanford University”

    Dr. Kulldorff is actually a biostatistician. I used to work with him! He is wrong on this. And note that this was published in the trashy New York Post, not any medical journal.

    A controlled experiment was actually done. Sweden didn’t lock down. Its death rate from COVID-19 is far higher than any of its demographically similar neighbors, which did. 5x that of Denmark, 9x that of Finland, 11x that of Norway. No lockdowns and we could easily have a million deaths now in the US. We certainly would have had tens of thousands of more dead here in NYC.

    in reply to: Trump says no more stimulus #1908477
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    “the Data has proven lockdown are not simply bad policy.

    They Are Dangerous.

    They Are Killing people.

    They Are harming people.”

    All false.

    in reply to: Trump says no more stimulus #1908476
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    “What he did with Lewinsky is considered by many to be assualt.”

    Only by people who don’t know the definition of the term. They were both adults and they were both agreeable to the affair.

    in reply to: Republicans – Pollard pidyon shvuyim opportunity #1908471
    charliehall
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    Clemency for a convicted spy is exactly what will drive most of the few non-Jewish non-evangelical supporters Trump still has into the Biden camp.

    in reply to: Trump says no more stimulus #1908202
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    “The Torah defines same gender marriage as an abomination.”

    No it doesn’t. It defines one particular act of sex between men as an abomination. Other abominations include idols, eating non kosher animals, using a harlot’s wages or profits from sale of a dog to pay for a Temple offering, cross dressing, remarrying your ex wife when she has been married to another man in between, and using false measures to cheat in business. (Trump has personally done the last one, falsifying the value of his assets.)

    “The pro-abortion stand of the Democrat party is nothing less then being pro-murder.”

    Abortion isn’t murder but the anti-abortion stand of the Republican Party is even more problematic for Jews as it would kill Jewish women who would not be able to get medically necessary abortions.

    in reply to: Trump says no more stimulus #1908205
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    “How many people died of the flu under Obama?”

    The largest number in any year was about 51,000. Trump surpassed that in his first year, with 61,000. COVID is obviously far more deadly.

    in reply to: Where are the women? #1908260
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    “the death rate of those infected is in tenths of a percent”

    Wrong. Dead wrong. The death rate is more like 3%. That would mean ten million dead Americans if we continue to act irresponsibly.

    in reply to: Trump says no more stimulus #1908195
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    “He was accused by numerous women of actual assault. ”

    Liar. The only somewhat credible allegation was by Juanita Brodderick, and she denied the allegation under oath. Clinton is a seducer, not a rapist.

    Retract your motzi shem ra.

    in reply to: Joe Biden Criminal? #1908178
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    “How about you volunteer to work, build a business then pay 100 million dollars to the US Government that you do not owe them.

    Better yet make it 200 million.”

    If you have a profitable business you will owe taxes. Unless you commit fraud. Trump clearly has committed bank fraud becasue he lied to Deutsche Bank regarding the value of properties — he was telling property tax authorities one thing but the lenders another. That kind of “two sets of books” is the kind of stuff mafia bosses do. And many of Trump’s income tax deductions are highly dubious personal expenses that honest people do not try to deduct. Deutsche Bank is mainly famous today for money laundering so it is no surprise they were still willing to work with Trump.

    in reply to: Joe Biden Criminal? #1908181
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    “he seemingly disagrees with himself every month or so as “new data” becomes available”

    That is called being a good scientist — letting the data drive your conclusions. I have personally been doing that in a career that has lasted over a quarter of a century. You don’t double down once your initial hypothesis has been debunked. Many commenters here need to learn that. (For example, hydroxychloroquine has been proven to be a bust.)

    in reply to: Joe Biden Criminal? #1908174
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    “Ever hear of Modern Medicine? There’s NO Such thing as the Mom’s life is in Danger!”

    That is because we have legal abortions. Epidemiologic research has estimated that about one in every thousand pregnancies results in an ectopic pregnancy, which is life threatening. Fortunately most emergency departments, including the one in the (Jewish) health system I work for, perform emergency abortions in such instances, usually with methotrexate, a drug also used to treat cancer and autoimmune disese. Other life threatening situations are more rare but they do occur; my wife has had one case in her entire medical career where she had to refer a pregnant woman for such an abortion. My health system performs abortions under those circumstances, too.

    in reply to: Joe Biden Criminal? #1908171
    charliehall
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    Let’s see here….

    Andriy Derkach is a leader of a pro-Putin political party in the Ukraine Parliament.

    In December 2019, Derkach met with Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani in an attempt by Giuliani to dig up illicit slanders against the Bidens. Derkach has also been funneling information of questionable veracity to Sens. Ron Johnson and Charles Grassley.

    In August 2020, Trump’s own Director of the United States National Counterintelligence and Security Center, William Evanina, identified Derkach as a leader of Putin’s attempts to influence the US election this year.

    In September 2020, Trump’s own Treasury Department slapped sanctions on Derkach for that very reason, saying that “has been an active Russian agent for over a decade”.

    I thank the OP for bringing to our attention the attempts by someone close to Trump to solicit illegal foreign influence into the US electoral process. Trump himself probably knew. Giuliani is clearly the criminal.

    in reply to: NYC lockdowns again #1907708
    charliehall
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    No lockdowns in the frum areas in Manhattan or the Bronx. We are wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and holding a lot of outdoor minyans. Schools are mandating masks, breaking down partitiions between classrooms, and keeping kids separated. Not wanting to wear a mask has the same effect as not wanting to wear a yarmulke — child gets sent home.

    in reply to: Trump says no more stimulus #1907700
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    “I am curious to know why this issue did not concern him with Clinton?”

    It did. I publicly said that Clinton should resign for lying about having an affair.

    But Clinton only had affairs. Trump has well founded charges of sexual assault against him. He is on tape suggesting to his mistress whom he had knocked up that she have an abortion. He paid hush money to a mistress.

    But the worst immorality of all is Trump’s decades long history of cheating in business. Chazal say that business fraud is a more grievous sin that sexual transgressions. And Trump is particularly brazen about this.

    That we still support him makes us look like hypocrites.

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