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As others have explained, psychopath and sociopath are synonymous,

although in some professions (forensic psychiatry), terms are sometimes used to emphasize the severity of behaviors (i.e., Ted Bundy is often described as a psychopath, whereas a white collar criminal a sociopath).

A question I wonder about: Is it possible to be both psychotic and a psychopath? Some psychiatrists who have studied Trump say it is possible, it depends on whether or not he believes his lies.

In that case we would be talking about a psychopath who is completely disconnected from reality.

Very interesting

There’s also a chance that whether or not you have already been exposed to COVID-19 can determine how severe your infection is. With the dengue virus, for example, the first time someone is exposed to the virus, they often have only a mild infection, but if they encounter it a second time, it can become deadly. Researchers believe this is due to the antibodies the body creates after first exposure, which start to diminish over time. If they drop to a low enough level, they’re not able to fight off the virus, but instead they inadvertently assist the virus in infecting cells. It’s called antibody-dependent enhancement, and researchers are investigating whether past exposure to this or a similar coronavirus could worsen the symptoms of COVID-19.

Other researchers are looking at whether the microbiome — the menagerie of bacteria, viruses and fungi that live in and on the human body — could be playing a role. Microbiomes differ from person to person and some microbes have been known to help or hinder an individual’s ability to fight off infection.

Thanks for posting.

I can't find much on the antiviral properties of nicotine, just

one paper I don't want to pay to access:

S1932 Effect of Nicotine On Innate Antiviral Pathways and HCV Replication
Yamashina et al., 2008
(Sorry, this link keeps posting as a broken link)

Supposedly the study asserts nicotine prevents Hepatitis C viral replication.

Nicotine causes dose-dependent inhibition of the growth of various bacterial and fungal pathogens (Pavia et al., 2000 ), and has been shown to kill parasitoids in two caterpillar species (Barbosa et al., 1986). Nicotine also has antiviral effects, as shown for the hepatitis C virus, where the alkaloid inhibits viral replication (Yamashina et al., 2008 ). In a recent study, another nectar alkaloid, gelsemine, reduced infection by a protozoan pathogen (Crithidia bombi) in bumble bees (Manson et al., 2010).


Doubt much will come of this, but we'll see. The xylitol in Nicorette also does some interesting things.

The doctors at NYU's Langone Medical Center who appear on SiriusXM's

"Doctor Radio" warned that the circumstances of that "leaked video" claiming Remdesivir was working, and a bizarre letter recommending the drug appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine were highly suspicious. They strongly voiced skepticism not only about the drug but about the pushing of it in the media. They cautioned listeners not to get excited about it. I guess they had some experience with Remdesivir that led them to believe it wouldn't be a good treatment for COVID 19.


I was wondering, could the virus either be deactivating something in the body that prevents clotting, or contributing something that causes the clotting?

Is there something that is like the opposite of Vitamin K (which helps clotting) in the body that could be inactivated by the virus?

Just wondering aloud...

Chilling, bizarre.

Mocco called neurosurgeons he knows elsewhere in the country. At Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Dr. Pascal Jabbour had begun to see a similar surge in strokes among people with COVID-19. The way his patients’ blood congealed reminded him of congenital conditions such as lupus, or certain cancers.

“I’ve never seen any other viruses causing that,” Jabbour said.

It goes without saying that if NK is trying to cover up the fact that

Kim Jong Un is ailing, any subordinate (or perhaps his sister) could have been asked to tweet this.

But he could also be fine and hiding to avoid the virus.

I don't actually believe the heart story. I think it's more likely he caught the virus, but because he's been saying "There are no COVID cases in North Korea" it would simply be too embarrassing to admit that, so it's a cover story of a cover story.

Cornyn is a disaster. This is actually the fourth or fifth (small) study

to show no benefit (but the first to show actual harm).

China (Journal of Zhejiang University study)
France (France's second study after the first paper was retracted)
Brazil EDIT: study halted after deaths
VA study

I think I'm missing another one, perhaps a study in the northeast US.

This is fascinating:

Right now China is ... PAYING PEOPLE TO BUY CRAP ... locally with "vouchers" (google China vouchers) so no one is rushing to bust a wallet in China because they know people are asymptomatic.

My argument (or one of my arguments) against the idea Trump can "fix the economy" is exactly that you can't bribe enough people to take stupid risks. I also severely question the premise of "pent up demand." Just the opposite could happen, where people learn that they can do without many of the things they thought were essentials--and that it's simple, less expensive, healthier, less of a hassle and rather enjoyable.

Razzle dazzle

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