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  1. Another poster to ignore. But perhaps you'd like to explain the quotes on vaccine, and yes, it is authorized; vaccines are never approved; they're licensed. No, none of them are fully licensed; that would be a correct statement if that were the statement. And it's not a drug, it's a biological. And they are all well beyond the experimental stage; there were animal studies, and so far the safety data is at least as good as any vaccine that's come to market.
  2. The example he used is math. There is no agree to disagree unless you don't believe that 2+2=4. Everything he did is high school math. Not even statistics. No Chi Squared or T-test or confidence intervals. It's math. Arguably the purist of the academic disciplines. Are you disagreeing with math? I'll leave the rest of your response alone. Opinion unsubstantiated by fact is interesting but irrelevant.
  3. Only that I would assume she'd do a wonderful job of explaining the works of Shakespeare. Which would bore me at least as much as it did in high school. Vaccine development, public policy, information security, etc., not so much. And public policy during Shakespeare's lifetime (which was also Elizabeth's lifetime) frequently involved eliminating dissent with a usually poorly applied broadsword and a pike...
  4. Just looking at the package list again. I'll agree with you, but I'd forgotten just how bad the bourbon selection really is! I like Woodford, but I'm a much bigger fan of wheated bourbons. Which isn't Woodford. All versions of Maker's Mark are wheated, but it looks like only the standard Maker's is in the packages, and presumably the only version on the ships. I'm a much bigger fan of Maker's 46, and I guess I'd think if you were going to bring the Woodford Double Oak onboard, you'd bring Maker's 46. Again, I'm a big Scotch whisky fan, and I think they have a much bette
  5. Pretty much with FT on Irish, other than I've never had Connemara, which sounds interesting. I do enjoy Redbreast and Green Spot; need to get a bottle of Yellow Spot at some point. In some ways, probably depending on where you are, Irish Whiskey just doesn't seem to be as common or popular as either bourbon or Scotch whisky in the US. I can go into a store and find literally dozens of different Scotches, and even more bourbons, but around me, I see less than 30 different Irish whiskies, and a lot of those are different version of Jameson's and Bushmills. A bit unfortunate, and I sh
  6. Not picking on you, but that may be an even more ambiguous term than “evening chic”. I think it had some meaning 15 years ago, but even then there was tremendous regional and industry variation. A quick Google has everything from a sports coat with shirt and tie to a tee shirt and dark jeans all as examples of business casual. And what’s the difference between casual and business casual? Almost makes me miss the totally unambiguous “Mess Dress” on invitations!
  7. Yep. Not opposed to NAS whisky as just leaving it in bad oak doesn't make it better. But Macallan has really perfected this variable flavor profile/no age statement thing, and I usually don't know what to expect from them. I suppose that's fine on a cruise ship with a beverage package where I can just move on to the next whisky, but in an actual bar where you're paying for it, that can be a pricey gamble. At least most real whisk(e)y bars have price lists. Not necessarily true at other bars, but having been burned a few times, I check prices before ordering.
  8. It wasn't that long ago that I could walk into the state store here in Virginia and buy Pappy. The insanity of bourbon is insane (redundantly redundant...). I was always a scotch whisky drinker. Got into bourbon when whisky went through the roof. The current insanity in bourbon is really beyond belief. I like wheated bourbons for the most part, but like to explore. Larceny is stupidly affordable and available, for instance. Bernheim is really nice, although not actually bourbon (not enough corn in the mash bill). It wasn't that long ago that Weller's was an easily accessible wheate
  9. Maybe. It's going to be more complicated than this. There's one technical, and at least one practical question this can't answer. The technical question is how does declining antibody titers correlate to actual immunity, which is going to be both antibody and cell mediated. The cell mediated component is hard to measure. The practical question is how fast is the response to exposure. Once primed, the body can make a lot of antibodies in a hurry, to either an exposure or a booster. If there's a rapid response on exposure at some point in the future adequate to keep the disease in ch
  10. They'll need to complete their clinical trials, and file a full Biological License Application. Then another data review (they're all on rolling submissions, so that "should" be fairly fast), another review by the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, and then through internal processing within the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), and assuming no issues, licensure (biologics, including vaccines, get licensed, not approved; it's a difference that arguably makes no difference, but don't say that to anyone who's gone through the process). Mos
  11. The package lists several single malts in the premium package; the classics are all blends (but so is Hibiki). Your Speyside and Highland (Speyside is actually in the Highlands, but that's another story) malts are going to be lighter. Glenlivet is kind of the "entry drug" to Speyside, along with Glenfiddich, and single malts; for the same price I'd probably go with Macallan 12, but the Macallans on the list are no age statement whiskies, and I don't know them very well. Highland Park is going to be peated. Aberfeldy and Glen Scotia aren't going to be peated either, but I don't recall either of
  12. It gets them more Glenfiddich, Balvenie, and Hendricks Gin...
  13. I find it an interesting question. I'm not sure where we are on "strength of data" for something like a clinical protocol, but many if not most people in the age groups most impacted historically are low in Vitamin D. Which does make it harder to evaluate whether the association is just age, or if Vitamin D plays a roll. I can't remember when they started checking mine, but I'm back on Vitamin D from screening lab work.
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