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Long-Hauler COVID Patients Just Met With The WHO | Buzzfeed News

Across the globe... COVID “long-haulers” have been fighting for doctors to believe and help them. On Friday, they finally got a meeting with the World Health Organization.

There were weeks when Hannah Davis couldn’t remember how to send a text message. On top of the extreme fatigue, racing heart rate, and difficulty breathing she experienced daily, the most terrifying part of being sick with COVID-19 for the last 21 weeks, Davis said, has also been one of the hardest to explain: losing her mind.

“...I have a hard time remembering who I was,” she said. “It was hard to remember I had to feed myself a couple times a day.”

She’s among the thousands of people... — many of whom were young, active, and healthy — who have been debilitated by ongoing, unexplainable symptoms. These patients, also known as long-haulers, are crushing the popular idea that COVID is only serious for a small percentage of vulnerable people.

[They]all shared largely the same story: I was young and active before this, and now I cannot seem to get better. I haven’t been able to get my doctor to believe me because I do not have a positive test result, and I need a lot of care that does not exist where I live.

"This is not just a respiratory illness. This is a systemic illness that makes you lose connection with the world, And the most shocking thing to me is how long it has taken for doctors and the general public to realize this basic fact.” [says Hannah Davis]

For 24 days, she felt completely alone. Then, she came across an op-ed by Fiona Lowenstein, another woman in New York who had started a support group to talk about recovery. The group she launched, called Body Politic, now has 7,500 members on Slack. Davis also joined several Facebook groups, with more than 17,500 long-haulers in one Facebook group and 5,000 in another.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/briannasacks/covid-long-haulers-who-coronavirusandemic

#Covid-19 #covid19 #pandemic #CoronaVirus #medicine #health #science #WHO #covid
 

Long-Hauler COVID Patients Just Met With The WHO | Buzzfeed News

Across the globe... COVID “long-haulers” have been fighting for doctors to believe and help them. On Friday, they finally got a meeting with the World Health Organization.

There were weeks when Hannah Davis couldn’t remember how to send a text message. On top of the extreme fatigue, racing heart rate, and difficulty breathing she experienced daily, the most terrifying part of being sick with COVID-19 for the last 21 weeks, Davis said, has also been one of the hardest to explain: losing her mind.

“...I have a hard time remembering who I was,” she said. “It was hard to remember I had to feed myself a couple times a day.”

She’s among the thousands of people... — many of whom were young, active, and healthy — who have been debilitated by ongoing, unexplainable symptoms. These patients, also known as long-haulers, are crushing the popular idea that COVID is only serious for a small percentage of vulnerable people.

[They]all shared largely the same story: I was young and active before this, and now I cannot seem to get better. I haven’t been able to get my doctor to believe me because I do not have a positive test result, and I need a lot of care that does not exist where I live.

"This is not just a respiratory illness. This is a systemic illness that makes you lose connection with the world, And the most shocking thing to me is how long it has taken for doctors and the general public to realize this basic fact.” [says Hannah Davis]

For 24 days, she felt completely alone. Then, she came across an op-ed by Fiona Lowenstein, another woman in New York who had started a support group to talk about recovery. The group she launched, called Body Politic, now has 7,500 members on Slack. Davis also joined several Facebook groups, with more than 17,500 long-haulers in one Facebook group and 5,000 in another.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/briannasacks/covid-long-haulers-who-coronavirusandemic

#Covid-19 #covid19 #pandemic #CoronaVirus #medicine #health #science #WHO #covid
 

I'm trying to figure out what Bill Gates is up to in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beware, I’m wearing my tinfoil hat again.


· October 18th 2019 – Event 201 “exercise” in New York, simulating a pandemic. The Bill Gates Foundation, US CDC, China’s CDC, some big companies and other key organizations discussed this “hypothetical” outbreak.
· December 18th 2019 - Specialized dye, delivered along with a vaccine, could enable “on-patient” storage of vaccination history. “The research was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation”.
· March 18th 2020 – Bill Gates on reddit: “Eventually we will have some digital certificates to show who has recovered or been tested recently or when we have a vaccine who has received it.”
· March 26th 2020 - Microsoft patent “W0/2020/060606 CRYPTOCURRENCY SYSTEM USING BODY ACTIVITY DATA” The so-called ‘mark of the beast' 666, WTF.
"The cryptocurrency system communicatively coupled to the device of the user may verify if the body activity data satisfies one or more conditions set by the cryptocurrency system, and award cryptocurrency to the user whose body activity data is verified."
· May 1st 2020 – House of Representatives Bill, Number 6666 - COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act. WTF I’m agnostic but … again the number 666, the so-called 'mark of the beast', isn’t it? Are these people insane?

By the way, there is a thread about the origins of COVID-19: https://rpg.pbem.online/display/87cf767069220138a16000163e3b85e3 for those interested.

#coronavirus #COVID19 #pandemic #crisis #BigPharma #Microsoft #BillGates #GatesFoundation #patents #666 #NWO #WorldEconomicForum #WHO
 

2019-2020 timeline.


I’m trying to connect dots for research, I’m not trying to misinform anyone.

· August 6th 2019 - Fort Detrick’s Germ Lab Shut Down Due to Sloppy Work, Leaky Equipment
· There is also an ‘Institute of Virology’ in Wuhan, with a biosafety level 4 laboratory (highest level in the world).
· August 27th 2019 - Mysterious vaping lung injuries may have flown under regulatory radar “It makes it really tough because we don’t know what we’re looking for,” said Dr. Ruth Lynfield, the state epidemiologist for Minnesota,
· October 18th 2019 – World Military Games were held in Wuhan, 110 countries participated in the games.
· October 18th 2019 – Event 201 “exercise” in New York, simulating a pandemic. The Bill Gates Foundation, US CDC, China’s CDC, some big companies and other key organizations discussed this “hypothetical” outbreak.
· November 17th 2019 - First confirmed Covid-19 case in Wuhan's province.
· April 11th - China clamping down on coronavirus research, deleted pages suggest. If Chinese officials want to get their points across, they shouldn’t censor. Lack of transparency, lack of credibility.

The more I try to know about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, the scarier it gets.
Also, it strikes me that many governments have been apparently turning a blind eye to what was happening for months without doing anything effective until it was too late and lockdowns were inevitable.

On a final note, I want to point out that some experts (Michael Hudson, Richard Wolf, Chris Martenson, Max Keiser and others) have been warning that a huge crisis was coming because the structural problems that caused the 2008 crisis were not addressed. Instead, our oligarchs decided to double down. So I have to admit our oligarchs have been somewhat very lucky this time because they can seize this opportunity to bail out themselves again without dealing with protest movements such as Yellow Vests and Occupy Wall Street. This time the streets are occupied by the military and right-wingers supported by business interests in some countries.

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#coronavirus #COVID19 #pandemic #crisis #BigPharma #BillGates #GatesFoundation #WorldEconomicForum #WHO #Wuhan #CDC #USA #China #NewYork #FortDetrick
 
Wow. This just gets better.

Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company

"The World Health Organization and a number of national governments have changed their Covid-19 policies and treatments on the basis of flawed data from a little-known US healthcare analytics company, also calling into question the integrity of key studies published in some of the world’s most prestigious medical journals."

"A Guardian investigation can reveal the US-based company Surgisphere, whose handful of employees appear to include a science fiction writer and an adult-content model, has provided data for multiple studies on Covid-19 co-authored by its chief executive, but has so far failed to adequately explain its data or methodology."

"Data it claims to have legitimately obtained from more than a thousand hospitals worldwide formed the basis of scientific articles that have led to changes in Covid-19 treatment policies in Latin American countries. It was also behind a decision by the WHO and research institutes around the world to halt trials of the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine."




#Surgisphere #fraud #hydroxychloroquine #science #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #WHO
 

#Ausschnitt der #W.H.O. #Pressekonferenz vom 29.04.2020 über #Schweden




#Ausschnitt der #W.H.O. #Pressekonferenz vom 29.04.2020 über #Schweden und deren Umgang mit der Coronakrise. Sinngemäß rät uns die WHO Schweden als Vorbild zu nehmen, wenn wir den Lockdown aufheben wollen. Schweden hat die "Durchseuchung" der Bevölkerung in Kauf genommen, ist gegen eine mögliche zweite Welle besser vorbereitet. Abgesehen davon, ist die Wirtschaft auch nicht durch die Folgen des Shutdown ruiniert wurden.
#WHO #Coronavirus #Covid19 #Shutdown #Lockdown
 

#Ausschnitt der #W.H.O. #Pressekonferenz vom 29.04.2020 über #Schweden




#Ausschnitt der #W.H.O. #Pressekonferenz vom 29.04.2020 über #Schweden und deren Umgang mit der Coronakrise. Sinngemäß rät uns die WHO Schweden als Vorbild zu nehmen, wenn wir den Lockdown aufheben wollen. Schweden hat die "Durchseuchung" der Bevölkerung in Kauf genommen, ist gegen eine mögliche zweite Welle besser vorbereitet. Abgesehen davon, ist die Wirtschaft auch nicht durch die Folgen des Shutdown ruiniert wurden.
#WHO #Coronavirus #Covid19 #Shutdown #Lockdown
 
#Ausschnitt der #W.H.O. #Pressekonferenz vom 29.04.2020 über #Schweden


#Ausschnitt der #W.H.O. #Pressekonferenz vom 29.04.2020 über #Schweden und deren Umgang mit der Coronakrise. Sinngemäß rät uns die WHO Schweden als Vorbild zu nehmen, wenn wir den Lockdown aufheben wollen. Schweden hat die "Durchseuchung" der Bevölkerung in Kauf genommen, ist gegen eine mögliche zweite Welle besser vorbereitet. Abgesehen davon, ist die Wirtschaft auch nicht durch die Folgen des Shutdown ruiniert wurden.
#WHO #Coronavirus #Covid19 #Shutdown #Lockdown
 
Du kannst auch auf develop wechseln, aber dann icht täglich automatisiert pullen sondern Fragen ob der Zustand grade stabil genug dafür ist.

Meistens ist das der Fall, aber dieses Wochenende sind die Early-Adopter / Alpha-Tester gefragt Probleme zu finden, damit die zögerlichen Beta-Tester die dann schon nicht mehr aushalten müssen ;-)
 

Americans at World Health Organization transmitted real-time information about coronavirus to Trump administration


Washington Post April 19, 2020
More than a dozen U.S. researchers, physicians and public health experts, many of them from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were working full time at the Geneva headquarters of the World Health Organization as the novel coronavirus emerged late last year and transmitted real-time information about its discovery and spread in China to the Trump administration, according to U.S. and international officials. ...

...

... some noted that the WHO has no power to compel member governments to do its bidding.

The organization “has no intelligence capabilities, and no investigatory power,” said Daniel Spiegel, who served as ambassador to the United Nation’s Geneva-based organizations, including the WHO, for the Clinton administration. “They should have been more skeptical about what the Chinese were telling them, but they’re totally at the mercy of what governments provide.” ...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/americans-at-world-health-organization-transmitted-real-time-information-about-coronavirus-to-trump-administration/2020/04/19/951c77fa-818c-11ea-9040-68981f488eed_story.html

#covid19 #trumpandemic #WorldHealthOrganization #WHO #TrumpLied
 
Quote of note:

"We think it’s going to be a virus that stalks the human race for quite a long time to come until we can all have a vaccine to protect us."

Via WHO envoy says coronavirus ‘will stalk the human race for a long time to come’

#WHO #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #publichealth
 
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Who are you?

Here are two video's by and CGP Grey contemplating the question. Some more info on a post I made earlier on how much of us is a whole and what is a part.

#who #are #you #contemplation #self #whole #part

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#Corona über alles.


Auch wenn ich den aktuellen #Virus nicht verharmlosen möchte und auch nicht gegen die Maßnahmen agitieren möchte, bin ich davon überzeugt, dass wir uns in einer globalen, medialen Welt immer schneller aufschaukeln lassen und in einen Strudel geraten.

Alles redet aktuell nur von #Covid19 dabei ist die #Infuenza auch in diesem Jahr immer noch die tödlichere Infektion.
Nach aktuellem Stand (12.03.2020) sind es bereits 119.280 bestätigte Fälle. 19.819 Patienten mussten deshalb im Krankenhaus behandelt werden. Insgesamt kam es während der Grippesaison 2019/2020 bisher zu 202 Todesfällen durch Influenzainfektionen.
Quelle: merkur.de

Hierzu mal eine ältere Quelle:spiegel.de
Jährlich sterben durchschnittlich 8000 bis 11.000 Menschen in Deutschland an den Folgen einer Influenza-Infektion. "Es gibt aber keine Durchschnittsgrippewelle", sagte Buda. Jede Saison habe ihre eigenen Charakteristika.

Sowohl die Zahl der Grippe-Fälle als auch die Zahl der Grippe-Toten schwankt von Jahr zu Jahr. Von den hohen Erkrankungszahlen her ist die aktuelle Welle mit der Saison 2012/2013 vergleichbar. Von der Dominanz der Typ-A H3N2-Viren her ähnelt sie aber dem Winter 2008/2009. Damals gab es geschätzte 18.000 Influenza-Tote in Deutschland. Vor zwei Jahren waren es geschätzte 20.000.
Was ich gerade wirklich für bezeichnend halte, dass unsere Gesellschaft sich selbst bei einer solchen Sachen wie dieser Pandemie wieder in zwei Polen spalten lässt. Die Menschen, die sich als die sozialsten und solidarischsten Menschen sehen, weil sie der sozialen Isolation Folge leisten und den Menschen, die sich dem zwar unterordnen, die Reaktionen und Maßnahmen aber für übertrieben halten.

Ich persönlich kann nur davor waren einen Institut wie dem #RKI und einer #WHO so unkritisch zu begegnen.
Es gibt keine unabhängige WissenschaftlerInnen und #Wissenschaft auf diesem Niveau der #Forschung.
Andere Stimmen sollte mensch sich zumindest nicht gänzlich verschließen.
Wenngleich ich akzeptiere und respektiere, dass die RKI und die #Politik die Verantwortung tragen und ich mich nach Ihren #Geboten und #Verboten richte.

"Mein Widerstand heißt Lebendigkeit"
 
"World Health Organization officials said Friday they are increasing the risk assessment of the coronavirus, which has spread to at least 49 countries in a matter of weeks, to 'very high' across the world."

"'We have now increased our assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact of COVID-19 to very high at global level', Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO, said during a press briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva."

#WHO #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic
 
#nCoV #coronavirus #WHO
 
"China put millions of people on lockdown on Thursday in two cities at the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 18 people and infected more than 630, as authorities around the world worked to prevent a global pandemic."

"Health officials fear the transmission rate could accelerate as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel at home and abroad during week-long holidays for the Lunar New Year, which begins on Saturday."

"Giving details on infections in China, state television said 634 cases had been confirmed. By the end of Wednesday, China’s National Health Commission confirmed 17 dead in the central province of Hubei."

#Wuhan #China #coronavirus #WHO
 
Driving - rare for me - I usually just use my phone playlist in a rental car, but this may actually work better. Let's see...

I've recently discovered that my YouTube playlists (for my swamp/marsh/jungle drives) are easy to find, and with video too!

You like "swamp" or jungle music? A blend of Southern Rock and Superstar Classic British Rock, great for boring drives backwoods. Enjoy.


*Apologies in advance for those who truly and completely avoid YouTube - I know, yes, "Google is Evil". Sigh

#swampdriving #southernrock #music #musica #musique #phish #driving #jungle #swamp #who #stevewinwood #rocklegends
 

Who are You? Who.


I saw them perform this live shortly after they'd recorded it. Honestly I was ambivalent at best, having in the past seen performances of Tommy, and the Live at Leeds classic. I wanted Pinball Wizard & Summertime Blues. Years later this seems like good ol' "new" Who.

#classicrock #70smusic #thewho #who #music #musica #musique #musika

YouTube: The Who - Who Are You (HQ) (fendergibsonsounds)

 

Who are You? Who.


I saw them perform this live shortly after they'd recorded it. Honestly I was ambivalent at best, having in the past seen performances of Tommy, and the Live at Leeds classic. I wanted Pinball Wizard & Summertime Blues. Years later this seems like good ol' "new" Who.

#classicrock #70smusic #thewho #who #music #musica #musique #musika

YouTube: The Who - Who Are You (HQ) (fendergibsonsounds)

 
"A nearly year-long Ebola outbreak is simmering in the Democratic Republic of Congo — and despite the rollout of a vaccination campaign, the virus has continued to spread."

"Now it’s time for the world to start paying attention."

"That’s the message from an emergency meeting at the World Health Organization in Geneva on Wednesday. A panel of independent experts met to discuss whether the outbreak is dire enough to constitute a 'public health emergency of international concern', a rare designation the WHO gives to diseases that pose a global threat. It was the fourth such meeting since October."

#Ebola #WHO
 

I analyzed the history of “Who is Hiring?” threads


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20442789
Posted by philipkiely (karma: 169)
Post stats: Points: 157 - Comments: 68 - 2019-07-15T17:02:47Z

\#HackerNews #analyzed #hiring #history #the #threads #who
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 127 - Loop: 322 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 31
 

A man who became a hermit at 20


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20427006
Posted by headalgorithm (karma: 6556)
Post stats: Points: 93 - Comments: 75 - 2019-07-13T07:46:58Z

\#HackerNews #became #hermit #man #who
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 87 - Loop: 190 - Rank min: 80 - Author rank: 72
 
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#Bruxelles : un monde de #lobbying

lobbyistes : combien sont ils ?


Officiellement, à Bruxelles, on compte quasiment 25.000 lobbyistes dont
. +/- 12.000 organisations
. 6.000 syndicats et groupements professionnels
. 3.000 ONG
. 1.000 cabinets de consultants

* → tour of the EU lobby world

lobbyistes : leur puissance


le nerf de la guerre du lobbying est l’argent

On connaît cependant les sommes investies dans le lobbying pour les quelques #multinationales emblématiques
* #Google : 6 millions €
#Amazon : 1,7 millions €
#Facebook : 3.5 millions €
#Apple : 1 millions €
#Microsoft : 5 millions €Ainsi, des sommes colossales sont dépensées par les lobbyistes pour influencer les décisions, les lois, …

lobbyistes : leurs actions


Personne ne connaît exactement leur travail …
Cependant, on peut se rendre compte de leur influence à travers quelques exemples de décisions prises récemment

la taxe européenne sur les #GAFAM non adoptée
l’UE suspens le projet de taxe européenne sur les GAFA

l’utilisation du #glyphosate prolongée
* L’Europe a récemment prolongé l'utilisation du #glyphosate de 5 ans
L'UE vote le renouvellement du glyphosate pour cinq ans

* les lobbies tels que Bayer-Mosanto ou les syndicats agricoles ont fait pression obtenir cette prolongation
What the Monsanto Papers tell us about corporate science
Monsanto Lobbying * En France, la #FNSEA prônait la prolongation de ce #pesticide en invoquant des problèmes de #concurrence mondiale

un «fond» pour l’industrie européenne de la #défense
* En 2016, la #CommissionEuropéenne propose la création d’un fond de 40 milliards € alimenté par le budget de l’ UE et les États membres pour la recherche et le développement d’armes et d’équipements militaires
L'UE vote le renouvellement du glyphosate pour cinq ans

etc ...

#lobbying : évolutions des pratiques


Depuis 2011,
Bruxelles a mis en place un "registre de la transparence"
Les lobbyistes souhaitant rencontrer un membre de la commission doivent s'inscrire

Mais ici aussi, l’imagination des lobbyistes est sans limite
les règles de ce registre sont bien souvent contournées
EU : stop lobby register abuses

en outre,
il n’existe aucun registre de la transparence pour les députés ou les gouvernements
qui eux aussi participent à l’élaboration des lois ... ;-)

Captured states : When EU governments are a channel for corporate interests

Demand EU transparency and ethics rules now

Conclusion


Les lobbiyistes continuent d’influencer très largement les lois et directives élaborées à Bruxelles
les lobbies ont encore de beaux jours devant eux ...

l’organisation #Corporate-Europe-Observatory lutte
pour exiger plus de #transparence au sein des différentes instances à Bruxelles
Corporate Europe Observatory : lobbying the EU

#ONG #NGO #CorporateEuropeObservatory #Corporate-Europe-Observatory #CEO
#transparency-international #TransparencyInternational
#observatoire-des-multinationales #ObservatoireDesMultinationales
#lobby-transparency #LobbyTransparency
#conflicts-of-interest #ConflictsOfInterest
#revolving-doors #RevolvingDoors
#EU-institutions
#lobbying #lobbies #lobbyiste #lobbyistes #lobby #corruption #AmiDesLobbies
#politique #transparence #directives #réformes #lois #taxes #traité
#oligarchie #EuropäischeUnion #EU Commission #EU-Commission #EU #UE #UnionEuropéenne #commission-européenne
#Bruxelles #Brussels #Europa #Europe #mépris #démocratie
#Directives #Réformes #Lois #Taxes #traité
#multinationales #mondialisation
#Bayer #Monsanto #RoundUp #lobby #santé #environnement #scandale
#Deloitte #EY #KPMG #PriceWaterhouseCoopers #PWC #evasions-fiscales #EvasionFiscale #finance #argent
#fiscalité #paradis-fiscaux #fraude #ParadisFiscaux #leaks #LuxLeak #LuxLeaks #country-by-country #tax
#defence-industry
#GAFA
World Health Organisation #WHO #OMS
#SyndicatsProfessionnels #syndicats-professionnels
 

Ask HN: Has anyone ever been hired from “Who wants to be hired?” threads?


Just a simple question, I have seen stories of people who were hired based on the job postings threads. Never once have I heard of anyone getting anything other than recruiter spam from the Ask HN: Who wants to be Hired threads. I think it might be useful to hear stories either way.

Were you hired after someone contacted you?

Did you receive responses that weren't recruiter-spam from your posts there?

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20330818
Posted by threwawasy1228 (karma: 539)
Post stats: Points: 121 - Comments: 62 - 2019-07-01T23:43:32Z

\#HackerNews #anyone #ask #been #ever #from #has #hired #threads #wants #who
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 101 - Loop: 91 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 53
 

Ask HN: Who wants to be hired? (July 2019)


Share your information if you are looking for work. Please use this format:
Location: Remote: Willing to relocate: Technologies: Résumé/CV: Email:

Readers: please only email these addresses to discuss work opportunities.

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20325923
Posted by whoishiring (karma: 30855)
Post stats: Points: 104 - Comments: 136 - 2019-07-01T15:00:06Z

\#HackerNews #2019 #ask #hired #july #wants #who
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 114 - Loop: 430 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 899
 

Ask HN: Who is hiring? (July 2019)


Please state the job location and include the keywords REMOTE, INTERNS and/or VISA when the corresponding sort of candidate is welcome. When remote work is not an option, include ONSITE.

Please only post if you personally are part of the hiring company—no recruiting firms or job boards. Only one post per company. If it isn't a household name, explain what your company does.

Commenters: please don't reply to job posts to complain about something. It's off topic here.

Readers: please only email if you are personally interested in the job.

Searchers: Try https://kennytilton.github.io/whoishiring/, https://hnhired.com/, https://hnjobs.emilburzo.com, https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10313519.

Don't miss these other fine threads:

Who wants to be hired? https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20325923

Freelancer? Seeking freelancer? https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20325924

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20325925
Posted by whoishiring (karma: 30748)
Post stats: Points: 112 - Comments: 187 - 2019-07-01T15:00:06Z

\#HackerNews #2019 #ask #hiring #july #who
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 137 - Loop: 150 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 896
 

A man who ran out of air at the bottom of the ocean


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20079671
Posted by acdanger (karma: 4359)
Post stats: Points: 124 - Comments: 52 - 2019-06-03T01:18:47Z

\#HackerNews #air #bottom #man #ocean #out #ran #the #who
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 100 - Loop: 87 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 92
 

Burnout is an official medical diagnosis, WHO says


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20026378
Posted by alok-g (karma: 1738)
Post stats: Points: 116 - Comments: 24 - 2019-05-28T01:04:38Z

\#HackerNews #burnout #diagnosis #medical #official #says #who
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 85 - Loop: 154 - Rank min: 80 - Author rank: 14
 

GM lays off engineer who helped expose VW’s diesel fraud


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19855541
Posted by sundvor (karma: 2676)
Post stats: Points: 105 - Comments: 77 - 2019-05-08T02:59:10Z

\#HackerNews #diesel #engineer #expose #fraud #helped #lays #off #vws #who
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 95 - Loop: 210 - Rank min: 80 - Author rank: 26
 

AI tech generates entire bodies of people who don't exist


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19813429
Posted by mmastrac (karma: 24872)
Post stats: Points: 125 - Comments: 86 - 2019-05-02T22:04:35Z

\#HackerNews #bodies #dont #entire #exist #generates #people #tech #who
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 112 - Loop: 324 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 135
 

Ask HN: Who is hiring? (May 2019)


Please state the job location and include the keywords REMOTE, INTERNS and/or VISA when the corresponding sort of candidate is welcome. When remote work is not an option, include ONSITE.

Please only post if you personally are part of the hiring company—no recruiting firms or job boards. Only one post per company. If it isn't a household name, explain what your company does.

Commenters: please don't reply to job posts to complain about something. It's off topic here.

Readers: please only email if you are personally interested in the job.

Searchers: Try https://kennytilton.github.io/whoishiring/, https://hnhired.com/, https://hnjobs.emilburzo.com, https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10313519.

Don't miss these other fine threads:

Who wants to be hired? https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19797592

Freelancer? Seeking freelancer? https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19797593

YC Work at a Startup Career Expo, May 29: https://www.workatastartup.com/expo

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Count Casimir Pulaski is revered as the father of American cavalry. He came to America of his own volition to fight in the War of Independence. One of the Revolution’s great heroes, he was a very…
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April 5, 2019

Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, 1777. At the end of a daylong battle, George Washington’s right flankSomewhere on the battlefield is Private Johan Wilhelm Seckel, 40, the first of his family born in America — and ancestor to ASU Now reporter Scott Seckel — serving with the Germantown Battalion Continental Troops in Capt. George Hubleyʼs Company. has completely collapsed. British troops are closing in.

A dashing Polish cavalry officer reports to Washington’s bodyguard that they are in danger of being surrounded. Washington orders Casimir Pulaski to gather as many men as he can. Count Pulaski discovers an escape route past the British advance, then wheels and charges enemy lines. The redcoats are astounded to be attacked by what they thought was a fleeing rabble. Washington escapes.

Pulaski is revered as the father of American cavalry. He came to America of his own volition to fight in the War of Independence. One of the Revolution’s great heroes, he was a loner. A very private person, he was extremely driven and difficult with people. (It’s one reason Washington simply ended up giving Pulaski his own legion, most of whom were Europeans.) Both superiors and subordinates considered him imperious. He was brave in battle to the point of recklessness. Detractors called him a loose cannon. Short and thin, pacing and speaking quickly, he lacked interest in women or drinking.

And he harbored a secret that lay unknown for more than 200 years, until an Arizona State University bioarchaeologist and a colleague discovered the truth.

Monday night a documentary unveiling the mystery airs on the Smithsonian Channel. But it doesn’t tell the whole story ...

In the late 1990s, [1]Charles Merbs and his wife visited their daughter in Savannah, Georgia. A forensic anthropologist at Arizona State University’s now School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Merbs’ expertise lies in skeletal remains, especially reconstructing behavior from skeletons.

The family toured the historic city, including a visit to Casimir Pulaski’s monument. Merbs is Polish on his mother’s side. His mother always told him they were related to the Pulaskis and should be proud of that. (“It’s been impossible to prove,” he said. “The records just aren’t there.”)

Pulaski was mortally wounded during the Battle of Savannah. (Like most Revolutionary War battles, the American side lost.) He was hit in the groin by grapeshot. Grapeshot was pingpong-size metal balls collected in a canvas bag and fired from a cannon. It acted like shotgun pellets and was used as an antipersonnel round.

He was taken aboard an American ship, where he died a few days later.

“Then the story gets murky as to what happens to his body,” Merbs, now retired, said. “One story is that he was buried at sea on the way back to Charleston. The other story is that in the dead of night his body was taken ashore and buried by torchlight on a plantation. It was done secretly. The plantation owners knew about it and maintained the burial.”

In 1854, it was decided to build a monument to Pulaski. The bones were exhumed and reburied beneath the monument in a metal box.

A week after their visit to Savannah, Merbs’ daughter called. The monument was being taken down. Iron spacers between the stones were rusting. The whole thing was in danger of collapsing.

Merbs tracked down the physical anthropologist working with the bones — Karen Burns, of the University of Georgia — and offered to help. She accepted. “That’s how I got involved,” he said.

Before Merbs was allowed to examine the remains, however, he had to sign a document swearing him to secrecy.

“Basically I couldn’t say anything about what I found until the final report came out,” he said. “Dr. Burns said to me before I went in, ‘Go in and don’t come out screaming.’ She said study it very carefully and thoroughly and then let’s sit down and discuss it. I went in and immediately saw what she was talking about.

“The skeleton is about as female as can be.”

The next — and obvious — question: Was it Pulaski or someone else who had been stuck in the tomb because a skeleton was needed?

Everything seemed to match. The stature, age and general body build were all correct for Pulaski. There’s one contemporary portrait of Pulaski painted from life. There’s a black smudge below his left eye. “On the skull there is a bone defect right exactly there,” Merbs said.

Pulaski injured his right hand in a battle in Russia. “Sure enough; the fourth and fifth metacarpals in the right hand had fractured and had healed rather poorly, exactly where they were supposed to be,” he said.

Merbs has done forensic work with the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office, including working with the skeletons of equestrians. Riding a lot shows up in skeletons. Horse rider’s syndrome is a whole series of issues that affect bones, primarily in the pelvis.

“That skeleton definitely showed signs of horseback riding,” Merbs said, including a new one he added to the lexicon of horse rider’s syndrome: the skeleton’s shoulder showed signs of holding arms high, as would be done holding and pulling back on reins or raising a heavy saber. (Cavalrymen killed enemies by swinging their swords directly down on the crown of their heads. Ever notice the tall bearskin caps worn by the guards at Buckingham Palace? They were designed to protect from exactly that blow.)

The forehead showed an injury consistent with a wound from a blade, although Merbs couldn’t be sure.

[2]ASU Charles Merbs examines grapeshot which killed Pulaski

Charles Merbs examines the grapeshot that killed Casimir Pulaski. Photo courtesy of Charles Merbs

“Everything matched, except for the sex,” he said. “The sex was as clearly female as anything could be.”

Something that could be reasonably suspected of a woman in her 30s would be evidence of childbirth. “There were no parturition scars on this pelvis,” Merbs said.

The next step was a positive DNA identification. When the skeleton was exhumed in the 1850s, most of its teeth were missing, except for a few molars.

“Those teeth had been taken out when the skeleton was excavated,” he said.

This was evidence of a macabre but common custom of the time. During the Napoleonic Wars, when millions died in massive clashes, tooth hunters scavenged battlefields. Dead soldiers’ teeth were in great demand for making dentures. (In 1814 an Englishman recorded a meeting with a tooth hunter. When asked how he obtained them, he replied, “Oh sir, only let there be a battle, and there’ll be no want of teeth. I’ll draw them as fast as the men are knocked down.”) After the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, the market became so flooded they became known as Waterloo teeth. Because they came from healthy young men, they were advertised as such.

“It’s very likely around the time the people of Savannah were wearing Pulaski’s teeth,” Merbs said.

They had enough of Pulaski’s DNA to turn the investigation in that direction. But who could they compare it to? Burns and Merbs looked at Pulaski’s genealogy and found out he had two brothers and six sisters. Mitochondrial DNA is passed through women. Of the six sisters, only one had a child. Luckily it was a daughter. She had another daughter. Pulaski and his grandniece would share the same mitochondrial DNA.

Her grave was excavated and samples returned, but nothing usable turned up. “That was 20 years ago,” Merbs said.

Recently three young researchers, one of whom studied archaeology at ASU, decided to look into the mystery. DNA work had come quite a long way in 20 years. Something new might turn up. They got a lab to give them an analysis estimate, which turned out to be $18,000. They contacted the Smithsonian Institute, which funded the research last summer.

The results came back positive. The mitochondrial DNA was identical in both Pulaski and his grandniece.

“Now we know that the bones in the monument were indeed those of Pulaski, but we have the problem of the fact that they are female,” Merbs said. “Here’s the thing: if you go back and look at his life, what we know about it, there are interesting little clues along the way.”

Aristocratic Polish Catholic families in the 18th century traditionally held public baptisms in church.

“In his case it said he was suffering from some debilitatus, and they held off on the baptism and privately baptized him at home,” he said.

Suddenly, Pulaski’s personality traits — aloof, driven, private, brazen in battle — fell into line.

“We think the problem goes back to his birth and basically deciding whether he was a boy or a girl,” Merbs said.

Merbs’ oldest daughter is a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She put him in touch with a specialist in sex and gender issues.

“With scientists, sex and gender are two totally different things,” Merbs said. “Sex is biological, and gender is social and behavioral. Ordinarily the two go together, but you can have a conflict between the two. That’s what I think we were dealing with here.”

Merbs explained to the professor he thought they were dealing with a sex-gender problem. The professor took out a stack of photographs of bare babies and told him and his wife to put them in one of two piles — girls and boys — which they did.

“One hundred percent,” the professor said. “You are one hundred percent wrong. You were wrong on every single one.”

Merbs thinks the Pulaski family, faced with a similar situation, had to make a decision.

So Pulaski was raised as a man, in a military family. It was without question he would become an officer, and so he did.

“I don’t think, at any time in his life, did he think he was a woman,” Merbs said. “I think he just thought he was a man, and something was wrong. He had some kind of defect or something. Back in those days they just didn’t know.”

Did that perhaps play a part in Pulaski’s aggression on the battlefield?

“Oh, I think that’s a big part of it,” Merbs said. “I think his whole personality indicates he was driven, and I think that’s the reason why.”

Merbs kept his secret, until now.

“This was definitely not what the good folks of Savannah wanted us to find, and the whole thing became a political hot potato,” he said. “They wanted us to verify that the remains were indeed those of a male Pulaski, which would then be interred at Arlington.”

Without conclusive DNA evidence, it was considered that Burns and Merbsʼ observations were opinion, not fact. The bones were reburied next to the monument.

Burns died several years ago. Merbs has a small credit in the documentary. Both Merbs and Burns names appear in the Pulaski Exhibit in Savannah. Merbs’ contributions are clearly spelled out in an article about to be submitted to the Journal of Forensic Anthropology.

“America’s Hidden Stories: The General Was Female?” will air on the Smithsonian Channel at 8 and 11 p.m. Monday, April 8, and at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 9.

Top image courtesy of the Library of Congress

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