2020?

Há uns tempos, no princípio do confinamento, escrevi algures num comentário do Facebook que de certeza que a epidemia e o confinamento iriam aparecer, daqui a uns anos, como pano de fundo ou tema de vários filmes.

Mas depois comecei a duvidar disso, já que as gripes asiática e de Hong Kong mataram muito mais gente e penso que a única marca que deixaram na cultura popular foi uma história do Pato Donald, que inclui também motins nas ruas e extra-terrestres*.

*diga-se que, além da história de hoje da fosfina venusiana, há vários meses que andam a correr notícias, na imprensa de referência e/ou com fontes institucionais, relacionadas com OVNIs.

Os paraquedas são inúteis?

Parece que sim.

Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma when jumping from aircraft: randomized controlled trial, por Robert W Yeh , Linda R Valsdottir, Michael W Yeh, Changyu Shen, Daniel B Kramer, Jordan B Strom, Eric A Secemsky, Joanne L Healy, Robert M Domeier, Dhruv S Kazi, Brahmajee K Nallamothu:

Objective To determine if using a parachute prevents death or major traumatic injury when jumping from an aircraft.

Design Randomized controlled trial.

Setting Private or commercial aircraft between September 2017 and August 2018.

Participants 92 aircraft passengers aged 18 and over were screened for participation. 23 agreed to be enrolled and were randomized.

Intervention Jumping from an aircraft (airplane or helicopter) with a parachute versus an empty backpack (unblinded).

Main outcome measures Composite of death or major traumatic injury (defined by an Injury Severity Score over 15) upon impact with the ground measured immediately after landing.

Results Parachute use did not significantly reduce death or major injury (0% for parachute v 0% for control; P>0.9). This finding was consistent across multiple subgroups. Compared with individuals screened but not enrolled, participants included in the study were on aircraft at significantly lower altitude (mean of 0.6 m for participants v mean of 9146 m for non-participants; P<0.001) and lower velocity (mean of 0 km/h v mean of 800 km/h; P<0.001).

Conclusions Parachute use did not reduce death or major traumatic injury when jumping from aircraft in the first randomized evaluation of this intervention. However, the trial was only able to enroll participants on small stationary aircraft on the ground, suggesting cautious extrapolation to high altitude jumps. When beliefs regarding the effectiveness of an intervention exist in the community, randomized trials might selectively enroll individuals with a lower perceived likelihood of benefit, thus diminishing the applicability of the results to clinical practice.

[via Chris Dillow]

O estatuto legal dos extra-terrestres

The Legal Rights of Extraterrestrials, por Robert Freitas Jr. (inicialmente publicado em Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. XCVII, No. 4, Abril de 1977):

When an alien lands on the White House lawn, who should greet him (her? it?): someone from the Immigration and Naturalization Service, or someone from the Fish and Wildlife Commission?

O artigo é possivelmente um bocado datado (de 1977) e (como é provavelmente natural num artigo sobre questões jurídicas, em que as leis mudam de país para país, e portanto um autor tenderá a escrever sobre as leis do seu país) centrado na legislação dos EUA.

Mail que acabei de receber

It is confirmed. JP.Monfort, the first Human ever to present a Candidacy to the Presidency of the Sollar System, will ask U.S. President Barack Obama to run with him as Prime Minister of Planet Earth.
Unofficial sources confirm that President Barack Obama has not decided yet what he will do after his second mandate at the White House expires in January 2016. President Obama cannot run for a third term. (…)
In JP.Monfort’s candidacy to the Republic of the Sollar System, he shall need a running candidate to Prime Minister in every Planet of the Sollar System, including Planet Earth.

JP.Monfort continues to search for running candidates in every other planet of the Sollar System including Jupiter and Saturn. Any interested aliens can submit their expression of interest via intergalactic email (i-email).

[Isto deve ter por trás algum bizarro esquema de spam]

Leis e magia

The Magic of the Law, um artigo no Overthinking It expondo a tese de que a magia na ficção acaba por ser muito semelhante ao Direito (nos comentários, a conversa depois evoluiu para uma discussão sobre o padrão-ouro e a economia no mundo do Harry Potter).

Já agora diga-se que, na minha opinião, a personagem “Rumplestiltskin/Gold” na série Era uma vez… parece feita de propósito para ilustrar a tese do artigo…

Critica-se a Revolução Cultural, mas a verdade é que os chineses continuam a comer comida desse tempo

Empresa na China vendia frango fora do prazo há 46 anos.

Loose Change – parte II

[Via Outside the Beltway]

Causa ou correlação?

[Via Outside the Beltway e Gizmodo]

EUA não vão construir "Estrela da Morte"

Em resposta a uma petição para construir uma “Estrela da Morte“, a Casa Branca responde:

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

[Via Business Insider]

O contra-ataque do Ocidente

A Vingança dos Sith” traduzida para chinês e posteriormente legendada em inglês (provavelmente retraduzida a partir do chinês). Mais cenas do filme aqui.