Archive for February 3rd, 2009

Norovirus Strikes

What sounds like a union issue is anything but… What it appears to be under closer scrutiny is a norovirus has hit the community hard this year.  Several hundred kids did not report to school at the end of last week.

Our kids got it.  Projectile vomit.  It was on the walls, the ceiling, on the dog (who saw it as a warm meal, the disgusting creature), and on us, too.  I swear, the Boy_Blunder made a shot from 6 feet away.  It was a study in fluid dynamics that would have made Bernoulli proud.

Naturally, we got it.   Cruel Wife got it Saturday night right after Girlhead’s sixth birthday party – and I hope the other little tykes did not take home more gifts than just party favors – and had nasty chills and aches all over.

I thought she was just goldbricking and bellyaching (yar yar) until Monday morning, when yours truly, the Lemur King, woke up and said “Crap, my head is splitting open and I got a horrible case of the ‘zactlies!”

Note: The ‘zactlies are where you wake up and your mouth tastes ‘zactly like an old tractor tire.  Usually, but not restricted to, the morning after a wild night of partying, although more often than not, those incidents lead to the ‘odentias – where a small colony of hygienically-challenged rodents has taken up residence in your mouth.

So… symptoms include – barf, the other stuff, aches, chills, headache, aches, and a nasty headache.  Shaky as a newborn kitten when going up/down stairs.

Lest you feel somewhat better and inclined to ignore your local version of Cruel Wife and eat something really greasy like popcorn shrimp because you are starving to death… ’tis better to starve to death.  Truly.

Oh yes, if you stumbed here looking for treatment…  there really isn’t any.  You are going to suffer.  Bwhahahahahahahaha!  Ahem.  Just kidding.  No there isn’t a cure, but you can help yourself in the meantime.

  • drink lots
  • take ibu or tylenol for aches
  • avoid dairy products
  • avoid popcorn shrimp and tartar sauce
  • if you get dehydrated or the runs persist, go see a doctor
  • expect to feel like dog turds for 1-3 days – I’m at 38 hours and only feel partially human but not like I’m gonna die anymore


Children are little plague vectors!



Your CO2 taxes are likely to go up again, soon.  Al Gore’s Venus-envy…

Al Gore has a new argument for why carbon dioxide is the global warming boogeyman — and it’s simply out of this world.

Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday with yet another one of his infamous slide shows, Gore observed that the carbon dioxide (CO2) in Venus’ atmosphere supercharges the second-planet-from-the-sun’s greenhouse effect, resulting in surface temperatures of about 870 degrees Fahrenheit. Gore added that it’s not Venus’ proximity to the Sun that makes the planet much warmer than the Earth, because Mercury, which is even closer to the Sun, is cooler than Venus. Based on this rationale, then, Gore warned that we need to stop emitting CO2 into our own atmosphere.  (source: foxnews)

Need I remind anyone that the chemistry on Venus is so radically different that there is no comparison?  Venus is a nasty place even w/o high temps – having a lot of sulfuric acid in it’s atmosphere.  Sulfuric acid droplets in the atmosphere are suspected of increasing albedo, but you get the idea… you can’t compare apples to rutabagas except in the very broadest of terms.

Gore’s assertion is akin to saying that we need to stop rockets because they make squirrels fall out of trees, and the proof is that cars hit trees and jostle squirrels, too.

Bad illustration, perhaps, but this claim of parity is so stupid as to stretch the bounds of metaphor or analogy.

Another well-researched site rebutting Globular Worming… CO2 Science.


You probably read Drudge, too… but if you didn’t, this was put there tonight:

David Letterman roughed up ex-Gov. Blagojevich in his interview with him tonight. Here's the first exchange after his introduction:

DL: “Why exactly are you here? Honest to God…”

RB: “Well, you know, I’ve been wanting to be on your show in the worst way for the longest…”

DL: “Well, you’re on in the worst way.”

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