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Pork Fat Flu

Update:  The epidural went without a hitch so far.  Neck hurts – aches and stabs by turns.  Everything is bound up tight inside, that’s for sure.  Keep your extremities crossed.

Found a good article today.  Cruel Wife is 5’1″ tall – maybe she’ll want to do this.  What’s 9 months of agony, she’s had two kids, right?  Breaking your legs to grow taller.  I don’t know that I want her any taller – she makes a great armrest when we’re waiting in line and I get tired.

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Well it seems that perhaps the media, the UN, and a number of other countries <cough europeans cough> might have overreacted just a hair.

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Pork Fat Flu... get it? Huh? Get it? Oh I slay me. When will reporters and UN sycophants actually behave responsibly?

As the reports have been saying all along, outside of Mexico the flu seems to be quite mild.  Even in Mexico there’s been question as to how many deaths were truly from the flu.

the current outbreak of the H1N1 virus, which emerged in San Diego and southern Mexico late last month, may not even do as much damage as the run-of-the-mill flu outbreaks that occur each winter without much fanfare.

This virus doesn’t have anywhere near the capacity to kill like the 1918 virus,” which claimed an estimated 50 million victims worldwide, said Richard Webby, a leading influenza virologist…

I suppose anything is possible but you have to wonder:  why would it be harder on a person who got sick with it there than it would be on a person who got it there and then went home  to the US?    There’s either a damn good reason or there’s none at all.

Let’s throw out some  examples of hysteria:

Swine flu: ‘All of humanity under threat’, WHO warns

Biden: Stay Off Subways During Swine Flu Panic

Toddler who died of swine flu visited Houston mall

World takes drastic steps to contain swine flu

Really, it’s considered mild.  Really.  Death toll is not going to be oodles and oodles of in-their-prime individuals.  This is like any other flu season.  Why the panic?  Yes, it’s too bad that there will be deaths, but where was the panic this last winter when the regular flu was going around?

Ultimately pants-wetters out there shouldn’t let facts get in their way.  Let’s go nuts and invoke cartloads of conspiracy theories on top of the normal hysterical theatrics.

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Had to address issues that were on my chest so I’ve added this second blog for today on top of the VacationBlogging Installment #3 below.

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First off is my Junk Science pet peeve, Globular Worming.  Never fear, oh fearful huddled ignorant masses!  Those who are far far more intelligent than me and thee are on top of things!

A dash of lime — a new twist that may cut CO2 levels back to pre-industrial levels

To put it succinctly, the process involves adding large amounts of carbon-negative (ultimately) lime to the oceans to create an alkaline environment, which will be MUCH better at soaking up CO2.  Seems that adding Coronas does bad things because of the carbonation.  Evil CO2!

Scientists say they have found a workable way of reducing CO2 levels in the atmosphere by adding lime to seawater. And they think it has the potential to dramatically reverse CO2 accumulation in the atmosphere, reports Cath O’Driscoll in SCI’s Chemistry & Industry magazine published today.  (physorg.com)

This process has the potential to reverse the accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere. It would be possible to reduce CO2 to pre-industrial levels – Tim Kruger, a management consultant at London firm Corven (physorg.com)

Oh, bra-vo.  So we’ll “fix” a “problem” that may not be a problem by a process that we barely understand in the context of entire ecosystems and climate systems?

Are people born this stupid or do they have to practice and/or be educated to these levels?

Note:  YES, I know the lime they are referring to does not grow on trees and add nice flavor to gin and tonics.  Don’t bother me about that, ok?

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Did anyone really think that Obama had the cojones to expose himself to uncanned events?  This is old news, but geez, really.  He couldn’t go fifteen rounds unscripted and everyone knows it.  Get used to hearing his representatives saying “We’re not saying that” a lot.

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From Reuters, where science means never having to back it up…

New estimates show that least 56,000 people become infected with the AIDS virus every year in the United States — 40 percent more than previous calculations

quote courtesty of Reuters:  http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN0241418020080802?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews&rpc=22&sp=true

“NEW ESTIMATES”.  Based on… what, exactly?  We have a bit of “news” based on “estimates” being compared to “previous calculations”  (presumably based on earlier ‘estimates’).  Wow, I’m all ears.

The CDC stressed that actual infection rates have not risen but said better methods of measuring newly diagnosed infections and extrapolating these to the general population led to the higher estimates.  (emphasis mine)

Ah, so this is a news article about nothing, then. Bravo.  Again, reporting estimates as if they were facts.

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More news. This time from Fox.

Obesity Treatments That Don’t Require Invasive Surgery

… A handful of companies are aiming to fix that with treatments that aren’t invasive and don’t require an overhaul of one’s life. …  [entire article here]

Focus on that for a second.  Treatments that are (1) uninvasive, and (2) require absolutely no effort on the part of the individual.

My sister, whom I am incredibly proud of, lost a huge amount of weight on her own w/o any of that stuff.  Know what she says?  She says “It comes down the fact that the only one that controls what I put in my mouth is me.”   How is THAT for a person to be proud of?

But, why do that when you can be a Transpecies Assignment candidate, become a mouse (because you’ve always felt like you were one inside) and get this quick-fix?

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