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  1. emptc12 commented on Steve Benson 9 minutes ago

    Maybe. The flu shots given are not necessarily the exact version that will come out, so you could still get “the” flu, although maybe somewhat milder.
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    Sad to say, I don’t get the shots because EVERY TIME I did I developed a flu-type reaction even worse than I ever got from flu through social infection. If someone would explain why to me, I would appreciate it. Oh, wait — you mean “anti-flu” shots? Well, no wonder. No, I mean seriously, please.

  2. emptc12 commented on Tom Toles about 4 hours ago

    I’d bet kids don’t walk on THEIR lawn, by golly!

  3. emptc12 commented on Ted Rall about 4 hours ago

    And his life insurance probably won’t pay.

  4. emptc12 commented on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal about 4 hours ago

    And that was one reason Dr. Gradgrind scored so low in teacher evaluations. Eventually it was found her slide projections were made by her three-year-old grandson. Ironically, she received fifteen drug patents as a result of his scribblings, and retired wealthy.

  5. emptc12 commented on Kevin Kallaugher about 18 hours ago

    “… nearly compulsive hand washing, that will greatly restrict the ability of Ebola to spread.”
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    A friendly observation:
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    Actually, even in hospitals it is a struggle to get workers to wash their hands thoroughly. Specific campaigns to do so have involved having a randomly selected person (even a doctor) place his hand into a tray of growth medium. Under ordinary circumstances the tray shows significant bacterial colonies after only a few days, clearly in the shape of a hand. People are invariably shocked at the results. Hand-washing compliance usually increases sharply after that.
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    And at the place I work (can’t be too much different from other places) not everybody washes his hands after “going.” One of our salesmen never seemed to, and a few minutes later he was shaking hands with customers. There’s an old joke that a person was admonished for not washing his hands after peeing. His retort was that he had been taught not to pee on this hands.
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    Unfortunately many people seem to think that way. Urine is relatively clean first out of the body, but everybody’s crotch area is notoriously full of bacteria. It’s not a judgment, it’s just that way.

  6. emptc12 commented on ViewsAmerica about 21 hours ago

    So you agree with Henry Ford, that “History is Bunk”? Even though you might not agree with everything in it, please read Stephen Jay Gould, THE MISMEASURE OF MAN.

  7. emptc12 commented on Jen Sorensen 1 day ago

    “Perhaps Ebola is the Antibody, designed to kill off the deadly Virus infesting the Planet…”
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    The movie version of my idea would have better special effects. Blend in parts of the plot from the Clarke-Baxter “Time’s Eye” trilogy and it would be a blockbuster. But let’s have James Cameron as director, please, not Steven Spielberg.

  8. emptc12 commented on Jen Sorensen 1 day ago

    Humans are the viruses. Earth is under quarantine until a vaccine is developed. Somewhere out in the Oort cloud a large cometary body is being nudged toward the inner Solar System…

  9. emptc12 commented on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal 1 day ago

    Superheroes are modern secular versions of mythological figures. It was probably dangerous to be around those. Heracles, for instance seemed to be always accidentally killing people and then apologizing. Or seducing kings’ daughters and leaving kids behind. He was wacky from the beginning, even had a lion skin as a costume. But in the end he went to Olympus and his image was put among the constellations. What can Batman look forward to if the Stock Market crashes? Personally, I always liked The Phantom better.

  10. emptc12 commented on Clay Jones 1 day ago

    True, according to Laurie Garrett in her voluminous 1994 book, THE COMING PLAGUE. She was a guest on “Meet the Press” last Sunday.
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    The indifference extended further into the first years of Bush’s administration. The many AIDS orphans in Africa came about mainly through heterosexual transmission, which certain political groups beholden to religious support found it convenient to deny.