Spring/Summer 2014–So Far

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1,184 Responses to Spring/Summer 2014–So Far

  1. fi says:

    Here’s what keeps me awake at night.
    EBOLA!, one person in the very early stages of the disease’s incubation period climbs aboard a plane to one of the worlds largest city’s {{pick yer own city}}, feels “fluie” takes 2 aspirin, does not go to a Doctor, the rest just does not bear thinking about despite what Gov’s are saying about the chances of it infecting other folk in other countries.
    We need to start stopping airlines flying to and from the infected countries now!

    • msolomon2 says:

      as long as there’s money to be made… same as they fly over war zones, or into war zones, precious holy-money… humanity needs to evolve.

      • fi says:

        Drug manufacturers think it is not cost-effective to pursue a cure or a vaccine.

        • msolomon2 says:

          In the days 9not all that long ago) before corporates took over research was done purely for the public good at Universities. Now of course the corporates own it all, the University research is mostly in-bed with corporates and owned by them. In the “old days” researchers communicated with each other, shared information, now it’s all under corporate non-disclosures (the holy commandment to keep the sanctity of the patents!). They’re mostly interested in making very small changes to existing medications so they can keep re-selling them as patents expire. Like everything, when corporatism takes control things all go to hell.

    • RF Dude says:

      IIRC, the Index Patient (“Patient Zero”) in the US AIDs epidemic was identified as a flight attendant that flew between NYC and N.Africa. This was back during the height of the bathhouse scene in NYC, where it was easy to hook-up for a one-nighter and where the infection quickly spread until it was understood that having unprotected sex with multiple partners was like playing Russian Roulette with a fully loaded revolver…

      This is not to ‘place blame’ on any particular person – it could have been any number of people, and in fact several documented cases of AIDS were discovered to have been seen back in the late 1960’s well before ‘AIDS’ became known as a transmissible infection.

      But the ease with which formerly isolated infections can be spread is incredibly scarey. Airline flights have torn down the physical barriers that used to keep infections isolated geographically – now, there is little to prevent the spread of a highly infectious virus or bacterium across the world in a very short time.

      Ebola Reston (the version discovered in Reston, VA just a very few miles from Washington, D.C) was a mutated version of Ebola Zaire that was also discovered to be airborne transmitted – that is, Reston could be spread by simply breathing the air near an infected animal. It was incredibly lethal to monkeys, but it turned out that Reston was not lethal to humans.

      This time…

      Reston is virtually indistinguishable from Ebola Zaire using the laboratory tests available. It looks the same under the electron microscope, it tests positive as Zaire in the flourscopic tests – the only way it differed from Zaire was that it was non-lethal to humans, and that could only be seen after-the-fact (a famous medical maxim is ‘the test of time’ which generally means that if something hasn’t made you sicker or killed you yet then we probably don’t have to worry about it too much…)

      Reston also came from monkeys caught in Indonesia – well outside the ‘normal’ reservoir of Ebola in West Africa. Another shocker to doctors working at CDC, who until then had only seen Ebola in humans and other primates in Africa. Nobody knows how Ebola spread to Indonesia, if indeed it did spread, or whether it’s been there all along flying under the radar until now.

      Yes indeed, Fi – this current outbreak of Ebola is incredibly frightening and the world is essentially treating it as just another problem in Central Africa that only affects ‘them’…

      • fi says:

        Hi RF, great read, thanks for that, I fear it is just a matter of time before its discovered outside Africa.
        Howz you?

      • msolomon2 says:

        airlines and their lack of control has resulted in the movement of all kinds of species around where they have been devastating, no natural controls… similarly ships ballasts have moved marine creatures around… all about the money, always the filthy-damn money… I heard a reich-winger just a day or 2 ago (on the PBS Newshour no less) going on that our fiscal problems are all about too-much regulation (he claims -any- minimum wage is EVIL, said people getting paid 2-cents a hour would be good! Praise the holy-market-full-of-greed! The holy-invisible-hand -IS- the very hand of GOD! in the world, perfect, infallible, all-knowing, all-seeing!)! They’ll just keep preaching their laissez-faire obscenity till the world dies.

      • classicalgastoo says:

        Thanks, Dude – good background on transmissibles.

      • bebe says:

        Guess who was missing from realm ?
        Very informative thx dearest RF . ❤

  2. fi says:

    Love you Mark, hugs for Beau and Gina. xxx

  3. msolomon2 says:

    “connect” must be the new fund raising buzz-word, half of my inbox messages from candidates are headed with some variation on “connect” today as they all say it is the apocalypse, they need my “X”-dollars or the end is nigh!

  4. fi says:

    There’s a big old hole on this site where Mark used to be.
    ❤ you Mark, 🐻

  5. cobaltbluedog says:

    NIH Budget
    Research for the People

    The NIH invests nearly $30.1* billion annually in medical research for the American people.

    More than 80% of the NIH’s funding is awarded through almost 50,000 competitive grants to more than 300,000 researchers at more than 2,500 universities, medical schools, and other research institutions in every state and around the world.

    About 10% of the NIH’s budget supports projects conducted by nearly 6,000 scientists in its own laboratories, most of which are on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.


    • bebe says:

      Exactly SH.5 you now what you are talking about, very informative. Thx.

      • cobaltbluedog says:

        I only know because of my wife’s work. Some of our dear friends are involved in basic research and have devoted their careers to that work.

        • cobaltbluedog says:

          Also, with her work in cancer research, they are constantly working with university research labs.
          Could there be more basic research? Hell yeah!!!!!! Like Gramma says, get out there and vote. Because the TeaOP doesn’t believe in science.

        • bebe says:

          Yes basic research is very important, during Bush`s Presidency as I know all the scientists voted him to me most secretive President, he cut the findings drastically channel the money to support war and as a result so many scientists left the Country to England, Japan among other places to continue their Research.

          We know the outcome of war…dead soldiers from everywhere and civilians to the Country He attacked.

  6. bebe says:

    “We’ll stay until we vote,” said Representative Darrell Issa, Republican of California.


  7. cobaltbluedog says:

    Think they had a ‘good-bye’ party for Eric Cantor today?

  8. What’s the difference between a mosquito and a Republican? When you slap a mosquito they quit sucking you dry.

  9. cobaltbluedog says:

    The Drifters – Money Honey:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHgFs4Oxuc4

  10. fi says:

    Ok, bit of disco I think, Dancing Queen from the Mamma Mia movie…………………………http://youtu.be/DGUmXBgPvrg

  11. fi says:

    Maybe back later.

  12. cobaltbluedog says:

    Jack, perhaps Cantor’s departure deserves a page? You know, a ‘Bon Voyage’ Fred and Ethel, sort of thing.

    • I’m actually working on a comment but that’s a grat idea.

      • cobaltbluedog says:

        That prick always pegged the needle on my ‘smack me’ meter. Pinned it way up in the red.

        • Hobette says:

          The needle spun around in circles, snapped off, and landed under the coffee table on mine!

          • msolomon2 says:

            Truth! Couldn’t get much smarmy-ier then that piece-of-work! There’s been some talk that he was the only Jewish member, well I think Jews are much better off without the likes of him as a “model”! He gives a people a bad name!

  13. cobaltbluedog says:

    Hey, if anyone gets a chance, check out Mark Maron’s dvd ‘Thinky Pain’. I’d be curious to know what you think.

  14. cobaltbluedog says:

    David Lindly and Ry Cooder – Sídh Beag agus Sídh Mór:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XouUNbGJjM

  15. cobaltbluedog says:

    • bebe says:

      This is absolutely beautiful, listening…love the flute..so delicate, you have some amazing collection.

  16. Sorry my uncle dropped by, making that page now.

  17. fi says:

    Popped in to say goodnight.
    Smooooooooooooooooooooooooooooches Mark, 🐻

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