atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5060: I made it!

Actually made it to the end of shift today without being cut (or asked if I want to leave early) which is an improvement over the past week or so.

Threw my hat into the ring for a position with Workforce, myself, too; you never know.

Further bulletins as events warrant.

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Gardasil, the HPV vaccine that some wanted to force all teenage girls to be immunized with, has a nonzero rate of causing early sterility in women inoculated with it. They're calling it "premature ovarian failure" and it's apparently a rather unexpected side effect of inoculation with Gardasil. The other unexpected side effect being ovarian cancer. Isn't that great? "This will protect you from one kind of cancer, but you might get another kind of cancer if you use it. Spin the cylinder and pull the trigger!"

I'll say it again: I'm not anti-vaccine; I think inoculations play a role in public health and I absolutely agree that some of them are necessary.

But it's a question of risk versus benefit. Polio is a disease that everyone should be inoculated against, because the risks that come from inoculation are by far and away eclipsed by the risks that exist absent such immunization. Polio kills, and when it doesn't kill it maims...but since Salk perfected the polio vaccine the iron lung has all but disappeared.

Compare that to chicken pox. A kid gets chicken pox, he itches for a couple weeks, then never, never, ever has to worry about it again. (Not until he's middle aged, anyway, and gets Lyme disease shingles.) It may be desirable to immunize a child against it; is it necessary to immunize babies against it?

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Ancient mathemeticians were closer to inventing calculus than anyone previously suspected. There are a lot of things you can't invent until you have calculus; if we'd had calculus in Roman times who knows what we'd be doing now?

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Chapter 184: BRING BACK DDT NOW. Zika is spread by mosquitos. DDT is the best anti-mosquito pesticide ever invented. And Rachel Carson's book was bullshit, anyway.

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They say there's supposed to be a big storm this week. I'll believe it when I see it.

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