Monthly Archive: September 2019

Why is there a gay couple in every show I’m watching?!

Oh yeah, this will rev up the readers… well, all 4 of them. I know my lack of viewing audience, people aren’t necessarily sharing me and I can’t say I blame them. Never know what’s going to come out of my mouth… sometimes *I* don’t even know!!!

So hubby and I watch 4 different shows every night/week for dinner. It scrolls between Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow (all “super hero/comic” type shows). We watched Legends a while ago, has female to female devotion. Love? Action? It’s not like there’s sex on the screen, just like you’d see any other love seen, kissing, a little grabbing, etc. At the time I thought “Ok, so, catering to the fan boys that will like that I guess?” 2016

Then we started watching Arrow and liked it. Still do. Happened a little later in the series but have one of the characters talk about his husband. That received a little “Huh” from me. 2015

Had a little “sneak preview” while watching Legends to see one of the other series have two lesbians get together after one of the ladies’ sister told her to be honest with her self. Good advice but still… ok.

It was finally on the Flash with the police chief going on about the wedding and lunch plans with his fiance, and him being picky, etc, that I think I finally thought “Why is there a gay couple in each of these shows?”

I had that thought a few more times over the times we’ve watched all of them… months this has been happening. Not really aggravated by it, only mildly “annoyed” in that it would catch my attention for something that was really a side line… and then it hit me. Today as I was watching Arrow, again there was discussion about the “husband” and I thought “Why does this keep coming up? Who cares?.” And yes, that’s when I finally said it to myself.

What wouldn’t three be a gay/lesbian couple? Who cares about any of the relationships? We have A kissing B or B kissing And that’s just waved off as normal. Doesn’t even get noticed by us. But now A is kissing A and brains are thinking “Why are they focusing on this? Goodness, they’re just trying to push into everything!”.

And I’m guilty of it too. This does make me feel ashamed. But it also shows me that it’s not always the act itself (and I know the idea of the act is big for some/a bunch of people), but for us “We don’t care, enjoy” folks… it’s a jar to our normal way of things. Changing the way things are, even if it’s just a matter of including something that shouldn’t be a big deal and that “we” don’t get mad or even annoyed about, is annoying in that it’s changed our viewing of programs. What used to be “simple” is a different kind of “simple”.

So, we’re trying. We’re not being “nasty” when we ask why there are more of the “LGBTQ+” on our TV shows and in our movies. It might not be that we’re annoyed at it happening. It could be we’re just not used to seeing it as “normal every day life”. It’s like getting Kraft Mac and Cheese and the box is now red instead of blue. Same thing, same ingredients, same stuff, but it looks different and it jars us out of our shopping routine.

It’ll get there. It’s just going to take some time. Be patient with us.

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So, once again measles is getting into the lime light. For pop/rock/hollywood/fake stars, who think vaccines should be “banned” this would be a good thing (“good” because it tells them their efforts are working). For a rather easily prevented disease, this isn’t.

An unvaccinated child has arrived in Costa Rica and introduced measles to the country, a country that has been free of the disease for five years:

Costa Rica has not had a domestic case of measles since 2006, and the last imported case occurred in 2014.

And, of course, it’s going around his school, too:

The child’s mother, who was also not vaccinated, consulted a private doctor about his rash and confirmed that other children in his school had contracted measles, the Costa Rica Star reported.

(link to article referenced above: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/02/24/unvaccinated-boy-measles-costa-rica-first-case-5-years/2973582002/

Well, isn’t this wonderful. And it’s not just Costa Rica that’s suffering from this:

https://www.euractiv.com/section/health-consumers/news/measles-hit-zagreb-as-social-media-join-fight-against-anti-vaccination/

Then the kids are much smarter than their parents stuff. Quote from the story, and then quote from me talking about said quote (My quote marked by *:

https://www.boredpanda.com/vaccination-without-mothers-consent/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

“My mom and dad are not doing this with malicious intent, in fact, it’s quite the opposite, they want the best for me. However, that decision, in my opinion, was not properly researched/informed. The topic then transitions to the question, “Who is responsible?” Are my parents at fault for not thoroughly researching the topic? Or is it the sensationalist websites and media that post for clicks by publishing false and controversial claims? Is the educational infrastructure in the US at fault for not teaching students how to differentiate from false information and facts, for not thoroughly teaching how to conduct research and what sources to trust? Is it the homeopathic industry that is at fault? It makes billions of dollars with extreme profit margins, it has its own lobby organizations and fights its enemies as hard as it can. The belief in homeopathy correlates with skepticism about vaccinations, and in reality, a lot of money is on the line – globally the market is expected to reach over 17 billion by 2024.”

*This is a KID! He should be trying to figure out how to get into whatever popular clique is the good one in school or how to hide his pot stash from his parents or what’s the better game system, XBox or Playstation? (it’s XBox, by the way) Instead, he does this much research, something his mother apparently hasn’t bothered to do… she’s found it easier to just follow around that stupid bint and do whatever she says is better to do for her kids then, oh, I don’t know… the scientists who have changed us from dying at 40 to dying at 80. Astonishing! *

This is VERY dark humor and I love it tremendously. The link after includes this bit that I also heard from a friend with a child on the spectrum

https://www.boredpanda.com/anti-vaxxer-asking-measles-protection-advice/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/anti-vaxxer-asking-measles-protection-advice-5c51483e8054e__700.jpg

And it’s everywhere. Understandably this isn’t just a matter of not wanting to vaccine children because of ridiculously stupid ideas: “

Not surprisingly, some of the declines have been in in poor countries with limited access to health care. Economic hardship and political unrest have certainly contributed to the incidence of infectious disease in some places. The breakdown of Venezuela’s health care system, for example, drove a major 2018 outbreak in that country, which has spread to other parts of South America.”

But it’s also happening in countries that shouldn’t be full of stupid (besides the US): But developed countries with strong health care systems have become measles hot spots as well. Last year, France and Italy, had huge measles outbreaks that the World Health Organization says was driven not by lack of access to immunizations, but by a lack in trust in their efficacy. This distrust, called “vaccine hesitancy,” is such a threat to public health that it is on the World Health Organization’s list of top 10 global health concerns for 2019.

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-global-vaccine-hesitancy-20190206-story.html

And then there’s the just plain stupid. Maple syrup? Tasty, but no good for meningitis. (and yes I know there was more to that “treatment”, but it’s hard to tell if they were all individual things or all mixed together):

https://news.yahoo.com/toddler-dies-anti-vaxxer-parents-154300579.html

Thankfully there’s this person that got a clue. Gee, imagine that! I like to think that there are a lot more unreported people who are coming to the same conclusion:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/canada/11530137/Anti-vaxxer-mother-recants-after-her-seven-children-contract-whooping-cough.html

I won’t deny that the drug companies aren’t helping matters very much. “Money” likes to rule the day, and the greedy should just be put in jail. Yes, I said that and yes, I believe that. If they are shown to be doing something that involves only money grubbingness, jail. Attempted murder. Plain and simple.

https://www.statnews.com/2019/02/26/anti-vaccine-movement-pharma-tarnished-reputation/

And then…. Oh good gods… Dog autism. And boy, do I wish I was making that up! (that much further down) Pretty soon we’ll be fighting to keep mosquitoes from being killed so they can still spread their precious baby heartworms):

https://www.krem.com/article/news/local/spokane-county/no-vaccines-do-not-cause-autism-in-pets/293-cab932ea-a05c-4143-9b3e-16abc0a98b42

https://metro.co.uk/2019/02/25/now-anti-vaxxers-refusing-vaccinate-dogs-case-get-dog-autism-8733555/

Weirdly, I lost a “friend” when I shared this idea on my own Facebook page… and I just rolled my eyes. Yes, I already know the idea that parvo was cause by humans. So, if you can understand this mess from a vet friend that I respect highly, go for it. Fried my poor little MS brain:

This is from the Proceedings of the Fourth International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases Symposium: 2016.
Feline panleukopenia virus (FPLV) was first described in 1957 although had probably been around for many years previously. In contrast, canine parvovirus emerged as a pandemic some 20 years later in 1978, with most serological data suggesting it was absent or rare before that date. It subsequently seemed to spread rapidly around the world, becoming endemic in most places studied. This new canine virus was called CPV-2. Initial hypothesis for this emergence was that CPV-2 had evolved from FPLV field virus or vaccine. However, this was discounted because of the relatively large number of nucleotide mutations between the two. In addition, whilst FPLV and CPV-2 were very at home in their own target host species, they had little or no replicative ability in their carnivore cousins, making a direct transmission between domestic cats and dogs unlikely.

This sets about a hunt for intermediate viruses that could bridge the evolutionary gap between FPLV and CPV-2. These were initially discovered in wildlife species like the fox8 and more recently the raccoon,1 leading to the intriguing possibility that wildlife species may have provided the evolutionary pathway for CPV-2 into dogs. Detailed phylogenetic analysis of VP2 sequences from a wide range of carnivore parvoviruses reinforces the major division between the FPV-like and CPV-like viruses. However, viruses sampled from individual species fall in diverse locations across the phylogeny, indicative of multiple introduction events, particularly in the raccoon.1,2 Studies of natural VP-2 variation and in vitro mutation show that VP2 position 300 is one of the most variable residues in the parvovirus capsid in nature, suggesting that it is a critical determinant in the cross-species transfer of viruses between different carnivores due to its interactions with the transferrin receptor.3,4 Relatively low levels of mutation can now lead to species jumps, and this seems to happen quite regularly especially within the CPV-like viruses.

So it sounds like there may have been several different “jumps” from cat to dog, most facilitated by raccoons. “

Yeah, there’s that. Enjoy.

And finally… it’s false. All of it. Every single idiot going against facts.

https://antiantivax.flurf.net/ (information about debunking all the antivaxx assholes)

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