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More spots in the vacation world

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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So, this is my brain on nothing…

Thought y’all might get a kick out of how my brain works sometimes. This was my complete train of though, sitting on the porch in fresh air, listening to swing/jazz and drinking water:

I haven’t seen MJ on the Xbox playing Destiny at all.

Well, he has the baby now, so he’s a little busy. He does love that baby so much, I’m glad they were able to have him.

I wonder if he was in the room when they implanted the baby embryo thing. That had to be weird.

If he was, he’s likely one of the few men actually with his wife when she actually got pregnant. I mean, it’s not instant. It can take a while. I think I heard/read that sperm live up to 24 hours in the body, so she could have been in the store, at work, driving to get her hair cut, or even going to the bathroom when it happens.

Hmmm…

I wonder if someone would pay $45-$50 for a plant hanger like this…

Yes, really. I wish I was kidding but not, that’s how it works.

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Adding a little spice to my life

I have an herb garden. Have I mentioned the herb garden? I got the herb garden as a Valentine’s Day present (never mind we haven’t done presents for years. I think Jon just thought I’d like the herb garden and used this as an excuse. lol) and found really nice planters to go in it. Of course while I measured and picked the planters carefully, they don’t all fit in there. But that’s ok, they look nice. Yes, I did put the letters on there using my wonderful Cricut. First time I’ve done the sticky vinyl! Used removable so I can change it easily if I get different herbs.

Anyway, the whole point of this (yes, there is a point!) is I’ve got little sprouts!! Yay!!

It’s amazing how quickly these little buggers grow. The first pictures were taken Saturday evening (2/23), and the second pictures were taken on Sunday evening (2/24). They should be 4 ft tall by the end of the week! (yeah, I know, not really… but that would be funny, wouldn’t it?)

So, new little plants to take care of. Now, if I can actually juggle keeping everything alive (I also have three potted lilac bushes, one potted gardenia spring that was in the garden under the gardenias, the gardenias themselves, a few phlox that I hope come back up, the daffodils that are doing just fine, and a lavender that I didn’t expect to still be there!), I’ll be shocked! (and I’ll get pictures of everyone once mother nature stops being bipolar out there and figures out what season she’s going to give us!!)

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Accusation imbalance?

I’m hoping this is received in the manner it is meant. I’m a little skeptical that there is only a few women guilty of sexual harassment (and one is against another woman). I’ve seen and heard about all these accusations, the instant downfall of people who are accused (before their day in court). and yet there’s a complete lack of women being accused. Most of the “Hollywood Elite” are self important and entitled, and think they can do anything. And there aren’t women who have done the same as their male counterparts?

List of all Hollywood men accused of sexual assault and harassment

And then this one, that lists one female (and it was an accusation by another female):

Another list of Hollywood and music sexual harassment allegations

And now this one (this post was written a few weeks ago, I’ve just been a little hesitant to post it until now). A congresswoman, part of the “#MeToo” thing, is now being accused:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-assemblywoman-cristina-garcia-accused-of-groping-daniel-fierro/

I’ll say this about the accusations. Will we ever learn if any of these are false, if they’re just accusations to “get something”. And before people jump all over me, saying that’s wrong thinking, I want you to know this: I was accused of sexual harassment when I was a manager at Petsmart. Yes. I was accused by an employee, female, who said I was inappropriate with her. Would you like the story, or just assume she was right?

You’re getting the story. I and this woman (we’ll call her Bianca) were talking while stocking or something. She was complaining that her boyfriend never wanted sex, and she always did. I laughed and said that we should swap since my husband at the time always wanted to and I didn’t.

I don’t know how long after that she went to the director, but I’m betting it was pretty quick.

Now why did she do that? Well, she was mad that she wasn’t getting full time status. And yes, after the dust settled (thankfully there wasn’t much dust since that director, despite being a dick, knew it wasn’t how she tried to describe it), she told one of the other women in the department that she hoped they’d finally give her full time to “make it up to her”. She even laughed about being taken seriously. Was she let go? Nope. She made the accusation, and was happy to grin at me every time we interacted.

I could have lost my job, and in this climate I likely would have…. all for commenting along with her. (she was not shy about anything she said, by the way. Did it with everyone).

So, yeah… I’m having a problem believing all of these are true, and that there are almost no women guilty. Have I been “harassed”? Probably, if you follow the general comments of everyone. Have I been assaulted? Yes, I have. A former boyfriend pushed and didn’t stop the first, oh, 10 times I told him to. And I was also the object of “asleep touching” (woke up to being ogled and “touched” while assumed to be asleep. And it happened a few times (of course, I got out of that relationship, and am better for it. Took a while, mostly because I had wanted to try to “stick it out”. But then I realized that was stupid, and it really wasn’t a big stigma anymore). What have I felt since? I’m stronger. I’m more determined to never let it happen again.

No, I’m not stupid enough to think that none of these are true, that this isn’t happening in Hollywood, in the music industry, and in every day life for women. I’m also not stupid enough to think that it’s an easy thing to get past. We DO need to treat assault accusations seriously. But we also have to get a handle on the “harassment” definition. It’s broad. I could have brought harassment charges against that dick director for his comments of “getting your panties in a wad”. Was it harassment? No, it wasn’t. Men are afraid to tell women they look good for fear of being accused (and don’t even try to argue that it hasn’t happened). Why aren’t women afraid? Why isn’t harassment against men treated the same? Why is it considered not masculine? That’s another thing we need to change.

I think we, as women, need to be the ones to start this conversation, to help make this change. Why is it a “female strength” thing? Are more women harassed? Yes, I won’t deny that. But why can’t we be “human’s against harassment”? Why are we constantly dividing ourselves in every way. We’re one race, we’re one people. When this stops being a “women’s issue”, we will have more strength… because we’ll have strength in numbers.

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Aaaaah, the internet…

Facebook somewhat reminds me of the old BBSes we used to be on, back before access to the “internet” was public for all to spew, er…. see. When I first started on Facebook, it was all pictures of friends and pets and selfies and the like. There were hundreds of invites for silly games and stupid quizzes and cute pictures.

Wow, has that changed. Nowadays, it’s all snipping at each other for different beliefs that we ALL knew at one time.

Here’s my thing,… it’s time to get over it. We are doing NO good sniveling at each other when there’s no chance of changing other people’s minds. What will actually happen is that we’ll alienate those around us, both friends and family alike. We will also alienate those friends of friends, making us look a fool and making that friend wonder why they would be friends with people that would “bully” us, and use terms like “I’m just surprised you feel that way”, which, at least to some, comes across as “Wow, I didn’t know I was smarter than you!”. Or how about “your so-in-so supporting friends are idiots.” Bravo. At least you’ve gotten some people to agree with you, but your friend now has a bunch of people rolling their eyes… and possibly unfriending them so they don’t have to see your crap.

And it never stops. I re-followed someone on Facebook because I was told they weren’t sharing political stuff anymore, and 2 days after I started seeing their posts on my feed, there was a ridiculous political meme. If it was an article from a “reliable” news source (and, honestly, I don’t think there are really any of those anymore, but at least if it was from one of the big ones, ok), I’d have just scrolled on past. I’m getting rather good at that. But no, it was useless rubbish. So, back on the unfollow list they went. Maybe in another 6 months I’ll revisit the list.

But more just keep getting added. I’m over it. I don’t care what side it’s from, I’m over it. It’s all a load of bullshit. ALL of it, both sides. And I’m just not going to be subjected to it anymore.

Here’s a clue: No one except those that feel exactly the same as you care about your memes and political pictures and quotes and jokes, and even some of those people don’t care either. “Alternate facts” and Madonna and Mylie the crotch grinders complaining about Trumps lack of morals, and possibly being willing to unplug life support to charge a phone… And the more you complain about the “other side” while still posting this drivel because it’s “funny”. No, it stopped being funny a long time ago… As in, before the internet was even online.

At least if you have something to say, say it yourself. Don’t post someone else’s post with no comment of your own because you agree with “most” or “some” of it. Yeah, I share stuff… but you’ll notice that I have a comment to make about it, something I wrote myself.

And I have my blog. I’ve been using it more because it allows me to write what I want without completely covering everyone’s feed with what I think is important. It’s one little link that people can choose to click on or not click on.

As far as me only wanting to deal with people that think the way I do… My best friend and I are very opposed when it comes to political stuff. And I love her dearly. She will always be my best friend, I will always be there for her whenever she needs me. We have discussed politics on occasion, and then we move on to other things after we agree to disagree. We actually LISTEN to what the other person has to say, and sometimes we add our own views to it. But I don’t have to deal with “You’re obviously a racist because you feel that way” and she doesn’t have to deal with “You’re a special kind of stupid” (these are both paraphrased things I’ve seen written either in comments or in memes, nothing we have ever said to each other).

So, think before you share that next meme or post or “news” story. Is that how you really want to be viewed by your family and friends? Do you agree with everything it says? How would you feel if someone made the opposite comment/joke about you?

Yeah, that’s what I thought. Now, if y’all will excuse me, I’m going to spend some time away from the computer and on more important things… like my shrink appointment. I have two this week. My mental stability is a little off at the moment, and I’m thinking a “vacation” might be in order.

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The perceived pussification of the human male (American male?)

I’ve noticed a long running trend about men… they’re pansies, they leave their clothes laying around and won’t put them in the hamper, they leave empty plates laying around, they can’t handle being sick, they get the “man cold” which is a death sentence compared to what women get, yada, yada, yada…

I don’t buy it. Are there men out there like that? Sure there are. But I’m amazed at what gets shared/spread around the interwebs about men.

First, they’re chauvinists, they make rude comments about women, they keep women under their heal, they’re dismissive, they’re nasty. Any woman that says they haven’t had this happen to them are, of course, lying or clueless. Well, guess what. I’ve had the cat calls, I’ve had the comments, I’ve dealt with the rudeness, and I’ve survived. Why? Maybe because I dismiss it out of hand. I don’t allow it to control me. I don’t immediately get on Facebook/Twitter, etc, and tell everyone about how some man looked at my butt. That man (not all men) is a jerk, and I have better things to do than give him any of my precious time that could be better spent on jewelry, or art, or video games. But what if someone grabs me? They’re getting decked, plain and simple. I’m not a victim.

Second, this whole “man cold”. Oh please. I guarantee there are plenty of men out there that get up, go to work, take care of what needs to be done, all while sniffling into a paper towel (I have noticed they don’t always use tissues). Yeah, there are some that are babies when they get sick… and there are women that are babies when they get sick. But if “I” only report the babies, it makes ALL men look bad, and that, I believe, is the goal of this kind of thing. Same as any commercial or TV show that portrays men as bumbling, clueless, inept wastes of life. Disgusting.

What happens when a man posts something similar about woman? A woman being a baby and not getting out of bed because she’s sick? Oh, women are all on her side, saying she takes care of so much in the house, she deserves to lie down when she’s sick. How dare that man question her!

Sick of it. Just completely sick of it.

And if your man really does leave his stuff laying around, find a way to get him to help. Nagging isn’t going to do it. A simple “I would appreciate it if you’d make sure your clothes get into the hamper, please. It saves me the time to gather up everything”. And if he does it? Hug. Kiss. You notice he did it all on his own later? A hug and a “Thank you so much for getting your stuff in the laundry! It means a lot that you care about me that much!”

A relationship is a give and take. Learn to make it work

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I think it’s a little telling…

As I’ve driving around our little historic town, I’ve seen MANY political signs in yards, medians, on fences, etc. And there are a lot of them. I’ve seen the same thing in years past, as I’m sure everyone has. But I’ve noticed something a little different this year.

There seems to be a lack of presidential campaign signs.

Oh, I’ve seen them for sure, both sides. But there have been many, many times I’ve passed a “field” of signs and there’s not a Trump or Clinton sign to be seen. And it’s been on both sides. Lots of Democrat signs for senators, councilmen, governor, but no Clinton sign. Lots of Republican signs for lieutenant governor, attorney general, state treasurer, but no Trump sign.

I think it’s proof that even the people that will put signs on their lawn don’t like our choices.

As for myself, I wouldn’t put one up either. I think most of my friends/family/acquaintances know my general politics, and I’m not happy with what we have to work with. And I’m terrified of what the future of this country will be. But here we are and I guess we just have to work with it.

If you’re educated, you know what “your” candidate stands for, what their past really is, what they say they will do (and if their past shows they are actually telling the truth), than vote. I will say I pretty much stand with Mike Rowe when it comes to telling everyone to get out and vote, and I don’t see the need to repeat it in my own words. He’s done it quite well.

Mike Rowe on encouraging everyone to vote

For now… all I can hope is that things will get better, but I don’t have a lot of faith in that. So instead, I will hope that everyone is safe tomorrow and in the days ahead.

(the original link pointed to a post on “qpolitical.com” which apparently doesn’t exist anymore. Here is the first link to the article on Mike Rowe’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMikeRowe/posts/1303786272964846 )

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Is the proof in the pudding?

So, there’s been another shooting involving a police officer and a citizen who was, of course, completely innocent. Do I know what actually happened? Nope, and neither does ANYONE else until the footage is released. And the saddest part? It won’t matter WHAT that footage shows, people will believe what they want to believe.

The biggest thing I have to say about all of it is this: All that’s happening with these “protests”, and I’m using that term VERY loosely, is that they are giving those people who say/believe that black people are violent, dangerous, animalistic, uncivilized, etc., the “proof” that they need to keep saying/believing so.

And if these “protesters” had any kind of sense, they’d realize that and it might stop at least half of them.

Nothing is going to change until the shooting stops. I will say that if I were a police officer, having seen how much violence has been pointed in my direction, I’d be jumpy and more likely to shoot. Mind you, I’m not a police officer and I haven’t had the training they have. But I can somewhat understand why it seems these shootings have gotten more prevalent.

But are they really? How much of it is the way it’s always been, but because of our social media environment we’re hearing about them, and getting “information” before any of the real facts can come out? Because once this stuff gets out there, people have already made up their mind about the “facts” so that when they actually do, they’re able to twist those facts to say what they want them to say. It’s this kind of thing that causes trials to be moved because they alleged can’t get a fair trial where the crime has been committed due to news and public opinion having already been set.

So, what does this all boil down to? I’m disgusted, and I know nothing is going to change until either the police stop trying to defend themselves against an enemy that has sometimes shown itself so they have to “jump the gun”, or the folks being shot start following direction when they’re stopped by police for whatever reason. One of the sides needs to back off… and, unfortunately I don’t see that happening.

And that scares me because it’s only going to get worse and worse… and we can’t afford to buy a house out away from everyone and put up a tall, electrified wall to keep anyone out.

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Double standards

I’ve seen it time and time again. It’s ok to bash/flame/degrade certain groups, and people that do so often get defended when someone of that group tries to stand up for themselves/their group.

Why is this ok?

I want you to think of how many times you have said something derogatory about a general group of people: men, republicans, democrats, southerners, cat lovers… a group that it seems to be generally acceptable to be put down. Now, I want you to change that word to black, or mexican, or jewish… See how it’s suddenly not something to be defended anymore? Why? Why not be able to generally blame a nasty/vicious/stupid act on a group that you think shouldn’t be picked on? Where does the line get drawn?

When you’re not generally part of a group, and you only hear about that group from friends/news/jokes/anecdotes, why are you allowed to defend someone who has said something nasty or rude about that group? Sometimes going so far as to use another comment/joke/often talked about but maybe not as true as you think it really is to defend yourself/friend/person that you agree with?

I want y’all to think about that the next time you see a basher get called out on something. Before you defend them, would you defend them if they were saying something against a group you like?

Food for thought.

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