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  • Comment on The Frictions That You’ll Encounter by Rene Najera May 12, 2017 12:57
    Wait until tourists, especially non-Hispanic rich and privileged, start coming back to the mainland with children with Zika-related complications. Then we'll see fireworks.
  • Comment on The Frictions That You’ll Encounter by Wzrd1 May 7, 2017 00:08
    Under-reporting cases may help in the short term to retain tourism, but in the long term, when tourists become infected and Zika related birth defects are incurred by tourists, the impact upon tourism would be many times greater. Meanwhile, in D.C., the emperor plays the fiddle while Rome burns.
  • Comment on When You Need A Win by wzrd1 April 21, 2017 22:38
    Tempting. Took a $3k loan out on my 401k, that should get me a decent vehicle. Havn't tried Flonase, 50mg diphenhydramine seems to be doing the job well enough, once I actually get around to taking them.
  • Comment on When You Need A Win by Rene Najera April 21, 2017 17:05
    Luckily, I have not been as itchy this time around. I did one year, but I don't know what exactly happened. It got so bad I also didn't wear anything that would show the blood. This year it was my nose and eyes... I had water coming out of my nose and dripping everywhere if I couldn't get to it, like when I was carrying the groceries into the house. Gross.
  • Comment on When You Need A Win by Rene Najera April 21, 2017 17:04
    Do we need to get you a hover round? Also, Flonase is superb. It kicks in after two days, but, once it does, it's the best.
  • Comment on When You Need A Win by Chris April 20, 2017 19:52
    The blasted alder trees started to spread their pollen early this year, January instead of February. I did not get the sniffles, I got the itchies. At night. I am finally recovering from my involuntary self-mutilation during sleep that caused scratches all over my arms, legs, back and stomach. Fortunately not much to my face, though I did wake up to find my ears had some scratches. Oh, and I did wake up in the middle of the night and take a Benadryl. It helped, a little. I think I can now go back to swimming. I was afraid of actually bleeding in the pool. I did wear lots of black to cover where I bled. I also figured out a good way to get blood out of clothes and sheets: first do a warm soak with oxygen bleach. Every season is so different. One year my face was so swollen, especially around my eyes, that I could barely see.
  • Comment on When You Need A Win by wzrd1 April 20, 2017 19:10
    Tell me about morning, noon and night sickness! My wife had it bad, each time. To the point where I worried about malnutrition! Amazingly, she and the baby survived her bubble-belly stage of life. When she's felling down a bit, due to the gravity of her gravid condition, spring a reminder on her, "Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down". 😉 My wife was rolling, very nearly literally, after I got her with that one. 😀 As for allergies, yeah. Worse here in Louisiana, less freezing (only a few days total below freezing this winter), making allergy season a living hell. Living off of 50 mg diphenhydramine. It has felt like I was literally drowning from post nasal drip. Getting plenty of exercise here. Car blew a head gasket, so it's heel and toe express wherever I need to go. Well, heel and toe and cane express.
  • Comment on Face It, You Think You Know Better Than Me by Rene Najera April 10, 2017 20:14
    My money's on them surviving World War III instead of us.
  • Comment on Face It, You Think You Know Better Than Me by wzrd1 April 10, 2017 20:05
    BTW, Ren, PZ Meyers was recently railing about some lousy reporting on RNA editing in cephalopods, which prompted me to look into some of the literature. Apparently, "broken" DNA that makes malfunctioning RNA can be edited by repair proteins in cephalopods. A *lot* of such protein editing was found, far more than is present in mammals. I guess that one could say, in some ways, cephalopods are more advanced than we are, at a cellular level. 😉
  • Comment on Face It, You Think You Know Better Than Me by Rene Najera April 10, 2017 05:10
    Here's a good primer on "epigenetics." Hint: It doesn't mean what you think it means. Basically, CT, you're the kind of person this blog post was written about, i.e. someone who thinks they know better when they don't. Article: http://littleatoms.com/what-is-epigenetics From that article: "There has been a disturbing fixation on mapping patterns of DNA methylation, on the assumption that finding these tell-tale tags on genes means that they are switched off. But is DNA methylation or histone modification a cause – the actual thing that switches a gene on or off – or is it just a consequence of other underlying processes at work? To draw an analogy, is it like the locked door of a shut-up shop, or just the “closed” sign swinging against the windowpane, a visible readout of a more fundamental process at work? Most research shows that genes are activated by protein molecules called transcription factors, which sit on short stretches of DNA near genes and act as “control switches” to turn them on. Histone modifications may be important for locking in patterns of gene activity once the transcription factors have got them going, but there’s still a lot we don’t really understand about how it all works."