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  • Comment on When You Only Read the Abstract, You End Up Thinking That Vaccines Cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by wzrd1 December 31, 2019 15:32
    In reply to <a href="https://epidemiological.net/2019/12/30/when-you-only-read-the-abstract-you-end-up-thinking-that-vaccines-cause-sudden-infant-death-syndrome/comment-page-1/#comment-6521">René F. Najera, DrPH</a>. Way back when I was in school, back during the last ice age, required reading was Nineteen eighty-four. So, I'm rather good at doublethink. Although, these days remind me of another work, also required school reading. Animal Farm.
  • Comment on When You Only Read the Abstract, You End Up Thinking That Vaccines Cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by René F. Najera, DrPH December 31, 2019 10:54
  • Comment on When You Only Read the Abstract, You End Up Thinking That Vaccines Cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by wzrd1 December 31, 2019 03:52
    I wonder, VAERS has a web search form, one entry is for gunshot wounds, so if one were to make a search through the entire database and come up with a hit that a child suffered a gunshot wound after vaccination, would the antivaxxers loudly proclaim that vaccines get children shot?
  • Comment on Crab Cakes and Circus by wzrd1 December 23, 2019 15:07
    In reply to <a href="https://epidemiological.net/2019/12/20/crab-cakes-and-circus/comment-page-1/#comment-6516">René F. Najera, DrPH</a>. Frankly, I suspect that they'd go for extinction, rather than admit to being wrong. As for health issues, not likely in the near term. Out of antihypertensives and thyroid blocker, in a Catch-22 of "come in to see doctor" without coverage or full rate money to cover the visit and pay for the RX after the visit. So, I'm currently in a hypertensive crisis, with full on thyroid storm. Because, we're the best nation in the world. Or something.
  • Comment on Crab Cakes and Circus by René F. Najera, DrPH December 23, 2019 13:49
    "Still, I wonder, if a virus came about, equally lethal as rabies, airborne, would antivaxers still insist upon extinction?" I wouldn't be surprised if they decided that it was all fake news, a conspiracy and that the deaths from said virus were actually from vaccination. They're kind of weird like that. I hope your medical issues get better.
  • Comment on Crab Cakes and Circus by wzrd1 December 21, 2019 11:16
    I could use entertainment, for a change. First, a nation I swore to defend and protect the laws and Constitution of, before you were born, is shredding itself, with some foreign assistance. Currently, I'm out of work, long without medical insurance, not prescriptions for two antihypertension medications, as well as my antihyperthyroid medication and am now in a hypertensive crisis. Yeah, debilitating as the days go on, I really need entertainment, as this society demands that I die, while other societies I served within insisted all should be allowed their chance to survive. But, the current mass advertisement is, the USA is so incompetent as to be unable to provide health care for all, while the rest of the industrialized planet manages to do so. Welcome to Short Bus American Exceptionalism. Willed, off shore, how to build an x-ray laser within a multi-stage thermonuclear device, if my demise is considered premature. In person, I'm a nice guy, but at odds or enmity, I'm the farthest thing from nice one could find. Personally, I rather prefer nice, play with kids, hand feed wild squirrels, kindly ask the odd raven to kindly not try to rest on my head, my shoulder's fine. And never kneel and bend to cuddle a goat. My cousin's questionable "pet" head butted me hard on my forehead, to end up sitting splay legged and my wife swears that its eyes were crossed. I was too busy saying, "Ow! That hurt!", to witnessed the splay legged sitting of said goat. BTW, goat tastes great. Got some in quart jars of pasta sauce. Not that goat, but... Principle and all. 😉 Pop up Harrisburg, grab one, along with a few recipes. 🙂 Full disclosure, no clue what happened with my cousin's goat. After it gave her thigh a saucer sized bruise from hell, via head butting, she "got rid of it", typical suburbanite idiocy. Yes, saucer size, my family isn't known for paucity in our dimensions, she, along with far too many family members don't bother to combat genetic propensity, so had at the time, a thigh that could contain a salad/dessert plate. And I'm being generous to an elder. An elder who accused me of abandoning my father after my mother died, because I had the temerity of deploying, under orders, to some war thing. Suffice it to say, my response went family wide and she lost significant stature, as she insisted family over nation. Still trying to figure out how to wrangle goats... 😉 Lighthearted aside, there are times I wonder if reintroducing smallpox might be a grand idea, since idiots can't figure out dead kids from normal kids, let them learn the hardest way. And we're near a non-infectious version of a smallpox vaccine anyway. Because, at some point, shouldn't one give the public precisely that which they demand, in any democracy? Yeah, wanted to puke saying that myself. Still, I wonder, if a virus came about, equally lethal as rabies, airborne, would antivaxers still insist upon extinction?
  • Comment on It Kind of Tickles, Does It Not? by René F. Najera, DrPH December 12, 2019 14:31
    In reply to <a href="https://epidemiological.net/2019/12/11/it-kind-of-tickles-does-it-not/comment-page-1/#comment-6512">wzrd1</a&gt;. I remember being 16 and the daughter of one of mom's friends needed a "chambelan" for her "quinceañera" party. The chambelan is the guy who escorts the girl turning 15. I went to the practices and didn't have fun at all. Her friends didn't like me, and I was nothing like them. I had a ton of opportunities to quit, but I didn't because I was a dumb teenager who was convinced that quitters never won. There was nothing to win. It was a horrible party and a pretty bad experience. I should have quit. Fast forward ten years, and I was volunteered to be in a committee at the hospital where I worked. One meeting in and I knew I wasn't the right fit. I told my manager, and he helped me find a replacement. They went on to do really good things and get a lot of praise, and I never felt like I should have stayed. These things come with maturity, I guess? It's still amazing to me that someone can go through hours and hours of training and flight time and still lie to themselves and to ATC that they know what they're doing when they're in way over their heads. That goes beyond dumb, and we see the consequences.
  • Comment on It Kind of Tickles, Does It Not? by wzrd1 December 12, 2019 11:19
    Saw far too many people over the decades, allergic to change. I've changed careers a handful of times. Change as conditions prevail or go extinct. Recently, I viewed video of a volcano expressing gas, steam and volcanic ash, while tour boats sailed merrily along, as if nothing happened. I'd take a relative 90 degree turn away, just in case it was more severe. Being 100 meters or less outside of death beats within a circle of death. Just as lying that one is ILS certified is harmful for further guidance to the lost and nearly out of fuel pilot.
  • Comment on The Parent Ren, Part XI: God Almighty, Stop Testing Me! by Brett December 6, 2019 05:11
    It doesn't make it any easier.. but we are right there with you man! Little-O LOVES the word no. We are working on the word yes with him, and he's getting better at choosing it when he actually means "yes", instead of just knee-jerk reacting with "no!" It's a pretty interesting phase to observe, that's for sure.
  • Comment on The Parent Ren, Part XI: God Almighty, Stop Testing Me! by Chris December 6, 2019 03:53
    I was always amazed how a tired toddler had so much energy. Though sometimes it was to cry because being tired probably meant their head was hurting. There is nothing to do but be calm and wait it out, because just being there is enough. And then they fall asleep... eventually. 😉 Doesn't help if you are literally trying to work online, driving or just trying to shop for some groceries. You will survive this stage. Only to be flummoxed by the next stage.