Archives for October, 2009

Why Oklahoma?

Im not gonna lie. We got a lot of shit to put up with in Oklahoma. Batshit insane politicians trying to ban scientists from the state, make federally funded research illegal, hold up HIV/AIDS funding for personal religious reasons, post medical identifiers of women who have abortions online… yeah, theyre just pretty much insane. So…

Ben Stein literally cant get *anything* right.

I dont know if I can think of anyone who gets everything wrong, so consistently. Okay, sure he gets the Creationism thing wrong. Whatevs. He also makes unwise financial decisions. Who doesnt, these days? No, get this, dude cant even pick a charity without fucking up! A charity to help stop puppy mills! HE FUCKS…

Vote for Biofortified!

Biofortified, the PandasThumb of crop engineering, is in a contest. A contest to win an interview with Michael Pollan and grant money for educating the public about GMOs! GO VOTE FOR THEM NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAU! 1. Biofortified assured me that the interview with Pollan will be ‘educational’. I dont think I can put into words how much…

Okaaaaaay… *squint* Let me preface this post by stating that I am not an MD. I dont care, particularly, about whether CFS is a ‘real’ disease or psychosomatic or a catch-all category for people MDs dont know how to treat. Sorry. So if you want to bitch about CFS, pro or con, dont do it…

Dangerous Dogs #2

Since my last thread was such a hit*, Im dumping a collection of hysterical DANGEROUS DOG videos I have in my /lol/ folder. Via icanhascheezburger, Rottie vs Kitteh: BAP BAP BAP BAP!

One of these things is not like the others. One of these things just doesnt belong. Can you tell which thing is not like the others, by the time I finish my blag post? #1– Chronic Fatigue Sufferers Find Vindication in a Virus News that chronic fatigue syndrome may be linked to a virus has…

Dangerous Dogs

Us owners of ‘dangerous dogs’ flock together. Though pits are virtually always a target (if not the only target) of Breed Specific Legislation, owners of other breeds arent stupid. First theydo-nothing politicians who need an election platform come for the pits, to play on their rich white constituents inherent racism (lol whites dont own pits!).…

XMRV and chronic fatigue syndrome

XMRV is so hot right now. Read the paper on XMRV and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome last weekend: Detection of an Infectious Retrovirus, XMRV, in Blood Cells of Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome My conclusions from the paper: XMRV is capable of infecting humans and producing viable progeny. How this fact relates to CFS, Im still…

HPV vaccines vs HPV landscape

Over and over I see people concerned about the long term implications of only vaccinating against High-Risk HPV types: If we vaccinate against types 16 and 18, wont other HPV viruses evolve to fill that empty niche? Wont other HPV step up to cause cancer? This is a valid concern. With viruses, you need to…

XMRV and prostate cancer

Retroviruses like to cause cancer. Its kinda their shtick. Sometimes the viruses themselves code for oncogenes. Sometimes the retroviral promoters accidentally upregulate an innate oncogene (the cell doesnt know its supposed to stop replicating). And sometimes a retrovirus accidentally plops down in the middle of an important regulatory gene, and thats how you get uncontrolled…