I have a some updates on a few stories I covered the past couple of weeks:
Some people who proclaim to have ‘chronic fatigue syndrome’ show everyone just how NOT CRAZY they are… by transcribing my entire interview with Conspiracy Skeptic by hand (they cant hold a job you see– ‘brain fog’) and comparing me to a cheerleader/goat, and fantasizing about me getting my comeuppance for daring to speak negatively about St. Judy Mikovits (ie– tell everyone the bullshit she and her comrades have been up to). Just to be clear, these folks are NOT CRAZY. THEYRE NOT FUCKING CRAZY GODDAMMIT!!!! We know they arent crazy because their comments look a lot like the ones we see from the posters/commentors at Freethought Blogs, and they totally are NOT CRAZY too.
“The vote can only be explained by the lack of independence of the agency from financial and other powers,” Doctor Lafeuillade adds, “because this is an absurd way to face the HIV pandemic.”
‘Absurd’– the grown-up way to say ‘stupid’.
1 – First, treat all those who are infected;
2 – then promote safer sex (if 56% of patients in the IPrEx study got HIV infection, that is the proof that they did not use condoms in a well controlled trial, with counseling… What will that be in real life with Truvada* available over the counter, in black market and on the internet? It is a blank check for other sexually transmitted diseases.
3 – European doctors in a vast majority, and patients’ advocates in Europe do not agree with this kind of “trade off”
4 – However, they will have to face the public health consequences of such a decision.
Exactly. Condoms are 80% effective at preventing HIV-1 transmission, at worst. Some studies have no transmission events in their entire cohort when their subjects are extremely compliant. Truvada got 56% efficacy… even though they told their subjects to wear condoms. So even in a well controlled, well designed study, the patients werent using condoms as instructed. They werent taking the drugs as instructed. What is going to happen in the real world? A goddamn train wreck. And the entire world will have to deal with the negative consequences of the FDAs decision– drug resistant HIV.
THUNDERSTRUCK!!!! It was a really weird last two minutes of Wednesdays Thunder game (was watching it with people from Argentina. it was very hard to explain wtf was going on the last two minutes ‘well he tried to miss the freethrow on purpose…’) Downtown OKC went nuts. Well, nuts by OKC standards.
Also, Metta World Peace might have elbowed one of our best players in the back of the head/neck, a potentially deadly bullshit move, but he just won me over:
“I didn’t realize Oklahoma had so many, like, fine women . . . I felt really comfortable. I hit my first two shots, it was mainly because of how beautiful the women were.”
“You don’t need makeup to be beautiful. That’s the American way of telling a woman she’s beautiful. She can be beautiful without make up. And that’s what I’ve seen in Oklahoma City.”
*squint* I know saying women look pretty without make-up is guys ace-up-the-sleeve (chicks version), but Im on to you, buddy. Thats only going to work on me 30-40 more times.
One of the politicians I made fun of for saying *insane* things about how to stop the HIV epidemic in Zimbabwe is saying he did not say that stuff (and others present said he said it, but it was sarcastic):
Femai is now threatening to sue the newspaper which also quoted him saying ‘women should always have bald heads, lose weight and dress shabbily as HIV is spreading at an alarming rate because men are finding it difficult to resist attractive and well-dressed women’.
Women’s rights groups and HIV/Aids activists are demanding an apology from the senator for being ‘reckless and irresponsible’.
But he says he will not apologize for something he did not say.
“People should wait and see whether I am wrong or right because I can’t apologize for something which is still being investigated as I have told you I have handed the case to my lawyers to deal with it. So people will know the truth in the near future.”
You know what, I will give Dude the benefit of the doubt until this is cleared up. Its not that I believe him, its that people take things said in sarcasm/jest ‘seriously’ for social/political purposes all the time, so it is a plausible defense. Lets see what happens ‘in the near future’.
La Sierra University has non-sponded to accusations they fired a biology professor and three board trustees for supporting teaching students Evolution, and not Creationism, in their science courses:
Dr. Lee Greer is currently employed by La Sierra University as a non-tenured Assistant Professor of Biology. His contract expires by its own terms on June 30, 2012. The University honors its contractual commitments.
Beyond confirming the status of employment, the University does not comment on specific details of personnel matters as a matter of policy. This puts the University at a disadvantage in responding to public criticism such as Dr. Greer’s “press release,” but it is the policy of most employers for sound reasons of human resource management and the law.
If it were just Dr. Greer, I would have to give La Sierra the benefit of the doubt here too. Contracts expire. People get fired. It happens.
Except it wasnt just Dr. Greer.
This involves Dr. Greer AND three board trustees. There was no ‘contract expiration’ to explain the firing of the three trustees, and those three women appear (to this outside observer) to be over qualified for the position.
Four people fired at the same time.
The only thing they have in common is that they all supported the statement making it clear the kids were going to be taught science. They are not BFFs, they are not lovers, they arent even professional colleagues. Four people with nothing in common (except La Sierra U) have the exact same hypothesis: They were fired for supporting evolution.
What a coincidence, eh?