The Occasional Joke

Nurse: Patient's name?

Centurion: Marcus Licinius Crassus

Nurse: And his date of birth?

Centurion: 115 BC.

Nurse: All right. And what is he here for?

Centurion: Cataphract surgery.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Okay, okay. McConnell has a new book out.

This guy is getting to be a pain. Every year, he cranks out one of these things.  All with incomprehensible titles and section heads. This time -- get this -- the chapters are names of animals! Oh, yeah, and the book, too: The Least Weasel. He swears there really is such a critter.

Anyway, it's out there on Amazon Kindle. And he's even working on a way to get an honest-to-god paperback version, too, for those of you who a) prefer real books and b) quite like this sort of thing.  He says you should go look at his Amazon author page if you're interested.

And as if that wasn't enough, he's hijacked my Twitter account, @jfmcluggage, to ramble on about the book and who knows what all else.

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving. Time to eat ourselves into oblivion.

A really good summary of what idiots believe about vaccinations

The CBC ran this summary of the myths and for-profit delusions surrounding vaccinations. Here's our abbreviated summary of their summary.
  • Ethylmercury is not methylmercury: Thimerosal which is the source of the "vaccines have mercury in 'em" myth, breaks down into the former, not the latter. There is no evidence that ethylmercury is in any way harmful.
  • Autism: There is simply no evidence of any link between vaccines and autism. None. The doc who was paid to claim that has been run out of town on a rail.
  • Too many vaccines "overwhelm" the immune system: Bogus. The number of organisms you get from vaccinations are miniscule compared to the number you get from kissing someone or eating at a fast food restaurant. Arrant nonsense.
  • Low Risk: The diseases against which we vaccinate are the ones you really don't want to get. The risk of getting, for example, polio, are far greater than whatever risk there might be in getting the shot.
  • Unnecessary: Socially irresponsible. Any one individual may not be at risk from a particular pathogen, but by failing to be vaccinated, he provides a host from which it can be transferred to another person, perhaps not so healthy. Failing to be vaccinated is being a bad citizen.
Question: Why can a five-year-old be disciplined or suspended at school for making a gun-sign with his finger, but not for being a walking repository of diseases?  Might have to start asking that question a bit more frequently.

Long time no post

Apologies for the inactivity here. The Editor's excuses are:
  • Supervising the completion of McConnell's new book (see above)
  • Spending a fortnight in the hospital with a surprise case of pneumonia
  • Experimenting with Twitter (@jfmcluggage -- follow it for a larger volume of shorter nonsense than usually appears here).
  • General indolence
However, now that things are back to something approximating normalcy, we'll try to make this a bit more lively.