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Spring at last!

At long last, it looks like Spring has come to the Adirondacks to stay.  While the snow has (finally) melted, a week ago that was in doubt as a snowstorm hit the area with temperatures falling into the upper 20’s.   The leaves are appearing, the birds have returned and are starting to build nests, flowers are starting to appear, and in general things look to be warming.   The tourist season starts next week, although trout season is already on us with various enthusiasts lining the local streams trying to catch some nice brook trout or brown trout.

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The Environmental Slumlords

Recently, there was an opinion piece about how a certain area of state land should be classified. The author, who works for an environmental advocacy group, was arguing for the strictest classification, and then went on to discuss how to limit access as well as what facilities should be constructed and where. My reply comment was “Great, and just who do you think is going to do this?” This isn’t the only time something like this has happened. I had a similar response to another group a few years ago that was trying to advocate for the creation of a new national park. Why would I make these responses? Because I’m for parks.

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Irritated about “Moonlighting”

On one of my news sites there’s a sidebar with “what’s hot” links. A while back, I happened to click on a link that had this year’s “top television disasters.” which was mostly interesting, except for one thing. The reviewer just had to trot out the “Moonlighting myth.” What is that? It’s a myth based on a television show from the late ’80’s. The basic myth says that if you happen to put your two leads together romantically, the show will die soon thereafter.

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Thinking About Movies

When I’ve had slow times, I end up watching a lot of movies.  I don’t often see a movie in the theater, because I generally live in areas where the theaters are too far away to easily get to.   I’ve come to lump movies into four categories.  Great movies are few and far between.  They’re the ones I buy the DVD for, simply because I want to be able to watch it again, or re-run parts of it.  Good movies are the ones I’ll watch once or twice a year as a rental or if it happens to be on television.  “Indifferent” is something I saw once, and while it wasn’t in the “bad” category, it wasn’t something I’ll willingly see again.  The “Bad” though, make me wish I could get a refund.

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Anti-Vaccination Conspiracies and Darwin

Way back in the early 60’s, I, along with my classmates, had to stand in line for a nurse to jab us several times with a pronged needle.  Almost 20 years later, I stood in another line while an Army medic did the same thing.  Yes, I was vaccinated against smallpox.  Today, of course, most people don’t get this vaccine because the risk isn’t worth it.

There are side effects and risks associated with the smallpox vaccine. In the past, about 1 out of 1,000 people vaccinated for the first time experienced serious, but non-life-threatening, reactions including toxic or allergic reaction at the site of the vaccination (erythema multiforme), spread of the vaccinia virus to other parts of the body, and to other individuals. Potentially life-threatening reactions occurred in 14 to 500 people out of every 1 million people vaccinated for the first time. Based on past experience, it is estimated that 1 or 2 people in 1 million (0.000198%) who receive the vaccine may die as a result, most often the result of postvaccinial encephalitis or severe necrosis in the area of vaccination (called progressive vaccinia).

The reason is that smallpox no longer exists as a disease.   There are two known stocks of it in freezers, but as a health threat, it isn’t.  But at the time, the risk of the disease far outweighed the risk of vaccination.

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Webbing Around The Comics

As I said in my first post here, I used to be a serious comic collector.   While I gave up collecting, and for the most part buying comic books, it doesn’t mean that I gave up an interest in comic art.   One of the little “hints” you may have noticed is my blogroll.  It’s a set of webcomics I read on a regular basis.   Yes, I will eventually get around to adding in the “serious” sites, but those are the “fun” ones.  The ones on the blogroll are just a small selection of my bookmarks, and that leads me into today’s post.

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What were you thinking?

I’ve been reading through some recent news stories, and it made me wonder what the hell these people were thinking (or if they did) when they chose their careers.  The first was in a story about hospitals cracking down on workers who don’t get the flu shots.

Cancer nurse Joyce Gingerich is among the skeptics and says her decision to avoid the shot is mostly “a personal thing.” She’s among seven employees at IU Health Goshen Hospital in northern Indiana who were recently fired for refusing flu shots. Gingerich said she gets other vaccinations but thinks it should be a choice. She opposes “the injustice of being forced to put something in my body.”


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A Hobby Ruined

Many years ago, I was an avid comics collector.  Over the course of several years, I built up a collection of over 7000 comic books.   I was a serious collector.  I had Number 1 issues, complete series, one-shots, you name it, I probably had it or was working on getting it.  I did it because it was fun.  I liked reading them, and collecting them was just a part of that.  Then came the day when I stopped.   Not because of financial reasons, although the finances of keeping up were a consideration, but because of other things that were happening.  The industry was changing.  You see, when I got into collecting, the majority of people doing it were like me – fans who enjoyed the comics, and liked having a collection of their favorites.  Then came the people who realized that there was money to be made from collecting.   Comics weren’t the only area where this was  happening.  All sorts of collectibles were experiencing the same phenomenon.   But that wasn’t what made me stop.  After all, my collection was now valuable.

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