Wednesday 8th of May 2019

Surprise: A viral study is junk science. No, 13 Reasons Why Is Not Making Tons of Teens Commit Suicide “Unfortunately, the study is bunk. […] The problems are myriad.”


Remembering the Great Nashville Flood of 2010

Nine years ago today began what has come to be known as “the Great Nashville Flood,” an unexpected weather event which the Army Corps of Engineers described as a “1000-year flood.” In Nashville, the city saw over 13 inches of rain in 36 hours, and the two-day rain totals were nearly 20 inches — more than double the city’s previous 48-hour total.

In the days following those events of 2010, I was quite taken — as were many Middle Tennesseans — with the words so eloquently written by Patten Fuqua at the Section 303 website in a post tited, “We Are Nashville”. (linked above)

Each May 1st since, I’ve taken the opportunity to re-read that powerful post, and hopefully some of you will too.

Measles Case Confirmed in Tennessee, Risk Grows

The Lebanon Democrat:

Dr. Tim Jones, the state’s epidemiologist, said even with just one known measles case, the Tennessee Health Department is taking a proactive approach to curtail the spread of the highly contagious, airborne disease.

“So far, we’ve only identified one case,” he said. “I will say that I will be shocked if we don’t see more. “Measles is one of the most contagious diseases that we deal with. Personally, I’m almost certain we will see additional cases fairly soon.” People recently infected with measles may not show symptoms, but still can transmit the virus for nearly a week before a rash appears on the face and body.

People, for fuck’s sake: vaccinate your children.

Let me say that again: VACCINATE YOUR CHILDREN.

There is NO LINK — WHAT-SO-FUCKING-EVER — between vaccines and autism. Period. End of story. 20+ years of studies have found nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero. No connection.

My wife and I vaccinated both of our children with each vaccine recommended, and on the schedule recommended, by our pediatrician, so I’m not suggesting anyone else do something I haven’t done myself.

Now, I actually had the measles as a child forty years ago, before there was a vaccine for it, and I can tell you from personal experience that, even without the prospect of your child DYING from a very preventable disease which was declared “erradicated” in the United States nearly TWO DECADES AGO, you simply don’t want anyone you love to contract it. I wouldn’t wish the measles on anyone — not anyone.

Go on, vaccinate your kids, and not just against the measles.

Trump tweets about the NFL Draft

OpEd: Meet the Press? Don’t Bother

Michelle Cottle, writing in the paper of record:

Conducting daily briefings was once a core function of the press secretary. The White House put its spin on the news of the day; reporters pushed for more information or clarification. Somewhere in all the give-and-take, the public interest was served.

Under President Trump, such sessions have all but vanished. Since the first of the year, Ms. Sanders has held two formal briefings. She has also developed a frustrating reputation for not responding to media inquiries in general. […]

In Ms. Sanders’s case, the growing lack of access is arguably less troubling than the lack of credibility — a problem highlighted in last Thursday’s release of the Mueller report.

Sunday 21st of April 2019

Remembering Prince Rogers Nelson 6.7.58 — 4.21.16 #prince #purplerain #purplereign


Sunday 21st of April 2019

Happy Esther!


The GOP Is the Anti-Vaxx Party Now

Sophie Weiner writing at Splinter News:

Six states now have bills authored by Democrats that would make forgoing vaccines for children more difficult. In nearly all of those states, which include Colorado, Arizona, New Jersey, Washington, New York, and Maine, the bills have faced Republican opposition. Meanwhile, in West Virginia and Mississippi, the GOP has introduced bills that would loosen childhood vaccine laws.
Looks like the GOP is fine with pseudoscience fueling a pandemic of preventable illness! Who woulda thought! As fewer parents vaccinate their children, measles outbreaks have become a bigger problem. In 2019, there have already been 555 cases across the country, just 19 years after the disease was eradicated.


Wednesday 17th of April 2019

“I’d tell you to go to hell, but I never want to see you again.” — Mack “Uncle Mac” Johnson, speaking to a preacher as he’s throwing the preacher out of his whorehouse, Mad Men, S6E13, “In Care Of” (June 23, 2013). #MadMen #TVquotes


Monday 15th of April 2019

Just re-watching The Post (2017), and I keep feeling like I’m watching Tom Hanks guest hosting Mr. Show with Bob and David!