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A Love Story

I will seek and find you.

I shall take you to bed and have my way with you.

I will make you ache, shake & sweat until you moan & groan.

I will make you beg for mercy, beg for me to stop.

I will exhaust you to the point that you will be relieved when I'm finished with you.

And, when I am finished, you will be weak for days.

All my love,

The Flu

Now, get your mind out of the gutter and go get your flu shot! 

By Anonymous.

[h/t to Kelly]

Abs-O-E at work

From the SacBee:

Almost 40 percent of Sacramento County's teens and young adults carry a sexually transmitted disease, the third-highest rate in the state, according to a study from the Public Health Institute released Tuesday.

The study included STD estimates among 15- to 24-year-olds for several diseases that are not reported because labs or doctors are not required to notify the county or state when they are detected. […]

Last month, a Bee article noted sharp increases in Sacramento's reportable STDs — diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.

The chlamydia rate rose 52 percent from 2002 through 2006; the gonorrhea rate jumped 35 percent. […]

But Trochet said Sacramento County's high rate is largely attributable to a lack of resources to combat the diseases. Also, she said, the larger the pool of STD carriers, the faster the disease spreads.

C'mon, kids.  Listen to Van Wilder: Don't be a fool – wrap your tool.

Because Americans just aren't fat enough

With the adult obesity rate in the U.S. hovering somewhere above 60%, this is exactly what we need:

Fried Coke

Abel Gonzales, 36, a computer analyst from Dallas, tried about 15 different varieties before coming up with his perfect recipe — a batter mix made with Coca-Cola syrup, a drizzle of strawberry syrup, and some strawberries.

Balls of the batter are then deep-fried, ending up like ping-pong ball sized doughnuts which are then served in a cup, topped with Coca-Cola syrup, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar and a cherry on the top. 

Invented by a computer geek, who, as a group, probably live the most sedentary lifestyles.  That's exactly what we need – more overweight nerds. 

I suddenly have the urge to go to the State Fair of Texas.

Making the case for stem cell research

You need look no further than this article to see why stem cell research should be fully supported by the U.S. government:

Nerve cells grown from human embryonic stem cells and injected into the brains of rats with a syndrome mimicking Parkinson's disease significantly reduced the animals' symptoms, but the treatment also caused tumors in the rodents' brains, scientists reported yesterday. […]

Goldman said he suspected that with modest changes in technique, researchers will be able to keep the benefits of the treatment while eliminating or reducing the chances of getting the cancerlike growths. But he conceded that much more basic research would have to be done before scientists — or regulators — were likely to be convinced of the approach's safety. […]

The team injected the cells into the brains of rats, which had been given a chemical that causes damage similar to that seen in Parkinson's. The new cells integrated into the animals' brains and produced copious amounts of dopamine. As a result, the animals' motor coordination improved almost to the point of being normal, according to the report in yesterday's online edition of the journal Nature Medicine.

But when the animals were autopsied after three months and their brains were examined microscopically, the team found multiple tumors, indicating that some of the injected cells did not settle into the job of being neurons but rather had begun to grow uncontrollably.

Obviously, the technique has not yet been perfected, but if they are able to work out all of the kinks, think about the implications: No more Levodopa cocktails, no more deep brain stimulation in which the patients have to "wear" an external battery pack (not to mention that DBS is only available to a small percentage of Parkinson's sufferers), and a return to normal or near-normal life for the thousands, possibly millions, of Parkinson's patients throughout the world.

Case in point: Michael J Fox suffers from Parkinson's Disease.  Fox is a national treasure, what with all of the joy his acting has brought to us.  There is an ad circulating right now in which he urges voters to support one candidate over another because the former supports lifting the ban on stem cell research.  The video itself is heartbreaking.  My words could never do it justice.  It'll hit you like a ton of bricks.  How great would it be to cure him and enable him to get back in front of the camera and do what he does best?  Now imagine how great it would be to cure one of your friends or family members.

We have a moral obligation to help people like Michael J Fox, and this lab study is further evidence of the potential cures that stem cell research can bring to us.  I need to research the arguments more thoroughly because what I know of them is based on what I've read on blogs.  But as I understand it, the embryos used for research are set to be discarded anyway.  If they're not ever going to be used for procreation, why not use them to help out your fellow living, breathing, productive members of society?

What irks me the most is the hypocrisy of those who vehemently oppose stem cell research.  I just know that if/when scientists use stem cells to find cures for some of the various maladies that afflict human kind, stem cell research opponents who have in the mean time become sufferers will be among the first in line to receive treatment.  And they should receive treatment, because to deny them would be inhumane.  But still… the "it should be outlawed until I need it" double standard makes my blood boil, especially when it is impeding the science that could one day improve the lives of so many people.  It's selfishness at its worst.

So please, for the good of so many that suffer from chronic diseases, vote to support stem cell research.