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#121 SparkyCola

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 05:14 PM

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Hosiery attached to panties, what's the problem? :hehe:

It sounds like another word for prostitute in my mind, I think i'll stick with "tights". :hehe:

Not that I wear tights, ever. Or skirts. Or dresses. Jeans ftw :nod:

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#122 Rhea

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 06:48 PM

I don't get the flu shots most years, although some years I do - depends on what kind of flu and how much is going around. I have asthma and I always get bronchitis when I get a cold or the flu, so it's not always advantageous to skip the shot. They're not live virus any more and there are few people who experience reactions now.

That said, the injections NEVER cover all the flu strains that are going around.
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#123 SparkyCola

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 07:29 PM

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News at eleven. World not ending. Doomsayers annoyed at having their moment in the limelight ended.

Are you surprised that the media leapt on it? Come on, it's what they do. Meanwhile, for the cautious, it's a win-win. Either the caution is justified, or else - yay no killer flu after all! But bear in mind the Spanish flu started off as a benign cold. Yeah, see how well that turned out with more deaths than WWI.

Last I heard they were concerned it would mix with bird flu and create some kind of (*refrains from temptation to call it flying pig flu* ) ... mutation, that could be really serious. Personally, I'm aware that humanity in its current state is extremely vulnerable to pandemics. Go on the underground and tell me I'm wrong, srsly. So I'm glad people are keeping an eye out and stuff. *shrug*.

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 09:07 PM

View PostSparkyCola, on May 2 2009, 03:14 PM, said:

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Hosiery attached to panties, what's the problem? :hehe:

It sounds like another word for prostitute in my mind, I think i'll stick with "tights". :hehe:

Not that I wear tights, ever. Or skirts. Or dresses. Jeans ftw :nod:

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:lol:   We could have called them "pantinylons."    :oh:

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#125 SparkyCola

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 05:27 AM

^ Nope lol, I'm not quite that bad :hehe: It's the word 'panty' that does it I guess.

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 09:31 AM

View PostSparkyCola, on May 2 2009, 03:14 PM, said:

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Hosiery attached to panties, what's the problem? :hehe:

It sounds like another word for prostitute in my mind, I think i'll stick with "tights". :hehe:

Not that I wear tights, ever. Or skirts. Or dresses. Jeans ftw :nod:

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That would be panty ho's.  ;)

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#127 Nonny

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 09:42 AM

View PostSparkyCola, on May 3 2009, 03:27 AM, said:

^ Nope lol, I'm not quite that bad :hehe: It's the word 'panty' that does it I guess.

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#128 Vapor Trails

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 10:01 AM

View PostSparkyCola, on May 2 2009, 07:29 PM, said:

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News at eleven. World not ending. Doomsayers annoyed at having their moment in the limelight ended.

Are you surprised that the media leapt on it? Come on, it's what they do.

It went WAAAAY beyond leaping on it Sparky. For example-I hardly found a thing to the assassination attempt on the Dutch royals, but the flu was talked about almost non-stop.  :headshake:

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 10:41 AM

^^ Yeah - that made the BBC web site main page though.
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Posted 03 May 2009 - 02:32 PM

Lol, I just saw the NHS tv advert about it...
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 01:07 AM

latest news...

this one claims that the 1918's second wave was the worse...hmm: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30563707/

this one says level 5 was set, but points out that the term "pandemic" simply is a defintion for "widespread": http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30567827/

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 08:21 AM

Yes, there will surely be a second wave next fall and winter, and it will likely be more virulent than this strain, but the vaccines will be ready by then, so between that and tamiflu, we should be fine.  It's worth noting that without what some have termed "overreaction" or "doomsaying" at this stage, we probably would NOT be going into next fall so well prepared.

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 08:22 AM

Lesson Learned From 'The Great Influenza'

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Morning Edition, May 5, 2009   The first great flu pandemic was in 1918, and it kill 40 million people. John Barry is the author of The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History. He talks with Steve Inskeep about the lessons learned from how the world responded to that crisis.
Thought provoking.  Worth a listen.
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 08:24 AM

View PostGodeskian, on May 2 2009, 07:36 AM, said:

News at eleven. World not ending. Doomsayers annoyed at having their moment in the limelight ended.

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View PostRobL, on Jul 20 2009, 06:35 PM, said:

Every time I see a political thread I fondle myself just a little bit.............

'I honestly cannot justify that. You see, advertising isn't an art. Appealing to the English? Use someone from Hollyoaks and diss United. Scots? Talk about how evil Thatcher was. SNP is awesome etc. Americans? Well they be thick as sh*t so short sentences and shiny things and some Jesus helps too.. French and Germans? Talk about the war. Irish? f*ck that we can't sell sh*t in Ireland. That's frankly how it all works. So what I'm trying to say is that I'm happy you're dumping all this cash into advertising... I honestly don't see what you want me to do with it.  And also, that blip in the records in June was me buying monitors.-- never ask me to be 'brutally honest' about a budget.

You of course realise that anything you post here is comprised of ASCII characters? Each character is 7 bits with a parity bit making 8... I guess that's fairly meaningless to you which is actually the point. At most your sentence is a few kilobytes and considering I'm doing a file transfer of over a billion bytes right now those bytes making up your words are invisible with their insignificance, which is exact what I think of your post. Insignificant.

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 08:31 AM

:cool: I think that's only the second time anyone's ever sigged me.

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 06:58 PM

We pretty much have the bird flu to thank for our current level of preparedness - and this is the first time since they put all those precautions in place that they've been able to test them.

Interestingly enough, the only two deaths recorded in the U.S. - the Mexican toddler who was brought across the border and a Texas woman who lived in one of the border towns - both had chronic medical conditions (they didn't say what).

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 10:41 AM

Pandemic declared by WHO.

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GENEVA The World Health Organization told its member nations it was declaring a swine flu pandemic Thursday _ the first global flu epidemic in 41 years _ as infections climbed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere.

In a statement sent to member countries, WHO said it decided to raise the pandemic warning level from phase 5 to 6 _ its highest alert _ after holding an emergency meeting on swine flu with its experts.

The long-awaited pandemic decision is scientific confirmation that a new flu virus has emerged and is quickly circling the globe. It will trigger drugmakers to speed up production of a swine flu vaccine and prompt governments to devote more money toward efforts to contain the virus.

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#138 SparkyCola

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 02:31 PM

^ After hearing that there are 9 cases in my county and 14 in the next and extrapolating from that, I'm not surprised. But is it still fairly mild and treatable? And more importantly, will it come back worse in the Autumn?

Having all this in the hands of the drug companies makes me wary, because I have ...let me see...yep, ZERO trust for drug companies. I just don't trust them at all. :suspect:

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Edited by SparkyCola, 11 June 2009 - 02:34 PM.

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