May 31, 2007

Crackers Are Everywhere

In this case I'm not sure who has the bigger problem...

A telephone hotline established to allow individuals to leave comments about the two whales, which were stranded in California's Sacramento River, was breached by unknown trouble makers, who left an outgoing message falsely claiming authorities exterminated the humpback whale and her calf.

I have to wonder who is worse in this case. People who crack the system and put out bogus information... or people who call a whale hotline to leave a message.

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Who Should Be Worried?

By now I think most everyone has heard about the man with the drug resistant TB traveling around the world and panicking airline passengers everywhere.

The news people have been all over this story breathlessly talking about passengers who traveled with him who might have been exposed.

Health officials in North America and Europe are now trying to track down about 80 passengers who sat near him on the two trans-Atlantic flights, and they want passenger lists from four shorter flights he took while in Europe.

While I realize that airplanes are a special case, in that air is recirculated, and many people pick up all kinds of colds, flus, even other infectious diseases, this is not what's bugging me most about this story.

No one seems to think about all the places he's been that are outside of the airplane. Let's start with the airline terminals - how many people have you spent time sitting close to in terminals waiting (sometimes hours) for your plane to load?

What about places he regularly visits in his home town? His office and the people he works with? What about the restaurants where he's had dinner? The stores he's entered and shopped at? Does he attend church? How about the hotels he used during his stay? The staff he had interactions with? The person who officiated at his wedding and the guests? (when is the last wedding you attended where half the women didn't hug and kiss the groom...) Did he rent a car while he was in Europe? Did he take public transport while over there?

Just think about all the interactions you have in daily life... each of those is a vector for this man to spread the disease. Much of it before he was diagnosed! After the diagnosis, the doctors should have quarantined him until the test results were complete. Right then and there. I know it would have been hard on him, but wouldn't that have been so much better than trying to track down people and have them tested? Or worse yet, having him pass it on to someone who isn't in good enough health to fight it off effectively... thereby leading to their death?

How much did he really know? How much did he think was bogus?

Speaker told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he wasn't coughing and that doctors initially did not order him not to fly and only suggested he put off his long-planned wedding. "We headed off to Greece thinking everything's fine," he told the newspaper.

As it's obvious he was not immediately quarantined, I have to wonder how "strongly" he was urged not to travel. Although I must say, if you're told you have TB (no matter the strain) you are certainly NOT "fine".

There are so many unanswered questions here, I am simply astounded. Yet the press seems to be completely focused on the airline flights, as if this is the only thing we need to worry about. Perhaps it is, but they really need to explain to me why we shouldn't be worried about where else he's been and all the other people he's had close contact with.

You may wonder why I'm so worried about TB... my grandmother lost half a lung to TB at the age of 45 (of course she lived to be 99 - so they were able to help her). I had an uncle who also had TB as a young man and had many breathing issues later in life. It's not a disease that should be treated lightly.

This, however, is extremely amusing...

...New York Senator Charles E. Schumer asked why border agents didn't prevent Speaker from crossing into the U.S. from Canada.

``While the failure to detain the individual so he could be quarantined exposed a gaping hole in the country's system to protect the public from disease, it also underscored the nation's vulnerability to stopping terrorists from slipping past border guards and gaining entrance,'' Schumer said in a statement.

So what's Schumer's stance on illegal immigration from Mexico? How about the wall that has been proposed between the US and Mexico? Or does he think that terrorists and disease can only come from Canada?

Just wondering...

(BTW - If I was Canadian, I think I'd be insulted by that...)

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May 30, 2007

I Like This...

Stolen from RSM...

I am this Classic Dame:

Your Score: Myrna Loy

You scored 26% grit, 38% wit, 9% flair, and 45% class!

You are loaded with a quirky kind of class that people find irresistable. Men turn and look at you admiringly as you walk down the street, and even your rivals have a grudging respect for you. You usually know the right thing to say, do and, of course, wear. You can take charge of a situation when things get out of hand, and you do it with great poise and chic. Your wit and sense of fun endear you to your partner and every other man in the room. Your screen partners include William Powell and Cary Grant. You're quite a catch...if you want to be caught.

Find out what kind of classic leading man you'd make by taking the
Classic Leading Man Test.

Link: The Classic Dames Test written by gidgetgoes on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

I adore Myrna Loy - sadly I know I'm nothing like her... but at least I can get my blog persona to look like her.

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There Are No Words

Homefrontsix came closest with Just Damn...

5 GIs Killed in Afghan Chopper Downing

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May 29, 2007

Note to Self... Literally

I need to start leaving notes around the house for myself.

Like when I put away a bunch of books, leave a note in that spot telling myself what I did. It should save me much time searching later in the evening when I'm looking around for said books and can't find them.

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Tweaky Tweaky

If you have Firefox (which I do) and you're feeling like messing about with it - Computerworld has the article for you!

Hacking Firefox: The secrets of about:config

Discover more than 20 behind-the-scenes tweaks for speeding up page loads, reducing memory drain and making the interface behave the way you want it to

I don't have an issue with my Firefox operation. However, I know some people have been annoyed by some issues like "memory hog". This article will walk you through the tweaks and how to do them.

PLEASE NOTE!!! Pay special attention to the part about saving the original config file! In other words, if you go tweaking, screw it up AND you failed to back up the prefs.js file... you are an idiot - do not blame me. They tell you and I'm telling you - back up that file!

Now have at it.

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You Can't Silence Bloggers!

And in turn, it's difficult to silence those who won't back down from a stand. Via email I just received the news from Sol...

The Silencing is Over

A press release from The David Project:

Islamic Society of Boston Drops Lawsuits Against David Project, Concerned Citizens, Boston Herald and Fox, Abandoning All Of Its Claims Without Receiving Any Payment

David Project to Continue Public Records Lawsuit To Force Disclosure of Evidence on Boston Redevelopment Authority-Islamic Society Land Deal

Major Congratulations are in order for both Sol and Miss Kelly. They have kept the story alive on their blogs and with Sol's recent column at Pajama's Media. Their extensive research and writing has informed us of the facts surrounding the case. It's also clarified some of the more difficult to follow portions of the story. When things get too complicated, people lose interest. When they lose interest, bad people get away with bad things.

Sol and Miss Kelly have kept the discussion current, relevant, and more importantly in the public eye.

It is an honor to know both of them.

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Yet Another Book!

While I'm on a book theme, I was cruising by Elisson's place and I find that he is now a published author... in the book sense.

Want to have a bunch of short stories to fill in bits of your day? This would be the book to have on hand. If you are not a regular reader of Ellison, just browse through a few of his posts, you'll see that the man definitely has a terrific way with words. Then head on over and order your very own copy.

Shorts in a Wad: One Hundred 100 - Word Stories

Congratulations Elisson!!! Well done and well deserved.

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May 28, 2007

Celebrating Freedom!

Sadly, I was not able to make it to the wonderful get together with all these terrific people. I did have to work as I was covering for some peeps in the office who were on vacation... But that doesn't mean I didn't do anything at all.

No I celebrated my freedom and headed out to buy books! Not only buy books, but meet up with the author and get my book signed. Barbara has a terrific post about all the fun and games. (Olive Garden in Springfield MA will never be the same)

I'm pretty sure that the same people who want to make me wear a burkha would have a very strong negative opinion of my reading material. I give thanks for every one of our soldiers who have made it possible for me to wear what I want, drive my own car, and read excellent stories without some idiot looking over my shoulder and telling me not to or they'll kill me.

We live in a great country.

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May 25, 2007

Those We Remember

Matt has this video posted in remembrance of the fallen soldiers from the 12 AVN BDE including Big Windy 25, my son's unit.

Along with Matt's friends from Eagle Flight. These men and their families will be especially in my prayers this weekend.

God bless them all. Forever in Flight.

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