A study of 1.3 million kids revealed no link between vaccines and autism

You can read more at this link but here are the most relevant parts:

 

Five cohort studies involving 1,256,407 children and five case-control studies involving 9920 children were included in this analysis

 

Findings of this meta-analysis suggest that vaccinations are not associated with the development of autism or autism spectrum disorder.

 

There is no reason to be anti-vaccine other than being pro-disinformation.

 

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Speak out against NSA mass surveillance

February 11, today, is “The Day We Fight Back”, an initiative to have the masses speak up and out to their local representative.  I’m skeptical that writing e-mails or making phone calls will change much, if anything at all.  Most of our congress critters, in my pessimistic view, are already in the pockets of some interest and that interest is not ours.  But I also believe the one thing our political class loves more than money is their seat of power so maybe, just maybe, if enough phone calls are made so that a representative feels that seat is sufficiently threatened… well, who knows.

It’s certainly worth a try, so click the banner below and go send an e-mail or make a phone call to your local rep.  It’s only a little thing but little things add up.

 

Greatest Blindsides in Survivor History, Part 1

This week’s episode of Survivor is called “Blindside Time!” and in honor of it – and a question posed somewhere else – I’ve decided to tackle the shows biggest blindsides.  Since there’s no question in my mind that it’s impossible to pick the biggest blindside ever, I decided to go season by season and pick the biggest one from each.  Check out my picks for seasons 1 through 8 on the Survivor page.

Paynetown, a fiction excerpt by Lowell R Torres

Here is an excerpt from the novella Paynetown by yours truly.  It’s a work in progress, and will be included in my Zombies? Zombies! anthology.

The following is the last few paragraphs of the introduction and a few pages of the protagonist’s recollection of the night of the first major zombie outbreak in the US.

This generation now experience zombies through TV and videos online, or at the freaking zoo.  Most preteens have gone their whole lives without seeing one, outbreaks are so contained; most preteens in the West, that is.  Some third world countries are still a mess; there are chunks of China, Russia and India that are like scenes straight out of hell, and much of Africa is a vast ruin.  The world isn’t all peachy, like you’re told to believe.  There is madness, so much madness that it’s hard not to give in to it if you think about it too long.

But most of you know all this.  I’m just giving a retread.  Anyone with an internet connection has knowledge and more of what I’ve said.  Anyone can gain knowledge, but without experience knowledge is just words in your head.  Most people haven’t experienced the true horror of an outbreak.  I have.  I was part of the first major outbreak.

I was in Bloomington on July 18, 2007.  I was part of “America’s Zombie Wake-Up Call,” as the media dubbed it, when a category F-4 tornado bounced through the city, leaving a bobbing path of destruction and killing twelve hundred people as they slept.  About eight hundred of those would rise up as murderous, rampaging zombies.  Over fifteen thousand people eventually wound up dead; nearly a fifth of the population of a small city wiped out in just a nine-hour span.

I was there through most of it and my part in the “heroics” of that day were limited, but the media and government needed a hero to throw at the public.  And, well, I’m just good-looking and smart enough to qualify for the part, and I came with a ready-made pedigree pronouncing me Hero with a capital H.  But I’ll get to that later.

First came the storm.

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Cold Turkey Week 1 Recap

Well it’s been seven days and I did cave to a certain extent last night.  I had a couple of glasses of excellent scotch whiskey (The Glenlivet, yum) and drinking has always been my smoking weakness.  Even when I wasn’t a regular smoker, if I drank I smoked.  So after those couple of glasses, I shared a cigarette with my wife.  Just one.

And today, I’ve not felt a single craving.  I thought that moment of weakness might cause some sort of setback, but nope.  I feel good again.  Maybe the secret will be to just have one or two a week and stick with that.  I’ve gone a week with only half a cigarette while my wife has smoked about two packs.  I’ll take it.

Anyway, to celebrate 1 week since my last cigarette I created a special 7-day recap.  It’s fairly gif-heavy in what is hopefully a successful attempt at comedy, so I decided to put it on its own page.  Click here to check out my Cold Turkey Week 1 Recap and let me know what you think!