An enormous number of people use text messaging while they are driving. In California and a number of other states this is illegal. But that has not stopped the carnage on our freeways. At PFPFP.org we have a proposal that should solve the problem in short order.
A simple change to the law is all that is required. Make it legal to text while driving as long as the driver (also, presumably, the texter) is not wearing a seat belt. Ideally, airbags would be switched off, too, but that presents technical difficulties that us folks at pfpfp are not prepared to take on.
Prediction: within a few years the problem of drivers texting will take care of itself. And, as an added bonus, this will further our organization’s goals.
The other day I caught a cold. Then my wife caught it from me. We now believe this was actually a case of the flu. Which is a surprise because every year I get a flu shot sometime in October. As I did in 2012. Our household relies on this so no one gets the flu. My wife mainly works from home and doesn’t get the exposure I get from my students (many of whom have kids).
I won’t go into the symptoms that indicate flu rather than a cold because this website is offensive enough already. But after a quick look around the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), I have a pretty good idea what’s going on. This appears to be a beta test of the U.S. government’s solution to the financial problems facing Social Security and Medicare (and Obamacare as it is currently written).
The pullquote below is a long quotation from the CDC’s website. Let me summarize the relevant parts. For people older than 65 (which includes me, but not my wife), Incidentally, VE stands for vaccine effectiveness.
“…the VE against flu A and B viruses ranged from 27% in people 65 and older…”
“…VE against flu A (H3N2) viruses in people 65 and older was significantly lower than in other age groups.“
“Overall, VE estimates suggest that the 2012-2013 flu vaccine has moderate effectiveness for most people against the flu viruses spreading in the United States, similar to previously published reports. The one exception to this was the VE among people 65 and older against flu A (H3N2) viruses, which was lower. The single point estimate for VE in this age group was 9% (95% CI: -84% to 55%). Note that because the confidence interval crossed zero for the 65 and older age group, this estimate is not statistically significant, and therefore, the results should be interpreted with caution.”
Got that? The government is trying to kill us old folks. Their first attempt was the distribution of “free” cheese to those 65 and older. Unfortunately (for the government, not for us elderly), Big Pharma invented the statin drugs which are keeping us alive longer than the government prediction. So here we have a second try: a flu vaccine that just happens to not work very well against old folks. Gotta hand it to the folks in Washington, D.C. This is almost better than trying to use a poisoned cigar to assassinate Fidel Castro.
What are CDC’s current estimates of flu vaccine effectiveness this season?
… Overall, the VE estimate for protecting against having to go to the doctor because of flu illness was 56% for all age groups (95% confidence interval: 47% to 63%). … This VE estimate means that getting a flu vaccine this season reduced the vaccinated population’s risk of having to go to the doctor because of the flu by more than half. However, VE can vary across age groups and across different flu viruses, so CDC further analyzed the VE estimates to adjust for these factors. When broken down by different age groups, the VE against flu A and B viruses ranged from 27% in people 65 and older to 64% in children (aged 6 months to 17 years old). …
… The one exception to [the overall VE] was the VE among people 65 and older against flu A (H3N2) viruses, which was lower. The single point estimate for VE in this age group was 9% (95% CI: -84% to 55%). …. Overall, this estimate means that vaccine effectiveness was lower than expected in this age group against flu A (H3N2) viruses. …
After posting yesterday’s article about the proposed new theme park in Abbottabad, Pakistan, it occurred to me that we needed a Twitter competition for bin Laden theme park rides. Forthwith (because I’m lazy), here are the entries. There are enough good ideas that I’m not awarding a first prize. Several entries didn’t include the hashtag #BinLadenThemeParkRides — I’ve included those as a separate screen capture. Thanks to everyone who participated.
Here at People for a Population Free Planet, we’re always looking for innovative ways to thin the herd. As such, we recommend you visit this theme park. Sure, it’s a little inconvenient (in Pakistan), but we promise it will be worth the trip.
For those who are too cowardly to click the above link, here are some clues. First, a quote from the article:
Plans to build a £19m amusement park in the town where Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces have been revealed.
The 50-acre site on the edge of Abbottabad would include a zoo, adventure sports facilities, restaurants and artificial waterfalls.
Officials in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province hope the project will boost tourism but denied it was intended to improve the town’s image after the bin Laden raid. … “The amusement city will be built on 50 acres in the first phase but later will be extended to 500 acres,” Syed Aqil Shah, the provincial minister for tourism and sports, said.
And if that’s not enough, here’s a reminder of what this is all about: