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Carol the Dabbler

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  1. That too. But again -- at least over here -- the hyperbole comes from both sides. I guess that's about all we can realistically expect in this era of sound bites.
  2. Then they might vote differently, yes. But from what I've seen, that's true on both sides Voters can't really be expected to have a complete understanding of the situation -- they do, after all, have lives of their own to tend to. So they make an honest assessment based on what they do know. It seems (at least in this country) that news outlets -- being headed and staffed by humans -- tend to have a bias toward one side or the other, and it's human nature for voters to pay more attention to outlets that they generally agree with. Therefore, rather than having an overall better understanding of a given situation, voters on either side can be genuinely bewildered and/or indignant when their team loses. But that's apparently just the way it is these days. I do so miss the days of civil discourse, before everything became politicized and politics became so polarized. Or maybe I was just naive back then.
  3. Over here, it seems that regardless of who wins, the other side will say "we lost because the voters didn't understand the situation." There will of course always be people on both sides who haven't much understanding. There will also be people on both sides who understand all too well -- but they still won't agree with each other, simply because they have different ways of looking at things.
  4. While I can see why English people might want out of the EU (bit surprised that they joined in the first place, frankly, since I have the impression they don't particularly consider themselves European), I can also see why Scotland might therefore want out of the UK (and back into the EU). In fact I just came across this article, where Scotland's first minister (who I take to be the top official there?) wants a popular referendum. The timing puzzles me though -- didn't they just have such a referendum recently, after the Brexit referendum. and decide to stay in the UK? Added: Oops, I misremembered. The prior Scottish referendum was in September of 2014, nearly two years before the Brexit referendum in June of 2016. So I can now see the point of a followup in Scotland (assuming that Brexit actually does occur).
  5. Note that the title is It's an Honorable Life. Good heavens!!! And another stage production at the same theater in January: Burlesque Battle of the Stars: Trek Vs Wars .
  6. That truly is sad. Odo was one of my favorite DS9 characters, largely I think because Auberjonois did such a fine job. Three in less than a week! Ever since the deaths of Fontana (on the 3rd) and Walker (the 5th), I've been waiting for the third shoe to drop. Hopefully this (on the 8th) is the last one, even though he wasn't original series.
  7. Not exactly, though it does seem like the next thing to it, especially now that we are aware of the risks. Maybe irresponsible would be a better word.
  8. Well, that'll work! The time I ended up at the emergency room, I was trying to get a big, deep splinter out of my right (dominant) hand, using of course my left hand, which I assumed was the problem. But it took the doctor quite a while to get it, using both hands, which made me feel considerably less incompetent. Yes. My point is that the few that do mutate into resistant strains wouldn't normally be a problem because there would be so few of them. The main reason that the resistant strains are becoming a problem is that in certain situations, enough other bacteria have been killed off by (over)use of antibiotics to remove competition and give the resistant strains free rein to reproduce unchecked. If use of antibiotics were limited to cases where they're necessary and effective, this would be less likely to occur and/or would happen more slowly. Sure, scientists can develop phages and such, but that takes far more complex technology than it took to develop penicillin, and so will almost certainly be far more expensive than antibiotics. And what happens when disease-causing bacteria mutate in such a way that the phages can't control them? It's easy to say we'll develop something else, but even if we can, that'll presumably be dependent on even more complex technology and therefore even more expensive. Which might not have been necessary if antibiotics had been used far more judiciously. I'd guess that right now there's far more antibiotics used in livestock feed (because it promotes weight gain) than for treating disease, and that's just crazy. Convincing doctors not to give antibiotics for colds and flu is important too, but it's just the tip of the iceberg.
  9. If it's sticking out at all, you could try the tape method -- put some of your stickiest tape on there, then yank and hope the splinter comes off with it. Has never worked for me, but ya never know! After that, I'd recommend either your doctor's walk-in hours or a walk-in clinic -- which HAS worked for me. Maybe planned, maybe not -- but I'd say minimally "don't give a damn" obsolescence. They'll mutate anyhow, true, but if you kill off all the non-mutated ones with drugs that are effective only on them, the mutated ones have no competition and will therefore multiply like crazy.
  10. More like 70, I think -- but It seems utterly ridiculous to promote or even to accept planned obsolescence in medicine. When antibiotics became available, they were hailed as victory over bacterial infections, and they could have served as such for far longer if their use had been restricted to that. But their pointless use for viral infections and (far, far worse) their routine use as a weight-gain supplement in livestock feed has aided and abetted the spread of resistant strains. If phages are treated in the same cavalier way, what are we supposed to do -- develop an entirely new antibacterial strategy every couple generations?
  11. In that case, wouldn't normal mutation gradually create a bacterium that was sufficiently different from the original that the phage wouldn't recognize it? So when the phage had eaten all the original-type bacteria, all that would be left would be the different ones, which -- having no competition left -- could then procreate like crazy. I believe the current antibiotic-resistant strains came about in much the same way, and fairly rapidly due to the massive overuse of antibiotics (for viral infections, added to livestock feed, etc.).
  12. Right. The obituary makes it sound like all he ever did was "Charlie X" and a couple of movies, but IMDb has quite a list (including a couple of very recent projects).
  13. Really? That would be cool. I'm envisioning them as little Pac-Men swimming in my bloodstream, eating the bad bugs! I do hope that people wouldn't assume they had carte blanche to use them indiscriminately, though. For one thing, wouldn't they also eat the good bugs?
  14. Sad coincidence of the week: Robert Walker, Jr., who played the title character in "Charlie X," the first Trek episode that Fontana wrote, also passed on this week, on Thursday.
  15. I have no idea. But if so, I'd love to have seen that!
  16. Google does bring up thousands of hits, but the ones in the first few pages, at least, all seem to refer to her 97th birthday, and many of them use a lot of other similar wording as well (so I'm guessing they all copied from the same source). I won't disagree that the term is appropriate for her, though!
  17. *sigh* There goes that theory, then. Maybe she thought he might have a secondary bacterial infection. Did he go to the doctor because he thought it might not be just a cold?
  18. Maybe they've stopped doing it here as well (especially since most of those doctors are presumably dead by now).
  19. That reminds me of a display at the annual home show: A giant faucet hanging in mid-air with water endlessly coming out of it. As a child I was fascinated by the impossibility of this -- till I finally had a thought and stuck my finger into the water, where it encountered the clear plastic pipe that returned the water to the faucet.
  20. Good idea! There are many illnesses (e.g., the common cold and the flu) which antibiotics won't help. I've encountered some doctors who will give you an antibiotic for such things if you so much as ask whether they think it might help -- let alone demanding it!
  21. When I said "free," I was including not only tax-financed medical care, but also private insurance -- in either case, trips to the doctor are "free" (or very low cost), so some people will tend to see the doctor for things they could very easily deal with at home. I don't generally consider that sort of thing to be an actual "need." Well, the first time maybe, but once the doctor tells you to treat that sort of thing with a cold compress or a Tylenol pill or bed rest and fluids or whatever, you can just do it at home in the future. If you continue going to the doctor every time, that's what I would call overuse. And it can mean a long wait for people who really do need to see a doctor.
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