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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-04-08 04:26
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Why Urban Fantasy Appeals to Me! by J. A. Pitts — Author J.A. Pitts guest blogs at Grasping For the Wind.

The "Nonplussed" ProblemHow long should we cling to a word's original meaning?

Do Narcissists Know They Are Narcissists? — Heh.

The Dead Grandmother/Exam Syndrome — Improbable researching using math. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

"No more time-travel drama", authority says it disrespects history — Media news from China. Huh. (Thanks to [info]scarlettina.)

Fox & Friends Outraged Crayola Recognizes More Than One Skin Tone — I don't know whether to laugh or cry over this one.

"Alternative" Virginia school closes after half of its students infected with pertussis. All of them were unvaccinated. — Sigh. A reminder that profound idiocy and anti-science denialism comes in all political and cultural flavors. (Via Bad Astronomy.)

Justice Dept. to Congress: Don’t Saddle 4th Amendment on Us — The problem is the very same people who claim to be defenders of essential liberties will also viciously attack any opponent they can portray as 'soft on terrorism'.

?otD: Chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (sekrit projekt)
Body movement: 55 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Black Blade Blues book 3 (as yet untitled), J.A. Pitts

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Chris Coen
User: clarentine
Date: 2011-04-08 12:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Shaking my head over the pertussis article. Would those parents who asserted a right and chose not to vaccinate their children before sending them to school, and whose decision has cost lives, have asserted a right not to, say, require driver's licenses before driving? Would they drive, or let their kids drive or ride in cars, if they didn't believe that the other drivers were safe?
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-04-08 13:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am clearly a hangover from an older time, because I read the nonplussed sentence assuming the older meanings, and failed to see what the problem was as a result -- it made perfectly sense to me as it was.
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User: fledgist
Date: 2011-04-08 14:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Frankly, I was nonplussed by it. But then, I use disinterested in the traditional sense too.

I also had no idea that hoi polloi had come to mean the fancy as opposed to common people.
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User: mlerules
Date: 2011-04-08 14:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ooooh, a sekrit projekt...what fun! Huzzah for solid sleep. Be well, do good, smile.
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User: fledgist
Date: 2011-04-08 15:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Whooping cough is a scary disease.

Vaccination saves lives. Full stop. The anti-vaxers are, to my mind, selfish people who put others at risk and promote disease.
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User: thistle333
Date: 2011-04-08 18:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My children went to an alternative school with many unvaccinated children. My children, however, were always, always, always up-to-date on their shots. When other parents tried to guilt trip me about it, I would point out that *their* children could be unvaccinated BECAUSE my children were fully immunized.

I am old enough to remember the bad old days when moms sent their kids over to play with the kid who had come down with rubella -- because it was the only way to get immunity before adulthood and child-bearing. I also remember lining up at the local elementary school for the Salk vaccine (which arrived too late for at least two of my friends). Why would I want my children to go through that?
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2011-04-08 18:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I could mention that my grandfather and aunt both got polio. Or that my great-grandmother lost all three of her youngest siblings on the same day to (if I remember right) diphtheria. But I suspect these parents would be unimpressed.

I wonder if they get their kids flu shots?
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2011-04-08 18:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I didn't even realize that nonplussed had a new meaning. I've always used the traditional one.

I'm also the one who will never, ever use the word "ignorant" to mean "obnoxious", which I think (sorry, can't help myself) is an obnoxious redefining by ignorant people.
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shelly_rae: Grumpies
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2011-04-09 15:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I just got a tetnus update with pertussis and diptheria? Anyway, right now WA state has the highest outbreak of whooping cough they've seen since the vaccine began. These people bring their sick kids to stores, school everywhere. My white cell count is below normal--should I consider their behavior an assault?
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