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I post vampire porn and random squawks here. You may also be subjected to local news, provided it's absurd, and pictures of my children during their formative years. Politics will be mentioned at times, and it goes without saying those posts will also be absurd.

September 2013
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My FL is full of Torchwood squee and I have not seen the episodes, so I will babble.

M:TNG-2 is having friends over to watch movies, so I cleared out of the living room and settled down with my computer. Suddenly, the doorbell rang, and I realized there was only silence and the smell of popcorn in the house. I let in a friend of hers, but the crowd that had been there earlier had vanished. The house had a vaguely Mary Celeste air, with the most eerie touch the bag of fully-popped corn sitting in the open microwave, untouched. Yes, teenagers popped corn and failed to eat it. And the friend said he had only a text telling him to meet them there, with no mention of an excursion.

Before I could call the ghosthunters or some other psychic service, they all reappeared with some explanation I cannot follow. Now, whenever there is a pause in the giggling emanating from the living room, I stop typing and listen to make sure they haven't been wafted off again.

Stuff is happening to me, but it's all boring, so I will link to various things on tabs open on my browser.

Found via It's Lovely! I don't have much to say about Fish and Flush, other than that the most appreciative audience would probably be in the preschool group, and it may not be the best way to keep a toddler's attention on the task at hand during toilet training.

Again, what to say? This is from a Polish lingerie site, found via comments on Photoshop Disasters. I think it's supposed to be a "Monsoon Wind" bikini, not a "Mansoon Wind," but that's not the most troublesome thing about it.

Poland, one of the poorest countries in the European Union, a country that still hasn't been allowed to switch over to the Euro currency, is -- relatively speaking -- one of the most booming economies in Europe.

(Yeah, this bit is actually serious. I told you this post was random stuff from my browser tabs.)

One of the largest factors is likely the Polish aversion to debt. During the 1970s and 1980s, Poland's Communist government took out heavy loans in order to operate, causing massive debt that eventually bankrupted state-owned businesses which employed thousands. As a result, the modern Polish government never allowed the sort of government and private borrowing that we've seen in other free market economies -- to the point that it's still not touched a $20 billion "no-strings-attached" IMF line of credit it received in April.

Poland's also seeing the return of thousands of expats who left the country to work in more prosperous European countries after it joined the EU in 2004. For the past few years, these foreign workers have sent millions of dollars home. Now those that are returning, are embracing the growing economy and are eager to consume.

Swine flu traced to Cedar Rapids

Back during the 1918 pandemic, people here gave the virus to the pigs.

The current H1N1 swine flu strain has genetic roots in an illness that sickened pigs at the 1918 Cedar Rapids Swine Show in Iowa.

The information comes from a paper published online by the New England Journal of Medicine by infectious disease experts the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

The report, slated for the July 16 print issue, desribes H1N1’s nearly century-long and often convoluted journey, which may include the accidental resurrection of an extinct strain.

Before 1918, influenza in humans was well known, but the disease had never been described in pigs.

For pig farmers in Iowa, everything changed after the Cedar Rapids Swine Show, which was held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 5 of that year.

Just as the 1918 pandemic spread the human influenza A (H1N1) virus worldwide and killed 40 million to 50 million people, herds of swine were hit with a respiratory illness that closely resembled the flu affecting humans, with sicentists believing the human virus actually adapted to the pig.

Like humans, pigs with swine flu had runny noses and fevers and could transmit the virus to their human handlers. When the 1918 swine show ended, newly infected pigs were returned to farms throughout the Midwest, contributing to the spread of the deadly virus.

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