Science, Lyme, Whimsy, Joy & Dumping on the Skank.

Video: Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme

These flying quadrotors are completely autonomous, meaning humans are not controlling them; rather they are controlled by a computer programed with instructions to play the instruments.

Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is home to some of the most innovative robotics research on the planet, much of it coming out of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab.

The doctor diagnosed chronic Lyme disease, but many experts say it doesn’t exist

What happened is this: My husband became frighteningly, mysteriously ill. And when two doctors finally fit the puzzle pieces of his symptoms together, we discovered that, according to medical authorities, his disease does not officially exist.

...and I started researching. I wanted to find out more about what my internist had told us: that Pat had possibly had Lyme disease for years, which could explain his gradually worsening symptoms. This long-term version of the disease is called chronic Lyme disease by some doctors, who believe that ongoing symptoms are caused by ongoing infection that must be treated.

…I began my research on the Web site of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. “Lyme disease can usually be successfully treated with 3 to 4 weeks of antibiotic therapy,” it stated. “After being treated for Lyme disease, some patients still report non-specific symptoms, including persistent pain, fatigue, impaired cognitive function . . . . These patients . . . may be diagnosed with post-Lyme disease syndrome. Studies have shown that more antibiotic therapy is not beneficial and the risks outweigh the benefits.”

The writer is a woman who’s husband contracted Lyme disease and went undiagnosed and untreated. The effect on his quality of life was devastating. After encountering a family friend who’s daughter was cured of long term Lyme after a years regime of antibiotics and made a complete recovery, they went ahead with a similar treatment for her husband. Her husband is now making a similar recovery, he is on the path to complete recovery to the same high level of activity and ability that he possessed before.

Read the article, this couple was caught in between the pronouncements of the medical hierarchy and the experiences of personal friends with similar case histories. They followed the example and advise of their friends and are coming out the other side of this.  Some people with different doctors never will.

Two points stand out for me in this, first that thirty-five years ago Lyme disease didn’t exist. Not because the bacteria didn’t exist and wasn’t infecting animals and people but because medical science didn’t recognize it as a disease. Second, that having “discovered” it, the medical establishment has now labeled it and placed it in a little box with the prescribed treatment written on the outside. How many years will it be before it is finally acknowledged that there is still a lot of mystery left in the universe, even right here on earth.

For the record, I’ve had Lyme. It left me with a irregular heartbeat and some extra joint pain.

The Most Astounding Fact: And God Said ‘Let There Be Light….’

Electric cars and liberals’ refusal to accept science

Gas savings on the Volt would take nine years at $5 per gallon to offset its higher price over the Cruze, an Edmunds.com analysis found last month.

Tell you what, anyone who buys a electric car with the federal rebate of $7,500 should be required to give a free ride to any taxpaying US citizen who wants one, and the same goes for Sandra Fluke.

(Don’t worry, or get your hopes up, Sandra. Very few takers on that I’m sure. You’re a skank.)

And let the beatings continue…

Sandra Fluke Argued for Mandatory Coverage for Sex-Change Surgery

Entire article from: The other McCain.

Rather belatedly, we are becoming aware that this supposedly typical Georgetown coed is not very typical at all:

[B]irth control is not all that Ms. Fluke believes private health insurance must cover. She also, apparently, believes that it is discrimination deserving of legal action if “gender reassignment” surgeries are not covered by employer provided health insurance. She makes these views clear in an article she co-edited with Karen Hu in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law.
The title of the article . . . is “Employment Discrimination Against LGBTQ Persons” and was published in the Journal’s 2011 Annual Review.

Remember, as Byron York previously reported, Fluke was rejected as a last-minute substitute witness at a Feb. 16 committee hearing because staffers for Chairman Issa were unable to discover Fluke’s claim to expertise relevant to the subject of the hearing. This law school journal article is the sort of thing that might have been discovered about Fluke’s background, had the Democrats who put Fluke forward as a witness done so with the usual 72-hour advance notice. Here’s one brief quote from the article:

Transgender persons wishing to undergo the gender reassignment process frequently face heterosexist employer health insurance policies that label the surgery as cosmetic or medically unnecessary and therefore uncovered.

Now, imagine Fluke trying to defend this language about “heterosexist” policies in a public hearing, with Republican members of the committee questioning her about whether religious institutions (or private businesses, or taxpayers) should also be required to foot the bill for “gender reassignment.”

Congratulations, America: You’ve been scammed!

About On the North River

Forty years toiled in the Tel-com industry, married for 36 years widowed at sixty-one. Tea Party supporter. Do like to kayak, cook, take photos, bike, watch old movies and read.
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3 Responses to Science, Lyme, Whimsy, Joy & Dumping on the Skank.

  1. Pingback: What a Fluke (name correction) plus update, Bozo, Unemployment. | On the North River

  2. Annie says:

    I have a friend w/ Lyme disease and I know it’s VERY real! And it’s not IN HER HEAD…

  3. Quite right, its not in the head. Its in the arms, the legs, the ankles and in my case it screwed up the timing of my heart (a bit). I was fortunate not to experience the fatigue.
    Ah well, soldier on, soldier on.

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