You do have to be careful with your charitable giving.

The caucus of black New York state lawmakers runs a charity whose stated mission is to empower “African American and Latino youth through education and leadership initiatives” by “providing opportunity to higher education” — but it hasn’t given a single scholarship to needy youth in two years, according to a New York Post investigation.

The group collects money from companies like AT&T, the Real Estate Board of New York, Time Warner Cable and CableVision, telling them in promotional materials that they are “changing lives, one scholarship at a time.”

The group — called the Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. — instead spent $500,000 in the 2015 – 2016 fiscal year on items like food, limousines and rap music, the Post found.

The politicians refused to divulge the charity’s 2017 tax filing to the Post despite federal requirements that charities do so upon request.

Not that I’d ever be so dumb, I mean where do you think Black Pols like Maxine Waters get five mansions from?

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Didn’t know there was a new flu drug.

Xofluza.  And nobody offered it to me at the hospital, interesting.  Also, reading through this I realized that what I was prescribed was the generic, oseltamivir.

Official Answer by Drugs.com 22 Nov 2018

There are several differences between Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) and Tamiflu (oseltamivir). Some of their main differences involve how they work, dosing, and cost.

Both of these drug are considered antivirals that work against the influenza virus, but they do this in different ways:

  • Xofluza works by blocking the cap-dependent endonuclease activity of the viral polymerase and prevents flu virus replication.
  • Tamiflu is a neuraminidase enzyme inhibitor that frees viruses from the infected cells surface.
  • Because Xofluza works with a new mechanism, theoretically it may be effective for viruses that have grown resistant to the antiviral action of Tamiflu.

What is the cost of Xofluza?

  • The new flu drug Xofluza costs $150 for one treatment, according to Genentech, the drug’s manufacturer. If you have prescription insurance, your plan will most likely cover the costs of at least one flu drug, minus your copay or coinsurance. Genentech is also providing a coupon for patients with commercial insurance to lower the cost of Xofluza to $30.
  • Tamiflu is now available as a more affordable generic drug called oseltamivir. The cost of oseltamivir is roughly $50 to $60 for 10 capsules of the 75 mg dose using online coupons at your pharmacy. The cost for one 60 mL bottle of the 6 mg/ml oral oseltamivir suspension costs about the same.
  • The brand name Tamiflu runs about three times the cost of the generic, about $180 cash with online coupons, but this price may vary.

How do the side effects differ between Xofluza and Tamiflu?

Side effects differ between Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) and Tamiflu (oseltamivir), as well.

  • The most common side effects with Xofluza include diarrhea and bronchitis (lung inflammation).
  • The most common side effects of Tamiflu when used for treatment of the flu include nausea, vomiting, and headache.
  • When used for prevention of the flu, Tamiflu side effects may also include nausea, vomiting, headache, as well as pain.

How do the doses differ between Xofluza and Tamiflu?

The uses, doses and age ranges for Xofluza and Tamiflu are as follows:

Xofluza:

  • Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) is given as single-dose, oral treatment for acute, uncomplicated influenza in people 12 years and older. It should be taken within 48 hours of the start of flu symptoms, and is available as a tablet.
  • Do not take Xofluza with dairy products, calcium-fortified beverages, laxatives, antacids or oral supplements containing iron, zinc, selenium, calcium or magnesium due to possible drug interactions.

Tamiflu:

  • Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is also taken within 48 hours of flu symptom onset, but is taken twice a day for 5 days in a row to treat flu in people 2 weeks of age and older.
  • Tamiflu is also used as a flu preventive in people who are at least 1 year old and who may have been exposed to flu but do not yet have symptoms.
  • Tamiflu is available in an oral capsule formulation as well as a liquid suspension.
  • There is less chance of stomach upset if you take Tamiflu with food.
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Cold.

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Influenza.

Well, the one nice thing is that I think that the worst day of 2019 is already behind me. The reason is I just got out of the hospital, for the Flu. Or The Influenza for the purists.

I think it’s worth mentioning a few things I’ve learned from this. First, I had the flu shot. And that bromine that taking the flu shot makes the illness less severe if you get it is very suspect to me now, if the case I had had been any worse I might not be here. There’s been stories in the news lately that the flu season is ‘lighter’ this year, maybe. But as I lay in emergency on a gurney for hours, what I heard left, right and behind me were people hacking their lungs out, just like me. Today, as I checked out of the hospital, I looked at the board showing room status and 11 of 20 rooms were marked the same as mine, Influenza.

As for the other news reports I read regarding the flu vaccine, after last years ‘poor performance’, the CDC was proud to report that this years vaccine was ‘Very Effective’. Well, as to that, more than half the nurses (including the xray tech) I was in contact with mentioned sympathetically “I know how you feel, I’m getting over the flu myself”.  All the nurses I met were great, just terrific, and I want to thank them all again. And in my State, it’s mandated that they all get the flu shot. Only one of the other people in the ER there for the flu said they hadn’t gotten the shot.

So that is the one point that made me write this, if anyone thinks that because they got the flu shot they have a good level of protection… don’t.

And over $10 a pill for Tamiful? What’s up with that? At least the antibiotics for  the pneumonia are still cheap.

And thanks to my girlfriend for her support.

 

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Good News? Robots can fight with Katanas now.

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(long) QOTD: Nation founded by geniuses and run by idiots.

Only in our present clown world can a group hijack four commercial airliners, killing thousands of people, and then magically transform into not just an oppressed minority but an exalted one almost overnight.

The more of us they rape, maim, and kill, the more ferociously our governments protect them. The response to nineteen Islamic terrorists flying commercial jets into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was to ramp up Moslem immigration presumably to show the world how very tolerant we are, because we all know when a civilization declares war on another, the rational thing to do is import millions of that civilization’s citizens and install them in positions of power.

https://theanatomicallycorrectbanana.com/home/2018/12/17/bte-noir

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How To Make a Survival Spear

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A glimmer of light on the nuclear horizon.

Congress passes bipartisan bill to boost advanced nuclear energy

The House voted Friday to make it easier to deploy advanced nuclear reactors. The bipartisan bill, approved by voice vote, is aimed at boosting nuclear energy and would modernize the federal government’s approval process for advanced reactors.

The approval comes a day after the Senate did the same. President Trump is expected to sign the bill.

“This legislation will create more certainty for nuclear plant operations, without compromising safety or government oversight, and encourage greater investment for the next generation of nuclear power,” said cosponsors Reps. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Fred Upton, R-Mich. “We look forward to the president signing this important, bipartisan legislation into law.”

The legislation directs the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to create a licensing process for advanced reactors that is less prescriptive, allowing for faster approvals.

About NuScale Power, LLC

At the heart of our technology is the fully factory fabricated NuScale Power Module™, an integral reactor vessel surrounded by a high pressure steel containment, which when coupled to its factory fabricated power generation equipment can produce 50 megawatts of electricity. A NuScale power plant can house up to 12 of these modules for a total facility output of 600 megawatts (gross). The scalability afforded by the modular design allows customers to incrementally increase facility output to match demand. The NuScale Power Module™ is premised on well-established nuclear technology principles with a focus on integration of components, simplification or elimination of systems, and use of passive safety features resulting in highly reliable operation underpinned by an extremely strong safety case and unparalleled asset protection, making it suitable to be sited at locations closer to where electricity or process heat are needed.

Sounds good, but Pelosi will quash it next month when she takes power.

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True Story

When I was in High School, that summer I had a job at the airport installing runway lights; threading pipe and pulling wire.

The company had an old line truck with a A-frame boom and a manual winch. Two rows of bench seats. They asked me if I could drive it since they used it every morning to unload pipe out on the runway and run the crew of other kids out there and back and no one else going out could drive standard. Well, I’d driven a three speed stick a couple of times so I said yes. That was how I was introduced to the five speed truck transmission. Well, fortunately the airport was fairly flat and there wasn’t any other traffic (not much at least). So I drove everyone out to the far end of the runways every morning and back every afternoon.

Then came the morning (we started at 5AM) the fog came in off Boston Harbor real thick, I could hardly see the perimeter road and crawled along slowly. I had forgotten to lower the A-Boom, so I could hear the steel cable and hook slapping against the boom as we bounced along. Didn’t worry about it, I didn’t see why we took it down each time we moved the truck anyway.

Somehow I missed the stop line that marked the edge of the runway; we were supposed to stop and check for incoming flights before crossing the runway.

Suddenly the truck was strongly illuminated by the dazzling glare of the landing lights of an incoming airliner.

I have never since been as close to the business end of a jet engine and turbulence was increasing by the second.

I jammed the gear shift down into a lower gear and stomped on the gas. I suddenly knew why we lowered the boom when in motion. The truck scooted out from in front of the jet with little to spare. The truck rocked back and forth and woke up the dozing crew. “What happened?” a guy asked.

“Jet landed behind us”, I said.

Have I driven standard? Hell! I went fishing with one!

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QOTD: Genders

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