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Bogosity Podcast for 31 March 2019
« on: March 31, 2019, 06:00:00 PM »


News of the Bogus:
20:33 - Biggest Bogon Emitter: Bing https://advertise.bingads.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/post/march-2019/ad-quality-year-in-review-2018

24:35 - Idiot Extraordinaire: Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin https://nypost.com/2019/03/20/kentucky-governor-admits-to-intentionally-infecting-his-kids-with-chickenpox/

This Week's Quote: "In the 1970's and 1980's vaccines became, one might say, victims of their own success. They had been so effective in preventing infectious diseases that the public became much less alarmed at the threat of those diseases, and much more concerned with the risk of injury from the vaccines themselves." ?Antonin Scalia

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Re: Bogosity Podcast for 31 March 2019
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2019, 01:59:46 PM »
I'm using Duck Duck Go as well, I just would like to understand how they make money, since they aren't doing all the shady (and lucrative) things with search inquiries that Google does.

BEFORE the chicken pox vaccine came out, there was a certain reasonableness in deliberately infecting children with chicken pox, since complications are more likely the older you are when you contract it, and contracting it as some point was basically a certainty before the vaccine was available.  However, I would have been quite pleased as a child to have forgone a week of being wretched in my bed in my darkened bedroom and gotten a jab instead.

The name, incidentally, is actually an insult to the disease.  It was viewed as the 'chicken', that is, the weak form, of smallpox, quite possibly the greatest scourge of all time, having killed or disfigured far more people than even The Plague.

The normal course of events if you don't have severe or complicated disease:  You break out in a rash, usually beginning on the torso, of small lesions which become itchy fairly quickly.  By this point, you're probably not even very infectious any more.  As the rash spreads, your eyes become very sensitive to light, making even the fairly dim lighting normally used in homes painful.  Everything aches, you itch everywhere but risk scarring if you scratch.  You'll be too tired to do much of anything, but itching makes it difficult to sleep, and headaches are likely to keep you unable to enjoy anything you can manage to do.  This takes about a week to run it's course, then you'll be fine, except you'll be subject to shingles because the body cannot clear the virus, only suppress it.  This is one of the groups of viruses that can lie dormant inside long-lived nerve cells and can reemerge to produce different symptoms later.

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Re: Bogosity Podcast for 31 March 2019
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2019, 05:04:07 PM »
I'm using Duck Duck Go as well, I just would like to understand how they make money, since they aren't doing all the shady (and lucrative) things with search inquiries that Google does.

They do advertising and affiliate marketing. https://help.duckduckgo.com/duckduckgo-help-pages/company/advertising-and-affiliates/

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The name, incidentally, is actually an insult to the disease.  It was viewed as the 'chicken', that is, the weak form, of smallpox, quite possibly the greatest scourge of all time, having killed or disfigured far more people than even The Plague.

Actually, that's probably a myth. The myth says that it was Samuel Johnson who came up with it on that basis, but the word predates him. It might come from Old English "giccan," "to itch."

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Re: Bogosity Podcast for 31 March 2019
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2019, 01:41:11 AM »
Actually, that's probably a myth. The myth says that it was Samuel Johnson who came up with it on that basis, but the word predates him. It might come from Old English "giccan," "to itch."

That seems kind of a stretch, since Old English is generally considered to have been converted into Middle English in the 11th century, the oldest known use of the term comes from the 17th century, and it wasn't recognized as distinct from smallpox until the 19th century.

Incidentally, the lack of understanding of how devastating the diseases we now have vaccines for is really amazing.  I'm old enough to have known people maimed by polio, which was the last major epidemic disease that caused widespread disability to be effectively controlled in the West.  It was also terrifying because it was all but impossible to control by any means other than general vaccination:  An estimated 90% of people infected were completely asymptomatic, making effective quarantine impossible, and the radical improvement in sanitation in the 19th and 20th century only prevented it circulating endemically and getting almost everyone in infancy when it is least likely to cause complications.  This resulted in random outbreaks among older, more vulnerable children and teens.  (And make sure you've had the live-virus type vaccination at some point, the killed virus vaccines fade and are used because they ensure you cannot get the disease from the live-type vaccination, which is otherwise possible, but unlikely.  Polio is still out there, it isn't gone like smallpox and rinderpest, the only viral diseases that have been exterminated in the wild.)