Friday, November 27, 2009

* "Entertainingly Off-Topic" (I hereby steal this for my epitaph. Thank you YDN.)

(My brother, Chris, who died of AIDS six years ago at age 57; his son, Jonathan; and me: Vermont, 1998)
Yale Daily News
Updated: Friday, November 27, 2009 6:45 p.m

Discovery could help treat HIV
Molecules can enhance immune system’s response

Yale University researchers have synthesized molecules that could help discover new methods of therapy for HIV and prostate cancer.
A team of researchers headed by assistant professor of chemistry David Spiegel has developed two molecules that can enhance the body’s immune response to HIV, HIV-infected cells and prostate cancer cells using the organism’s own antibodies. The results were published in two separate articles in the October and November issues of the online Journal of the American Chemical Society.
The two molecules bind antibodies already in the bloodstream to the...

#1 By Pessimist 5:51a.m. on November 11, 2009
Here is the only disease on the planet that you can prevent by NOT doing something and humans can't get it together. My.
(heterosexual connection to AIDS discovered at Yale 25 years ago)

#2 By ? 9:48a.m. on November 11, 2009
Pessimist: you are a fool. Read some medical literature. Pretty much every infectious disease can be prevented by not doing something (i.e. not going out in public and not making any human contact will certainly prevent swine flu!). Your comment adds nothing to this article and I can only guess at how brilliant the website you advertise can be given the caliber of your post here.

#3 By Pessimist 4:17p.m. on November 11, 2009
#4 "By?"
Why so impatiently unpleasant? Can't you simply dismiss an opinion you think foolish without attempting to injure the opinionator?
In 1984 when 60 Minutes came to Yale to report on the previously unrecognized (denied?)heterosexual transmission of AIDS certifiably uncovered at Yale-New Haven Hospital, there were 200[0] cases of know[n] AIDS nationwide and the number was doubling every 9 months. (Recall, HIV had not yet been discovered. There was no test to determine you had the illness which went undiagnosed until you were treading dangerously near death from immunodeficiency.)
Today the US statistics suggest there are 1 million (1,000,000) living with HIV and half a million (500,000) have died after developing AIDS.
Choosing to reject the cultural valorization of orifice-sex and to instead valorize and encourage non- orifice sex could have saved many of these lives and infections.
Pretty hard to do when the entire weight of the culture implies that non-orifice sex is immature sex if not downright second-rate sex.
That 60 Minutes excerpt (12 minutes) can be seen under October entries ("25th Anniversary..." etc.) at the blog you seek to derogate:
I wish you better digestion tomorrow.

#4 By Not #2 6:33p.m. on November 11, 2009
Pessimist, you are entertainingly offtopic. You should keep it that way, because you contribute nothing to the topic itself.

#5 By Pessimist to By Not #2 10:20p.m. on November 11, 2009
I have been entertainingly off topic for fifty years.

#6 By Optimist 1:59p.m. on November 18, 2009
Pessimist, while we are off topic, can you please elaborate on what you mean by the terms "non-orifice" and "orifice" sex? These terms are vague and ambiguous.

#7 By Pessimist 10:13p.m. on November 18, 2009
Come now, really! I'm too polite to be specific.