Here comes Captain Tripps?

Here comes Captain Tripps?

Joined: March 3rd, 2005, 2:52 am

April 25th, 2009, 3:53 am #1

Deadly new flu strain erupts in Mexico, U.S. (Also refer to this.)

After having to move my 82 year old father into a nursing home because he has Alzheimer's, he's incontinent and he's too weak to stand or walk, I'm full of good cheer today. Maybe Mathew Sullivan will respond by posting progress porn about all the alleged breakthroughs in Alzheimer's research, which in the real world won't do my father one bit of good.
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April 25th, 2009, 4:15 am #2


I recently visited my own father. He is 77. He is getting old fast. Isn't it chilling how the media sells us on the power of modern science and technology and medicine, but in reality we just keeping getting older and more frail, just like we did 100,000 years ago.

We really do not want to move him into a nursing home. But right now he is getting around in a rolling chair. He is still quite lucid. But that time will come. What is so sad to see is that the strong hands and arms that shielded me from the harms of world decades ago, that built houses to shelter me, now need sheltering by me, and I am not there to provide it.

Another sadness is to remember how close my extended family was when I was a youngster. Now we hardly ever talk. And how we were filled with confidence and sass when young. Now we are suspicious and doubtful and guarded. We clutch tightly our purse strings that were so open in youth. Ah, and that is why the media wants the young audience.

The world falls apart. The center cannot hold. But in our youth we shut out the inevitable and ignore it. We acknowledge it abstractly, but now in our middle age it touches our gut in a way we never appreciated in youth.

Yet, still, with my rational mind, abstractly divorcing my mind from what I see around me, I can envision that science will inevitably creep up on old age and conquer it. Even if the current reality does not show that.

I know that you have been down on cryonics and the promise of science to defeat old age, but don't try to squeeze the time scale. It will take a long time. Liquid nitrogen, however, is patient. Don't let go of the only chance you have to beat death.



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Joined: October 2nd, 2004, 8:27 pm

April 25th, 2009, 5:04 am #3

unp, that's about the most well-thought-out post i've ever seen from ya. also right on, of course

carry on,

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Joined: October 2nd, 2004, 8:27 pm

April 25th, 2009, 5:18 am #4

Deadly new flu strain erupts in Mexico, U.S. (Also refer to this.)

After having to move my 82 year old father into a nursing home because he has Alzheimer's, he's incontinent and he's too weak to stand or walk, I'm full of good cheer today. Maybe Mathew Sullivan will respond by posting progress porn about all the alleged breakthroughs in Alzheimer's research, which in the real world won't do my father one bit of good.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Trips

Some of those unproven remedies do help with Alzheimer's, in some people, Mark. Maybe placebo, maybe not.

Cheers,

FD
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Joined: March 3rd, 2005, 2:52 am

April 25th, 2009, 5:27 am #5

I recently visited my own father. He is 77. He is getting old fast. Isn't it chilling how the media sells us on the power of modern science and technology and medicine, but in reality we just keeping getting older and more frail, just like we did 100,000 years ago.

We really do not want to move him into a nursing home. But right now he is getting around in a rolling chair. He is still quite lucid. But that time will come. What is so sad to see is that the strong hands and arms that shielded me from the harms of world decades ago, that built houses to shelter me, now need sheltering by me, and I am not there to provide it.

Another sadness is to remember how close my extended family was when I was a youngster. Now we hardly ever talk. And how we were filled with confidence and sass when young. Now we are suspicious and doubtful and guarded. We clutch tightly our purse strings that were so open in youth. Ah, and that is why the media wants the young audience.

The world falls apart. The center cannot hold. But in our youth we shut out the inevitable and ignore it. We acknowledge it abstractly, but now in our middle age it touches our gut in a way we never appreciated in youth.

Yet, still, with my rational mind, abstractly divorcing my mind from what I see around me, I can envision that science will inevitably creep up on old age and conquer it. Even if the current reality does not show that.

I know that you have been down on cryonics and the promise of science to defeat old age, but don't try to squeeze the time scale. It will take a long time. Liquid nitrogen, however, is patient. Don't let go of the only chance you have to beat death.


I never felt close to my grandparents. Three of them seemed like basically decent people (the fourth one, my dad's father, was a sleazy country lawyer with some serious character problems, including bigamy and the mysterious maternity of his "daughter," my dad's nominal half sister, allegedly born to his other wife. Have you ever heard of a birth certificate which listed only the father's name?) It never occurred to me while growing up to go to one of my grandparents for advice, because even as a child I could tell that they didn't have much going for them. Despite the myth about the elders' "wisdom," in the real world most of us don't have grandfathers like, say, Warren Buffett.

I don't feel close to my female relatives, either. While in Arkansas getting my father relocated, I had to endure my mom's, sister's and grandmother's tedium about health problems, bodily functions, food, shopping and gossip. Normally aging people's worlds contract to this sphere, but they've lived exclusively within these confines as far back as I can remember. I felt like I had stepped into a time warp which sent me back to circa 1970.

My father, by contrast, graduated with a pharmacy degree and gave me some idea while I was growing up about a wider world, for which I am grateful. Needless to say, I feel much closer to him than I do to my mother.
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Joined: October 6th, 2004, 6:46 pm

April 25th, 2009, 5:30 pm #6

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Trips

Some of those unproven remedies do help with Alzheimer's, in some people, Mark. Maybe placebo, maybe not.

Cheers,

FD
but I thought Jerry Garcia was Capt. Trips...
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April 26th, 2009, 11:50 am #7

Deadly new flu strain erupts in Mexico, U.S. (Also refer to this.)

After having to move my 82 year old father into a nursing home because he has Alzheimer's, he's incontinent and he's too weak to stand or walk, I'm full of good cheer today. Maybe Mathew Sullivan will respond by posting progress porn about all the alleged breakthroughs in Alzheimer's research, which in the real world won't do my father one bit of good.
Again, Mark pointed to the flu and yet-- confined his concern to his grandfather-- but this is not a narrow topic-- this is big.

MEXICO FLU-- Major story-- Micheal Savage points to 1 g vitamin C
April 25 2009 at 6:15 AM PhilOssifur (Premier Login cryonics)
Vitamin C can boost the immune system.... too much leads to runs.. take powdered C... illegal aliens into US will spread flu quickly here... at a time... when things are already on a knife's edge... It's being written up as 'swine flu"... wan't there an outbreak of that some years ago??

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090425/ap_ ... _swine_flu

The schools and museums are closed. Sold-out games between Mexico's most popular soccer teams are being played in empty stadiums. Health workers are ordering sickly passengers off subways and buses. And while bars and nightclubs filled up as usual, even some teenagers were dancing with surgical masks on.

this is bad... not even mentioned on tv cable news

But it may be too late to contain the outbreak, given how widespread the known cases are. If the confirmed deaths are the first signs of a pandemic, then cases are probably incubating around the world by now,

Stocks doing well
April 25 2009, 7:01 AM

Shares of the two public companies in the firm's portfolio of eight Pandemic and Bio Defense companies -- BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (BCRX.O) and Novavax (NVAX.O) -- jumped Friday on news that the swine flu killed a reported 60 people in Mexico and has infected people in the United States.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/governmen ... 6420090424

http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/quickc ... ime=20nvax

http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/quickc ... 20&x=0&y=0


US HOG selloff?
April 25 2009, 7:18 AM

http://www.reuters.com/article/domestic ... CT20090424
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April 26th, 2009, 1:10 pm #8

I recently visited my own father. He is 77. He is getting old fast. Isn't it chilling how the media sells us on the power of modern science and technology and medicine, but in reality we just keeping getting older and more frail, just like we did 100,000 years ago.

We really do not want to move him into a nursing home. But right now he is getting around in a rolling chair. He is still quite lucid. But that time will come. What is so sad to see is that the strong hands and arms that shielded me from the harms of world decades ago, that built houses to shelter me, now need sheltering by me, and I am not there to provide it.

Another sadness is to remember how close my extended family was when I was a youngster. Now we hardly ever talk. And how we were filled with confidence and sass when young. Now we are suspicious and doubtful and guarded. We clutch tightly our purse strings that were so open in youth. Ah, and that is why the media wants the young audience.

The world falls apart. The center cannot hold. But in our youth we shut out the inevitable and ignore it. We acknowledge it abstractly, but now in our middle age it touches our gut in a way we never appreciated in youth.

Yet, still, with my rational mind, abstractly divorcing my mind from what I see around me, I can envision that science will inevitably creep up on old age and conquer it. Even if the current reality does not show that.

I know that you have been down on cryonics and the promise of science to defeat old age, but don't try to squeeze the time scale. It will take a long time. Liquid nitrogen, however, is patient. Don't let go of the only chance you have to beat death.


...and eloquent.

Thanks Un.
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Joined: April 30th, 2006, 1:38 am

April 26th, 2009, 1:23 pm #9

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Trips

Some of those unproven remedies do help with Alzheimer's, in some people, Mark. Maybe placebo, maybe not.

Cheers,

FD
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Joined: October 6th, 2004, 6:46 pm

April 26th, 2009, 3:46 pm #10

Thanks, interesting article!
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