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G, Mish-Mish, Kashi, Yeti and I are just six days away from our drive from Massachusetts to Florida so I've been reading up on dreadful tropical diseases that are creeping up from the Mexico and Caribbean as our global temperatures rise. Just to relax after a long day of packing, fixing the car, arguing about what we should keep or throw out, and carrying off many of my valuable lifetime possessions to the dump, I learned this bit of news.  

Rob Garver of The Fiscal Times reports Chikungunya, and Other Diseases You Now Have to Worry About

Last week, Florida health officials confirmed the first cases of the tropical disease chikungunya acquired in the United States. Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne virus native to Africa and South Asia that, until now, has never been endemic to the United States. It causes debilitating fever, and intense joint pain, and though it is seldom fatal, is very dangerous for people whose health is already compromised and can cause long-term arthritis-like symptoms.

The arrival of this new disease comes on top of the increasing frequency in the U.S. of Dengue fever, a condition similar in its effects to chikungunya, and is also not native to the United States.

So far this year the U.S has experience 497 cases of the the tropical disease caused by the Chikungunya virus so far in 2014 - much higher than our historical average yearly rate of 28 cases per year. Kitty Appel, of HuffPost Healthy Living reports 9 Must-Know Facts About The Chikungunya Virus, for which there is no vaccination, nor cure. The World Health Organization report the Carribbean and rest of the America experiences 436,586 suspected cases a year.  

Onset of symptoms usually starts three to seven days after the mosquito bite.
The symptoms can include headache, joint swelling, rash and muscle pain, with fever and joint pain being the most common symptoms, according to the CDC. Symptoms usually only last two to three days. ... The disease does not usually kill. Most people will feel better within a week, though some are never relieved of the debilitating joint pain.

Like we are learning with shingles, hepatitis, HPV, and Epstein Barre many of the viruses that cause short term diseases like the measles, herpes, mononucleosis, never really leave our body, but either simmer at a low level, or wait - lurking like a coiled jungle tiger (apologies to Woody Allen), for a moment when our defenses are down to come back and strike with a vengeance.

Recent cases reported in Florida included two locally acquired cases among patients who had not left the country. There have been 10 cases reported throughout North Carolina, just this week and three cases recently reported on Long Island, NY, though both the North Carolina and New York patients acquired the disease from mosquitoes they encountered in other countries.

Humans contract the virus through mosquito bites, according to the World Health Organization. The Aedes species of mosquito, particularly Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, transmits the virus. It's not spread human to human, though, in rare cases, it can be spread from mother to newborn; it can also theoretically be spread via blood transfusion, though this has never happened before, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If an infected person is bitten by a mosquito, they can spread it to others. (They = mosquito, not the person bitten. We need some creative Sci Fi writers to create a new kind of Zombie to describe what happens if an infected person bites you. Although it is probably generally good health advice not to let people infected with things to bite you, even for fun.) (Humor alert!)

Chikungunya is one of those ailments where all we can do is rest, drink lots of fluids and take pain relievers. As they say "smoke em if ya got em."

It is sometimes misdiagnosed as dengue which has many of the same symptoms but dengue also causes bleeding from odd places, which is another unpleasant new tropical disease that is common in the tropics but is now showing up in North America as well. More on that another day.

Your best bet is to protect yourself against mosquitoes which you should already be doing anyway due to Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, West Nile virus, Western equine encephalitis, Dengue Fever. And in other parts of the world Malaria, Japanese encephalitis, and La Crosse encephalitis,

 photo ebola-suit-1_slide-361a142046f38abb5fe36da77883619cbb68fd2d-s5-c85_zpsd7551d1d.jpgHere's a picture of me getting ready to water our garden and check the mailbox at our new place in Florida.



The best way to protect ourselves from becoming life-long brew kettles for dreadful virus is to never go outdoors, unless absolutely necessary, and then bath our skin with DEET, wear long-sleeve shirts, pant, and hats with mosquito netting. I wash my clothes in industrial strength DEET to create an atmospheric bubble around me, but experts don't usually advise going this far. (Humor alert.)

Heck after reading the WHO and CDC sites all week for my Ebola, SARS, MERS, Avian Flu, and PDS articles, if I dare ventures outdoors I'm going to make my own Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, and use duck tape around my pant legs, and shirt sleeves, and make myself a mosquito hat with some of that transparent black hanging stuff Betty Davis used to wear to look dramatic. Oh yeah, also don't bite people, or allow yourself to be bitten by people with dreadful diseases, or ghastly skin rashes, and boils no matter how much fun it may seem at the time. For some, this may mean cutting back on intoxicants and hallucinogens, or at least use a "buddy system."

Well, have fun this Friday night. I'm going to go back to the dump and see if I can sneak some of my valuable lifetime possessions back into the moving truck while G is asleep.

Cheers and Woof, woof!

7:59 PM PT:
 photo Hounddog.gifOn our way to Florida

8:40 PM PT: Mish-Mish

 photo 009_zpsbf57c818.jpgYeti

Kashi


Originally posted to PostHuffPost: Connection-Conversation-Community on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 06:51 PM PDT.

Also republished by And Now for Something Completely Different , Climate Change SOS, Hydrant, and SciTech.

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  •  It seems that each day lately there's a... (19+ / 0-)

    ...new virus, a new and/or more disastrous hot spot, a new report on pending environmental disaster... just for starters.  Yikes!  Sigh...

    Meanwhile, in the latest Ebola news:  First Ebola Patient From Sierra Leone Capital Is On The Run

    ...Radio stations in Freetown, a city of around 1 million inhabitants, broadcast the appeal on Friday to locate a woman.."She is a positive case and her being out there is a risk to all. We need the public to help us locate her..."
    and:

    Nigeria government confirms Ebola case in megacity of Lagos.

    ...A Liberian man who died in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos on Friday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said.

    Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for the Liberian finance ministry in his 40s, collapsed on Sunday after flying into Lagos, a city of 21 million people, and was taken from the airport and put in isolation in a local hospital. Nigeria confirmed earlier on Friday that he had died in quarantine...

    Again: Yikes!
  •  I suggest a suit of armor for the mosquitoes. (2+ / 0-)
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    Not to mention when, G catches up to you.

    Free Will is the only moral law.//If you have to explain snark, it's because it isn't working on one end or the other.

    by franklyn on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 07:26:08 PM PDT

    •  I'll need more than a suit of armor if G catches (1+ / 0-)
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      me moving stuff back into the truck. BTW just in case, do you have any space in your backyard for a hound dog? Maybe a little corner somewhere?

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      by HoundDog on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 09:28:35 AM PDT

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  •  I gotta say, I love 'duck' tape but I feel bad (9+ / 0-)

    about how many of them birds it takes to make each roll.

    But seriously, here's another climate change nightmare.  Tropical diseases spreading far into formerly temperate zones.  But of course, it's all a hoax according to some.

    Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. Carl Sagan

    by sjburnman on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 07:31:43 PM PDT

    •  For most of my life I've thought people were (10+ / 0-)

      saying duck tape, so I could proof read this a hundred times and not catch that one.

      I've always felt bad for the ducks because I didn't think the take was made from ducks, but used on them to keep them from flying away from factory farms.

      For a long time I intended to write a letter to our Senator to complain about this outrageous treatment of ducks.

      I'm going to leave it as ducks in the article and claim I did this on purpose because out of all of my attempts to be funny, my confusion about this is probably the funniest thing about the article.

      Except for perhaps, my compulsion to try to make posts about terrible tropical diseases funny.

      Did you see the post I did about how to make Fruit Bat soup after they discovered fruit bats are the reservoir for Ebola. You might not have much time to try it out before our bat here catch it and then they will ban bat soup for good.

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      by HoundDog on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 07:41:34 PM PDT

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      •  The juxtaposition of seriously deadly communicable (8+ / 0-)

        diseases and humorous comments related to same; that's one tough trick to pull off.

        You do a brilliant job of it sir.

        Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. Carl Sagan

        by sjburnman on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 08:03:29 PM PDT

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        •  Well, I may be the only one here who would even (8+ / 0-)

          attempt such a bizarre goal.

          I just ask the community to remember as progressive we are supposed to support appreciation of diversity and in biology genetic diversity give a specious many advantages.

          But, you'd be surprised at how many more people I can seduce into reading about otherwise scary and off putting viral stuff with even just modest attempts at comic relief and a breezy upbeat style.

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          by HoundDog on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 08:08:37 PM PDT

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          •  Correction: I meant species not specious. But (6+ / 0-)

            this may be another serendipitous unintentional improvement.

            Hey, I'm a a roll tonight. (This is not a duct table pun. I wouldn't want to get into any sticky situations.)

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            by HoundDog on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 08:11:51 PM PDT

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      •  "Duck tape vs. Duct Tape..." (15+ / 0-)

        If you’ve been rolling your eyes at people who say “duck tape” adhesive, prepare some apologies...

        The durable cloth-backed tape first appeared during World War II, when Johnson & Johnson developed an olive drab version as a handy way for American soldiers to waterproof their ammo cans. According to the company, soldiers dubbed the product “duck tape” because it forced moisture to flee “like water off a duck’s back...”

        ...it caught on as an easy and effective way to seal, among other things, heating ducts. Johnson & Johnson even began offering a silver version of the tape specifically for this purpose, giving rise to “duct tape.”

        So which is correct? “Duck tape” has the chronological upper hand, but “duct tape” is a more accurate description of the product’s historical use. To make things even more complicated, though, it's no longer used to seal ducts! You could always just hedge your bets the way the leading manufacturer does when it bills itself as “Duck brand duct tape...”

        So--you're covered either way, whether in duct or duck tape.

        •  Hurray, vindication after all these year of shame (7+ / 0-)

          and humiliation.

          Thanks so much kurious, you've made my day.

          I may go celebrate by having some of the upscale fois gras I just found at the grocery. Apparently, it's a snack the French like to spread on crackers.

          This is a real feather in your cap as a good friend kurious. I owe you big time.

          If you have any Republican you really don't like, or anybody just say the word. Although I mostly look like an adorable and huggable little hound, I have a "fearsome" reputation as an politically attack dog. If you've seen some of the pieces I've written about Chris Christie, Rick Scott, Mitt Romney, George Bush, Dick Cheney, or Donald Rumsfeld you will know what I mean.

          You just say the word and I'll take down anyone you don't like to return the favor.

          Woof, woof, aaaaaaaswwwwwhhhhhoooooo (fearsome howl to the moon! Ya have to be here to hear it but trust me it is blood curdling. Drives the mosquitoes crazy.

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          by HoundDog on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 08:28:18 PM PDT

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          •  So many GOPers deserving of the wrath of... (5+ / 0-)
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            the (Basker)HoundDog!  I'll have to contemplate this carefully...

            •  Oh, yes, like all fearsome powers one must use (1+ / 0-)
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              The Wrath of the BakerHoundDog with great care and caution.

              And only for purposes of good of mankind. (With Republicans this is clear, and I'm assuming any enemy of yours must be holding us back in the same way.

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              by HoundDog on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 08:49:15 PM PDT

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        •  I hope you won't mind if I offer my apologies (7+ / 0-)

          to HoundDog in my reply to your comment.  I never would have guessed that it was originally referred to as duck tape.

          Thank you for the history lesson kurious.  I learn something new every day around here.

          I did notice however that Johnson & Johnson did not acknowledge the fact that the adhesive is made from ducks.

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          by sjburnman on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 08:36:45 PM PDT

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        •  Okay. Here's a compromise "duckt" tape. (5+ / 0-)
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          The only hawk I like is the kind that has feathers. My birding blogs: http://thisskysings.wordpress.com/ and canyonbirds.net

          by cany on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 09:10:52 PM PDT

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      •  Even HoundDogs need to be wary of eating Fruit (1+ / 0-)
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        Bats because in some areas they biomagnify neurological toxins. Wow, a soup that eats like a toxic stew! Yorp.

        Life is just a bowl of Cherries, that stain your hands and clothes and have pits that break your teeth.

        by OHdog on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 05:26:18 AM PDT

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        •  Yes, I read somewhere that bats carry more (1+ / 0-)
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          interspecies transmittable viruses than any other species.

          The list is terrifying to anyone with latent hypochrondia.

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          by HoundDog on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 09:32:47 AM PDT

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  •  as an aside, Chikungunya is one of the pathogens (9+ / 0-)

    that the US military was studying back in the 50's and 60's as a potential biological warfare agent.

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 08:21:13 PM PDT

    •  Wow, I didn't know this. (3+ / 0-)
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      Hey, what do you think of this rather odd attempt to make learning about dreadful viral pathogens a fun, Friday night play activity?

      I was also curious to know what you thought about the last two Ebola article I did about Dr. Khan of Liberia and the homemade PPE suits they cobbled together there?

      Any feedback on how to improve the scientific, biological, or epidemiological aspects of these kinds of posts are greatly appreciated.

      I'm going to do another one about antibiotic resistant pathogens tomorrow.

      I think all of these subjects are not only important for everyone to understand but also right down the middle of the plate in terms of our purpose here to elect more and better Democrats.

      Public health, environmental issues as well as basic science research are areas where the vital role effective and competent government is essential.

      I want to make sure all Democrats are well prepared to refute any Libertarians of Republicans like Rick Perry who suggest that budgets for the CDC, NIH, NSF, the UN, WHO, FDA, USDA, Education, etc.ought to be cut can be buried with facts and stories from these areas where if we left everything to for profit companies we'd be in even more dire situations.

      Thanks for commenting Lenny.  

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      by HoundDog on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 09:03:38 PM PDT

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      •  the military was also studying Dengue fever too (9+ / 0-)

        In fact, both Cuba and Nicaragua accused the US of spreading Dengue fever in their countries during the Reagan years, though nobody ever produced any hard evidence of it. (There were outbreaks in both countries, but the US argued that they were natural.)

        Both Chikungunya and Dengue were considered to be "incaps", or incapacitants. The idea wasn't to kill the people infected, but to make them feel like crap so they would just lie in bed sick for a couple of weeks and not do anything. It was considered to be a potentially humane way to keep enemy soldiers off the battlefield.

        I always read and enjoy all your SciTech diaries (though I don't always comment in them). And i always manage to find things in them that I didn't know before.  :)

        In the end, reality always wins.

        by Lenny Flank on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 09:16:39 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks Lenny. You explained how due to your (2+ / 0-)
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          decades on BBN you don't rec or tip. I thought I might be able to convert you to the modern era in this regard, with ecosystem-feedback loop metaphors but sometimes it's better to let sleeping dogs lie.  :-)

          Sooner or letter my "infectious" enthusiasm is going to win you over.

          My last Ebola post may have been under PHP.  

          Cheers

           

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          by HoundDog on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 09:22:33 PM PDT

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          •  I have been improving on the tips/rec thingie (2+ / 0-)
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            I do now try to at least rec every comment I reply to, or who replies to me, and most of the time I remember to tip any diaries that I read. But I do still tend to fall into neglect from time to time--and then someone usually gives me a gentle nudge to remind me.  ;)

            In the end, reality always wins.

            by Lenny Flank on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 09:32:01 PM PDT

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            •  Great. BTW just to help your "advancement" (1+ / 0-)
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              along, one "recommends" the Diaries by clicking on the Recommend word in the lower left.

              It's  comments that are "tipped."  

              Don't become discouraged, as I can attest it is possible for old dogs to learn new tricks.

              Thanks Lenny.

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              by HoundDog on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 09:50:24 PM PDT

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  •  Of course... (5+ / 0-)
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    I just want to know why you're moving from MA to FL, and how the cats are handling the move.

    Watch out for flying palmetto bugs once you get there!

    Meanwhile, I'm wishing you as stress-free a move as is possible, and many wonderful new opportunities for when you settle in.

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    by asterkitty on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 09:09:48 PM PDT

    •  Our kids are off to college and we want to go (8+ / 0-)

      to someplace warmer and less expensive.

      Housing cost are about 1/4 there compared to here.

      Flying palmetto bugs? What the heck are these?  We already know about aliigators, poisonous snakes, and the tropical diseases.

      We're renting a house for the first year or two until figure out flood zones, sinkholes, and other real estate issues  we not accustomed to.

      We have a salt water canal with a dock in our back yard that  one can take ones boat around a corner and about 2,000 feet out to the Gulf. We got one with a salt water canal, there were bunches with fresh water but had a four foot long gator come out to get food.

      I'm looking into getting a peg Mongoose to ward off poisonous snakes.

      Our three cats are completely indoor cats. We have a completely screened in lanai over the pool and deck, but I do not know if were going to be able to let the cats out there.

      Mish-Mish especially is a climbing cat every since he was a baby. He's an Egyptian Moi from Iraq and even as a baby he immediately climbs drapes, screens, or anything to get to the highest spot of the room and particularly enjoys walking across the tops of window treatments.

      I'm afraid he will tear the lanai to pieces. We also don't know if they can swim. Our pool is a salt water pool which might hurt their eyes, I don't know yet.

      So, our intent is to not let them into that area even though it is completely enclosed. But you wouldn't believe how clever and sneaky they are of figuring out ways to get into any place they realize we are trying to keep them out of.

      Two of them have figured out how to open doors. Mish-Mish figured out how to jump up and grab the handles with both paws and twist it and taught kashi.

      We have to drive them down in a Rav4 which is going to take 3 or 4 days next week. Everyone is telling us to keep them in their cages all the time we are driving, and I've found Pet friendly hotels along the route down.

      Our vet gave us meds in case they get too anxious, but we are hoping not to use them.

      I can't imagine how they are going to stand being in them for so long. They can not stand even being locked in a room with me in it keeping them company when movers are about. They are used to having complete free range of a 3,500 sq ft house plus basement.

      I wanted to rent an RV so they could have a whole room of their own on the way down, but G, as lovable as she is, is probably the most stubborn and headstrong woman ever born on planet earth, and has been unmovable on this point.

      We shall soon see.  

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      by HoundDog on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 10:25:42 PM PDT

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      •  "palmetto bugs" are cockroaches (3+ / 0-)
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        Just plain ole ordinary American cockroaches, Periplaneta americana, the same ones ya get up north.  We also have a supply of similar Australian cockroaches, Periplaneta australasiae, who are about the same size and look pretty much the same.  

        Up north, of course, the roaches live in people's houses, and they do here in FL too (every house in Florida gets its resident cockroaches, from the smallest house in center city to the biggest mansion on the oceanfront).  But because of our tropical weather, the roaches here can also live outside, where they are known as "palmetto bugs".

        PS--those saltwater canals are regularly visited by Bull Sharks and Manatees. :)

        In the end, reality always wins.

        by Lenny Flank on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 06:51:03 AM PDT

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        •  I love bull sharks and manatees - that's one of (1+ / 0-)
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          of the main reason we got this place. From out boat deck right in our back yard, one can look down into the canal and see tropical fish a foot and half long - it's really "biologically" part of the ocean.

          I used to have a dozen fish tanks, some as large a 200 gallons for both sale water, brackish, and fresh water fish. But in a tragic divorce, ten year custody battle with my ex-wife, that coincided with a hell of a depression and some other unfortunate health events I lost everything, my company, house, had to file for bankruptcy.

          Well, not everything, I got to keep my son, and it was worth the battle.  So I'm sort of starting over.

          Now to have a house connected directly to the Gulf/river, and 400 miles of interlocking canals is pretty amazing.

          I'm going to get a boat, and wifi so I can do my Daily Kos posts while drifting about in the Gulf.  

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          by HoundDog on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 09:42:10 AM PDT

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      •  Wow. Long answer. Thanks. (0+ / 0-)

        I love to hear about people's interstate moves, especially since I've done it a bunch myself, and hope to do it again as soon as I can save up some moneys.

        Palmetto bugs, at least in South Florida, are 2–3" long dark brown cockroaches with wings. And yes, they can fly. And they have attitude.

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        by asterkitty on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 01:36:06 PM PDT

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  •  A vaccine is under development (7+ / 0-)

    Man fights back against Mother Nature:

    Clinical stage biotechnology company, Arbovax Inc., created a vaccine for Chikungunya, the company announced last month.

    It was developed by Dr. Dennis Brown and Dr. Raquel Hernandez of North Carolina State University.

    In animal tests, the vaccine has proven to fight the virus and other mosquito-borne viral diseases such as dengue fever, West Nile, Japanese encephalitis and yellow fever, according to Arbovax researchers.

    http://www.wral.com/...

    Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

    by bear83 on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 09:33:12 PM PDT

    •  Wow, I better call my stock broker - this could (1+ / 0-)
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      the upside part of this terrible "growth market."

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      by HoundDog on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 09:43:24 AM PDT

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  •  To repel the mosquitos, carry a scented dryer s... (6+ / 0-)
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    To repel the mosquitos, carry a scented dryer sheet in your pocket. The scent masks yours enough to confuse them. Really.

    •  Thanks laurak. This is exactly the kind of "safety (1+ / 0-)
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      tips I need." I may have a whole set of long legged underwear made up out of this stuff.

      Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

      by HoundDog on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 09:44:40 AM PDT

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