Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Monkey Autism? - What I am reading 10/6/2015

Ars Technica - Vaccine safety tested (again) by injection into infant macaques -
The authors of this study examined 79 infant rhesus macaques. These monkeys were either placed into a control group, where they were given saline injections, or they were given an injection of the tri-valent MMR vaccine. This vaccine, which contained the preservative thimerosal, was very similar to the vaccine that Wakefield initially connected to autism in his 1998 paper.
After injections, the monkeys were tested for autism like nonsocial behavior, fear behaviors, and repetitive activities. The examined behaviors of the monkeys that received the MMR vaccine were not significantly different from those that received the saline injection. The researchers to conclude that the monkey’s propensity for autism-like behaviors was not affected by their exposure to the MMR vaccine with thimerosal.
TL:DR - Suck it Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy.  Speaking of Jim Carrey -

The Superficial - Anti-Vaxxers Already Saying Big Pharma Killed Jim Carrey’s Girlfriend -
News of Jim Carrey’s girlfriend committing suicide hit late yesterday morning, and by mid-afternoon anti-vaxxers were already saying Big Pharma murdered Cathriona White because Jim Carrey is too important to the cause.
Of course Jim Carrey has my sympathy for his loss, so don't take this as me making light of his situation.  I am not.  The ant-vaxxers though are sure trying to use it to push their message.  My question is what does this get them?  Wouldn't it have made more sense to arrange an accident for Carrey or to infect one of his loved ones with a disease easily preventable by vaccination or any of a billion other possibilities?  This just doesn't make sense.

Wired - Inside Reddit’s Plan to Recover From Its Epic Meltdown -

A very long article to say, in my opinion, there really isn't one.  Are new mod tools and some speech restrictions really going to do it?  I don't think so, but then again I am not a billion dollar entrepreneur.

The Register - Silicon Valley now 'illegal' in Europe: Why Schrems vs Facebook is such a biggie -
Experts say that the Schrems decision nukes the uncomfortable political compromise of creating a "safe harbour" for data exports that the EU and the USA thrashed out in 2000, that became untenable after former NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden spilled the beans. No matter how much Brussels bureaucrats want their latest Safe Harbour fudge to work - the cat's out of the bag. US companies that export data are fundamentally illegal in Europe.
And

Safe Harbour ruled INVALID: Facebook 'n' pals' data slurp at risk -

Basically as I read this Facebook and the like will need to retain all European data in Europe and completely restructure their operations.  This is going to be a hugely destructive ruling.







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