May 16th, 2003

buzzed, B&W

HIV Vaccines

So on my way into work today, they were talking about AIDS and they gave the stat that 20% of Americans believe that there is an HIV vaccine but the government is keeping it hidden. 20%?!? What the hell? We're talking about a disease that has, as far as I know, a 100% fatality rate and is wiping out the African continent. Granted, I generally support the US government as a whole, since it provides me with an excellent standard of living, along with significant personal freedoms, so maybe I'm biased, but 1 out of 5 Americans think we have a vaccine? Tell me, why would we keep such a thing hidden? I wonder if they think we have a cure for cancer, the miracle of longevity, and genetic engineering down pat.

On the other hand, one might argue that this is a positive reflection, saying Americans think our scientists are smart enough to have a preventetive measure for HIV, while the rest of the world doesn't. (Or maybe the rest of the world is keeping it secret too!) *sigh*
buzzed, B&W

length of days

I wish we had 26 hour days or something. This last week, I've been trying to go to bed early, but the earliest I've managed is 1:00 AM. Now fortunately, I'm on a pretty flexible schedule at work, and have been rolling on in around 9:00 in the morning, after about 7 hours of sleep. Now if we had 26 hour days, I wouldn't have to force myself to turn the lights off and lay down, and might be able to get more than 7 hours of sleep a night. Maybe 26 isn't enough of an extension. Do you hear me planet Earth? You need to slow down your cycle of rotation!!!