Obligatory New XKCD Reference





  • Three countries to go, if the oral vaccine or export cases don't get away from us.

    (Or maybe two countries: Cameroon has not had a wild case so far this year; there were only 5 last year.)

    Now if we can pry the last of it of out of those stupid Afghanistan/Pakistan mountains.


  • area_deu

    What about California? :trolleybus:



  • @aliceif said:

    What about California? :trolleybus:

    You would be referring to this: 'About 20' cases of polio-like illness found in California

    That's not polio. It is thought to be Enterovirus D68, which has been known since 1962 and usually causes only respiratory problems, similar to flu. They had 1,153 cases of it last year; with 20 or so paralysis cases in 2013/14.

    (There hasn't been a case of wild polio in the US since 1979. If it were that they would know--polio testing is highly refined.)

    Another day another challenge. Heaven forbid EV-D68 is mutating into a killer.


  • area_deu

    I was making fun of their high amount of vaccination deniers.



  • But they're onto the Big Coffee threat!

    Starbucks and other big name coffee chains are being sued in California in a bid to get them to label their coffee products as containing a carcinogen. A non-profit is claiming that because of the levels of acrylamide in these chains’ coffee consumers need to be warned.

    The California-based Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) is suing Starbucks and other companies like Dunkin’ Donuts, Seattle’s Best Coffee and Whole Foods Market under California’s proposition 65 rule, which requires warning labels to be placed on products that contain chemicals linked to cancer.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    Geez. SB should just put up a sign saying "Worrywarts in California think nearly everything might cause cancer. Consider yourself warned."



  • Wouldn't it be easier for California to just label the things CERT don't think cause cancer?



  • @loopback0 said:

    Wouldn't it be easier for California to just label the things CERT don't think cause cancer?

    Not sure they like empty lists...


  • SockDev

    @dcon said:

    Not sure they like empty lists...

    A new study in The Jounal[sic.] Science* shows anecdotal evidence that empty lists are linked to an increase risk of brain cancer in rats. The California-based Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) today laid a class action suit against creators of empty lists under California's proposition 65 rule, which requires warning labels to be placed on products that contain chemicals linked to cancer.

    * the website that crowdsources science oppion pieces (and haz a .cn tld) not the reutable science journal


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @dcon said:

    Not sure they like empty lists...



  • @aliceif said:

    I was making fun of their high amount of vaccination deniers.

    Oh. Sorry. Whooooosh.



  • Today's XKCD is sort of meh, but the alt text is pure win:

    Due to a typo, I initially found a forum for serious Fleshlight enthusiasts, and it turns out their highest-end models are ALSO capable of setting trees on fire. They're impossible to use without severe burns, but some of them swear it's worth it.

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