Kvatch Kvetches - Dumber Than a Bag of Hammers
Assume Big Brother Is Watching You
Here's the deal--and I tell this to my colleagues and my subordinates--when it comes to computers, you don't have a right to privacy at work! Those computers...belong to the company. And so does the bandwidth; and the time you spend online; and the time you spend in the office. In short every bit that enters your workstation belongs to your employer, and you better assume they're watching. So if your comfortable with that off-color joke in email, that photo, or that MP3 better hope your employer is too! In short the only place you have a right to privacy at work is in the restroom, but if your take your laptop in there with you...all bets are off!
It Doesn't Spread Casually, So Don't Freakin' Vaccinate For It
I've resisted blogging about the new vaccine for human papilloma virus (HPV) because my feelings, in response to calls to vaccinate pre-teen girls (and now boys) for this disease, are...uh...strong. Here's the deal: It doesn't spread through causal contact people! So unless we're worried about 5th and 6th graders suddenly engaging in mass orgies, we don't have anything to worry about. Moreover, administrators who insist that this vaccine be administered as a prerequisite for entering school have taken leave of their flippin' senses. I'm all for a vaccine that ultimately cuts down the incidence of cervical cancer, but when it comes to teen and pre-teen girls, it's a private decision for the young lady and her family to make. Nuff said.
We immunize kids for measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox because these are highly infectious diseases that spread rapidly, can decimate the school age population, and can spread in more severe forms to the adult population. We immunize for TB and smallpox because again they are highly infectious and deadly. But, every time we choose to immunize the population en mass we're deciding that the short term benefits of disease control outweigh the long-term risk of mutation.
In the case of HPV, I think personal immunization is fine, but mass immunization is uncalled for.
Even with sexually active sixth graders, it's still not a "casual" contact. Boys don't sneeze and give the nearest girl HPV.
If a safe vaccine came out for AIDS I'd be first in line and it's the same with this one. The state pays the girls' medical expenses and I'm waiting a little while to see if this vaccine is added to the list.
I've been thinking about this ever since I first read the post. I dislike governent interference; on the other hand I'd hate to see a girl develop cervical cancer because some parent with their head in the sand can't believe their sweet child would never do anything to cause it.
I'm still torn. That happens a lot with me.
but if we can vaccinate for, i dunno rubella or something, then why not hpv?
p.s. Kvatch...have you considered haloscan or another system that doesn't require pesky word verification?
Jay, what don't you like about word verification? And do you happen to know how Haloscan deals with comment spam?
Betty, I didn't know that. 50% is pretty widespread. Is that before some particular age?
Sumo, I agree. I just can't accept that this is on par with measles or smallpox.