Skepchick Quickies 9.25


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. Whoa. A vaccine for HIV would be *incredible!* But could you imagine the controversy, with all that’s said about Gardasil?

    As for the shark (or chimera), the fact that this sentence: “We’re not sure if it is used to stimulate the female or hold the female closer.”

    follows this : “It’s like a little mace with little spikes and hooks and it fits into their forehead. It’s jointed and it comes out.”

    …makes me uncomfortable.

    And I know she’s not an all-black cat, but I love Tim’s possessed looking Jinx!

  2. One of my best friends in High School was among the first one hundred in the US to die of AIDS. This seems so long ago and to finally hear news that there may be a turning point in the near future to prevent HIV infection spread is absolutely amazingly fantastic.

  3. @Skept-artist: Well, if you can find a newspaper with your prophesy in it, and have it properly dated, I might accept that, but I would also need the contact information for the newspaper to verify this is not a forgery.

    -You’re not dealing with an ametuer here.

    @Andrew Nixon: Fear of Charlie Chaplin? What’s the name for that? Is it in the Big Book of Phobias? Or is it more like fear of being out of cell phone range?

  4. @infinitemonkey: Damn. Reputable source. Just because a particular newspaper doesn’t exist does not mean it isn’t reputable. I mean, come on! Isn’t my word good enough? I’m one of the world’s leading “intuitives-who-predict-stuff-after-they-happen”. Hook it up, iMonkey!

  5. At first I was excited about the possibility of an HIV vaccine, but the report said that only 51 out of 8,197 people who got the vaccine became infected, and only 74 out of 8,198 people in the placebo group got it. I’m not a statistician, but those infections rates seem way too low to draw a good conclusion from.

  6. @Kaylia_Marie:

    I realize that it was never claimed to be a solution, but even a 30% reduction in infection rates doesn’t mean very much when you’re going from 74 down to 51. It seems like chance could easily account for 23 cases.

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