Parkinson’s Disease and the Flu

Here’s a reason you might not have thought of to get your flu shot this year – it might protect you from getting Parkinson’s Disease.

I've been saying since about 2007 that most late-life diseases can be pinned down on specific combinations of genetic susceptibility + external factors (in most cases, viruses). One of these was Parkinson's disease, which looked like it was caused by Influenza.

Well, I missed it at the time, but this study came out in 2011: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3105060/

Next prediction: A surprisingly large number of cases of dental caries are caused by human herpes viruses 1 through 4. I expect this one to be confirmed some time around 2018.

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Apple Futures

Place your bets please. Here's mine:

Apple's new, as-yet unannounced HUGE big feature for next year is iOS 5S devices will be able to utilize something they'll call "microGPS" or "personal navigation", to allow you to navigate through malls and office buildings. You heard it here first.

(This is Free Radio Cassandra, signing off. Tomorrow's weather will be unexpectedly sunny).

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#apple, #predictions, #psychic, #extrapolative learning
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This morning on Family Feud

This morning on Family Feud there was a tie-breaker. To break it, they asked “Name something that people might have on their face that they wish other people wouldn't see”
Darci: “A pimple!”
Me: “A tarantula!” “Their mistress!”

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#jokes, #impromptu, #obvious, #surreal
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The wait is over…

My 3 year old daughter Lexi just said "The Wait Is Over" in ominous tones to my wife Darci. Darci had no idea where she got that phrase from. I thought it was from movie trailers.

Lexi pipes up with "No, it's from Pitch Black".

"Well my dear, you have very discerning tastes in Sci-Fi horror movies, but when did you see Pitch Black?"

"He was saying it to Jack Frost."

Ohhhhhhh... Rise of the Guardians. Not  Vin Diesel. I see.

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