August 6, 2014

Waiting for the sunflower.



Tyrone Slothrop said...

Egad! A Triffid!

khesanh0802 said...

I want comment on moderation.

I imagine it is generally a good thing, but I have been noticing that many of the comment threads seem disjointed because of the delay in posting. Related comments become widely separated and comments deserving of further expansion and argument are often so delayed that it seems not worth the effort to post something on them.

I realize the professor has a day job and that trolls are a giant pain, but I do think that delay takes away from the generally high quality of the comments on this blog.

Moose said...

Cool - looks like an artichoke...

Ann Althouse said...

Consider that some of the high quality of what you see is caused by moderation, not just because trolls are excluded but because good commenters don't get drawn into back and forth things and because good/bad commenters go for a higher standard.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Feed me Seymour

Be said...

I just finished dinner. Why the sudden craving for artichokes?

John Lynch said...

We gonna talk about the Markel murder?

Lyle Sanford, RMT said...

wonderful photo

Tyrone Slothrop said...

I don't really miss the flame wars. Nowadays, if you want to insult someone, you must be patient and committed.

LordSomber said...

los girasoles bonitos

traditionalguy said...

Big deal tonight has been the scandal of Neutralizing Antibody cocktails given the medical missionaries at Emory as if they are not entitled to it.

And conservative Ann Coulter attacks the Christians for going to Liberia to treat the sick as a waste of money.

Private medicine paid for by Christian donors is offensive to politicized medicine redistributionists now.

How about it's none of anybody's business.

sunsong said...

Believe me, if all those endearing young charms,
Which I gaze on so fondly to-day,
Were to change by to-morrow and fleet in my arms,
Like fairy gifts fading away,
Thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art,
Let thy loveliness fade as it will;
And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart
Would entwine itself verdantly still.
It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,
And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear,
That the fervor and faith of a soul can be known,
To which time will but make thee more dear.
No, the heart that has truly loved never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close
As the sunflower turns on her God when he sets
The same look which she turned when he rose.
~ Thomas Moore

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FleetUSA said...

Should the title be: Waiting for the sun flower?

MayBee said...

" but I have been noticing that many of the comment threads seem disjointed because of the delay in posting. "

The threads can be a little hard to follow real time because Althouse's and Meade's comments post immediately, and comments made earlier get posted later, but before any comments she'd made.

I believe moderation had to happen, but it isn't without some cost to the flow. Obviously a trade-off.

George M. Spencer said...


An incubation period of as long as 21 days.

Does this mean that an infected person can infect others during that time?

I think it does.

So...a man goes on a business trip to London, gets infected, returns to Oklahoma, then infects his wife, who infects their baby, who infects their other children, presumably through kissing or childhood play.

Alternatively, he infects none of them until he starts vomiting and bleeding, and then everyone in the household gets infected.

Is this possible?

And what typical hospital is set up to handle ultra-sterile patient treatment, i.e. Moon suits, etc? If so, could it handle more than two or three patients requiring such care?

If I were Stephen King, I'd be hammering out a novel right now. It's easy to imagine a city being shut down the way the military/police handled the Boston terror situation recently.

lemondog said...

Lovely looks as if it will whirl away.

And than when summer is ended

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

Re-listening to "Polio, an American Story" (David Oshinsky) - from Audible/Amazon, of course.

We missed the opportunity to comment 3 Aug in Althouse's "frenemies' post re. Walter Winchell.

1954, 60 years ago, was the great Salk vaccine test to prove efficacy, involving hundreds of thousands of school children.

Winchell's 4 Aug 1954 radio broadcast was a hit job warning of possible contamination by live polio virus, etc.

The test, sponsored by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, went on and was successful.

After commercial production of the vaccine began for the next year, there were cases of infection and death from vaccine produced by Cutter Laboratories.

Salk's vaccine used killed virus. Albert Sabin was developing a live virus vaccine. The NFIP funded both, being most interested in whatever worked soonest.

Sabin, more academically elitist than Salk lost little opportunity for sniping.

The book is a good read - or listen.

tim in vermont said...

"I don't really miss the flame wars. Nowadays, if you want to insult someone, you must be patient and committed."

I know this isn't a massive thread, but I still vote for the above as the winner.