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The Walking Dead is Back!!

February 8, 2015

I’m so excited for the return of The Walking Dead I can’t even express my excitement. AMC has been showing the last three seasons this weekend and I’ve caught most of it. Binge watching The Walking Dead is probably the best way to see it. With all the breaks in the season it’s easy to forget what happened in the episode or two before. Everything that goes into an episode means something, even the smallest details, so seeing the episodes back to back can provide information you might not have caught otherwise.

If you are a Walking Dead fan then be sure to join my new Talking the Walking Dead group on Facebook. It’s open to anyone who wants to discuss the show as it happens, or after. The group provides a safe place to discuss the show without sharing spoilers with those who don’t see it live.

Join us to keep up with Michonne, Rick, Daryl, Carol and the rest of the gang as they try to figure out what to do now that they know Eugene is a big fat liar and can’t really fix the zombie apocalypse.

It’s also a safe place to cry and mourn the loss of Herschel and Beth.

See you there at 8pm!

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Is It Time To Worry About Ebola Yet?

October 15, 2014

Is it time to worry about ebola yet? Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve heard about ebola and how it has made its way to America. A few weeks ago a man named Thomas Eric Duncan flew to the US from Liberia. At the time he did not have a fever or any symptoms of the deadly disease but within days of arriving in the US Duncan started experiencing symptoms consistent with ebola and reported to the hospital. Even though he told hospital staff he was from Liberia, a place battling ebola right now, he was turned away. He returns a few days later with worsening symptoms including projectile vomiting and diarrhea. Duncan dies 9 days later and becomes known as patient zero.

Since then two nurses have tested positive for ebola and are being treated. The CDC is on offense and the news media is having a full on panic about the disease.

Is it time to worry about ebola yet?

Let’s look at a few other facts about ebola before we start to panic.

1. Ebola is only contagious when an infected person is experiencing symptoms of the disease. Symptoms include fever, headache, joint pain, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea and eventually bleeding out through multiple orifices. The problem is ebola starts out like a lot of viruses that are common this time of year.

2. Ebola is not airborne – yet. Currently you can only get ebola if you are in direct contact with the blood and bodily fluids of an infected person. It is not airborne at the moment but viruses mutate all the time so it could happen.

3. Ebola has an incubation period of between 2 and 21 days.

4. There is no treatment or cure for ebola only supportive therapy is currently available though there have been encouraging signs for giving the antibodies from recovered ebola patients to current sufferers.

5. Ebola has a high mortality rate. Sort of. In West Africa where the disease has killed over 4000 people the mortality rate is about 70%.  7 out of 10 people who present with ebola will die from it. The CDC and other Western doctors believe the mortality rate to be less in the US because of the sanitary conditions of the hospitals and that in the US we outsource funeral preparations – we don’t prepare the dead ourselves and thus never come in contact with their bodily fluids.

So, knowing those facts does it mean we should panic now that a second nurse has tested positive for the ebola virus?

The short answer is no. Unless you are in direct contact with someone with ebola the odds of you coming down with it are pretty slim. Could we have an outbreak of the ebola virus? Sure, and we probably will. Many officials are warning that more will become infected, most likely hospital workers like the nurses who have tested positive so far. Even if we have a larger outbreak of ebola the disease will likely burn out rather quickly. Because if the short incubation period and because you can only pass it along while suffering from symptoms the disease will not become the pandemic that other infectious diseases have become. For example AIDS has a much longer incubation period and someone can spread it without knowing they are even infected. It’s not like that with ebola.

Still, ebola is pretty scary, shouldn’t we panic just a little?

Sure, fear isn’t a bad thing and if that means you wash your hands more often that’s a good thing. However, worrying about ebola isn’t going to change much of anything. There isn’t much you can do if it becomes a full on outbreak so worrying isn’t really going to help. My suggestion is to watch the Walking Dead from the beginning and make a few preparations in the event of a worst case scenario. Have some bottled water on hand, have some packaged food on hand, have a plan to get out of the city because that’s always where the shit goes down first. Know where your loved ones are and buddy up with some badass people if you aren’t willing to push a knife through someone’s skull.


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Agent Feather Email Phishing Scam

May 7, 2014
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What is the Agent Feather email? Is the Agent Feather email a virus or phishing email?

In the past month I’ve been in a bit of a legal battle with my ex husband. One of these days, if I ever blog again I’ll tell you all about it. It’s actually really funny. Anyway, because of this animosity between us I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that he was saying disparaging things about me on the internet. Well, maybe a little surprised since actually writing out words seems a little out of his skill set.

So, when I opened this Agent Feather email I was at first a little scared. Here’s what it says:

My Friend,

Someone close to you wants you to spend at least the next five years of your life behind bars. He has reported you to our organization and I am the one assigned to follow you up to gather more evidences against you. Attached to this email is a copy of the person’s audio recording against you. Your name was mentioned eleven times in this recorded conversation, check if you can recognise the person’s voice.

What I require is that you create a new email address which will be used for our further correspondence. Use your mobile phone number to text me your newly created email address on this number: +66928711125. The phone line is secured and cannot be traced by our organization or any other law enforcement agent. I know my reason for disclosing this important information to you at this time. Upon receiving your text, I will tell you who I am, our organization and what next you are to do.

You are to note the following and observe them, contrary to these, you will never hear from me again.

1. You are not to reply me on this email address.
2. You are not to call me on the above given number for any reason.
3. You are to text only your newly created email address to me.
4. The newly created email address must be used just for the both of us alone
4. If you know the voice in the recorded message, never approach the person until I tell you to.
5. You must not disclose anything relating to this information to another person.

Having read and understood what I have said, you are to now create a new email address and send it to me by text through your mobile phone number. I am waiting.

Yours sincerely,
Agent Feather.

It’s got an attached file called His Visit Dynamoo’s Blog to learn more about the Agent Feather email and the attached virus.

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