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I got nothing. [Jul. 24th, 2008|09:27 am]
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How Mosquitoes Changed History -
They may be small, but they're powerful. Mosquitoes have been manipulating the course of human history since it's very beginnings.
1,600,000 B.C Africa - Our ancestors take their first upright steps. Thanks to Mosquitoes, they are already infected with malaria.
500 B.C. India - Brahmin Priest Susruta deduces that mosquitoes are responsible for the spread of malaria. No one pays any attention for the next 2,400 years.
323 B.C. Babylon - Alexander the Great is felled by a mosquito dying from malaria at the age of 33. His dream of a united Greek empire collapses within a few years and widespread malarial infection contributes to the decline of a greek Civilization.
A.D. 410 Rome -- Marauding Visgoths finish off the Roman Empire, all ready undermined by a fifth column of malaria-spreading mosquitoes in the low-lying areas surrounding the capital. Shortly afterward, Alaric leader of the vanquishers, is vanquished in his turn by a treacherous mosquito.
1593 Africa-- Mosquitoes send yellow fever and malaria to their relatives in the New World via the slave trade, setting the stage for epidemics that would decimate both colonial and aboriginal populations.
1658 England - Bitten by a Royalist misquito, Oliver Cromwell dies of malaria, paving the way for the return of the British Monarchy.
1690 Barbados -- Mosquitoes spread yellow fever to halt a british expedition en route to attack the French in Canada.
1802 New Orleans - Napolean sends troops to reinforce Frances claim to Louisiana and put down a slave rebellion in Haiti. Of the 33,000 soldiers, 29,000 are killed by mosquito-borne yellow fever. Louisina beomes part of the U.S; Haiti becomes independent.
1902 Stockholm - British army surgeon Dr. Ronald Ross receives the Nobel Price for establishing the link between mosquito bites and malaria.
1905 Panama - Mosquitoes almost succeed in halting constrution of the panama canal, as panicked workers flee a yellow fever epidemic.
1939 Colorado - DDT is tested and found to control mosquitoes and other insects. Mosquitoes eventually develop resisance to the chemical; humans don't.
1942 Dutch East Indies - Japanese troops seize the islands that provide most of the world's quinine, then the only reliable malaria therapy known, hoping mosquitoes will become their best allies in fending off Allied Forces. Nearly half a million US. troops in the East are hospitalized with malaria between 1942 and 1945.
1965-1975 Vietnam - Mosquitoes infect as many as 53 US soldiers per thousand with maliaria every day.
1995 Geneva - The World Health Orginization declares mosquito born dengue fever a "world epidemic" while deaths from malaria rise of 2.5-3 million a year. --- Besides malaria and dengue and yellow fevers, mosquitoes have been in the news for carrying a whole host of new and deadly blood-borne diseases. Until 1999, West Nile virus, originating from the Nile River valley, had not previously been documented in the Western Hemisphere. The virus causes encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, and can be transmitted by mosquitoes. West Nile was found in "overwintering" mosquitoes in the New York City area in early 2000. 21 cases of the illness were reported, including two deaths in the New York City area.


And a white teacher using the N word attempts to defend himself. Very, very poorly. *shudder* It makes my tummy turn. And when he demonstrates... I feel sooo uncomfortable. And he teaches HONORS English?! I'm not sure I ever fully appreciated my highschool like I should.

[User Picture]From: amazingadrian
2008-07-24 03:08 pm (UTC)
Nowadays we have much better treatments for diseases like Malaria, but I never understood why people just didn't try killing off mosquitoes when they had the chance. Though in hindsight, I suppose it's probably a good thing that they didn't, since we've had to deal with enough DDT contamination in the following years as it is.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-24 03:13 pm (UTC)
Your icon makes me giggle. :)

And yeah. I guess it's that whole food cycle thing. If mosquitoes were gone then... and on and on.
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[User Picture]From: thecolourclear
2008-07-24 03:23 pm (UTC)
Srsly, five hundred BCE?

I'm impressed with the Brahmin!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-24 05:58 pm (UTC)
I know, right? I was too.
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[User Picture]From: sparkly_sparky
2008-07-24 04:31 pm (UTC)
pesky little things.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-24 05:58 pm (UTC)
They really are.
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[User Picture]From: sensibleken
2008-07-24 05:43 pm (UTC)
they got cromwell? a new found respect for them
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-24 05:59 pm (UTC)
LOL Yes indeed.
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[User Picture]From: valerie81
2008-07-24 08:20 pm (UTC)
thanks! had no idea!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-24 08:24 pm (UTC)
Anytime! ;)
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From: christinaathena
2008-07-24 08:23 pm (UTC)
1,600,000 B.C Africa - Our ancestors take their first upright steps. Thanks to Mosquitoes, they are already infected with malaria.

Actually, from what I've read, it seems that malaria was not a significant problem until around 10,000 years ago, when agriculture began, which resulted in clearings that were more favorable to mosquitos, allowing their numbers to increase.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-24 08:25 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I got it from a little history book thing, they could be completely wrong.
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From: skittish_derby
2008-07-25 03:04 am (UTC)
why can't white people use a word that black people can? thats racist.

besides, it didn't sound derogatory... just like an old white guy trying to fit in.

cracker what?! lol
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-25 03:33 am (UTC)
I don't think anyone should use that word. Especially not anyone who's white given the history associated with it.
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[User Picture]From: actionjack
2008-07-25 05:02 am (UTC)
Whaddaya mean, "I got nothing?" What about "Racesquitoes?"

Anyway... before I start this rant, let me say that I don't think anyone, regardless of background, should ever say the N-word, no matter whether it ends in -a or -er; I'm not one of those white males who so badly wants to be a victim that I'll bitch about the fact that they can say it and we can't.

That said... why on earth would black people say a word that makes them so angry? My fellow Jews and I have never once called each other kikes. Not out of anger, not as a joke, and sure as hell not as a term of endearment. I've only actually heard the word once since Sunday school.

And you want to know why? Because with nobody saying kike, it's not in anyone's vocabulary. Nobody in my family even knows what the word actually means (they know it's a terrible thing to say, but that's all). On the other hand, I hear people calling each other niggas all time; in rap songs, on TV, and outside my window at all hours of the night. So while I've never said the n-word in any context outside of good honest racial dialogues, it's constantly running through my head. And someday, it could very well slip out, and I'll wind up just like this guy.

Yeah, he fucked up, especially since the kid didn't say it first. But he shouldn't be fired for it; it was a terrible idea, but I don't think he did it out of hatred. And besides, he's going to be "The Nigger Guy" for the next decade. That's punishment enough.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-25 05:04 am (UTC)
LOL. Racesquitoes. haha ;)

And I agree it is pretty good punishment.. but man. *shakes head* I just don't know how you would allow yoursel to say that in a school setting. Like seriously? How stupid do you gotta be? You can't be a teacher and get away with saying that shit.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-07-25 06:36 pm (UTC)

Огромные дойки красивых женщин

Порно Форум! Редкие видеоролики. Пламенеющие киски этих девочек жаждут ласк и язычков.

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-25 06:59 pm (UTC)

Re: Огромные дойки красивых женщин

Not a clue.
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[User Picture]From: dslj1
2008-07-30 06:27 am (UTC)
west nile in the deserts/ high uinta mountain range of eastern utah where i work!!!!!! i've seen it!!!!

i love bats (they eat the fuckers)

earlier posting i posted about a kid almost dying was due to an allergic reaction to mosquitos that he had after being bitten over 100 times in less then 24 hours... argh!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-30 04:48 pm (UTC)
Eep!!! :( That's a lot of bites.
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