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So, as of last week, I am officially a member of the Sex Worker Outreach Coalition, and will be doing outreach among sex workers in situ and possibly at the local jail. We're going to be talking about working safely and letting them know about the Bad Date Line--a service that lists clients who harm sex workers.

I am also going to be creating a PSA (public service announcement) Youtube vid on preventing MRSA aimed at exotic dancers. This is exactly the type of thing I was hoping to do when I first attended meetings with this group!

So...the call for help...the Coalition would like to start a Forum that is completely private with a provider who would respect our privacy. Any good candidates for a service provider? I would love to get some pointers and have some names to bring up to the group next meeting, which is in two weeks.

One of my professors asked to be on my thesis committee because we talked about my sex worker paper and she was fascinated. Yay! Only one more professor needed!

Is my cat going blind?

The last couple months my cat has been meowing at 4 AM, after my daughter has gone to bed. She wanders the house, meowing until one of us gets up. As soon as someone gets up and sits in the living room, she goes over to her spot on the couch and goes to sleep. If we go to bed, she repeats the behavior.

This morning, my husband told me that her eyes appear a little cloudy, but he wasn't sure. Her eyes appeared clear to me. 

Any ideas folks?

This 4AM business is getting really old.

Latest update on sex worker research

I'm submitting an abstract to this place: http://harmreduction.org/

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So. I saw the doctor for dizziness and lightheadedness two months ago, and she told me to drink less caffeine because it was dehydrating.

Really? She was really trotting out that old fable? I was shocked.

You know that old idea that people need 8 glasses of water a day, and caffeinated drinks are dehydrating? Totally not true.

In 2000 there was a landmark study documenting that drinking caffeinated drinks or pure water had no significant difference in fluid balance. In other words, drinking cola didn't make people pee any more or less than drinking water.

Here's the link to the article:

The effect of caffeinated, non-caffeinated, caloric and non-caloric beverages on hydration

Here's the link to the WHO pdf document Water Requirements, Impinging Factors, and Recommended Intakes also by A. Grandjean.

The point is, is that all of it is just fluid. Fluid in = fluid out. Caffeine can have an effect, but only in people who don't drink it. So if you usually drink 5 cups of coffee a day, and one day you drink 10, there's not going to be an effect.

So don't feel guilty when you drink a bunch of coffee and skip the water--it's all good!

Silly Portlanders

Funny thing, I ended up following a bunch of bicycle protesters this morning on my way home from the doctor's office. They wanted to get on the road from the sidewalk, so I stopped my car and let them go ahead of me. We waved and smiled at each other.

They were protesting the use of fossil fuels, towing signs, and wearing interesting outfits. One guy was wearing a polar bear suit, another was wearing a cape of pink chiffon, another guy was towing a gas station price sign behind him listing the cost per gallon of treatment for veterans, damage to the environment, and government subsidies to Big Oil.

I started to get anxious because two motorcycle officers were following me, and I couldn't figure out why. I ended up going 10mph for about 5-10 blocks, the police drove away after a block or two. Maybe they were concerned that I was going to ram the bicyclists? I think once they noticed that I was ignoring the open lane on my left, and continuing to drive <i>very slowly</i>, they drove elsewhere.

Anyway, found a link, it's an actual protest called the Tour de Petro, put on by PDX Swarm. PDX Swarm is a group of bicyclists who gather in bunches, like Critical Mass used to be, but less obnoxious.


They're doing something with the #OccupyPortland group today.

HPV vaccine and needlephobes

<lj-cut>My son, poor thing, is totally afraid of needles. How afraid? When he had to have blood drawn, he ran and hid under the chairs in the doctor's office, and it took an hour for him to get the bloodwork done.

So he's going off to college in the fall, and I want him to have the vaccine before he leaves. So, when I approached him about vaccines, and mentioned HPV, he asked: "Can I just not have sex? I promise I'll never have sex if I don't have to have the vaccine."

He wasn't joking.

I managed to not laugh. I just said, "you may feel differently later, and it would be too late."

I just wish there were an intranasal formulation.</lj-cut>

The fiasco continues (More about ACTA)

Originally posted by electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

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So remember that beautiful piece I just wrote? I reread the assignment, and it was supposed to be only ONE page. ::tears hair out::

Well, it's done.