The problem is that the drug companies won't make money on it. Here.
If I were going to describe the perfect contraceptive, it would go something like this: no babies, no latex, no daily pill to remember, no hormones to interfere with mood or sex drive, no negative health effects whatsoever, and 100 percent effectiveness. The funny thing is, something like that currently exists.
The procedure called RISUG in India (reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance) takes about 15 minutes with a doctor, is effective after about three days, and lasts for 10 or more years. A doctor applies some local anesthetic, makes a small pinhole in the base of the scrotum, reaches in with a pair of very thin forceps, and pulls out the small white vas deferens tube. Then, the doctor injects the polymer gel (called Vasalgel here in the US), pushes the vas deferens back inside, repeats the process for the other vas deferens, puts a Band-Aid over the small hole, and the man is on his way. If this all sounds incredibly simple and inexpensive, that’s because it is. The chemicals themselves cost less than the syringe used to administer them. But the science of what happens next is the really fascinating part.
The two common chemicals — styrene maleic anhydride and dimethyl sulfoxide — form a polymer that thickens over the next 72 hours, much like a pliable epoxy, but the purpose of these chemicals isn’t to harden and block the vas deferens. Instead, the polymer lines the wall of the vas deferens and allows sperm to flow freely down the middle (this prevents any pressure buildup), and because of the polymer’s pattern of negative/positive polarization, the sperm are torn apart through the polyelectrolytic effect. On a molecular level, it’s what supervillains envision will happen when they stick the good guy between two huge magnets and flip the switch.
I post two more songs on You Tube this week, a blues and a kinda sorta Afrobeat-type thing.
The blues, Too Tight To Love, I wrote way back in the seventies. I took a few jazz guitar lessons and played some jazz with a doctor over at the VA Hospital, where I worked at the time, and I came up with the progression. I thought the idea of being "tight", or drunk is very much the opposite of what you actually are, you know, kinda floppy. This version I recorded in the mid-nineties, right before my repetitive stress in my hands made itself known. One more thing, that winter I had a terrible cold/respiratory illness of some sort that seemed to hang on forever, thus, the phlegmy delivery. I have since adopted phlegm as another singing style. I can now sing badly in many different manners.
Kinshasa was written a few years ago. I explain all you need to know about it in the video. Guitars, thumb pianos and percussion.
The rusty, 150-foot "ghost ship" from Japan now floating off the coast of Canada remains out at sea, and it has not been determined who might remove it.
CNN identified it as a squid fishing ship from the Japanese port city of Hachinohe in Aomori prefecture. It was swept out to sea following the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.
The owners of the ship have not been publicly identified. However, the hull numbers were used to contact the Japanese owners of the ship, who confirmed no one was on board when the tsunami hit.
The ship has been floating across the Pacific Ocean for a year and was finally discovered last week about 120 nautical miles from Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands).
I'm guessing that over the next weeks and months more flotsam and jetsom from that horrific tsunami will begin washing up along the Pacific shore.
This time last week I was bugged because my taxes, on TurboTax, were coming out hinky (the program wasn't getting my state taxes to Cali and Oregon right). I was debating about going to an H&R Block when Joan suggested I try a place where they help seniors do their taxes for free.
Well, I did today. I owe California $21. I owe Oregon $9. And I'm getting more than $1300 back from the feds. There is something with Oregon tax law where a percentage of my federal pension earned before October 1, 1991 isn't taxed. So although Oregon has a higher state income tax than California, my tax burden, because of this law, is going down!
Don't worry. It'll get spent soon enough. I just feel pretty rich right now. Took Joan out for lunch. Anything on the menu, baby. Anything.