Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Stupid Gene and Fetal Fecal Syndrome

The always interesting Sue's Blog brought this article to readers' attention yesterday, a commentary from the web site called This Canada. (You should read it to see a Kramer type racist rant) The writer definitely has a prejudice towards NL and frequently mentions the "get of your duff" stereotype, in his write up and also in comments made at Sue's Blog. So here is a response to his attitude.

It has been overdue for a central Canada "journalist" to do the Newfoundland stereotyping so brave Erik Sorenson stepped up and painted "you people", Newfoundlanders, not sure about Labradorians, as all wailers and moaners. But I see this display as a cry for help. As a matter of fact, I think this ill individual has sabotaged the This Canada website and inadvertently gave readers a rare glimpse into the mental processes of someone afflicted by the "Stupid Gene Disease".

Perhaps because it is socially embarrassing for families, relatives are often reticent on the disorder and sadly fail to seek help for the diseased. This Canada fell victim to the trickery of an afflicted individual in yesterday’s editorial. Whether the real writer was held at gunpoint, or may have fallen asleep just before print (oops), we may never really know. But for scientists and researchers who have sought proof that the "stupid gene" exists, yesterdays posting by victim Erik Sorenson, was a goldmine of evidence.

One doctor from the University Health Network of Ontario was quoted as saying, "As rare as a picture of the giant squid, we have seen through print media, the manifestation of the ‘stupid gene’." Ten years ago The New England Journal of Medicine published the now infamous "Relationship Between Smog, Dirty Water & the Stupid Gene". In this controversial research study, it was proposed that some individuals who live near smog soaked and polluted water environments, may develop FFS, or Fetal Fecal Syndrome. Those predisposed to the disease have the stupid gene. Specifically, chromosome 21 is mutated.

In normal individuals, the liver filters out toxic fecal fluid or matter. But for people with damaged chromosome 21, the liver is dysfunctional, and thus the victims become full of fecal toxins, which causes a neuritic plaque build up on the hippocampus cells of the brain. This in turn causes cognitive impairment (stupidity), learning disorders, and severe distortions of reality (Mengele et al., NEJM, 1995). To satisfy their constant need for the security of attention, the diseased such as Mr. Sorenson, exhibit childish and impudent outbursts or rants like that seen in Monday's This Canada commentary.

It was probably just a coincidence that a couple of years ago, we were treated to another rare peek at the disease in action, when Margaret Wente wrote "her article" for the Globe. Of course, not all journalists from this region of the country have the stupid gene, this would be stereotyping, and that would be stupid. However, researchers who wrote the NEJM article say that several environmental factors are at play in the activation of the stupid gene. Likely factors are: breathing thick smog, drinking dirty lake water, and having high cholestoral. All factors block oxygen to the brain. The high cholestoral build up results from the typical Toronto diet of fries, burgers, and other entrail food products.

There is good news. We can change what we can control, environmental factors; and there is also the promise of stem cell treatments, and transplants. First of all, isn’t it about time we cleaned up the water supply from Lake Ontario and Lake "Urine"? We CAN prevent fetal fecal syndrome and the full-blown "Stupid Gene Disease", by simply cutting the corporate dirty work, i.e., smog, stop drinking the water we pee out, and stop eating killed animal sinew. Ironically, taking Omega-3 rich seal oil capsules can lower cholesterol.

No, Sorenson's parents were not brother and sister, nor man and sheep. It’s time society took the stupid gene disease seriously, brought it out of the closet, and demanded Medicare coverage for treatments. With an upcoming election, let’s use the sad case of Mr. Sorenson in a positive way, and get our elected officials to put money into treating the problem. Dr. James Watson, co-discoverer of the DNA double helix, is a strong advocate of harvesting stem cells from healthy umbilical cords, which can replace the stupid gene cells. As well, stem cell transplants are done at both Mount Sinai and Princess Margaret Hospitals. If you have a family member with the stupid gene disease, you may be a genetic match. However, doctors from the UHN of Ontario, advise that perfect matches are most likely when the donor is not living in the Great Lakes region. Otherwise there would be a high risk of stem cell transplant rejection, due to similar geno-codes.

So while there is hope for the Erik Sorensons of the world, let’s be patient with the diseased, while we wait for a cure. Let’s clean up our attitude about the stupid gene disease, and for Cod’s sake let’s clean up the water, and air that stimulate the stupid gene in the first place. Let’s understand Sorenson, put money into research, and maybe someday he too can become a real fire fighter, garbage collector or even web editor. For now, Erik’s only career options are being a disease study subject, or a member of the Ontario Prejudice faction. But, good luck Erik, I pray you will go far!


Erik Sorenson said...

So many words, and still you misquote me and say that I slag all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Not so, just about 10 of the thickest, most rearward facing and dispiriting humans in your province. The types that constantly moan and wail about "past injustices" (real or imagined) rather than doing anything about it. Just laziness, I guess.

Oh, and let's nationalize another private enterprise, or build up more government infrastructure. All the while wailing about lack of private investment, jobs, opportunities natural resource development, you name it. Not one constructive thought. scare away investment for all time by nationalism ... which is what Sue's purchase of FPI would be.

If you are part of Sue's 10, so be it. You must be ... your post is just another moan and wail rather than saying, "the guy is curt, abrasive and bloody-minded, but he's right ... we are moaners, and we won't take responsibility for our own destiny, and we won't hold Williams & Co to account for failure to deliver a long-term development strategy and plan towards self-sufficiency".

Instead, it seems more important for you wo moan about my use of NL&L. Way to go. You really got your province's priorities sorted out! And what a positive, forward-thinking thought!

I rest my case.

kodak said...

Wow, where to start with a person like you. First I have to correct you out on a number inaccuracies in your comment. To assess my original satirical comment in response to previous insulting comments you made in Sue’s Blog entitled, "On the Dole "eh" What do Ontarians think?" , as moaning and wailing, then I can only gather that you didn’t read it, or maybe skimmed and missed the point entirely, and read it and still missed the point. You had asked for some original comments from Newfoundlanders, so you got it from me. But did you recognize that? Nosiree Jethro! So to clump me in with some authortative sounding, “group of 10”, conjured up by you in a Nazi-anti Jew type propaganda tirade, including the mentioning of rodents, vermin, as did the Nazis in their hate filled anti-Jew film, is your mistake. Your fixation on your repetitive, boring and tired “moaning and wailing” theme, has wiped out any rationality that you may have had, and your short attention span shows your ignorance and lack of attention to detail. Read man, Read.

Ok, let’s get to your current response here. You said I misquoted you by saying you slagged all Newfoundlanders. Well here’s some of your own words that certainly seem to encompass more than just the “group of 9”:
From Sue’s blog comments: “…. If you folks can't decide and act out your own destiny, then don't expect anyone else to do it for you. Or don't accuse everybody else of doing so” … “Remember, YOU are responsible for YOUR destiny. And if Danny isn't hacking it for you, then for God's sake get off your duffs and do something about it!”

Then there’s this comment from your own site:
“I figured that I should not do any work either, for a shifless bunch of whiners. BTW, who goes to the bathroom for you, considering that you are too lazy to do it yourself? Just wondering, not applying for the post. Too sh***y a job. But a job, nevertheless, for a Newfoundlander. Or should more Russians just be imported again to fill this NL “skill gap”?”
( again the insult is that a Newfoundlander can only perhaps quality for the lowest occupation, and even that is doubtful)

And this: “It’s just a few Newfies, but they must be amongst the most stupid in their province ..” amongst the most stupid in their province. There is an inference there and you know it, because you are of the generation that seems to think that it is your God given right to insult Newfoundlanders, without reprise, that inferring that all Newfoundlanders are in fact stupid is a given.“

Here’s the stereotype right from the megaphone that is you mouth: “Because, you see, it’s infinitely easier to sit on your duff, collect pogey for the rest of the year after only working 10 weeks, and moaning rather than actually doing something about their “plight”.

Now Erik do you know any of the commentors? Do you know if they collect pogey? Are they all just sitting on their duffs after working for only 10 weeks? Well this is the past image that you so lovingly allude to what Newfoundlanders are obsessed with, yet you like to extend your own perception of the past. Hyprotrical.

Second, have you ever heard of lobbying? That is a constructive, democratic, and civilized way to advocate for a positive change in society. This I would hope is constantly done since it’s communication from people to people who have been elected to listen to the people. Lobbying is getting off your arse to do something constructive, so is writing blogs that stimulate thought and discussion, and so is putting a positive outlook on the province’s potential, all of which I have personally done.

By the way, there are people who have serious concerns about everything in every province, To suggest that they are all moaners and wailers is just what you and others would like the public to believe. It could be another catch phrase for Newfoundlanders now, which I’m sure that’s what you would like to happen.

I'm a positive person and like to read blogs and write ones because I enjoy peoples' use of words, their analyes of governments, pro and con, or any given situation or event, and sometimes doing so myself. But they don't put groups of people down. But you try to make Newfoundlanders your punching bag and you're gonna get punched back with words.

Your repetitive and condescending comment about taking control of our own destiny, is such bitter comment, like we need a bigot from Ontario to teach us about locus of control. What a stupid comment presented in a presumptious way. I have family members who work more in one week than you perhaps have in a typical month. Oh yeah, try using the word "newfie" again with the connotation you put with it, and you'll be wasting your typing because it won't get printed here.

Table Mountains said...

wente didn't hide behind a shield of anonymonity.

kodak said...

typo in last response, should be "Hypocritical" not Hyprotrical.