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About autismjungle

I am a Software Test Analyst. Shortly before I turned 21 I was officially diagnosed, although I had long suspected I was autistic. Welcome to my blog

Gordhan Charged. Abrahams a cat’s paw

Well it happened. I never thought it would. I never thought that Zuma would be so reckless, but I clearly underestimated him. Pravin Gordhan is to appear in court to face charges over his granting of early retirement and a … Continue reading

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Alternative therapies aren’t always harmless

Sometimes, people tolerate the use of alternative therapies by the parents of autistic children with the rhetorical question “what harm can it do?” As a story in The Guardian shows, the answer is “a lot”. From the opening paragraphs: Doctors … Continue reading

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Measles is no longer endemic to the Americas

Some good news in the fight against vaccine preventable diseases. The Americas (both North and South) have been declared free of measles. This is a huge step in permanently ending this disease. Measles appears to have evolved from Rinderpest (cattle … Continue reading

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“Absolutely Anything” reviewed – Four out of Ten (Edited)

I rented the DVD of Absolutely Anything, the last ever Monty Python film, and watched it. This is my review of it. The good news: it’s not as bad as some of the critics have said. The bad news: it’s … Continue reading

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The H.P.V. Vaccine is effective and safe

When a vaccine against H.P.V., a virus implicated in most cases of cervical cancer, came out, antivaxxers raged. They called it the “slut vaccine”, mined VAERS for reports, loaded anecdotes onto VAERS, and generally tried to attack the science behind … Continue reading

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With our toes on the edge of the abyss

Last year, South Africa had its feet at the edge of an abyss. President Jacob Zuma dismissed Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and replaced him with Desmond van Rooyen. Under huge pressure, four days later Zuma relented and replaced van Rooyen with former Finance … Continue reading

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Polio has reappeared in Nigeria

This is terrible. Polio has made a reappearance in Nigeria. Two new cases caused by wild-type virus have been reported in a country which not too long ago celebrated two years without a new case being diagnosed. The cases came … Continue reading

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