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RoseWrites
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I've been writing consistently (okaaay, struggling) online since 2010. My formal education includes: music (piano), nursing, orthotics/prosthetics (artificial limbs), and ophthalmic (eye care) assisting.

I love to tackle human and animal rights issues and anything related to the betterment of society and our planet. Sometimes, I design fun "slice of life" designs on Zazzle for my Sousababy store to help raise funds for various causes.

Oh and I love to dabble in the humour niche. I'm an amateur cartoonist and wannabe comedian. You can view my fun skits at my Rose Webster YouTube channel.

For a directory of my articles (by topic): RoseWrites.netboard.me

NEW: A Blog for the Underdog includes lesser-known Zika information, cool stuff, and quips about the online world.

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Technology
by RoseWrites
2 years ago
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Wolbachia-Infected Mosquitoes Might Reduce Dengue, Enhance Zika, and Cause a Million Souls to Become Sterile

The carelessness of our public health authorities over the Zika virus has disappointed me immensely this past year. And just when I thought there would be some signs of remorse, WHO's director-general, Dr. Margaret Chan, blamed the vector control strategies of countries in southeast Asia. Meanwhile, she has known since February 2016 that Culex mosquitoes were also a likely Zika vector that require entirely different eradication methods. But even worse: Wolbachia-infected Aedes mosquitoes have been released in various regions of the world for the past six years. And while Wolbachia in Aedes may not be transmitted to humans; Culex mosquitoes are capable of acquiring it and transmitting it. Culex are able to infect humans with filarial worms infected with Wolbachia. And Wolbachia seem to play an inordinate role in diseases. For weeks I pored over studies and found to my utter shock that Culex with Zika and Wolbachia could be responsible for some of the most devastating outcomes for human life.

Technology
by RoseWrites
2 years ago
Egos: The Real Reason Scientists are Unable to Solve Zika Mysteries

Once I researched Wolbachia some more, I realized there has been a dangerous precedent already set in motion in California, Brazil, Columbia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Australia. Two separate research teams found Culex infected by a specific type of Wolbachia caused a totally unexpected result: an increase in West Nile and malaria infections. Culex already harbor Wolbachia, however, there are numerous strains of this bacteria. Since the WHO has finally admitted that Culex are also a vector of Zika, I felt it was prudent for Florida (and other regions of the world) to be aware of the risks involved with Wolbachia-based mosquito control and to test out whether local Culex - that will eventually acquire it naturally from the Wolbachia-infected Aedes - will become (or are already) a more worrisome vector of the Zika virus.

Technology
by RoseWrites
2 years ago
Zika: The Warnings About Wolbachia and Culex Our Health Authorities are Ignoring

Over the past few days, I've been shocked to see and hear obvious attempts to downplay Zika's similarities to West Nile virus. And what I discovered sent chills up my spine. It's possible that a seemingly harmless mosquito control method (using the bacterium Wolbachia) could enhance the Zika virus in Culex mosquitoes. And Culex have finally been acknowledged as a vector of Zika (by the WHO). In California and Florida, Culex mosquitoes are everywhere. And it appears that dangerous decisions have been (and are being) made by our public health authorities that we can never undo.

Health
by RoseWrites
2 years ago
100 shares
Zika Shrivels Testes, Drops Testosterone, and May Cause Infertility

It's not surprising that since the Zika virus has been found in semen for over six months, the virus continues to replicate in the male reproductive tract. And in mice, it appears to wreck havoc - destroying not only stem cells and sperm - but the cells that provide support and structure to the testes. In just three weeks, the horrifying results were: a 90 percent reduction in testicle size, low testosterone levels, low fertility, and eventual sterility. Should these results be found in human studies, the message is clear: men, women, and children need to do everything possible to protect themselves from the Zika virus.

Sports
by RoseWrites
2 years ago
Zika Cases Emerging From the Olympics

While mainstream media and Olympic partners were proclaiming that the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were Zika-free, I uncovered a disturbing public health department policy, a complete lack of Zika virus screening, and an information guide (given to athletes) by one Rio Olympic team doctor which included false and misleading statements. Honestly, I doubt we will ever know the true count of Zika cases acquired at the Olympics by athletes, tourists, or others. And sadly, the CDC appears to be ignoring regions that are highly vulnerable to epidemics of Zika. Largely in part because they refuse to acknowledge proof that Culex mosquitoes are also a vector of the Zika virus.

Environment
by RoseWrites
2 years ago
Safe Mosquito Eradication That Works: Using Coffee, Bti, Rubbing Alcohol, and a Cat

While researching the Zika virus, I discovered the safest, most effective ways to eradicate disease-carrying mosquitoes. Turns out: used coffee grounds sprinkled over stagnant water sources (like bromeliad flowers or leaves) acts as a larvicide and as a deterrent to egg-laying mosquitoes. If you live in a Zika-endemic area, I highly recommend Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis serotype israelensis). Two other ways I have remained bite-free: a spray bottle of 70 percent rubbing alcohol and my trusty sidekick, Editor Cat.

Lifestyle
by RoseWrites
2 years ago
Zika and Its Path: What Our Public Health Authorities Are Hiding

If a vaccine - over 20 years in the making - had the potential to cause a deadly cross-enhancement of the Zika virus whenever the Culex species of mosquitoes transmitted it, would the WHO and CDC try to keep that a secret? What if billions of dollars were at stake? I am completely unnerved by the actions of the CDC, WHO, and Health Canada. And I can't help shake this feeling there is more we are not being told. I walk you through some hunches and provide you with proof that (I hope) will cause you to ask more questions of our public health authorities.

Health
by RoseWrites
2 years ago
Zika Virus: Our Tainted Blood Supply

When various public health authorities and the media repeatedly said that the Zika virus is only in the bloodstream for a few days to a week, I wondered how that could be possible. Every week or two, a new finding revealed the Zika virus seems to hide in certain regions of the body - even becoming more virulent in some cases. So, I delved into how safe our blood supply is (both in the U.S. and Canada) and was completely floored by what appears to be systematic, intentional oversights by those who are trusted to ensure the safety of our blood supply.

Lifestyle
by RoseWrites
2 years ago
A Crime Against Humanity: How the CDC and WHO Are Promoting the Global Spread of Zika

After compiling months of research, I have grown completely disgusted with how our public health authorities (the WHO, CDC, and Health Canada) have been addressing the Zika crisis. They are employed by us, taxpayers, to protect all citizens (including pregnant women and their babies) from diseases. In the very least (without a cure or vaccine in sight) they should be mitigating the spread of disease. What that means is: travel restrictions, prophylactic spraying of aircraft and shipping containers, and screening large groups of people coming from Zika-endemic areas (such as prisoners from Puerto Rico). What's more, since the spring, crucial research has been completely ignored by public health authorities. I firmly believe that both Aedes aegypti and Culex mosquitoes (which are prevalent almost everywhere in the world) can transmit the Zika virus to humans.

Health
by RoseWrites
2 years ago
Another Mosquito Carries Zika: The Proof Health Authorities and Media are Ignoring

In March 2016, disease experts came away from the Summit on Controlling Aedes aegypti in Maceio, Brazil completely unsure of which vectors were responsible for the spread of the Zika virus. Dr. Fiona Hunter, one of few medical entomologists in Canada, told the Globe and Mail in March (2016), "The fact that there are no data as far as I can tell that Aedes aegypti is driving this Zika epidemic just flabbergasts me." After conducting my own search, I discovered that there was - and still is - huge pressure within the scientific and medical community (and in mainstream media) to keep the sole focus on two types of Aedes mosquitoes. I'm unsure why the WHO, CDC, and Health Canada are ignoring crucial data, but they are failing in their duties to protect public health. In this article, I walk you through what I've uncovered.

Health
by RoseWrites
2 years ago
Zika Facts You Are Not Being Told and CDC's Cover-Up

Culex mosquitoes are 20 times more prevalent than Aedes and they blanket all of the U.S., Canada, and Europe. And yes, the Zika virus has been found in its salivary glands. What's more: the CDC has been using a flawed Zika test that misses about 40 percent of infections. And while our health authorities are pushing a vaccine (that won't be ready for years), 2.6 billion people stand to be infected. The only short-term answer is to enact travel restrictions (level 3) right now.

Business & Money
by RoseWrites
3 years ago
How-To Check Your Blogger Blog's EU "Cookie" Notice (Pictorial Guide)

Just when you thought your Blogger blog was running smoothly, you get notification that makes you wonder. And it's fabulous that Google adds this notification for you "as a courtesy." But then, you read that you (yes, you) are responsible to see if it all works. After I read some conflicting advice in another forum (not InfoBarrel), I decided to create a pictorial guide for those of you who just want a little peace of mind.

Business & Money
by RoseWrites
3 years ago
Amazon's Child Directed Policy: How-To Complete Your Declaration (Pictorial Guide)

If you are an Amazon associate, you have until August 31st, 2015 to declare that none of your sites are directed at children (under 13 years of age). Failure to complete this simple step means Amazon will withhold advertising fee payments. And on October 31st, 2015, Amazon will close the accounts of those who have not completed this online transaction. I took screenshots of each step (complete with simple instructions) so you will continue to receive your earnings from Amazon.

Entertainment
by RoseWrites
3 years ago
Dear Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of CBS

After I found out about CBS's new reality show, The Briefcase, I knew I had to try and pitch a better idea to Mr. Les Moonves. My gut reaction is this new reality show will flop. There is nothing gratifying about watching struggling families try to rationalize who deserves to be financially helped more. But there is great satisfaction in seeing deceptive business people forced to pay back those they have scammed.

Lifestyle
by RoseWrites
3 years ago
Mess-Free Healthy Homemade Ice Cream (Bonus: Chocolate With WowButter Bites)

Instead of buying frozen desserts, you can make them at home in less than 30 minutes. With the help of Zoku's ice cream maker, I made a gorgeous low-fat chocolate frozen dairy dessert with WowButter morsels in it. If you aren't allergic to peanuts, you could use peanut butter instead. Yes, it's worth it. You can also make sorbet, granita, gelato, and frozen yogurt.

Entertainment
by RoseWrites
3 years ago
Rhett and Link: Engineering Internetainers

If you haven't heard of Rhett and Link, you haven't lived. Ever since my daughter showed me footage of a 30-second commercial they created, I've been meaning to write about these two comedic geniuses. By trade, they are both engineers and lifelong pals. With impeccable timing and exceptional musical talent, they entertain and improvise for fans and guests on their wildly popular shows and podcasts.

Lifestyle
by RoseWrites
3 years ago
Dear Federal Trade Commission

Provide proof to the FTC about the Squidoo-HubPages transaction and provide water for Californians. Yes, I've decided to put my money where my mouth is. When I began to write online, I split my royalties 50% with charity. HubPages has kept my identity, profile, and 277 of my articles on their site (without my permission). And HubPages has withheld everything from me (including ad share revenue, Amazon and eBay royalties). I've launched a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission but I might need your help to get water to our Californian friends.

Lifestyle
by RoseWrites
3 years ago
Dreamy G-F Apple Crisp With WowButter

If there was ever a way to make apple pie healthier, it has to be apple crisp. Plus who needs all the extra work of making a pie crust? Let alone a double pie crust or a fancy lattice one. It's just too much work. I wanted to find a way to add a protein source to apple crisp and skip the flour entirely. Finally, by using gluten-free oats and WowButter (a peanut-free alternative to peanut butter), I found a way. If you aren't on a gluten-free or peanut-free diet, I've included easy tweaks and substitutions.

Business & Money
by RoseWrites
3 years ago
Paul Edmondson: Ban Sousababy From HubPages

The truth travels fast and far online. I was thrilled to learn that HubPages lost 1200 authors in one week. The main reason? The Edmondsons admitted to "editing" the content of abandoned (aka "inactive") accounts. Paul Edmondson confirmed: by posting your content on HubPages, you've granted them the right to modify your work (without your permission). I found out it would cost me a lot of money to see justice done. I asked for Amazon's help and now it's time for the Federal Trade Commission to step in.

Lifestyle
by RoseWrites
3 years ago
G-F WowButter Carrot Cake (With G-F Low Fat Cream Cheese Icing)

With carrot cake, you never know what you're gonna get. It's either too bland, too spicy, has too much icing or some stale piece of walnut in it. Now that I bake gluten-free and peanut-free, I thought I'd make it with Crunchy WowButter and avoid the stale walnut experience. The great thing about carrot cake is that it contains healthy carrots. With just a sprinkle of pure icing sugar or with my gluten-free, low fat cream cheese icing, I think you and your family will love this recipe.

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