notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Get thee to a laboratory

Well, the object of my scorn today is not a blog, but is still nevertheless worthy of the Muck's evil eye. Yesterday, as I was drooling over my top choices for a new computer, I came across this curious news item. The long and short of it is that some British guy tested positive for HIV in 2002, and then tested negative in 2003. Apparently the tests were accurate, but doctors (of course) want to conduct further testing to find out how the hell this happened. If homeboy really did have HIV, and managed to get rid of it somehow, a closer look might provide clues to a cure for one of the worst plagues of the past 25 years. But check out this excerpt from the article:

A statement from the trust said: "This is a rare and complex case. When we became aware of Mr Stimpson's HIV negative test results we offered him further tests to help us investigate and find an explanation for the different results.

"So far Mr Stimpson has declined this offer."

Say what?!

By refusing further testing, Stimpy here is quite possibly throwing yet another obstacle in the path of dedicated researches who have been trying to find a cure for this thing for decades. It's also possible that he never had HIV to begin with - maybe there was a mix up at the lab, or maybe he's a giant fraud - but we'll never know without treating this bloke like the guinea pig he should be.

So he won't listen to the doctors, he won't listen to reason, and he won't listen to the 38 million people infected with this disease worldwide...

...but maybe he'll listen to the Muck.

It's time for us to do our part to get this guy in the lab. Ben, you're from London - do you know this joker? Even if not, let's spread the word that until he starts cooperating, Andrew Stimpson is on the NFTM Shit List. Who knows, maybe he's even reading this post right now...

For shame.