Just another ghost in the machine.
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Kredu tiujn, kiuj serĉas la veron. Dubu tiujn, kiuj trovas ĝin. -André Gide
Got this message today. Preordered it on 17 May. Looks like it’s time to revisit Twin Peaks again…
Karl Penhaul, reporting from Gaza on the death toll of Palestinian children, in the aftermath of the death of a boy named Mohammed:
You’ll never get to meet little Mohammed. But his friend next door wants to tell you a bit about him. Top of the class at math. Barcelona football star Lionel Messi was his hero. He would always say Messi was an amazing football player. He loved football, he worshipped Messi, she says…
Imma just let this sit here
Everything is information.
Been waiting for this kind of nanorobotics methodology to become the future of medicine. Still a long ways off it seems, unfortunately. We should eventually get to the point where doctors can program treatments, vaccines, and the like, much like you would write code to program computers right now. This would instruct some theoretical machine to synthesize nanomachines, which, upon injection, should adhere to their local operating environment and obey the laws of physics that govern their particular molecular arrangement, and ‘algorithmically’ carry out their duties at the molecular level—in/on cells, DNA, viruses, bacteria, etc. These treatments would be customized per-patient and highly targeted, quite different than the messy shotgun approach used now in medicine, e.g. with pills, radiation, chemo, and so on, which tend to leave mass cellular casualties in their wake.
I don’t know — you would think Tumblr could come up with a more pleasing way to display nested reblog commentary?
Liking the sound of this upcoming Savant album. (Preview of many or all of the tracks.)
…[F]or the first time in my reporting life, [I feel] scarred, deeply scarred by what I have seen…
Leaving Israel and beleaguered Gaza far below me, I lay back in my BA seat headed for London. I donned my headphones and listened to Bach’s heavenly violin concerto in E major, and wept, as I rarely have as an adult.
I wept for two peoples with remarkable similarities. Two peoples of extraordinary gifts and ability. Two peoples living in an area far smaller than England, one of which besieges the other, both of which target each other’s civilians.
This is humankind’s most grievous cancer, for its cells infect conflicts in every corner of the world. We fail as humankind if we do not devise a coming-together. Our leaders, as a vast priority, have to try and try again to use every mechanism in our rare animal capacity - our considerable intellects – to bring these peoples to resolution whatever the cost.
— Jon Snow, veteran journalist from the UK
24 July 2014 - Beit Hanoun, Gaza. Around 13-15 people were killed and 150 more injured, including many children, when shells landed around a playground area of a UN-run shelter. It is unclear who was responsible for the massacre, but the consensus right now seems to be Israel. Naturally, the video report above at the scene and the hospital is disturbing, but I believe it is important to bear witness to what is happening in Gaza.
Non-medically-trained family members of victim(s) killed by people whose eventual execution is botched because an experimental drug cocktail fails to efficiently do the trick aren’t exactly the best judge of or authority on what does or does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment.
Mass incarceration, perhaps the greatest social crisis in modern American history, is without parallel on a global scale
"Although our level of crime is comparable to those of other stable, internally secure, industrialized nations,"the report says, "the United States has an incarceration rate far higher than any other country."
Some individual states like Louisiana contribute disproportionately, but no state is free from mass incarceration. Disturbingly, many states’ prison populations outrank even those of dictatorships and illiberal democracies around the world. New York jails more people per capita than Rwanda, where tens of thousands await trial for their roles in the 1994 genocide. California, Illinois, and Ohio each have a higher incarceration rate than Cuba and Russia. Even Maine and Vermont imprison a greater share of people than Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, or Egypt.