3 September 2006
Forgo in this moment the comfort of habitual response. Ideas begone! Words begone! Unfrock thyself before thy perceptions and know the naive wonder of the babe.
~ Josh Mitteldorf
2 September 2006
“I believe in all that has never yet been spoken. I want to free what waits within me so that what no one has dared to wish for may for once spring clear without my contriving.”
1 September 2006
Pharmaceutical research has produced a dizzying array of cures that work for some people but not for others. Worse, medications produce side-effects in a subset of people that prevent their being prescribed for others who might benefit from them.
The logical next step is to determine who can benefit from which therapy. Now that genetic testing is cheap and available, a compilation of relevant data is beginning. The approach is being tried for leukemia and Crohn’s disease, and contemplated for heart disease and arthritis. In particular, cholesterol-lowering drugs have been widely prescribed, but cholesterol seems to be related to disease risk for some people but not others.
Compiling genetic databases and correlating them with therapeutic histories is a feasible task which should be enormously instructive, and may eliminate much of the frustrating trial and error from medical practice.
31 August 2006
appreciation from a modern-day tenderer-than-thou collectivist (and
30 August 2006
“In 1927, the Democratic Party
had died and was awaiting burial.
“Then, as the Mississippi waters rose, one politician, the state’s electricity regulator, stood up on the back of a flatbed truck rigged with loudspeakers, and said, roughly,
“‘Listen up! They’re lying! The President’s lying! The rich fat jackals that are drowning you will do it again and again and again. They lead you into imperialist wars for profit, they take away your schools and your hope, and when you complain, they blame Blacks and Jews and immigrants. Then they drown your kids. I say, Kick’m in the ass and take your share of the wealth you created.’
“Huey Long was our Hugo Chavez, and he laid out a plan: a progressive income tax, real money for education, public works to rebuild Louisiana and America, Social Security old age pensions, veterans benefits, regulation of the big utility holding companies, an end to what he called, “rich men’s wars,” and an end to the financial royalism of the elite One Percent.
“Huey Long even had the audacity to suggest that the poor’s votes should count...”
Huey Long was born this day
29 August 2006
“The dread of evil is a
much more forcible principle of human actions than the prospect of good . .
. What worries you masters you.”
28 August 2006
I hear the voice of every
creature and plant
Write a thousand luminous
And join us in this love!