It feels like it is more precious than natural platinum hens teeth … and thrice as rare!
Spent the evening driving to the Glenaroua Landcare Meeting tonight. The session was interesting, and the side conversations are always fun, but it does take 5 hours out of your Thursday night … so by the time you drive back home, there’s not time to do much else other than the essentials.
This, among everything else, is why I’m still not around nearly as often as I was and would like, even though I do now have Internet connected once more …
You have been given the power to bring one of these people back to life:
Who do you bring back and why?
I finally get given Necromancy skills, and there’s a catch! Typical!
I had to struggle on this for a whole 45 seconds … which, in my brain, is an eternity.
I don’t think we need John Lennon back. I mean, the reality is he was nearing the end of his bell curve anyway, and the last thing we need is yet another comeback tour by another artist who’s era is now over.
This leaves Jim and Carl.
Now, Jim was a master. A man who’s creations still bring a smile and joy to faces around the world, and it would be wonderful to have him come back and create some new creatures and shows … but I wonder if, like bygone musicians, his era has come and gone?
That leaves Carl.
A keen scientific mind that was determined to report the truth based on scientific reasoning and evidence. Who else would be the perfect candidate to return and tell us the truth of the experience of death and what was on the other side of that trip?
Well, to be more precise, I guess I was happy to believe a line about evil profiteering pharmaceuticals …
After going back and doing a little bit more research about the previous post (Pharmaceuticals ignore cancer cure …) I discover a more detailed analysis and response to the situation:
Unfortunately, the New Scientistarticle and articles in the Edmonton Sun featured headlines to that effect and quotes bythe investigator Evangelos Michelakis lamenting how he had had difficulties finding funding to do the next step, clinical trials in cancer. As a result of these sensationalistic stories, unscrupulous “businessmen” sought to bring DCA to the masses. A frenzy of sorts was unleashed, with desperate cancer patients scrambling to find DCA. If you’re interested in the details, scroll to the end of this post for a list of the numerous blog posts that I did on the topic as the story was evolving. That’s the past, and all the “Insolence” and science are there for you if you want to read it.
and read it I did.
One has to remember that cancer is not just one disease. Not only that, but even a single type cancer is often not just one disease. As I have written extensively about before, cancer is incredibly complex. Because of that complexity, it’s incredibly unlikely that any one drug will be any sort of “magic bullet” to cure cancer. Worse, simply using a drug like DCA outside the auspices of well-designed clinical trials will virtually guarantee that we will never know for sure whether the drug actually works. Because of that, as frustrating as it is, as slow as it is, letting science take its course to determine if DCA works, how it works, and for what cancers it works is the best method to make sure that the most patients are helped and the fewest are harmed. I don’t say this because I want DCA to fail; I say it because I want DCA to be shown to be an efficacious treatment for cancer.
Researchers at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada have cured cancer last week, yet there is a little ripple in the news or in TV. It is a simple technique using very basic drug. The method employs dichloroacetate, which is currently used to treat metabolic disorders. So, there is no concern of side effects or about their long term effects.
This drug doesn’t require a patent, so anyone can employ it widely and cheaply compared to the costly cancer drugs produced by major pharmaceutical companies.
Canadian scientists tested this dichloroacetate (DCA) on human’s cells; it killed lung, breast and brain cancer cells and left the healthy cells alone. It was tested on Rats inflicted with severe tumors; their cells shrank when they were fed with water supplemented with DCA. The drug is widely available and the technique is easy to use, why the major drug companies are not involved?/p>
Pharmaceutical companies are not investing in this research because DCA method cannot be patented, without a patent they can’t make money, like they are doing now with their AIDS Patent. Since the pharmaceutical companies won’t develop this, the article says other independent laboratories should start producing this drug and do more research to confirm all the above findings and produce drugs. All the groundwork can be done in collaboration with the Universities, who will be glad to assist in such research and can develop an effective drug for curing cancer.
Does this mean you now have internet? You have been missed sir.
Well, thank you for saying so good sir!
We have almost finished moving into Avondale Heights, and we have cancelled the internode service due to an inability to maintain an ADSL connection at the new place, and have instead booked Optus to connect up cable as of Friday.
In the meantime, I have absconded use of the interwebs via an increased cellular plan and “inappropriate use of IT resources” *cough*
In the 200,000 years since Homo Sapiens took her first steps across the African plains, just 57 billion people have ever lived.Astonishingly that means over 12% of all the people ever born are walking the planet at this very moment. Or to put it another way: one in eight people who have ever been born are alive today.
It amazes me that this is 2011 and that I am actually in a metropolitan area. I mean, I’m moving from an outer-outer-outer suburb (55Kms from the CBD) to an inner suburb a mere (12Kms from the CBD) and they can’t sort out internet connections?
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, they can barely manage a phone line.
Telstra, that once government owned monopoly of old, claimed that our phone line was connected and they had tested it and it was working, so, please pay up.
I responded that the phone line was not working, please confirm connection.
They responded that the problem must be with the internal wiring of the home and therefore my problem.
I responded that the telephone cable was wrapped around the telegraph pole on the other side of the road, so are land lines now delivered via wireless service?
Apparently a technician will be out on Monday afternoon (sometime between 1 and 4pm) to correct the issue …
“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”—Marcus Aurelius
This last week and a half has been hectic. I am in my usual situation of doing toooooooo many things and unable to give any of them up in fear that my life is very much a working reality special of a kerplunk game …
Which brings up another point. I realised that my entire life is run by fear. Fear, fear, fear and fear. It may seem strange to some people, but in all aspects of my life, fear is the biggest factor holding me back. They say that acknowledgement is half the battle … but without Jedi powers, how is one supposed to face the rancor that is the beast inside?
That aside, my mind space is filled with concepts that are fighting to come out. With the lack of either relaxation nor Internet connectivity or, for that matter, computing time … I am failing to get the opportunity to release them into any form of solid form. It’s an opportunity I need to make time for, because it is how I manage to solidify my thoughts and reshape my thinking.
My mind, in all honesty, has not been the same since my breakdown a few years ago. My mental acuity, at least from a very subjective point of view, does not seem to be at the same level as it used to be. Mind you, the amount of stress is also no longer there … so I sometimes wonder if the combination of stress, pressure, fear and drive created a constant “fight or flight” response that kept my mind at a level of activity that was (in hindsight) unsustainable, and thus my subjective view of my diminished intelligence and acuity? I don’t know how to answer that.
There are too many rancors in my mind’s dungeon … and this team status meeting is almost over, so I better sign off and get back to the consulting gig I’m working on.
Please send as much happybonuswondersuperdooperknocktheirsocksoffwowhowgoodareyouwemusthaveyoujuju positive vibes to @super-ingrid who is currently having her third and final interview for this role. It would be wonderful for her, for her career and for our finances after these last 6 months …
What does this mean to you? Well, for one thing Rovio is gathering your location data and all the information in your address book and saving it. They might be selling or trading it with third parties. Sorting through all the other things that can be done with this information without your permission is mind boggling.
We packed, moved and unpacked half our house this weekend … so, that’s all we did.
This week we are probably going to do the some more of the same every night as we discovered that since there is no TV, no internet and no computes at our place and while they are available at the rental place, there’s no electricity there until Thursday … that the range of pastime activities after 8pm come down to reading, sleeping and one other bedroom based activity.
Among the list of tasks, I still need to:
organise a gardener to spruce up the yards
finish the side retaining wall and garden
patch and paint the ensuite
patch and paint the study
fix the 3 skirting boards and one window architrave I have failed to fix
organise the window guys to replace the two cracked panes
organise a new front door
hire some rental furniture
List the property for sale
I also have to build some screens to put together a cat run at the rental as well …
I may not be relishing this part of the “plan” … I know that my goals require sacrifice, but this is ludicrous!
Ah, well, I have no one to blame but my own dreamy self. I wanted this farm plan and eco home … so I need to shut up and get on with it I guess.