Thursday, January 12, 2017

 

Nightmare Scenario

Colistin--'our antibiotic of last resort'--has, like all other drugs, succumbed to bacterial resistance, caused in large part to human misuse of antibiotics in meat animal feed. As reported at The Atlantic, if a bacterium with resistance to all other antibiotics picks up the colistin-resistant gene, the result is a pan-resistant bacteria.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

 

Faking the News

Faking news is far from new; ironically, hyping the fake news phenomenon at the Washington Post and elsewhere in mainstream media is itself fake. As reported at The Intercept, the false and misleading reports of threats to Americans from foreign governments hacking electoral and electrical systems in the US are the result of reckless sensationalism — now practiced by mainstream media — that is all about generating revenue, not revelations.

Monday, January 02, 2017

 

A Troubling Moment

Civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson says his Equal Justice Initiative to commemorate the racial violence--that included 4,000 lynchings in 12 states of the American South between 1870 and 1950--is aimed at creating an awareness and appreciation of the history that led to millions of Black Americans fleeing to ghettos in the North as refugees of that terror. Living in Montgomery, where there are 59 markers and monuments to the Confederacy, Stevenson says there are none that acknowledge the horror of slavery. The mobilization of racial resentment by the incoming president, in order to gain political power, concerns Stevenson, saying,

I am most worried about the poor and vulnerable people who have had to endure lifetimes of bigotry and discrimination, and who are now going to have to continue meeting those challenges without the possibility of a Justice Department that will protect them. ...I certainly think it is a troubling moment in American history when someone can employ this rhetoric of hate and division and bigotry and become elected to the presidency of the United States.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

 

Killing Hope

It is amusing to witness the media obsession with election hacking allegedly conducted by Russia. Did it affect the outcome? Probably not.

Certainly not like the US-sponsored coups that have taken place worldwide since 1945. I mean, those alone could fill a book. As a matter of fact, they have.

It's titled Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II.

Friday, December 16, 2016

 

The Old Days

As Slim Charles remarked in the Shakespearean HBO crime series The Wire, “The thing about the old days is that they’re the old days.” The current liberal media fascination with conflicts of interest of the incoming Presidential Cabinet members is based on perspectives of the old days. Starting January 20, there will no longer be conflicts of interest between government and industry; rather, their interests will be one and the same.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

 

Hooker Couture to Soft Porn

With the election of a ‘pussy-grabbing’ President of the United States of America, The Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood is a timely topic. This cultural phenomenon didn’t just begin, but it has escalated from First Lady Michelle Obama celebrating the hooker couture of Beyonce, to the soft porn of former nude pin-up model Melania Trump.

As Melissa Farley of Prostitution Research and Education observes, “Media literacy resource material must include resources on sex stereotyping and also specific education on the damaging effects of the media’s sexualization of children, with recommendations for ways to discuss these issues with children of different ages.”

“These resources,” she says, “can decrease the toxic media sexualization of girls, encouraging them to grow up with a sexuality that is not imposed on them by pimp and pornography-dominated cultures.”

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

 

Fresh Air

As noted in Out in the Open: Remarks on the Trump Election, published November 16, 2016 at the Bureau of Public Secrets,
Powerful though they may be, irrational popular tendencies are not irresistible forces. They contain their own contradictions. … In the long run the only way to defeat reaction is to present more forthright expressions of these aspirations, and more authentic opportunities to fulfill them. When basic issues are forced into the open, irrationalities that flourished under the cover of psychological repression tend to be weakened, like disease germs exposed to sunlight and fresh air.
Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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