June 20, 2005
Rotation: Nostalgia 77
This week's soundtrack: The Garden by Nostalgia 77. Jazzy, funky, laid-back beats.
Makes me wish for a nyabinghi mountain solstice jam.
June 17, 2005
Poisoning Our Children
Read this. (You'll need to sit through a dumb advert to get to the article).
It's a story straight out of the most paranoid ravings -- government, big pharma, big money, secret meetings, coverup -- but this one's personal.
In 1982, the FDA proposed a ban on over-the-counter products that contained thimerosal [a mercury-based preservative], and in 1991 the agency considered banning it from animal vaccines. But tragically, that same year, the CDC recommended that infants be injected with a series of mercury-laced vaccines. Newborns would be vaccinated for hepatitis B within 24 hours of birth, and 2-month-old infants would be immunized for haemophilus influenzae B and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis.
And, in case you trust your elected representatives to do anything other than line their nests at the expense of your children, there's this:
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who has received $873,000 in contributions from the pharmaceutical industry, has been working to immunize vaccine makers from liability in 4,200 lawsuits that have been filed by the parents of injured children. On five separate occasions, Frist has tried to seal all of the government's vaccine-related documents -- including the Simpsonwood transcripts -- and shield Eli Lilly, the developer of thimerosal, from subpoenas. In 2002, the day after Frist quietly slipped a rider known as the "Eli Lilly Protection Act" into a homeland security bill, the company contributed $10,000 to his campaign and bought 5,000 copies of his book on bioterrorism. Congress repealed the measure in 2003 -- but earlier this year, Frist slipped another provision into an anti-terrorism bill that would deny compensation to children suffering from vaccine-related brain disorders.
Stinking corrupt liars, the pack of them.
June 16, 2005
Truth and Consequences
This afternoon, on the journey home, I was tuned in to Jay Severin's talk radio show... I heard him bashing on about some un-american Senator who dared compare American soldiers to Nazis.
Normally, I can just turn that stuff off, switch the channel, ignore the crap. But this is different. The full story is more subtle, and more important, than the right-wing hate machine would have you believe; and today I was more disgusted by their apologia than I've been in a long while.
Some of you should enjoy browsing John Cowan's weblog, if you don't already. He's an XML geek of the highest order, and also apparently the type of polymath you don't meet everyday. I can't follow even the half of his linguistic games.
He has some nice vignettes (The dangers of heuristic instantiation, about communications), and plenty of crunchy morsels (on the etymology of the oboe, the probability of being descended from Charlemagne and so on). Enjoy.
Please excuse the current domain name outage. D**s***s at clicknames didn't renew even though I paid them.
Meanwhile, my hosts file still works, so I can blog in isolation for a while.
June 15, 2005
My workaround was to install a Web proxy server in the virtual machine (I used FreeProxy, but there are plenty of alternatives); then to configure Internet Explorer in the virtual machine to use the local proxy: Tools --> Options --> Connections --> LAN Settings... --> "Use a proxy server...". (Screenshots: freeproxy, IE LAN settings)
Now I can keep all my VMs patched and up-to-date :-)
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