01) Waking Up With Sam Harris #77 – The Moral Complexity of Genetics (with Siddhartha Mukherjee)
“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Siddhartha Mukherjee about the human desire to understand and manipulate heredity, the genius of Gregor Mendel, the ethics of altering our genes, the future of genetic medicine, patent issues in genetic research, controversies about race and intelligence, and other topics.
Siddhartha Mukherjee is a cancer physician and researcher. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff cancer physician at the CU/NYU Presbyterian Hospital. A former Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford (where he received a PhD studying cancer-causing viruses) and from Harvard Medical School. His laboratory focuses on discovering new cancer drugs using innovative biological methods. He has published articles and commentary in such journals as Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, Neuron and the Journal of Clinical Investigation and in publications such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, and the New Republic. His work was nominated for Best American Science Writing, 2000. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. His most recent book is The Gene: An Intimate History.”
01) Manchester Attack: What we know so far about Salman Abedi – BBC News
“BBC’s Daniel Sandford reveals information we know so far about the suspected Manchester momber Salman Abedi.”
Farage on Manchester attack: What is our government going to do?
My condolences to the families of these children and kids…and best wishes to the survivors.
You know…tolerance is a two way street…You cannot expect to be tolerated, when you refuse to tolerate others and make yourself intolerable…
…And mutilating to death eight year old girls [amongst other kids], is not compatible with making yourself tolerable.
Something has got to be done, to bring this clear evil to heel…Words of defiance, saying “our culture wont change”, are utterly useless…They are a cowardly sidestep…and they don’t address the actual point, that there are psychopaths blowing up children…amongst other human beings.
This is guerilla warfare in your home territory, UK…The same can be said when it happens in the USA, France or anywhere else.
Your home has been turned into a war zone…It’s time to start acknowledging this, and acting accordingly.
There are war criminals hiding in your jurisdictions…What are you going to do about them?
…Continue to sacrifice eight year old children to them?
Please forgive that I did little editing, and that there is a lot of noise…but, my voice should still come through clear.
Regarding Heart Progress, the whole intent behind my last post about it, was to give a final word, and make clear that I’m done discussing this issue…
…But, I see there are some who feel very strongly, about the validity of this group.
I’m not going to bring up Heart Progress again, beyond this post…but I will remain open to assessing future developments regarding them.
I need to respond to this specific portion, of a comment left by HP in the post linked above…
…I have not only thought long and hard, but also observed…largely staying quiet [I mean, two posts expressing concerns and reservations over five months, on a blog with almost 2000 posts, is hardly dragging you through the coals], while witnessing this sort of disorienting soup of activity under the “Heart Progress” name.
To give a little bit of perspective…things swung between the relatively tame…to the sometimes kooky…to things like suggesting that drawing a little bit of blood during a sexual activity with a child was okay [a la Frank B Cousins]…complete with a lack of response from other “Heart Progress” personalities…
I think I’m the only one who even responded to that…and it was not in support of it.
It’s been about five months of watching and observing…from myself, a person who’s been around in the online MAP community for about 20 years…and I’ve seen a lot of things come and go…I’ve seen a lot of good people get hurt, including by moles and other nefarious sorts who attempt embedding themselves into our community, just to stick a proverbial knife into people’s backs.
What I have witnessed under the “Heart Progress” banner, has sent up to many red flags, for me to just ignore them and say nothing…You can tell me I am wrong in my conclusion about the core group, and maybe I am…but this is the sincere conclusion I have come to, given roughly five months of exposure to “Heart Progress” activity.
I wont apologize for this…I’ve seen the depth and diversity of damage that moles have wrecked on the MAP community…My allegiance is to the valid integrity of the MAP community…When I sense there are people being dishonest, in attempts to undermine the MAP community…I can get quite fierce about it, in response.
I don’t apologize for that, just as I don’t apologize for sharing those screen captures…
…Frankly, what was stated in those screen captures, by the people behind those accounts, was absolutely believable…especially if you know how trolls tend to behave…And especially if you’re already pushed past the point, where you are believing the whole thing is a sham, anyway.
The point is…I have thought and labored over this, for a very long time…
…I’m not some hapless idiot, who just took the screen shots and published them out of the blue…
People would be foolish, to not heed my gut instinct, here…even if it turns out to be wrong.
“Heart Progress” has not earned the trust, that it clearly wants to be given.
Given everything that’s been going on…it’s got a mountain to climb, to gain that trust.
My concern is not whether or not my comments on “Heart Progress” upsets anyone…
…My concern is keeping people safe, and safeguarding the integrity of the MAP community.
01) facebook farce Leaked Facebook manual reveals staff have been given all-clear to allow vile posts such as ‘how to snap a bitch’s neck’
“The firm’s barmy rulebook has emerged revealing posts such as ‘F*** off and die’ and livestreams of violent deaths and self-harm bids are all permitted on the site.
Abuse such as “F*** off and die” is allowed as well because neither it nor the bitch remark are “credible threats”, the farcical document says.
Last month a man in Thailand streamed himself on the site hanging his 11-month-old daughter and killing himself.
The firm’s barmy rulebook, leaked to The Guardian, also permits videos of violent deaths […]
But one example of a post to be deleted is “Someone shoot Trump” because it is classed as a credible threat.”
So…Facebook is okay with allowing live video on it’s site, of parents murdering their own eleven month old infants?…But, a MAP or MAP sympathizer cannot even use their site, to express a message that “MAPs are human, too”?
You can have graphic descriptions on how to murder people…but calling for the end of hate speech against MAPs is “a credible threat” of some kind?
These are people who will shut your page down, right now, should you start doing anything remotely like what I sometimes do on this blog…discussing MAPs and MAP issues, as they exist.
…And they stand in judgment, claiming “a credible threat” has been posed, by solely discussing MAP social issues?!
Facebook has been known as a “no go” zone for MAPs most of it’s existence, do to it’s Orwellian practices.
Facebook has had a long standing practice, of prohibiting all humane representation of MAPs on it’s website, while simultaneously turning a blind eye to every kind of MAP dehumanization [and threat against MAPs] you can imagine.
…And it’s always been clear, due to the demented, violent hate speech that thrives on Facebook…that there is something deeply wrong with Facebook, and the people behind it.
Thing is…I never imagined it to be this bad…or the hypocrisy to be so warped.
Yeah, sure…Facebook employees are overworked, understaffed and dealing with an ill prepared guidebook…But if that’s the case, then where do they find the time and energy to target MAP pages, and treat them like a “high priority violation”?…
Do the people behind Facebook simply have a hard on, for censoring and screwing over MAPs?…Do they aspire to be a tool of genocide, against large classes of fellow human beings?
…”I’m going to eat you up, little boy…And I think I’ll start with your plump, little cock”…
I’ve never read The Shining, though I’ve meant too for years…So, I never realized such a stark reference to Danny Torrance’s penis was in the story.
I guess I now realize, why the strange dog [I thought it was a bear] suited guy in the movie, got such little time on screen…It was Danny’s vision…not Wendy’s…
…And they wasn’t going to have a big guy in a creepy dog suit, threatening to bit of a small boys penis…
However fortunate that is, as watching Danny flee to save his plump, little penis, surely would have been distressing…I have to admit, that I find Stephen Kings repeated references to children’s genitalia [and sexuality], rather intriguing.
I always liked how he never shied away from this sort of thing.
I loved the movie [not the mini series]…Think it’s time I at least got the audio book.
“Rep. Ruben Kihuen is a freshman congressman that represents Nevada’s 4th district, and campaigned on the idea that healthcare is a “basic human right.” Seemingly, he should be an ally in the fight for single-payer, but has yet to cosponsor H.R. 676. When confronted about this by a mother that lost her daughter due to a lack of insurance, he looked her in the eyes and rejected her plea. His constituents, however, weren’t too happy about that and quickly put him in his place.”