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ugust 8, 2013
Crisis: Henrietta Lacks recognized, Obama 2x
  "Those who sacrifice liberty for
   security deserve neither."
   -- Benjamin Franklin [1]
    "All governments lie and nothing
    they say should be believed.
"
   -- I.F. Stone.









Sections
Introduction
1. Henrietta Lacks formally recognised as source of HeLa
     research cells

2. Obama pushed for tighter regulation of NSA surveillance
     as a senator

3. President Obama: “The Odds of Dying In a Terrorist
     Attack Are a Lot LOWER than They Are of Dying In a Car
     Accident”

About ME/CFS

Introduction:

There still isn't much Snowden-related or crisis-news, though that may be a coincidence. Also, the news about Henrietta Lacks does not fit the
crisis moniker. But it doesn't matter much, so here is some mostly amusing news, or so I shall take it.

1. Henrietta Lacks formally recognised as source of HeLa research
            cells


Right at the beginning of this year, I had no idea who Henrietta Lacks was. But then I saw a documentary by Adam Curtis, in February, and reported on her, who died in October of 1951, when I was 1:
Here she is with the comment I wrote then:

Henrietta Lacks (1920-1951)
Henrietta Lacks 1920-1951
Clicking the image leads to the Wikipedia article about her

Henrietta Lacks died in October 1951, but before her death from cancer some of a tumor growing in her cervix had been isolated, which turned out to keep multiplying when kept in a Petri dish, which was an absolute first, and which soon inspired hope that this discovery might help find a cure for cancer.

Well, at long last, one may say after the 62 years in which her cells have continued to be used, she gets formal recognition, as reported in the Guardian:
This article starts as follows:

For decades, scientists have used the cells of a woman who died young to conduct research that has prolonged innumerable lives. Now, for the first time, her contribution is to be formally recognised.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced on Wednesday that genetic research based on cells taken from Henrietta Lacks, known as HeLa cells, would include acknowledgement in published form of the woman and her life. The change in protocol, which strictly applies only to NIH grant recipients but which all researchers are encouraged to adopt, was welcomed by descendants of Lacks, who died in 1951. The move could also lead the way to better privacy measures for research participants and better data-sharing among scientists.

I leave the rest to you, and only observe that it took a long time and that the link to the Adam Curtis movie, from 1998, that is about Henrietta Lacks, still works and is quite worth seeing, if only because the cells that were taken from her multiplied and kept living ever since, and in 1998 had reached 400 times her own weight:
2. Obama pushed for tighter regulation of NSA surveillance as a
            senator


This is another article from the Guardian, though this was original to ProPublica, and is written by Kara Brandeisky:
He did, and not once - and I only quote the headings and not the text, that is indicated by (..):
As a senator, Obama wanted to limit bulk records collection. (..)
As a senator, Obama wanted to require government analysts to get court approval before accessing incidentally collected American data. (..)
As a senator, Obama wanted the executive branch to report to Congress how many American communications had been swept up during surveillance. (..)
As a senator, Obama wanted to restrict the use of gag orders related to surveillance court orders. (..)
As a senator, Obama wanted to give the accused a chance to challenge government surveillance. (..)
As a senator, Obama wanted the attorney general to submit a public report giving aggregate data about how many people had been targeted for searches. (..)
As a senator, Obama wanted the government to declassify significant surveillance court opinions. (..)
Of course, as a senator, Obama wanted to be president, and as a president he forgot all about this. Or that is the sympathetic reading, for on the unsympathetic reading he knows all about it, but feels quite proud of his many successful deceptions.

Anyway, you may still believe as you please about him (this may change), and here is more Obama:

3.
President Obama: “The Odds of Dying In a Terrorist Attack Are a
            Lot LOWER than They Are of Dying In a Car Accident”

This is from Washington's Blog, and again I only quote a small bit:
The bit I quote in fact is requoted from 2011, and shows Obama spoke the truth about this fact:

– You are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack

– You are 12,571 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack

— You are 11,000 times more likely to die in an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane

— You are 1048 times more likely to die from a car accident than from a terrorist attack

–You are 404 times more likely to die in a fall than from a terrorist attack

— You are 87 times more likely to drown than die in a terrorist attack

– You are 13 times more likely to die in a railway accident than from a terrorist attack

–You are 12 times more likely to die from accidental suffocation in bed than from a terrorist attack

–You are 9 times more likely to choke to death on your own vomit than die in a terrorist attack

–You are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist

–You are 8 times more likely to die from accidental electrocution than from a terrorist attack

– You are 6 times more likely to die from hot weather than from a terrorist attack

I don't know about the real accuracy of these statistics, but they are in the vicinity of the truth, and that is all that matters.

Even so, it is because of terrorism, the Obama government wants you to believe, that the NSA's wonderful anonymous and privatized wizards need to know ALL about you, in order to keep you straight and well-behaved.

As it happens, I never believed that story.

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Note
[1] Here it is necessary to insist, with Aristotle, that the governors do not rule, or at least, should not rule: The laws rule, and the government, if good, is part of its executive power. Here I quote Aristotle from my More on stupidity, the rule of law, and Glenn Greenwald:
It is more proper that law should govern than any one of the citizens: upon the same principle, if it is advantageous to place the supreme power in some particular persons, they should be appointed to be only guardians, and the servants of the laws.
(And I note the whole file I quote from is quite pertinent.)

About ME/CFS (that I prefer to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search machines) which is a disease I have since 1.1.1979:
1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS(pdf)

2. Malcolm Hooper THE MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT:  
PERSECUTION OF PATIENTS?
3. Hillary Johnson

The Why  (currently not available)

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2003)
5. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2011)
6. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

7. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
9.
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)



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