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I’m changing the format of this blog in the next few weeks. Basically a massive update because I really haven’t used it in a meaningful way in a few years.


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I’m participating in the hacking challenge. I’m not entirely sure I fit the definition, but I have some ideas.

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Great take down of Paternalist doctoring. Quality of life is not just being alive.


I am a big fan of Dr. Kevin Pho and his blog at KevinMD; I have read hundreds of posts on his site written by hundreds of authors, and while I may not have agreed with everything written, I never took issue with any single article…until yesterday.

Dr. Ashley Sumrall wrote an article titled “Does Brittany Maynard’s decision affect the future of oncology?“. My critique of what Dr. Sumrall wrote has nothing to do with the morality or politics behind medically assisted dying; it is about the ethics behind publicly questioning any person’s medical decisions. Let’s get to the article (excerpts from the article in italics, my responses in bold).

I recently read that Brittany Maynard took her own life. Plagued by glioblastoma, she chose to reject chemotherapy, radiation, and hospice. Tomorrow, I have a schedule packed with glioblastoma patients who personify courage, determination, and faith.


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A Fair(y) use tale 

A review of copyright law created by Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University using Disney. At times it’s a little jarring (it’s made of clips of Disney films), but it gets the point across.

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News stories that have trouble and enlightened me this week

MPs to consider debate on when human life begins

This debate gets recycled in Canadian politics anytime the current government doesn’t want you to remember the other bad thing they just did.  This time around they don’t want you to focus on the budget scandal (over spending, shady deals, or the phasing out of committees that examine corruption/spending in the government.) Yes, we should be concerned that a woman’s right to choose and right to receive proper medical care is potentially under attack in Canada. But remember it’s almost always a distraction. 

Lockdown : The coming war on general-purpose computing

 Cory Doctorow’s look at the long history of copyright and general computing. 

Is this still a democracy? You be the judge

Is Canada still a democracy. An argument to prove that we may be as wonderfully democratic or free. It’s a decent summary of some of the articles I have posted early about scientists being muzzled and closed budgets.

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Re-blogging of articles that make me think, wonder, and worry.

Are Canada’s federal scientists being ‘muzzled’?

I had posted the BBC version of this article several weeks ago. It seems it took that long for Canadian reporters to catch wind of it.  Which makes me even more concerned. 

Resistance to antibiotics could bring “the end of modern medicine as we know it”, WHO claim

This story has been floating around since the late 1990s. I learned about antibiotic resistance while studying biology in high school. What my brain didn’t put together was that surgery may no longer be possible or considered minor without them. The  over use of antibiotics to cure colds as well as in food production will lead to changes in how health care will be handled. I am hoping that the difficult to use bacteriophages  may become a viable option.

Save the Internet from the US

(Admittedly, I am not familiar with the organization responsible for the petition. I suggest finding another site for your  home country. I am often weary of signing these petitions because it gives these people my information. I opt to write my members of parliament.)

 This type of law keeps floating around in various parts of the world. The idea that the government should be allow to monitor what you are looking at on the Internet. Part of it is often disguised as ‘good intentions’ to catch criminals, providing the argument that : ‘clearly since you aren’t a child molester you’d have nothing to hide.’ The other part is to catch pirates, which means often these laws are backed large corporations that don’t have your interests in mind, but their interest to make money off of you.  Either which way, no one should have the right to examine your search history without your permission. 

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Canada commission issues details abuse of native children

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

A look at Canada’s dark and surprisingly often forgotten history of residential schools and other abuses of aboriginal children. Children where taken from their families and forced to practice Christianity. (I admittedly went to a great elementary school that taught us about residential schools in detail. I’m always shocked when my fellow Canadians are ignorant of our, for lack of a better word, bad side.)

How to delete your Google Browsing History before new policy

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/320137#ixzz1nWPP2cnu

Because we don’t want people to track our every movement. 

Men who hate Women

‘We Have No Choice’: One Woman’s Ordeal with Texas’ New Sonogram Law

Writer Carolyn Jones’ description of her experience with the new sonogram law. Her unborn child was described to her in detail before allowing her to receive the option of terminating her child that was medically deemed to be suffering. 

Great Moments in Not Knowing Shit About Birth Control

Jezebel’s collection of all the weird and ignorant opinions on birth control. Once again, people are claiming that women are whores because they want to plan their pregnancy, require birth control to regulate their menstrual cycle, or a variety of other health reasons.

Wisconsin GOP To Battered Women: Don’t Get Divorced

 Wisconsin GOP’s efforts to label single parenthood as a form of child abuse.  <<Clearly, it’s always the mother’s fault, it has absolutely nothing to do with the father.  Nor are men ever abused by women, because that’s impossible, since women are only prone to fainting and cooking dinner. Also, men can’t be single parents since taking care of their children is not parenting, but babysitting. (Sarcasm)>>

New Hampshire Law Mandates Doctors Tell Women Scary Stories Before Abortions

Basically, if you have an abortion you are apparently at a higher risk for breast cancer. “It is scientifically undisputed that full-term pregnancy reduces a woman’s lifetime risk of breast cancer. It is also undisputed that the earlier a woman has a first full-term pregnancy, the lower her risk of breast cancer becomes, because following a full-term pregnancy the breast tissue exposed to estrogen through the menstrual cycle is more mature and cancer resistant.”  — In that case people that don’t have babies would also  have a higher risk of Breast cancer. Essentially, have a baby or die…I’ll take my 3.5% risk thank you very much. (the best comment on this story is the first one.)

Anti-abortion activism escalating, warns clinic targeted by vigil

Anti-abortion fever spreads to the UK, because everyone needs to have their say in other people’s business.  If medical practitioners stop providing this procedure,  women will have to go back to the dangerous practice of using a coat hanger and other unimaginable practices to abort the unwanted pregnancy. 

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