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cars posted 🔊 Communist telepaths defile amber waves of brain 🔊 (16 posts)

US officials have issued a health alert in China after a US government employee stationed there reported "abnormal sensations of sound and pressure" that indicated a mild brain injury.

The US State Department is looking into whether the incident is a "sonic attack," a US diplomatic official told CNN, similar to what happened in Cuba in 2016 and 2017, which led to a reduction in staffing at the nation's US embassy in Havana....

Cuban officials previously denied they had anything to do with the diplomats' health problems and said the whole affair might be the result of mass hysteria.

kamelred posted in NYT: Centrists Are the Most Hostile to Democracy, Not Extremists (25 posts)
every liberal who says they value education secretly suspects that better education can only lead to more liberals, demonstrating i think the degree to which they are just totally prepared to hand over the political reigns to google or whoever and give up the whole charade altogether

they were quite open in calling for formal disenfranchisement along these lines after the election of bush and trump. in fact from my facebook i get the sense that trump himself is less an adversary for these types than the people who voted for him, and who therefore ought to be disqualified from voting in the future. sure, you'll see lots of complaining about the man himself but the fangs really come out when it comes to his supporters. like for example theres a whole genre of feel-good puff piece that emerged after the election revolving around stories like "white trash trump voter hit with medical bankruptcy" and other occasions for smug misanthropic schadenfreude, which one could accept from someone who realizes stalin is cool but, obviously, amounts to an immensely hypocritical posture from the sort of person that pretends to give a shit about healthcare and so on. all the old horror stories about the company boss bitchslapping employees who voted democrat exist now as crowdsourced twitter blacklisting campaigns and again, its not easy to give a shit in such cases except to the extent that it tells you something about like, who is really the scrappy opposition movement here

in my head a lot of this stuff traces back to a style of analysis kicked off by whats the matter with kansas--not the book, which i havent read, just the question: why can middle america be persuaded by appeals to things like values, desires, ambitions, or vision as opposed to qualifications, experience, pedigree, or other features of mercenary technocrats? put another way: why do they vote against their "interests"? a question anyone not consumed by total cynicism can see is wrongheaded. cue the "but why do they hate us???" blubbering. it makes sense to characterize this as anti-democratic but its also just anti political, the primary feature of technocracy, like its just unbearably tacky to want things. one should rather admire the qualities of individual elites and select the most faithful steward of the capitalist system in every instance. that seemed to be very much the character of the hillary vs. trump debates among those who actually cared

its no surprise, then, that the default mode of armchair political analysis for liberals today centers around how masterfully putin duped the unwashed masses. they're all prepared to believe that democracy is just amoral information warfare, any resentment towards their terrible leaders is just a pathological contempt for reality and science, which are liberal, and the primary task for their movement is just to patiently explain elite consensus to everyone who will listen (i don't think noted buffoon sam harris would take any issue with their view, incidentally, which kind of tells you just how reactionary "centrism" has gotten). theres nothing democratic about this, obviously, and its supremely exasperating today to hear the old line about liberals are the real fascists and have to kind of pause and go "hmm." that all this is now framed as concern for the health and integrity of american democracy is completely nauseating and i pray every night that a movie star or someone will say so because i have no way of getting through on my own
jansenist_drugstore posted in there should be a thread for just posting funny pics, (4536 posts)
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MarxUltor posted in YEAR ONE (251 posts)
Congress just passed a "right to try" law which is claimed to allow terminally ill patients to try non-FDA-approved drugs. This is commonly advertised as specifically allowing poor grandma with cancer to get that high tech wonder drug which would definitely save her if only those stupid "medical safety" laws werent in the way.

This sounds completely OK! But of course, as the man said, no investigation, no right to speak soooooo

“(a) Definitions.—For purposes of this section—
“(1) the term ‘eligible patient’ means a patient—
“(A) who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease or condition (as defined in section 312.81 of title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor regulations));
“(B) who has exhausted approved treatment options and is unable to participate in a clinical trial involving the eligible investigational drug, as certified by a physician,"

Well that sounds responsible. Just to be sure, lets check that CFR.

(a) For purposes of this section, the term "life-threatening" means:
(1) Diseases or conditions where the likelihood of death is high unless the course of the disease is interrupted; and
(2) Diseases or conditions with potentially fatal outcomes, where the end point of clinical trial analysis is survival.
(b) For purposes of this section, the term "severely debilitating" means diseases or conditions that cause major irreversible morbidity.

So here's a problem or two with this.
Strep Throat has a high likelihood of death unless the course of the disease is interrupted. In fact, virtually every condition for which a working class person would be willing to accept the financial risk of seeing a doctor for in the US is a condition which could, in the right light, be considered lethal. An infected toenail is a bacterial infection that, if untreated, will spread to the body and kill you. It could pretty reasonably be argued that depression or many other mental illnesses fall into this category. Babies with the flu. Old people with pneumonia. etc.

Congress left it open to political appointees at FDA to modify this at any time by allowing for "ANY successor regulations" to expand the potential list.

Because the requirement is that patients have "exhausted approved treatment" what this law does is state that from this point forward, there is no compelling reason for drugmakers in amerika to actually bring any drugs to approval for any newly discovered medical conditions. Get it through phase 1 trials and then start advertising it to doctors. If a new disease has no approved treatments, and can be considered to have a risk of death, every victim may then have access to unapproved snake oils. Manufacturers are fully shielded from any liability for harms suffered under this law, and any harms caused by such experimental use cannot be held against them in trying to get the drug approved later.

Dimashq posted in YEAR ONE (251 posts)
NFL just banned kneeling during the national anthem. Americans are so fascist and so fragile my god
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