Carl Nathan’s History of Medicine [via Imgur] [#geekgirl]
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) = Nationally Sanctioned Corporate Monopoly [#geekgirl]
As the above video outlines, the hyper-secret Free Trade Agreement being currently brokered by the Trans-Pacific Partnership has nothing to do with Free Trade and is, in actuality, the inverse of it. The 12 countries involved in the TPP (which include Australia, Brunei-Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam) are currently secretly negotiating to allow:
- Drug Companies to increase prices and extend the term of their patents (thereby increasing dramatically the time before generic versions of the patented pharmaceuticals can hit the market)
- Restrictions on buying local goods and services, with individual countries being denied the ability to implement systems that mandate support of locally based product(s)
- Making Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) labelling illegal
- Weakening of environmental regulations
- Severe restrictions on digital copying and electronic transfers, with significant interference with the basic functioning of the Internet
- Radical enforcement of a system that would make SOPA look weak by comparison
- Added secrecy to corporate and government alliances, including a deliberate lack of transparency regarding institutionalised information
- A substantial negative impact regarding the regulation of Financial Services
- The ruling out of Capital Controls
- Dampening of national law implementation in favour of Partnership rulings (as Yves Smith says: “The language in [the TPP Agreement]…goes something along the lines of ‘All signatories are required to make their laws and regulations conform to the standard of this agreement.’ They are literally required to make their nation-based laws subordinate to the laws of these agreements [with] liberalised capital flows and minimal restrictions…One of the things to extends…is the [idea of] special panels that companies can go to to get matters adjudicated if they believe that regulations have led them to lose profit. And it’s not even necessarily that they’ve currently lost profit, but it’s that they have potentially lost profit.“)
- The isolation of China
- Stigmatisation and removal of worker’s rights, labour agreements and employment protections/support (superannuation, pensions, retirement ages etc).
So if, like us, you’re preddy much shocked and appalled by the TPP and want to stop it dead in its tracks, watch the video below and take appropriate action.
Animals/Pets = Encouraging Empathy Formation + Positive Pathogen Exposure (Yay Immunity!) [#geekgirl]
More than #Honey – Markus Imhoof (Official Trailer) [#geekgirl]
“Searching for answers for the global bee declines director Markus Imhoof takes us on a trip around the world to meet people living with and off honeybees: almond growers in California, a Swiss mountain beekeeper, a German neuroscientist investigating bee brains, a pollen dealer in China, and bee researchers in Australia. We enter the fascinating world of a bee hive, encounter fighting queens and dancing workers face to face and experience their highly sophisticated swarm intelligence, where the individual constantly serves the requirements of the community. The film will have its world premiere on the 11th of August 2012, concluding the biggest film festival in Switzerland. It will be officially released in Europe end of October 2012 and will be distributed internationally in early 2013. More info: http://www.ciber.science.uwa.edu.au/blog/.”
Cultured Meat, You Say? On A Burger, You Say? [#geekgirl]
The hamburger, assembled from tiny bits of beef muscle tissue grown in a laboratory and to be cooked and eaten at an event in London, perhaps in a few weeks, is meant to show the world — including potential sources of research funds — that so-called in-Vitro meat, or cultured meat, is a reality.
“Let’s make a proof of concept, and change the discussion from ‘this is never going to work’ to, ‘well, we actually showed that it works, but now we need to get funding and work on it,’ “ Dr. Post said in an interview last fall in his office at Maastricht University.”
Need a Spare Human Organ? Print It! [#geekgirl]
“Researchers at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) are working on developing human organs by building body cells layer by layer using a 3D printer.
The team has used the 3D printer to make body cells, including muscle cells, nervous systems cells and cartilage. Professor Mark Cook, director of neurosciences at St Vincent’s Hospital, said 3D body part printing was like ‘bubble jet printers’.
“Instead of putting in ink for printing, you can put in these new materials which will grow tissues successfully,” he said.
ACES director Professor Gordon Wallace said he believed it would be possible to manufacture living tissues like human skin, cartilage, arteries and heart valves which could be used in transplants and other operations within five years. By 2025, scientists could fabricate complete functional organs, tailored for an individual patient.”
Swags for the Homeless #Australia #homeless #gifts #geekgirl
I was really impressed to see that finally some worthwhile effort, design, technology and thought had been put into something comfortable, portable and practicle for Homeless people.
With a compelling headline of cardboard box, cement … or dignified backpack. The Swag may yet take on .. and at least serve to create some temporary comfort zone.
The statistics for homeless people are staggering, and as we draw closer to the holiday season perhaps we can all spare buying those expensive and futile gifts and give to people who really need it.
World Aids Day – Take Action. No Discrimination. #dec1 #aids #geekgirl
Take Action. No Discrimination
World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December 2010 and this year has the theme, Take Action. No Discrimination.
The global event was established by the World Health Organization in an effort to raise public awareness about HIV issues, including the need for support and understanding for people living with HIV.
DMT: The Spirit Molecule documentary and talk – #Melbourne #psychedelics #dimethyltryptamine #geekgirl
Undergrowth.org and Entheogenesis Australis – present the 2010 Spirit Molecule documentary Australian tour, with screenings along the east coast in December followed by talks with the writer/director Mitch Schultz.
The Spirit Molecule documentary
(75 mins, 2010, written & directed by Mitch Schultz)
After over 40 years of dormancy, a new psychedelic revolution has emerged.
At the nexus of this next-generation mystical revival, lies a molecule naturally produced abundantly throughout the plant and animal kingdoms. Regarded as the world’s most potent psychoactive compound by scientists and psychedelic explorers alike, dimethyltryptamine (or DMT) is also naturally produced in the human brain.
In the early 1990s, Dr. Rick Strassman conducted the first government- sanctioned, human psychedelic research with DMT. Dr. Strassman’s research serves as the narrative backbone for The Spirit Molecule. A documentary described as a psychedelic Baraka meets What the Bleep do We Know, the film presents an intriguing discourse on the science of the soul, and will undoubtedly open Pandora’s Box. By challenging current misconceptions about this class of compounds, The Spirit Molecule unravels fascinating parallels in neurology, quantum physics and human spirituality.
In stylized scenes reminiscent of Rod Sterling’s Twilight Zone bookends, Joe Rogan (Fear Factor), alongside an impressive collection of accomplished minds and a group of Strassman’s own brave psychonauts shepherd the audience through the great unknowns of the DMT experience… revealing the molecule’s ubiquitous nature, its role in our culture, evolution and life itself. Stunning visualizations and highly conceptual imagery intuitively weaves a visual landscape, and a fascinating snapshot of our understanding of consciousness today.
Could Dimethyltryptamine, a simple molecule with a complex name, hold the key to understanding reality, consciousness and our relationship to both?
Many who have experienced DMT profess this, and much more…http://undergrowth.org/spiritmoleculetour
With an exclusive 20-minute short film, “Surfing” by Verb Studios (Tim Parish), narrated by Rak Razam and soundscapes by Buttons Touching, based on the book Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey
Wed December 1st, 9pm to 12pm
CINEMA NOVA P: (03) 9349 5201
380 Lygon Street Carlton VIC 3053
BUY TICKETS here for this event and other Australian screenings: http://www.showclix.com/
Tickets are AUD $23/20 concession, and advance bookings are essential. http://undergrowth.org/spiritmoleculetour
TWLOHA – To Write Love on Her Arms – Sept 25th #Australia #love #geekgirl
What is To Write Love On Her Arms? (TWLOHA for short)
TWLOHA is a movement dedicated to helping the fight against depression, addiction, self-harm and suicide. A non-profit, non-commercial and non-religious. TWLOHA is people helping people, nothing more and nothing less.
What do I have to do?
Quite simply; write the word LOVE on your arm. That is all we ask of you. If you’d like to take a photo of it and post it to our group, we’d love that. We’d love you to tell your friends and family why you’ve written it there, and we’d love you to help them write love on their arms as well.
If you’re in Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart or Launceston and wish to get more involved, then please seek out the TWLOHA representatives in your area.
Wanna get involved, help us out, offer your services, or be in one of the groups on the ground? Let us know and we’ll help you out.
The vision is the possibility that your best days are ahead.
The vision is the possibility that we’re more loved than we’ll ever know.
The vision is hope, and hope is real.
You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story.
Remember; Love is the Movement.