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So the puppies will take down Fauci?

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It’s a mark of the world we live in. You can actually get people to care more for the lives of cats and dogs than the lives of humans.

Don’t believe me? Well look what’s suddenly turned up about “Dr” Fauci.

No, not the news that none other than his employer, the NIH (of which Fauci’s NIAID is part), has finally owned up to something that outside researchers had known for months:

The National Institutes of Health has stunningly admitted to funding gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at China’s Wuhan lab — despite Dr. Anthony Fauci repeatedly insisting to Congress that no such thing happened.

In a letter to Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) on Wednesday, a top NIH official blamed EcoHealth Alliance — the New York City-based nonprofit that has funneled US funds to the Wuhan lab — for not being transparent about the work it was doing.

Ron Paul’s complaint that Fauci lied to him and Congress about this months ago, is looking stronger all the time. Having said that Fauci didn’t survive in the Federal bureaucracy this long by being a political naif.

Aside from the problems this causes for Fauci and his mates, there’s also the question of how it creates more damage for the MSM, since they took Fauci’s side during those clashes with Rand Paul, framing the story as how the “expert” Dr Fauci had really taken down that idiot GOP Senator, Rand Paul MD, something that the analysis at this link has a lot of fun with:

There’s plenty more like that at the link. This will also not shame a single one of these reporters and MSM sources anymore than did the facts about Hunter Biden or the Russian Collusion hoax. They love having the power to frame stories and they still have millions of credulous idiots who believe them.

But it may well be that Fauci gets taken down not because of any of this, any more than his AIDS fumbles did four decades ago. Not, it may well be puppies that do him in:

Dr. Anthony Fauci is facing calls from a bipartisan group of legislators to respond to allegations that his National Institutes of Health division provided a grant to a lab in Tunisia to torture and kill dozens of beagle puppies for twisted scientific experiments.

In a letter to the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) and 23 colleagues addressed their “grave concerns about reports of costly, cruel, and unnecessary taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs.”

Oh well, they got Al Capone on tax evasion not murder. It’s as this point that you really should acknowledge the truth that Bob Jones constantly pushes, that laughter really is the best medicine.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 27, 2021 at 6:38 am

‘I Never Saw Stars Before’

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I was about to write a post on what the Antifa/BLM crowd are doing to Trump supporters in the USA, but that can wait in light of the following…

Gene Therapy Restores 8-Year-Old’s Sight:

‘I Never Saw Stars Before’

Sam was diagnosed after birth with a genetic disorder called retinitis pigmentosa, a form of genetic retinal degeneration resulting from mutations in the RPE65 gene. Symptoms often begin in childhood, which includes decreased vision at night or in low light as well as loss of side vision…

So, last year, Sam and his family traveled to the U.S to try gene therapy because it wasn’t approved in Canada yet.

I was just saying something the other day about technology and how GE tech had only barely started to touch our lives. I think it will have a greater impact on humanity in the 21st century than my world of computers.

As it happens we have family friends who have three teenage kids that are steadily going blind as a result of genetic problem like this one. I can only hope and pray that they’ll find a similar answer.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 19, 2020 at 9:03 pm

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When COVID-19 meets a Shit Hole

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And by “shit hole” I don’t mean some poverty-stricken part of the Developing World.

No, I’m talking about those two former jewels in the constellation of great American cities:

Los Angeles
San Francisco

In the last few years the problem of homelessness in these two cities, and other parts of coastal California have exploded. I’ve been intending to do a series on the myriad problems of that One Party state, starting with how the Democrat government – the extremely “Liberal” government – of the State and these cities has actually made the problems of the homeless worse, together with the problems of most everybody else who lives there.

But with the appearance of the coronavirus it’s time to take a look at how it is likely to intereact with the existing homeless problem. The bottom-line: it’s going to be bad.

Below is an interactive map of reported human feces on the streets of San Francisco. It’s based on a smart-phone app that allows people to report where they’ve seen such piles, as a warning to others, and so the city knows where it has to clean up.


And the trend is not their friend, as the graph on the right shows, driven by an estimated 550,000 homeless in the whole state (as of YE 2018). That’s nearly half of all the homeless in America.

But this is not just about conferences being cancelled, tourists heading across the Golden Gate to Sausalito for a taste of what San Francisco was like just thirty years ago (even twenty years ago), or local trust fund babies getting their Berluti’s covered in human shit.

This is starting to have real disease implications, as numerous articles like this one from The Atlantic pointed out last year:

Los Angeles recently experienced an outbreak of typhus—a disease spread by infected fleas on rats and other animals—in downtown streets. Officials briefly closed part of City Hall after reporting that rodents had invaded the building.

And this from 2013:

Public health officials have launched a new, coordinated effort to contain a persistent outbreak of tuberculosis in downtown L.A.’s skid row, including searching for more than 4,500 people who may have been exposed to the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have dispatched scientists to Los Angeles to help local health officials figure out why the disease is spreading and how to stop it.

It’s so bad that even the clueless Democrat governor of the state was forced to address it, although he sounded amazed that such a thing could happen nowadays:

“Our homeless crisis is increasingly becoming a public-health crisis,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said in his State of the State speech in February, citing outbreaks of hepatitis A in San Diego County, syphilis in Sonoma County, and typhus in Los Angeles County

“Typhus,” he said. “A medieval disease. In California. In 2019.”

It should not be a surprise. The homeless numbers have had double-digit increases in these cities in the last few years and those people already have weakened immune systems because of drugs, poor hygiene, bad food, and all the other stuff that comes with living on the street. A lot of them are also mentally ill, which makes it tough to get them health care.

You also can forget simple ideas like getting the cops or any government agency to pick them up off the street: decades of legal victories won by the likes of the ACLU and other activist groups have ended that.

At the start of the coronavirus panic there was much brutish talk about “Medieval” actions in dealing with yet another 21st century pandemic. But who needs such new diseases when you’ve already got medieval ones.

The homeless of California will continue to proliferate. So too will the new diseases of the 21st century that reach them, and that means everybody else as well.

Written by Tom Hunter

March 11, 2020 at 10:09 pm

Physics and Eyeballs

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Jake Arrieta pitching for the Chicago Cubs, 2016

When a baseball travels just 60 feet 6 inches at a speed of 95mph or more, it can be hard to believe that a batter can actually hit it. It takes just 0.43 seconds to travel that distance – 430 milliseconds (ms) – and the human reaction time is typically 200-250ms, before the batter even starts to swing at the ball.

The reason a batter can is the gift of a genetic fluke of hand-eye coordination, fast-twitch muscle fibers and so forth, plus practice and training: lots of practice and training. And it’s the same in other sports such as cricket, tennis and badminton.

But the whole business starts to seem even more miraculous when you consider the following fact:

It takes a good 50–100 ms—a significant fraction of our 200–250 ms reaction time—just for an optical signal to register on the retina and reach the brain. If the retina faithfully reported a pixel-by-pixel account of the light it received, the brain would see the world as it existed 50–100 ms ago. Fast-moving objects would appear several feet behind where they really are.

That’s a quote from a fascinating article in Physics TodayMoment’s notice, which looks at what the eye does in tracking moving objects like baseballs.

It’s our brains that actually do most of our “seeing”, starting with the fact that the lens of the eye produces an image of the world that is upside down. It’s the brain that has to correct for things like that, and it learns about vision just as it does about everything else. People wearing contact lenses, who switch to glasses for a long period of time, can find the world looking decidely curvy when they put the contacts back in. But if the switch between them is frequent enough the brain learns that too, just as switching between driving on the left and right sides of the road can seem entirely comfortable if the change happens often enough.

But it turns out that the eye itself is not quite as dumb an object as was once thought. It too has neurons and they have a lot to do with seeing moving objects:

… the retinal neurons do something extremely clever: They pull together all the information they have about an object’s trajectory, figure out where it’s going to be 50–100 ms in the future, and send that information to the brain as the visual signal. There are dynamic optical illusions that let you see the effect of that process on your own vision.

One of those illusions was developed by a woman named Stephanie Palmer who has done a lot of research into the matter. She’s a condensed-matter physicist turned theoretical neuroscientist, which is a pretty wild transition of sciences.

The following picture is a still shot of that illusion, and you can click on this link to see the moving version.


You can play with the various parameters: rpm of the “clock”, the frequency of the flash, and the duration of the flash.

Have fun.

Written by Tom Hunter

March 11, 2020 at 11:01 am

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The Tau Protein

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I always wondered about that Henare fellow.  The one who punched out Trevor Mallard – or was it Mallard doing the punching?

Here’s the latest on the battle to control Alzheimer’s Disease.

t’s the first time the chemical structure of the tau protein, which is believed to be responsible for the disease’s neurodegenerative effects, has been identified. Researchers published high-resolution images along with their findings in the journal Nature on Wednesday.

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