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SLIFF BUZZ 2015: 3 GEMS

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Cancer, Care, Corporations, Death, Doc, Dollars, Eco, Film, Food, Hispanic, History, Human Rights, Native, Peace, Popular, Review, Sci/Nat, Spectacle, STL |

The best St. Louis International Film Festival in memory! Three of my favorite films: “In Transit” – The last of the great direct cinema documentary filmmakers, the recently deceased Albert Maysles (Salesman, Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens, Running Fence…)… an eloquent love letter to humanity.
With a rarely seen fragility and gentleness, this tour de force of a film allows us to sense how precious each life is. Each individual’s aspirations and vulnerability is magically brought to light: one of the most touching film experience at this festival! — “The Fool/Durak” – … In the midst of the squalor of a small Russian town, through its understated acting and gritty realism, a suspense as worthy as that of a James Bond film, slowly but surely, takes shape. How institutions and the self-serving individuals that populate them can hold onto their morally bankrupt power… — “Embrace of the Serpent” – By following their actual diaries, this sumptuous and sensual film – some would call it an hallucinatory trip – pays tribute to two explorers and their guides as they venture into unknown regions of Colombia. One of the most astonishing and luminous film at the St. Louis International Film Festival! […]

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Effective Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Death, Health, Now, Sci/Nat, Women |

To my friend, Judith Doneson: “This year, 21,290 new cases of ovarian cancer are expected in the United States, and 14,180 deaths… The study confirmed earlier findings that IP treatment helps women live longer. Among women who had IP treatment, 81 percent were still alive three years later, compared with 71 percent in women who had only intravenous chemotherapy. The findings are based on the records of about 500 women…. the cumulative data are so strong that oncologists have “no more excuses” for disregarding it.”

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Darwin’s Dangerous Idea

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in Action, Care, Death, Doc, Eco, Food, Future Tech, Genocide, Human Rights, Ideas, Idées, Native, Sci/Nat, Time, Violence, Wars, World |

“It is estimated that every hour three species are lost forever; that’s 70 a day, 500 a week, 27,000 species ever year… which would make it the fastest mass extinction in our planet’s history. There is no doubt about the cause, it’s us. ” — Andrew Marr – “The sixth global mass extinction…” “We are into the opening stages of a human-caused biotic holocaust – a wholesale elimination of species – that could leave the planet impoverished for at least five million years. — Norman Myers —> the BBC 2 series […]

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Être Là + Where You Are is Who You Are = Solitude & Claudie Hunzinger

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Art, Books, Care, Dance, France, Ideas, Idées, Music, Now, Peace, Sci/Nat, Women |

Another way to be and to think — Une autre manière d’être et de penser: “When we are alone, we lose our identity. We spread out into everything that surrounds us, we become what surrounds us… if one is outside, one becomes absolutely what one sees. We become the air, we become the forests, one becomes the grass. – Quand on est seul, on perd son identité. On se déploie dans tout ce qui vous entoure, on devient ce qui vous entoure… if one is outside, one becomes absolutely what one sees. We become the air, we become the forests, one becomes the grass.” […]

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Facts + Identity = Mess

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Eco, Education, Ideas, Politics, Popular, Sci/Nat, Spectacle, Teach, US |

[cf. Ajahn Sumedho’s book, Don’t Take Your Life Personally] RELATED TO BEYOND BELIEF by Pier Marton – “Mr. Kahan’s study suggests that more people know what scientists think about high-profile scientific controversies than polls suggest; they just aren’t willing to endorse the consensus when it contradicts their political or religious views. This finding helps us understand why my colleagues and I have found that factual and scientific evidence is often ineffective at reducing misperceptions and can even backfire on issues like weapons of mass destruction, health care reform and vaccines. WITH SCIENCE AS WITH POLITICS, IDENTITY OFTEN TRUMPS THE FACTS.” […]

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Aspirin/Willow Bark Against Cancer?

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Cancer, Death, Health, Sci/Nat, Women |

… We don’t know exactly why it appears to work in fighting cancer. Aspirin reduces inflammation, and that may play a role in inhibiting the growth of tumors — perhaps by slowing the development of new blood vessels that nourish them, or by fighting old cells that keep growing when they should be dying off. It may also inhibit estrogen production, and we know that estrogen fuels the growth of most (but not all) breast cancers. If we could prove that aspirin were an effective treatment in a clinical trial, it would have major implications, especially for low-income patients. Modern hormonal treatments, used after surgery to try to prevent cancer from recurring, last a standard five years and can cost between $1,200 and $2,300 a year. But not everyone who needs them is actually taking them. Higher co-pays reduce the number of women who fill their prescriptions, according to a 2011 study. … It won’t take much to find out. A randomized study of approximately 3,000 women with Stage 2 and 3 breast cancer, lasting five years, would cost around $10 million. (We wouldn’t study women with Stage 1 disease because they have such a high survival rate already, nor women with Stage 4 cancer, because there is not enough evidence that aspirin would help when the disease has advanced that far.) … in the case of breast cancer, the most simple of drugs may be the next great weapon. Michelle Holmes and Wendy Chen are physicians and faculty members at Harvard Medical School. […]

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