Well, I have this new laptop up and running. Wow is it fast. That said, I've had a couple filesystem failures getting things set up so I'm not totally sold on it yet (but the failures were related to copying hundreds of thousands of files over a USB2 connection). Anyway, as you can see from the kind of haggard webcam shot below, it's working (it's got a built in camera for conferencing).
Other than that I'd like to very briefly mention the BBC's recent “history repeats itself” report on the actions of New York's Childrens Services in selling babies to drug companies for live human experimentation, Guinea Pig Children (more, more). Let me first point out that using nothing, “AIDS babies” have about an 75% chance of not contracting AIDS, and using things like nevirapine and antiretrovirals that number rises to well over 90%. These “new” drugs the companies were trying out on the other hand were not saving these kids, and had brutal and sometimes fatal sideeffects.
Is it still murder if it's an orphan? I suppose not.
Nothing wrong with torturing babies if their parents died of AIDS perhaps?
Why am I surprised though? The EPA right now in America is paying poor families living in polluted areas $970 (total) and a fancy t-shirt (more) to keep their children exposed to poisons and neurotoxins in order to determine the safe limits so the US can relax its pollution standards. I'm not sure if it'll make you feel worse or better, but it's not your tax dollars paying the EPA to do this study — the EPA took private chemical industry funding. Gotta love
…because signing off on Kyoto was a terrible alternative.