Welcome to another edition of Weekend Wonderings. Grab whatever beverage that you need and let’s proceed. Go ahead, take whatever time you need, I’ll wait.
We’ve got the usual updates from The James, a couple items that would not please Giordano Bruno (right) and a song that will get you in the mood to finish your Spring Cleaning. You’re welcome.
This August marks the 6th anniversary of Pelotonia, the annual fundraising bicycle tour held on behalf of the James. If you can get out to ride and raise funds, great. If you can’t, I’m sure that any number of riding teams will be glad to accept any donation from you for their efforts. My wife & I don’t ride, but this is our 2nd year supporting a similar endeavour, “Ride For Roswell“, in memory of our neighbor, Mark. Go ahead and get involved; lots of people, including yourself, will be glad that you did.
Thanks to funds generated by Pelotonia, The James is partnering with the Appalachian Community Cancer Network on an intervention program to promote overall health and with it, cancer prevention.
This intervention program uses community-based participatory strategies for studying two causes of obesity: sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy diet. The target region is mainly rural and contains medically underserved people with low income, education deficits, poor health, increased rates of obesity and high cancer incidence.
It’s good to see a solid example of “use of funds” by The James to reach out to partner with other regional cancer prevention/treatment organizations.
Speaking of reaching out, The James has entered into a research collaboration arrangement with the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. This will bring Big Data into The James’ cancer research and treatment efforts.
The parties have formed the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, a new collaboration to accelerate cancer research, officials from both centers said.
ORIEN already has more than 100,000 patients who have consented to donate their tissue and clinical data for research.
Officials from both cancer centers said that ORIEN’s goal is to develop more precise ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat cancers.
I’m interested to see how this plays out. This has the potential to be an efficient and effective way to marshal data and determine/coordinate treatment protocols.
Now, I delve into the dark underbelly of 3rd world societies; namely India, India (again) and Afghanistan. I’ll skip the detail, I’m sure you’re fairly familiar with the sordid details of these recent cases of rape, murder, witness/victim intimidation. That’s just for starters, I’d imagine. Or at least what we are aware of..
Despite my calendar showing we are trudging along in the 21st century, the societies (above) are stuck in the Dark Ages. I have no idea what’s going on in Afghanistan; that place has been a backwater for hundreds if not thousands of years. India, despite being a democracy and a wannabe industrial power is really no better. Yes, I’m aware that the United States is hardly a crime-free Eden, but sexism, misogyny and violence against women is not institutionalized here as it is in India and Afghanistan. Let’s take the first (above) India case for example. Two of the accused are police officers. Then there’s this:
But last month, the head of a prominent party in Uttar Pradesh told an election rally he was opposed to the notion of gang rapists being executed.
‘Boys will be boys,’ Mulayam Singh Yadav said. ‘They make mistakes.’
That’s some example of an elected official there, India. ‘Boys will be boys,’. Yes, I suppose that says it all. As the Greek philosopher Bion of Borysthenes said: “Boys throw stones at frogs in fun, but the frogs do not die in fun, but in earnest.” An updated version would be; “Boys will be boys and make mistakes, but the girls are raped and killed in earnest”.
If you are in a position to have anything to do with India, you need to walk away from it. Now. Maybe Amish Shunning isn’t so bad, after all. Warren Zevon has a song that perfectly describes this, but since the lyrics are NSFW, you’ll have to look it up for yourself.
I’m sure that a lot of you did the the Spring Cleanup work over the Memorial Day weekend. For those of you who haven’t done it yet, Van Morrison (Rockpalast, 1982) is here to help you by Cleaning Windows.