Research published 4 June 2018 in Nature Medicine by scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has described a new immunotherapy approach, which led to a complete disappearance of tumors in a woman with advanced metastatic breast cancer who only had months to live.
Instead of watching TV, try writing out your answers to some of these questions for situations in your life that hold your attention.
Most of this is good advice.
Described as “the magistrate of history,” Lord Acton was one of the great personalities of the nineteenth century and is universally considered to be one of the most learned Englishmen of his time. He made the history of liberty his life’s work; indeed, he considered political liberty the essential condition and guardian of religious liberty.
In a letter he wrote to scholar and ecclesiastic Mandell Creighton, dated April 1887, Acton made his most famous pronouncement:
“But if we might discuss this point until we found that we nearly agreed, and if we do agree thoroughly about the impropriety of Carlylese denunciations and Pharisaism in history, I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way, against the holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it. That is the point at which the negation of Catholicism and the negation of Liberalism meet and keep high festival, and the end learns to justify the means. You would hang a man of no position like Ravaillac; but if what one hears is true, then Elizabeth asked the gaoler to murder Mary, and William III of England ordered his Scots minister to extirpate a clan. Here are the greatest names coupled with the greatest crimes; you would spare those criminals, for some mysterious reason. I would hang them higher than Haman, for reasons of quite obvious justice, still more, still higher for the sake of historical science.”
Data obtained through freedom of information laws has just revealed that logging and land clearing in NSW ramped up 80% in two years to mid-2017 and now the laws have been weakened further. The NSW Government has let the bulldozers run wild. Call on your MP to urgently act to protect our forests and koalas.
(This is what I wrote to my MP:
I know I contacted your office about this only in the last month but I am doing so again so you can honestly quote numbers to those who say it is not a hot issue.
I consider destruction of native habitat is not only a hot issue, it is a RED hot issue! We have too much to lose by continuing our present course of action when viable alternatives abound. Hemp grows faster and has a better yield than conventional timber forests. Hemp also has the capacity to provide plastic free bags that will decompose in a fraction of the time as does plastic. We should be planting the stuff where we have torn down forests, not tearing down more native forests!
If you don’t sign any other petition from me, sign this one. No point in letter the average member of the public prop up the criminal bankers!
With panic breaking out in the financial system, the danger grows that bank customers will have their deposits “bailed in” to save desperate banks. The Citizens Electoral Council is escalating its fight against bail-in with a new petition calling on Parliament to scrap bank regulator APRA’s existing bail-in powers and stop the plans that are under way to legislate stronger bail-in laws.
Sign the electronic version below.
Here’s a Wild idea: number three
Part of the agreement is a recognition that no government may sign any agreement that binds its people to it forever and that any such a treaty must be reviewed, say, every five years and voted upon by the people in a referendum. That way we can put an end to some bozo in government signing some daft treaty that creates problems for every future generation of the country.
We draw up a Code of Conduct for Governments. This is a new idea all by itself, I think. We have codes of conduct and standards of behaviour for people but we really, really need to have one for governments as well. The behaviour of many governments, by any rational decent standards, is often a total disgrace. If a person behaved the way many a government behaves, we’d lock the bastard up sand throw away the key!
This operates as a sort of moral code by which each government abides. It would, for example, include precepts such as (see above) not signing treaties that are binding in perpetuity upon people who are not even born let alone never voted on it.
The Code would also include common sense precepts such as NO arbitrary arrest or incarceration of ANYONE for ANY reason without a fair, impartial hearing in a court of law and then only based upon criminal ACTIONS that cause harm (murder, rape, arson etc etc) and NOT expressing an opinion, being a bit weird and so forth.