This may seem like something out of a science fiction movie: researchers have designed microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate your body, even if you can’t breathe anymore. It’s one of the best medical breakthroughs in recent years, and one that could save millions of lives every year.
The invention, developed by a team at Boston Children’s Hospital, will allow medical teams to keep patients alive and well for 15 to 30 minutes despite major respiratory failure. This is enough time for doctors and emergency personnel to act without risking a heart attack or permanent brain injuries in the patient.
The solution has already been successfully tested on animals under critical lung failure. When the doctors injected this liquid into the patient’s veins, it restored oxygen in their blood to near-normal levels, granting them those precious additional minutes of life.
Instead of a movie about an “ugly” woman who gets a makeover to become conventionally attractive and lives happily ever after, what about one where she beats the shit out of people that attempt to pressure her into conforming to stupid standards of beauty.
As I have walked among the desperate, rejected, and angry young men, I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through nonviolent action.
But they ask — and rightly so — what about Vietnam? They ask if our own nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted.
Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.” —
Martin Luther King, Jr. (via socialuprooting)
A passage from one of his greatest speeches, delivered at the Riverside Church in Harlem in 1967, exactly one year before he was killed. This is the Dr. King white folks want buried and forgotten, the Dr. King who did not condemn violent resistance, in fact siding with those who throw Molotov cocktails. All they want to remember is one speech in 1963 and nothing beyond that.
The U.S. Embassy in Kenya on Tuesday held what is believed to be the country’s first-ever Pride event.
According to Voice of America, the event was a small, invitation-only forum attended by activists and diplomats, but it’s still considered a milestone for Kenya. Other embassies around the world are observing Pride, part of the Obama administration’s plan for fighting anti-LGBT discrimination across the world.
“The U.S. government for its part has made it clear that the advancement of human rights for LGBT people is central to our human rights policies around the world and to the realization of our foreign policy goals,” said John Haynes, a public affairs officer at the embassy in Nairobi, in opening the event.
MaqC Gitau, general manager of the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya, acknowledged the forum’s groundbreaking nature. “What makes this day stand out for us here in Kenya … is that more than anything else, it is about visibility,” he said.
Great move on the part of the Obama administration and all the people it took to make this happen!
Terry Eagleton, “Why Marx Was Right” (via foamtowheat)
This is a great quote.