January 22nd, 2002

Porcupine

Tell me they are kidding

An organization calling themselves Second Harvest claims that "12 million kids in the U.S. face hunger". Please tell me this is an extremely tasteless joke and refers to kids facing the TV set, watching pictures from poverty-stricken third world nations.
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Porcupine

Give us a choice

I read in the news that tests of an Alzheimer vaccine have been stopped after 4 French participants devloped encephalitis during the second, large-scale test. The vaccine has proven effective in animal test and cleared the first, limited scale test on humans. It would have been ready in ca 8 years if not for these incidents.

Not to make slight of safety concerns, but how about giving the populace a choice?
A 1 in 1000 risk of encephalitis, against a 1 in 3 chance of losing your skills, your memories, your dignity and your identity slowly while still alive? I think it is a pretty good trade, but then again I'm not a lawyer.
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