Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Corporate Greed

Now this is amazing.

Bad amazing.

Guess what! Cure for cancer! But not for you, why? Because there’s no one to sell it to you. The drug is called dichloroacetate and it is able to distinguish between normal and cancerous cells by whether or not the cell’s mitochondrion is functioning. When a cell mutates and becomes cancerous the mitochondria stop working and shift the job of producing energy to glycolysis, which is less effective and has more waste. The drug stimulates the dormant mitochondria and the cell bursts causing tumors to shrink and die.

Why isn’t this in front page news? The Canadian-found drug has no patent and is so cheap and effective that drug companies refuse to sell it because they wont turn a profit. This is ridiculous, more ridiculous than nearly everything I’ve ranted about before and it’s why I find people disgusting. Greed, greed, greed, money, money, money. If Kenneth Lay were still alive even he’d be in disgust, maybe Dennis Koslowski too. (For those that don’t know they were the CEO’s of Enron and Tyco) Well, I hope the money they saved is well spent because the amount of effort it must of took to fight their conscience sure earned it. Save millions of lives with a cure for cancer and you pass it up to keep your pockets full. Good job.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Why haven't I made up my mind?

I’ve been thinking about this for a while, it was sprung by a conversation that I had with Mr. Geiwitz and Elizabeth a while back about the actions we will be willing to take in certain situations. We spoke of the sanctity of human life and willingness to use violence to protect oneself and the people one cares about, so I decided to put my beliefs out there. I personally don’t like violence as an alternative; violence springs from anger and anger inhibits the ability to think rationally which is necessary in quelling any type of problem. In that I could not bring myself to kill in self-defense because such is selfish but when it comes to defending to the people I care about, such may be necessary. I am also a hunter so why I hold animal life below a human’s I’m still not sure, I’ve thought about it a lot but I can never figure why I warranted it, but I do. I’m still not exactly sure where I stand on abortion which is probably why I don’t use as an issue but I guess what I think is that abortion, the death of an innocent living being (but then again how do I define innocence) is wrong but I’m not high enough on the moral ladder to be able to tell people what’s right and what’s wrong although I’m sure I do often. There are things on the pro-life bill that I don’t agree with such as banning stem cell research because this has so much potential. The reason it’s a controversy is because a lot of people don’t fully understand the point, it’s for human cloning but rather just the cloning of individual organs which could end the organ waiting list and save many lives and the cells can be safely extracted from the remains of the umbilical chord without ever harming the baby. There, I’m done ranting on that, on to something else.