Don't Nuke Your Breasts

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 18 Sep 2004 12:00:00 GMT
# I received yesterday my copy of Claire Wolfe's The Freedom Outlaw's Handbook. I would have ordered it earlier, but that $25 was too dear for a few months (even though I managed to buy two rifles, guess they were more important to me, sorry Claire). It's a large format book like Claire's I Am Not a Number! and Think Free to Live Free. Looking foward to reading it, though I'll probably finish the last volume of Dragon's Fury first. I've just been having too much fun hacking and shooting to read much lately.

# I got six Gmail invitations. I put them on the GmailInvitations page of my Geekism wiki. I'm still loving Gmail. After 4 days of archiving all my mailing list messages there, I'm using 4 megs of storage. It hasn't wrongly categorized a message as spam since Tuesday or Wednesday. It continues to let through a few spam messages every day, but not enough to be annoying. I review and delete my spam fairly often, so I'm not using up space with that.

# I installed Mac OSX v10.3 (Panther) on my wife's PowerBook last night. I needed to upgrade my GUI Emacs, but everything else I've tried so far just worked. The quick user switching is great, but not very quick. Apple has a sneak preview of v10.4 (Tiger).

# Serenity Blog - Greetings from Joss Whedon. The director of the Firefly movie says that filming is done. [smith2004]

But no matter how much I suffer for my art, it's worth it. 'Cause come April 22nd [2005] I think we'll be bringing you an exciting film that's a powerful statement about the right to be free. Which is not as cool as my original statement about the right to tasty garlic mussels in a cilantro broth, but the freedom thing's okay too. The editing started this week, and after just a first cut I can safely say this will be the greatest film since whatever film comes out right before it. And I'm not backing down from that.

# Susan Callaway at The Price of Liberty - No More Mammograms! - think you need to have your breasts regularly smashed and irradiated to detect cancer growing therein? Think again. [price]

A question came up this week on the relative values and dangers of mammograms, so I went looking for information about it and came up with some things that may surprise you as much as they did me. I had never liked the idea of having a part of my body smashed and flooded with radiation, but there didn't seem to be a better way to detect possible cancer growth, especially in the critical early stages. It turns out that the mammogram is woefully inaccurate, causes many thousands of women each year to have dangerous and unnecessary biopsies and surgeries, and has a false negative rate that is simply unacceptable.

The first thing that comes to mind, of course, is the question of what else we can do to detect breast cancer. With just a little effort and a Google search I found several alternative screening ideas that should be common knowledge! If we lived in a free country, without the massive coercive power of the government doing its best to discredit and prevent alternative health practices from being known to the people, cancer would not be the killer it is today.


Some other methods of scanning for breast and other cancer is just starting to be recognized. Thermal scanning is, I believe, the most promising because it is extremely accurate and involves neither radiation or tissue damage. It has been used for decades in industry to find problems in all kinds of machines, and is commonly used to find problems in electronic equipment as well. There are only a few places that currently offer thermal scanning for breast cancer diagnosis, but that will change as people become aware of them and of the unnecessary dangers of mammograms. Chiropractors are using thermal scanning already for other things, and it is being used to diagnose and treat arthritis with very good results.

# Hannah Wettig at The Daily Star - Lebanese authorities ban The Da Vinci Code - black market to the rescue, most likely. [grabbe]

"Our answer was that the books harmed Christian beliefs," explained the center's president, Father Abdou Abu Kasm, in an interview with AFP.

"It said that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and sired a bloodline. We denounce such attempts to harm Christian beliefs. It may be allowed in other countries, but in Lebanon, the law forbids the harming of religious beliefs," he said.

The law allows the "censoring authorities" to censor obscene and pornographic materials, political and religious materials, which could harm the national security of the country.

# GeekWithA.45 - Ronnie Barrett: A Class Act - kudos for Ronnie Barrett's position that he won't sell his fine rifles to governments that stomp on people's lives. Mr. Barrett's promise that he would stop selling .50 BMG rifles to California law enforcement is a year old. I hope he reiterates it soon, and makes a big deal of stopping all sales to the Governator's communist state. Good rant from the Geek. [geekwitha.45]

# Serbu Firearms is running a special for their version of the gun that will banned for state-approved sale in California after January 1, 2005. Buy a .50 BMG receiver for $1000, and you can complete it up to a year later for $1195. They're also taking layaways and working on a lower-cost version to be released in time to beat the ban. [geekwitha.45]

Serbu Firearms would like to say a big "SCREW YOU!!" to the moronic policiticians who authored or supported this worthless legislation.


NEWS FLASH: In the first day after AB-50's passage, we sold more guns to California residents than we normally sell in a month around the entire U.S.!!

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