Saturday, August 28, 2010

Martin Luther King Jr.

A few jabbering fear mongers are getting more media attention today than the man whose memory they are trying to co-opt. It's too bad the media outlets (even purportedly liberal sites like Huffington post) don't spend more time remembering someone who fought a dangerous battle against actual oppression.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Back Scatter X-Ray

I'm fortunate to be receiving treatment at UCSF. Doctors there have raised questions about the safety of back scatter X-ray scanners at airport security checkpoints. It's not surprising that money would be spent on new toys to allegedly prevent terrorism before health consequences have been fully considered, but another development is surprising even to jaded old me: Roving vans scanning cars using the same technology.

For now I'm not even going to worry about whether or not the Patriot Act has rendered the Fourth Amendment quaint and obsolete. A more important question might be whether or not any qualified body of medical professionals weighed in on the potential risks involved here. Would possibly stopping a car bomb or two be worth irradiating the citizens those bombs were meant to kill?

Sunday, July 25, 2010


There are a few things which commonly inspire people to write blogs (in addition to the obvious motivations of vanity and egomania). One of them is a trip to China. Another is cancer or some similar predicament.

I'm so typical.

The new tumour is behind my right eye, very close to the optic nerve, pituitary, cavernous sinus, and inoperable. Radiation treatment is a viable solution, so I've gone through six weeks of radiation therapy. Seems like things went well, but then it always does. A positive MRI in early September will hopefully reveal that the tumour has been killed and perhaps even have shrunk somewhat. Risks of blindness or loss of libido are minimal. Some loss of short-term memory is probable. Another good reason for a blog.