nano tech may be turning an corner, city track autumn

winter not so gray

Nano tech news has been frustrating for its distant promises. I had started to think they should call it someday technology or pie-in-the-sky technology. A name change won’t be necessary, nano-science is making actual progress, Medibots: The world’s smallest surgeons

While nanobots that swim through the blood are still in the realm of fantasy, several groups are developing devices a few millimetres in size. The first generation of “mini-medibots” may infiltrate our bodies through our ears, eyes and lungs, to deliver drugs, take tissue samples or install medical devices.

*Keyhole surgery with the da Vinci system –  This system lets a computer guided by a doctor to make precise – trembling hands free – surgery

* Swallowing a small camera capsule  for an endoscopy rather then insert a tube through the rectum or mouth. propelling the capsule camera is not too much of a problem with the stomachs natural contractions providing propulsion.

*Propulsion and guidance of nano devices dies remain a problem. Nano wires attached to the device might be used to guide little repair bots for surgery on major organs.

* The HeartLander robot – used for heart surgery. In most heart surgeries the heart is stopped and the patient hooked up to a heart-lung machine. In other words the real operation hasn’t even started yet and the body is already under considerable stress. Using keyhole incisions  and the 20-millimetre-long HeartLande the surgeon guides it with, yes, a video like joy stick to guide the caterpillar like device  can inject stem cells or be used to deliver gene therapies directly into the heart.

*ViRob – 1 millimetre in diameter and 5 millimetres long. a magenetic field makes the legs move inside the body where it can deliver drugs to hard to reach spots and take small tissue samples for testing. The goal is to be able to operate Virob inside blood vessels, but thus far it cannot handle the turbulence.

*Ophthalmic robot – is being developed for delicate surgery – sometimes on blood vessels so small they’re difficult to impossible to see without magnification. You can imagine how difficult operating on such vessels would be.

wallpaper autumn

city tracks autumn

Good times. We no longer have to bother with law schools, trials, lawyers, evidence, witnesses, procedural rules or any other nuances of a judicial system. Try people by media with insinuations, doctored video and sweeping condemnations – then bring the rope, Andrew Breitbart Trying To Blackmail The Obama Administration With ACORN And Other Videos

Buffalo Bill’s
by: e.e. cummings

Buffalo Bill’s
who used to
ride a watersmooth-silver
and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat

he was a handsome man
and what i want to know is
how do you like your blueeyed boy
Mister Death

cummings fist shaking at death. having never spoken with death i do not know for sure, but indirect evidence suggests it is not, sadly, moved by cynicism.


in a bout of rationalism two conservatives speak up for justice, nature’s victorian colors

provocative curves

If you fellow this link to some Google results you’ll find quit a few fringe conservative sites condemning Attorney general Eric Holder for OMG prosecuting terrorists in U.S. Both from the tone and substance you’d think Holder was going to throw a basket of puppies into a river. The links are accurate in that they give a good general picture that are steering the course of conservatism and have done so for the last fifty years. Yet just as the otherwise rational Sir Artur Conan Doyle believed in fairies, occasionally ( and I would not hold my breath between intervals) a conservative or two will actually have a rational view of an issue. A Conservative Pennsylvania Judge John E. Jones in a ruling on teaching Evolution in public schools found intelligent design “thinly veiled creationism” that is “breathtaking in its inanity.”  Conservative Jim Comey who was a deputy attorney general and U.S. attorney in Manhattan during the Bush administration and Conservative Jack Goldsmith who work’s on the uber right Hoover Institutes Task Force on National Security and Law co-authored this column in the WaPo, Holder’s reasonable decision

In deciding to use federal court, the attorney general probably considered the record of the military commission system that was established in November 2001. This system secured three convictions in eight years. The only person who had a full commission trial, Osama bin Laden’s driver, received five additional months in prison, resulting in a sentence that was shorter than he probably would have received from a federal judge.

One reason commissions have not worked well is that changes in constitutional, international and military laws since they were last used, during World War II, have produced great uncertainty about the commissions’ validity. This uncertainty has led to many legal challenges that will continue indefinitely — hardly an ideal situation for the trial of the century.

By contrast, there is no question about the legitimacy of U.S. federal courts to incapacitate terrorists. Many of Holder’s critics appear to have forgotten that the Bush administration used civilian courts to put away dozens of terrorists, including “shoe bomber” Richard Reid; al-Qaeda agent Jose Padilla; “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh; the Lackawanna Six; and Zacarias Moussaoui, who was prosecuted for the same conspiracy for which Mohammed is likely to be charged. Many of these terrorists are locked in a supermax prison in Colorado, never to be seen again. (emphasis mine)

Legal opinions yes, but the efficient and successive prosecution of multiple terrorists is our courts is a fact. We cannot read minds, but the rabid right bloggers at the links above pretend to by capturing a moment in which Lindsay Graham ( a lawyer, but no expert on terror prosecutions) supposedly embarrasses Attorney General Holder, when in typical feigned conservative incredulity Graham is shocked that any terrorist might be read their Miranda rights ( Ironically Graham uses Osama Bin Laden as his example – still free after eight years of Bush’s “war on terror”.) You know the same Miranda rights read to the 145 terrorists that have been convicted in civilian courts. As long as we’re indulging in the fine art of mind reading, what I see is Lindsay Graham passing off ignorant outrage as knowledge. Then A.G. Holder at a loss for words that an experienced lawyer and U.S. senator would put on a little drama queen show that exposed the Senator’s childish fears, contempt for justice and America’s traditional values. That said I would agree with Glenn Greenwald, up to a point, that the DOJ is undermining its own argument about civilian trials for some detainees when it advocates military commissions for others. Glenn suspects the DOJ is choosing what route it takes depending on where they are likely to get the desired results. Maybe some of us are too hung up on principles and consistency, but as both the conservatives writing at WaPo and Glenn notes civilian trials have an established history of putting terrorists in prison where they belong. More here, David Frakt on Material Support Charges and Military Commissions

nature’s victorian colors