Technology is the ultimate democratizing force in society. Over time, technology raises lowest common denominators by reducing costs and connecting people across the world. Medical technology is no exception to this trend: previously siloed repositories of information and expensive diagnostic methods are rapidly finding a global reach and enabling both patients and practitioners to make better use of information.
Technology as a democratizing element in society is not so much right or wrong, but a matter of degree and timing. Those with money tend to have first access and in the case of medical technology, the best access. The world black market in human organs is growing faster than the illegal drug trade. An illegal organ is on the market every hour of every day. They almost always come from someone without much money to someone with money. Where do the poor get their organ donations. In places where they do, they get on a waiting list and their place is determined by severity of need. There is no buying a place at the front of the line. though for the most part it is true that cutting edge technology and access frequently gets to the common folk eventually. One of the more promising aspects on the horizon of medical technology is Regeneration: 3D-printed organs, Artificial general-purpose cells, Artificial limbs, Artificial muscles, Artificial retinas, Artificial vascular system, Synthetic & artificial organs, Synthetic blood, Tissue regeneration. Tissue regeneration is already being used on veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. In cases where much of the leg muscle has been shredded by explosives or gun fire, the leg has frequently been amputated. Now much of that muscle can be regenerated using an extracellular matrix. The matrix basically tells the body to start creating new muscle and tissue. Basic medical treatment will be even more personally targeted: Anti-aging stem-cell treatments, Bioelectronic drugs, Enterotype treatments, Gene therapy, Nanocomposite drug carriers, Personalized medicine, Prenatal gene manipulation, Stem-cell treatments. The three major parts of this personalization are gene manipulation, stem cells programmed to grow the needed new healthy tissue or organ and nano-programmed medicine that will go to specific cells to effect repair and or regeneration.
There are many destructive myths about U.S. culture and its economy. One is so hard wired in it is difficult to find even a liberal or progressive that can make solid fact based and logical arguments against it. That is the myth that the govmint takes the hard earned dollars of society’s alleged producers and redistributes them to the filthy, whining, ungrateful and undeserving. The fact is that out of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product – a measure of the services and goods we produce and their value, most of it goes to people that are very well off. Yet as Romney recently demonstrated, that while he has received far more in government benefits than someone who gets food assistance for a couple years, even the recipients of the nations’ redistribution system are either maliciously ignorant of the fact or in denial. There is a third element as well. This combination of culture-class warfare is one of the guiding principles of movement conservatism. I’m not calling Romney or conservatives Nazis, but the fact is that this has also been, in a more elimination form, the guiding principle of early 20th century fascism. It has been given the lite treatment – less totalitarianism, but the same authoritarian roots mixed with social-Darwinism. This article get s at that debauched aspect of conservatism in terms of the last few decades –Four histories of the right’s 47 percent theory – Romney may have put it into words, but the ideas behind it have been swirling for decades. This is just sad, Romney would not even get his own father’s vote, Romney’s Dad Was on Welfare. One of the decadent creeps at the top, Romney’s kind of guy, also has a penchant for sex parties, Romney “47 Percent” Fundraiser Host: Hedge Fund Manager Marc Leder Who Likes Sex Parties. I’m not judgmental about these things unless your movement proclaims that it is the paragon of righteous perfection. Leder and Romney are moochers if we just go by the numbers and ignore the myths of people in Porches living the high life off food stamps, Living off handouts
All this is well illustrated in Suzanne Mettler’s book “The Submerged State”, which shows how these hidden subsidies can distort voters’ view of the way that government policy works; a 2008 poll found that 57% of Americans denied ever using a government programme. But when shown a list of 21 actual programmes, including student loans and home-mortgage interest deduction, 94% of the deniers turned out to have benefited after all.
Some of these programmes are heavily skewed towards the better-off. According to Ms Mettler, 69% of the benefits of the mortgage interest deduction went to those who earned $100,000 or more; 55% of the benefits from employer-provided retirement benefits* went to those earning $100,000 or more.
The thing about not having much money is you have to take much more responsibility for your life. You can’t pay people to watch your kids or clean your house or fix your meals. You can’t necessarily afford a car or a washing machine or a home in a good school district. That’s what money buys you: goods and services that make your life easier.
That’s what money has bought Romney, too. He’s a guy who sold his dad’s stock to pay for college, who built an elevator to ensure easier access to his multiple cars and who was able to support his wife’s decision to be a stay-at-home mom. That’s great! That’s the dream.
The problem is that he doesn’t seem to realize how difficult it is to focus on college when you’re also working full time, how much planning it takes to reliably commute to work without a car, or the agonizing choices faced by families in which both parents work and a child falls ill. The working poor haven’t abdicated responsibility for their lives. They’re drowning in it.
Georgia O’Keeffe hands photo by Alfred Stieglitz. I have to post the following as a condition of using the photo: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Purchase and Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation Purchase, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-USZ62-123456]. This photo is a gelatin silver print. I don’t think I have hands fetish, but O’Keeffe has particularly beautiful hands. Stieglitz did several photographs of her hands including one where she is just holding her hands in front of a shiny half-moon hubcap. I was not even aware of this one until today.
Bob Dylan Subterranean Homesick Blues – A HAND LETTERING EXPERIENCE
by Leandro Senna
I´ve been thinking for a lot of time on doing a personal project where I could get out of the computer for a little bit, and have pleasure doing something handmade. Getting back to the basics.
Inspired by Bob Dylan´s Subterranean Homesick Blues video, where he flips cards with the lyrics as the song plays, I decided to recreate those cards with handmade type. I ended up doing all the lyrics, and not just some of the words, as Dylan did.