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Nordlicht. Photo found in an old Austrian magazine from the early 1900s.

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Baseline Study is Google’s new project to figure out “what a healthy human being should be”
By ALISTAIR BARR -Google Inc. (GOOGL) has embarked on what may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever: a quest inside the human body.READ MORE ON THE WALL STREET JOURNAL





Google. Let’s pretend you’re reading these words, right now, and listen to me. Human beings are DIFFERENT. Is there a general baseline within which we all live—a kind of species-wide butter zone? Of course. That’s what makes us a fucking species. But the kind of essentialist language and thinking you’re using, here, is utter bullshit, and you need to cut it out.Your language choices—which DO FUCKING MATTER, because connotative weight alters what people think and in what context, because, y’know, LANGUAGE— are moving rapidly in a direction of talking about “The Right Kind Of Bodies,” and the “Right Kind Of Lifestyle.” And if that ISN’T your intention, then you need to take a step back and take a hard look at how you’re saying what you’re saying.Becaues this isn’t even to BEGIN discussing the problem of normalized expectations of “health” and “Ability.” Trying to give everyone access to what they might consider their “best” selves is a brilliant goal, sure, whatever, but by even forwarding the project, you’re colouring an expectation of both what that “best” IS and what you think it “Should” look like.Some people need more protein, some people need less choline, some people need higher levels of phosphates, some people can echolocate, some can live to be 125, every human population has different intestinal bacterial colonies from every other, and when you add all of these things together, you will not necessarily find that each and every human being has the same molecular and atomic distribution in the same PPM/B ranges, nor that when you mix and match, everyone will get to be the best of everything. I’d love it if we could, but everything we’ve ever learned about our species says that “healthy human” is a constantly shifting target, not a static one.I mean JESUS CHRIST, and here tech people still wonder why “the straights” react so viscerally to technological advances, and drives toward a technologically-augmented humanity? When we skirt the line of eugenics language? When we talk about naturally occurring bio-physiological Facts as though they were in any way indicative of value, without our input. When we’re still fucking up at ethics, at 100mph, then looking back and going, “Shit. Should’ve factored that in. Oops.”But let’s be clear, here: i’m not a doctor. I’m not a physiologist or a molecular biologist. I could be wrong about how all of these things come togetther oin the human body, and maybe there WILL be something more than a baseline, some set of all species-wide factors which, in the right configuration, say “Healthy Human.”What I am is I’m just a guy with a fairly detailed understanding of how language and perception affect people’s acceptance of possibilities, their reaction to new (or hauntingly-familiar-but-repackaged) ideas, and their long-term societal expectations and valuations of normalcy. And I’m saying that Google needs to change how they’re talking about a LOT of what they’re doing, these days.I should go to bed.

wolvensnothere:

futuristech-info:

Baseline Study is Google’s new project to figure out “what a healthy human being should be”

By ALISTAIR BARR -

Google Inc. (GOOGL) has embarked on what may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever: a quest inside the human body.

READ MORE ON THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Google. Let’s pretend you’re reading these words, right now, and listen to me. Human beings are DIFFERENT. Is there a general baseline within which we all live—a kind of species-wide butter zone? Of course. That’s what makes us a fucking species. But the kind of essentialist language and thinking you’re using, here, is utter bullshit, and you need to cut it out.

Your language choices—which DO FUCKING MATTER, because connotative weight alters what people think and in what context, because, y’know, LANGUAGE— are moving rapidly in a direction of talking about “The Right Kind Of Bodies,” and the “Right Kind Of Lifestyle.” And if that ISN’T your intention, then you need to take a step back and take a hard look at how you’re saying what you’re saying.

Becaues this isn’t even to BEGIN discussing the problem of normalized expectations of “health” and “Ability.” Trying to give everyone access to what they might consider their “best” selves is a brilliant goal, sure, whatever, but by even forwarding the project, you’re colouring an expectation of both what that “best” IS and what you think it “Should” look like.

Some people need more protein, some people need less choline, some people need higher levels of phosphates, some people can echolocate, some can live to be 125, every human population has different intestinal bacterial colonies from every other, and when you add all of these things together, you will not necessarily find that each and every human being has the same molecular and atomic distribution in the same PPM/B ranges, nor that when you mix and match, everyone will get to be the best of everything. I’d love it if we could, but everything we’ve ever learned about our species says that “healthy human” is a constantly shifting target, not a static one.

I mean JESUS CHRIST, and here tech people still wonder why “the straights” react so viscerally to technological advances, and drives toward a technologically-augmented humanity? When we skirt the line of eugenics language? When we talk about naturally occurring bio-physiological Facts as though they were in any way indicative of value, without our input. When we’re still fucking up at ethics, at 100mph, then looking back and going, “Shit. Should’ve factored that in. Oops.”

But let’s be clear, here: i’m not a doctor. I’m not a physiologist or a molecular biologist. I could be wrong about how all of these things come togetther oin the human body, and maybe there WILL be something more than a baseline, some set of all species-wide factors which, in the right configuration, say “Healthy Human.”

What I am is I’m just a guy with a fairly detailed understanding of how language and perception affect people’s acceptance of possibilities, their reaction to new (or hauntingly-familiar-but-repackaged) ideas, and their long-term societal expectations and valuations of normalcy. And I’m saying that Google needs to change how they’re talking about a LOT of what they’re doing, these days.

I should go to bed.

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Detroit Water and Sewerage Department put a halt to the 15-day water shut off that left thousands of families without water! SUCCESS! But the fight isn’t over. 

Our friends from Windsor stand with us in declaring water a human right. They are bringing water across the border to support Detroiters, who have had their water shut off.Meet at the Spirit of Detroit statue in front of the Coleman A. Young Center at Woodward and Jefferson at 4pm. Rally with Detroit People’s Water Board & the Council of Canadians. Speakers include international water activist, Maude Barlow, and the director of Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Maureen Taylor.After the convoy arrives at the Spirit of Detroit, join the caravan as water is delivered to the People’s Water Station at St. Peter’s Church.
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congrats, america, we are now fucked up enough for foreign aid to come and bail out the deprived victims of our broken, corrupt government

roachpatrol:

markruffalo:

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department put a halt to the 15-day water shut off that left thousands of families without water! SUCCESS! But the fight isn’t over. 

Our friends from Windsor stand with us in declaring water a human right. They are bringing water across the border to support Detroiters, who have had their water shut off.

Meet at the Spirit of Detroit statue in front of the Coleman A. Young Center at Woodward and Jefferson at 4pm. 

Rally with Detroit People’s Water Board & the Council of Canadians. Speakers include international water activist, Maude Barlow, and the director of Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Maureen Taylor.

After the convoy arrives at the Spirit of Detroit, join the caravan as water is delivered to the People’s Water Station at St. Peter’s Church.

Click here for more details.

congrats, america, we are now fucked up enough for foreign aid to come and bail out the deprived victims of our broken, corrupt government

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"Do you know how many nights I’ve spent twisting your English off my tongue? I do not take pride in your English. I want to stumble on my words. I want to speak with an accent so thick that it requires silence. I want you to struggle to understand me. Realize your English is not superior. Your English does not equate intelligence. Do not compliment me on how well I have accepted colonization. I do not want your pat on the back. I was forced to learn this language. I didn’t choose to. Your English disconnects me from my people. I am deaf to my own sacred language because of your English.
Your English has done nothing for me."

— Excerpt from “You Speak Good English” by Bilphena Yahwon  (via planetfaraway)

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If you’re poor, the only way you’re likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence, we could call it – by hands, by knife, by club, or maybe modern hands-on violence, by gun or by car.

But if you’re tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without any manual labor on your own part. You can, say, build a sweatshop factory that will collapse in Bangladesh and kill more people than any hands-on mass murderer ever did, or you can calculate risk and benefit about putting poisons or unsafe machines into the world, as manufacturers do every day. If you’re the leader of a country, you can declare war and kill by the hundreds of thousands or millions. And the nuclear superpowers – the US and Russia – still hold the option of destroying quite a lot of life on Earth.

So do the carbon barons. But when we talk about violence, we almost always talk about violence from below, not above.

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Let’s Call Climate Change What It Really Is—Violence | Alternet (via guerrillamamamedicine)

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Photographs of the reconstruction of the Ladby Viking ship currently being made by the staff and enthusiasts of Vikingemuseet Ladby

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Bavarian forest captured by Kilian Schönberger

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Bavarian forest captured by Kilian Schönberger

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