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Comment: Headlines (Score 4, Interesting) 185

by schneidafunk (#47723585) Attached to: New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

This seems like an overly dramatized article based on one sentence. Obviously there's been progress in cancer treatments and some cures for specific cancers.

FTA: One strategy might be to against these cells. Yervoy, a drug that does just that, eliminated melanoma in — and counting. An infusion of Yervoy and a similar drug, nivolumab, has kept some lung cancer patients disease-free for about six years so far. "Their cancer hasn't come back yet. It might never come back," Ben Creelan, an oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center. "I think it's the most exciting thing in decades."

Comment: Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (Score 1) 1198

by schneidafunk (#46880133) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

First, I am very sorry to hear about your mother. I hope you and your family are healing from that terrible tragedy. However, I feel that the justice system is meant to be impartial and I'm not sure if victims relatives should have any weight on the punishment of the crime. Imagine the reverse, where a victim is pushing for the death penalty and there are factors which would make an impartial jury give something less... for example a drunk driving accident.

Comment: Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (Score 1) 1198

by schneidafunk (#46878179) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Your definition of revenge is my definition of justice in this case, because society at large is OK with it and not just the victim's relatives.

"Justice—as logically, legally, and ethically defined—isn’t really about “getting even” or experiencing a spiteful joy in retaliation. Instead, it’s about righting a wrong that most members of society (as opposed to simply the alleged victim) would agree is morally culpable. And the presumably unbiased (i.e., unemotional) moral rightness of such justice is based on cultural or community standards of fairness and equity. Whereas revenge has a certain selfish quality to it"

Comment: Re:Stop calling it 'blood moon'! (Score 4, Informative) 146

by schneidafunk (#46749043) Attached to: The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

Indeed it does originate from a long time ago. There's this quote from the bible, Joel 2:31 (Common English Bible):
" The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood before the great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.".

Or it could also be a reference to the folklore name 'red moon'. Every full moon has a 'cutsie, abstract, or dramatic name' which predates modern astronomy.
http://earthsky.org/astronomy-...

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