Just because you think something is right, or just, or good, does not mean you should applaud it if it’s done the wrong way. It may feel good to watch people you hate in a horrible compromising position but just remember it could easily have been you. This reminds me, for reasons that are somewhat mysterious and make my family a bit concerned, of that scene from Pulp Fiction where Bruce Willis (whose character name I am too lazy to look up) decides to go save Marcellus Wallace from the weird redneck guys in the basement. Sure, he and Wallace were just trying to kill each other, but I think he stops not out of some humane loyalty to all men. He kind of knew that it easily could have been him down there, and he did what he would have hoped someone would do for him even though it meant saving someone that wanted him dead. Ok, so it isn’t a perfect analogy but it’s what I am working with here.
Try to imagine you are at a friends’ house, with a large group of people. Someone decides to order pizza for everyone. Someone brings you a slice, and you notice something… strange. The normal stuff of goodness is there: dough, sauce, cheese, pepperoni… There is something extra though, a slimy, salty piece of hatred and discontent: an anchovy.
The thought hits you: “What sadistic, horrible person would order a pepperoni and anchovy pizza?” (Here, I am assuming you don’t like anchovies, but in case you do please be aware I am not writing this for you as I assume you are a cat.) You sit there loudly telling everyone around you how you can’t believe this injustice to pizza, to humans and to your dignity. This must be a top down conspiracy to ruin pizza for everyone present. Heads must roll!
You may have heard of Stanislaw Burzynski and his Antineoplaston treatment for cancer. If you haven’t, I highly suggest poking around a bit, even just a simple Google search will do. Though please go beyond just the Eric Merola movies, which are clearly from the perspective that the treatment is proven and that evidence is not necessary at this point. Conversely, don’t just go with some of the more curmudgeonly bloggers such as Orac, though the latter does tend to give some very good scientific information.
Now, even if you didn’t immediately go out and research furiously, I am going to assume you have a general idea about Burzynski, the Clinic, and his ANP (Antineoplaston) treatment.
The main reason I am putting this together is to try to give a little bit of perspective on efficacy. Not just of Burzynskis treatment, but a little more information on DIPG. I am not a doctor; I do not play one on TV, and as far as I can remember I never even “played doctor” as a kid. So please excuse (and correct) me if I have gotten some piece of medical information completely and utterly wrong. This is indeed my take on the information I have found. Also take note that you may think to yourself, “Hey, these sound like anecdotes! Doesn’t he scream about wanting non anecdotal evidence?”. Yes, some other persons self, I indeed do want objective evidence. However, since most of the support for Burzynski comes from only anecdotal evidence, I would say this is a fair riposte, as the bar has been set to Hermes Conrad levels of limbo skills, and I feel like just shuffling over it today.
So I actually had another post in mind for my official first post here, but something came across my path this morning. The article is “This map shows every school shooting since Sandyhook” and contains a map showing the seventy four school shootings since then the mass murder at Sandyhook Elementary. Now, I was fairly surprised to hear we had had 74 instances of attempted or successful mass killings in schools, that is a hell of a lot. The problem is that there really hasn’t been.