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Signs of Hope – A continuing series – 4th August August 4, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?


1. Phil F - August 4, 2016

A useful FAQ session on Palestinian hunger strikes:

For some reason, this won’t let me paste in the url!!!!


2. Torheit - August 4, 2016

Novel antibiotic isolated from snot that could prove effective against drug-resistant bacteria such as MRSA.

The blanket use of antibiotics, especially in industrialised meat farming, has let do widespread antibiotic resistance by many life-threatening bacteria. There remain one or two fallback antibiotics in our armoury that can be used against these multi-drug-resistant strains.

Medical research under capitalism has little interest in curing diseases outright. It is far more profitable to develop maintenance therapies such as those used to treat HIV infection. For more details of this dynamic see for instance this this fascinating episode of In Our Time on the development of penicillin. Consequently very little commercial research has been done on new antibiotics in the last decades.

Publicly funded research at Tübingen University has has discovered that a bacterium (S. lugdunensis) in the nose produces it’s own antibiotics (a common mechanism is soil, but less well known in human commensal human colonies) and, by destructive genetic engineering of the bacteria, isolated the genes that produce the antibiotic.

They thus have the genetic machinery to produce a new antibiotic – called lugdunin, with novel chemical and biological properties and effectiveness against drug-resistant bacteria.

Ars Technica report here and paywall crippled original paper in Nature.


3. GW - August 5, 2016

The election campaign for the Berlin regional elections has begun. Most parties have the usual head and shoulders picture of their candidates on the lamp posts. Die Linke have made the refreshing decision to portray citizens, political choices and policies instead.

A few of the slogans translated.

“Tenant rebel – Granny Annie is staying put.” Refers to the struggles against the property speculation that is raising rents through the means of upgrading buildings (which need it) and using this as an excuse to get around the statutory rent increase limits. This is happening to thousands of people who are being forced out of the centre of Berlin as a result.

“Do-gooders – we need more”. Refers to the term “Gutmenschen” having become a insult in the MSM and the need for more, better paid people in the health services.

“Integration professional – diversity wins” Refers to the continuing high level of volunteers working with refugees.

Going round East Berlin these are the only posters (incidentally a criminal act here) that have been defaced. Clearly not popular with some people.


4. GW - August 5, 2016

Watching young sparrows learning to fly. Fascinating.


5. Phil Duncan - August 6, 2016

Annual Wreath Laying for Fian Cole and Fian Colley, Fianna members murdered by the Free State in August 1922.
12noon, Saturday, August 20, bottom of Yellow Rd, off Grace Park Road, Beaumont, Dublin 9. Bigi Linn. Main speaker: Ciaran Heaphy.

And here’s Constance Markievicz oration on the second anniversary of them being slain: https://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/markievicz-oration-at-second-anniversary-of-murder-of-fianna-members-cole-and-colley/


6. sonofstan - August 9, 2016

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