"Bahrain's ruling family has defied mounting international criticism by ordering the army to turn on its people for the first time since pro-reform demonstrations erupted five days ago. As protesters attempted to converge on Pearl Roundabout, a landmark in the capital Manama that has become the principal rallying point of the uprising, soldiers stationed in a nearby skyscraper opened fire. Since they took to the streets, Bahrain's protesters have come to expect violence and even death at the hands of the kingdom's security forces. At least five people were killed before yesterday's protests. But this was on a different scale of magnitude.
As they drew near, they were met first with tear gas and then with bursts of live ammunition. Many fled the first salvoes, scrambling down empty streets as the shots rang out behind them. As they ran, terror and disbelief flashed across their faces. One man shouted: "They are killing our people! They are killing our people." Cowering behind a wall, a woman wept, her body shaking in fear.
But many refused to run, initially at least, determined to defy the violence being visited upon them. Some held their hands in the air and shouted "Peaceful! Peaceful!". The shooting resumed. One man crumpled to the ground, blood pouring from his leg; nearby a second was also felled. A scream went up: "live ammunition!" As security forces then began to fire anti-air craft guns over their heads and the air filled with tear gas, the protesters' will finally broke."
Bahrain's neighbors have pledged support for the Bahrain royal family and these actions, including Saudi Arabia. These states include most of America's allies in the region, and their (Sunni) leaders fear that a peaceful democratic uprising in (70% Shiite) Bahrain would lead to a Bahrain aligned with (Shiite) Iran.
There is a general inclination to think of cities as dirty pollution centers that contribute to environmental degradation and global warming. However, the most recent Freakonomics podcast with Edward Glaeser does a great job of explaining how cities are, in fact, the most green, nature-friendly type of human living environment. Per capita, the denser the city the less a person's carbon emission, due in part to less driving and smaller average home size. Further, the greater percentage of individuals living in dense urban areas, the less overall land that is required for development.
Glaeser goes on to discuss how the Federal government discourages city living (and thus green living) through home ownership subsidies, an extensive national highway system and a non-competitive public school system.
A 32-year-old community leader and artist (and baller) who has the rare dwarfism condition, with his bride, 17.
"People living in remote villages in Ecuador have a mutation that some biologists say may throw light on human longevity and ways to increase it. The villagers are very small, generally less than three and a half feet tall, and have a rare condition known as Laron syndrome or Laron-type dwarfism. They are probably the descendants of conversos, Sephardic Jews from Spain and Portugal who were forced to convert to Christianity in the 1490s but were nonetheless persecuted in the Inquisition. They are also almost completely free of two age-related diseases, cancer and diabetes.
The Laron patients’ mutation means that their growth hormone receptor lacks the last eight units of its exterior region, so it cannot react to growth hormone. In normal children, growth hormone makes the cells of the liver churn out another hormone, called insulinlike growth factor, or IGF-1, and this hormone makes the children grow. This is where the physiology of the Laron patients links up with the longevity studies that researchers have been pursuing with laboratory animals. IGF-1 is part of an ancient signaling pathway that exists in the laboratory roundworm as well as in people. The gene that makes the receptor for IGF-1 in the roundworm is called DAF-2. And worms in which this gene is knocked out live twice as long as normal. The Laron patients have the equivalent defect — their cells make very little IGF-1, so very little IGF-1 signaling takes place, just as in the DAF-2-ablated worms. So the Laron patients might be expected to live much longer."
shit i'm happy. my first ebay purchase looks to be a homerun. the guy claims the floppy's are the original disks loaded with old sounds and the others are his personal stash of drums and synths. stoked.