So, off to Southampton Hospital today for an initial meeting to discuss me taking part in a trial, called HARE-40 HPV vaccine trial, as part of the wider investigation in trying to utilise the body’s immune system in treating/preventing cancer.
I was amongst the first students in the country to study immunology at Chelsea College nxrgghh years ago at undergraduate level and I’m sure that today I will confirm Pope’s adage of a little knowledge being a dangerous thing. Am a tad apprehensive as I’m still not good at thinking about cancer and my relation to it and also that it is a trial and is therefore a step into unknown territory. Kate is very wary.
Spoke about it last week to a crabby chum who is already going through the trial process which is partly about finding the most effective optimal dose of vaccine. The vaccine causes quite a reaction including the shakes and raised body temperature, much like a normal fever I suppose. It will also involve lots of needles.
I hope they soon find a vaccine to treat kleptomania as the damage being wrought by the infected kleptos on humans is reaching epidemic proportions. A new angle to this recently caught my attention from Counterpunch https://www.counterpunch.org/ :
“Paddock was someone Trump could relate to: he was a millionaire, a landlord, a habitué of casinos, and a man who enjoyed the company of foreign-born women. Trump would rather not confront one of the most pressing questions of the Vegas massacre: what happens when the one-percenters snap and go full-auto on crowds of middle class white people? Somewhere along the line Paddock had done a Colonel Kurtz in the American outback, holing up in a planned retirement community in the Nevada desert, adjacent to Bunkerville, the Masada of the gun-obsessed property rights fanatics.”
Now the NRA and other fucked up fuckers would advocate the immune response that we are all aggressively tooled up so that the ‘good guys’ will kill the ‘bad guys’. The glaringly obvious flaw in this argument is their fundamental distortion of the words good and bad. One distortion being the conflation of good with white and male. They’re still in cowboy mode.
And I do like Mark’s new cycle gang: The Proud Boys (wanking chapter). Check their progenitors out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proud_Boys Although, as with myself, it is the case that Mark’s gang is all white and all male.
Time to breakfast before the trial.
Keep on keeping on, love Duncan.