Read Cancer care mistakes, including surgery on wrong patient, detailed in Manitoba critical incident reports | CBC News by Marina von Stackelberg (CBC)
Five different incidents involving cancer care occurred in a three-month period in 2017, according to newly released Manitoba Health critical incident reports.

CBC reports that CancerCare Manitoba has cooked a few nightmares with Type-I and Type-II errors in diagnosis. Imagine going home being told you’re fine to later die ignorantly happy. I don’t know whether to laugh or laugh about it.

Read This Is the Way the Paper Crumples by Siobhan Roberts (nytimes.com)
In a ball of paper, scientists discover a landscape of surprising mathematical order.

Paper crumpling is memory-less, which implies reduced complexity and revived hopes that other perceivable complex phenomena are ultimately simple to describe.

Read A Man’s Last Letter Before Being Killed on a Forbidden Island by Jeffrey Gettleman (et al.)Jeffrey Gettleman (et al.) (nytimes.com)
John Allen Chau’s letter to his parents from the Andamans lays out a disturbing account of his final days trying to spread Christianity.

Sad news from India: An American missionary was most likely killed by the xenophobic tribal inhabitants of the North Sentinel Island. The young missionary was attempting to spread Christianity, a pagan religion invented by Rome to introduce a new form of power to the world.

He died because of a belief that nurtures immoral acts, such as foregoing one’s life for the sake of a deluded human claiming to be the son of God and inviting others, often against their wills, to share the belief, or else they’ll burn in hell.

The world must wake up to these dangerous fairy tales. Chau would have been alive had it not been for his blind Christian beliefs.

Read Comma Queen: To Whom It May Concern by Mary NorrisMary Norris (The New Yorker)
Does civilization depend on the proper use of “who” and “whom”?

As a grammar enthusiast, who takes joy in syntax, I find the use of the nominative “who” is wrong and often dissonant when the accusative “whom”, the dative “to whom”, or the ablative “by, with, from whom” are not employed instead.

It’s not too late for Twitter to correct the phrase “Who to follow”.

So does civilization depend on the vulnerable “whom”? Yes. No matter how bad the news, we must not stop caring.

Read School moves imperial Japanese flag after student's protest draws almost 10,000 supporters online | CBC News by Rafferty BakerRafferty Baker (CBC)
A Langley Grade 9 student is claiming victory after an online petition with nearly 10,000 supporters resulted in the relocation of a Japanese Imperial flag in a history classroom.

The Japanese fascist flag has been successfully removed from public sight in this school. Ironically, the teacher appealed to the argument that such flags are tools for instruction. In no rational universe would such argument hold. According to such flawed logic, the teacher might have the Nazi flag hung up on the hallways as a tool of elucidation.

Great move and victory by the students.

On the other hand, I am still gathering signatures to submit my e-petition to the House to have this symbol of fascism banned from public display in our country.

(Photo: CC-BY-NC Modified from Wikipedia.)

Read APEC: A family feud with no end in sight by Karishma Vaswani Karishma Vaswani (BBC News)
Members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation smiled for the camera - but not all of them were happy.

Note the U.S. representative, VP Pence, fourth from the right relative to Chairman Xi, and the Canadian PM Trudeau, third from the right. Needless to say, the U.S. shall continue to be sidelined for its increasingly rowdy behavior.

Read Exclusive: WikiLeaks Lawyer Warns U.S. Charges Against Assange Endanger Press Freedom Worldwide by Jennifer RobinsonJennifer Robinson (Democracy Now!)
The Justice Department has inadvertently revealed that it has prepared an indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. In an unusual development, language about the charges against Assange was copied and pasted into an unrelated court filing that was recently unsealed. In the document, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer wrote, “Due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged.” The news broke on Thursday night just hours after The Wall Street Journal reported the Justice Department was planning to prosecute Assange. Assange has been living since 2012 in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London where he has sought refuge and political asylum. It’s unclear what charges may be brought against Assange; the Justice Department has previously considered prosecuting him over his role in the release of hacked DNC emails during the 2016 presidential campaign, as well as over the release of the so-called Iraq and Afghanistan War Logs, shared by U.S. military whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The Assange case has been closely followed by advocates for press freedom. Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch tweeted, “Deeply troubling if the Trump administration, which has shown little regard for media freedom, would charge Assange for receiving from a government official and publishing classified information—exactly what journalists do all the time.” We speak with human rights attorney Jennifer Robinson, who has been advising Julian Assange and WikiLeaks since 2010.

How you could lay charges on journalism, on the relaying of information you receive upon architecting one of the best and secure information communication platforms out there, is beyond any rationale. In fact, such draconian actions by misanthropic governments serve purposes better imagined than explained.

(Photo: CC-BY-NC Screenshot from the associated video clip. itheorist.com)

Read A cure for cancer: how to kill a killer by Charles GraeberCharles Graeber (the Guardian)
Revolutionary work on the body’s immune system and a host of new drug trials mean that beating cancer may be achievable

James P. Allison, 2018’s Nobel Prize recipient in Physiology or Medicine for his research in cancer immunotherapy, observed that a protein in our T cells was giving cancer cells a break. He set out to teach those proteins how to block cancerous cells from going crazy. He succeed, in mice, where T-cells finally cured the cancer.

That groundbreaking discovery, albeit believed to be merely the tip of the iceberg in immunotherapy, has led to the development of immunotherapeutic drugs. Worst, there appears to be way less awareness of such endeavors among the public.