a really moving photo essay done by Science.
Contributing correspondent Jon Cohen examines the spread of HIV in Russia and Ukraine, which together account for more than 90% of the infections in Eastern Europe. Cohen and photographer Malcolm Linton visited researchers, clinicians, advocates, and affected communities in both countries. This photo gallery highlights some of those individuals, how they are responding to the epidemic, and the challenges they face.
check it out here: http://www.sciencemag.org/site/special/aids2010/feature/#panel-1
Posted by Yalda Afshar on January 30, 2011
from Good. original.
For the second year in a row, more American soldiers—both enlisted men and women and veterans—committed suicide than were killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Excluding accidents and illness, 462 soldiers died in combat, while 468 committed suicide. A difference of six isn’t vast by any means, but the symbolism is significant and troubling. In 2009, there were 381 suicides by military personnel, a number that also exceeded the number of combat deaths.
Earlier this month, military authorities announced that suicides amongst active-duty soldiers had slowed in 2010, while suicides amongst reservists and people in the National Guard had increased. It was proof, they said, that the frequent psychological screenings active-duty personnel receive were working, and that reservists and guardsmen, who are more removed from the military’s medical bureaucracy, simply need to begin undergoing more health checks. This new data, that American soldiers are now more dangerous to themselves than the insurgents, flies right in the face of any suggestion that things are “working.” Even if something’s working, the system is still very, very broken.
One of the problems hindering the military’s attempt to address soldier suicides is that there’s no real rhyme or reason to what kind of soldier is killing himself. While many suicide victims are indeed afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after facing heavy combat in the Middle East, many more have never even been deployed. Of the 112 guardsmen who committed suicide last year, more than half had never even left American soil.
“If you think you know the one thing that causes people to commit suicide, please let us know,” Army Vice Chief of Staff General Peter Chiarelli told the Army Times, “because we don’t know what it is.”
Posted by Yalda Afshar on January 27, 2011
“If I may throw out a word of counsel to beginners, it is: Treasure your exceptions! When there are none, the work gets so dull that no one cares to carry it further. Keep them always uncovered and in sight. Exceptions are like the rough brickwork of a growing building which tells that there is more to come and shows where the next construction is to be.”
William Bateson, in The Method and Scope of Genetics, 1908.
original post and .pdf of Bateson’s article, “Treasure your exceptions”.
Posted by Yalda Afshar on January 22, 2011
Posted by Yalda Afshar on January 19, 2011
“men pity and love each other more deeply than they permit themselves to know.”
Posted by Yalda Afshar on January 17, 2011
because chicago has soul. has love. has friends. has community. this is a beautiful piece filled with lots of familiar faces. check it out:
Posted by Yalda Afshar on January 16, 2011