Bringing George Washington back from the dead: an IO9 post claims one contemporary physican had a great idea.
[William] Thornton told Washington's wife Martha that he wanted to thaw Washington's body by the fire and have it rubbed vigorously with blankets. Then he planned to perform a tracheotomy so he could insert a bellows into Washington's throat and pump his lungs full of air, and finally to give Washington an infusion of lamb's blood.
More fun with late eighteenth-century medicine at the link.
Honestly, humans really are stupid. Anyhow, the hairless kitten pops up behind him, except it appears to have had some sort of growth spurt, so I hiss at it, just to show it who's boss, and that seems to work since it ignores me completely and decides to play with the can-opener instead.
A British legislator called for that nation's health care system to treat gaming addiction. Notwithstanding the lack of medical consensus that such a thing even exists, Keith Vaz (Labour) sees bad brain changes happen, and treatment called for.
He summons up some of the scary stories we've been blogging:
"In the most extreme cases, people have neglected to feed their children and suffered fatal deep vein thrombosis as a result of the extended time spent at their computer or games console. "This needs to be recognised as a serious problem by the Government. Such behaviour can destroy lives and treatment and support should be available as it is for any other lifestyle problem which impacts upon mental or physical health."
It's an established pattern: media hype -> political noise -> state policy.
Criminalization has become a Golem/Frankenstein, hunting technological innovation through its own internal bureaucratic logic.
Benkler's referring to the creation of state positions for copyright enforcement:
One of the most brilliant moves the industry made over the course of the past decade has been to lobby for, and obtain, the creation and funding of various positions within the Government whose career success depends on harnessing the resources of the federal government to carry out critical parts of the industry's assault on threatening technologies and the more aggressive users.
Later on Benkler recommends we put the golem to sleep.
The French government is planning to include some fine horror scenes in its awesome-sounding Napoleonland theme park.
Other curious potential attractions include a ski run through a battlefield "surrounded by the frozen bodies of soldiers and horses" and a recreation of Louis XVI being guillotined during the revolution...
"It's going to be fun for the family,” he Mr Jégo told the Times.