Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Great Regulars: 'Plebs' paid Andrew Mitchell's memberships dues.

The ignorant bankers are a subset of a larger group of technocratic, machine-minded people who really do believe that those outside this group don't matter except as 'users' who pay their salaries and whose demands can easily be fobbed off by call-trees and advertising.

from Bryan Appleyard: What 'Plebs' Really Means


But [David] Quammen's big point is that it is, indeed, a miracle we are still around. We live in a world seething with infection, and fast-mutating bugs such as the H5N1 bird flu virus--one tiny genomic change in that little bastard could wipe out 20m--or, get this, a simian foamy virus that fuses cells into "gigantic, nonfunctional megacells that, under a microscope resemble huge bubbles of foam".

from Bryan Appleyard: from The Sunday Times: Close Your Mouth the Bugs Are Coming


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