Kate Beaton (previously) is the creator of the astoundingly great Hark! A Vagrant webcomic) and is a bona fide Canadian culture hero; she is also in the midst of a terrible family crisis and wants our help.
Beaton's sister Becky beat cervical cancer in 2016, but it has come back and is said to be "uncurable." She is trying a host of experimental treatments, and needs to raise at least $150,000 to pay for them. I have contributed, in part because of my own family's experiences with losing young women to cancer, and in part to repay a tiny amount of the joy that Beaton has brought to me.
Beaton's Twitter is full of charming anaecdotes and illustrations about her sister and what this means for her family.
Becky’s Rally Against Cancer
(via The Mary Sue)
The Canadian activist group Open Privacy Research Society has discovered that Vancouver, BC hospitals routinely wirelessly broadcast patient telemetry and admissions data, without encryption to doctor paging systems. It is trivial to intercept these transmission.
Purdue Pharma (and its richer-than-the-Rockefellers owners, the Sackler family are increasingly being dragged into state courts to account for their role in the opioid epidemic, which has claimed more American lives than the Vietnam War.
The large primate could not resist touching the little primate. The little primate didn’t want to be touched by the large primate, and showed its displeasure by scratching the large primate. Let me just touch this monkey to see what happens
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