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I was home alone on Saturday and got stuck watching old eps of Dr. G Medical Examiner. I don't know if I had seen these particular episodes before (for certain nothing looked familiar) but they were interesting and I was usually wrong about the true cause of death. Getting through those somehow made me brave enough to watch something I recorded last year, the episode of Something's Killing Me with the ever gorgous B.D. Wong. I was afraid of the episode because, well, I sorta knew what it was about thanks to watching Lewis, the illness that kills through lack of sleep. The actual name for the disorder is Fatal Familial Insomnia and I hope to hell I never come down with it. Fascinating episode, possibily the most interesting thing I've watched in the past few years. FFI, as the people who have the gene for it and the researchers refer to it, has been around since the 1700s and, so far, continues to be 100% fatal. There was film of one particular sufferer who told his doctors he was suffering from the family's curse and wanted them to study him to discover what was wrong. It wasn't immediate but science did eventually discover it is a disease featuring prions (which, like mad cow, also frighten me). We were introduced to three other people with the disease, all currently living. One is a brother/sister pair and the other the wife half of a beautiful young couple from Australia. They were especially entrancing as they have so much love for one another and they just seem to be incredibly happy people and who became inspired by the diagnosis to delve into Wikipedia, start learning all they could about FFI and eventually became actual scientists studying the disease. As in MIT-doctoral students. Which is amazing all on its own and doubly so when neither one came from scientific backgrounds. (Both had careers before returning to school). If this episode comes back in reruns, I'd suggest watching it, it is that interesting.

This morning I'm watching Oxygen's Timothy McVeigh: In Defense Of. I'd also recommend catching this as it very interesting and it somehow fits into my thoughts about what is currently going on in U.S. politics. Early on in the episode the head defense lawyer talks about why he tool on the case and said something about (badly quoting here) "If there is ever a time when a crime is so bad that the nations laws should not apply, that will signal the death of our democracy. That makes sense to me. (I didn't follow Waco closely, nor the Branch Davidians, so I am also learning lots of things new to me.

Date: 2018-07-08 08:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sylvanwitch
Until recently, I lived one town over from where McVeigh grew up, and at a teaching institute I attended many years ago now, I met his high school English teacher (11th grade, I believe). I remember him saying that McVeigh was just like any other student--average, not malicious, not particularly driven, just a B-student living a B-student lifestyle. The teacher's feeling was that McVeigh was radicalized in the military, which I believe has been borne out by investigation.

I also know that McVeigh's father still lives in the family home, and for many years after the OK City bombing, neighbors and community members would turn out on the anniversary of the bombing (and also when the execution was approaching) to keep the press and gawkers from bothering Mr. McVeigh. I have always thought that that was and is a sign of real hope for the human race.

Date: 2018-07-08 09:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moth2fic
A friend who is an actor/director produced the play Terre Haute which deals with the (fictional) communications between Gore Vidal and Timothy McVeigh - it was an intriguing and moving play. I read a lot about the events before and after watching the play. Fascinating. And as a trained lawyer I have always believed that everyone deserves due process of law, otherwise we make ourselves as bad as the criminals.

Fascinated, too, by your account of the FFI; I had never even heard of it.

Date: 2018-07-08 09:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] siberian_skys
I used to love Dr. G. What are they re-playing that on?

Date: 2018-07-11 11:15 pm (UTC)
siberian_skys: (Default)
From: [personal profile] siberian_skys
That's okay, hun. I have enough trouble just watching what I'm already watching.

Date: 2018-07-09 01:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wpadmirer
Sounds like you've been watching some very interesting things.

Pat and I have been to the memorial in Oklahoma City. What happened there is terrifying, but yes, the rule of law was obeyed. He was convicted, but he got a fair trial.

Too bad we have a President now who doesn't believe due process is due anyone he doesn't like, and who believes he's above the law.

Date: 2018-07-11 09:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wpadmirer
Yeah, I agree. Mostly fair. I don't doubt that some things were hidden, because they wanted to convict him.

Jail snitches are (to me) the most unreliable witnesses possible.

Date: 2018-07-09 11:54 pm (UTC)
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That episode of Lewis has always saddened and scared me. Every time I get a long bout of insomnia I panic a bit (as if I didn't have enough real, diagnosed, neurological illness going on, but then when I think coldly and scientifically what is happening in my brain and to my neurons, I feel terrified!). but I'm sure we are both fine, as it is genetic, so surely we would know of someone in out families with it?

As for our respective countries, we have a bunch of tantruming toddlers hell bent ruining out society and economy, and you have one big evil egomaniac baby. Both are dragging us into fascism :(

If I'm well enough, I'm off to Blenheim next week with the rest of Oxford Campaign Against Hate to give your president the welcome he deserves!

Date: 2018-07-11 05:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Bless you for standing up against the orange menace. And I hope you are up to being well enough, even if you don't end up going. You don't have enough good days as it is.


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