Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cassandra's curse and Destiny

The Cassandra metaphor (variously labelled the Cassandra 'syndrome', 'complex', 'phenomenon', 'predicament', 'dilemma', or 'curse'), is a term applied in situations in which valid warnings or concerns are dismissed or disbelieved.

[I particularly like this bit:]

The Marvel Comic characters Mystique and Destiny are two mutant super-villains driven to commit acts of violence and terrorism based upon Destiny's visions of the future. Comic writer (and creator of the characters) Chris Claremont often refers to Destiny as a "Cassandra" figure whose predictions of death for mutantkind are often ignored by the X-Men, with catastrophic effect. However, while Destiny often took her failures in stride, her lover and comrade Mystique would ultimately be driven to insanity after coming into possession of Destiny's various diaries, written with details of the future of mankind and mutantkind. Her madness ultimately leads her to fight the X-Men, who defeat her. Afterwords, Mystique gives the X-Men her copies of Destiny's diaries, promptly telling the X-Men that it was their time to "play Cassandra" with the information inside the diaries.

Cassandra's curse and Destiny

Melamine and Health

Toxicological and Health Aspects of
Melamine and Cyanuric Acid

According to a report from the Chinese Ministry of Health, 294,000 infants had been affected by melamine-contaminated infant formula by the end of November 2008. More than 50,000 infants have been hospitalized, and six deaths have been confirmed. Because of the large potential health impact, the World Health
Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) convened an Expert Meeting.

I apologize for not writing more but reading this report makes me too sad to be able to comment further for now. I haven't been myself for awhile. Forgive me.

Here's a recent correspondence N Engl J Med note on Melamine-Contaminated Powdered Formula and Urolithiasis with some cites to earlier articles. So I see that people of good will are working on this important topic. I leave it to the experts to solve these problems with my best hopes. I will follow the story as much as I can because I genuinely care about the people and my cats, in that order.

For my friends, see also:
世卫组织与粮农组织在加拿大卫生部协助下举行的 审查三聚氰胺与氰尿酸毒理问题专家会议

Updated and revised July 17 to reflect ongoing worldwide efforts to protect human health.