Here Is One More Question to Add to the Growing List of Things to Talk About Regarding the Court’s Decision to Revoke Martin Shkreli’s Bail: Was It Primarily Intended to Protect Clinton’s Safety or her DNA?

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Regardless of what you think of Martin Shkreli, and it is frankly hard not to have strong opinions about the guy, a Brooklyn judge’s decision on September 13, 2017 to revoke his bail privileges based on a Facebook post (now deleted) in which he offered, according to the A. P.,  “to pay a $5,000 bounty for a Hillary Clinton hair with the follicle” raises a whole new host of issues to consider.  While most of the discussion will be focused on what counts as protected speech, and particularly if the original post was intended as satire, a less pressing though nonetheless interesting question regarding whether the judge’s decision was also intended to protect Clinton’s DNA needs to be discussed.

While Brooklyn-based artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg has undoubtedly received less press than Shkreli and his antics, her DNA-based portraits  , have left many of us thinking about the very real issues related to identity theft in an age of mechanized biological reproduction.   So what exactly was the judge protecting with this ruling?  Clinton’s safety or her DNA, or both?

Although Shkreli’s original Facebook post has been removed, there have been several reports on its contents from different sources.  According to The Hill, which is the publication that broke the story, the contents of the post read: “The Clinton Foundation is willing to KILL to protect its secrets. So on [Hillary Clinton’s] book tour, try to grab a hair from her. I must confirm the sequences I have. Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton. Payment after the sequence matches. Good luck, patrollers.”

Links to Legal Documents Filed in Shkreli Case

Shkreli 2015 Complaint

Shkreli 2015 Indictment

Shkreli 2017 Motion to Revoke Bail

 

 

 

Science and/as Fiction

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Science and Fiction – A New Series from Springer Nature

This collection of entertaining and thought-provoking books will appeal equally to science buffs, scientists and science-fiction fans. It was born out of the recognition that scientific discovery and the creation of plausible fictional scenarios are often two sides of the same coin. Each relies on an understanding of the way the world works, coupled with the imaginative ability to invent new or alternative explanations – and even other worlds. Authored by practicing scientists as well as writers of hard science fiction, these books explore and exploit the borderlands between accepted science and its fictional counterpart. Uncovering mutual influences, promoting fruitful interaction, narrating and analyzing fictional scenarios, together they serve as a reaction vessel for inspired new ideas in science, technology, and beyond. Whether fiction, fact, or forever undecidable: the Springer Series “Science and Fiction” intends to go where no one has gone before!

For more information about the series: http://www.springer.com/series/11657

To read Paul Nahin’s recent contribution to the series, Time Travel Tales:

https://archive.org/details/28dec1

Yoga in Brooklyn

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For anyone looking for a list of yoga studios in Brooklyn, here is the latest MfL compilation:

bed-stuy

http://stackedyoga.com

http://andyogastudios.com

http://namastuy.com

boerum hill

http://iyengarnyc.org

brooklyn heights

http://areayogabrooklyn.com/

bushwick

http://loomyoga.com/

carroll gardens

http://malayoganyc.com

http://areayogabrooklyn.com/

clinton hill

http://stellarstretch.com/

https://dou-yoga.com/

dumbo

abhaya yoga

fort greene

the shala

gowanus

yoga sana

abhaya yoga

kensington

http://jayayogacenter.com/

park slope

http://brooklylnyogaschool.com

http://bendandbloom.com

http://jayayogacenter.com/

prospect heights

http://loveisjuniper.com

https://shambhalayogadance.com/

williamsburg

kula yoga

http://loomyoga.com/

laughing lotus