THE APPOINTMENT OF ELISABETH MURDOCH TO THE ARTS COUNCIL IS FURTHER EVIDENCE OF CORPORATISM OF UK ARTS
The Arse Council of Little England was a rank and corrupt institution - one that favoured its own managers over artists, and was too eager to 'partner with fossil fuel companies and 'dirty' banks - before this happened:
"The appointment of Rupert Murdoch’s daughter Elisabeth Murdoch to Arts Council England’s National Council is not only deeply troubling, given her close ties to the Murdoch corporate empire, but is also a glaring example of how nefarious the UK arts establishment has become. The appointment of ex-Tate boss Sir Nicholas Serota as Chair of Arts Council England has clearly ushered in a new era of favouritism and nepotism in which a tiny select elite grease the palms of each other and their friends and family. Just look at the biographies of the other members of the National Council."
"In the journey from egg to embryo to mature organism, our bodies stretch and wrinkle and fold like a fabulously intricate piece of origami. Now UC San Francisco bioengineers have shown that many of the complex folded shapes that form mammalian body plans and internal tissue structures can be re-created with very simple instructions, setting the stage for future applications ranging from lab-grown organs to soft biological robots.
"In their new paper – published Dec. 28, 2017, in the journal Developmental Cell – the researchers found that specialized cells called mesenchymal cells play a special role in folding some tissues during development. Like spiders pulling on their webs, these cells can reach out to tug on the network of ropelike extracellular matrix (ECM) fibers that cells naturally secrete around themselves for structural support.
"When mesenchymal cells in different parts of a tissue pull on the web of ECM fibers in tandem, the researchers found, they create forces within the tissue that can cause it to bend and fold into a variety of shapes, from the finger-like villi that line the gut and aid in digestion to the buds that eventually form an animal’s hairs or feathers.
"The researchers then demonstrated that they could apply these natural developmental processes to re-create tissue folding in tissue samples in the laboratory. By laying down specific patterns of mouse or human mesenchymal cells, the researchers could cause thin slabs of living tissue to fold themselves into bowls, coils, and ripples, as well as more abstract shapes like cubes not typically found in nature."
Spotted today. Donald Fagen, sometime around '83, post The Night Fly.
Sad to say (i), he's right.
Sad to say (ii), it took me most of this year to come to this conclusion.
2000AD teams up with New Scientist for a one-off 8-page Judge Death / Dark Judges story!
"No Future" by Patrick Goddard, Abby Bulmer, Simon Bowland and myself -- in the Christmas / New Year edition of New Scientist -- IN SHOPS NOW!
This is a 'retro' Dark Judges tale -- for people who follow such things, we reckon it might slot into canon round about / just after the "Four Dark Judges" Anderson / Dredd tale (aka "Revenge") -- very different tonally to the prequel Fall of Deadworld tales that Dave K and I do. Patrick and Abby do a GREAT classic-look Dark Judges, I reckon!
It's a lot of fun - hope you enjoy it!