September 5th, 2020


the joys of approximation

In stark contrast to rightwing claims, 93% of demonstrations have involved no serious harm to people or property.
— Lois Beckett, “Nearly all Black Lives Matter protests are peaceful despite Trump narrative, report finds”, The Guardian, Saturday 5 September 2020

In related humanitarian developments, Sherlock Holmes’ 7% solution is nearly drug-free:
“Which is it to-day?” I asked,—“morphine or cocaine?”
He raised his eyes languidly from the old black-letter volume which he had opened. “It is cocaine,” he said,—“a seven-per-cent. solution. Would you care to try it?”
“No, indeed,” I answered, brusquely. “My constitution has not got over the Afghan campaign yet. I cannot afford to throw any extra strain upon it.”
He smiled at my vehemence. “Perhaps you are right, Watson,” he said. “I suppose that its influence is physically a bad one. I find it, however, so transcendently stimulating and clarifying to the mind that its secondary action is a matter of small moment.”
— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of the Four, 1890