1000 flowers were distributed around Kabul to celebrate Women’s Day.
8th March 2013
Taking a short break from posting. Will return to tumblr soon.
Have you ever seen such architecture in the shell of a snail?
This is a land snail species endemic to Cuba, Blaesospira echinus infernalis (Pomatiidae), photographed in Pinar del Rio, Viñales, Sierra de la Penitencia, Cuba.
OMG!! looks like Helioceras ammonite !!!!
Uganda’s president signs controversial new anti-gay law
BBC News: Uganda’s President Museveni has signed into law a controversial anti-gay bill that toughens punishments for homosexuality in the African country.
Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda but the new law means those convicted would face years in prison, the law also makes it a crime not to report gay people.
Photo: A Kenyan gay man wears a mask to preserve his anonymity as he protests against anti-gay moves in Uganda outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya on 10 February (AP)
Don’t drink the water, don’t eat the fish, don’t breathe the ash.
Check out the restrictions on residents across the country after chemical and oil spills in their backyards.
Malnourishment is a national concern because we are a nation that cares about its people, how they feel, how they live. We care whether they are well and whether they are happy. First of all there is a moral imperative: Our national conscience requires it. We must because we can. We are the world’s richest nation. We are the best educated nation. We have an agricultural abundance that ranks as a miracle of the modern world. This Nation cannot long continue to live with its conscience if millions of its own people are unable to get an adequate diet.
Our basic policies for improvement of the living conditions of the poor are based on this proposition: That the best judge of each family’s priorities is that family itself, that the best way to ameliorate the hardships of poverty is to provide the family with additional income - to be spent as that family sees fit.
Now, some will argue with this proposition. Some argue that the poor cannot be trusted to make their own decisions, and therefore, the Government should dole out food, clothing, and medicines, according to a schedule of what the Government thinks is needed. Well, I disagree. I believe there are no experts present in this great gathering who know more about the realities of hunger and malnutrition than those among you who are here because you have suffered from it; or than those among you who are here who do suffer from it, from great cities, from wornout farms, from barren reservations, from frozen tundra, and tiny islands half a world away.
The task of Government is not to make decisions for you or for anyone. The task of Government is to enable you to make decisions for yourselves. Not to see the truth of that statement is fundamentally to mistake the genius of democracy. We have made too many mistakes of this type - but no more. Our job is to get resources to people in need and then to let them run their own lives.
In today’s edition of “surprising no-one”…
Advances in genetic sequencing are giving rise to a new era of scientific racism, despite decades of efforts to reverse attitudes used to justify the slave trade and Nazi theology, experts said on Friday.
New forms of discrimination, known as neoracism, are taking hold in scientific research, spreading the belief that races exist and are different in terms of biology, behavior and culture, according to anthropologists who spoke at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Chicago.
“Genome science can help us a lot in the individualization of medical practice,” said Nina Jablonski, an anthropology professor at The Pennsylvania State University.
But she warned that science could be “misused” to propagate the belief that people inherently have different abilities based on skin color or ethnic background.
She cited new research urging that children be identified based on their genetically predetermined educational abilities and then put in separate schools that could be used to foster different kinds of learning.
“We have heard this before and it is incredibly worrying,” she said, recalling the segregation era when blacks and whites were schooled separately and African Americans were considered inferior.
- A matter of distortion? -
“The educationalists who are proposing this meant this in a positive way but it is something that could be easily distorted if it were implemented.”
Many distinguished scientists in the United States recognize that race itself is not a biological variable, but they still buy into the notion that shared ancestry can impart certain biological characteristics, said Joseph Graves, an associate dean for research at the University of North Carolina.
Published research has shown that blacks are more likely than whites to have a blood type that causes sickle cell disease and can protect against malaria, and are more likely to have a certain gene called APOL1, which protects against a parasite that causes sleeping sickness.
While Graves did not dispute these findings, he said it is wrong to imply that genetic differences account for the vast health disparities between whites and blacks.
“The assumption is that African ancestry predisposes one to greater disease and mortality profiles in the United States,” Graves said at the conference.
“This is what I call the myth of the genetically sick African.”
Instead, social factors are more likely to blame for poorer health among blacks in the United States, he said.
“Americans continually conflate socially defined and biological conceptions of race,” Graves added. “Neoracism results in part from this confusion.”
Another concern is the ancestry tests that are now commonly sold online, a trend which feeds the notion that one’s ethnic heritage may indicate the state of one’s health, said Yolanda Moses, a cultural anthropologist at the University of California, describing these tests as “misleading.”
- Race and criminal justice -
Over the past decade, the expansion of DNA databases which include genetic profiles from people arrested — but not convicted of crimes — is also a concern, she said.
“Genetics have a profound impact on race and the criminal justice system,” she said.
Ironically, a new focus on race as a basis for genomics began when the National Institutes of Health — the world’s largest funder of research — mandated all its genetic studies to have as diverse a representation as possible, in an effort to eliminate health disparities and include more people of color in clinical trials.
When the Human Genome Project first started in the 1980s, this was not the case.
“We went from a world where genome mappers did not want to touch race with a 10-foot pole, to one in which projects and drugs could no longer survive without reframing their reason for being as a minority rights campaign,” said Catherine Bliss, assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, San Francisco.
“What we have is an ethical and a fiscal pressure to racialize research and applications across the board,” she said.
I hate everyone.
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