Criticising a teenager for wearing culturally insensitive clothes may seem like a trivial matter - but once the cultural police get to decide who can wear what, it is only a matter of time before they are able to impose their will on other aspects of our lives. Keziah Daum never imagined that she would find herself the target of a nasty twitter-storm. She made the mistake of posting pictures of herself wearing a red silk Chinese dress to her high school prom. One twitter-warrior complained: "My culture is NOT your goddamn prom dress." Another asked "What’s the theme of your life? Ignorant”? And it was only a matter of time before Keziah was branded with the R-word! One troll asked, "Was the theme of prom casual racism?" Evidently, for social justice warriors, wearing clothes or costumes from another culture constitutes a crime that goes by the name of cultural appropriation. In recent times universities have become the hot-bed of the crusade against cultural … [Read more...] about The cultural appropriation police are turning fried chicken, dreadlocks and prom dresses into a race row
Monday, April 23, 2018 by: Vicki Batts Tags: Big Biotech, Big Food, dangerous ingredients, food safety, food supply, GMOs, lab-grown food, nutrition, plant cell cultures, superfoods (Natural News) Would you want to eat superfoods grown in a lab? For many people, the latest development in the biotech industry is more hair-raising than it is inspiring. Scientists from the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) are developing a new method for producing plant-based foods — via the use of what’s known as “plant cell cultures,” instead of traditional farming. It seems that “test tube food” isn’t that far beyond the horizon. VTT has reportedly been working on their new technology for years. Their goal of creating a “new and groundbreaking” way of growing plant-based foods without the earth is nothing short of lofty. But as you may notice, in their press release, they never dare to call their lab creations “plants.” … [Read more...] about Plant cell cultures: Would you eat vegetables grown in a lab if they were nutritious and tasty?
Boys' club? The Democratic Party's secretary and heads of its parliamentary group in the two houses of parliament. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP Hundreds of women in Italy's centre-left Democratic Party (PD) have signed an appeal to party leaders, saying it must fix a sexist internal culture in order to restore its credibility. "It's time to move from promises to action," wrote PD senator Francesca Puglisi in the 'TowandaDem' petition, which has been signed by 460 women in the party. She noted that in the previous legislation, the PD had the highest level of female representation in parliament, but was overtaken after the March 4th vote by both the Five Star Movement and parties on the right wing. "We thought [the issue of female representation] was sorted. A fatal political error that we'll never repeat," Puglisi wrote. "The crisis of identity in the Democratic Party and the Party of European Socialists comes from the difficulty in representing society's needs and above all the … [Read more...] about 400 women in Italy’s Democratic Party protest ‘boys’ club’ culture
It might seem like a "whale of tale," but groundbreaking research from Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is the first to demonstrate that just like human societies, beluga whales appear to value culture as well as their ancestral roots and family ties. Through a detailed genetic study of kinship published in PLOS One, an international team of collaborators has demonstrated that related whales returned to the same locations year after year, and even generation after generation. This inter-generational inheritance of where to go and when probably involves some form of social learning from members of the same species, most likely from mother to calf. The study firmly establishes philopatry to summering ground and most likely entire migratory circuits as a characteristic behavior in beluga whales. Findings from this study also pin down the fundamental structure of the building blocks of beluga whale society and provide compelling evidence that migratory … [Read more...] about Like human societies, whales value culture and family ties
Patient-centred R&D: where is the culture of inquiry and innovation in LMICs? Kate Holt/Africa Practice Author : Kiran Raj PandeyKiran Raj Pandey is an internist and a health services researcher with the Center for Health and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL, USA Since the majority of the disease burden and health technology deficit in the world is in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), in order to implement a patient-centred R&D agenda, it is vitally important to encourage researchers and institutions in these countries to take up the responsibility for this research. Although as far back as 2006, the report of the Commission on Intellectual Property and Innovation in Public Health and the subsequent Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property (2011) stressed the need to increase the innovative capacity of developing countries, still not enough R&D happens there. This begs … [Read more...] about Patient-centred R&D: where is the culture of inquiry and innovation in LMICs?