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  • Officials find more than 100 people in Houston house in suspected human smuggling operation

    03/20/2014 1:34:38 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/19/2014 | Fox News
    A house overflowing with more than 100 people presumed to be in the U.S. illegally was uncovered just outside Houston on Wednesday, a police spokesman said. The suspected stash house was found during a search for a 24-year-old woman and her two children, a 7-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy, that were reported missing by relatives late Tuesday after a man failed to meet them as planned at an undisclosed location on the city's north side, said John Cannon, a spokesman for the Houston Police Department. Many of the people in home that authorities said appeared to be part of...
  • The next step: 3D printing the human body

    02/11/2014 5:16:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | February 11, 2014 | Rhiannon Williams
    Bioprinting, or the process of creating human tissues through 3D printers, is a highly contested area of technological innovation. Theoretically it could save the economy billions on a global scale, whilst boosting weak or war-torn countries' access to more affordable health care and provision, whether producing prosthetic limbs or highly customised fully-working human organs. From a technological perspective, the rise and development of 3D printing and its capabilities will play an undeniable part in our future lives. But how does the process work? UK-based company PrinterInks has teamed up with US startup Organovo, a company specialised in designing and printing...
  • 3D-printed living human tissues one step closer

    02/23/2014 8:18:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    NDTV ^ | February 23, 2014
    Harvard scientists have developed a new bioprinting method that can create intricately patterned 3-D tissue constructs with multiple types of cells and tiny blood vessels. The work is a major step toward creating human tissue constructs realistic enough to test drug safety and effectiveness, researchers said. The method will also help bring closer the building of fully functional replacements for injured or diseased tissue that can be designed from CAT scan data using computer-aided design (CAD), printed in 3D at the push of a button. "This is the foundational step toward creating 3D living tissue," said Jennifer Lewis, senior author...
  • Former D.C. Department of Human Services worker pleads guilty to scheme ($800K in food stamps)

    02/16/2014 6:42:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/15/14 | Patrick Svitek
    Aretha Holland-Jackson, 45, admitted in federal court that she used her access to the Department of Human Services’ computer system to set up public assistance for nearly two dozen phony beneficiaries. Using fake names and Social Security numbers, Holland-Jackson obtained government ID cards that she and others used to withdraw food stamps, cash and other public benefits from ATMs, according to prosecutors. Allison Holland, Holland-Jackson’s 47-year-old sister, also admitted involvement in the scheme. Prosecutors said Holland, of Cheltenham, used three of the fake cards, then saved cash for her sister in a shoebox.
  • Using ENCODE Data for Human-Chimp DNA Comparisons

    01/01/2014 4:00:01 PM PST · by lasereye · 14 replies
    ICR ^ | 1/1/2014 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    In 2012, a variety of research papers associated with the ENCODE project (Encyclopedia Of DNA Elements) described how the human genome was pervasively copied—transcribed—into an amazing array of functional RNA molecules that regulate how genes and the genome function.1 Much of the pervasive transcription is based on long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) that have the same control features as protein-coding genes but with other functions.2 A large group of lncRNAs stay in the cell’s nucleus, where some directly regulate how genes are expressed while others help modify chromosome structure. Some lncRNAs are exported into the cell’s cytoplasm to regulate the production...
  • Smart cat closes the box like a human

    12/24/2013 7:34:12 PM PST · by albasun · 7 replies
    youtube ^ | 24.12.2013 | altin
    useful cat
  • Howard Dean: GOP has attempted to undermine president “as a human being”

    12/01/2013 4:04:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 67 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 12/01/13 | Drey Dailey
    Republicans aren’t just trying to undermine President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, according to Former Gov. Howard Dean (D-Vt.). They’ve also been trying to undermine the President “as a human being” since his election. Appearing on CNN‘s “State of the Union” this week, Dean discussed the rollout 2.0 of HealthCare.gov and how it plays into the larger picture of the President’s poor polling and damaged reputation as a whole. He told host Candy Crowley that there is “no evidence” that the damage for Obama will be lasting.
  • Need a new liver? Just print one: 3D printer makes working human liver

    11/09/2013 7:21:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Metro ^ | November 9, 2013
    A group of US scientists have created the world’s smallest human liver which can survive for forty days and works like the real thing – using a 3D printer. The mini-livers, made by California-based medical research company Organvo, are just half a millimetre deep and four millimetres wide but can perform most of the functions that a real liver can. The printer builds up 20 layers of hepatocytes cells, which carry out liver functions, along with two major types of liver cell. It also adds cells from the lining of a blood vessel. This allows the liver cells to receive...
  • Climate Study: Evidence Leans Against Human-Caused Global Warming

    09/18/2013 5:36:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/18/13 | Tony Lee
    On Tuesday, a group of 50 international scientists released a comprehensive new report on the science of climate change that concluded that evidence now leans against global warming resulting from human-related greenhouse gas emissions. The report, which cites thousands of peer-reviewed articles the United Nations-sponsored panel on climate change ignored, also found that "no empirical evidence exists to substantiate the claim that 2°C of warming presents a threat to planetary ecologies or environments" and no convincing case can be made that "a warming will be more economically costly than an equivalent cooling." The U.N.'s panel is scheduled to release its...
  • rDNA Genes May Be Key to Human Longevity

    09/09/2013 4:47:38 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    An international team of researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology has found evidence that ageing works through a special set of genes that everyone has – the rDNA genes.Studies in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, shown here, over the past two decades have found a connection between rDNA genes and lifespan. “This work is exciting because it shows that rDNA instability is a new factor in ageing,” said study co-author Dr Austen Ganley from Massey University, New Zealand. Dr Ganley and his colleagues from Japan found that by improving the stability of the rDNA genes they could extend the lifespan...
  • From Slashdot: "I'm going to take a stab at empowering you"

    09/08/2013 10:59:27 AM PDT · by plsjr
    Slashdot ^ | 09/07/13 | Artifakt
    I'm going to take a stab at empowering you. §  We're in a long term fight for human freedom. Long term means you may have to influence people now who can just possibly help us, or at least you, ten or twenty years down the road. Pick people who are running for minor or local offices, and need a little help, whether it's contributions or getting out the vote or going door to door. You don't have to spend a fortune or put in fifty hours a week on top of your day job to be remembered as one of...
  • Compassion Or Compulsion--Egalitarian Argument Analyzed

    07/31/2013 1:49:22 PM PDT · by Ohioan · 30 replies
    Truth Based Logic ^ | July 1, 2013 | William Flax
    Egalitarian rhetoric, once largely confined to revolutionary movements, such as French Jacobins & Marxist Communists, now appears accepted by many in the political & social mainstream. Thus, there is scarcely a ripple among affluent viewers when major "Liberal" broadcast media air programs discussing the "need" & methods to "narrow a gap between the rich & poor," despite the unspoken, yet obvious, implications. Thus a former American President, who claimed to be a "Compassionate Conservative," voiced a similar objective, with scarce notice in a generally hostile media, which had no problem in mislabeling him & the like-minded, as "right wing." The...
  • Oldest primate fossil rewrites evolutionary break in human lineage

    06/06/2013 2:14:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 60 replies
    ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility) ^ | June 6, 2013 | Kirstin Colvin
    The study of the world’s oldest early primate skeleton has brought light to a pivotal event in primate and human evolution: that of the branch split that led to monkeys, apes and humans (anthropoids) on one side, and living tarsiers on the other. The fossil, that was unearthed from an ancient lake bed in central China’s Hubei Province, represents a previously unknown genus and species named Archicebus Achilles. The results of the research were published on 6 June 2013 in Nature. Oldest primate fossil rewrites evolutionary break in human lineage The fossil, which is 55 million years old and dates...
  • Alligator Stem Cells Offer Hope for Tooth Regeneration in Humans

    05/18/2013 2:08:28 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies
    sci-news.com ^ | 5/17/13 | Natali Anderson
    An international team of scientists led by Prof Cheng-Ming Chuong from the University of Southern California has discovered unique cellular and molecular mechanisms behind tooth renewal in American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis).Their findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, pave the way for tooth regeneration in people. “Humans naturally only have two sets of teeth – baby teeth and adult teeth. Ultimately, we want to identify stem cells that can be used as a resource to stimulate tooth renewal in adult humans who have lost teeth. But, to do that, we must first understand how they renew...
  • How Similar Are Human and Ape Genes? )article)

    05/02/2013 7:45:45 AM PDT · by fishtank · 47 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | May 2013 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    How Similar Are Human and Ape Genes? by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * In the past, evolutionists have tried to prove human evolution by comparing only similar DNA segments between humans and apes—disregarding the non-similar DNA regions.1 Many evolutionary studies have involved the selective use of protein-coding segments in the genome called genes. But comparing just the genes of humans and apes produces much higher DNA similarities than many other regions of the genome would yield. Surprisingly, a recent study compared chimpanzee chromosomes to their similar human-counterpart chromosomes using highly optimized DNA matching conditions and found that the chimpanzee genome was...
  • ...DNA tests on six-inch skeleton of 'alien-looking' creature...prove it was...human...

    04/25/2013 5:13:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 19:13 EST, 24 April 2013 | David Mccormack
    Dr Steven Greer, who led the project and documentary, has hit back at critics who claim the body is a hoax. 'The CAT scan clearly shows internal chest organs -lungs and what appears to be the remains of a heart structure,' he said. 'There is absolutely no doubt that the specimen is an actual organism and that it is not a hoax of any kind. 'This fact has been confirmed by Dr. Nolan and Dr. Lachman at Stanford.'
  • 3D printer makes tiniest human liver ever

    04/23/2013 12:29:52 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 4/23/13 | Andy Coghlan
    Lab-grown livers have come a step closer to reality thanks to a 3D printer loaded with cells (see video above). Created by Organovo in San Diego, California, future versions of the system could produce chunks of liver for transplant. The mini-livers that Organovo made are just half a millimetre deep and 4 millimetres across but can perform most functions of the real thing. To create them, a printer builds up about 20 layers of hepatocytes and stellate cells – two major types of liver cell. Crucially, it also adds cells from the lining of blood vessels. These form a delicate...
  • The human face of Obamacare’s broken promises

    04/01/2013 2:07:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/01/13 | Dean Clancy
    **SNIP** As the controversial law passes its third anniversary, and as the Obama administration struggles to get a whole new national health care system up and running by next January, a visible sign of the law’s economic costs is seen in the 12,000 pages of regulations to implement the law’s 2,801 pages of legalese. Printed out and stacked, that tower of paper stands seven feet tall. Laid end to end, it stretches for two and a half miles. **SNIP** Rosemarie Battaglia, a senior citizen from Texas, is on Medicare Advantage. Last month, the Medicare agency issued regulations that will reduce...
  • Researchers developing 3D printer, 'bio-ink' to create human organs

    03/14/2013 11:40:12 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    NextBigFuture ^ | March 13, 2013
    The long-term goal of this branch is to create functioning human organs some five or 10 years from now. While bioprinters at other institutions use one arm with multiple heads to print multiple materials one after the other, the UI device with multiple arms can print several materials concurrently. This capability offers a time-saving advantage when attempting to print a human organ because one arm can be used to create blood vessels while the other arm is creating tissue-specific cells in between the blood vessels. The first major goal is to make blood vessels. The next goal is to make...
  • US Urges Israel to Partake in UN Human Rights Review

    01/24/2013 4:51:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    inn ^ | 1/25/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The Unites States has declared that Israel should take part in a United Nations review of its human rights situation despite the Jewish state’s decision to cut ties with the council that carries out the process. "We have encouraged the Israelis to come to the council and to tell their story and to present their own narrative of their own human rights situation," said Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, the U.S. representative to the United Nations' Human Rights Council in Geneva, AFP reported. Israel cut all ties with the biased 47-member state council last March after it announced that it would...
  • Fighting Shaped Human Hands

    12/21/2012 3:34:08 AM PST · by Makana · 33 replies
    The Journal of Experimental Biology ^ | December 19, 2012 | The Journal of Experimental Biology
    — The human hand is a finely tuned piece of equipment that is capable of remarkable dexterity: creating art, performing music and manipulating tools. Yet David Carrier from the University of Utah suggests that the human hand may have also evolved its distinctive proportions for a less enlightened reason: for use as a weapon. In a new study, Carrier and colleague Michael Morgan publish their theory that human hands evolved their square palms and long thumb to stabilise the fist and produce a compact club for use in combat.
  • Human link to climate change stronger than ever: (IPCC) draft report

    12/14/2012 1:40:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/14/12 | Nina Chestney and Alister Doyle | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - International climate scientists are more certain than ever that humans are responsible for global warming, rising sea levels and extreme weather events, according to a leaked draft report by an influential panel of experts. The early draft, which is still subject to change before a final version is released in late 2013, showed that a rise in global average temperatures since pre-industrial times was set to exceed 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, and may reach 4.8 Celsius. "It is extremely likely that human activities have caused more than half of the observed increase in global average surface...
  • Is human intellect on the downward slide?

    11/22/2012 12:06:23 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 50 replies
    I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000 BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions, with a good memory, a broad range of ideas, and a clear-sighted view of important issues. So Stanford geneticist Gerald R. Crabtree begins back-to-back Forum pieces for Trends in Genetics, entitled “Our Fragile Intellect” (Parts I and II). Crabtree’s thesis: humanity is “almost certainly” losing its superior intellectual and emotional capacities. Crabtree doesn’t seem to be arguing for the intellectual vibrancy of the...
  • Foxconn Allegedly Replacing Human Workers With Robots

    11/13/2012 2:47:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 58 replies
    Techcrunch.com ^ | 11/13/12 | John Biggs
    Foxconn has been planning to buy 1 million robots to replace human workers and it looks like that change, albeit gradual, is about to start. The company is allegedly paying $25,000 per robot – about three times a worker’s average salary – and they will replace humans in assembly tasks. The plans have been in place for a while – I spoke to Foxconn reps about this a year ago – and it makes perfect sense. Humans are messy, they want more money, and having a half-a-million of them in one factory is a recipe for unrest. But what happens...
  • OPINION: Is human longevity due to grandmothers or older fathers?

    10/31/2012 2:08:41 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    UNSW ^ | 10/30/12 | Rob Brooks
    Why do humans tend to live such a long time? Our closest relatives, the chimpanzees, can last into their mid forties in the wild. Yet somewhere in the last six million years, human lifespans have lengthened dramatically, so that living into our seventies is no big surprise. The last few weeks have seen some exciting new developments in this area. First, a recent paper featured in The Conversation showed that at all ages, humans are less likely to die than chimps. Excitingly, however, modern health care, diets and the steady decline in violent deaths have slashed mortality rates of young...
  • Report: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. releases robocall, tells supporters 'I am human'

    10/21/2012 4:46:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/20/12 | Jonathan Easley
    Report: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. releases robocall, tells supporters 'I am human'By Jonathan Easley - 10/20/12 07:07 PM ET The Chicago Sun Times is reporting that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) sent out an automated message to constituents in his district on Saturday, asking voters to stick by him through his recent spate of difficulties. “Like many human beings, a series of events came together in my life at the same time and they have been difficult to sort through,” Jackson says in the call. “I am human. I am doing my best. I am trying to sort through them...
  • Green Tea Eyed As Possible Skin Cancer Treatment

    08/23/2012 2:20:57 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 6 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | August 22, 2012 | Christine Hsu
    Scientists have discovered a chemical extract in green tea that can treat two types of skin cancer, without producing the harmful side effects associated with chemotherapy.While the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) compound is too weak to make an impact when consumed in tea, scientists were able to kill or shrink two-thirds of cancer cells within a month when they applied the extract to tumor cells in the lab. What's more, the chemical compound did not appear to affect any other healthy cells or tissues in the body.Researchers from the universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow believe that their study is the first...
  • Genetically engineering 'ethical' babies is a moral obligation, says Oxford professor

    08/16/2012 12:22:09 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | August 16, 2012 | Richard Alleyne
    Genetically screening our offspring to make them better people is just 'responsible parenting', claims an eminent Oxford academic. Professor Julian Savulescu said that creating so-called designer babies could be considered a "moral obligation" as it makes them grow up into "ethically better children". The expert in practical ethics said that we should actively give parents the choice to screen out personality flaws in their children as it meant they were then less likely to "harm themselves and others". The academic, who is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics, made his comments in an article in the latest edition...
  • Warlord Accused of Genocide to Get Spot on UN Human Rights Council

    08/08/2012 6:21:21 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    fox news ^ | 8-8-12 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    The election of a Sudanese warlord accused of genocide to the United Nations Human Rights Council is now virtually guaranteed, since he has the full backing of the world body's African delegation. The International Criminal Court has issued a warrant for Omar Al-Bashir -- its first ever for a sitting head of state -- for crimes against humanity he allegedly committed in Darfur. Yet, his regime is set to take its place on the panel, in the latest bizarre appointment to make a mockery of the UN's human rights credibility, according to critics. It's like putting “Jack the Ripper in...
  • Chained children in Chinese orphanage creates furore

    07/04/2012 10:16:20 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Thursday, July 5, 2012 | Agencies
    Beijing - A Chinese provincial government has sacked officials of an orphanage after reports that two mentally challenged children were found shackled there. Volunteers have rushed to help out at an orphanage in Cangnan county, in East China's Zhejiang province, after a child abuse scandal was exposed at the site, days after photos showed children constrained with chains and ties, the state-run Xinhua news agency has reported. A group of doctors have also offered health check-ups for youngsters in the orphanage where two boys were shackled with chains on June 29, Xinhua reported. The orphanage's director has been removed from...
  • Ariz. Gov Brewer: Ruling a 'Victory' for All Americans

    06/25/2012 11:07:00 AM PDT · by OPS4 · 20 replies
    NewsMAX ^ | 6/25/12 | NewsMax
    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold part of the state's illegal immigration law is a victory for all Americans. Despite the court striking down key provisions of the statute Monday, Brewer says the heart of the law can now be enacted. The court ruled that one part of the law requiring police to check the status of someone they suspect is not in the U.S. legally could go forward. However, the court ruled against provisions, including arresting people on minor immigration charges. Brewer says law enforcement that use the law to violate a person's...
  • China condemns U.S. gun ownership as human rights violation

    05/29/2012 8:15:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 128 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 5/29/12 | David Codrea
    A report issued by the State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China has included U.S. gun ownership among a list of human rights violations, Law Enforcement Examiner Jim Kouri reported yesterday. "The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011" was published last Friday on the PRC’s Consulate General in New York website. “The United States prioritizes the right to keep and bear arms over the protection of citizens' lives and personal security and exercises lax firearm possession control, causing rampant gun ownership,” the report claims. “The U.S. people hold between 35 percent and 50 percent...
  • Buddhist monks caught gambling, smoking and drinking at party

    05/13/2012 12:01:06 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    Six leaders from South Korea's biggest Buddhist order have quit after secret video footage showed some supposedly serene monks raising hell, playing high-stakes poker, drinking and smoking.The scandal erupted just days before Koreans observe a national holiday to celebrate the birth of Buddha, the holiest day of the religion's calendar. The head of the Jogye order, which has some 10 million followers, or about a fifth of the population, made a public apology on Friday, vowing "self-repentance". South Korean TV networks aired shots of monks playing poker, some smoking and drinking, after gathering at a luxury lakeside hotel in late...
  • How Engineering the Human Body Could Combat Climate Change(YGTBSM)

    03/12/2012 2:43:50 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | Mar 12 2012 | Ross Andersen
    The threat of global climate change has prompted us to redesign many of our technologies to be more energy-efficient. From lightweight hybrid cars to long-lasting LED's, engineers have made well-known products smaller and less wasteful. But tinkering with our tools will only get us so far, because however smart our technologies become, the human body has its own ecological footprint, and there are more of them than ever before. So, some scholars are asking, what if we could engineer human beings to be more energy efficient? A new paper to be published in Ethics, Policy & Environment proposes a series...
  • Gaza human rights activist stabbed for exposing Hamas use of human shields

    01/18/2012 5:21:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 1/18/12 | Carl In Jerusalem
    You have to love Hamas. They're just so subtle. Hamas has sent some of its goons to attack Mahmoud Abu Rahma after Abu Rahma exposed Hamas' use of Gaza citizens as human shields. The stabbing in Gaza of a Palestinian rights activist after he exposed Hamas' contempt for its own people by using them as human shields, and after he criticized the radical Islamic group for torture, abuse and trampling free speech, should be strongly condemned by the United Nations—both as an attack on the victim’s human rights, and on the idea of freedom of expression. Masked attackers on Friday...
  • 14 Syrians dead on Human Rights Day

    12/10/2011 7:00:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/10/11
    14 Syrians dead on Human Rights DayAFP – 7 hrs ago World powers piled pressure on Syria to let in observers as activists on Saturday reported at least 14 another civilians killed by security forces on the anniversary of International Human Rights Day. "The world celebrates human rights as human rights are being violated in Syria," the opposition Syrian Revolution 2011 said in a message posted on its Facebook page. In Oslo, the Nobel Committee head said at the 2011 Peace Prize awards ceremony that this year's award to Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman served as a warning to dictators in...
  • Man bursts into flames at Sweden train station

    11/24/2011 11:33:01 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 36 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 11-22-11
    GOTHENBURG, Sweden — An unidentified man burst into flames while waiting outside a train station in Sweden, leaving police flummoxed, the Göteborgs-Posten reported. Witnesses said the man was standing outside a music shop at the Gothenberg central train station around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, when he suddenly caught on fire. "He just stood there burning outside the shop," a witness told the paper. "After a while he started screaming. There were a few people about but they just watched him. I ran up to him, tore my coat off and managed to put the fire out together with another guy." The...
  • Rick Perry's Damage Control Strategy: Have a Sense of Humor

    11/10/2011 2:37:12 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 112 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 10, 2011 | Molly Ball
    By facing the issue and joking about it, Perry frames his gaffe as a funny moment rather than a serious, and seriously stupid, one. He takes control of the discussion. Every minute he's on the air being interviewed about it is one more minute his moment isn't being replayed, one more minute some panel of pundits isn't fretfully analyzing its stupendous terribleness. By allowing his memory glitch to be the topic of discussion and owning up to it, he helps exhaust the subject. Most of all, Perry is being humanized, albeit not in the way any politician would wish. For...
  • Human Shields? D.C. Occupiers Use Children to Blockade Door in Violent Scuffle

    11/07/2011 2:44:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/7/11 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Since the Occupy protests began, reports of demonstrators placing themselves and even their small children in harm’s way have surfaced near-daily. This instance is no exception. MRCTV reporters happened to be at a D.C. Metro station and witnessed a group of Occupiers fight with convention center security guards while trying to block its entrance…with small children. Watch as protesters place the children right in the middle of the altercation while one Occupier says that since the children are hers, the action is justifiable. Meanwhile, other demonstrators seem to think that using children as human shields is permissible simply because they...
  • Journalist: Health and Human Servicesnew media policy ‘Soviet-style power grab’

    09/27/2011 3:24:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/27/11 | C.J. Ciaramella
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released new guidelines for employees dealing with reporters, and some journalists are none too pleased about it. The new media policy requires all HHS employees to notify the agency’s office of public affairs about contact with the media and coordinate any interview requests with the office. It also discourages off-the-record conversations without prior approval. Jim Dickinson, editor of FDA Webview and FDA Review, issued a scathing critique of the new guidelines.
  • Hundreds come together to form ‘Human Flag’

    09/12/2011 3:52:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — When the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, left the nation reeling in sorrow and sadness, the ideas of how best to remember the fallen were plentiful. Flags, ribbons, flowers and other mementos adorned makeshift memorials across the nation, and locally, a giant American flag, created by Americans, for Americans, and expressing the true pride that comes with being an American, was created four days after the attack at Tucson Electric Park as thousands gathered to work on mending the wounded heart of the nation. And with such success in drawing people together back in 2001, what better...
  • This is bullet-proof human skin – made from spider silk and goat milk. Yes, really.

    08/15/2011 9:47:39 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies
    io9 ^ | 8/15/11 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    This is bullet-proof human skin - made from spider silk and goat milk. Yes, really. Jalila Essaidi is testing the limits of human endurance, and it starts by having to milk spider-goats. Spider goats are otherwise innocent-looking goats that have been genetically engineered to produce milk packed with the protein made in spider's silk. (There is no definitive proof that this also gives them a propensity to skitter up walls or hide out in your sock drawer, but I think it does.) Once the goats are milked, Essaidi spins the protein into fiber that is ten times stronger than steel,...
  • UK tells Iran happy to talk human rights after riot criticism

    08/11/2011 1:47:39 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/11/11 | Robin Pomeroy
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Britain told Iran on Thursday it was happy to discuss its handling of street unrest after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused its police of "savage" aggression against demonstrators. Britain helped lead Western condemnation of Iran's crackdown on protests against Ahmadinejad's re-election in June 2009. He was quick on Wednesday to criticise the British police's "crushing attack" on unarmed citizens. In a letter to Iran's Foreign Ministry, Britain's top diplomat in Tehran said she hoped such openness would encourage Tehran to allow a U.N.-appointed investigator looking into alleged human rights violations in Iran to enter the country.
  • You May Be Part Neanderthal, Scientists Say

    07/18/2011 11:42:37 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 18 2011 | Nick Patterson
    Is there a little Fred Flintstone in you? According to a new genetic analysis, some of the human X chromosome originates from Neanderthals -- but it's found exclusively in people outside Africa. The ancestors of Neanderthals left Africa about 400,000 to 800,000 years ago. They evolved over the millennia mostly in what are now France, Spain, Germany and Russia, and went extinct (or were simply absorbed into the modern human population) about 30,000 years ago. The ancestors of early modern humans left Africa about 80,000 to 50,000 years ago, according to DiscoveryNews.com. Despite that wide spread in time, genetic material...
  • How Palestinians became the baby seals of the Western human rights lobby

    06/17/2011 6:48:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/17/11 | Brendan O'Neill
    This new interview with American author Alice Walker gives a brilliant insight into what motivates trendy pro-Palestinian sentiment in the West today. Notice how effortlessly she flits between talking about Palestinians in Gaza and chickens in factory farms. In one breath she talks about the “cruel and inhuman” treatment meted out to Palestinians, who are “frazzled and suffering everyday”. And in the next she talks about chickens that are “raised under horrible, torturous conditions”, and the fact that people who tuck into chicken dinners don’t realise that they are eating “something precious, beautiful, rare”. Palestinians and chickens – these seem...
  • China frees rights lawyer but another disappears

    04/30/2011 12:54:21 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies · 1+ views
    France 24 ^ | 4/30/2011 | AFP
    China released human rights lawyer Teng Biao after ten weeks in custody but a second lawyer has disappeared, rights groups told AFP Saturday, amid an ongoing crackdown on dissent. Advocacy group China Aid said Teng returned home at 3:30 pm (0730 GMT) on Friday but also stated that Li Fangping disappeared around 5:00 pm after leaving the office building of an AIDS victims group in Beijing. Teng Biao's wife confirmed to AFP that her husband had returned home but said "it is not convenient to speak now". "It's a relief that Teng Biao has been released after almost 70 days...
  • Great news: UN Human Rights Council “gravely concerned” about routine massacres in Syria

    04/29/2011 6:27:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/29/11 | Allahpundit
    Another 62 shot dead in cold blood in the streets today, just the latest in a series of Friday post-mosque slaughters. Good enough for a unanimous vote by the UN Human Rights Council? Why … no: At an Special Session in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, members of the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution condemning Syria’s human rights abuses and calling for a UN Mission to investigate the violence… The resolution expresses “grave concern with respect to alleged deliberate killings, arrests, and instances of torture of peaceful protestors by the Syrian authorities,” and “unequivocally condemns the use of lethal...
  • Scientists predict strong thirst for 'human milk' (genetically modified dairy products)

    03/22/2011 2:12:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    People Daily ^ | 3/22/11
    Scientists predict strong thirst for 'human milk'08:31, March 22, 2011 Genetically modified (GM) dairy products that are similar to human milk will appear on the Chinese market in two years, an expert in biotechnology has predicted. Li Ning, a scientist from the Chinese Academy of Engineering and director of the State Key Laboratories for AgroBiotechnology at China Agricultural University, said progress in the field is well under way. Li said Chinese scientists have successfully created a herd of more than 200 cows that is capable of producing milk that contains the characteristics of human milk. He said the technology is...
  • Endowed by Their Creator?: The Future of Constitutional Personhood[Trans-Human]

    03/10/2011 7:56:20 PM PST · by Palter · 7 replies
    The Brookings Institution ^ | 09 Mar 2011 | James Boyle
    Part I of this paper appears below.  To download the full paper, click here. Presently, Irving Weissman, the director of Stanford University's Institute of Cancer/Stem Cell Biology and Medicine, is contemplating pushing the envelope of chimera research even further by producing human-mouse chimera whose brains would be composed of one hundred percent human cells. Weissman notes that the mice would be carefully watched: if they developed a mouse brain architecture, they would be used for research, but if they developed a human brain architecture or any hint of humanness, they would be killed. [1] Imagine two entities.Hal is a computer-based artificial...
  • UN praises Gaddafi human rights record

    03/01/2011 2:21:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    yourjewishnews.com ^ | 3/1/11 | staff
    Amid unrest in Libya, where on one side the United Nations has condemned the Muammar al-Qaddafi regime for its crackdown on pro-democracy protestors, the organisation's Human Rights Council is poised adopt a report praising the oil rich country for its human rights records. The review praises Libya for improving educational opportunities, for making human rights a "priority" and for bettering its "constitutional" framework. Several countries, including Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia have rated Libya positively for the legal protection given to its citizens, who are now revolting against the regime, Fox News reports. On being asked if any...