VDU’s blog: H7N9 hasn’t left, it’s just been building capacity… [UPDATED WITH NEW WHO DON]

The H7N9 cycle wasn\’t broken when the markets were shut in 2013; it was just temporarily halted.

We know that these birds have multiple influenza viruses in them including H9N2, H5N1 and H7N9.

The conditions for the emergence of viruses we already know, and those we have yet to meet, continue to be created and maintained.

The spectre of \”the next pandemic\” will not get the banishment it deserves while the live bird market system continues as it has. It\’s just our luck that may run out as it did for those infected by H7N9.

via VDU’s blog: H7N9 hasn’t left, it’s just been building capacity… [UPDATED WITH NEW WHO DON].

Running out of ideas, Congressman suggests abortion restrictions as job creation

Let’s go through this here elected official’s path of reasoning, so we are all clear:

Restrict low-income folks’ access to abortion -> Those already struggling to make ends meet forced to have children they did not want (rich continue getting safe abortions tho FYI) -> JOBS!

Yup. It’s very very true!

 

Verónica sometimes can’t believe that this is real life.

via Running out of ideas, Congressman suggests abortion restrictions as job creation.

Hey Yo! A Somewhat Silly Dance-Meets-Rap Protest Song by Univer Soul. {Video} | myEARTH360 (the blog)

We Are Glued, The Earth Is a Temple

Don’t You Detect, They Don’t Care ‘Bout You

They Just Want The Job, They’re Useless

What To Do, What To Do, What To Do?

Try The Greens, Try The Greens

Don’t Screw It Up

Give It a Shit

We Are The Leader

Must Find a Way Out

What To Do, What To Do, What To Do?

Try The Greens, Try The Greens

No Nobel, No Way, Where’s The Peace?

Mister One Billion Campaign

Blah Blah Blah And All That Shit

S.P.A. Dog, The Oil Spill, Say It All

Expect The Worst With The Same Liars

What To Do, What To Do, What To Do?

Try The Greens, Try The Greens, For Your Kids, For Your Castle

Home At Bay, Just a Blah Blah Blah, Blah

Home At Bay, Just a Blah Blah Blah, Blah

Home At Bay, Just a Blah Blah Blah, Blah

Home At Bay, Just a Blah Blah Blah, Blah

Home At Bay, Just a Blah Blah Blah, Blah

via Hey Yo! A Somewhat Silly Dance-Meets-Rap Protest Song by Univer Soul. {Video} | myEARTH360 (the blog).

New Dream Community Action Kit

It\’s one of the first things we learn as kids: How to share.

But this practice usually fades as we become adults. Our houses become filled with our own “stuff.” Garages, attics, basements, and closets transform into cluttered warehouses. When we need something, whether it’s a chainsaw or a roasting rack, our first thought is to go out and buy it. But why get it new when our neighbor down the street has one we can borrow?

Guide to Sharing

The first guide in the New Dream Community Action Kit is all about sharing: everything from starting a tool library to organizing a solar cooperative, from holding a clothing swap to launching a time bank.

via New Dream Community Action Kit.

Ukraine parliament pushes through sweeping anti-protest law | News , International | THE DAILY STAR

The decision in parliament, taken suddenly by a show of hands which caught the opposition off-guard, followed a court ban on protests in Kiev, boosting opposition fears of an imminent police crackdown.

\”What happened today in parliament is a violation of laws,\” said boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko, an opposition leader who is regarded as a strong challenger to Yanukovich for the presidency. \”They do not have any legal basis,\” he said.

And far-right nationalist Oleh Tyahnibok, another opposition leader, said the vote was \”simply a usurping of power\”.

The law would make it an offence punishable by up to 15 days detention to wear a mask or face-covering like that adopted by many of the protesters, particularly those from the nationalist parties.

Dissemination of extremist information and slander was also banned and seemed to be aimed at forcing the removal of political graffiti on walls and bill-boards, pillorying Yanukovich and his government.

via Ukraine parliament pushes through sweeping anti-protest law | News , International | THE DAILY STAR.

Destroy the land for jobs and then bye-bye! Gold mining stirs up controversy in Greece | Europe | DW.DE | 16.01.2014

Sustainable jobs?

“It’s a question of sustainability. I might be able to employ 1,300 people for 10, 12 years or so, but I also cause huge environmental damage in the process,

” Verginis said. “I also hurt jobs in other sectors, for instance tourism. If tourism numbers drop by 25 percent, 12,000 people will lose their jobs.”

According to Eldorado Gold’s vice president and general manager for Greece, Eduardo Moura, the company and its contractors currently employ about 1,600 people in the region. Its subsidiary Hellas Gold, of which Eldorado Gold owns 95 percent, is preparing the region for mining operations.

According to documents on Eldorado Gold\’s website, the Skouries mine is expected to be open by 2016 and have a mining life of 27 years.

via Gold mining stirs up controversy in Greece | Europe | DW.DE | 16.01.2014.

China cloning pigs and gene sequencing ‘cute animals’ at ridiculous rates: Shanghaiist

Looks like China might be able to solve its potential food and endangered species crises in one go, through industrial-scale cloning. The Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) clones 500 pigs each year, making it the world’s largest center for pig cloning. It also has plans to gene sequence millions of humans, plants, and other animals, but apparently only if they\’re cute. BBC reports:

The scale of ambition is staggering. BGI is not only the world\’s largest centre for cloning pigs – it\’s also the world\’s largest centre for gene sequencing.

To illustrate the scale of this operation, Europe\’s largest gene sequencing centre is the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute near Cambridge. It has 30 machines. BGI has 156 and has even bought an American company that makes them.

…..Again, a comparison for scale: a recently-launched UK project seeks to sequence 10,000 human genomes. BGI has ambitions to sequence the genomes of a million people, a million animals and a million plants.

Wang Jun is keen to stress that all this work must be relevant to ordinary people through better healthcare or tastier food. The BGI canteen is used as a testbed for some of the products from the labs: everything from grouper twice the normal size, to pigs, to yoghurt.

Species that taste good is one criterion. Another he cites is that of industrial use – raising yields, for example, or benefits for healthcare.

\”A third category is if it looks cute – anything that looks cute: panda, polar bear, penguin, you should really sequence it – it\’s like digitalizing all the wonderful species,\” he [Wang Jun, chief of BGI] explains.

(So I guess if you\’re endangered and ugly, you\’re screwed?)

via China cloning pigs and gene sequencing ‘cute animals’ at ridiculous rates: Shanghaiist.

Woman’s Body Recovered From Chicago River | NBC Chicago

 “I lost two good friends,” Hoang said in the written statement. “It’s not easy seeing your friend drift away and having one die in your arms. I have never felt so helpless in my life. This situation is very emotionally difficult and out of respect for the families involved I would like to leave it at that.”An autopsy conducted Tuesday found Ken Hoang drowned, and listed alcohol toxicity as a secondary factor, the medical examiner’s office said. His death was ruled an accident.

via Woman’s Body Recovered From Chicago River | NBC Chicago.