Captive salmon released viruses in the sea – Magic Mistura を

The PRV-1 virus , which attacks the kidneys and liver of salmon living on the coast of Canada, originated in a fish farm in Norway, from where he escaped three decades ago.

This was confirmed by a study (1) which sequenced the genetic code of 86 PRV-1 samples collected in various parts of the Pacific and Atlantic in the last 35 years and managed to reconstruct the evolutionary history of the virus.

Source: Captive salmon released viruses in the sea – Magic Mistura を

Facial recognition failure sparks fears of machine-driven segregation

Facial recognition is notoriously prone to errors and biases. Numerousstudies have demonstrated that the software discriminates on race and gender, with Black women particularly vulnerable to the biases.

The errors have already led to wrongful arrests. But experts warn that the software is also propagating segregation.

“When we say this is a civil rights issue it goes beyond false arrests, it’s about who gets to access public spaces in a world of machine-driven segregation,” tweeted Ángel Díaz, a counsel in the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center.

Source: Facial recognition failure sparks fears of machine-driven segregation

Are Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s “criminal investigations” of so-called adversaries chilling oversight of the LASD? A report says yes. |

An alarming new report was introduced during the last few minutes of  the virtual meeting of the sheriffs Civilian Oversight Commission on Thursday, July 15.

The ten-page report, written by Sean Kennedy, a member of the COC, describes how, in the last 24 months, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, with the help certain members of his administration, targets oversight officials and  other “perceived political adversaries,”  with what seem to be specious criminal investigations that never result in actual charges.

Source: Are Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s “criminal investigations” of so-called adversaries chilling oversight of the LASD? A report says yes. |

US: 20,000 Afghan interpreters request asylum | News | DW | 16.07.2021

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told a press briefing that some 20,000 Afghan translators said they feared retribution and wanted to flee the country.

The news came as two US senators pushed President Joe Biden to speed up the evacuation process ahead of the planned withdrawal by September 11.

Source: US: 20,000 Afghan interpreters request asylum | News | DW | 16.07.2021

‘Sulli Deals’: Muslim Women in India Being Put Up for Sale | Inter Press Service (Me: Religious bigotry and anti-female attitudes ignored by Modi government!)

“The ‘Sulli Deal’ auction is the latest manifestation of the extreme misogyny and fear of who speaks out. It is revolting and Islamophobic, and an attempt to intimidate and insult the dignity of women,” Seshu says.

“Organised groups use the internet to incite hatred and abuse. The delay in spotting and taking down objectionable content is inexcusable. If this app was hosted on GitHub, it needs to state clearly what its hosting guidelines are. I feel that the tech companies are aware of the problematic content. They do allow its circulation while they pretend ignorance or helplessness. For them, the more the clicks and eyeballs, the more the possibility of monetisation.”

Following these attacks on Muslim women, a group of more than 800 women’s rights organisations and concerned individuals issued a statement condemning the harassment and abuse.

“This is a conspiracy to target women by creating a database of those Muslim women journalists, professionals and students who were actively raising a voice on social media against right-wing Hindutva majoritarianism. The intention is to silence their political participation.

“This attempt to de-humanise and sexualise Muslim women is a systemic act of intimidation and harm. This is not the first time this has happened,” the statement says.

Source: ‘Sulli Deals’: Muslim Women in India Being Put Up for Sale | Inter Press Service

B.C.’s prescribed safer supply program expands to reduce overdoses and deaths from illicit drugs | CBC News

People in B.C. who use toxic illicit drugs and are at risk of overdosing or dying will soon be able to access alternative drugs, the minister of mental health and addictions announced Thursday.

During a news conference, Sheila Malcolmson said the expanded safer supply program will help save lives by offering a substitute to poisoned street drugs to reduce overdose deaths.

She said the new policy will allow people who have been clinically assessed to have access to prescribed alternative drugs, like oral opioids, as a way to replace drugs that could be laced with potentially deadly fentanyl.

“At the start of the pandemic, B.C. provided access to some prescribed safer supply medications to save lives from overdose and protect people from COVID-19,” Malcolmson said.

Source: B.C.’s prescribed safer supply program expands to reduce overdoses and deaths from illicit drugs | CBC News