Showing posts from May 26, 2018

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Corporate Privilege: Premeditated Murders, Civil Fines and Miscarriages of Justice

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[The corporatocracy, venality and public safety. Horrifying. Combine this with the piece in Today's Trumpery about the Trumpian Supreme Court ruling that employers can force employees to never join class-action suits as a condition of employment. *RON*]

Teodrose Fikre, The Ghion Journal, 25 May 2018

You know they do it on purpose right? Corporations intentionally sell deadly products and introduce hazardous goods to the marketplace because they know they can get away by paying civil fines instead of facing jail time when dead bodies start being counted. They call it risk/benefit analysis in corporate jargon, what they are really doing is maliciously calculating whether the profits to be gained will be greater than the suffering they will unleash every time they release defective cars, unsafe toys, fatal medicine or toxic foodstuffs to the public. Corporate suits see nothing wrong with humanity being sacrificed at the alter of P/E ratios and ca…

The Two-State Solution: An Autopsy

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["The two-state solution died because Netanyahu and successive Israeli governments were determined to kill it, and those who could have prevented its demise lacked the resolve and moral courage to do so. America failed in the mission it thought itself uniquely qualified to accomplish because it failed to understand that the diplomatic objective of a great power, and particularly the world’s greatest power, should not be peace, a goal that Netanyahu dishonestly embraced, but justice – or at least the avoidance of injustice so egregious as to discredit the values and institutions on which the future of humanity depends." *RON*]

Henry Siegman, Vol. 40 No. 10, pages 17-18, 24 May 2018

During the latest outbreak of violence in Gaza, Israeli security forces, using high-powered rifles and live ammunition, have killed forty Palestinians (and counting), and wounded more than five thousand. B’Tselem, a leading Israeli human rights group, Human Rig…

How gut microbes are joining the fight against cancer

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[The human microbiome, epigenetics, and gene editing are three areas currently at the forefront of science and health - not to mention investment. The intestinal microbiome seems to influence how well some cancer drugs work. But is the science ripe for clinical trials? *RON*]

Giorgia Guglielmi, Nature, 23 May 2018

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Bertrand Routy earned a lamentable reputation with Parisian oncologists in 2015. A doctoral student at the nearby Gustave Roussy cancer centre, Routy had to go from hospital to hospital collecting stool samples from people who had undergone cancer treatments. The doctors were merciless. “They made fun of me,” Routy says. “My nickname was Mr Caca.”

But the taunting stopped after Routy and his colleagues published evidence that certain gut bacteria seem to boost people’s response to treatment1. Now, those physicians are eager to analyse faecal samples from their patients in the hope of predicting who is likely to respond to antic…

Ireland ends abortion ban as 'quiet revolution' transforms country

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[Divorce, gay marriage, and now abortion in this Catholic stronghold. *RON*]

Padraic HalpinConor Humphries, Reuters, 26 May 2018

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland has voted by a landslide to liberalize its highly restrictive abortion laws in a referendum that its prime minister called the culmination of a “quiet revolution” in what was one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries.

Voters in the once deeply Catholic nation were estimated to have backed the change by more than two-to-one, according to two exit polls released on Friday evening, and the government plans to bring in legislation by the end of the year.

“It’s incredible. For all the years and years and years we’ve been trying to look after women and not been able to look after women, this means everything,” said Mary Higgins, an obstetrician and Together For Yes campaigner.

With results declared in just over half of the 40 voting constituencies, 67 percent backed the proposal. Final…

Speaking from the heart: Endangered Indigenous Languages

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[On the problems of saving languages from extinction in poor Aboriginal communities. *RON*]

Brenna Owen, Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, Dustin Patar, Rehmatullah Sheikh & V.S. Wells, CBC News, 21 May 2018

The More than Words series about B.C. Indigenous languages is produced in partnership with the Reporting in Indigenous Communities course at UBC's Graduate School of Journalism.

Sto:lo language teachers take fluency into their own hands

A chorus of little voices cries out, “Éy swáyel, Mrs. Kelly!”

Grade 1 students in Chilliwack, B.C., are wishing their teacher Lauralee Kelly “Good Day” in Halq’eméylem, the Coast Salish dialect of Stó:lō communities across the Fraser Valley.

As a teacher and language learner, Kelly faces a steep uphill battle.

Chronic underfunding by provincial and federal governments has hobbled the immersion programs Stó:lō communities need in order to revitalize Halq’eméylem.

Now, there is only one actively fluent speaker.