MIT Creates a Social Network in a T-Shirt — Design News. How Mice Turned Their Private Paradise Into A Terrifying Dystopia. Students Launch Atheist Clubs to Counter Rising Christianity. South Korea has one of the proportionately highest Christian populations in East Asia with just under a third of Koreans identifying themselves as Protestant, Catholic or one of the many other weird and wonderful Christian sub-groups. This has caused tension in recent times, especially between the Christian and Buddhist communities as Buddhists have felt that current president Lee Myung-bak’s very public Christianity has left them unfairly victimised at times. Now, university students (traditionally at the heart of a lot of social change and protest in Korea) have started to respond by setting up “Atheist Clubs” at top Korean universities to try and curb some of the ever-growing evangelicalism in the South.
From Daum: As religious proselytization increases on university campuses, college atheist clubs are also on the rise. Seoul National University students are also preparing for an atheist club. Atheist clubs are widespread in American and European campuses. Comments from Daum: zzosss: Meet America's newest allies: Syria's Kurdish minority. But as much of the rest of Syria ripped itself apart in a vicious civil war, Syria's Kurdish minority spent three years quietly building a series of mini-states in the north of the country. They refer to these three enclaves as Rojava. Until recently, some outside observers saw them as something of a success. "They tried to run them as pretty autonomous statelets that were actually rather admirable in some ways. They included many different ethnic groups, faith groups, and they tried to be inclusive," said Hugh Pope, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group, a conflict mediation organization.
Bulletins pasted on walls on the streets of one Kurdish-controlled town urge business owners to post signs in the three official languages of Rojava: Kurdish, Arabic, and Syriac -- an ancient Christian language spoken in the Middle East for nearly 2,000 years. "The municipality will help in preparation and translation," the bulletins printed by the municipality of Derik. I Was An Atheist In A Foxhole. By Philip K. Paulson Watching the Vietnam War during the mid-1960s on the nightly news inspired me to perform my patriotic duty and join the U.S.Army. There, I was trained as a light weapons infantryman and a paratrooper. I was ordered to the front lines of battle in South Vietnam in September 1966 and fought until January 1968. I extended my tour of duty for the special privilege of an early honorable discharge.
My Vietnam War experiences began in the fall of 1966 fighting the South Vietnamese communists — the Viet Cong. After my first month in Vietnam, I became an atheist. Medical evacuation by helicopter "dust-off" was a comfort to many soldiers in the jungles. This happened to me near a hamlet northwest of Saigon. The next morning, I was thrilled to see the men from my company.
I knew that proclaiming to be an atheist while on duty in South Vietnam could likely prejudice promotions and possibly cause harmful reprisals. I suffered through horrifying moments, expecting to be killed. Ask Richard: My Korean Girlfriend Keeps Asking Me to Come to Church. Thank you for your interest in Patheos newsletters! Please enter your email address below and click the "Subscribe" button.
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So far, HIV has eluded a cure because it installs its genome into human DNA so insidiously that it's impossible for our immune system to clear it out. While current treatments are effective, a lifetime of toxic drugs is required to prevent its recurrence. But researchers from Temple University may have figured out a way to permanently excise it using a highly-engineered HIV "editor. " Here's how it works: the team analyzed a part of our immune system that fights infection and built a "guide RNA" strand consisting of 20 nucleotides (RNA building blocks).
Those strands were then injected into cells typically infected with HIV, like T-cells. There, they targeted the end parts of the virus's gene and snipped out all 9,709 nucleotides that made up its genome. Since the guide RNA strand contained no human DNA sequences, it left the host cell intact -- but free from HIV. (Updated) Oregon school district segregates parents by race - National Conservative. *See update below. An invitation for the upcoming "African American Parent Night" at the Parkrose School District in Portland, Oregon says in part, "If you are an African American parent/guardian or have an African American student attending Parkrose you are invited to attend an evening with the Superintendent...
" A representative from "Covered Oregon" will also be in attendance to give a 45 minute presentation on Obamacare. The school touted additional "Upcoming Culturally Specific Parent Outreach Nights" on a Facebook post, including Hispanic Parent Night, Vietnamese Parent Night, and Slavic Parent Night. Slavic Parent Night? Jim Ferretti of a local radio station, KXL, asked the question, "Is this type of meeting the school district should be having? " The incomparable Wayne Dupree discussed the bizarre parental segregation on his website. Wayne Dupree told the Examiner that he is "outraged" that "at this day and time a school system has the audacity to segregate parents on color of skin. " Photos of the day - September 13, 2014. Little Tony Blairs of Kosovo: the boys named after the 'great man' – video.
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel peace prize 2014 | World news. Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage education campaigner shot on school bus in 2012 by a Taliban gunman, has won the 2014 Nobel peace prize. Malala won along with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist. The two were named winner of the £690,000 (8m kronor or $1.11m) prize by the chairman of the Nobel committee - Norway’s former prime minister Thorbjoern Jagland - on Friday morning. Malala, now 17, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago in Pakistan after coming to prominence for her campaigning for education for girls. She won for what the Nobel committee called her “heroic struggle” for girls’ right to an education.
She is the youngest ever winner of the prize. After being shot she was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, where she was treated for life-threatening injuries. Last month a gang of 10 Taliban fighters who tried to kill her were arrested, the Pakistan army claimed. “This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. US in Iraq: Men of steal.
Ex-Agent Cites 'Progressive Down Slide' In Morale At Secret Service. A Secret Service agent stands watch near Air Force One in August. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption itoggle caption Charles Dharapak/AP A Secret Service agent stands watch near Air Force One in August. Charles Dharapak/AP Low morale could be partly to blame for the recent spate of security lapses at the Secret Service. The agency with the responsibility for protecting the president, vice president and their families rates in the bottom third in job satisfaction rankings within the federal government. The root of that discontent could be bureaucratic. After the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the service was transferred from Treasury to the newly created Department of Homeland Security. Jonathan Wackrow, a former Secret Service agent, says the service's morale problems can be traced back to that day.
"In the 13 years that I was with the Secret Service, there has been a progressive down slide of morale," he says. It's unclear how the budget has affected staffing levels. Iraq crisis offers hint of vindication for Biden. WASHINGTON (AP) — As Iraq edges toward chaos, Joe Biden is having a quiet I-told-you-so moment. In 2006, Biden was a senator from Delaware gearing up for a presidential campaign when he proposed that Iraq be divided into three semi-independent regions for Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds. Follow his plan, he said, and U.S. troops could be out by early 2008. Ignore it, he warned, and Iraq would devolve into sectarian conflict that could destabilize the whole region. The Bush administration chose to ignore Biden. Now, eight years later, the vice president's doom-and-gloom prediction seems more than a little prescient.
Old sectarian tensions have erupted with a vengeance as Sunni militants seize entire cities and the United States faults the Shiite prime minister for shunning Iraq's minorities. While the White House isn't actively considering Biden's old plan, Mideast experts are openly questioning whether Iraq is marching toward an inevitable breakup along sectarian lines. View gallery. Do Stricter Gun Laws Reduce Gun Violence in Latin America? Latin America has some of the highest gun homicide rates in the world, despite certain countries having relatively strict gun control laws, raising the question: to what extent, if any, does tighter legislation help to lower homicide rates and violent crime in the region?
The short answer to this question is that there is no clear correlation. A look at six countries with widely differing gun legislation and gun homicide statistics -- Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Honduras, Chile and Uruguay -- shows that gun legislation, on its own, means little in terms of gun violence. Understanding gun violence seems more predicated on understanding the dynamics of crime in a country, and the weaknesses of state institutions, than on studying the laws in place. The question of how to lower gun violence is critical. Not surprisingly, two of the most violent countries in the region have relatively lax laws. Both countries suffer from gun violence. "Institutions have a central effect," he said. Harvard Graduates Wear Red Tape in Sexual Assault Policy Protest. Dozens of Harvard University seniors marked their graduation caps with red tape in support of victims of sexual assault and to protest the school’s response to campus attacks.
Students put a stripe of crimson tape on the edge of their mortarboards at the school’s 363rd commencement today in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard, the oldest and richest U.S. college, has come under increasing criticism from students saying that programs to prevent sexual assault are inadequate and not enough is being done so that victims can continue their studies. While President Drew Faust has appointed a task force to study the issue, student voices haven’t been heard in the effort to create policy, said Kate Sim, a graduating senior who helped found Our Harvard Can Do Better, a victims’ advocacy group. “I would like to see more than task forces,” Sim said in an interview.
A group of undergraduates filed a complaint with the U.S. ‘Our Class’ The OCR began an investigation of Harvard College last month. Traces of another world found on the Moon. 5 June 2014Last updated at 14:00 ET By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News Dr Caroline Smith of the Natural History Museum in London explains the indications of the planet believed to have formed the Moon Researchers have found evidence of the world that crashed into the Earth billions of years ago to form the Moon. Analysis of lunar rock brought back by Apollo astronauts shows traces of the "planet" called Theia. The researchers claim that their discovery confirms the theory that the Moon was created by just such a cataclysmic collision.
The study has been published in the journal Science. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote It was getting to the stage where some people were suggesting that the collision had not taken place” End QuoteDr Daniel HerwartzUniversity of Cologne The accepted theory since the 1980s is that the Moon arose as a result of a collision between the Earth and Theia 4.5bn years ago.
It is the simplest explanation, and fits in well with computer simulations. Laugh or Cry: Man practicing open carry robbed at gunpoint - DecodeDC Story. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Should I laugh or should I cry? It’s not just the title of a 1981 song by ABBA – it’s how you sometimes feel when something is either so absurd or so maddening or so something that you’re just not sure how to react. We here at DecodeDC think politics and the actions of those who play in the political arena are filled with laugh or cry moments. We hope you do, too. Sometimes the universe has a cruel sense of a humor. Exhibit A: An open-carry enthusiast in Gresham, Oregon, was robbed at gunpoint this week after being spotted with his recently purchased handgun. The open-carry movement is part of a larger push by gun-rights advocates to allow guns to be carried in public places. Open-carry advocates have argued that the ability to carry a weapon in plain sight deters prospective criminals.
Does the robbery at gunpoint of an open-carry advocate make you want to laugh or cry? See results surveys & polls. In Europe, fewer mass killings due to culture not guns. The USA leads the world in gun ownership, but it's our individualistic culture that puts us at greater risk of mass shootings compared with other countries where guns are prevalent, according to a British criminologist who has studied gun violence in different nations. Mass shooters in any nation tend to be loners with not much social support who strike out at their communities, schools and families, says Peter Squires of the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom, who has studied mass shootings in his own country, the United States and Europe. Many other countries where gun ownership is high, such as Norway, Finland, Switzerland and Israel, however, tend to have more tight-knit societies where a strong social bond supports people through crises, and mass killings are fewer, Squires said.
FULL COVERAGE: Nation mourns victims of Conn. school shooting STORY: Gun stores report brisk business after Conn. massacre NRA: Mum amid calls for change after Newtown shooting. England Calls for More Self-Determination After Scottish Vote. Photograph by Dylan Martinez/Reuters The United Kingdom endures after Scottish voters rejected independence. But the Sept. 18 referendum has unleashed forces that could reshape the 307-year-old union, nudging it toward a more decentralized, American-style democracy. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised greater self-determination to England, the U.K.’s biggest nation, after the independence campaign stoked English resentment over special treatment for the Scots. Scotland has its own parliament, which has powers over the environment, education, and health care—and, starting in 2016, the right to levy income taxes.
England has no parliament of its own; laws affecting its citizens are enacted in the House of Commons in Westminster, which includes members from Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. (Northern Ireland and Wales have parliaments with much less clout than Scotland’s.) The last straw for many in England was London’s last-minute pledge to give the Scots even more autonomy. Pregnant Woman's Death Sparks Abortion Debate In Ireland. Tactical Training Courses for Civilians — Solutions Group International. Florida Is So Stupid. Packard Humanities Institute: The Papers of Benjamin Franklin.
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