Missouri police have been brushing up on constitutional rights and stocking up on riot gear to prepare for a grand jury’s decision about whether to charge a white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old in suburban St. Louis.
The preparations are aimed at avoiding a renewed outbreak of violence during the potentially large demonstrations that could follow an announcement of whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will face a criminal trial for the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown.
Police and protesters have repeatedly clashed since the shooting, which prompted a national conversation about race and police tactics. Images of officers in riot gear and armored vehicles confronting protesters have drawn widespread criticism.
While people in the USA may not hold Kenny G in high regard as a musician, the Chinese adore his … um, work.
So, when the sax player expressed support for the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong during recent visit, the protesters were overjoyed. Mainland officials, however, were less than pleased and has some stern words about the popular figure siding with Occupy Central.
The Occupy protestor, who did not want to be named, told South China Morning Post, “It’s a bit disappointing. Kenny G has in effect said that what he told the protesters was not what he meant. He said, ‘As an American we take democracy for granted… You guys hang in there. Hope you guys will win eventually.’”
Kenny G’s buddy, Jackie Chan, would not approve.*
The witness, one of several fans who spoke with the star, said that while he understood that Kenny G may not fully appreciate the Occupy situation, “Judging from what he told protesters, I would hardly interpret it as him not supporting them. I appreciate he might be under pressure from his agent, but he is a popular and widely-respected musician. His response and the way he handles this is disappointing.” He also added, “I guess it’s beyond the imagination of all people that such a trivial thing would end up becoming an international issue, that even the Chinese foreign ministry would give comments.”
Nothing like standing firm for one’s principles, Kenny.
I was at the Southland Orchid Show last Saturday and looked up to see this mated pair of Red Tailed Hawks and their offspring perched in a 50 foot tree so I grabbed our Canon 7D and the 400mm lens and was lucky enough to get these pictures. Daniels been trying to capture birds of prey all year and I was the one to get the shots!
For those of you who are curious about my settings my ISO was 400, the F stop was 6.7 and the exposure was 1/1000. Daniel has taught me everything I know about photography, its thanks to him I have gotten as good as I have to get these pictures. I have a lot more to learn but I think this is a pretty good start!
The world’s first test-tube hamburger has already been synthesized and cooked at a cost of more than $300,000. Now a pair of young bioengineers in Silicon Valley are trying to produce the first glass of artificial milk, without a cow and with the help of genetically engineered yeast.
Like the creators of in vitro burgers, the scientists behind yeast-culture dairy are concerned about animal welfare and agricultural sustainability—but also about creating a food that will find a mass market. (Read: “Test-Tube Meat: Have Your Pig and Eat It Too.”)
Because their petri dish milk will mirror the formula of the real thing—the yeast cultures will be churning out real milk proteins—it will retain the taste and nutritional benefits of cow milk, says Perumal Gandhi, a co-founder of the synthetic dairy start-up Muufri (pronounced Moo-free) in San Francisco, California. That will distinguish it from soy- and almond-based alternatives.
“If we want the world to change its diet from a product that isn’t sustainable to something that is, it has to be identical [to], or better than, the original product,” Gandhi says. “The world will not switch from milk from a cow to the plant-based milks. But if our cow-less milk is identical and priced right, they just might.”
The Hard Life of Cows
Gandhi and Muufri co-founder Ryan Pandya are both vegans who view the livestock industry’s practices as inhumane. The cows in a modern dairy, they argue, live in crowded barns. Their horns are removed to keep them from injuring themselves or farmworkers, their tails are often docked so that workers won’t get a feces-laden smack in the face, and they’re given growth hormones and antibiotics.
What’s more, the cows are artificially inseminated every year so they’ll keep producing milk—and then, as soon as they give birth, their calves are taken away, to make the milk available for humans.
“Fundamentally, you’re controlling the reproductive system of an animal. It’s incredibly invasive,” Pandya says. “A lot of people are motivated by the environmental factors, but imagine that happening to an animal. Really, if you consider yourself an environmentalist and then you consume dairy, it’s all for naught.”
The industry’s environmental impact is also substantial. Dairy production is responsible for roughly 3 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions each year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, mostly because cows belch methane. And although dairy is already a more efficient way than meat of converting plant feed into animal protein, bioengineers can do even better than nature, Gandhi says.
“Making an entire cow to make just the milk is inefficient,” he says. “You’re giving it all this feed and water, and most of it goes towards growing legs, growing a head, growing a liver and lungs—just living.”
In contrast, Muufri’s system can be likened to “an out-of-body udder” that only churns out milk.
I CAN HAZ GENETICALLY ENGINEERED VEGAN CHEEZBURGER?
Folks tell me this cartoon has been widely seen today but I’m posting it here in case you’ve missed it.
The Cartoon is by Bruce MacKinnon of the Halifax Herald. It’s still delivered to our house, on paper, every week day morning.
It shows the bronze statues of WW1 veterans on the war memorial, reaching to lift the young soldier, Nathan Cirillo, who was shot yesterday while ceremonialy guarding the Ottawa war memorial.
It brought tears to my eyes.
In 2005, he joined the House of Commons as director of security operations, and a year later was elected sergeant at arms. From the start, Vickers led the charge on the development of Canada’s “bias-free policing strategy”—now a part of RCMP officer training—by reaching out to the Canadian Muslim community to discuss cultural sensitivity. He served a security guard for the Queen of Canada herself, and was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal to “honor contributions and achievements made by Canadians,” according to an official fact sheet. He also received the Canada 125 Medal and the RCMP Long Service Medal. The United States has offered Vickers a commendation for his “Outstanding Contribution to Drug Enforcement.”
Vickers has remained humble despite his many plaudits—he insists he’s just doing his job. A 2011 feature on Vickers in The Globe and Mail describes how he defended the right of people to wear the kirpan—a ceremonial dagger carried by baptized Sikhs—in the National Assembly. In response, the World Sikh Organization hosted a dinner in his honor.
DALLAS — While expensive medical equipment used on Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Presbyterian Hospital Dallas was decontaminated with disinfectants, the 60-inch TV hanging in the apartment of his fiancee was sawed in half, stuffed in a hazmat drum and incinerated.
“That Samsung was one of the hardest cuts of our lives, but we were told to get rid of everything that could be replaced and we did,” said Brad Smith, vice president of Fort Worth-based CG Environmental - the Cleaning Guys, which decontaminated Louise Troh’s home at the apartment complex where Duncan became symptomatic with vomiting and diarrhea.
This was the first time that a residence in the United States had ever been decontaminated for the Ebola virus. There were no manuals, no specific guidelines by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on what to do. In Texas, the county and city had to come up with a plan quickly to rid the place of any remaining Ebola virus, to prevent its spread while providing peace of mind to a fearful community.
The response now appears to be decontamination overkill, compared with what the CDC and other health agencies recommend for hospital disinfection.
Doesn’t really matter. The leaks have set the new narrative - Wilson’s account is backed up by the autopsy. Now it’s just a matter of delaying the grand jury announcement as long as possible in the hopes that the steam fueling the protest movement will have dissipated.
“I’m not saying that Brown going for the gun is the only explanation. I’m saying the officer said he was going for the gun and the right thumb wound supports that,” Melinek. “I have limited information. It could also be consistent with other scenarios. That’s the important thing. That’s why the witnesses need to speak to the grand jury and the grand jury needs to hear all the unbiased testimony and compare those statements to the physical evidence.”