Well, the weekend’s finally here. Time to kick back, relax, maybe see a movie? We hear the new Iron Man is supposed to be big…
On second thought, why don’t you just get your sci-fi fix from the news? Because, as Sharon Seltzer writes in “Arizona Bans Creation of Human-Animal Hybrids,” the Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a new law that sounds like it came right out of a science fiction movie. Effective as of July 29, 2010, it will be illegal for scientists to produce human-animal hybrids or clone a human being.
Or you could read Beth Buczynski’s piece, “Head In The Clouds? What Geoengineering Could Mean For The Planet.” Bill Gates surprised many when he announced that “climate change was the single greatest threat to humanity” at the TED conference earlier this year. Gates also promised that he would “join the effort to find rapidly deployable energy technologies” but no one expected that effort to include a cloud-making factory. Is messing with the planet’s natural cycles really the best way to tackle global warming?
And the sci-fi, freaky Friday posts keep-a-comin’ with Heather Moore’s “Agency To Conduct More Animal Tests to Determine Why Previous Animal Tests Didn’t Apply To Humans” about the National Toxicology Program’s asinine plan to conduct more animal tests on soy formula to see if they can find out why the findings from previous animal tests haven’t applied to humans.
If drama’s more your game, read about the ongoing Arizona Immigration fiasco in Jessica Pieklo’s article, “Arizona GOP Takes Another Whack At Latinos.” The Arizona GOP’s latest legislative efforts leave little question that the strategy for the upcoming midterm elections is to use race as a wedge.
Judy Molland’s “She Was Old, She Deserved to Die” is both action-packed and horrific. After an 18-year-old girl lost control of the van she was driving, and crashed into a house, killing the owner, she declared that she didn’t feel so bad about the death when she heard that her victim was 69 years old.
And Steve Williams keeps the action going. Opponents of Lithuania’s first gay pride parade on Saturday threw smokebombs, road signs, fireworks and a barrage of stones, but it did not stop approximately 500 LGBT people marching in a historic parade. His article, “Lithuania’s Gay Pride: Despite Molotov Cocktails, Smokebombs and Protests” is both disturbing and inspiring.
And speaking of disturbing, Human Rights Watch released a disturbing report about the conditions of child farmworkers, revealing that they are four times more likely to die than children in other occupations. You can read more about this tragedy in Natasha Greenhouse’s “Uncovering the Abuse of Child Farmworkers.”
Political buffs will love “Gates Invokes Ike, Challenges Pentagon, Congress to Scrutinize Military Spending” from Aaron Pendell. On May 8, the Eisenhower Library marked the 65th anniversary of the allied victory in Europe. Secratary of Defense Robert Gates was on hand to address the crowd, and used the occasion to challenge both the Pentagon and Congress to take a hard look at how the U.S. defends itself.
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