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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 3rd, 2021 at 04:26:41 PM EST
Bloomberg
The Champagne houses of Moet Hennessy will soon include a "sparkling wine" mention on their bottles shipped to Russia to respect a new law that reserves the name of the French region for bubbly wines made in the former Soviet country.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jul 5th, 2021 at 02:45:13 PM EST
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Not behind a pay-wall ...
ITV

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 5th, 2021 at 04:46:47 PM EST
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Another disturbance in the pronoun farce
"Oh my God," she said, "you're sitting at home trying to find things to do so that you won't think about it."
by Cat on Mon Jul 5th, 2021 at 11:58:25 PM EST
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Narcissists in Space - Jacobin
What they share is an origin story about private space exploration -- both say their interest stems from a desire to save humanity from planetary collapse. Bezos has been intrigued by the idea of colonizing space since his youth; as a high-school valedictorian he gave a speech about the need for humans to live in space. "Earth had limited resources and so his idea was to get humanity off its surface, into space so as to protect the planet." Musk's story is similar. From a young age, he thought seriously about what he called "an eventual extinction event." "The solution: Find another planet to live on," writes Davenport. Musk's idea was to "make humans a multiplanet species, and create a backup hard drive for the human race there, just in case Earth crashes like a faulty computer."

It is impossible for any reader living through the ravages of global warming to scan these sentiments without skepticism. If someone is going to invest enormous amounts of wealth and time in an engineering project, gathering together some of the smartest scientists on the planet to develop and test creative solutions to an intractable problem, in the interest of saving the future of humanity, how could you choose any focus but climate change?

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 08:09:28 PM EST
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LGBTQ in China lament `dark day' after social media crackdown
These accounts now carry the tag "unnamed official account," with a single message appearing beneath - "all content has been censored for the account's violation of `internet official account information service management regulations.'" All the articles previously published on the platforms, mostly on gender issues and LGBTQ rights, have disappeared.
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There remains no legal recognition of same-sex relationships or marriage but as people have become more socially liberal in recent years, those hostile to the LGBTQ community have shifted away from their "traditional values" argument.

A sampling of conversations happening on- and offline makes clear that another viewpoint is gaining traction: a suspicion that the LGBTQ community, especially on college campuses, is the pawn of a so-called "foreign hostile force" that could disrupt Chinese society and therefore needs to be carefully regulated.

by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 02:26:02 PM EST
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UN WHO calls for global database of human gene editing research
In two reports Monday, WHO's expert group said all studies involving human genome editing should be made public, although the committee noted that wouldn't necessarily stop unprincipled scientists.

"In the field of stem cell research, unscrupulous entrepreneurs and clinics have deliberately misused clinical trial registries by registering procedures they plan to undertake as if they were properly sanctioned clinical trials," the group said, calling for WHO to ensure that all genetic editing research registered in their database are reviewed and approved by an ethics committee.

archived Novartis 2017, He 2018, Sangamo 2019, Moderna 2020
under the radar
China's gene giant harvests data from millions of women, July 2021
Beijing made clear in a 2019 regulation that genetic data can be a national security matter, and since 2015 it has restricted foreign researchers from accessing gene data on Chinese people. In contrast, the United States and Britain give foreign researchers access to genetic data, as part of open science policies.
Wellcome Leap launches $50 million bioengineering initiative, Nov 2020
Established with an initial $300 million investment from Wellcome and modeled on the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Wellcome Leap funds bold, unconventional projects targeting complex human health challenges.
by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 04:13:05 PM EST
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engineered sequence of profit maximization since 1999
Nothing about the "novel" coronavirus is new: Dr. David Martin with Reiner Fuellmich

archived BTDT

by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 10:19:10 PM EST
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Bullshit

Patently False: The Disinformation Over Coronavirus Patents

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States stepped in at the time and filed their own patent on the isolated SARS virus, its genes, its proteins, and the methods to detect it and the infection it was causing (US7220852B1 and US7776521B1). The reason? They wanted to prevent others from "monopolizing the field" and to allow researchers to develop diagnostics and therapeutics to help deal with the SARS outbreak.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Jul 14th, 2021 at 01:02:33 PM EST
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In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States stepped in at the time and filed their own patent on the isolated SARS virus, its genes, its proteins, and the methods to detect it and the infection it was causing (US7220852B1 and US7776521B1). The reason? They wanted to prevent others from "monopolizing the field" and to allow researchers to develop diagnostics and therapeutics to help deal with the SARS outbreak.

Your remember how "social media" tracked down USAMRIID patent for antviral remdesivir in 2014 dontcha?

by Cat on Wed Jul 14th, 2021 at 02:04:15 PM EST
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Imagine if by playing a game on your phone, your phone detected the movement of blood in your brain, or the heat coming off your body, or changes in your facial expression, and used this "proof of work" to create new cryptocurrency units like Bitcoins.
Always follow the money.
Always read the footnotes.
archived Senate Cmt on Commerce, Science, & Transportation, 15 April
by Cat on Wed Jul 14th, 2021 at 02:17:07 PM EST
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Jewish WW2 survivor's anger at yellow anti-vax stars at French protest
A survivor of the largest deportation of Jews in France during World War Two has spoken out against people who wore yellow stars at a protest against the new rules for using the Covid-19 health pass in France.

Speaking at a ceremony to commemorate the national Memorial Day for victims of racist and antisemitic crimes, Joseph Szwarc held up an image of the yellow non-vacciné star some protestors wore.

He said: "I would like to state my indignation over what we have seen this week. I wore the star. I know what it means. I still feel it in my flesh."

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Mr Szwarc said of seeing yellow stars being worn at recent protests in France: "You cannot imagine how emotional it made me, I started crying.

"I want to express my outrage over what we have seen this week."

Protestors were opposing new rules to extend the use of the French health pass this summer.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jul 19th, 2021 at 09:26:53 AM EST
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