How were Lulu’s and Nana’s genes modified? The inner life of cells is difficult to explain without jargon, but He Jiankui (himself a father of two girls) does a fairly commendable job. He said an egg from the twins’ mother, Grace, was fertilised artificially with sperm from their HIV-positive dad. Along with the sperm, He’s team “also sent in a little bit of protein and instructions for a gene surgery,” one that “removed the doorway through which HIV enters to infect people”. A test conducted before the embryos were implanted inside their mother showed the procedure had “worked safely, just as intended”.
Now I’m not saying this didn’t happen, but I am saying it’s China, and stories from that great country often resemble those from once-Soviet countries. If it did happen, how many babies did he have to cycle through before he got two that worked? And do I read the story right the one baby he edited one way, the second another? Isn’t that odd? That plus some other curious ways the media are putting it make be doubt.
After I wrote the above, it was reported the fellow in question has “gone missing“, which is Chinese for sayonara, baby.
According to a Columbia University PowerPoint presentation Trusting Students to Assess Themselves, inclusive grading starts by “trusting students to assess themselves.”…
Teachers don’t know how to grade or don’t want to take the time.
Not to worry. Columbia university will ask students to sign a pledge card so they won’t cheat. That’s sure to fix everything.?
I know, I know; who cares, right? I do, only for this bold prediction: within two years of implementing this, if if happens, we’ll see a movement to guilt white students into giving themselves failed grades. STEM whites will ignore the demands, mostly, while cucked majors will see a sea of Ds. You heard it here first.
GENEVA (AFP) –
Tired of seeing their holy texts used to justify the subjugation of women, a group of feminist theologians from across the Protestant-Catholic divide have joined forces to draft “A Women’s Bible”.
As the #MeToo movement continues to expose sexual abuse across cultures and industries, some scholars of Christianity are clamouring for a reckoning with biblical interpretations they say have entrenched negative images of women.
The women we know from translations and interpretations of Bible texts are servants, prostitutes or saints, seen dancing for a king or kneeling to kiss Jesus’ feet…
“A lot of people thought they were completely outdated with no relevance to today’s values of equality,” the 33-year-old told AFP, standing under the towering sculptures of Jean Calvin and other Protestant founders on the University of Geneva campus…
Parmentier points to a passage in the Gospel of Luke, in which Jesus visits two sisters, Martha and Mary.
“It says that Martha ensures the “service”, which has been interpreted to mean that she served the food, but the Greek word diakonia can also have other meanings, for instance it could mean she was a deacon,” she pointed out.
First note the dateline. Quelle suprise, n’est-ce pas? Second, women “servicing” men also had other denotations that did not mean deacon. Such as wife.
Besides, there was no Church then and perforce no deacons, because none then knew what Jesus was about to do.
“We are fighting against a literal reading of the texts,” Parmentier said, pointing for instance to letters sent by Saint Paul to nascent Christian communities.
Reading passages from those letters, which could easily be construed as radically anti-feminist, as instructions for how women should be treated today is insane, she said.
“It’s like taking a letter someone sends to give advice as being valid for all eternity.”
God bless Saint Paul.
My entry for the Most 2018 Headline.
“Star Wars” star Mark Hamill declared Tuesday that it’s time to stop electing men to leadership roles in government.
The liberal actor, best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” franchise, told his nearly 3 million Twitter followers that he’s ready to let women “take charge completely.”
“For centuries, men have had their chance to rule government with middling-to-poor results,” Mr. Hamill wrote.
“Who’s ready to let women take charge completely? Just women. I know I am,” he said.
We believe, Mark; we believe you.
Meanwhile, if women ruled everywhere, we’d have a new war every 28 days.
(I know, I know. This Doom wasn’t from last week. I still have a huge Doom backlog.)