Weekly Pulse: DADT, Vampire Bees, and Other Health Hazards
The latest edition of the Media Consortium's Weekly Pulse features:
-An op/ed by doctor who specializes in treating STIs in a military town. Some of Dr. Kenneth Katz's military patients say they won't follow up when they ship overseas bcause they're afraid their personal medical information will be used against them under Don't Ask Don't Tell. The truth is that doctor-patient communications are exempt from DADT, but most patients don't know (or trust) the rule.
-The vampire bees of Brooklyn. They've been gorging on the run-off from a maraschino cherry factory. They overindulgent ones turn bright red and so does their honey. Sounds like an awesome mixture of high and low culture, right? Well, don't expect a Momofuku Milk Bar soft serve flavor for Red Hook maraschino honey. The stuff tastes like crap. The color is Red Dye #40 and the sweetener is corn syrup, not nectar.
-A blistering attack on the Hyde Amendment as an assault on the constitutional rights of poor women, women of color, female servicemembers, and other vulnerable populations who depend upon public programs for health care.
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The 21st century is experiencing an Asianization of politics, business, and culture.
- Our theories about the world, even about history or the geopolitics of the present, tend to be shaped by Anglo perspectives of the Western industrial democracies, particularly those in the United States and the United Kingdom.
- The West, however, is not united. Canada, for instance, acts in many ways that are not in line with American or British policies, particularly in regard to populism. Even if it were united, though, it would not represent most of the world's population.
- European ideas, such as parliamentary democracy and civil service, spread across the world in the 19th century. In the 20th century, American values such as entrepreneurialism went global. In the 21st century, however, what we're seeing now is an Asianization — an Asian confidence that they can determine their own political systems, their own models, and adapt to their own circumstances.
They didn't know it, but the rituals of Iron Age Scandinavians turned their iron into steel.
- Iron Age Scandinavians only had access to poor quality iron, which put them at a tactical disadvantage against their neighbors.
- To strengthen their swords, smiths used the bones of their dead ancestors and animals, hoping to transfer the spirit into their blades.
- They couldn't have known that in so doing, they actually were forging a rudimentary form of steel.
Can sensitive coral reefs survive another human generation?
- Coral reefs may not be able to survive another human decade because of the environmental stress we have placed on them, says author David Wallace-Wells. He posits that without meaningful changes to policies, the trend of them dying out, even in light of recent advances, will continue.
- The World Wildlife Fund says that 60 percent of all vertebrate mammals have died since just 1970. On top of this, recent studies suggest that insect populations may have fallen by as much as 75 percent over the last few decades.
- If it were not for our oceans, the planet would probably be already several degrees warmer than it is today due to the emissions we've expelled into the atmosphere.
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