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New research from Japan has suggested that it may be possible in the future for scientists to grow male and female reproductive cells from the opposite gender. In other words, to create sperm from women and eggs from men.
Katsuhiko Hayashi of Kyoto University in Japan has published research in which skin cells from mice were used to create primordial germ cells or PGCs. These cells, the common precursor of both male and female sex cells, were then developed into both sperm and eggs. Using these live-births were created via in vitro fertilisation.
HOLY SHIT THIS IS AWESOME
If your fire department is almost 90 percent white in a city that isn’t 90 percent white then perhaps 200 of your white firefighters shouldn’t show up to a court hearing to complain about your department being ordered to hire more people who aren’t white.
“I feel I’m being discriminated against because I’m Caucasian,” says one of those white firefighters. Dude, get your head out of your turnout gear and look around you. Look at your brothers and sisters on the truck and in the firehouse. Do you really feel discriminated against, with all those white folks around you? No, you’re just being an idiot.
Just because your job entails saving lives doesn’t mean you get to ignore the institutional racism going on around you.
Get a clue.
(Photo of white — yes, all of them were white — FDNY firefighters rallying outside a Brooklyn courthouse where a judge held hearings on the department’s hiring practices by Todd Maisel / New York Daily News)
Apparently, upright citizens are outraged that the Obama 2012 website is selling prints of a stylized American flag with the Obama campaign symbol in the spot where the stars would traditionally be found on an actual flag.
A Facebook friend notified me of this inane non-story when he expressed his completely non-partisan outrage at this criminal desecration of the flag (see above). Apparently my Facebook friend doesn’t understand the difference between a representation of a thing and the thing itself; he pointed me to the U.S. Flag Code in case I wasn’t clear about how to properly care for and display a flag (and, of course, that one should never cover up or place anything on it).
The fact that a drawing is not a flag seems entirely lost on him (and, now, a gaggle of his other conservative Facebook friends, who have weighed in). They also believe, it seems, that if I drew a sketch of the Mona Lisa, that sketch would be the Mona Lisa; if I tore up my sketch, I would be destroying the Mona Lisa.
Of course, even if this was an actual flag — which it most obviously is not — there’s nothing inherently wrong with representing the American flag in a way that these people find objectionable … and there are Supreme Court cases to that effect.
The best part about the story on the Fox News website is that the commenters — who are all outraged beyond belief about this print, because it desecrates the flag — know that it’s perfectly legal to burn an actual American flag; the very first comments say: “Now this is a flag I’m happy to burn” (This comment has 769 Likes); “I’ll start the fire!” (294 Likes); “Let me know when you start the fire and I will be there. This is an outrage and disgusting” (264 Likes).
“Partisan squabbles aside,” indeed.