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"Educating women key to preventing spread of radicalization, Ahmadiyya Caliph says"
"If mothers are well-educated — religiously and with secular education — and well aware of the “negative aspects” of radicalization, “they can save their children,” he said."
"Taiwan set to legalize same-sex marriages, a first in Asia"
Ha, that's amazing! Can't wait for the rest of Asia to follow suit. I've always been interested in Asian culture, especially Japanese, but I always despised how backwards they could be sometimes.
Japan is already moving toward same-sex marriage. Several local governments already issue certificates that grant next-of-kin rights, etc., and opinion polls show a majority in favor of full legalization. I think Japan was traditionally more tolerant but took on Western prejudices in the Victorian era. However, I don't think homosexuality was ever a crime. As far as I know, there's nothing in their religions to prohibit it.
One of the cities to issue gay union certificates is Takarazuka, which is famous for the all-female Takarazuka review. (http://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/english/index.html). They produce musical shows, with women playing both male and female roles, and the audiences are mostly women. Japanese traditional theater, including Kabuki, is full of gender reversal (like Shakespeare!).
Further to my post in the "Dark Side" thread about a preacher who blamed New Zealand's recent earthquakes on gay people, I was pleased to learn that an on-line petition has been launched calling for the so-called Destiny Church's tax-free status to be revoked. It's gained nearly 100,000 signatures in just a couple of days.
I hope this turns out to be true!
"Tesla’s solar roof to cost less than a regular roof – even before energy production, says Elon Musk"
"And it’s an incredibly bold claim since if it turns out to be true, no homeowner would have any reason not to choose a solar roof when buying a new roof."
Looks like banning just doesn't work very well.
I love the Internet. :-D
Next best thing since the printing press!
The one for Taiwan heading toward same-sex marriage legalization made me so happy I almost cried. It really will be a first for Asia, even though I was kinda hoping it would be either Japan or South Korea, but still!
Some good news from earlier this month:
A first-of-its-kind HIV vaccine will move to phase II trials in 2017
Cellular reprogramming has been used to reverse ageing in living animals for the first time
America's first offshore wind farm has turbines twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty
It's high time we invented a vaccine for HIV. Reading one of these is all what I need to get my day started. :D
(I know it's hard to find positive news, but please, post it if you find it...)
Fanatical right wing Christians shoot themselves in the foot...
"A Utah Elementary School is Now Home to an After School Satan Club."
Spain - "Church weddings hit historic low in Spain"
"Only 22.2% of 68,560 couples tied the knot at the country’s catholic altars in the first half of 2016."
Could it be that people are waking up? That they are not predening to know things they do not know?
Canada, Toronto - "You no longer have to ask for God's help to beat alcoholism"
"Two agnostic chapters of Alcoholics Anonymous are once again being welcomed into the fold of the international organization’s Greater Toronto Area Intergroup, as part of a mediated settlement of a discrimination complaint before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario"
Zika zaps testosterone and testes
When we gathered at our conferences, we scientists used to joke that the way to really boost funding for the particular disease that we each studied was for several Senators kids and grand kids to get infected with it.
In a similar way, I predict that funding for development of a vaccine to the Zika virus will soon increase significantly:
“Zika virus causes testicular atrophy.”
@Alembe "Zika zaps testosterone and testes"
Have you got a disease that makes pedophile priests lose a pair and those who are supposed to supervise them grow a pair?
Send me a grant for $5 million for my lab, and I'll send you quarterly progress reports.
Taiwan - CEO of HSBC Bank in Taiwan walked a lesbian staffer down the aisle after her father refused
"Taiwan is expected to become Asia’s first nation to recognize same-sex marriage by the end of the year"