Archive for July 9th, 2016

Letters: the dangers of losing our close connection to evolution – The Guardian

Saturday, July 9th, 2016:

Michelle Nijhuis reports that we are losing between 1% and 2.2% of species every decade, (“It’s always a joy to discover a new species”, Comment). Given the suspected number of species of plant and animal of 12m (1.9m known), this is an astonishing number to be destroying, up to 26,000 a year. However, things are much worse than that. The problem is that there are only between 5,000 and 6,000 mammalian species. They are all to some extent vulnerable due to their size, the need for space and that there is nowhere easy to hide or run to. Once they […] Read More →

The Bahamas Issues Travel Advisory to Its Young Men About Coming to US – The Root

Saturday, July 9th, 2016:

Bahamas’s Chris Brown waves his national flag celebrating the 400m gold medal in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 25 July, 2007. ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images We all know about “travel advisories” —where the U.S. State Department warns us of potential danger when we travel outside of the country. Whether it be around terrorism or Zika, these advisories are unfortunately pretty common place in our precarious world. On Friday, the island nation of the Bahamas through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration issued a travel advisory to its people—its young men especially—asking them to exercise “extreme caution” when […] Read More →

Raid on Indonesian Food Stall Prompts Fears of Fundamentalism

Saturday, July 9th, 2016:

Photo Saeni, center, the owner of the food stall that was raided, with her daughter Elita and her husband, Alex, at their home in Serang, Indonesia. Last month, Ms. Saeni was accused of violating a local bylaw against serving daytime meals during Ramadan. Credit Kemal Jufri for The New York Times SERANG, Indonesia — Lying on the floor against a gym bag full of clothes in a two-room shack in the West Java town of Serang, Saeni tried to explain how her life had been turned upside down, but she fainted before she could finish. Last month, Ms. Saeni, 53, […] Read More →

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