Baroness Helena Kennedy QC: civil liberties and human rights champion "I've been practising for 38 years now and I haven't in any way lost enthusiasm for being in court," says Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. "It gives you access to the pain that people experience when their rights are abused or they're pulled into a system they find mystifying." Though her focus is justice, Kennedy's range of interest is phenomenal. From equal opportunities for women to constitutional reform, to education for the disadvantaged, she touches a lot of lives. "This week," she says, when we meet just before Christmas, "I made a speech to a jury in a murder trial, met with Geoffrey Robertson, lead lawyer on the Julian Assange team, who I'm assisting, looking into the issue of extradition. I've also been looking at the exploitation of migrant workers as I'm lead commissioner on an inquiry into human trafficking and I've been working closely with women concerned with the abuse of women in Africa – and the … [Read more...] about Ethical pioneers changing the way we live
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By Nilsson’s calculation, maybe only 5,000 customers have ever actually been to Fäviken. At the moment, he seems most excited about the way Fäviken’s principles might be extended beyond the restaurant. “This is an age when a chef is required to be someone who has opinions and participates in a public space,” he said. “You have to be more than just your restaurant.” He reaches a much wider audience through the media, but finds that an “inefficient” way of changing things because those people cannot taste his food. The food, he thinks, is the catalysing experience, the challenge: if you notice how much better this is than any other food you have had before, will you think to ask why? If you know the right way to do things, will you pursue it? This is why he is so enthusiastic about the Charkuteriefabrik, which can have 50,000 customers a week across Sweden. “They don’t get as much information as you do at … [Read more...] about Magic out of mould: inside the world’s wildest restaurant
It’s easy to mock this reductionism, I know, but it reflects something a little deeper. Asian-Americans, like Jews, are indeed a problem for the “social-justice” brigade. I mean, how on earth have both ethnic groups done so well in such a profoundly racist society? How have bigoted white people allowed these minorities to do so well — even to the point of earning more, on average, than whites? Asian-Americans, for example, have been subject to some of the most brutal oppression, racial hatred, and open discrimination over the years. In the late 19th century, as most worked in hard labor, they were subject to lynchings and violence across the American West and laws that prohibited their employment. They were banned from immigrating to the U.S. in 1924. Japanese-American citizens were forced into internment camps during the Second World War, and subjected to hideous, racist propaganda after Pearl Harbor. Yet, today, Asian-Americans are among the most prosperous, … [Read more...] about Why Do Democrats Feel Sorry for Hillary Clinton?
For good measure, it is easy to maintain large numbers of zebrafish in laboratories. A diet of brine shrimps and fresh water will keep them happy for years. And finally, and probably most importantly, young zebrafish are almost completely transparent, a critical feature for it allows researchers to study cells inside their bodies as they grow and divide. This last point is stressed by another Sanger researcher, Keren Carss. "You can make all sorts of experimental changes to zebrafish embryos and see the physiological results almost immediately. And you can study those changes very easily because of the zebrafish's near transparency. You can see what is going on without touching them and that is not something that you can do with other laboratory animals, which have to killed to be studied. It makes zebrafish very useful to science." … [Read more...] about How the diminutive zebrafish is having a big impact on medical research
This isn’t a slam on the designers or decision makers responsible for the block-long complex that, coupled with parking facilities and a semipublic plaza, fills 14½ acres directly south of the UCSF Mission Bay campus. Hospitals by their nature are designed from the inside out, focused on patients rather than the general public. Neighborliness is not a top priority on the health care agenda. … [Read more...] about UCSF Medical Center more practical than personable