Apparently, Chinese boffins have bred a herd of 200 cows that have been genetically modified to produce “human” milk.
AgroBiotechnology at China Agricultural University, confirmed that the genetically modified herd’s milk “contains the characteristics of human milk.”
Li added that the cow-human milk “tastes stronger than normal milk” and explained that:
“In ancient China, only the emperor and the empress could drink human milk throughout their lives, which was believed to be the height of opulence. Why not make that kind of milk more available for ordinary people?”
Here’s why not (from the same article):
However, this development should be understood in the light of China’s recent scares over melamine-tainted baby milk. The national scandal that followed the sickening of nearly 300,000 infants fed the tainted milk powder prompted an ongoing discussion about the country’s declining breast-feeding rates, which, in turn, has been blamed on everything from aggressive marketing by formula producers, migrant working patterns, and the rise of body image concerns.
I absolutely refuse to knowingly consume anything genetically modified never mind from a country that cannot even make a tin opener which doesn’t fall to pieces within a fortnight. I now buy those traditional ones, which are made in England and cost just over a pound (they were 99p here until recently). They are simple, safe and fit for purpose. Just like normal cow’s milk, really.
Still, in a country where up to 90 percent of adults are lactose intolerant, genetically modifying cows to produce human breast milk seems like an unnecessarily complicated solution to a problem that could instead be tackled through greater support for and awareness of the benefits of breast-feeding itself, not to mention rigorous enforcement of China’s new food safety laws.
This means they are intending to export the milk to an unsuspecting world that also buys their tin openers by the million.
I forgot about Earth Hour at the weekend – sixty minutes of self-imposed domestic darkness where you risk tripping over something and breaking your neck, for absolutely no other reason than to feel good that you are “environmentally aware.” But if you went along with it, you’re not! I meant to switch on all the lights to protest against the climate change scam, which, apart from everything else rotten about it, diverts the public’s attention away from the real environmental issues – ones which we could actually do something about.
It turns out that the prize for the country who took Earth Hour most seriously goes to North Korea. This satellite photo shows how well they did:
The one spot of light we can see is in the capital Pyongyang. Someone must have left the landing light on and spoiled it all. I would not like to be that person.
You probably guessed that North Korea always looks like this, except when there is a power cut in Pyongyang, then the place looks as lively from space as Antarctica out of season.
Remember kids, this is where socialism ultimately leads. Everyone is equal – equally dirt poor. Except for the Dear Leader – Kim Jong Il in this case – who owns the country’s only light bulb.
Something the North Koreans probably don’t have to worry about is Facebook Depression in teens,
But there are unique aspects of Facebook that can make it a particularly tough social landscape to navigate for kids already dealing with poor self-esteem…
With in-your-face friends’ tallies, status updates and photos of happy-looking people having great times, Facebook pages can make some kids feel even worse if they think they don’t measure up.
You can put in a “friend request” to most Facebookers whether you know them or not, and nearly all will click “accept,” so if you really wanted, you could have as many “friends” as Facebook allows (is it 5,000?). “Status updates” are often drivel anyway, so just write your own drivel and problem solved. Or don’t write anything – even better.
It gives Big Pharma the opportunity to come to the rescue with a “cure.” Perhaps something like the “chemical cosh” drugs for shyness. And the “patients” might be referred to as Facebook cases. (Yeah, that is a bad one.)
But for a constant stream of utter insanity, you need look no further than the EU, who want to ban cars from city centres by 2050.
The European Commission on Monday unveiled a “single European transport area” aimed at enforcing “a profound shift in transport patterns for passengers” by 2050.
The plan also envisages an end to cheap holiday flights from Britain to southern Europe with a target that over 50 per cent of all journeys above 186 miles should be by rail.
Top of the EU’s list to cut climate change emissions is a target of “zero” for the number of petrol and diesel-driven cars and lorries in the EU’s future cities.
It’s our old friend Climate Change again. If we keep going like this, we too will be living the good life like they do in North Korea.
Siim Kallas, the EU transport commission, insisted that Brussels directives and new taxation of fuel would be used to force people out of their cars and onto “alternative” means of transport.
“That means no more conventionally fuelled cars in our city centres,” he said. “Action will follow, legislation, real action to change behaviour.”
The Association of British Drivers rejected the proposal to ban cars as economically disastrous and as a “crazy” restriction on mobility.
Turning the West into an economic disaster is the idea! There is no other reason that I can think of for all of this. We are to revert to the Dark Ages in Europe while our industry is transferred to the Far East which doesn’t have these CO2 targets. Can you see what it is yet? It’s de-industrialisation.
It is sheer madness. Lunacy. Off the charts, mind-blowing insanity.
But the worst part is this: they know exactly what they are doing.
H/T – Andrew Phillips for the satellite picture