Blood Purity: How a Bizarre Obsession Advanced Science
Irresponsible parenthood is the root of this problem. Forced family planning is the more humane option
‘Conservative billionaire Gina Rinehart called for the sterilization of the poor today, arguing that the only way to alleviate poverty is to stop the “underclasses” from multiplying.
‘In a video uploaded to her official YouTube account, the Australian mining heiress said that income inequality is caused by differences in intelligence, and eugenics is the only answer…’
‘Already years before the Nazis came to power, German scientists were propagating theories about blood purity. Though this obsession led to bizarre and dangerous theories about superiority and personality traits, it also led to medical breakthroughs.
‘For the majority of humanity, the outbreak of World War I was a catastrophe on an unprecedented scale. But for Ludwik Hirszfeld, it turned out to be a stroke of good fortune…’
When Cybervigilantes Attack
‘China’s Internet went into an uproar after an unwanted newborn was discovered flushed down a toilet in an eastern Chinese city. Netizens poured invective on the mother, but the rage has softened as more details have emerged of her particular plight.
‘“Human-flesh searches” — the term for mass acts of online Chinese vigilantism — fill the void left by the country’s censorship policies, dubious legal system and cronyism. Netizens share information about individuals suspected of shameful acts to eventually identify those responsible and bring about some loosely defined form of justice…’
Cyber crime story of the year: Liberty Reserve
‘When authorities in Spain busted in on Arthur Budovsky, the founder and CEO of online payments firm Liberty Reserve, they may have struck one of the most decisive blows to the cyber criminal underground in recent memory.
‘The takedown of Liberty Reserve and the arrest of Mr. Budovsky, didn’t eliminate a spam-spewing botnet, dismantle a shadowy cyber crime group or stop China’s Unit 61398 – it’s true. But its impact on the cyber crime world may be far more profound. Here are five reasons that the Liberty Reserve bust may be the biggest cyber crime story of the year:…’