Western laws constricting free speech

There is one aspect of the US that I particularly admire and that is their protection of free speech due to the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Unfortunately that protection is not always available to people in other Western countries, with the UK having a number of high-profile incidents where citizens have been arrested for things that they’ve said. Continue reading

Just a little Apple bashing

This is a follow-up from an earlier post where I was shocked how people seemed to act like Apple was some sort of saint after it won a court case against Samsung. It’s certainly an impressive company and it has some good accomplishments but it’s not as special as people think. For one I tried to wirelessly transfer data from an Android phone to an iPad only to find the iPad will only communicate with other Apple devices. Isn’t that nice? It seems like other people might have grown tired of it’s quirks too as it’s stocks have recently taken quite a dip. Or maybe they’re up again, stocks can change quickly. Still I do find it amusing how they’re doing in court cases around the world. Continue reading

Showing the importance of evidence

Late last month, I attended the MRC Early Career Scientist Conference which was two days of young scientists talking about the work they were doing. I got to hear about the different research being conducted all around the country and there were a few presentations that I want to share with you because they show how relevant evidence can be to people’s daily lives and come from a South African context. As far as I know all the research that was presented is unpublished and all I have to go by in reporting is my memory and the one page abstracts in the conference booklet. Continue reading

Divisive views promoted by the President

South African Coat of Arms

You would think the president would make an effort to unite people to create a stable country where people can go about their lives in peace and equality. You’d be wrong. What we actually get is the president saying this:

Let us solve African problems the African way, not the white man’s way.

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