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Controversy on the correlation of red and processed meat consumption with colorectal cancer risk: an Asian perspective: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition: Vol 0, No 0
Among 73 epidemiological studies, approximately 76% were conducted in Western countries, whereas only 15% of studies were conducted in Asia. Furthermore, most studies conducted in Asia showed that processed meat consumption is not related to the onset of cancer. Moreover, there have been no reports showing significant correlation between various factors that directly or indirectly affect colorectal cancer incidence, including processed meat products types, raw meat types, or cooking methods
meat  cancer  badscience  asia  iarc 
2 days ago by yorksranter
1651, Engelbert Kaempfer was born. A naturalist, physician, and known for his tour of .…
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3 days ago by ljegou
China Aims to Augment ’50 Cent’ Army, Train Cadres on Publishing Favorable Online Content
"The Chinese regime is amping up its monitoring of the internet with a new strategy: creating its own online buzz. The strategy involves cadres of people who would open social-media accounts and publish internet content to shape public opinion directly, Chen Yixin, the head of the Chinese Communist Party’s Political and Legal Affairs Commission (PLAC), said at a Sept. 4 meeting with senior officials. PLAC controls China’s security apparatus. 'Utilize the PLAC’s advantage in resources to set up subjects and create hot topics,' Chen said, about training 'professional writers in the PLAC system who possess internet thinking.' The writers should be able to create attractive headlines that get netizens to click right away, and jump on any major event to influence public opinion and spread propaganda immediately—'to take the initiative to help the Party by sharing the burden,' he added. China’s internet monitoring and censorship apparatus, spanning different agencies, is notorious for deleting any content that is deemed inappropriate by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), even arresting and punishing those who express dissent against the Party. However, this is the first time the PLAC has publicly announced working in the realm of manufacturing internet speech."
otf  china  asia  gfw  censorship  50centarmy  propaganda  astroturfing 
4 days ago by dmcdev
"Jack Poulson worked for Google’s research and machine intelligence department, where he was focused on improving the accuracy of the company’s search systems.

In early August, Poulson raised concerns with his managers at Google after The Intercept revealed that the internet giant was secretly developing a Chinese search app for Android devices. The search system, code-named Dragonfly, was designed to remove content that China’s authoritarian government views as sensitive, such as information about political dissidents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest.

After entering into discussions with his bosses, Poulson decided in mid-August that he could no longer work for Google. He tendered his resignation and his last day at the company was August 31.

He told The Intercept in an interview that he believes he is one of about five of the company’s employees to resign over Dragonfly. He felt it was his “ethical responsibility to resign in protest of the forfeiture of our public human rights commitments,” he said."
google  china  dragonfly  search  censorship  asia  gfw 
5 days ago by dmcdev
China mulls censoring online religious content in new draft regulations
"Chinese authorities have drafted sweeping new regulations that would severely restrict religious content online, including images or even descriptions of religious activities from praying and chanting to burning incense. The move comes as Beijing tightens the screws on religion, especially for followers of Islam and Christianity. The new rules would only allow members of officially licensed organisations to post certain kinds of religious content, according to a draft document published online Monday by the bureau of religious affairs. Individuals would be forbidden from posting photos, videos and even text related to religious activities, or sharing links related to preaching...The propagation of religious information within China by any 'overseas individuals and organisations' would also be banned...The country’s top leaders recently called for religious practices to be brought in line with 'traditional' Chinese values and culture, sparking concern among rights groups."
otf  china  asia  gfw  censorship  censor  religion 
5 days ago by dmcdev
Rights groups urge release of Chinese anti-censorship activist facing subversion charge
"NGOs Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders have called for the release of Chinese anti-censorship activist Zhen Jianghua, who faces up to 15 years behind bars if convicted of subversion. Zhen, aged 33, was tried on the charge of 'inciting subversion of state power' by the Zhuhai City Intermediate People’s Court on August 10, according to a post by China’s state prosecutor that has since been removed. The court is expected to hand down a decision by December...The cyber activist was detained at his home in Guangdong in September 2017 and moved to a secret place four weeks later for 'residential surveillance in a designated location' – a measure that enables authorities to hold individuals incommunicado outside of the formal detention system for up to six months...Before his detention, Zhen was a key figure behind the information and advocacy website, Human Rights Campaign in China. He also founded, a website that advocated against internet censorship and provided technical advice to help people circumvent internet restrictions, also known as the 'Great Firewall.' He previously went under the nickname 'GuestsZhen' online."
otf  china  asia  censorship  ZhenJianghua  gfw  arrest 
8 days ago by dmcdev

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