The illegal trade in kidneys has risen to such a level that an estimated 10,000 black market operations involving purchased human organs now take place annually, or more than one an hour, World Health Organisation experts have revealed. Evidence collected by a worldwide network of doctors shows that traffickers are defying laws intended to curtail their activities and are cashing in on rising international demand for replacement kidneys driven by the increase in diabetes and other diseases. Patients, many of whom will go to China, India or Pakistan for surgery, can pay up to $200,000 (nearly £128,000) for a kidney to gangs who harvest organs from vulnerable, desperate people, sometimes for as little as $5,000.
(p.s. - Based on the new parent woes I have read on Amazon reviews/parent blogs/etc. in the past several weeks, it would seem that Dave and I do, in fact, have the mythical “good baby.” Or I just need to learn to exaggerate more.)
“Only first- and second-place finishers in Omaha will qualify for the Olympic team. Given the depth and talent of the U.S. men, Phelps and Lochte will not be able to save their peak performances for the Games. That will make their head-to-head matchups — likely in the finals of the 400-meter individual medley today, the 200 freestyle Wednesday and the 200 IM on Saturday — must-see barometers of how their rivalry will play out in London. “Ryan and I are going to have our hands full with each other, probably all summer,” Phelps says. “Hopefully I’m in a better spot than I have been over the last couple years and I’m in better shape.”—Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte push each other to be the best – USATODAY.com (via apsies)
“It happened Saturday night at the United States Olympic trials, in the 100 meters — a glamour event that often produces the world’s fastest woman. The setup was simple: eight runners started, and the rules stated that the top three would receive spots at the London Games. But there was a tie for third place between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh. It was an extraordinary situation — perhaps even unprecedented — that the sport’s officials had not considered. Other sports have protocols for handling such outcomes, through tiebreakers or overtimes. United States track officials did not. A day later, the officials still seemed unsure of how to settle the matter. Suggestions abounded. A runoff? A hand of poker? A coin flip? Putting two names in a running shoe and having Carl Lewis pull one out? A United States Track and Field spokeswoman said there was no procedure in place for breaking such a tie, a revelation that left those in the track world scratching their heads and contributed to the feeling of chaos at Hayward Field. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Ato Boldon, a four-time Olympic sprinter from Trinidad and Tobago who now works as a broadcaster for NBC.”—2012 Olympics — A U.S. Berth at Stake, and No Way to Break the Tie - NYTimes.com (via apsies)
“I will give you two or three non-white actors in smaller supporting roles. Why not lead roles? Because I’m trying to make a living here. I have spent a lot of time and money throughout history convincing everyone that white is normal. I have even convinced non-white people that white is better, prettier, smarter, stronger, and that only white people can truly be the heroes. Everyone has bought into it, and now you want me to just abandon all my hard work?”—Aasif Mandvi parodies the mentality of studio executives who whitewash, in a satire article for Salon.com (via racebending)