Blood of the Land in Biometric Tech

Jamie Grace wrote this article.

It be should acknowledged that the concept of property, and the related concept of ownership, is central to Western society.  Property is always a common denominator of value – and as such our legal system is devoted to protecting property ownership – both of objects and of land. Land then, is to be fought over – even in the courts.  The aim of this article is to refute the notion that a DNA- or biometric-driven land registry system is desirable for reasons of not practicality but of justice, and the avoidance of harm.

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The Beverly Hillbillies Head for Binga

by Nancy McDaniel

The reason I first went to Zimbabwe had nothing to do with one of those infomercials, the ones that show crying, hungry children and ask you to send money to feed them. Instead, it had to do with two statistics I read:

(1) about 500,000 women die in Africa each year of pregnancy-related problems, some attributed to inadequate nutrition and prenatal care and

(2) in Zimbabwe, out of every 1000 children born, about 70 die, many an indirect result of maternal malnutrition. The health of the children, the babies, is due in large part to that of their mother. If she is not well nourished, her whole family suffers.

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Omigod, It's a Kudu!

by Nancy McDaniel

I was sitting on the observation platform at Nyamandhlovu, in Hwange National Park in northwestern Zimbabwe. It was in August 1995 and I was part of a group who was helping a scientist study elephants. We were counting and observing interactions between elephants and other animals at a water hole in a drought season. Fascinating work. Like a stationery safari, all day long, just watching hundreds of animals. I loved it.

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