Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Perdue Professor Refers to COVID as the 'Wuhan Virus,' Prompting Student Complaints

A Perdue University professor referred to the coronavirus as the "Wuhan virus" in his syllabus, highlighting the location in which the virus originated, Wuhan, China, leading to a number of complaints from students.

The professor, Randy Rapp, included the term in his class syllabus for a course on construction management and defended his decision to use the language in an email to his students following complaints.

"Ample facts showed us that the pestilence began in the Wuhan region," Rapp said. "Pundits on multiple networks with a wide range of political views commonly referred to the pandemic’s cause as the Wuhan coronavirus, and reportedly thousands of people there suffered badly and died from it before it was identified elsewhere. Wuhan virus is a simplification, not in the least illegal, immoral, unethical, inaccurate or dangerous. Of course, there is nothing political about that phrase."

He also pointed out to the paper that referencing "the most likely location of origin of a pestilence harms nothing and no one, and it is a simple convention applied to many diseases on the CDC website," and cited examples of other diseases that include the location in which they originated, including the Hong Kong flu, Spanish flu, Lyme disease and West Nile virus.

However, the professor also noted in his email that he has decided to change the syllabus' wording following complaints, saying that, if students are "overwrought and reportedly unable to study, and since naming the Wuhan virus neither harms nor was meant to harm anyone, I will change the syllabus words soon."


J.K. Rowling causes controversy with tweet about rape suspects

J.K. Rowling is causing controversy again, after wading into the debate again about transgender people by criticising Scottish police for allowing rape suspects to self-identify as female.

The “Harry Potter” author, who has previously been accused of making transphobic comments, took to Twitter on Sunday by sharing an article from The Times of London titled: “‘Absurdity’ of police logging rapists as women.”

“War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. The Penised Individual Who Raped You Is a Woman,” Ms Rowling wrote, referencing Newspeak in George Orwell’s 1984, the New York Post reports.

She then linked to the news article, which stated, “Police Scotland said that they would log rapes as being carried out by a woman if the accused person insists, even if they have not legally changed gender.”

Thousands of fans immediately hit out at Rowling, with many accusing her of having an unhealthy fixation on trans issues. “You literally have a castle and you spend your time doing this,” podcaster Rob Rousseau wrote.

However, in her latest dust-up, Ms Rowling also received praise for her comments, with many prominent Twitter users thanking her for having the “courage” to speak out.

“Thank you for calling out the insanity,” Canadian political commentator Lauren Chen wrote.

“Your tweet is brave,” journalist Andy Ngo said.

“Thank you. You have no idea how important your voice is, or how much it means to women and girls,” columnist Susan Dalgety responded.


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