October 2013 Review
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Scotland Against Monsanto “It’s a real David and Goliath battle!” Page 8
Entertainment Reviews: The Walking Dead, Panic! At The Disco, Morrissey’s autobiography and more!
We’ve Found a Real Life Superhero! Page 4
Don’t Forget The Pecs! The Truth Behind Sexism in Cancer Research and Support Finally Hits Home Page 5
Desmond Tutu, Celebrating 82 years of well lived life Page 7
A Note From the Editor Welcome to the first ever edition of KWAM Magazine! I’d like to think of KWAM as my postgrad brain child so on a personal note I really hope you like what we have to offer with this pilot issue. KWAM is Scottish Internet slang for Ken.Wit.Ah.Mean? And is the core question we like to put behind our work. Inside every issue there will be things that make you think, we give you our opinions and ask you KWAM? Because these are the things we should know and have opinions on. No ones life will be saved from you being well informed about who won the X Factor and no real life changing moment is going to happen to you or anyone else by reading the latest scoop on who is sleeping with who on TOWIE. In this first edition we are supporting and promoting two campaigns simultaneously; Scotland Against Monsanto & Protect the Pecs. We honour SAM with our front cover displaying their logo and double page spread, and PTP with our very deliberate blue and pink colour scheme. Get educated and get involved, KWAM? Melissa Russell Editor in Chief
CONTENTS Tim Friede—A Real Life Superhero! Page 4
The Sexist Truth: Behind Cancer Research and Panic! At the Disco Support Page 12 Pages 5-6 Birthday of the Month—Desmond Tutu Page 7 Scotland Against Monsanto Pages 8-9 Working Conditions in Bangladesh Pages 10-11
Morrissey Autobiography Page 13 My Walking Dead SE4 Page 14
We Are Recruiting! Page 15
To the Writers: Victoria Tickle Melissa Russell Nicholas Reid Front Cover image: Scotland Against Monsanto Www.scotlandagainstmonsanto.co.uk
Editorial: Melissa Russell Victoria Tickle
Tim Friede A Real Life Superhero! Super - of the highest degree or power, of an extreme or excessive degree, very good, first-rate or excellent. Hero - A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life. Superhero A figure, especially in a comic strip or cartoon, endowed with superhuman powers and usually portrayed as fighting evil or crime. Tim Friede fits into each of those definitions and has become both a specimen of a super human and an example of super humanity. He has even been nicknamed ‘Antivenom’ in Stan Lee’s Superhuman TV series. So what makes a 45 year old unemployed former factory worker from Milwaukee, USA so incredible? He has made himself immune to the most poisonous snake venom in the world. Tim has achieved this immunity by injecting himself with diluted snake venom over a number of years. It has not been without serious ramifications though. In 2001 he nearly died from letting two cobras bite him to test his theory. One cobra bite can kill a human in under an hour, but Tim sustained two and it left him paralysed and unable to talk or even communicate with doctors for several hours. But thanks to his experiments, he survived the ordeal. It only took 6 vials of antivenom to fully restore him to his normal biological state, and whilst 6 may sound like a lot it is a considerably smaller number than what an average human would need. Since then, Tim has continued his research and allowed himself to bitten by over 100 venomous snake species including water cobras, monocle and cape cobras and the green and black mambas. To help put this into perspective, the black mamba (native to East and South Africa) can kill an average male, adult human in less than 20 minutes with just one bite.
different matters. Tim is now able to survive what would usually be lethal bites from the most venomous snakes in the world, but he does still occasionally suffer some side effects. Sometimes he will suffer anaphylaxis, but he regularly has his liver and kidneys checked to ensure he is not damaging his organs. So, that’s what makes him super human, but what makes him a super hero is his reason for doing it. He is building his own immunity up in order to help to create better anti-venoms and snake-bite vaccines based on DNA for use in impoverished countries. At the moment, the anti-venom development process uses horses, but human trials will prove to be a more efficient, affordable and cruelty-free method. The worst type of venom is necrotic cyotoxin; it causes bad scaring and is one of the hardest venoms to beat. In his own words, Tim’s mission is: “'I take diluted injections of venom protein over time to build up my immune system. What that does is build up good antibodies through time that bind to the venom and neutralize it so I don't die. This is the same way they make anti-venom in horses, I just cut the horse out of the picture. I've become the horse. I hope through developing my own resistance to poison some solid groundwork can be laid to build a vaccine for the 125,000 people that die from snakebite every year. At present the poor of Asia and Africa are the majority of the victims.” His attitude towards both snakes (“Snakes were here before us, we need to respect them and not kill them”) and the needs of those in poorer countries is no less than admirable and heroic. He calls his experiments and work “his service to humanity”, and he is proof that what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.
Whilst injecting diluted venom was a great way to slowly build up his immunity, it is not an effective By Victoria Tickle way to test out bite theories – injecting venom and receiving it through a bite are two completely
The Sexist Truth Behind Cancer Research and Support Cancer. It’s a horrific, traumatising and sometimes deadly disease that affects millions of people on the planet. Except for certain types of cancer that are biologically impossible for certain genders to get (such as ovarian cancer in men or testicular cancer in women), the disease is gender neutral. It doesn’t care what gender you are and it doesn’t discriminate – so why do the health professionals treating it and the researchers behind it? In the USA, October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the spirit of this, a lot of health clinics in Florida offered discounted or free mammograms. One patient discovered a painful lump in their right breast several weeks prior to this and the lump became the size of a golf ball. Lacking health insurance, the patient went to Fawcett Memorial Hospital to take advantage of their special offer on mammograms in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The patient was refused a mammogram. The patient got that very same response from a further six health organisations. Why? Because the patient was Donald Mudd, a man, and men apparently don’t qualify for mammogram cancer screenings.
The stigma, combined with the ignorance, surrounding breast cancer and its victims have made it more and more difficult for men to be both taken seriously and treated for their breast cancer. The American Cancer Society states that approximately 2240 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed for men every year, and that roughly 410 men will die annually due to breast cancer. But the sexism doesn’t stop with cancer treatment – it’s in the research too. According to Cancer Research UK, the most common cause of cancer death in both men and women is lung cancer (24% of men and 21% for women). The second most common cause of cancer death for men is prostate cancer (13%) and for women it is breast cancer (15%). Despite the numbers of deaths caused by breast and prostate cancers being so close together, there is much more research and awareness going into breast cancer.
When it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month the colour pink is flaunted about in and on almost anything to help raise money to fight the disease. Pink cupcakes, water bottles, clothing, headphones, GHD’s – you name it and there is probably a pink version of Men are not perceived to have breasts in the same it for breast cancer. There are special campaigns for way that women do, probably because they don’t it too, ‘Tickled Pink’ and ‘Wear it Pink’ are two that tend to stick out and or housed in bras. But the cold immediately spring to mind. -hard, medical fact of the matter is that men do have breasts and, although it is rare, the breast tisWhen Prostate Cancer Awareness Month occurs sue in men can become cancerous. (most commonly during September) the colour blue might only be a brief flash in your day. You might It’s downright sexist to deny a man any form of medical help based on his gender, just like it would see a donation box full of blue ribbons at a till, or perhaps a pair of blue boxer shorts in men’s clothbe for women. So why did this happen? There is a common misconception that men cannot get breast ing store. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere that’s puts the same emphasis and importance on cancer, which is moronic. Kathy Shepard of Breast helping the men suffering with this disease and Health Navigator says that there “are more and more men who have breast cancer issues. And the stressing the need to cure it than you’ll find for breast cancer. reality is, not too many people are aware of that". Even Donald himself has admitted that he “was a Article Continues on Next Page>>>>>> little bit in shock to even find out that men could have breast cancer”. Page 5
The Sexist Truth Behind Cancer Research and Support I am not suggesting for a second that breast cancer is unimportant or unworthy of funding for research. But why should it get infinitely more attention and funding over prostate cancer, whose death toll is only marginally smaller than breast cancer’s? Aren’t men suffering as well as women? It seems that women are held up on a pedestal when it comes to cancer research, and it’s egregious. Take the ‘Race for Life’ campaign -a fundraising event that forbids men from taking part. Men cannot raise money for Cancer Research UK; the campaign is not just for breast cancer, it’s cancer in general. The men are allowed to volunteer on the day, but are not allowed to take part in the event to raise money for a common cause.
For more info please go to www.protectthepecs.org
One admirable person who is fighting against this segregation is the Protect the Pec founder Steve Del Gardo.
“I have been to so many breast cancer events that only have pink with no blue to represent men. I had It seems that cancer research has a tendency to a friend in LA that went to a breast cancer event learn towards female privilege and it’s wrong. The and he asked where the blue was and he was told it developed, modern world would like to think that it was a Pink event for which he replied back "I has abolished many negative things; homophobia, thought this was a breast cancer event". Things like racism, sexism – but there is always evidence that makes me upset. It is not just a women's emerging to prove that these abhorrent things are disease. We are losing fathers, brothers, sons and alive and well. The very least we can do is to grandfathers to this disease, too. Even the drugs recognise injustice when it arises and take steps to are designed for women. Case in point, the drug I eradicate it, rather than pretending it doesn’t am taking now called Tamoxifen is made for happen. women only. I asked my Doctor how long do I need Cancer is not a female issue, nor a male issue. to be on it, he stated that most women today take It’s a human issue. It affects everyone. Hopefully it for 10 years. I then replied back to him, what one day segregation like this will end and we can about for men? He told me there is no clinical study work together to triumph over a problem that is telling him that. So with that said, I am going to common to us all. provide funds to research drugs that are designed for men to fight this cancer as well as to raise funds to build a National Male Breast Cancer Institute.” On October 3rd 2013, PTP won the Power of Pink Award in their hometown of Cincinnati from the Proscan Fund. It is an award given to foundations for their exceptional work in helping people with breast cancer and this is the first time a male breast cancer foundation was awarded in 12 years. It may be a small step, but it’s a step in the right direction. By Victoria Tickle
Birthday of the Month : Desmond Tutu Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Social Activist October 7th 1931 Age: 82
â€œDo your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.â€? Desmond Tutu
Monsanto the Monster Join the Fight! If you follow the GM Food Crop debate then you will have no doubt come across the ‘Biotech’ company Monsanto, but do you really know the full story behind this GM giant? Founded in 1901, Monsanto started out as a nuclear and chemical weapons manufacturer (quite the step away from a ‘feed the world’ mantra right?). To this day Monsanto has created some of the worlds most harmful chemicals such as DDT, PCBs, and Dioxin.
Against Monsanto in October to mark World Food Day - in Glasgow and Edinburgh. We’ve been very busy online and behind the scenes too; maintaining social networks, developing our website, and producing flyers; all to help spread our important message.
So far the feedback has been very positive and support for our campaign is steadily growing. It’s rewarding to know that we’re providing the people of Scotland with much needed information about the dangers of GM and associated chemicals, which Nowadays they are responsible for 90% of the the government are failing to do. The Scottish worlds GM crops, claiming that their genetically government is strongly opposed to cultivation of modified technology will ‘feed the world’. If by GM crops in Scotland, which is good. But that’s only feed the world they mean feeding the worlds half the story. With the last few supermarkets farmers into poverty, allowing us to digest lifting their ban on GM animal feed in April, most potentially harmful chemicals without thorough people are consuming GM via animal products independent data and killing millions of bees which (inc. eggs and dairy), and are completely unaware in turn disrupts the entire worlds food chain and of this. Then there’s glyphosate; carcinogenic and cycle, then yes they are feeding the world but in present in 70% of UK city dwellers urine! That’s the most poisonous way possible. why our campaign is essential; and we have to work very hard against the might of the So what can we in Scotland do to stop Monsanto establishment to inform the public. It’s a real David and GM crop companies like it? Simple, join the and Goliath battle! As such we need as much Scotland Against Monsanto campaign today! support as we can get. To anyone wondering if this affects them... if you eat food, it affects you! We’ll We spoke to a SAM spokesperson to get an update be on the streets again this Halloween weekend on what they have been up to this year and their with our new ‘Frankenflyers’, urging people to help plans for the future: us kill Monsanto!” “Scotland Against Monsanto was formed in May, in solidarity with the global March Against Monsanto movement. We recognised the need to carry the momentum forward and create a united campaign across Scotland. Since then we have been busy; holding info stalls in Glasgow and Edinburgh, dressing up as bees and handing out flyers, promoting a talk in Edinburgh for ‘GM Health Risk Week’ featuring Professor Seralini, and of course making preparations for the second March
By Melissa Russell
For more information about Monsanto and the Scotland Against Monsanto campaign go to http://scotlandagainstmonsanto.co.uk/ Page 9
ATTENTION ALL WESTERNERS! Bangladesh is the world’s second largest producer of textiles, the first being China. Clothing makes up around three-quarters of Bangladesh's total exports, so you’d think that in an industry that has such a large distribution there would be fair policies, good wages and safe working conditions for its workers. You’d be wrong.
A spokesperson for George at Asda has said that: "We are deeply saddened by what has happened and our thoughts go out to the families and victims of the accident. George at Asda has a long standing relationship with Aswad Mill, we do source fabric from there and we are working with the owner to ensure we help them however we can. As part of the Walmart family we have a safety program that Bangladesh has the lowest minimum wage in the rigorously inspects the factories that make our world and is known for having rigorous working garments and other products. Typically that days. It has been reported that some workers are program does not extend to the facilities that make subjected to 19 and a half hour work days. materials like fabric for those garment factories.” Unfortunately, low wages and long hours that are Morrisons and H&M have said they source clothing close to slave labor aren’t the main problem facing produced by Palmal's garment factories, which are the Bangladeshi textile industry workers. Their supplied by the company's fabric mill, but that they safety is often compromised and has, on several had no direct relationship with the mill itself. Next occasions, lead to many peoples unnecessary have also said in a statement that the Aswad Mill deaths. provided fabric to a separate clothing supplier. That’s basically another way of saying that they (and Four million people work in the Bangladeshi the other involved brands) don’t feel a clothing industry in some form or other, and a lot of responsibility to be ethical because they use middlethese people are in the textile factories which have men to get their fabrics. notoriously poor working and safety conditions in place. Sam Maher, a campaigner at ‘Labour Behind the Label’ (a group for workers' rights) said that the fire Cases of fires and building collapses are often illustrated that thousands more potentially unsafe reported within the Bangladeshi garment industries buildings producing goods for the UK could slip and they are so easily avoided. Last November 112 through the net. Asda's owner, Walmart, and Gap workers were killed in a fire at a clothes factory in have signed a document known as the Bangladesh the Ashulia district, which is on the outskirts of Worker Safety Alliance but it failed to cover the Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, where most of the Aswad factory. clothing industry is based. A further 2500 people were injured in this disaster. Why were so many No worker, anywhere in the world, should have to people injured? Reports of the incident quoted potentially sacrifice their life for something as banal Bangladeshi officials saying that “water shortages” as a piece of clothing. Since this latest tragedy more and a lack of “nearby fire stations” had allowed the than 93 retailers, (including H&M, Next, Primark fire to escalate and burn for several hours – and Marks & Spencer) have signed a legally binding resulting in many needless deaths and injuries. agreement, which ensures a commitment to carry Regrettably, this isn’t an isolated incident. In early out fire safety and structural inspections on October of this year a fire struck Aswad Composite thousands of buildings. Mills (a garment factory in Gazipur) which killed at least 10 people and left scores more injured. The Negotiations are also continuing on how to fund any factory was not due to be inspected for fire and work to improve factories. Whilst governments do building safety because it didn’t deal directly with hold some responsibility in the matter, brands the brands that use the fabrics it produces. should also be made accountable – both ethically The factory makes fabrics used by brands such as and financially. H&M, Gap, George at Asda, Primark, Next and Morrisons – yet because it doesn’t directly have By Victoria Tickle communications with these brands, it was neglected in terms of basic safety inspections. Page 10
If you agree that the poor working conditions in Bangladesh is an issue that needs attention from the West, then please take the time to fill out any or all of these petitions: Guilt-free clothing: http://www.avaaz.org/en/crushed_to_make_our_clothes_loc/
Ensure safety for workers & compensate victims of building collapse: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/primarkjobs-mango-matalan-ensure-safety-for -workers-compensate-victims-of-building-collapse
Petition River Island to fix their deathtrap factories in Bangladesh: http://www.goingtowork.org.uk/petition-river-island-to-fix-their-deathtrap-factories-in -bangladesh
Stop The Killing! Demand safety for Bangladeshi workers: http://www.cleanclothes.org/action/current-actions/rana-plaza
Join the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh: http://action.laborrights.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6280
Panic! At The Disco’s NEW ALBUM ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die’ Release Date: October 7th 2013
matter. The sexual suggestions are never crude or clichéd like in so many other artists work; instead, they are subtle, enigmatic and at times are just down-right darkly sexy. It helps that Urie’s voice has developed dramatically over the years. Whilst his voice is still recognisable from album to album, he clearly has a lot more control over his voice now than he did back then. He flawlessly changes the tones in his voice to suit the mood of the song, shifting from an excitable, impulsive shout to a deep, velvety liquid-like croon at a moment’s notice. ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!’ ranks in the higher section of the 5 studio albums that Panic! At The Disco have released so far, and is definitely worth a listen from both long-term fans and fans that left them behind in their teenage years, as their sound has shifted – yet still plucks those nostalgia strings. Top Tracks: ‘Nicotine’, ‘Collar Full’, ‘Casual Affair’ and ‘Far Too Young To Die’.
October saw the release of Panic!’s new album, ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!’ – and I’m glad to say that they are back on top form. The whole album has a Las Vegas kind of vibe in its lyrics (which isn’t surprising as that’s where Brendon Urie, vocalist and guitarist, is from) but the musical style changes dramatically from song to song throughout the album, which gives the listener a really enjoyable experience. The feel of the album is very much one of care-free living, and embracing life whilst youth is still in your grasps. It clearly advocates the glitz and glamour lifestyle that Las Vegas is known for, but punctuates it every now and then with notes of darkness and realism. As with every Panic! At The Disco album, themes of a sexual nature are interwoven between lyrics. This might not be that rare for music these days, but what is rare is how Panic! Handle the subject By Victoria Tickle
comments in interviews pop up throughout. His disdain for his former band mates, who he at first gushes with compliments for (especially Release Date: October 17th 2013 Johnny Marr), steadily increases until it reaches What to expect from Morrissey’s self-told life the dry plateau of a 50-page screed about Mike story? An in-depth, beautifully written discourse Joyce’s 1989 royalties lawsuit. It’s a section nearly on his origin tale and the disintegration of one of as long as the time devoted to the five-year the most important bands in British history? Or lifespan of The Smiths itself, and Morrissey feels more of a Mancunian Mein Kampf, (Fiftycompelled to drag over the same arguments again something Years Of Struggle Against Lies, Stupidity, and again, as if to further highlight how victimised Cowardice And Johnny Marr)? In the end, it’s a bit he was. Battle through this and the reward is a of both. good but occasionally tedious roll call of solo tours where he details how much he is loved more than Autobiography (published, at the author’s request, he is in Britain. by Penguin Classic, the imprint usually reserved for the works of Aristotle, Austen and Joyce) begins Luckily there are enough interesting anecdotes to well, although more for the reader than Morrissey keep things moving – his strange love/hate himself. His miserable early years in ‘forgotten Victorian knife-plunging Manchester’ are covered relationship with David Bowie, his investigation by Special Branch over the content of ‘Maggie On The with the brilliant turn of phrase that would be expected of a lyricist of his stature. He documents Guillotine’, that his first proper relationship came a youthful adoration with The New York Dolls, in his thirties with a man with an inner-lip reacts with disgust when expected to enter the ‘BATTERSEA’ tattoo... labour market, and lovingly tracks the story of his extended Irish immigrant family as they negotiate By Nicholas Reid the dire poverty of sixties industrial England. At times he nears parody (‘Naturally my birth almost kills my mother, for my head is too big’ he states on page 4 – ‘naturally’, as if even the simple fact of his birth could inflict such misery on those around him) but all is well.
Morrissey – Autobiography
Until The Smiths disintegrate, that is. Here the stories descend into petty bitterness and ‘woe is me’ platitudes. A small error in album artwork is met with lines like ‘I sigh a thousand sighs’. His runins with NME editors over his allegedly racist
The Walking Dead—Season 4 Release Date: October 18th 2013 (UK) For those of you who are completely behind on the times, The Walking Dead is a TV adaptation of Robert Kirkmans graphic novel series by the same name. It’s gritty, horrific, heart-warming and heartbreaking—all at the same time.
are now four episodes into the new season and things are darker and grittier than ever before. With a whole host of new characters being introduced (at the end of Season 3 we saw the people of Woodbury come to live with the group) it could easily be assumed that all plot would unravel. But the truth is far from it. A lot more time is given to character development of both old and new characters which gives the season a slow burning edge to the horror. And it goes without saying that the gore factor has been amped up to balance out the side stories.
However it’s safe to say that season 3 of AMC’s The Walking Dead left very little to be desired for season 4. The plot was slow and the narrative was a little lack lustre compared to the shows last two seasons. All in all, The Walking Dead is back, and it’s got a hell of a lot more bite this time around. But fear not all you die hard zombie fans, TWD has well and truly risen from the grave. At this point we By Melissa Russell
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