And a Happy Friday to all of you out there in Internet-land. It’s a “Good” Good News Friday for many of you; Happy Easter to my Christian readers, Happy Pesach to my fellow Hebrews, and you know, for the rest of you, have a nice weekend.
I spent Thursday night/Friday morning prepping for a colonoscopy, so I feel very certain you’ve all had a more pleasant morning than what I’m having now. But the show must go on!
First up today, seeing as it is Passover it seems like a good time to celebrate this story. Finally, after so many years wandering the desert and fearing we’re going to be in real trouble if we eat bacon, scientists have done it: They’ve invented a pork that Jews can actually eat!
No seriously, this is a thing: An Israeli rabbi named Yuval Cherlew has said that lab-grown pork would be kosher for consumption by Jews — even when eaten with dairy products.
From this story in the Times of Israel: The good rabbi told the Ynet news site in an interview published Wednesday that “cloned” meat is not subject to the rules that apply to the consumption of regular meat.
In the interview, Cherlow of the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization appeared to be talking about meat that is grown artificially in a laboratory from the cells of a pig, rather than meat produced from a live pig whose genetic material comes from a cell from which the pig was cloned.
When the “cell of a pig is used and its genetic material is utilized in the production of food, the cell in fact loses its original identity and therefore cannot be defined as forbidden for consumption,” Cherlow said. “It wouldn’t even be meat, so you can consume it with dairy.”
WHOO-HOOO! Bacon cheeseburgers for everybody in the synagogue, holler!
Seriously, this is great news. I’m not sure exactly why someone would want to eat cloned meat, but hey, if it makes a difference to you, real pork tastes amazing when done right.
**Next up, it’s Final Four weekend, and of course the big story of the whole tournament has been Loyola-Chicago and its amazing 98-year-old team chaplain, a nun named Sister Jean-Delores Schmidt.
Sister Jean is amazing, she’s got her own bobblehead doll now, and thanks to brilliant people at TheRinger.com, she has a wonderful mash-up tribute video, set to the Michael Jackson classic “Billie Jean.”
This is totally brilliant. Rock on, Sister Jean.
**And finally today, I’m sure many of you remember the incredible sensation the podcast “Serial” was a few years ago, as the “This American Life” radio show spinoff captivated the nation (175 million downloads) with the case of convicted murderer Adnan Syed, a Baltimore high school kid who allegedly murdered his girlfriend.
“Serial” completely uncovered holes and problems with the case, from ineffective performance by Syed’s lawyer, to witnesses ignored, to police intimidation/coercion of the prosecution’s star.
After so much malfeasance and questions were brought to light, I was certain of this: I didn’t know if Syed had killed Hae Min Lee or not, but I knew for damn sure he deserved a new trial, because there was a whole lot of reasonable doubt there.
And now, finally, he’s getting one. Thursday the Maryland Court of Special Appeals vacated Syed’s murder conviction, ordering a new trial to be held.
Fantastic news. I really hope “Serial” makes its next season the re-trial of Adnan Syed. Would be gripping stuff.