Archive for October, 2010
What the hell. LA Times reports:
It would “severely damage law enforcement” if the nation’s top law enforcement official could be held liable for abusing his authority.
The ‘it’ in this case is a lawsuit by the ACLU brought against former Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft in regards to actions he took under the Bush Administration.
The Old Boy network in full effect. Cover each other’s asses so there never has to be any accountability. This is neither hope nor change.
This is why our government is shit.
The question now is will the Tea Party rage against this government irresponsibility?
Light and shadows can do a phenomenal job at fooling the brain. It’s a large part of the reason people think they ‘see’ things that aren’t really there. Luckily, in this case, it’s for awesome stuff.
Also, this clock tower looks plain bad ass. Do want to see in person.
The latest round of Nobel Prizes has gone out . Robert Edwards was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for the development of human in vitro fertilization (IVF) therapy. IVF itself isn’t ground breaking science – but the impact it has had on society has been monumental. To date over 4 million humans have been born out of the IVF process.
Many have speculated that the prize was to recognize the precarious uphill battle that was fought in bringing IVF to fruition. The research was beset on many sides by hand wringing theologians and religious ideologues who preached that some kind of imagined majesty or dignity was being removed from the conception process. Despite old men dressed in robes blathering on about moldy concepts in old books, the research pressed on to deliver something that has actually contributed to mankind.
With the awarding of the prize ,those old men in robes have spoken out again against their perceived horrors of IVF. The head of Pontifical Academy for Life, Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, has decried the Nobel committee’s decision:
“Without Edwards, there would not be a market on which millions of ovocytes are sold … and there would not be a large number of freezers filled with embryos in the world,” he was quoted as saying.
“In the best of cases they are transferred into a uterus, but most probably they will end up abandoned or dead, which is a problem for which the new Nobel Prize winner is responsible.”
To Ignacio I can only say, “Look to your own house.” (actually there are many other things I can say, none of which come close to being nice). If you charge Edwards as being responsible for a small cluster of cells being frozen or destroyed then you better damn well charge your own Vatican responsible for the thousands of lives ruined by priestly rape. How sacred is the sperm your priests have left behind in boys anus’? How about the majesty and dignity lost there? Care to tell us?
No, I won’t hold my breath as the Vatican has already played out its hand – it’s morally bankrupt and is the last insitution that should attempt to pass judgment on a science that actually brings life into this world. One day people will wake up to the hypocritical death cult that is Christianity.
Of course the braying of fools doesn’t stop at the Vatican’s door. In the latest USA Today, Cathy Lynn Grossman has penned an odious article that manages to say nothing. Really, it’s quite crap and I am surprised to see it actually made it past any sort of editor. Grossman posits some truly ignorant questions:
“Do you think a baby conceived in test tube is still a child in the eyes of God? Does the science behind this merit a Nobel Prize, or ethical condemnation? And what about the parents? Is their IVF choice selfish or loving? Are they creators — or merely shoppers?”
As PZ Myers has so eloquently pointed out:
“as if people who get pregnant in a casual evening’s rut are somehow necessarily conscientious ethical philosophers and serious about their children”
I do have a dog in this hunt. It enrages me that this cunt would so casually question the humanity of my children, would dismiss the sacrifices, both monetary and physical, we went through in the not-so-simple IVF process. But this is where superstitious beliefs gets us, they strike up images of a Creator, brow furrowed, that mere humans have taken the ‘magic’ of creating life and removed another mystery from Him. No starker contrast can be made between the logic and productiveness of science and the realm of insecurity and fear perpetuated by the relics of belief put forth by religious fools.
The old men in robes, the pseudo-intellectual Grossman’s would have us praying to their God for fertility until we were both old and barren.
Meanwhile, Science made it fucking happen.
The next year of movies is one giant LSD+Action trip. First Sucker Punch and now this?