Archive for February, 2002:

Warning: Only slightly humorous

The feds have discovered a lot of counterfeit badges being sold on various websites, including badges from the Utah Highway Patrol which will be issued specially for the Olympics. A spokesman for the Utah Olympic security team said that the badge alone might get you closer to a venue than you should be, but it wouldn’t get you inside.

The 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah. There will be skating, curling, and the fastest luge course in the world. But they don’t take counterfeit Utah Highway Patrol badges. Visa. It’s everywhere you want to be.

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Why a fetus is not a child

Bush’s administration is battling the axis of evil terrorists by trying to introduce legislation that defines a child as everything from conception forward (again).

The only time we consider an unborn child as a full human is in the abortion debate. When a woman miscarries there is no investigation. People treat a woman who miscarries with sympathy, not with the veiled contempt of a mother who might have been responsible for the death of her child. There is never a homicide investigation when a woman miscarries. There is no funeral.

If human starts at conception, then most women are murderers. The window where an egg can be fertilized is larger than the window where a fertilized egg will attach to the uterine wall. If a fertilized egg (which is now past the point of conception) doesn’t attach to the uterus, it’s just flushed out. That would mean the majority of humans are thrown away in tampons and sanitary napkins. Again, there is not a homicide investigation every time a sexually active woman menstruates.

My point is that we have never treated an unborn child as a living human. If people really want to, they have to be consistent.

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Evolution

Evolution is an interesting thing. It seems that evolutionary branches converge on a perfect species that can live forever under favorable conditions. The weird thing is, in every case they are just digestive systems adapted to their environment. Things like sharks, earthworms, and amoebas are perfect in this sense. They don’t sleep, they don’t play, they don’t age (past adulthood), they just eat and reproduce.

This is interesting because it means the whole point of life (in the general sense) is a mechanism for breaking down organic matter. But, the only reason organic matter needs to be broken down is so it can be recycled into new life. Conclusion: Carbon is our self-serving master.

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