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"So. Our ancestors clawed their way out of the caves, fought behemoths with their bare hands; survived earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, meteor showers and plagues, all so their descendents could sit on the road and wail."
- Pundita

Monday, March 10, 2003
Who's tired?

I'm tired.

You ever spend a full shift in an ER? (I know Mutti does every day, but I mean waiting not working.)

There are 8 people in the area I supervise. In the past week 5 of them have been in the hospital. Everyone is sick. One came home at noon today and was sent back in at 4. Meanwhile, one of the nurses quit with no notice and one was off sick. Several of the direct support staff are out sick where I work and at the other locations. The other Q who was supposed to be there tonight had to go fill in for sick staff at another location. So who got to ride in the ambulance? Me. Sitting watching medical procedures while flipping through a chart trying to find the info the doctor wants is not the ideal way to spend your day.

posted by Rachel 3/10/2003
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Gah! Never trust anyone who talks about a "higher good" outside an academic philosphical discussion. Pat Buchanan is a scary stupid man.

If we resort to torture, what exactly differentiates us from our enemies? That we're bigger and stronger?

No, we didn't start this, and yes, they fight dirty and thus we are not bound by some of the traditional rules of war. None of that means that it would be a good thing for us to turn ourselves into the same sort of monsters that they are.

If we knew that a nuclear weapon was hidden in NYC and this guy knew where it was we would be right on the knife-edge of permissible torture. That's because the alternatives are absolutely concrete and nearly equally horrific.

That is not the case here. We know he knows things we want to know. We do not know that he knows anything relating to imminent danger to us. We cannot torture someone "just to find out what they know." How reliable was the information gleaned from torture during the Inquisition? How many people lied and implicated innocent people just to get the pain to stop? You have to know that they know something specific. Torture would do worse things to us as a society for condoning it than it would to him experiencing it. It's barbaric and just as importantly, it's unreliable.

posted by Rachel 3/10/2003
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Oh it is to
laugh!

posted by Rachel 3/10/2003
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Oooh those Afghan entrepreneurs are heading for
cyberspace. When you look at the activity of the afghan economy it's really hard to argue that our military action and current presence there is a bad thing.

posted by Rachel 3/10/2003
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That is something I've suspected for quite a while. Duh. If you can detect brainwave activity around that time, it's a pretty sure bet that a fetus feels pain. What living animal doesn't feel pain? A fetus has a brain and a spinal cord and peripheral nervous system. Why wouldn't it feel pain?

Though I think that they're using the word consciousness in a very sloppy manner here; mere sensory perception doesn't cut the mustard. And I have some serious questions about the British Home Office defining a mollusc as sentient. I think it's done with a deliberate political objective. It doesn't really play into the abortion question though. Chickens and cows feel pain and we have no qualms about killing them. The abortion question is about when the fetus becomes a person, (a whole seperate philosophical category, and discussion.)

posted by Rachel 3/10/2003
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Hmmm... I'm beginning to think that
Den Beste may be correct about North Korea being frantic to provoke a reaction from us because their whole country is going downhill fast. That said I certainly wouldn't want to be in Japan's shoes right now. Even if they know that playing it cool is the right thing to do, this is a country that has experienced nuclear weapons within living memory. They've got to be about as tense as a bowstring about now.

posted by Rachel 3/10/2003
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Well, see... the problem is that Blix thinks that his job is to prevent a war. So it's not all that surprising that he would
cover something up at this late date.

posted by Rachel 3/10/2003
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