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Sunday, February 06, 2005
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bad shit in Venezuela. Viva la Revolucion man, no matter how many have to die.

Check out how many people died in the last century to pave the way to a worker's paradise. Yet people wear the hammer and sickle and pictures of Mao and Che as some trendy intellectual activist outsider statement. I've never understood how the swastika became the ultimate taboo but having a poster of someone who topped his deathtoll in your dining room is tre chic.

Oh wait, yes I do. Hitler killed white people. Same as it ever was.
"Genocide or something close to it has happened in the Congo, Burundi, Uganda, East Timor, Cambodia, Iraq, Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo, and most recently the Darfur region of Sudan. In all but Kosovo, the international community ignored the horror of mass murder. The few interventions were thrown together haphazardly with peacekeepers whose hands were tied by weak-willed mandates that did more to aid the perpetrators of slaughter than the victims."
The people dying in Kosovo were, of course, white europeans.

If you're reading this you probably remember that I've been going on about actual genocide going on right now in Sudan for over a year. If you haven't let your representatives know how disgusted you are by the lack of action yet, for the love of god take a minute and do so now. If anything on earth is worth the expenditure of our blood and treasure it's stopping this kind of horror. "Never again" should mean never again, don't you think?

posted by Rachel 2/06/2005
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I'm torn between a 20 minute stream of profanity, the urge to beat my head against something, and applauding
this fine example of self-inflicted casualty.

posted by Rachel 2/06/2005
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This is quite possibly the most poorly thought out legal decision I have ever heard of. Did the judge give any thought to the vast new vistas of liability this opens up? It almost makes me wonder if this particular judge did something this insane as a comment on or attempt to prevent legislation from the bench. Or possibly an attempt to smack the legislature. It'll certainly expose some hypocrisy in the various reactions.

(Fun fact: birth control pills, IUDs, and depo provera all fail to prevent conception. They prevent implantation. Thus, the use of anything but condoms is 'murder'.) And let's not even get into the number of fertility clinics and the money involved in that sector... Yeah, tell yuppies desperate for children and willing to shell out $50,000 out of pocket that they're murderers. That's a sterling idea. The more real-world ramifications people discover inherent in the 'life begins at conception' notion, the less political capital it'll carry. The basic ignorance of reproductive biology that prevails in this day and age is reprehensible.

I feel sorry for the couple in question, but how nutty can you be to file a wrongful death lawsuit when you were quite obviously going to discard some of those 9 blastocysts (fertilized embryos) even if they were all perfect. If they were all 'human beings' what were you planning to do with them? If any documentation exists indicating that they didn't intend to donate or implant all 9, then they've by this very argument indicted themselves as killers.

posted by Rachel 2/06/2005
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Tee hee. The pairing of a labyrinth and Java pleases me.

posted by Rachel 2/06/2005
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