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    Archive for April, 2005

    Factory Farms and Other Cruelty

    Saturday, April 30th, 2005

    The May 23, 2005 issue of The American Conservative has an extensive cover story by Matthew Scully about cruelty to animals. It’s a compelling philosophical analysis of how we should look at animals from a conservative perspective. We’d provide excerpts, but the software version of TAC annoyingly doesn’t allow users to cut-and-paste. We will, however, [...]

    Get This Guy Some Beer

    Saturday, April 30th, 2005

    Gasoline sniffer Brian Taylor, 36, was sentenced to three months in jail in March for violating a UK ”anti-social behavior order” by loitering around the pumps at a gas station in Middlesbrough, England. . . Taylor often dangerously reeks of gasoline fumes and is sometimes aggressive in his pursuit of a fix, including jostling gas-pumping [...]

    Communism and Capitalism

    Saturday, April 30th, 2005

    Interesting mini-essay at Lew Rockwell this weekend. Link. Excerpt: “What no one expected,” said a colleague the other day, “was the way capitalism and communism get along in the modern world.” People thought the two ideas were mutually exclusive. As recently as the Reagan administration, people with brains thought there would have to be a [...]

    A Wise Judge

    Saturday, April 30th, 2005

    A woman stole money from union coffers to meet expenses. At the time, she purchased twelve tickets to Green Bay Packers games for the upcoming season (for those unacquainted with Packer-mania, tickets are very difficult to get and pricey). The judge asked her if she still had the tickets. She said she didn’t think it [...]

    It’s Not a Question of Tolerance

    Saturday, April 30th, 2005

    David Parker, 42, confronted officials at Joseph Estabrook School in Lexington, Mass., Wednesday after his [six-year-old] son brought home a copy of “Who’s in a Family,” a storybook that includes characters who are homosexual parents, the Boston Herald reported. According to the report, Parker refused to leave a meeting after Lexington Superintendent Bill Hurley rejected [...]

    The Strange Pasture of Dr. Moreau

    Saturday, April 30th, 2005

    On a farm about six miles outside this gambling town, Jason Chamberlain looks over a flock of about 50 smelly sheep, many of them possessing partially human livers, hearts, brains and other organs. The University of Nevada-Reno researcher talks matter-of-factly about his plans to euthanize one of the pregnant sheep in a nearby lab. He [...]

    What Are the Vegas Odds on this Marriage?

    Saturday, April 30th, 2005

    The Georgia woman just got cold feet. Link. Fourteen bridesmaids and fourteen groomsmen and 600 guests. Maybe the bride got so caught up in the planning that she forgot about the marriage itself. One thing is for sure: She likes to think about herself. How’s that Toby Keith song go? “I wanna talk about me.” [...]

    The Weekend Eudemon

    Saturday, April 30th, 2005

    Well, we lied. We weren’t agents for the Vatican yesterday. We were at a seminar in Kalamazoo. A spawn-of-Satan boring seminar. One presenter was almost a caricature of poor speaking. She spent the first five minutes reminiscing about her early years and making inside jokes with fellow-panelists, and then the rest of her presentation was [...]

    Brews You Can Use IV

    Friday, April 29th, 2005

    We’ll live forever and be smart! It’s the news drinkers have waited years to hear – alcohol consumption is good for your brain. A pint of beer or a glass of wine triggers the growth of new brain cells and boosts memory, scientists say. However, while moderate drinking can improve the mind, binge-drinking has the [...]

    JPII Trading Cards

    Friday, April 29th, 2005

    Get ‘em here.

    But Will the Cellphone Addicts Go Into Withdrawal?

    Friday, April 29th, 2005

    “New Zealand cinema owners said Friday they may use mobile phone jamming technology to stop mid-movie calls and text messaging in the hopes of preventing disruptions and conflicts between patrons.” Link. Some churches may want this technology for Sunday mornings. We’ve mentioned before that McLuhan said the telephone is a scorching hot medium. When the [...]

    Another Step Toward Embryo Farm

    Friday, April 29th, 2005

    “Using in vitro fertilization to create a baby that might cure sick siblings was ruled legally acceptable by Britain’s highest appeal court on Thursday.” Link. The Canadians gotta be pretty envious that they didn’t get there first. Then again, they’re a little more coercive. They’ll soon surpass their cousins by requiring parents to create a [...]

     


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