Daily Archives: November 5, 2009

Here was a Man

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Astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson on UFOs

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“Hitler’s Children”: Master Race Babies Have a Reunion

Darwinian eugenics is making a serious comeback. We better start thinking about it again—hard. Here’s a reminder of how all that went the first time around:  

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Today’s Orwellism: “Procreative Beneficience” (for Eugenics)

Julian Savulescu has a new term for eugenics: procreative beneficience. And according to Oxford Today: The University Magazine, eugenics—I mean procreative beneficience—may be making a comeback in academic circles: ‘There is a significant chance that my own children will live beyond … Continue reading

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Genetically Enhanced Humans?

According to Oxford Today: The University Magazine, they’re coming: ‘There is a significant chance that my own children will live beyond the age of 120’, says Julian Savulescu, Director of Oxford’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. ‘Thereafter we could be … Continue reading

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Andrew Sullivan Talks to Stephen Colbert about Barack Obama’s First Year Since Being Elected President

Here. Know hope.

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H1N1 Vaccine: Bankers and Bailout Recipients First

This is the way the world works (in case you just got here). This today at the Huffington Post: Building on a story that BusinessWeek broke, NBC reports that employees at the New York Stock Exchange, bankers at Goldman Sachs … Continue reading

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Real Interviews with Ordinary Americans, Their Voices Dubbed onto Claymation Animals!

A brilliant idea, and revealing:

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Motorcycle Love: “You live in a box, you drive a box, you work in a box. When you get on those two wheels . . .”

Slate has a video series called “Interviews: 50 cents”, in which they have random “man on the street” conversations with people. Slate recently went to the Pomona Fair in Southern California and did an interview with a heterosexual couple into Harley Davidson motorcyles. You … Continue reading

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Mental Health Break: Barbra!

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The Devil Trying to Disrupt and Discourage the Heroic Vitalist

This Albrecht Durer drawing from 1513 made me think of John Calvin (who was born in 1509). I like Durer’s depiction of the devil on the left side of the drawing, with his Medusa-echoing snake hair and taunting display of … Continue reading

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