Nero fiddled while Rome burned, and history labelled him mad.
It used to be that, when times were tough, people stopped spending on luxuries, or started saving.
For example, you’d think that $1.50 theatres and rental places would be flourishing right now, and full-price box office would be hurting (granted, relatively, the theatres have been hurting for a couple years).
After a night of grading, I just read the updated Yahoo headlines after logging out of my e-mail:
Wave crashes onto South Korean coast, killing 9 and injuring 14
Australia will need years of heavy rainfall to reverse drought
U.S. to process emergency advances for student loans by June 1
Doctors prepare for pandemic, draft report on who gets treatment (here’s a hint; I won’t)
Marvel turns ‘Iron Man’ into gold with $100 million-plus debut
Just the other day, I read a column which expresses the fear that the “recession” (can’t we just start calling it a “depression”?) will hurt the box office success of Prince Caspian.
The Malthusians, as reported earlier, are using the worldwide food crisis to try and end the NFP-only policy in the Phillippines.
They’re eating dirt in Haiti.
Yet Iron Man, a second-tier Marvel character, grosses $100 million.
Anyone into genealogy knows that the Mormons are at the epicenter of modern-day genealogy. In fact, they pretty much own Rootsweb and other sites. Part of the idea is that, when someone converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the LDS do a “posthumous baptism” of all that person’s known ancestors, so that, wherever they are in the afterlife, they can be given the option of adopting Mormonism after death and being “saved.”
Now, this raises the usual question about Mormonism: which one is it? Heaven and Hell or getting your own planet? And where are these souls who can be so retroactively saved? Are they taken out of Mormon Hell and then given their own planets?
In any case, one thing striking about most deliverance prayers and exorcism rituals is the prayer against ancesteral curses. I wonder if the LDS retroactive baptism counts as such an ancestral curse?
Hate to even give this article publicity, since that’s all these people want. But I couldn’t help but laugh at their name: “Friends of Vatican II.” Yeah, right. I’ll bet they’ve never read a single Vatican II document.
Food too expensive? People can’t afford to pay for rice?
What should a sensible society do?
Try to increase the workforce so you have more people to grow more food?
Teach them natural family planning so they can space their children at little or no cost to them?
Of course not!
Tell the people that can’t afford food to begin with that they need to buy contraceptives (or that you’ll provide contraceptives for free, but you won’t provide food for free)!
Makes a lot of sense, especially when you know this has been official US foreign policy since Henry Kissinger: “If you don’t take contraception from us, we’ll deny you food.”
Which raises the question: What do these four have in common?
Answer: They all believe that the solution to poverty is killing the poor.
Here’s an article about a “breakthrough” in embryonic stem cell research in Missouri. It’s not really a “breakthrough”; just a setback in efforts by pro-lifers to have the 2006 constitutional amendment repealed.
But researchers are working on the so-called “somatic cell nuclear transfer process” (aka cloning):
It’s an intricate, expensive technique and the goal has always been to use
it to study the healing properties of stem cells and then move on to more
Actually, the goal is to make lots of research grant money and get expensive techniques they can patent. Adult Stem Cell Research is too cheap and easily accessible for profit driven US researchers to bother with.
Matthew Rudes is 21 years old and is getting ready for law school, but was born with severe infantile Marfan syndrome (I knew a little boy once with it; he died when he was two).
Also interesting is a discussion of how, when children have untreated chronic pain, their nerves develop improperly and will, later in life, misinterpret other signals as pain.