Monday, January 04, 2010

Non-Human Persons

Something to be very happy about as we start the new year:

Obama and the arts — a love affair? - White House- msnbc.com:

"In his first year, President Barack Obama has marshaled the largest infusion of cultural funding in decades — despite a few stumbles.

Though still far less than arts advocates contend is needed, they have high hopes this president could transform cultural policy, funding and arts education for years to come."
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I think he meant convert to Christianity so as to get way more tale.

Yea, verily, Christianity is a bastion of moral fortitude.

The dick wants regardless of what the 'god' wants.

Brit Hume To Tiger Woods: Convert To Christianity To Recover From Scandal (VIDEO)

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Here's a good example for you, Tiger:

Karl Rove Divorce: GOP Strategist Breaks With Wife Darby

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Go Irish Atheist.

Irish atheists challenge new blasphemy laws | World news | guardian.co.uk:

"Secular campaigners in the Irish Republic defied a strict new blasphemy law which came into force today by publishing a series of anti-religious quotations online and promising to fight the legislation in court.

The new law, which was passed in July, means that blasphemy in Ireland is now a crime punishable with a fine of up to €25,000 (�22,000).

It defines blasphemy as 'publishing or uttering matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters sacred by any religion, thereby intentionally causing outrage among a substantial number of adherents of that religion, with some defences permitted'."
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If I had a 400 million dollar contract I don't think I'd have a problem with the system too.

Pay = You Live. Can't Pay = You Die.

Too bad this fat bastard is still with us.

Released from hospital, Limbaugh pronounces US health system ‘just dandy’ | Raw Story:

"'I don't think there is one thing wrong with the American health care system it is working just fine, just dandy,' he said."
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Cool.

Scientists say dolphins should be treated as 'non-human persons' - Times Online:

"Dolphins have been declared the world’s second most intelligent creatures after humans, with scientists suggesting they are so bright that they should be treated as “non-human persons”.

Studies into dolphin behaviour have highlighted how similar their communications are to those of humans and that they are brighter than chimpanzees. These have been backed up by anatomical research showing that dolphin brains have many key features associated with high intelligence.

The researchers argue that their work shows it is morally unacceptable to keep such intelligent animals in amusement parks or to kill them for food or by accident when fishing. Some 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die in this way each year.

“Many dolphin brains are larger than our own and second in mass only to the human brain when corrected for body size,” said Lori Marino, a zoologist at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, who has used magnetic resonance imaging scans to map the brains of dolphin species and compare them with those of primates."

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God? Or Gas? Often the two are confused.

Is the "Great Void" One-Billion Light Years Across the Imprint of Another Universe or a Statistical Error?:

"In 2004 astronomers found an enormous hole in the southern hemisphere of the Universe, nearly a billion light-years across, empty of both normal matter such as stars, galaxies, and gas, and the mysterious, unseen 'dark matter.' This was a startling finding, since accepted models of the early universe say that the big bang created an initially uniform cosmic landscape, when viewed on large scales. While earlier studies have shown holes, or voids, in the large-scale structure of the Universe, this discovery dwarfed them all. This 'nothing' is an enormous hole in the cosmos that defies standard cosmology and might just be the imprint of another universe bumping against our own while some astronomers suggested the spot could be a supervoid, a remnant of an early phase transition in the universe."
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2 comments:

davyproctorboy said...

Blasphemy? What are we in, the Middle Ages? As my fave bumper sticker says: "God, protect me from your followers". The whole idea of being a follower is repulsive to me. I am a human human, not a sheep. On the other hand, maybe converting to Christianity will save me from a life (what's left of it) of homo sinning, and save me from an eternity of burning in hell? Nah! I would rather be myself and take my chances.

JPW said...

Hell is gonna be way more fun anyway, davy. ;-)