Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
On the matter of assisted suicide in Switzerland, October 2008
Darwinian thought paints a scary picture of who we really are. Suppose that there were once more rational human able to choose between life and death and between reproduction and celibacy using nothing but pure cold logic. After many generations we would find that nature had weeded these people out of the population simply because the mathematics of natural selection favors the unlimited desire to cling to life and to mate. Natural selection does not promote rational thought. It selectively breeds crazies like us and we are who we are because of that. Nature selectively breeds insanity until the insane take over and then they get to make the rules that discriminate between sanity and insanity.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Reference: Taiji's annual secret dolphin genocide, Bangkok Post, October 15, 2008
The word 'genocide' is used to describe an attempt to eliminate a human tribe or ethnic group by carrying out mass murder of the targeted individuals. Killing mammals for their meat - whether pigs, cattle, sheep, whales, or dolphins - cannot be described as genocide because these creatures are not human beings and also because the purpose of the kill is not to eliminate human beings but to sustain them with food. Individuals who find it shocking to see mammals being killed with knives and their blood being spilled should stay away from slaughterhhouses and they should stay away from Taiji during the annual dolphin hunt.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Reference: West is accused of shameless blackmail, Bangkok Post, October 4, 2008
The government of Kenya accused envoys from donor countries of shameless blackmail and gross condescension because they blamed the head of the election commission there for mishandling the election held last December (West is accused of shameless blackmail, Bangkok Post, October 4, 2008). Yet, it is the not only the right but the duty of donor countries to ensure that their aid is not misused by the government of the people for whom the aid is intended. Aid recipient governments find themselves in this fix because they are corrupt and dysfunctional. If they wish to regain their sense of sovereignty they may do so by improving governance and balancing the budget without the use of foreign aid. Until then they must be held accountable by the donors. If it is colonialism then it is voluntary colonialism and the onus still lies wth the government of Kenya and not with the donors.
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Reference: Sarah Palin's alternative universe, Sunday Forum, October 5, 2008
I think that Bob Herbert has been irrationally mean spirited in his condemnation of Sarah Palin, in effect declaring her a clueless bimbo from the hintenaland (Sarah Palin's alternative universe, Sunday Forum, October 5, 2008). His intimation that Sarah Palin has not offered a fix for the miliary crisis in Afghanistan, the financial crisis on Wall Street, and the unemployment crisis on Main Street omits the obvious observation that no one else has either. He is right that Palin likely did get the context wrong when she quoted Reagan, but what does that have to do with Afghanistan, Wall Street, or unemployment? Mr Herbert's partisan colors are showing.