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Archive for June, 2012

My Addiction

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Stoke up the coffee-pot, I've spotted a whacko.
Have I got enough papers, enough tobacco?
I'm in for the long haul; I'll prove 'em wrong yet!
Somebody's wrong on the internet!
Daz

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Science-Fiction Triple Feature

As both an SF geek and a music nerd, I thought I'd share three science-fiction flavoured songs. We have Jackie Lowell's 1961 Rocket Trip, Billy Lee Riley, with Flying Saucer Rock 'n' Roll from 1957—one of the greatest hits that should've been but never was—and, to finish on a complete change of pace, Brownsville Station's wonderful 1977 Martian Boogie.

Klaatu barada nikto!
Daz

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On the instructions of Bishop Fred Henry, a catholic school board has banned HPV vaccinations (which are most effective when administered at an early age), on school premises.

In keeping with the disturbing obsession of his church with matters sexual, Henry, of Calgary, makes the ludicrous claim that:

"If we don't attempt to change sexual behaviour that is responsible for transmission of the HPV, but attempt to solve the problem by getting a series of shots, then we don't have to exercise self-control, nor develop virtue, but can use medicine to palliate our vices"

Bioethicist Dr. Ian Mitchell disagrees, saying:

"It has been studied and does not increase promiscuity," … "If the bishop has evidence, he should come forward with it."

The ban puts at risk the lives of 2,000 girls from Grades 5 to 9 who would receive the injections, a panel told reporters, adding opposition to the vaccine isn't doctrine among the Catholic church's higher reaches.

Read the rest of this story at the Calgary Sun.
Daz

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Obedience: The Easy Option?

Most of us realise that life is complicated. That quite often there isn't a right choice, a wrong choice, a good or a bad choice. Sometimes the choice is just a matter of personal taste. Sometimes we have to settle for 'best available' rather than 'good'. Sometimes—even often—we have to strike out blindly and hope. The point being, we have to work at it. We have to reason it out for ourselves, often with partial data that we're not even sure how much trust we can assign to. You does your best, in the time available, to get as much reliable information as you can, and you go for it.

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The Day Of Prayer

Have you thanked the Lord today,
For all the things he gave us?
Have you thanked the Lord today,
For all the good he's done?
Have you thanked the Lord today,
Who in his image made us?
Have you taken time to kneel and pray,
To him who gave his son? (more…)

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Checkmate!

If the Smith family had an ancestor named Jones, why are there still Joneses?

Checkmate, genealogists!
Daz

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I’ve got no money to donate, so the least I can do is spread the word.

Happy birthday Jimi.

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