Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Sharp Hills, Frozen Words

A casual stroll, the dead bodies on the side of the road, in one casesquirrel and deer, in the other, humans, fallen prey to hands of theearth, the roots themselves empowered to touch the transgressor. Jealousybecomes justice, and the way of things resumes its regular tempo. Thetransgressions soon become a mockery of themselves, a new beehive, adead tree for the vines.

Here's some science certain to make conservatives unhappy --The procedure is that test-tube eggs are fertilized, and those that happen tohave the desirable genetics for good tissue characteristics for being ableto help out their sibling with tissue donation are implanted in the mother.These things are ethically interesting.. there's a quote at the end that wecan start with -- "Of all the reasons people have babies, this would seem tobe a wonderful reason. Most reasons are either mindless sex or selfish reasons."Is it self-interest that drives people to have kids, rather than adopt or simplyapply the same effort they'd give to their kids for the greater good ofkids/humanity everywhere? I'm inclined to think it is -- people identify withtheir kids and family in ways that they don't for society at large, and whileadopted kids probably get some of that, I imagine it wouldn't be the same formost people. Somehow, the biological urge to have kids has transformed into apsychological, and partly societal idea that a kid isn't really one's unless itshares their genes. And I can't really condemn it except on a very abstractway -- I seem to want the same thing. Back to the procedure, I guess it stillmakes me somewhat uneasy, probably because of my earlier position on abortion..

Michael Moore apparently has a new film that's not likely to see the lightof day in the United States. This reminds us of the dangers of consolidationwithout neutrality -- as market shares continues to consolidate into the handsof a few players, there's a narrowing of viewpoint likely unless the fewplayers are forced to be more open as their marketshare increases. Of course,this cuts both ways -- while it's possible for said groups to collectively andaccidentally keep people out, it's also much easier to negotiate with such asmaller number of groups for a number of other things, such as ecologicallyresponsible ways of business. In other words, pure competition is great if youaccept market values, whatever they lead to, and Ubercapitalism is a distinctdanger which can lead to an oligarchy of whaatever values the consolidatedplutarchs have, but it is possible that said plutarchs might be principlesor be negotiated with, individually or in sum. Could we say thatpure-competition is Plato's mob rule, while consolidated-capitalism isAutocracy?

AMD is neck-and-neck with Intel.

Stuff like this reminds me why I still consider Iran a backwards place.Of course, the same kind of thing would've likely happened in the McCarthy Erain the United States, for anyone high-profile who criticized capitalism --there are dangerous times of Orthodoxy over here too, they just arn'tcontinuous. Speaking of which, I just got some more pro-war propoganda inthe e-mail. Of course, nowadays I like to google such chain letters to see ifthey're who they say they're from (they often arn't), and if they're accurate(they're also often not). Here's one of the results..

In another twist in a long saga of confusion, Redhat is making yet anotherversion of their Linux -- Redhat Desktop Linux. From what I imagine, it'llsimply be a bottom-end version of RedHat Enterprise Linux, itself a packaged,refined version of Fedora.

A few days ago, I accidentally left my phone in the fridge, and it took mea while to find it (I normally ring it up when I can't find it, but thefridge is relatively soundproof).. I think it got in there because I droppedit into the groceries when I was shopping (sometimes I go while wearingshorts that lack pockets..) It was strange...

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