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  • Genetically engineering 'ethical' babies is a moral obligation, says Oxford professor

    08/16/2012 12:22:09 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | August 16, 2012 | Richard Alleyne
    Genetically screening our offspring to make them better people is just 'responsible parenting', claims an eminent Oxford academic. Professor Julian Savulescu said that creating so-called designer babies could be considered a "moral obligation" as it makes them grow up into "ethically better children". The expert in practical ethics said that we should actively give parents the choice to screen out personality flaws in their children as it meant they were then less likely to "harm themselves and others". The academic, who is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics, made his comments in an article in the latest edition...
  • Sex-selective Abortions and the Anti-choice People Who Oppose Them

    02/24/2012 1:40:28 PM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | Sex-selective Abortions and the Anti-choice People Who Oppose Them | Selwyn Duke
    It seems that all abortion is equal. But some varieties are more equal than others. In Britain, where even Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher was iron-hearted enough to vote for abortion, authorities have found a type of abortion they will not abide: that based on sex. While such abortions have long been illegal in the U.K., an undercover investigation by the Daily Telegraph found abortionists willing to perform them at three of nine abortion mills investigated. Writes the paper, “Doctors at British clinics have been secretly filmed agreeing to terminate foetuses purely because they are either male or female. Clinicians admitted...
  • Hershkowitz Slams Likud Ministers 'Who Serve the Left'

    11/13/2011 11:45:29 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/11/11 | Gil Ronen
    Minister of Science and Technology Daniel Hershkowitz (Jewish Home) used uncharacteristically blunt words to condemn Likud ministers who opposed the bill that would make Supreme Court nominees subject to parliamentary hearings before confirmation. He said they were "serving the Left" by opposing the vetting process. The bill, which was initiated by MKs Yariv Levin and Ze'ev Elkin (Likud), will be debated at the Ministerial Committee for Legislation next week. It was supposed to be debated today (Sunday) but the controversy around it caused the discussion to be postponed by one week. "It is strange that ministers from the Likud are...
  • Repeal the 17th Amendment?

    08/25/2010 7:07:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 75 replies
    Outside the Beltway ^ | August 24 ,2010 | Steven L. Taylor
    I should start by acknowledging that repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment is hardly a mainstream issue and certainly not anything likely to come about (which is an understatement). However, the fact that there are people out there seeking its repeal is sufficient to garner comment, especially since said persons were significant enough within factions of the Tea Party movement to actually get some Senate candidates to state that they were in support of the repeal. Further, every once in a while I will get a commenter who is favor a repeal, so it seems worth some discussion.The proximate cause of...
  • ISO College Roommate

    08/18/2010 9:50:52 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 18, 2010 | Deborah Lambert
    Until recently, campus roommates were a non-negotiable item for incoming college freshmen. If a study-holic was matched with a party animal, too bad. But now, things are changing. When incoming freshmen receive their new roommate assignments, the first thing they do is look them up on Facebook. At the University of Florida, for example, the school decided to give in to the social media phenomenon by using a Facebook application called RoomBug so that students could check out prospective roommates’ habits i.e. their neatness and sleep schedules. More than 25 percent of this year’s incoming freshmen have used this service...
  • McCain's Palin pick: 'High risk... reward' (video on selection process)

    04/17/2009 2:54:44 PM PDT · by SolidWood · 16 replies · 1,132+ views
    Swamp Politics ^ | April 17, 2009 | Mark Silva
    Arthur "A.B.'' Culvahouse, a prominent Washington attorney who served as White House counsel to President Ronald Reagan during the president's final two years and led Sen. John McCain's search for a running mate - a search that included a "long list'' of 26 candidates - told the tale today of picking Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. After the vetting of all the candidates, and paring them to a short list, McCain asked Culvahouse for the "bottom line'' on Palin. ""I said, 'John, high risk, high reward,''' Culvahouse said today. "His response - 'You shouldn't have told me that. I've been a...
  • Resistance to Kennedy Grows Among Democrats

    12/23/2008 10:07:37 PM PST · by melt · 32 replies · 1,833+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | 12/23/08 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    ALBANY — Resistance is emerging among Democratic officials against Caroline Kennedy as she pursues Hillary Rodham Clinton’s seat in the United States Senate, with Gov. David A. Paterson bristling over suggestions that her selection is inevitable, according to his advisers, and other leading Democrats concerned that she is too beholden to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. The governor is frustrated and chagrined, the advisers said, because he believes that he extended Ms. Kennedy the chance to demonstrate her qualifications but that her operatives have exploited the opportunity to convey a sense that she is all but appointed already. He views this...
  • FireFox Posting Extention Vanity Question

    08/17/2008 7:15:17 PM PDT · by LowOiL · 12 replies · 163+ views
    me | 8-17-08 | Me
    Firefox uses like myself used to use a cool tool called "view selection source" to steal text from article to post on FR. View Selection Source let you highlight the text you wanted to steal and you could right click your mouse and select that option and it showed JUST that part you highlighted in HTML form... You could then just copy and paste an article (or whatever text you wanted) to FR to post. This saved me tons of time instead of wading through tons of HTLM on the page just to see the simple HTML I wanted to...
  • [Australian] Feds may shut down DNA test kit [lead to couples terminating unwanted children]

    05/11/2007 11:33:21 AM PDT · by bedolido · 12 replies · 591+ views
    news.com.au ^ | May 12, 2007 01:00am | Clare Masters
    A DNA mail order kit that checks the sex of an unborn child at just six weeks is under investigation after concerns it will lead to couples terminating unwanted children. The do-it-yourself home test can be ordered over the internet and shipped to Australia for less than $500. But the futuristic "pink or blue" kit has sparked an uproar among ethicists and anti-abortionists, who fear it will be used as a "sex select" tool.
  • Study Explains Explains Why We're Not All Beautiful

    04/04/2007 1:06:34 PM PDT · by blam · 175 replies · 4,878+ views
    Live Science ^ | 3-28-2007 | Andrea Thompson
    Study Explains Why We're Not All Beautiful By Andrea Thompson LiveScience Staff Writer posted: 28 March 2007 09:47 am ET A new study explains why we aren't all born with Brad Pitt’s perfectly chiseled features or Angelina Jolie’s pouty lips. A long-standing thorn in the side of biologists has been the difficulty in accounting for the enormous variation between individuals when sexual selection by females for the most attractive mates should quickly spread the “best” genes through a population. “It is a major problem for evolutionary biology,” said study team leader Marion Petrie of Newcastle University. The lek paradox For...
  • The ABA's Agenda

    07/30/2006 11:08:27 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 2 replies · 443+ views
    In a letter in today's Wall Street Journal, American Bar Association President Michael Greco objects to our calling his outfit a liberal interest group that should lose its special role in vetting federal judicial nominees. Well, then what are we to make of the ABA's report last week accusing President Bush of abusing his power by explaining how he interprets the bills he signs into law? In its new "study," the ABA claims that Presidential "signing statements" are "contrary to the rule of law and our constitutional system" and urges Congress to pass a law giving itself the power to...
  • Unconstitutional justice selection?

    02/15/2006 1:11:09 PM PST · by kathsua · 18 replies · 451+ views
    Dwights Effort ^ | 2/15/06 | Jalexson
    NY Ruling Could Impact Kansas Courts Print E-mail By Jalexson Wednesday, 15 February 2006 By Jalexson HUTCHINSON, KS -- The recent ruling by federal Judge John Gleeson in Lopez Torres v. New York State Board of Elections, could set the stage for a federal court challenge of some Kansas courts. The specific ruling, however, would not be applicable because of differences in the courts of the two states. The New York case involved the selection of judicial candidates for election to lower courts ( called “supreme courts” in New York ). Although voters choose judges, the mechanism for selecting the...
  • Study Reveals That Dogs Resemble Their OwnersAs a Result of Selection (Doggie Lovers Alert)

    02/10/2006 10:18:31 AM PST · by girlangler · 169 replies · 1,690+ views
    Psychological Science ^ | March 29, 2004 | news release
    News Release March 29, 2004 Study Reveals That Dogs Resemble Their Owners As a Result of Selection Do people really resemble their pets? A resemblance in a movie or on TV between a pet and its owner has occasionally tickled our funny bone. The results of a recent study suggest that a resemblance between owner and dog may be actually determined by the pet lover's selection. The research, by Michael M. Roy and Nicholas Christenfeld, both of the University of California, San Diego, found that when people pick a pet, they seek one that, at some level, resembles them. These...
  • The Problem With Evolution

    09/26/2005 5:44:09 AM PDT · by DARCPRYNCE · 340 replies · 6,041+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | 09/25/05 | Edward L. Daley
    Charles Darwin, the 19th century geologist who wrote the treatise 'The Origin of Species, by means of Natural Selection' defined evolution as "descent with modification". Darwin hypothesized that all forms of life descended from a common ancestor, branching out over time into various unique life forms, due primarily to a process called natural selection. However, the fossil record shows that all of the major animal groups (phyla) appeared fully formed about 540 million years ago, and virtually no transitional life forms have been discovered which suggest that they evolved from earlier forms. This sudden eruption of multiple, complex organisms is...
  • He’s No Souter: Many liberals heartened by possibility of Justice Roberts. They shouldn’t be.

    07/21/2005 6:12:23 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 33 replies · 1,097+ views
    AMERICAN PROSPECT.ORG ^ | JULY 21, 2005 | MICHAEL C. DORF
    Once upon a time, a Republican president distrustful of big government and enthralled with markets nominated a seemingly conservative man named Roberts to the Supreme Court. The president hoped and expected that long after he left the Oval Office, Justice Roberts would continue to do the work of his conservative movement. But Justice Roberts bitterly disappointed his erstwhile supporters, rejecting claims of states’ rights against the national government and defending the rights of minorities against the assertions of the national security state. A liberal fantasy? Hardly. The president was Herbert Hoover and the justice was Owen Roberts, who, in the...
  • The "Growth" of a Justice - (Dems want conservatives to "make the wrong judicial picks again")

    07/15/2005 7:29:06 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 341+ views
    HERITAGE.ORG ^ | JULY 14, 2005 | PAUL ROZENZSEIG
    Perhaps Sen. Charles Schumer should have taken the Quiet Car. Here’s what the New York Democrat reportedly was overheard saying the other day on Amtrak: “Even William Rehnquist is more moderate than they expected. The only one that resulted how they predicted [was] Scalia. So most of the time they’ve gotten their picks wrong, and that’s what we want to do to them again.” Whether or not this quote from the Drudge Report is accurate, the sentiment is correct: The litany of conservative disappointments over Supreme Court appointments is a long one. Earl Warren. Harry Blackmun. John Paul Stevens. Anthony...
  • A Guide to Liberal Supreme Court-Speak - (yes-s-s! Bush is a great Texas poker player! He'll win!)

    07/12/2005 9:48:27 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 741+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | JULY 13, 2005 | LISA FABRIZIO
    Certain seasons or events have historically spawned their own lexicons which are unique to those events and used almost exclusively to describe them. Late in the college football season, some games have what are unfailingly called, “serious bowl implications.” Likewise vice-presidential candidates must possess ''gravitas'' and Super Bowls oddly acquire roman numerals. So. too. does the Supreme Court nomination process require its own terminology, especially when the president is a Republican. Over the next several weeks there are a number of ordinary words and phrases that will be used ad nauseam in reference to whomever President Bush submits to the...
  • We Won't Be Borked Again! Time For Independents/Republicans To "Tone It Up" (Not Down)

    07/06/2005 8:01:57 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 9 replies · 494+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 07/06/2005 | JoeClarke
    Its OK, Republicans, you can stop being overly polite. Democrats do not understand morality, civility, truthfulness, or politeness, so stop ingratiating yourselves with people who would like to do nothing more than drive you into the sea. All of us who have faithfully backed our President, George W. Bush, these past arduous five years are very thankful for him and for the two election miracles that elevated him a first and a second time into the chief executive's office. We have campaigned, exhorted, encouraged, and suffered with our Prez during the good times and bad. We have been confident that...
  • Bush Eager to Make A 'Very Important Selection'

    07/06/2005 8:31:57 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 15 replies · 639+ views
    gopusa / cnsnews.com ^ | July 6, 2005 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) -- At a press conference in Denmark Wednesday morning (shortly after 4 a.m. EDT), President Bush took two questions about his upcoming U.S. Supreme Court nomination. "Here I am trying to talk to the people of Denmark, and you ask me about local news. That's fine," Bush said to one reporter. In response to the questions, Bush defended his good friend, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; he said no, he does not have a "litmus test" for his Supreme Court nominee; and he said he wants his nominee "confirmed and sitting" by the time the Supreme Court begins its new...
  • Abortion Group Email. (barf alert of what was send out the DAY of USSC resignation)

    07/03/2005 8:30:40 AM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 2 replies · 455+ views
    www.care2.com ^ | www.care2.com
    It's happened. Just this morning. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has announced her retirement. Throughout her tenure, Justice O'Connor has been part of the razor-thin majority that has kept Roe v. Wade from being dismantled. Now, for the first time in over a decade, there's a vacancy on the Supreme Court. And unless we act quickly, it will be filled by a right-wing extremist bent on ending a woman's right to choose. We knew a retirement was coming, but if you're like me, today's announcement still came as a shock. Yes, this is a long weekend, but the next few weeks...
  • WILL INDIAN PONTIFF SUCCEED POPE?

    03/31/2005 2:41:41 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 38 replies · 916+ views
    MUMBAI: As Pope John Paul II remains hospitalised, the names of prelates from Asia, Africa and Latin America, including that of an Indian archbishop, figure in the list of those who are likely to succeed him, a media report said. Mumbai's archbishop Ivan Diaz, a friend of Mother Teresa, figures in the list, international weekly magazine BusinessWeek said in an article titled Why The Next Pope May Be A Surprise. When contacted, Diaz' office dismissed the report as 'rubbish' and said the archbishop will not entertain interviews on the matter. The College of Cardinals will select a Pope when John...
  • PEST (Post Election Selection Trauma) infects die-hard political losers

    01/15/2005 5:42:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies · 1,279+ views
    Aberdeen News ^ | 1/11/05 | Kenneth C. Blanchard Jr.
    PEST infects die-hard political losers Posted on Tue, Jan. 11, 2005 If you happen to be compiling a list of all the things that were wrong with the recent election, jot this one down. George Bush may be the first president whose re-election produced a bona fide mental affliction among members of the disappointed party. So many New Yorkers sought therapy after the grim reality of Nov. 2 settled in on them, that their attending shrinks were able to identify a new neurosis: Post Election Selection Trauma or PEST. A definitive list of symptoms has yet to be worked out,...
  • THE KOBE QUIZ

    08/31/2004 6:18:25 AM PDT · by Hawk44 · 284+ views
    New York Post ^ | 08/31/2004 | Barry Bortnick
    August 31, 2004 -- EAGLE, Colo. — Questions about race, police, sexual assault and basketball dominate an 82-item questionnaire filled out by potential members of Kobe Bryant's rape jury. Prosecutors and defense attorneys examined the responses over the weekend, and began more detailed questioning of potential jurors yesterday. Forty-one potential jurors arrived yesterday morning to begin the enhanced voir-dire process. They were expected to answer additional personal questions — those dealing with personal experiences on sexual assault, racial prejudice and familiarity with the accuser. The examinations will be conducted behind closed doors over the next several days.
  • Dems Set Homosexual Quota for Convention

    05/15/2004 2:24:19 AM PDT · by DugwayDuke · 25 replies · 110+ views
    Family News ^ | 14 May 2004 | Keith Peters
    If you want to be a delegate to the Democratic Party's national convention this summer — it might help to be gay. It appears the Democratic Party has a quota system for delegates to this summer's convention. State Democratic parties in 15 states and Puerto Rico are requiring that a specific number of their delegates be homosexual, bisexual or transgender. The requirement seems to be part of an effort by Democrats to aggressively court homosexuals and their money. Bob Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute at Concerned Women for America , said in a time when the nation...
  • Inside Washington: Bush Should Be In N.Y. State Of Mind For '04

    10/31/2002 8:52:45 AM PST · by jern · 8 replies · 164+ views
    NY Post ^ | Oct. 31 | DEBORAH ORIN
    <p>October 31, 2002 -- IF THIS election is any guide, President Bush's team ought to start planning for an all-out New York push in his 2004 re-election bid, starting with a Big Apple Republican convention - but Bush's political team still doesn't seem totally comfortable with the state. Still, consider: Bush is super-popular in New York since Sept. 11, 2001, and Democrats are a mess in Bill and Hillary Clinton's adopted state. Carl McCall is a goner against Gov. Pataki and might even finish a humiliating third.</p>