Nov 6

Well, it finally happened. Partial birth abortion has finally been outlawed. In his speech, President Bush said during the signing cerimony yesterday, “In the course of the congressional debate, the facts became clear. Each year, thousands of partial birth abortions are committed. As Doctor C. Everett Koop, the pediatrician and former Surgeon General has pointed out, the majority of partial birth abortions are not required by medical emergency. As Congress has found, the practice is widely regarded within the medical profession as unnecessary, not only cruel to the child, but harmful to the mother, and a violation of medical ethics.”
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Nov 5

I’ve been hearing a lot about Presidential candidate Howard Dean’s comments about trucks with confederate battle flags in them and such, so I figured I’d go over to his website and see what he has to say about it, since I’ve been known to fly that flag at times.

His November 1st Press Release says that he wants confederate flag flying people to put down their flags and become democrats “because the need for quality healthcare, jobs, and a good education knows no racial boundaries.”

The press release goes on to say “In his historic ‘I have a dream speech,’ Martin Luther King, Jr., said: ‘I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.’ I believe Dr. King’s vision still represents the future of America. And that is what our campaign is about.”

Personally, I’m all for health insurance for the poor (I could use some right now, in fact) but I fail to see where health insurance and education has anything to do with race. As for the reference to Dr. King’s speech, I’m all for sitting at the table of brotherhood. However, I don’t think the black community should have to forget about the heritage of slavery that’s been passed on to them and I don’t feel that the white community should have to abandon the only memorial we have of our relatives that died in the civil war.

A friend of mine used to have a hat with a confederate battle flag on it. Under the flag it simply said, “Heritage, not hate” ‘Nuff said.

Nov 2

Thanks to an enzyme in a micro-organism found at a volcanic vent on Antarctica’s Mt Erebus, researchers at New Zealand’s Auckland and Waikato Universities and Australia’s Macquarie University have found a way to decrease the time it takes to test DNA. For example, in traditional methods of DNA testing there are 20 steps to extract DNA from a crime-scene sample of hair or other material, which takes about two days. In this new method, there is only one step which only takes four hours, according to Auckland University microbiologist Dr David Saul.

The new testing kits are expected to be marketed internationally in about six months.

Full story can be found at:
New DNA test method could speed crime solving

Pesonal take on the subject? It’s about time. There’s no reason why it should take as long as it does to data type the DNA in an object. This new technique should be able to drastically decrease the time it takes to solve major crimes.

Nov 2

While reading Keith Devens blog I found a post on the wiki about a site called friendster. If I understand it correctly you join and then invite all your friends to join and they invite all their friends to join and so on and so forth. The end result being a web of people who you don’t know but get to meet since they’re your best friend’s girlfriend’s brother’s dog’s vet or something.

Of course I went ahead and joined. Not that it did me any good, since I don’t have any friends to invite, but I did it anyway.

If you happen to be a member of friendster, feel free to add me to your list. I’m desperate for human companionship… just not desperate enough to actually shut off my computer and leave the house.

Nov 1

Over the last week several cable channels (travel, history, etc.) have been showing programs about ghosts. The night before last I saw one which featured different people from around the USA who tried to ‘study’ ghosts in their own little way. Among others, one pair of ladies used a tape recorder and some computer equipment to record ghost voices while another group had a dog trained to look for ghosts.
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