Sunday, January 28, 2007

Random activity.

More random acts of ponderance.
  • I think Google must have Alzheimers. Every time I need to go into my templates, or to edit/create posts, it asks me to sign in. I do so, then tick the box that says Remember me on this computer. But it never does. Sometimes it even forgets me while I'm still signed in. Definitely Alzheimers. Can you imagine the chaos that would cause?
    "Hey, Mike. Where did we put that Website about the Great Wall of China?"
    "Website? What's a Website?"
  • Doing the shopping yesterday. Saw quite a few people wearing jumpers or jackets. How weird is this weather? If this keeps up, all the plants are going to develop a persecution complex.
  • On the subject of shopping; noticed that the supermarket has increased the price yet again of some of the basic staples. The saying goes; "Man does not live on bread alone." The way things are headed, doesn't look like man will be living on bread at all.
  • Emporer Johnny announced a Federal Government initiative the other day. Basically, the Federal Government is taking over control of the Murray - Darling water basin in an effort to address the current drought and water crisis Australia is facing. The country has been in the grip of one of the worst droughts in history for the past ten years, but we've hardly heard a word from Canberra apart from the odd politian (pun intended) paying lip service to the problem. This year however - which coincidentally happens to end in an election -, Little Johnny is personally going to deliver his people up from the arid lands. As transparent as the compound he is supposedly going to supply.
  • While on the subject of the emporer's new rain coat; John Howard's official residence is Kirrabilli House, in Sydney. To show he is a ruler in touch with his subjects, he has applied to have a rain water tank installed. The peasants have revolted. Kirrabilli House is a National Trust building, and the mandarins in charge of said organisation have declined permission for the project, stating the usual bromide about affecting the heritage value, etc, etc. This despite the fact that the house had a rain water tank when it was first built.
  • Has anybody answered the musical question "What's Love Got To Do With It?"

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Through the glass darkly.

Last December, the world's first "test-tube" baby gave birth to her first child, and it barely rated a mention. Stark contrast to when she herself was born.

Church groups were outraged. "It's the Devil's work!" they cried. The Pope disapproved, saying it was interfering in God's creation. Moralists denounced the process as "men trying to be God". Experts started popping up like mushrooms on TV news and talk shows, each with their own idea, and agenda. And the medical team who were responsibile for the whole thing were confronted by jostling, screaming, rampaging hordes (A.K.A. the media).

Much the same is going on now, with the cloning of stem cells. All the naysayers are pronouncing the beginning of our slide into condemnation. The church groups are as loud as ever. All focusing on the negative aspects, overshadowing the positive.

Sure, the potential is there for the procedure to be abused, but that's true of everything. Millions of people drive cars, and there will always be drivers who do the wrong thing and end up destroying lives. That's why we have laws to prevent these things, and to deal with the offenders if it happens. As long as we remain aware of this potential, there will be those who will continue to keep close scrutiny in order to prevent it.

Today, there are tens of thousands of test-tube babies living ordinary lives. We, as a society, have accepted them as part of the pardigm. Now, more than fifty percent of American couples would be willing to use the IVF program if they weren't able to conceive naturally. Yes, there have been some unlawful practises, but the appropriate checks and balances are in place.

And, on a personal note, I'd like to think that all those babies have been raised in a loving, nuturing home; simply by the fact their parents went to so much trouble to have them.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Nuts and ...?

Have a look at this label. Pay close attention to the ingredients. See the last bit in brackets?


Okay, I applaud their disclosure that the product may have nuts, but can somebody tell me what the hard objects might be? Fingernails? Teeth? Bone? Screwdrivers? Hacksaws? Car engine parts?

After giving it some thought, I believe the hard objects they are referring to are bolts. I mean, that would explain their reticence to name the objects.


Yep, much better to call the bolts "hard objects".

I'm sure you'll agree that's the only things they could be. What could be more natural? Nuts & bolts. I mean, can you think of any other hard objects that could be associated with nuts?

Oh my. I'm going all red.

New blog

Inviting you to have a look at my new blog, The Bookcase. It's a blog dedicated to the world of books; reviews, discussions and essays. There is also an open invitation for you to contribute.

This is part of my New Year's resolve to be more active in the blog world.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy New Year

Hello, everybody, and welcome to the new year. Hope it turns out to be everything you want it to.