Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Train station in Lisbon Portugal

BLTC RESEARCH it is believed that in fact there can be better life through chemistry. It is argued that generic engineering, nano biotechnologies are the guarantee of a better future for humanity and that we can do a lot better than the self replicating selfish genes. I would have to agree! Various essays on their site elaborate on this fresh perspective. What basically they are saying is that if we look around, we could scarcely do worse. Death, famine, pain are believed to be most of humanity's destiny. As they point out, better to rationaly and intelligently rewire our brains than to have randomized, senseless, DNA do it for us. I totally agree. I think that Prozac is the precursor to a Great New World. A better world is possible, but not through politics and more of the same old but through real generic engineering. Our constant battle against the cruelty of nature will only get more efficient. Pain killers, the Pill, electricity computers are but small contributions for the betterment of humanity. It is a cause for optimism!!

A joke (via
Paul Kedrosky's)
Q: How many people with ADD does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: HEY! Let's ride bikes!!!

article on the New York Times on outsourcing take out orders at McDonalds. Your order of a Happy meal may be taken from thousands of miles away, where labor is cheaper.
Anybody still blaming the immigrant that wages are lower and lower? The labor conditions described are abominable.

Interesting site, with the covers of the most read magazines. It seems to be all about women. Babes all over the covers.

The excellent coverage the
Washington Post has been doing on the immigration issue continues, with editorials, pros and cons and up close and personal stories of the people this issue is most intensely affecting.This article accompanies students from Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, MD, the high school I graduated from, to the April 10 Demonstration on the Mall. The demographics were different back then, and the only foreign languages taught were french and german, both of which I took. The major issues at the time were the crackdown of pot smoking students behind the school and little else that I was aware of. It was a great school, and the teachers were dedicated human beings whom I still remember to this day. My french teacher forever changed the way I looked at the world and had I listened more to her my life would be totally different. Thank you Post for this trip down memory lane. And thank you Albert Einstein High School for commiting to the community issues with as much courage as I remember over 25 years ago.

In the
Guardian an interview with Katherine McKinnon, academitian, lawyer and feminist.Ms. McKinnon's answer to her book's title, Are Women Human? is no. She writes: "If women were human, would we be a cash crop shipped from Thailand in containers into New York's brothels? Would we be sexual and reproductive slaves? Would we be bred, worked without pay our whole lives, burned when our dowry money wasn't enough or when men tired of us, starved as widows when our husbands died (if we survived his funeral pyre)? ..."
I see her point and put the question at another level: that of class differences. For men also get shipped off to get killed throughout the world's killing fields, etc, etc...

A skin cream ad: "a skin good enough to eat" Uhh???!!


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