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A blog written for those whose interests more or less match mine.

First veto from Bush

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And, as ThinkProgress points out:

67 percent of Americans support embryonic stem cell research. The same percentage believes “It would be terrible if cures were delayed because of policies that make embryonic stem cell research difficult.”

As ThinkProgress also notes:

Bush made a statement at the White House discussing why he vetoed a bill expanding funding for embryonic stem cell research. (The media was barred from covering the veto itself.) Bush explained, “these boys and girls are not spare parts.” Watch it:

Bush speaking about stem cells

An embryo is not a boy or a girl. It’s a cluster of about 150 cells smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. The embryos funded by the bill Bush vetoed were “created for the purposes of in vitro fertilization…which are spare or in excess of clinical need and in every single case are slated for medical waste.”

Only about 10 percent of embryos are adopted — the rest are disposed of. Had Bush signed the bill into law, they could instead be used to develop potentially live-saving cures for millions of people.

This veto makes no sense to me at all: embryos are now going to be destroyed that instead could have been used for research that would save lives. Bush’s reasoning, if any, totally escapes me.

UPDATE: It’s not true that 10% are adopted. The actual number is three-hundredths of one percent.

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19 July 2006 at 12:30 pm

Friday cat-blogging: Sophie sleeping large

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Sophie asleep

On Monday you saw a photo of Sophie sleeping small, squeezed into a tiny space. Here she is in full glory (though, I think, she imagines she’s sleeping on just that piece of cardboard—they do love cardboard), spread out and enjoying a different nap. I wonder if cats evaluate naps, as we do, say, the quality of the morning shave. (Quite good, this morning…)

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14 July 2006 at 7:24 am

Posted in Cats, Sophie

On learning things

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As a break from dividing everything into two parts, let’s divide learning things into three parts:

  1. Those things you learn by reading
  2. Those things you read but still have to learn
  3. Those things you don’t read but learn on your own

As an example of the first: When chopping vegetables (carrots, celery, onions, radishes, etc.), don’t push the knife straight down. Instead, while exerting downward pressure, slightly pull or push the knife across the vegetables, so that it slices down through the veggies. (You may want to try it, but really you’ve learned the technique simply by reading.)

As an example of the second, check out the instructions on how to juggle—or, for that matter, on how to shave with a safety razor. The instructions get you started, but the real learning takes place through your own practice. Read the rest of this entry »

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12 July 2006 at 11:13 am

Posted in Daily life

Good column on Kiva.org

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I’ve blogged about Kiva before. It’s not a paid plug—in fact, it’s the opposite: I’ve sent money to them. But it’s a thoroughly worthwhile endeavor. Here’s a good column on the organization.

I’m happy to say that the micro-loans I funded (a tailor shop in Bulgaria, a beauty salon in Honduras, a bread route in Honduras, and a one-bus transporation company in Honduras) are being repaid on schedule. When all the money’s repaid, I can direct the loans to new businesses or get the money back or donate it to Kiva. It’s a very gratifying way to give.

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2 July 2006 at 8:24 pm

Posted in Philanthropy

The military vs. the President on Iran

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Seymour Hersh has an article on the disagreements between the military and George Bush regarding Iran.

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2 July 2006 at 5:07 pm

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