Octavo Dia

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Immortality

I'm reminded of Toad's line in the first X-Men movie: "Don't you people ever die?" Don't ideas every die either? Plural marriage, making a comeback.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Immigration


I stumbled across this comic in a newspaper, and at first glance, it appears to be a pro-immigration piece, since most of us are condemning the actions of our ancestors by condemning the actions of the current immigrants. However, on second thought, the Native Americans have a very good point. Unfettered immigration was a major contributing factor to genocide.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Going downhill

Slippery slope arguments would be much easier to argue against if they didn't work so well. I remember reading, years and years ago, an argument that abortion, by giving one human the unquestioned right over the life of another, was inherently dangerous, and that it would, in typical slippery slope fashion, allow us to extend such rights over greater and greater numbers of people. Lt. Col. David Grossman's On Killing, discusses how the closer a relationship a person has with another, the harder it is, psychologically, to kill them. One would expect, therefore, that euthanasia would not be the next stage on the slippery slope, since one already knows, and has formed a relationship with, the older people. One would expect, that the next group to be killed would be relatively anonymous, and have little ability to form relationships. For example, severely disabled infants.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Catch 22

Wow. How is this for a perfect set up? You cannot complain about your treatment under interrogation, because the interrogation itself is classified. My number one fear is not cancer, or blindness, or spiders. My number one fear is political persecution. Stuff like this gives me the shakes.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Annie's Mailbox

I am not a fan of Annie's Mailbox. There responses are inane, cliched, and repetitive. The only writing that is worthwhile in their column is that which is sent in by people telling them they were wrong. I don't know why I read it, when I hate it so much, but I do. Here are the things that irritated me about November 3rd's column:

We hate to sound like a broken record, but counseling can help you find ways to regain your trust.

You could have fooled me.


Dear Frustrated: The only behavior you can change is your own.

Unless one is a soulless aboination, I do not believe one cannot write such insipid cliches day after day. If one is not a soulless abomination, such a writing regimin will quickly make you one.

Openish Letter

The state-controlled company Gazprom said Thursday that it wants to more than double the price of natural gas for Russia's southern neighbor Georgia in 2007. The sharp increase, if implemented, is likely to reopen the debate on whether Russia is using its vast energy resources as a political weapon.

Dear Mr. Finn of the Washington Post:


Duh.


Sincerely,

Octavo Dia.