A few notes from the week that is...
1. Can someone tell me why the new trend of 'preventative' mastectomies? Is this a prudent course of action or just mutilation? And I ask that question without an answer in mind. I wonder if any moral theologian with a blog might weigh in here.
2. Tough times for Schnucks these days, financial and familial.
3. Il Duce is having a bad week, too. Now that he is safely foisted on the country for a second four-year period of destruction, the 'free' press has decided to think about maybe reporting some of the stuff he's done-- gently, so as not to offend.
4. Though not news, Dan Brown is an idiot. And yet brilliant. Unfortunately his brilliance comes from banking on the idiocy of his readers. His new book is ostensibly about the cool secrets hidden in Dante's Inferno about the evils of-- wait for it.... Overpopulation. Yes, you read that right, overpopulation. Though the rapid depopulation of whole nations, and the impending depopulation of the globe, are well-documented and breaking through the tired Population Bomb template at last, Brown wants us to do something to stop non-existent overpopulation:
Brown does briefly take on the Vatican in "Inferno" for its "meddling in reproductive issues" and he praises Melinda Gates, "a devout Catholic herself," for raising hundreds of millions of dollars to improve access to birth control.
But instead of reviewing church history, Brown has spent the past few years studying the future. He has immersed himself in transhumanism, which advocates the use of technology to alter the mind and body, and has his characters debate the morality of genetics. ... Overpopulation, Brown says, is an issue so profound that all of us need to ask what should be done. The author himself has not decided.
A real piece of work.
5. Finally, who knows? We may be able to stop invading other countries to
One can hope.