Thursday, July 23, 2015

stories below the fold

Father Z learns about the Marvel universe.
yes, Marvel and it's clones seem to be taking over the world, along with dystopian teenage fiction.

And he links to the baby part scandal.

It goes way beyond the utilitarian use of baby parts, of course: the real danger is seeing the helpless as useless eaters who are better off dead

 living too long is also a loss. It renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived. It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us. We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic.
Of course, his idea (to stop lots of prevention medical care to those over 75) actually would make it more certain that the elderly would be disabled.

True, overtreatment is a problem (which is why Lolo, whose heart was bad, refused chemotherapy that wouldn't have made much difference due to comorbidities). But since when should the government or insurance policy decide you are too old and need to die?

Which is why when the "ethicist" behind Obamacare says he doesn't want to get old and decrepit, you should worry. Can you say "death panels" children?

and it gets worse than that: In the future, "personhood" will be devised according to their criteria. But that's a rant for another day.


which brings us back to Marvel/X men/divergent type movies: the point is that these people, despite their enhanced talents, mainly are ethical humans. They often fight non ethical humans or supercreatures.

How dare they posit good and evil? How dare Hawkeye have a family, or a female character say she'd like a family?

But rumors are that movies will be made to conform to the PC version of reality.

I mean, women Ghostbusters? What made that a hit was not that they killed ghosts but the Bill Murray and the others were essentially self-mocking male chauvinist pigs who nevertheless were willing to save the world from 100 foot marshmallow men.


FYI: Vietnam is changing. Read the whole thing.

Yes, we know, but a lot of Yanks aren't aware of it.


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