World Down Syndrome Day

     Today, March 21st, is World Down Syndrome Day.

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U.S. 6th Circuit Court: No Right To Perform Abortions

     Since Roe v. Wade, the courts have generally recognized a woman’s right to have an abortion as a Constitutional matter, and will continue to due so until such time as the Supreme Court rectifies their previous rulings. However, this is in terms of a negative right whereby the government can stop the exercise of that right or otherwise force or cajole someone to give it up; it is not a positive right whereby the government must provide it, either directly or indirectly.

     The 6th Cirbuit Court of appeals ruled, en banc, that Planned Parenthood did not have a right to receive funding for abortion or if they provided or even advocated for abortion; in other words, there is no right to perform abortions. From the ruling:

“Today’s plaintiffs do not have a Fourteenth Amendment right to perform abortions. The Supreme Court has never identified a freestanding right to perform abortions. To the contrary, it has indicated that there is no such thing. ‘Whatever constitutional status the doctor-patient relation may have as a general matter,’ the Court has explained, ‘in the present context it is derivative of the woman’s position. The doctor-patient relation does not underlie or override the two more general rights under which the abortion right is justified: the right to make family decisions and the right to physical autonomy. On its own, the doctor-patient relation here is entitled to the same solicitude it receives in other contexts.’ Casey, 505 U.S. at 884 (plurality) (emphasis added).”

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The Further Ongoing Assault of the 2nd Amendment in Nevada

     Additional bills have been introduced to the Nevada Legislature concerning firearms. Some are good (and thus most are unlikely to go very far) such as AB113 which prohibits sales and use taxes being applied to guns from out of state being delivered by Nevada firearms dealers, AB167 and AB202 which would allow people with valid CCW permits to keep that gun in their locked car if they have to park at certain educational entitties or child care facilities, and AB217 which required CCW permits for those who have restraining orders against others to be prioritized.

     Some, however are mixed bag. AB255 allows new residents of Nevada who have accepted and valid CCW licenses issued by other states, in many cases, to continue to be allowed to carry CCW until the expiration of said CCW. However, a provision of this bill creates a burden on Nevada CCW applicants by requiring suicide-awareness be part of instruction needed for getting a CCW. After all, if you are going to eat the barrel of a gun, why bother with a CCW permit?

     However, another bad bill has been introduced: SB261, which is an attempt to ban “bump stocks”. The wording, however could be interpreted to be wide and sweeping beyond mere “bump stocks” or “gat cranks”, and could apply to any “device that is designed such that when the device is attached to a semiautomatic firearm” that “[m]aterially increases the rate of fire of the semiautomatic firearm”. Not only is “materially increases” vague, but the wording could be interpreted to not just limit devices explicitly meant to provide a full-auto rate of fire, but anything that is designed such that it could be used to “martially increase” the rate of fire. “Bumping” is incredibly easy to do and anything from a belt of suspender to a pointed sick could be considered a “device that is designed such that” it “[m]aterially increases the rate of fire”.

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Lights Out In Venezuela

     The joke about what people used in socialist countries before candles being light bulbs when you are living in that “joke“, and all the resultant violence and death that that brings therewith. Worse yet, people can’t even get proper water since water plants are getting shut down due to lack of electricity, with those getting something from the tap not exactly being better off.

     Rather than try to fix things, the Maduro regime is doubling down on blaming everyone else. They’ve detained and expelled foreign journalists, with domestic dissenters under greater threat. Sanctions, not against Venezuela, but of some of the more powerful minions of the regime, likely won’t even help aside from denying the Nomenklatura of a few million here or there.

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News of the Week (March 17th, 2019)

 

News of the Week for Mar. 17th, 2019


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The Ides of March

Caesar:
Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue shriller than all the music
Cry “Caesar!” Speak, Caesar is turn’d to hear.

Soothsayer:
Beware the ides of March.

Caesar:
What man is that?

Brutus:
A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.

     A little mood music:

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Happy Pi Day!

     Happy π Day everyone!

     Here is a little π Day puzzle.

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Genetically Engineering A New Ecological Mankind

     It is by now practically a trope that the worldview of the Progressive Left is based on the idea that mankind can be moulded into a type of “New Soviet Man Person” by purported intelligent designers, whether this be by presuming the evolutionary psychology and biology ceased to exist once the human race became woke thus leading to a tabula rasa whereby all behaviors of mankind are due to some nefarious machinations, or by a more strictly defined neo-Lysenkoism whereby mankind can be perfected by “transforming the human condition“:

“The liberal aim is thus clear. In order to transform the human condition, which is his deepest aim, the liberal seeks to make the political order fully dependent upon a transformed people. To achieve the transformation, he seeks the right kind of constitutional institutions to produce the right kind of party to produce the right kind of majority. At the very center of liberalism there is the theory of the truly democratic party—unified and coherent and thus capable of summoning up from the unformed mass the majority acquiescence in the liberal goals that, the liberal believes, is the natural inclination of the true majority.”

     In either which case, it is incumbent upon the intelligencia to mould mankind and thus perfect them in order to create a utopia of a perfect solid state society.

     However, the elevation of mankind as a self-creating (un)intellegent designer (who worships their creator), would nonetheless need to take into account actual biological reality, abet only to the degree necessary to effect change, and never enough to challenge the holy faith of the Left’s ideology.

     This is why we see serious calls for genetically engineering humans to become physically a species that fits into the need to assuage the climate gods and appease Gaia by conforming to the predetermined apocalyptic pseudo-climatology, as morlocks direct the eloi.

“There may be another route to avoid the potentially disastrous effects of climate change: We can deliberately alter ourselves, three researchers suggest.

“Human engineering, as they call it, poses less danger than altering our planet through geoengineering, and it could augment changes to personal behavior or policies to mitigate climate change, they write in an article to be published in the journal Ethics, Policy and the Environment.”

     What are some of these suggestions to “perfect” mankind in an environmentally woke future?

  • Induce intolerance to red meat (think lactose intolerance), since livestock farming accounts for a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Make humans smaller to reduce the amount of energy we each need to consume. This could be done by selecting smaller embryos through preimplantation genetic diagnosis, a technique already in use to screen for genetic diseases. “Human engineering could therefore give people the choice between having a greater number of smaller children or a smaller number of larger children,” they write.
  • Reduce birthrates by making people smarter, since higher cognitive ability appears linked to lower birthrates. This could be achieved through a variety of means, including better schooling, electrical stimulation of the brain and drugs designed to improve cognitive ability, they propose.
  • Treat people with hormones, such as oxytocin, to make us more altruistic and empathetic. As a result, people would be more willing to act as a group and more sensitive to the suffering of animals and other people caused by climate change.

     Three of the four aforementioned suggestions (the 1st, 2nd, and 4th) are how-to guides for creating Eloi, while the 3rd could be more of a Morlock innovation, or misused to double-down on Eloi characteristics.

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Leviathan Is Coming To Transgender Your Children

     The pushing to normalize “transgenderism” inevitably has focused on young children, particularly those who have more than the usual emotional travails, in order to mainstream the idea of “gender” as something separate and distinct from biological sex, since grown adults are unlikely to become “transgender” save for those who have gender dysphoria or are using it as an excuse to get their kink on.

     While the vanguard of cases have involved woke parents who provided the validation and specialness that children desperately seek, this already rapid pace is not large enough or fast enough for those who wish to trans the eschaton. Now, we have entered the phase of Leviathan affirming ownership of troubled moppets, and further over all children, by demanding that “transgender” children have their puberty blocked by drugs even if the parents say NO.

“The formal argument runs as follows:

  1. The state has a duty to protect minors from serious harm inflicted by their caretakers.
  2. Harm that leads to suicide is a serious harm.
  3. Transgender youth with non-supportive parents are at a high risk of psychological harm leading to suicidal tendencies.
  4. Therefore, the state should pay special attention to, and has a duty to protect, transgender minors from psychological harm inflicted via their caretakers.”

     This isn’t just some hypothetical, but something that is happening right now. Such is a case from British Columbia, that has declared that a fourteen year old can have hormone injections to transition from a girl to a “boy”, without even informing both parents. Not only is a parent not allowed to interfere, they are required by law to validate and endorse this “transition” by making it illegal for said parent to refer to their daughter by her actual biological sex.

     Refusal to reject objective biological reality and thus acknowledge untruth by calling a girl a boy to be sacrosanct fact is considered “violence“. A refusal to vocally lie is considered a heinous act of violence despite the total lack of actual violence.

“This Canadian court ruling officially declared dissent on transgender identity not only illegal but ‘family violence.’ If transgender activists succeed in the U.S., as it seems they have in Canada, using the correct pronouns for your own daughter could land you in jail.”

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Big Brother Is Watching You Enjoy Porn

     The people in charge of the U.K. seem to believe that George Orwell’s “1984” is a how-to guide… for beginners… and if anything, the current censorious regime is anything but amateurs, especially when it comes to pornography.

     With the justification of stopping minors from viewing pr0n, the U.K. is requiring that anyone who wants to view anything declared to be pornographic submit personal information as part of an age verification system in order to view it. Sites that do not provide a non-pornographic splash page where this mandatory verified identification check can be undertaken will be either fined to the tune of £250,000 or outright blocked in the U.K. This applies even if most of the site’s content is non-pornographic. This age-ID check will be regulated by British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), which has been heavily censoring in the U.K. for more than a century, and the private MindGeek, which would warehouse a list of pornography watching Brits, including the plethora of perverts in the House of Commons (even inner party members in 1984 could turn off Big Brother for a short amount of time…).

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