Monthly Archive: April 2010

Apr 30 2010

Leslie Buck, RIP

This is the most beautiful place on earth. There are many such places. Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary. A houseboat in Kashmir, a view down Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, a gray gothic …

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Apr 29 2010

Dispatches From The Vaccine Wars

Notes and quotes and anecdotesAnd third- or fourth-hand storiesA cheesy website, which promotesColloidal silver’s gloriesA drop of homeopathy,A touch of chiropractic,Let’s claim it’s enteropathy,Or try another tactic—It doesn’t matter much at allWhich quack earns our reliance,So long as children never fallInto the hands of science! Tales of sales and such detailsShow evil in Big PharmaWhen …

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Apr 28 2010

On The Constant And Unchanging Absolute Morality Of The Catholic Church

The Church is a constant; unchanging; a rock;The foundation of morals; the source of true light The views of society shift like the sand,But the church remains solid, and fixed in God’s Sight. (Abuse is something we’d never allow—Well, maybe before; that was then, this is now.) The Church is unwavering, ethically bound,The Lord’s representatives …

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Apr 25 2010

The Pope Reacts?

If the silly men in dressesWill not recognize their messesThen the remedy, I guess, isWe shall have to point them out If the pope we have offendedThink but this, and all is mended:That’s no less than was intended(If there ever was a doubt) Should he stay away from Blighty,Scorn has beaten God Almighty–We should all …

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Apr 24 2010

Changing The Pope’s Itinerary

“Your Holiness, a moment please–we’ve made a couple changesTo the schedule you will follow while you’re visiting this week.It’s really nothing, mostly–it just sort of rearrangesAll the visits, cos a group or two would like to hear you speak.” “There’s a group of rape survivors; there’s a dozen men with AIDS;There’s two priests–a married couple–who …

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Apr 22 2010

To A Rat, On Looking Back On Her Career, In The Lab

Oh, little lab rat, in your prison,What a sad day has arisen—Yours, a life of serving science,Not of resting,You help us climb atop of giantsThrough rodent testing Tis your misfortune, some fine morningTo be dispatched without a warningWith hopes we’ll find, on close inspectionSome informationPerhaps enough so your dissectionIs our salvation Some remedy for our …

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Apr 21 2010

Poetry In The History Of Science

From NPR, the story of a mouse, and the verse written in its voice: The year is 1773, and Joseph Priestley is busy working with “airs” (you or I would probably call them “gases”); his experiments were published beginning in 1774, and include the discovery of nitrous oxide, ammonia, and “dephlogisticated air” (we would call …

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Apr 19 2010

Superstition And Ignorance Driving Vultures Extinct In SA

Superstitions develop in all kinds of culturesAnd ignorance, too, inextricably linkedThe latest rendition is bad for the vulturesWhere betting on football could make them extinct South Africa, hosting the World Cup this seasonHas vultures of various beautiful kinds“The wisest of animals”–this is the reasonSome ignorant gamblers have plain lost their minds For the sake of …

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Apr 17 2010

500th Post! (And A Poll)

So… according to blogger, this is my 500th post. I really never would have guessed it. Einstein was right about time being relative; I have been blogging here for just over a week, or for decades, if you go by how it feels from time to time. The calendar puts it at late 2007 when …

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Apr 13 2010

Who Is To Blame (For Catholic Scandal)?

There is far, far too much scandalAt the Vatican these daysSince it cannot be the Church’s faultLet’s try to blame the gays!With their sinful choice of lifestyleAnd their flaunting of God’s creed,If we have to point the fingerThey’re a likely cause indeed! There is much too much at stake here—Far too much that we could …

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