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Comment by the Collector In Chief

ENDNOTE: God sent technology or eugenics?

2017-Aug-12

FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Responding to yesterday’s question on the recent advances in gene editing, Joel McLemore of Georgia said: “By ‘gene editing’ do we mean eugenics? What could possibly go wrong?” John Hicks of New Jersey wrote: “If you can prevent children from being born with destructive genetic diseases, then you should do so. Put aside the fears of creating a super race (who knows what really makes a superior person) and remove the fear that parents with inheritable genetic defects will pass them on. It’s a crushing weight to discover that your newborn will lead a shortened or painful life.” And Jim Mhyre of Washington weighed in: “Genetic bioengineering, including human gene editing, is in its fragmented early stages. The science will advance, here or elsewhere. If U.S. science is to play a leadership role, it must do so at a pace that the American public can ethically assimilate. Developing or deploying human genetic-disease therapies will require proactive public education along with regulatory oversight.”

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Well, this is a “Pandora’s Box” that has been opened.

Nothing left to do but help develop the ethical rules around it.

To do anything else is just pretend it will go away. That ain’t gonna happen!

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ENDNOTE: Bun or bump?

2017-Aug-05

https://aeon.co/essays/is-the-mother-a-container-for-the-foetus-or-is-it-part-of-her

Bun or bump?
Does the mother contain the foetus or is it a part of her? On the metaphysics of pregnancy, and its ethical implications

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An alternative view to the parthood model is the container model, which seems to be the extreme opposite of it, since it claims that the foetus is not a part of the maternal organism, but rather is contained inside the maternal organism. So, according to this container model, the maternal organism is literally a container for the foetus, where the relationship between the maternal organism and the foetus is like that of a niche to a tenant. A niche is something that encloses something else, such that the smaller thing is inside the larger thing, where the smaller thing is classed as the tenant. Think of this model as being like a tenant in a rented house, such that the house is the niche for its occupant. The foetus, as a tenant, inhabits the maternal organism, as a niche. This is a view held by the philosophers Barry Smith and Berit Brogaard in their paper ‘Sixteen Days’ (2003) in The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. They provide the analogy of the foetus being inside some space in the maternal organism in much the same way as a tub of yogurt is inside a fridge or, as phrased earlier, the way a bun is inside an oven.

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An interesting and thoughtful approach to the conundrum of abortion.

I’m a fat old white guy injineer and not a philosopher or doctor of medicine. BUT, one thing I’m sure of is that Gooferment involvement has just made the problem worse. If not, insolvable.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: The residents agreed no need for a mayor

2017-Jul-29

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/pit-bull-elected-town-mayor-landslide-election/

Pit Bull Elected as Town Mayor in Landslide Election
by McKinley Corbley – Jun 27, 2017

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Now THIS is the kind of election that we can get behind.

A 3-year-old pit bull named Brynneth Pawltro has just been elected as the new mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky in a landslide election of 3,300 votes.

Brynn reportedly managed to best several other candidates, including a donkey, a cat, and a chicken. Since this is the fourth dog in a row that Rabbit Hash has elected as mayor, she will be succeeding a border collie named Lucy Lou.

The town’s tradition for furry mayors first came about in the 90s when the residents agreed that they had no need for a mayor.

Instead, they decided to start electing animals in a truly representational democratic fashion.

Everyone in the town spends $1 to vote for the pawesome new mayor. Once the election is concluded, all of the money goes right back into the community.

This year in particular, the election funds will go towards rebuilding the town General Store, which burned down in an electrical fire.

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My kind of politicians. You can believe every word that comes out of their mouths.

Laugh!

Now if the various politicians and bureaucrats could just be eliminated, the world would be a better place.

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ENDNOTE: A former inmate skips a job interview to save a life

2017-Jul-22

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GOOD_SAMARITAN_CRASH?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-15-17-57-05

Jul 15, 5:57 PM EDT
EX-INMATE MISSES JOB INTERVIEW TO HELP DRIVER IN CRASH

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WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former inmate on his way to a job interview is being lauded for helping the driver of a car that flipped over on a Connecticut highway.

Aaron Tucker was traveling by bus through Westport Wednesday when he saw the crash and jumped off to help the driver.

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The bus left the scene and Tucker missed his interview. But he says he’s since gotten other job offers.

He tells WABC-TV it was “the right thing” to do.

A GoFundMe was set up to raise money for Tucker, who served nearly two years in prison on a weapons charge, and his 21-month-old son.

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https://www.gofundme.com/thankyoufundforaarontucker

I chipped in. Maybe you might want to? You can’t always just applaud for the “peanut gallery”.

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ENDNOTE: Time to end Gooferment Skrules!

2017-Jul-15

http://www.thedailysheeple.com/public-schools-one-of-the-governments-biggest-failures-or-successes_072017

Public Schools: One Of The Government’s Biggest Failures? Or Successes?
July 3, 2017 | Dawn Luger | The Daily Sheeple 

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Baltimore is proving just how ineffective the government is at educating the nation’s children. Almost as if it was their goal, the city has six schools that failed to produce one child proficient in either English or math.

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“It isn’t a coincidence that governments everywhere want to educate children. Government education, in turn, is supposed to be evidence of the state’s goodness and its concern for our well-being. The real explanation is less flattering. If the government’s propaganda can take root as children grow up, those kids will be no threat to the state apparatus. They’ll fasten the chains to their own ankles.” — Lew Rockwell

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Wow, that’s a stunning “achievement” — what’s the word for such a negative “achievement” — words fail me.

How can these children reach their God-given potential to have a decent life? It’ll be a miracle.

Where’s Baltimore’s “Hymie Escalante”, “Ron Clark”, “Erin Gruwell”, or “Frank Napier” & “Joe Clark”?

It’s a national disgrace.

Those parents should have their pitchforks and torches out for the politicians and bureaucrats.

At the very least, they should home school. How much worse could they do?

Argh!

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ENDNOTE: Americans are generous — here’s an example

2017-Jul-08

http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org/2017/06/strangers-surprise-man-who-walks-3-miles-to-work-with-new-car-2/

https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/5364b0b2-983d-3527-9022-3efc37078531/ss_strangers-surprise-man-who.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/strangers-buy-car-for-20-year-old-who-walks-3-miles-to-work-in-texas-heat/?ftag=YHF4eb9d17&yptr=yahoo

Strangers surprise man who walks 3 miles to work with new car
CBS News Jennifer Earl June 27, 2017

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Strangers surprise man who walks 3 miles to work with new carMoreWhen Andy Mitchell spotted a young man in a fast food uniform walking along the side of a road on a 95-degree summer day in Rockwall, Texas, he felt compelled to pull over. He rolled down his window and offered the man, a 20-year-old named Justin Korva, a ride — not knowing how much that small gesture would impact the man’s life. While driving the Korva to work at Taco Casa, Mitchell discovered the young man normally walked 3 miles to work and home again every day. Korva said he was determined to save up money and someday, he hoped, he would be able to afford a car. After dropping off Korva, Mitchell posted about the man’s determination on Facebook. “To all the people that say they want to work … … …”

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Anyone, who says the flyover USA is racist, miserly, and “mean”, should follow this story.

Despite all the taxes, fees, inflation, and Gooferment theft, real every day folks are generous. At home or abroad, “we” don’t sit on our wallets.

And, “we” could be even MORE charitable if the Gooferment didn’t steal our wealth in their version of “charity” — with the cost of all those politicians and bureaucrats to “administer” it. I like to point to the Salvation Army as the classic example of a charity. The top kick makes under 100k. Compare that to the United Way, the Red Cross, or any Big Charity! 

In this example, the community and businesses all chipped in. No big salary. No administrators. No marketing. Just action. A C T I O N.

People to person.

Love it.

http://www.acton.org/public-policy/effective-compassion/seven-principles-century-ago

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ENDNOTE: Flood Insurance is another Gooferment boondoggle

2017-Jul-01

JUNE 20, 2017 1:05PM
Towards a Private Flood Insurance Market
By IKE BRANNON

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The federal-government-managed National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is $25 billion in debt, stokes moral hazard, and entails a regressive wealth transfer that favors coastal areas. The NFIP is set to expire at the end of September, offering policymakers an important chance to rethink the program. 

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The systemic underpricing of insurance causes moral hazard, by masking the cost of flood risk and encouraging overdevelopment in flood-prone areas. Because the average home in the NFIP is much more valuable than an average American home, the program is regressive on the whole. And since a disproportionate number of properties in the NFIP are on the southeastern coast, wealth is transferred from the rest of the country to homeowners near the coast in those states.

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Argh!

Like “social security”, NFIP is another wealth transfer scheme. From across the nation to SouthEastern US! From the poor working slobs to the costal rich. 

I’ve always had “a bone in my throat” about this program. 

(1) The Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee has some perennial areas that flood (i.e., Bound Brook; Little River; Mill Basin). Note the names for a clue! Yet, time after time, “flood insurance” pays these poor folks to rebuild in the exact same place? — — “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — attributed to Einstein — — After the first one, it should be “uninsurable”.

(2) The “flood insurance” and Federal flood “relief” is a giant boondoggle of fraud and abuse.

(3) Since “rich people” are more likely to own “ocean front real estate”, why should the Taxpayer insure them? They can afford their OWN insurance. Again, how many times do we have to pay to rebuild someone’s mansion?

Argh!

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