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  • Mein Schatz 10:01 am on March 8, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: birth control, , deer, , pigeons,   

    Keep it in Your Pants, Mother Nature 

    I am not a choice.

    I am not a choice.

    In past decades, particularly the 1970s and 80s, especially fecund populations of wildlife such as Canadian Geese and Whitetail Deer were practically extinct, thanks to over-harvesting on the part of hunters all across the North American continent, DDT poisoning and natural ebbs of the population cycle. Now, partly in thanks to shorter hunting seasons and conservation efforts especially designed to promote these once-threatened species, herds and flocks have become over-eating, over-breeding menaces. Often times these animals are in and around human populations, which makes them difficult or illegal to hunt, and new methods of population control are being investigated.

    New drugs, and old drugs with new uses, are becoming available to control these populations. Birth control is no longer just for promiscuous teenagers any more!

    • Don Lando 11:28 am on March 8, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While I acknowledge the importance of wildlife population control and conservative resource management, something about this plan still smacks of human hubris.

      How can we be sure the birth-control method can be implemented without threatening the propogation of the best specimens’ genetic material?

      Genetic engineering is a slippery slope in both flora and fauna. Rather like social engineering, come to think of it.

    • Mein Schatz 3:47 pm on March 9, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      True, Don Lando; however, we must also acknowledge that the purpose of species manipulation in this manner is in truth not for the betterment of the animal population but for the betterment of the human population as it relates to animals. We have already so intrusively corrupted the natural life cycles of many species most closely associated with human life that they are no longer wild animals, so to speak, but more or less domestic pests that must be managed as a result of our interference.

  • Don Lando 12:02 pm on March 11, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: birth control, , deadly sins, , poverty, stem cell, Vatican   

    Vatican blesses earth with further instructions 

    With much pomp and trepidation, The Vatican has been so good as to offer additional guidelines for living as they see that God sees fit. The new list, presumably overlooked in the original Seven Deadly Sins, deals largely with social issues.

    I am still undecided on how I feel about this. It seems that the Holy See may have stumbled across some legitimate mankind-serving ideas here. But I suspect the Catholic church would be hard-pressed to absolve itself of sin #6

    The New-and-Improved 7 Social Sins:

    1. “Bioethical” violations such as birth control

    2. “Morally dubious” experiments such as stem cell research

    3. Drug abuse

    4. Polluting the environment

    5. Contributing to widening divide between rich and poor

    6. Excessive wealth

    7. Creating poverty

    In deference to objectivity, this link offers a different perspective from sources perhaps closer to the Vatican.

    • The Bruce 3:49 pm on March 11, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Dear Pope,

      As a young, white, male Protestant I understand that I am not your target audience, but I am having trouble identifying precisely who is.

      I first refer you to sin numbers two and seven which are clearly directed toward Nazis and third world dictators, while sins one and three most certainly apply to Colombians and Africans. Do they apply to me as well?

      Second, could you please be more specific with regard to what constitutes “pollution”? I currently buy carbon credits and am wondering if they will offset sin number four in the grand tradition of Indulgences.

      Third, please tell me which political party best follows sin number five. I don’t want to throw my vote away in a sinful act of support in the General Election.

      Lastly, I am confused as to what defines the “wealth” of sin number six. Isn’t the true follower of Christ the recipient of enormous riches beyond earthly means? If so, this is a big problem. One which I suggest remedying by issuing several more poorly defined lists of non sequiturs.

      The Bruce

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