Dispatches from Outland
A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants. Copyright © 2003 Roy M. Jacobsen.


Thursday, April 18, 2002  

Song of the Day:
The Orphans of God by Mark Heard

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Yahoo! News - Plane Hits Skyscraper in Milan It isn't clear yet whether this was an accident or a terrorist act. From the sketchy details available, I'm tending to think it was an accident.

But isn't it amazing how jumpy this stuff has made us?

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 11:51 AM
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If you want to understand the Middle East a bit better, here's a resource you should bookmark: MEMRI: The Middle East Media Research Institute. Here's what they say about themselves:

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) explores the Middle East through the region's media. MEMRI bridges the language gap which exists between the West and the Middle East, providing timely translations of Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew media, as well as original analysis of political, ideological, intellectual, social, cultural, and religious trends in the Middle East.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:05 AM
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Wednesday, April 17, 2002  

I'd never heard of Oriana Fallaci before today. Her essay, On Jew-hatred in Europe, is . . . well, "impassioned" seems a bit tepid.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2002  

Louder Fenn has some comments on the clone wars (and I don't mean the clone wars in the Star Wars mythos). He asks:

What happens when we discover that two-month-old fetuses are a great source of, I don't know, cancer cures? What is our reponse? Do we clone the fetuses, let them grow, harvest the cures, and then flush the mass of differentiated cells? Why not? On what basis do we not do such a thing, if we have already accepted that "If it ain't a person we can kill it"?

My question all along has been this: When does a human being begin to exist, if it isn't at the moment of conception? Thus far it appears that none of the advocates of cloning in any form (or any advocates of abortion, for that matter) wants to try to answer it.

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News for Christians also has something on the ethics and morality of cloning, and it re-enforces the point underlying my question below.

Some people find it easy to justify destroying embryos because they rationalize that an embryo isn't really a person. They haven't been born, we can't talk to them, etc. But there is no doubt that an embryo is a lifeform. And there is further no doubt that that lifeform is human in nature. There is no way around that fact.

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Monday, April 15, 2002  

I've been busy today, but here's the
Song of the Day:
Readers Digest by Larry Norman

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