In a move that has man playing God yet again, the Australian government is very close to legalizing the cloning of human embryos for the express purpose of harvesting stem cells.
Human cloning is by itself is bad enough, but adding the stem cell issue to it makes things worse on a whole new level.
What the people doing this apparently don't realize is that even a cloned human embryo is still a human embryo and that destroying it to harvest stem cells is just as much the ending of a human life as it is when using natural human embryos.
No matter how they try to dress it up, it's still wrong, as a friend of mine once said: "A pig in a tuxedo is still a pig."
Stem cell bill passes the Senate
Mark Metherell and Phillip Hudson
November 7, 2006
The legal ban on human embryo cloning in Australia is likely to be lifted after the Senate voted narrowly to support the change tonight.
The legislation has passed the third reading by 34 votes to 32.
The legislation is expected to gain backing in the House of Representatives.
The vote came after a barrage of conflicting speeches by dozens of senators.
Former Health Minister Senator Kay Patterson, who put up the private member's bill arguing for the change, was the last to speak before the vote and appealed to senators not to stand in the way of regulated medical research that could offer cures for the future.
The bill would allow researchers to clone human embryos to extract their stem cells, in the hope of one day finding cures for debilitating diseases.
If George Orwell could only see us now.
We keep coming closer and closer to the authoritarian police-state surveilance society that he envisioned in '1984'. Not only that, but THIS story reminds me of the world war II era movies in which there was always somebody with a German (or in later years, Russian) accent demanding to see one's 'papers'.
What if This is just the beginning? What happens when some bright young genius at Homeland Security decides that we need permission to travel across state lines? Or to a neighboring town? When does the line get drawn where we say "'NO', we don't want anymore of this."?
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jo7hs2 writes "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has proposed a system which will in essence make it mandatory for you to have permission before leaving or entering the country, effectively putting everyone on a no-fly list unless the government says otherwise. Interestingly, the proposal does not seem to cover personal travel, only that on some sort of carrier like an airline or cruise vessel. While this certainly is concerning, it isn't exactly new, as a passport is already required for circumstances covered under the proposal."
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What does the release of a new videogame platform have to do with the last days? In and of itself, not much, however when that release is accompanied by displays of violence, greed and a general "crush anyone in your path" kind of attitude it becomes yet another testimony that Jesus' prophecy about cold hearts and iniquity abounding in the last days is fulfilled around us every day.
Barring anything else, It's a GAME for crying out loud and as such, it's *NOT* that important. Certainly it isn't important enough to justify trampling people. No game is important enough to warrant shooting or stabbing people for it, yet these things and more have been happening.
Part of the reason is another sin that's running rampant in these last days, Greed. Companies make a big point of getting all the press they can about their new products even before they're released and when they do finally hit the stores there is a combination of lots of press and the threat that there won't be enough of them to go around. I don't believe for one minute that anyone had any intention of getting enough playstation 3 units into stores to make sure that anyone interested could buy one. I think that they planned to increase the desire for and therefore the perceived value of the things by creating first, a desire for them and second, a shortage of them.
It happened the first time, probably by accident, with the 'Cabbage Patch Kids' and the veritable feeding frenzy of parents trying to get one for their kids. Since then companies have been trying to duplicate and expand on that effect. Why? Because if it works they can charge a higher price for their product and guarantee selling more of that product.
Violence Mars PlayStation 3 Launch
Nov 18, 6:19 AM (ET)
By PETER SVENSSON
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Two armed thugs tried to rob a line of people waiting for the new PlayStation 3 game system to go on sale early Friday and shot one man who refused to give up his money, authorities said.
In Sullivan, Ind., a man was in critical condition after emergency surgery for a stab wound after he and a friend tried to rob two men of consoles they waited 36 hours in line to buy, police said.
Nationwide, short supplies of the PS3 and strong demand led to long lines of buyers, some waiting for days outside stores. Once the doors opened Friday, they pushed and shoved their way to the shelves in several cities to get at the limited supply. Two people were arrested in Fresno, Calif., after a crowd trampled people in a parking lot.
It was about 3 a.m. when the two gunmen in Putnam, a town of about 9,000 residents in northeast Connecticut, confronted 15 to 20 people standing outside a Wal-Mart store and demanded money, said State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance.
"One of the patrons resisted. That patron was shot," Vance said.