Monday, July 16, 2018

Would you eat human meat?

Now when I say eat human meat, I’m not talking like Jeffrey Dahmer, or you’re crashed in the Andes, or even a story I read a few years ago of an “artist” who had their leg amputated for some reason and cooked it up for their friends.  Instead, I’m talking about synthetic human meat.

Synthetic meat is where you take some cells from an animal and grow them into meat in a lab.  It’s beef that was never part of a cow.  A lot of work has been done with this in the last few years, and a couple months ago I saw an article saying synthetic meat would show up in grocery stores by the end of 2018.  This wouldn’t be synthetic steaks, but more the crumbly bits of meat on frozen pizzas.  Synthetic steaks are still a few years away.

But if you can make synthetic beef, you can make synthetic human.  Would you try it though?  I think if someone took some of my cells and made synthetic Steve meat, I probably wouldn’t take a Steveburger, but I would try a piece large enough to get a taste. 

Of course, I do have to wonder if synthetic meat made from cells taken from a Japanese woman would differ in taste from synthetic meat made from cells taken from a Swazi man.  Could you find an exquisite flavor in synthetic meat made from cells taken from a member of one of those Stone Age tribes in the Amazon, resulting from them being more-or-less genetically separated from the rest of humanity for so long?  Sounds like the beginning of a horror story.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Stockpiling weapons is bad, except when it’s not

There is a section of the population who are worried about how much the US spends on its military.  They fear that after spending so much time and national treasure to build super carriers and super stealth bombers and everything else that, well, we’ll have to use them at some point.  And this war may not be in the national interest as much as it’s an excuse to justify spending so much money on these weapons.  These people worry that instead of wars about our national ideals on freedom and liberty they will be about the military-industrial complex showing off their latest products so they can make a profit.

Yet some of these same people probably look at anti-government militias stockpiling guns as … patriotic.  Shouldn’t there be some worry that these groups will perhaps one day get bored and manufacture some excuse – not involving government tyranny – to use their weapons?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Overreliance on the Second Amendment

Many of the Pro-Second Amendment people talk about it as a defense against government tyranny.  Many of the Pro-Gun Control people then laugh and say, “Sure, because Joe Bob and his brother/cousin Leroy hiding in the woods with their AR-15s and empty beer bottles will be a match to a supersonic cruise missile fired from a ship a hundred miles out to sea.” But I wonder if this is a case of people fighting the new war with the weapons and tactics of the last? 

I mean, some of the fringe gun people think the government operate mass shooting false flags to force gun control on people.  (Although, despite all these “false flags” there hasn’t been any increase in gun control, but after every shooting there is a rise in gun sales, so who really benefits from these supposed false flag operations?)  If the government is that evil, then why wouldn’t they plant, I don’t know, child porn on the laptops of prominent gun people to discredit and remove them before doing anything overtly tyrannical? 

Many would define the Intolerable Acts as tyranny, but what of gerrymandering and voter suppression?  Aren’t these actions of one party to stay in power despite the will of the people minor acts of tyranny?  How the fuck would an AR-15 stop gerrymandering?