Evil defending evil

So, of course the people who make their living by sacrificing babies to Moloch do not actually roast the tiny corpses alive: oh no, in today’s society their organs are harvested for illegal sale.

Planned Parenthood kills babies and sells their organs. Quite a lot of minority babies. Low-income babies. The unwanted offspring of the “undesirables” of society.

I don’t even have words to describe that level of evil, you know. Margaret Sanger must be very proud, in whatever fiery circle of Hell she currently inhabits. Of course it’s perfectly logical not to waste the “tissue” after you’ve ripped it from its mother’s womb, if you think babies aren’t real people who deserve protecting.

Check the comments for “m4″ defending the evil of abortion– the banal face of evil, displaying “moral superiority” as if the topic wasn’t murdering human beings as a form of contraception –  shilling for the necessity of legal abortion in the case of physical danger to the mother’s health.

Seriously? SERIOUSLY? Are there really people THAT BLOODY STUPID? What kind of doctors will refuse to terminate ectopic pregnancies? Where are the lists of documented cases of pregnant women dying because medical professionals refused to save their lives because the treatment would endanger their unborn children? And, uh, you know, if the mother dies, the baby dies too, a point which escapes the ignorant sluts who think elective abortion has to be legal in order to permit a doctor to save a mother’s life, even if that saving may result in the death of her unborn child. A medical procedure, performed to save the life of the mother, that unfortunately results in the death of the unborn child, is NOT an elective abortion. And anyone with the merest hint of intellectual honesty knows that the pro-life position is against elective abortion. Not medical treatments necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman that have “terminates pregnancy” as a side-effect. Even the Catholics – you know, those “religious nutcases” that ban contraceptives as illicit? Except, of course, in the case that a pregnancy would kill the wife! – understand the difference between doing what you must to save one life rather than losing both, and killing infants on purpose and for no other reason than “I don’t want to have this child that I created.”

Pro-abortion-by-choice is pro-murder. End of story, no excuses from ignorant sluts. But I’m not terribly shocked that people who kill infants see no problem with creating a nice little lucrative organ-selling biz on the side. If killing these humans is already legal, what’s the problem with selling their organs afterwards? Or making lampshades with their skins, or whatever, really? If it’s all just “unwanted tissue” there’s no reason to be squeamish.

Humans being humans, I’m wondering when the “repeat customers” start demanding a little kickback for providing all the “valuable merchandise” – and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it were already happening.

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Traditional?

I’m darkly amused by some of the dismay over the Supreme Court’s decision to expand marriage licensing to homosexual couples. I mean, as Brad Torgerson said, heterosexual couples have been treating marriage like garbage since before I was born. So what actual institution did homosexual couples gain access to?

No-fault divorce.

That’s all a government-issued “marriage” license gives you as far as an institution. The actual institution of marriage hasn’t been a going concern for quite a while now, since it required certain social mores surrounding very particular vows. You know, those “outdated” rules that frowned upon fornication, back when you could incur civil punishment for adultery, and society actually expected married couples to fulfill each others’ sexual needs. And the vows included promises of sexual fidelity until death, and not just promises of companionship “until the love runs out.” (Sorry, heterosexual couples: if you don’t include actual marriage vows in your ceremony, I don’t care if the state calls you “married.” You’re not married. You’re just officially shacked up together – for now.)

What homosexuals got from the SCOTUS isn’t the ancient institution of marriage. That institution predates the concept of government itself – and is not legally recognized by any bureaucracy that allows no-fault divorce.

Because if you can get out of it without your spouse either dying or cheating on you, it’s not marriage. Because a society that won’t frown on promiscuity and channel your sexual appetites toward your spouse doesn’t support marriage, and therefore can’t give it to you. Certainly a society that tells you that it’s not only okay to sleep around, but makes promiscuity practically mandatory (or else you’re some kind of uptight prude!), then tells you that you should marry someone only if you’re really infatuated with him, but never to treat his sexual desires for you as important or meaningful, and then divorce him whenever you don’t “feel the love” anymore… well, you think that society can grant you access to the ancient and honorable institution of marriage?

Nope. It can’t give you what it doesn’t possess in the first place.

And that’s the sad thing. All those paeans to how great marriage is? Sure. It is great. And the legal rights that have encrusted marriage – from back when it was actual marriage and not the farce we have today – are nice, I’m sure. But the institution we have today is not marriage. It is serial monogamy. That’s the irony – the people who think being “married” increases a relationship’s stability are mistaking the symptom for the cause, just as certain policymakers mistake a college degree and a house in the suburbs as the causes of success rather than the results.

Soon, that easily dissolved state-granted marriage is not even going to be serial monogamy – after all, polygamy does happen to be very… traditional. And only a bigot would stand in the way of love, right?

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Fainting Victorian Damsels

Mr. Wright’s comments on several delicate personalities working themselves up into a froth of hysteria over non-existent threats is worth reading. (Click through the links to the Vox Day post as well, for more amusement!)

Nags and termagants indeed. It’s almost as if women need to be protected from the harsh realities of the workaday world! Quick, we must ensure that no woman ever works in any position which might expose her to criticism from unhappy customers! This will, of course, result in all the women employees being assigned to night-shift truck unloading and janitorial services while the male night-shift truck unloaders and janitors take over positions like customer service and manager, but no sacrifice is too much when it comes to protecting frail flowers of femininity!

Oh, look: when you criticize a girl, she cries.

woman, on the other hand, behaves in a professional manner: she doesn’t insult her employer’s customers or cry when receiving criticism.

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Reading

I think I’m supposed to be reading more of the Related Works Hugo category stuff, but at the moment I’m not that interested in nonfiction. However, having looked at the remaining pieces of the voter packet, I seem to have saved the most-anticipated for last: Riding the Red Horse and Transhuman and Subhuman. I’ve probably read all or nearly all of T&S before on John Wright’s blog, actually.

In any case, my procrastination of the “assigned” reading has lead me to read 1632 and Live Free or Dieand I have to say I quite enjoyed both. I’m afraid that, coming out of the fantasy genre as I did, most “hard” or “milsf” had never really appealed when I’d read the covers of the books at the library. But I think my tastes are broadening. Which means there’s probably a lot of good stuff out there that I haven’t read yet. Yay!

Oh, and I also read American Ghoulwhich was entertaining. I do love a story in which sociopathic murderers get what’s coming to them at the hands of the protagonist. Thumbs up!

I even picked up the sequel to 1632 at the library. I may even go so far as to hunt for hardcopy at the used book store, since I suspect J will like it. The Troy Rising trilogy is all at the library, too – but it appears that American Ghoul doesn’t have anything more out yet.

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Four vs six

I really, really want a bigger fish tank for my cichlids.

A 125 gallon, six-footer, to be precise.

This isn’t to say that I’m not happy with my four-foot 75 gallon tank – not in the least! But it’s a matter of aesthetic scale. My planted tank is four feet long, 2/3rds as wide as the 75, and has a good number of much smaller tropical community fish as tank inhabitants. Other than the 5″ pleco, the largest fish there is perhaps barely 3″ long. The one-to-sixteen length ratio gives a very pleasing sense of space. (I realize that to attain this ratio with a fish that reaches 6″ at adulthood would require me to have a 240 gallon eight-footer, but I figure I need to step up slowly to that level. And move into a different house where the main living space is located on the ground floor.)

“Multiple tank syndrome” is a common ailment among the aquarium hobbyist community, but J is having none of that. So my only hope for more water is to convince him to let me go bigger! :D I’ll have to bide my time, though. Maybe wait a couple years until we get our ducks in order and move out to the country. I might actually manage to convince him to let me get an 8-foot tank if I can find a sweet secondhand deal and have somebody else move it!

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Let’s Move!

My favorite diet blogger is Tom Naughton, the guy who did the Fat Head movie – not least because his family moved out to the sticks and started farming! One of the things he talks about is how biochemistry influences behavior – basically, if you’re eating the wrong things, your body goes into “storage” mode: you get fat – and you become a couch potato. In that order. Not the other way around like the calories in – calories out folks think.

Well. I have a bit of data to add to the pile. If your guts are very, very, very sick, you can be a couch potato and still be losing weight. After realizing that my implementation of a low-carb diet was killing me by inches, I decided that I would have to do something a bit different. I went for potato starch and probiotic supplements, and started eating steel-cut oatmeal for breakfast – while continuing to try to keep my intake of wheat and sugar low.

Over the course of a couple months, my guts got better – better than I can ever remember them being. It’s been weird and great at the same time, though they’re still delicate.

But one thing that’s been a HUGE difference is that for the first time in my life, I can’t sit still! I’ve always been a big reader – “Horizontal Harriet,” my grandparents would call me, for lying on a couch reading for endless hours – but ever since my guts started healing, I’ve found myself less and less tolerant of physical inactivity during the day. (In the evening after I’ve tired myself out, that’s a different story.) I just can’t sit around reading things for hours without interruption anymore – even things I find quite interesting!

SO. MUCH. ENERGY. It’s crazy – is this what being healthy feels like? Sure, I still have slow days when I’m not feeling well, especially if I’ve pushed things too far and stumbled into “typical American” diet choices. But suddenly the superwomen who are always doing all sorts of things have started to make more sense to me – they probably just have very healthy metabolisms, whereas I definitely don’t.

Now to leverage that energy into weight loss – well, that’s the hard part, since I do struggle with the temptation to overeat and eat the wrong (sugary) things. Especially at night. It’s a work in progress for sure!

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Fishwater

This week one of the “big chores” on my to-do list was “clean fish tank filters.” I run XP3s on the 75 and the 55 – canister filters with baskets you can fill with whatever media you want. I’ve got mechanical, bio, and chemical filtration in them right now, after having run my tanks without chemical filtration for some time. The filter pads needed rinsing and I wanted to check the Purigen, because I’m not sure yet how often I will need to recharge it.

I have trouble with creating good routines, so I figured I’d write the date of the last time I cleaned the filter and charged the Purigen on masking tape and stuck it onto the filter. Bingo – date on the side equals total guilt-free tank maintenance and no wondering “how long has it been since I cleaned this?”

Now that I’m gardening more intensively, I figure that my “livestock” can help out more than the plants in their tanks – the mulm* from the fish filters is going into the raised beds instead of being rinsed down the drain. I’ve also started running my siphon hose out to my beds – by sticking it out of second-story windows! I’m not sure how fertile that water is – when I’ve tested the nitrate content previously, even in the bioload-heavy cichlid tank the nitrates are well below 20ppm, perhaps because I’m using Seachem Matrix as biomedia. (The appearance of red algae on the rocks tells me that dissolved organics have been running fairly high, however.) I’m guessing the planted tank water is probably not full of nutrients – but I might as well water my plants with the water I’m getting rid of anyway.

*Mulm is partially decomposed fish poo and plant detritus. It only stinks if something goes badly, badly wrong, so cleaning the filters is less gross than you might imagine. Dragging the canister out from under the tank and sanitizing the sink after cleaning are actually the most annoying parts.

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