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TorgoX (1933)

TorgoX
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Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Tuesday November 23, 2004
11:20 PM

The mental ceremonies of devotional cheese-eaters

[ #21979 ]
Dear Log,

«The measure is the first of several provisions seeking to restrict abortion rights, due before Congress in the New year.

Among them is a bill that would prevent minors from travelling outside their states to seek abortion counselling.

And there is a measure that would require doctors to lecture patients on the pain felt by the foetus during an abortion, although scientists have not established whether a foetus does feel pain. »

--"Congress approves anti-abortion clause"

Meanwhile...

«Only about a third of Americans believe that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is a scientific theory that has been well supported by the evidence, while just as many say that it is just one of many theories and has not been supported by the evidence. The rest say they don't know enough to say. Forty-five percent of Americans also believe that God created human beings pretty much in their present form about 10,000 years ago. A third of Americans are biblical literalists who believe that the Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.»

--Gallup Poll: "Third of Americans Say Evidence Has Supported Darwin's Evolution Theory"

I love 18th century rationalism. And when it gets to the US, golly, what fun it'll be! I wonder if that'll be before, or after, we get "faith-based solutions" to climate disasters.

I recall a moment in high school where a stately Southern girl explained to me quite calmingly that no-one need worry about the atmosphere trouble (which I was writing a paper on) because Jesuswocky had told her that it'll all be fixed real soon now, God-o-matically.

And I've always wondered: does she wear a seatbelt?

(Moral of the story: when you run code tests and it reports "FAIL", that is not a moral failure. Yet.)