Monday, February 27, 2012

These Were Predictable

I.  Remember my musings "Is It Immoral To Kill Bioethicists?"  Following in the downhill slide of Peter Singer at Princeton, these researchers believe infanticide is perfectly acceptable:
Alberto Giubilini with Monash University in Melbourne and Francesca Minerva at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne write that in “circumstances occur[ing] after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible.”
So if you don't like the looks of that little bundle of not-quite-joyful enough, or perhaps they cry too much, or they're defective in some way, real or imagined, you may kill them.  Note they prefer the term "after-birth abortion" over "infanticide" because it emphasizes their view, which is what's the big deal over the little time between being inside the womb, when abortion is fine, and outside the womb when those pesky moralist say you shouldn't kill them? They're just a drier fetus, that's all.  What's a few hours between friends?  Or weeks.  Or months.

You might ask "how long do I have the right to kill my child?":
The authors do not tackle the issue of what age an infant would be considered a person.
Singer says two years, but I'll cut to the chase.   There was a joke going around that went:
Grandmother 1:  At  what  age is a fetus viable? 
Grandmother 2:  When they receive their M.D.. 
In this case, only when they receive their Bioethics Ph.D. would they say killing them should not be allowed.  Maybe not today, but eventually.  I'm sure.  

II.  Occupy protesters, funded and driven by all the usual suspects are announcing their spring rallies and protests, as I predicted last night.
So just who exactly is behind this? The letter contains “signers” that will be familiar to you. Or at least their organizations will. And it’s a buffet of far leftists, unions, and even the communist group Working Families Party. Oh, and of course Van Jones:
  • Sarita Gupta - Jobs With Justice
  • Bob King - United Auto Workers
  • George Goehl - National Peoples Action
  • Ai-jen Poo - National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Justin Ruben -
  • Mary Kay Henry - Service Employees International Union
  • Van Jones and Natalie Foster - Rebuild the Dream
  • Phil Radford - Greenpeace
  • Leo Gerard - United Steel Workers
  • Daniel Cantor - Working Families Party
  • Bruce Klipple - United Electrical Workers Union
But while Bob King of the United Auto Workers (UAW) is a signer of the letter, might the union be behind it more than it’s letting on? It would seem so. The Daily Caller was able to download a cache of files from the UAW website last week that point to a high level of organizing:
H/T to Forbes as well as that link to the Blaze.

III.  A user on the Occupy Wall St. web page posted what they think the organizations demands should be.  I think it's educational.  I'm not going to add emphasis because I just don't know where to start.  The whole thing would be bold italics saying "did you see what they just said?!?!?" Instead, I just lifted in its entirety:  
Admin Note: This is not an official list of demands. The user "bchang1987" who posted this speaks only for themself, not the movement. This website would never in a million years endorse a list of demands of the 1%.

Repeal the Taft-Hartley Act. Unionize ALL workers immediately.
Raise the minimum wage immediately to $18/hr. Create a maximum wage of $90/hr to eliminate inequality.
Institute a 6 hour workday, and 6 weeks of paid vacation.
Institute a moratorium on all foreclosures and layoffs immediately.
Repeal racist and xenophobic English-only laws.
Open the borders to all immigrants, legal or illegal. Offer immediate, unconditional amnesty, to all undocumented residents of the US.
Create a single-payer, universal health care system.
Pass stricter campaign finance reform laws. Ban all private donations. All campaigns will receive equal funding, provided by the taxpayers.
Institute a negative income tax, and tax the very rich at rates up to 90%.
Pass far stricter environmental protection and animal rights laws.
Allow workers to elect their supervisors.
Lower the retirement age to 55. Increase Social Security benefits.
Create a 5% annual wealth tax for the very rich.
Ban the private ownership of land.
Make homeschooling illegal. Religious fanatics use it to feed their children propaganda.
Reduce the age of majority to 16.
Abolish the death penalty and life in prison. We call for the immediate release of all death row inmates from death row and transferred to regular prisons.
Release all political prisoners immediately.
Immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Abolish the debt limit.
Ban private gun ownership.
Strengthen the separation of church and state.
Immediate debt forgiveness for all.
End the 'War on Drugs'.
It's just kind of hard to know where to start with that.  The density of that brain would embarrass a black hole.  Yes, it's "welcome to the USSR" or "Welcome to the Peoples Republic of Korea".  It shows simply amazing ignorance of the way our country is supposed to work.  But compared even to that stunning ignorance, the stupidity about economics is going to make my brain explode.  It shows amazing ignorance of how any country could possibly work.  It shows stunning ignorance of pretty much everything. 

If that were to be implemented, society would be over as soon as it became clear it was coming.  Such things always are accompanied by death camps and purges.  
(stolen mercilessly from BS Footprint)


  1. I vaguely remember a short story where if a kid hadn't mastered algebra by age 12 they had to be "put down," but that was dystopian fiction from the late 60's.

  2. I'm not at all surprised by the Professors, although I would have expected it from Europe rather than Oz.

    And you only get this sort of silliness (and the demands from teh #OccupyTards) when you spend your life living in a bubble world. If any of these people had been around people who told them that they're blooming idiots, they wouldn't be blooming idiots.

    1. Exactly - it's the "everybody gets a trophy" generation reaching adulthood (at least by the calendar) and suddenly realizing they're not a precious snowflake after all.

      They're unique and special, just like everybody else.

  3. I'm calling Poe's Law on the OWS list. There's no way the person who wrote that can seriously believe everything on it and have enough brain cells to continue breathing.

    1. SS, I'd be 100% with you except for one thing: last fall, during the peak of the OWS I saw interviews where these moe-rons were actually expressing how wonderful North Korea is; how it's so much better place to live than the US. They prattled on about how Cuba had such a wonderful society and the world's best health care. Sorry, I grew up in Miami, I know about the dead squads and the numbers being killed - even today. And if that health care legend is true, exactly why did Castro go to Spain when he got cancer?

      In other words, I think they must be fitted with some sort of power fan in their lungs to keep air moving. They really are too stupid to breathe.

    2. Here in Vermont, we have plenty of those type of frauds. Health care is a human right. Rats are people too. Ad Nausum.

      Most of these frauds are over educated trustafarians who know that living third world is good for you. That DOES NOT apply to themselves however. They have no intention of moving to Cuba because that means they would not have any of THEIR stuff. See to them, what's yours is theirs and what is theirs is theirs. And they have channels to outside the state money and their own personal wealth to use the courts and well paid hacks under the golden dome and the non-profit mafia in Montpelier to beat down any challenges to the Marxist thought.

      Then intend to drag us down into some kind of Pol Pot fantasy land, complete with all the collectivist trimmings.

      Not on my watch. What's left of the old line Vermonter's and transplants looking for a place to make a stand against the golden horde ARE organizing for self defense and self determination. We have the best terrain to live in and resist in. The Green Mountain Boys of old showed those who would make them slaves and steal their rights and property what the reality was in Vermont. So will we.

      The collectivists think they belong at the top of the heap. I say let's all help them get to the top of the pile.

      ...It just won't be the heap they are thinking of.

      "The gods of the valley are not the gods of the hills, and you shall understand it"...Ethan Allen

    3. "The gods of the valley are not the gods of the hills, and you shall understand it"...Ethan Allen

      Anyone who has been to Vermont even once ought to understand that!

  4. Did the writer of the demands say what planet they lived on?

    1. Obviously, this person is from Uranus. Well, somebody's.

      ("it's a hanging curve ball, low and over the center of the plate")

      I don't get many straight lines, BobG. Thanks.

  5. Well, I can't argue with that last one.

  6. If and when Occupy endorses such a list, I will be on the streets, physically opposing them.

    I would hope many American men would join me.


    1. I doubt they'd be stupid enough to publicly endorse that list.

    2. They did say it was just the one user's opinion and "This website would never in a million years endorse a list of demands of the 1%" (I assume they meant "the 99%", but that was too hard for them to remember).