This says more about “bioethicists” than genetic testing
Dec 31st, 2013 by Ken Hagler

From the New York Times: Anoth­er Tire­some­ly Mis­lead­ing Bioeth­i­cal Attack on Per­son­al­ized Genet­ic Test­ing. Today, the New York Times has pub­lished yet anoth­er arti­cle aim­ing to prove to read­ers that genet­ic test­ing, espe­cial­ly direct to con­sumer test­ing, is use­less and per­haps even mis­lead­ing. []

On read­ing this arti­cle, my first thought was to won­der whether there’s even such a thing as a “bioethi­cist” who doesn’t want peo­ple to live short, mis­er­able, disease-ridden lives. Then I read this com­ment, which seems to sum up what they’re about pret­ty well:

Bioethics, the love child of eugen­ics and social­ist plan­ning to cre­ate false scarci­ties for the pur­pose of con­trol­ling resources is about sys­tem­i­cal­ly killing as many peo­ple as you can med­ical­ly jus­ti­fy.

Cops are good at victim selection
Dec 16th, 2013 by Ken Hagler

River­side Cops Pre­tend To Be High School­ers, Arrest 25 Stu­dents For Pot. River­side Coun­ty cops — the same guys respon­si­ble for trick­ing an autis­tic teenag­er into buy­ing mar­i­jua­na as part of a drug sting last year — are back on high school cam­pus­es. Appar­ent­ly unde­terred by the media firestorm sur­round­ing last year’s arrests and a law­suit charg­ing the depart­ment with neg­li­gence, the River­side Coun­ty Sherriff’s Depart­ment of River­side Coun­ty, Calif., has decid­ed to con­tin­ue its con­tro­ver­sial under­cov­er drug inves­ti­ga­tion pro­gram. Under this pro­gram, offi­cers spend their days in local high schools pre­tend­ing to be stu­dents. Over a semes­ter, the offi­cers try to build their under­aged “class­mates’” trust, then arrange drug deals with a few dozen stu­dents and ulti­mate­ly arrest them. [Rea­son]

Per­ris is one of the poor­er areas of River­side Coun­ty. The cops clear­ly chose that city to tar­get because they knew they wouldn’t have to wor­ry about their vic­tims’ par­ents being able to afford com­pe­tent lawyers to defend them.

Interesting game
Dec 1st, 2013 by Ken Hagler

As it’s been get­ting too cold to spend much time out­side, I’ve been try­ing out some new online role­play­ing games. One of them, The Secret World, has an inter­est­ing sto­ry with voice-acted cutscenes, sim­i­lar to Star Wars: The Old Repub­lic. One of its unusu­al fea­tures is puz­zle quests, where you have to fig­ure out some­thing from clues. For exam­ple, one I just did involved break­ing into a doctor’s files on his com­put­er. The pass­word hint was “music of the sea­sons,” and there is a framed pho­to­graph on the floor next to the com­put­er with a hand­writ­ten note about “lis­ten­ing to music by our favorite com­pos­er.” As it hap­pens, I know that The Four Sea­sons was writ­ten by a com­pos­er named Vival­di, so I tried that as the password–and sure enough, it worked.

Note all of the puz­zles are things I can fig­ure out, though. One of them required exten­sive knowl­edge of Chris­t­ian mythol­o­gy, and I had to Google the answer to that one.

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