Friday, October 24, 2008

Proposal 2 in Michigan 2008

Foreword: If the following text sounds a little opinionated, well that's because it is. You are free to have your own no matter how wrong it is, I'll still respect it unless you're a dumbass.

So let's have a debate. I want to discuss some points on the Michigan Ballot for 2008. Specifically proposition #2. I'll try my best to present both arguments, and some of the facts about the bill itself.

This is what will be on the ballot on November 4th:
The proposed constitutional amendment would:
• Expand use of human embryos for any research permitted under federal law subject to the following limits: the embryos –
– are created for fertility treatment purposes;
– are not suitable for implantation or are in excess of clinical needs;
– would be discarded unless used for research;
– were donated by the person seeking fertility treatment.
• Provide that stem cells cannot be taken from human embryos more than 14 days after cell division begins.
• Prohibit any person from selling or purchasing human embryos for stem cell research.
• Prohibit state and local laws that prevent, restrict or discourage stem cell research, future therapies and cures.

In my opinion, if you're a pro-life kind of person, you should probably vote no. otherwise, why the hell would you not vote yes? It is my belief that government should never stand in the way of the free market. Did that sound familiar to all my republican friends out there?? It is also my belief that this country should be beating the shit out of all other countries in the world for medical advancements, and cutting edge technology. I don't think we really are. No one talks about it on TV, so I wouldn't know. I wouldn't even know where to search to figure that shit out.

But I digress. NOWHERE in the Proposal that we are voting for, does it make any mention of tax dollars, or grants or money or anything. This simply allows the research of embryonic stem cells, and makes it illegal to outwardly try to stop the researches from doing their work, or open facilities. No promises made to anyone, just putting it out there that you can do it here.

Think of the boom to our economy that would create. We've got so many god damn college grads in this state, that we could fill those facilities. Pump money back into our LOCAL economy. Who gives a shit about Wall Street? I know the shit they do effects me, in like some long term shit, or if I've bought a house in the last 5 years... but from day to day, as long as I have a job, shit pretty much stays the same. It's not like I make more money if the DOW goes up. Woopti fuckin doo. Look at those graphs and shit, it's crazy.

Wow, sorry for the rambling. I guess for all the people who are on the fence about abortion as far as how late into a pregnancy you can do it, I think this will help you sleep at night. And not that I would never ask someone to get one, but I can understand that sometimes it is the better option. I don't think it should be ever made illegal, and I don't think it'll happen. Well it made me feel a little better when I found out that the "embryos" couldn't be past 14 days of cell division. I wonder what that looks like. I did a little searching and couldn't really find a picture of a 2-week embryo. I found some older ones that look like babies but at 2 weeks, it's not even close to looking like a baby. Or a bird-fish-monkeyman, or whatever the hell we are.

Regardless, I'm sure if it was your baby, you wouldn't want someone poking and prodding its little dead body, no matter how much it resembles a huge juicy booger. Oh man I'm going to hell.
But if it was made by two people who had never met, in a lab somewhere, then is it that awful?
Yeah, it's still pretty freaky, but I believe it is progress not murder.

Other states are passing legislation, and they are getting the new jobs that would go real well with three global manufacturing corporations taking a fuckin perpetual nosedive into an eternal death spiral. Detroit was made for that shit.

So let me know how you feel. I think I've ranted enough for one night.

Peace in the Middle East bitches.

Are you afraid of socialism?

Do you know what socialism is?

Britannica online defines it this way:
Social and economic doctrine that calls for public rather than private ownership or control of property and natural resources. According to the socialist view, individuals do not live or work in isolation but live in cooperation with one another. Furthermore, everything that people produce is in some sense a social product, and everyone who contributes to the production of a good is entitled to a share in it. Society as a whole, therefore, should own or at least control property for the benefit of all its members.

But this is how defines Socialism:
so⋅cial⋅ism Show Spelled Pronunciation [soh-shuh-liz-uh m] Show IPA Pronunciation
1. A theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
2. Procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.
3. In Marxist theory: the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.

Compare utopian socialism

Ooh, is anyone else scared?? That is some horrifying shit!! But then I see "Compare Utopian Socialism", what the deuce?!? Utopian society... it's a cream dream rage cage!!

But wait, what did that say? The step between Capitalism and Communism?? Whoa. By the imperfect implementation of the collectivist principles? If you're like me, then you just said what the fuzz?

So I googled it. Wait, is Google in the dictionary? Wow, yup... rad.
Then I googled Collectivist Principle and I got more than a dozen web pages, written by god knows who, and I can't be checking facts all day. I don't believe half of the shit I hear from anyone, even the really cool liberal shit on NPR. Democracy Now, my favorite show ever. Every day baby. There are always more than two sides to every story; it's the third one that is elusive.

So I searched the dictionary only to find zero entries for Collectivist Principle, same thing in the Encyclopedia.
But then I searched the Dictionary, and the Encyclopedia for collectism, and I got some answers that sounded just like soviet communism, go to the third definition.

So what's the point BiGhEaD? You may be asking. Well I haven't figured that part out quite yet. I'm going to go watch this movie, zeitgeist. I'll probably watch it a couple times. Take some notes, and give a review on here, so check back...

That, and I've been hearing the word socialism a lot in the news lately, so I figured I'd find out what they're all talking about... sounds like an impossible dream. All of these gawd awful social systems really stem from the ideal of a utopia. Everyone living in harmony and all that shit, it'll never happen. All the 'developing nations' out there, they aren't fucking developing. They are recovering. People and societies have existed so much longer in lands on the opposite side of this planet. Greed, wars, famine, democracies, republics, tribes, societies...

Those first three, in my opinion, are partially or maybe completely responsible for the downfall of any society that thrives and then falls. Sure there are lots of reasons, and people to blame. But it's human nature that we destroy our own societies. Looking through history, it seems to be the case to me. Let me know if you disagree. Try to convince me that there is hope for us shaved apes.

Till next time biotches