Tuesday, May 31, 2005

And the master said:

"Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. And hate leads to...suffering. - Yoda

Here's something you don't see every day.

Monday, May 30, 2005

The ongoing debate: Health Care

In these "The ongoing debate" posts, I shall attempt to capture some of the many online debates in which I participate, whether I win or lose.

"In debate, no one loses if the truth wins."
- Xan Shui

Intuitive Science: What if?

Kids say the darndest things!

Today I happened upon our three-year-old holding her stuffed Grover (from Sesame Street) up in front of her and talking for it. "Hi there! I am Grover!" Came her gravelly imitation voice as she bounced the doll slightly to indicate that it was talking.

Smiling, I asked her, "What are you doing, sweetheart?"

Her reply. "I'm pretending that Grover has batteries!"

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Mathematical models show how our solar system was formed.

Mathematicians model early solar system.

If mathematics can show exactly how forces we assume are random (unguided) created the precise orbits of the planets of our solar system, how can we then assume that guidance was needed?

It's ok. People of faith need their moments of doubt.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Medical: Explanation for clean hippies.

"Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a medical brain disorder that causes problems in information processing. It is not your fault or the result of a "weak" or unstable personality." - from the article below

With treatment, most people achieve meaningful and long-term symptom relief and some are completely cured. However, OCD "tends to be underdiagnosed and undertreated for a number of reasons. People with OCD may be secretive about their symptoms or lack insight about their illness. On average, people with OCD spend over 9 years seeking treatment before they receive a correct diagnosis and 17 years for them to obtain appropriate treatment." - from the article below

Obsession --> Compulsion
Contamination fears of germs, dirt, etc. --> Washing
Imagining losing control or aggressive urges --> Checking
Forbidden thoughts --> Ordering/arranging
A need to have things "just so" --> Hoarding or saving

Learn more--> Obsessive Compulsive Foundation

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Medical: Grandma's wisdom

Thousands of scientists - armed with millions of dollars in grants, laboratories filled with the latest in high-technology instrumentation, and minds carefully reshaped by our finest educational institutions - are finally beginning to achieve something like the wisdom of my Grandmother, who once told me, "I don't care what anyone says. A little fresh air and sunshine'll cure what ails ya."

My way news: Sunlight may prevent cancer.

Ongoing: When will we learn that we can't set people like this free?

A Florida man is arrested for kidnapping two girls, age 7 and 13, from their home, victimizing them and then sending them home with threats against their parents if they talked. Thank goodness the 13-year-old had the courage...

So here's our chance to show we can be taught. Put him away FOREVER and he'll never harm another child. A more lenient sentence you ask? Ok: Life in prison with paroll after serving 20 years if he agrees to be surgically castrated for the good of the society he might wish to rejoin.

FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Man Charged With Kidnap, Rape of Two Girls

Thursday, May 19, 2005

In the news: Providence?

The grenade thrown at President Bush last week during his visit to a former Soviet republic was live.

The grenade landed within its lethal range of the President. Because of a malfunction, "the activation device deployed too slowly to hit the blasting cap hard enough."

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Kids say the darndest things!

"I'm a different kind of person. And you're a different kind of person too...just like me!"

- C 5/7/2005