Saturday, July 09, 2005

Minister of Unregulated Fun

According to this article, China has a Minister of Extreme Sports. Is there any greater proof needed of what's wrong with totalitarianism? I can only pray that the neo-Stalinists in the Bush admin read this and realized the evil of the path they've embarked upon. Perhaps someday liberalism will triumph and limited government will prevail, but until then, we face the harrowing future of life under the big government conservatives...

Vegan (But Not Vegetarian) Meat Products

God I love the future, mostly because it's now. Wouldn't it be great if we could enjoy meat and meat by-products without brutally torturing animals? I mean, meat is the best source of protein out there, and yet "farming" it causes a great deal of environmental degradation and is inhumanely cruel. So, in spite of the best efforts of the worlds churches and backwater governments to stop scientists from doing anything of value, News.com.au reports that:

Writing in the journal Tissue Engineering, Matheny said scientists could grow cells from the muscle tissue of cattle, pigs, poultry or fish in large flat sheets on thin membranes. These sheets of cells would be grown and stretched, then removed from the membranes and stacked to increase thickness and resemble meat.

This "meat" (it would lack a lot of the characteristics of meat, and the texture would probably be way off, but that's tweakable) could eventually be produced far more efficiently and humanely than the current process, which involves being mean to cows and tuna! Plus, this gives us the chance to do a guilt-free and delicious version of the one meat everyone's always wanted to eat, but never had the chance.

Our Steady March to the 13th Century

I think we all know what happens when you decide religion is more important than reason, and with that in mind the Catholic Church is now toying with the idea of rejecting evolution. In an op-ed piece in the New York Times, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn sides with the "intelligent design" school, a school of thought distinguished by its complete lack of evidence and love for distorting facts and outright lying.

Seeing as the church just recently admitted that Galileo may have been right, I thought maybe it had taken that big leap forward into the 16th century. Guess not.