"Winston picked his way up the lane through dappled light and shade, stepping out into pools of gold wherever the boughs parted. Under the trees to the left of them the ground was misty with bluebells. The air seemed to kiss one's skin. It was the second of May. From somewhere deeper in the heart of the wood came the droning of ring doves." --1984 … [Read more...]

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SCANS UNCOVER SECRETS OF THE WOMB. I've counseled women considering abortion whose children were about here. In general, the pictures of fetal development we use (I think they're the Lennart Nilssen ones) are among the things women respond to most strongly and are most interested in during counseling. Women--including women considering abortion--in my experience really want to know what's happening inside the womb. My old post on informed consent may help explain why.BBC link via The Corner. … [Read more...]

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PROTECT MARRIAGE PETITION: From Bronwen McShea. I can vouch that this is real and she will in fact be sending this along--it's not one of those fakey email petitions. --------------------------------------------------------------------Hello all:As you may know, the U.S. Senate will debate and vote on a Federal Marriage Amendment on July 12. According to Senate aides, many senators (including many Democrats) are still on the fence and are gauging their constitutents' degree of support and … [Read more...]

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C'MON, RIP HER TO SHREDS: FEMINISM AND READERS' SYMPATHIES. I recently read a little article on women and girls in the Harry Potter books. A lot of it struck me as wrongheaded just on basic character-analysis grounds--why characters did what they did--but there was one really interesting wrong turn the piece made that I thought might be worth discussing in more depth. (I'm not linking to the piece because I forgot where I found it. Sorry....)The article's author figured that there were two … [Read more...]

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MANGA AND SUPERMANGA: (Sorry.) Two quick reviews.Junji Ito, Gyo, vol. 2: The conclusion of a horror story about these... well... they're fish and sharks and suchlike, mounted on metal frameworks that allow them to walk about terrorizing people. The frameworks seem to have minds of their own: They capture helpless humans and infect them with a virus that makes them produce the flatulence that powers the frameworks.Right. This was very much Not My Thing. I would have been able to ignore the … [Read more...]

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THAT STORY: Roundup."How Far Can a Government Lawyer Go?": Adam LiptakA CLIENT asks his lawyer a question: During an interrogation of a suspected terrorist, how much pain can I legally inflict?The lawyer should:a) Explore every legal avenue available for his client, including all possible defenses should criminal charges be filed.b) Give legal guidance but add advice on the wisdom and morality of what the client is considering.c) Tell the client to take a walk.The … [Read more...]

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Stay in bed. Watch my blogs. Stay in bed. Watch my blogs. Warm Coke in the morning-- Lights pass on the ceiling-- Stay in bed.Yale Free Press: Scroll down for Prof. Cass Sunstein's reply to Gene Vilensky on property rights and natural rights. Diana Feygin chips in here on the "rubber band of rights-talk." Really interesting exchange.Last lines of poems. Neat! Via Unqualified Offerings.And the consistently-interesting Jonetta Rose Barras writes, "This statistic in a magazine article … [Read more...]

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