June 30, 2007


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June 27, 2007

Falling dreams

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Part-human chimerae

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And what do the bishops propose we do about these creatures?

A human gene that Japanese researchers have inserted into rice enables the plant to break down a portfolio of chemicals now used on farms to kill weeds. The unusual breadth of that herbicide resistance could circumvent a major shortcoming of existing genetically engineered crops and also open new avenues for cleaning up contaminated soils. Some scientists, however, are concerned that weeds growing with the rice could eventually acquire the human gene and become herbicide-resistant superweeds.

Ben Harder, Rice with a Human Touch, Science News, April 16, 2005

June 24, 2007

Matrioshka states…

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The irony here being that the Vatican — to which ambassador Romney is himself accredited — is itself a state within a state…

Tit [or title] for Tat

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Please note that “Safiullah” means “Sword of God” (“Sword of Allah”) rather than “Sword of Islam as stated in the cited text.” My thanks for this pointer.

Mother’s gold

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When I ran across the quote from Mikel Dunham’s book on the Tibet resistance forces and CIA, I was reminded first of Smohalla’s vision:

You ask me to plough the ground. Shall I take a knife and tear my mother’s breast? Then when I die she will not take me to her bosom to rest. You ask me to dig for stone. Shall I dig under her skin for her bones? Then when I die I cannot enter her body to be born again. You ask me to cut grass and make hay and sell it and be rich like white men. But how dare I cut off my mothers hair?

It was in searching for that text that I stumbled across the quote from Milton – which, since it speaks specifically of gold, seems to be a better “pairing” with the quote from Tibet.

Yet the point is the same, whether it be found in Milton, Tibet, or the visionary of the Nez Perce: we might be better off if the seams of gold to be found in the earth were never mined. And this notion, so much the reverse of the great idea (Milton correctly identifies it as Mammon) which mines the Witwatersraand to provide us with currency and ornament, is most easily understood when thinking of the earth as mother.

What, to paraphrase the gospel saying, shall it profit humankind if we gain the whole treasure of our world-mother — and lose her soul?

June 20, 2007

Collateral damage

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Two into one #2

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Two into one #1

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Who needs theodicy?

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…when the skeptical Lecter and the Lord himself agree.

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