Saturday, January 27, 2001repeat performance
"LEXINGTON, Ky., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- An Italian doctor and fertility expert told a lecture at Samaritan Hospital that he plans to attempt to clone a human being within the next year. Dr. Severino Antinori of Rome said he is treating 10 couples -- including one American couple -- who are candidates for what he described as a therapeutic procedure. Antinori said this is the first time he has made his intentions public. "Whether we like it or not, we will have cloned individuals in the very near future," said Dr. Panos Zavos, a friend of Antinori, who delivered his lecture Thursday. Zavos told Friday's Lexington Herald-Leader, "If it's done sensibly and responsibly enough, I think there is a place for cloning in this world. It's going to happen." Antonini, 55, who is known for his work in assisted reproduction techniques and in developing methods have allowed even women in their early 60s to get pregnant, said the chance to help infertile couples outweighs the ethical objections to his procedure, which he describes as safe. "Life is important," he said. "The goal to be a father, to be a mother, is a human right, an absolute human right." Antonini said the cloning attempt likely would be made somewhere in the Mediterranean."
eyes that are ourselves
dratfink should have known about freakytrigger.
idle on high
"Search engine and portal Subjex.com thought it had found an extraordinarily inexpensive way to advertise during the Super Bowl. Rather than pay for a commercial during the game, the thrifty dot-com planned on paying attendees to promote the company. For each second a person in the stands was able to get a Subjex.com sign on television, the company would pay that person $1,000, considerably less than shelling out a couple million for a 30-second spot. Unfortunately for Subjex.com, the marketing plan has been derailed by legal threats from the NFL.
"As a public company our main goal is profitability through unique and cost-effective advertising concepts that build our brand," says Andrew Hyder, president and CEO of Subjex.com. "It was interesting how quickly the National Football League perceived our little contest as such a big threat. First we tried to appease its legal representatives by changing our contest name and rules with no success. While we still disagree the NFL has the right to control what people may wear or hold while attending games, we don't have the resources to take the organization on in court and we don't want game attendees getting barred or kicked out of the Super Bowl."
The company has since notified participants that the contest has been canceled and posted a note on its Web site."
you will buy this
Friday, January 26, 2001buy me to the moon
great blog o' the week at blogger -- who would buy that?
"Why can't we agree that Britain is a European country? Because it is not so simple, says Timothy Garton Ash--our ties with the English-speaking peoples remain very strong.
Britain is a country of multiple identities or it is nothing. But a deeper European identity is there for the making--if we want it."
not so smart
"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Naphthalene, which gives mothballs and public restroom deodorizers their distinctive aroma, causes cancer in rats, U.S. government researchers said on Thursday. Rats who breathed naphthalene fumes developed cancer at a rate high enough to worry scientists at the National Toxicology Program (NTP), who must now decide whether people have the same risk. The rats especially developed rare cancers in the nose, the researchers found. ``The rats in the study were exposed by inhalation, just as most people are, in doses comparable to some human consumer and workplace exposures,'' the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, which administers the NTP, said in a statement. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies suggested the tests after some German workers exposed to naphthalene developed cancers including larynx, gastric, nasal, and colon cancer. The report was the 500th issued by the NTP using laboratory rats. ``Since NTP was established in 1978, its reports have changed how substances are handled in occupational and home settings, and in the more general environment,'' it said in a statement. Some chemicals restricted because of its tests include tetrachloroethylene and carbon tetrachloride, once used in home cleaning fluids; mirex, which was restricted in its use as a pesticide and fire retardant; benzene, an ingredient in gasoline, and phenolphthalein, once an active ingredient in most over-the-counter laxatives. ``Unlike the old cliche that 'everything causes cancer', almost half the chemicals tested do not produce tumors in laboratory rodents, and with a few rare exceptions, chemicals that cause tumors or other diseases in rodents eventually are found to cause similar if not identical problems in humans,'' the NTP said. "
Thursday, January 25, 2001professor al
up from the underground
Wednesday, January 24, 2001animal fodder
a friend of mine got home this afternoon and his dog was at the computer reading dratfink. and its in the referal log. i just wonder how he used the google search. i told him that i had signed up with one of those spam email sites that promises increased traffic to your site. i guess they are communing with some dark voodoo spirits. okay. none of its true. call me a rube. to think, a dog could read. what a maroon...
"Four years after he pulled the same stunt at President Clinton's second inauguration, a man without the proper clearance walked through security checkpoints and then stepped up and shook President Bush's hand shortly after the swearing-in, sources familiar with the incident said yesterday."
-- i was thinking that i had done something stupid and that when i saw the person related to the event in which i performed said stupid act i would give them $10 as a payment of a fine for the act i perpetrated. sort of a moveable kangaroo court. i needed to pay the fine so i could move on to the healing process as the dimension of my stupidity were weighing on my shoulders and unlike atlas i could not shrug. so i figured if i could pay my fine id be done with it. then i thought there could be a sliding scale of indemnity for a whole range of activities and in fact if you in turn wished to chasten someone you could refer to them in a frowning tone by the first name of the person on the bill that relates to the severity of their indiscretion. so say someone just kept talking your ear off. you could say to them, "easy up, george." if they continued to annoy you, maybe even said something offensive, the logical rejoinder would be -- "hey abe, dont make me emacipate your ass!" then, of course, on the next level you might find yourself really start to lay it all out there. "ALEX, DONT MAKE ME PUT A $@! CAP IN YOUR DOME!" you can just imagine what a dr dre, a ulysses or a big ben might mean. some serious shit. no doubt. so dont be no george.
to the hole
"The Giants have wisely embraced and encouraged this minor phenomenon. The history of professional football is nothing if not the history of testosterone-addled men and the women who try to put up with them. There was Vince Lombardi, whose maniacal quest for perfection drove his spouse to alcohol and depression. There was the former Philadelphia Eagles safety Wes Hopkins, whose marriage collapsed one blustery afternoon in Veterans Stadium when his wife discovered a second Mrs. Hopkins in the stands. And then there were certain tomcatting members of the early-90’s Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys who actually stockpiled an entire mansion called, of all things, “The White House” with their mistresses."
spy v spy
Tuesday, January 23, 2001i go to rio
boys will be boys
state of the nation
Monday, January 22, 2001dick traces
hitch it up
"Fox is a delightful case study of the dissonance between economic and social conservatism. The first says "Let the market decide. If 'Temptation Island' makes a profit, it's a good program." The latter says--well, you already read that paragraph. It's the same contradiction bedeviling Bush and the other leaders of the Republican Party: How do you keep both the free-market, anti-regulation CEO crowd and the regulate-public-morality conservative religious leaders happy? Strange bedfellows? Shocking infidelity? Yes on both. Now that's just the sort of thing that could make for a very successful television show.".
the big onion
watch me be
new york city has some new stuctures that are drawing attention -- public pay toilets. i heard somewhere that it was 25 cents for 20 seconds. this article say 25 cents for 20 minutes. the latter sounds more reasonable but the former more likely.
Sunday, January 21, 2001suck it up
mary matalin is a media whore.