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Now He’s Intestate

An Australian woman has received permission to remove her dead partner’s testicles. From The Daily Mail: A woman has won a legal battle to remove her late partner’s testicles from his dead body in the hope of using his sperm to have a child.

The Toowoomba woman was granted permission to remove his testicles […]

Gender Neutered Pronouns

UCLA Law professor Eugene Volokh at the Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy blog has an enfuriating/interesting piece on New York City’s plan to fine people for not using the proper pronoun to refer to them. Don’t think “he, she, or it”. No. Think “zhe, ze, hir, et al. I shit you not:

So people can […]

Friday Open Thread

On this date in 1862 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act of 1862,

Inconsistent Vegetative State

The priesthood of scientists and medical professionals… they don’t nearly as much squat as they purport to know. From the journal Aeon comes this unsurprising yet still disturbing story about how many folks — thousands of people — are still “here” even though they have been diagnosed as persistent vegetative…:

I had just finished […]

Monday Open Thread

Marriage of King John I of Portugal (House of Aviz) to Philippa of Lancaster, daughter of John of Gaunt to seal the Treaty of Windsor

On this date in 1386 England and Portugal sealed the longest-lasting diplomatic alliance in the Treaty of Windsor — still in force to this day.

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Wednesday Open Thread

Due Process, what a concept

As if I didn’t loathe the media’s disgusting predilection for steering rush-to-judgement false narratives already, but ESPN’s latest 30 for 30, “Fantastic Lies,” about the Duke lacrosse team, solidified it even more last night.

Scary enough analogies to the Penn State and Jerry Sandusky events as the doc unfolded, but what interviewee Jay Bilas says […]

R.I.P. — Antonin Scalia

Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died at age 79:

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the judicial standard-bearer of the conservative movement and the court’s most provocative member, died Saturday. He was 79.

?His death means President Obama could have an unprecedented chance to try to shift the balance of the court […]

Immoral Relativism

“Child Bride: Through the Looking Glass” by Sharooq Amin

Influential (and cultural relativist) early 20th century anthropologist Ruth Benedict once wrote:

“Mankind has always preferred to say, ‘It is morally good,’ rather than “It is habitual,’ and the fact of this preference is matter enough for a critical science of ethics. But historically the […]

Thursday Open Thread

In my Humanities course yesterday we started talking about the Enlightenment… laying the foundation with Locke and Montesquieu which of course lead to a brief presentation on the importance of the concept of natural law and natural rights.