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Monday, November 29, 2004

Monday November 29, 2004. From The Volokh Conspiracy http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2004_11_28.shtml#1101697243

"Sunday, November 28, 2004
[Orin Kerr, November 28, 2004 at 10:00pm] Possible Trackbacks
George Will on Filibusters:

"From his Newsweek column, brought to my attention via Howard
[ http://www.legalaffairs.org/howappealing/2004_11_01_appellateblog_archive.html#1101696016 ]:

"'The filibuster is an important defense of minority rights, enabling democratic government to measure and respect not merely numbers but also intensity in public controversies. Filibusters enable intense minorities to slow the governmental juggernaut. Conservatives, who do not think government is sufficiently inhibited, should cherish this blocking mechanism. And someone should puncture Republicans' current triumphalism by reminding them that someday they will again be in the minority.'"

But some know that they will never again be in the minority; that conservatives and Republicans (who are, of course, identical) will now rule forever in America. See, for example, the September 27 issue of National Review. It has an article explaining how Bush's impending landslide victory will result in the end of liberalism forever.

And there are conservatives who think the government should have no inhibitions whatsoever. For example, John Ashcroft has explained that courts should never rule against the President. (I haven't yet found evidence that he also said this during the Clinton Administration; but surely he did. For Ashcroft is an honorable man.)

A while ago, someone commented in soc.politics that liberals were obviously fueled by hatred of George W. Bush.

I replied that there are two reasons why I don't hate Bush:
1) I'm not a conservative
2) I'm not a Republican

The same applies to most of the current leaders of American conservatism.
From http://bna.com newsletter:
Philadelphia's plan to offer inexpensive wireless Internet as a municipal service has collided with commercial interests, including local phone company Verizon Communications. Regional and long-distance phone companies have intensified a national campaign to quash municipal wireless initiatives like Philadelphia's as dozens of cities and towns have either begun or announced such plans.

Chicago, IL. November 8, 2004. Arryx, Inc. announced today that it has added an infrared (IR) product to its line of BioRyx(R) 200 optical trapping systems.....One of the initial applications of their technology is going to be the sorting of bull sperm to select cow gender in order to reduce the number of less valuable male cows (only females can make milk)....Cow semen sorting by sex chromosome will be available in 2005....For information and background on the scientific and technical work that led to the implementation of laser tweezers, feel free to browse Dr. David G. Grier's Web site: http://physics.nyu.edu/grierlab/.

Eventually much easier and lower cost pre-conception sex selection technologies will be available for human use. As it stands now cheap ultrasound technology and selective abortion are already causing large excesses in male births in Taiwan, China, and India. Imagine what will happen worldwide as costs and risks of sex selection drop.

My comments: Science fiction which looks at this includes: James Blish, "This Earth of Hours". Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign.

I don't think it will make much difference in India, where the number of adult women has long been held down by treating boys better than girls.
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