"Haunting Echos of Eugenics"

In this excellent column published in the Washington Post, disability rights activists Andrew J. Imparato and Anne C. Sommers warn of the emerging new eugenics. Some key quotes:Though society may be inclined to regard [Oliver Wendel] Holmes’s detestable opinion in Buck v. Bell [“Three . . . . Continue Reading »

Baby Emilio Dies

While I was in Europe, Baby Emilio Gonzales died. The case stimulated much discussion of Futile Care Theory, in which Texas law allows ethics committees to refuse wanted life-sustaining treatment—not because the treatment won’t extend life but because it will. The Texas Legislature is in . . . . Continue Reading »

Evil is Real—But So Too, Is Goodness

Whilst in Poland, Debra and I felt duty bound to bear witness to the suffering of the victims of Auschwitz/Birkenau. These are a few of the photos I took.These were not “just” death and slave labor camps: They were designed for the systemic torture of helpless people. Utter insanity. I . . . . Continue Reading »

Hiatus Time

I have a speaking gig in Warsaw on Saturday, so Secondhand Smokette and I are taking the opportunity to see some of Eastern Europe. I have decided not to lug the old laptop around, and so chances are I will not post anything until around the 21st. However, one never knows. The last time I left the . . . . Continue Reading »

We Keep Growing

SHS just had one of its all time best weeks. More than 5000 people from all around the world came by to “set a spell.” I am very gratified and will continue to strive to make the sight interesting and find stories for us to ponder that affect the human future. Thanks to . . . . Continue Reading »

Future Squinter? No Right to be Born

Well, we have fallen along way off the moral cliff in a very short time; from tossing away embryos with genetic defects for serious illness in infancy, to tossing them away because they are the wrong sex, to destroying those with a genetic propensity to adult onset cancer. And now, with the . . . . Continue Reading »