Animal Rights to get Hot in 2007

Alas: This UPI analysis has it right, I think. Animal liberationists are likely to target biotechnology and research firms to force an end to the use of animals in research. That this would be disastrous to human health and welfare matters not a whit to these zealots.Supposedly, the expected . . . . Continue Reading »

Thanks to THE WEEK

The Week has named my piece in the Daily Standard on Jack Kevorkian to the “Best Columns: The U.S.” in the December 29 edition. It includes a nice summary of what I wrote. (No link available.) My thanks and appreciation to The Week for the . . . . Continue Reading »

Cloning Opponent Denied Tenure at MIT

Dr. James Shirley, an adult stem cell scientist, has lost his appeal and will be denied tenure at MIT. Shirley, who is African-American, is charging racism. I can’t comment about that, or whether Shirley’s academic credentials would warrant tenure. But I can’t help suspecting that . . . . Continue Reading »

NHS Approaches Medical Discrimination

There is word out of the UK that obese people and smokers may be denied “priority” care in the UK under potential new NHS standards. The idea, of course, is to induce people into more healthy lifestyles, which in turn, will collectively ease the cost of health care.This is rationing and . . . . Continue Reading »

Merry Christmas to All!

Secondhand Smoke and Smokette have put up the Christmas lights and trimmed the tree. We look forward to a time of refreshment and the hope of the season with family and friends. For those of you who celebrate Christmas, please accept my most heartfelt best wishes for a blessed and merry holiday to . . . . Continue Reading »

Huntingdon Life Sciences Listed on NYSE

Fifteen months after being intimidated by animal rights/liberation thugs into not listing the parent company of Huntingdon Life Sciences, the New York Stock Exchange-Arca has done the right thing, and listed the company, permitting it to raise capital. Why the sudden show of backbone? Perhaps it was . . . . Continue Reading »

Elephant Ruled to be "On Par" With Humans

An Indian court has granted damages to the owner of an elephant killed in an auto accident because the pachyderm was “on par” with a human because it could obey commands and do tricks, etc. Well, then the owner had better be charged with slavery, because you can’t own humans but . . . . Continue Reading »