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Creation Date: 2002-04-24
I'm doing okay, it's a rough week. This credit load is finally revving up. I had a midterm on Monday in History, a Lab yesterday, Midterm in EM today, Rough draft of my paper on gravity due tomorrow, and midterm in Mathematical Methods of Physics friday. That Humanities class has two things due soon which they said would be on the website but are not. That's not good news. Also, the class is 30% participation and the discussion section is totally fscked. There isn't a single person there that lacks a double-standard in every single argument they make. They're speaking without thinking. It's as if it isn't even a real college. You would think that people who major in humanities would be able to make an argument that isn't easily shot down by their own argument. Three examples: A Palestinian American explains that Americans should lay off cousin marriages since our own science proves it to be safe. He explains that culture should be free to do what they want. When a girl asks him (off-topic) about the abuse of women over there, he explains that it's a culture's right to enslave its members. However it is not right for Americans to enslave Arabs in their culture. Does that make sense? Freedom for a culture to enslave? The previous guy's main opponent was a molecular biologist, and said that cousin marriages are still unsafe because there might be a chance that in the future negative effects could be seen. Two weeks ago, this same guy defended genetic engineering of humans saying that, "If there are side effects in the future, we have to take that risk." His double standard is completely based on his culture even though he claims to be a neutral scientist. Either genetics is safe or genetics is not. Next, we have the case of getting one's values mixed up. Like Bugs Bunny switching his answer in an argument against Daffy Duck, he has shot his mouth off and reversed his position in the period of an hour. This guy attacks the Palestinian American's belief in cousin marriages for genetics reasons. He also is unhappy about the suicide attacks on Israel. I don't know how it works, but he did get a lot of raised eyebrows for his comments. So he explains that Israel deserves to go to their homeland. Building homes atop corpses of suicide bombers, Israelis, and refugees alike, I assume. He also feels that genetic engineering is bad, since wanting perfect children is bad. So when the topic changes to two deaf lesbians getting artificial insemination from a deaf guy to have two deaf kids, he and the biologist are up in arms. Finally those two agree on something, but it's that the lesbians are selfish. This guy is against cousin marriages, against genetic engineering, and against naturally engineered deaf children. But his methods are backwards. He dislikes cousin marriages even though they're genetically proven to be safe, yet his reason for disliking them is that maybe there will be genetic side-effects. But he doesn't like genetic engineering to be better. He also doesn't like deaf lesbians to have deaf children. That would mean that he would want people to be safe, yet doesn't listen to evidence of it. He doesn't wants genetic engineering because it is unknown to be safe. Something known to be unsafe he does not want. Perhaps he's just interested in people being celibate. But I bet there's a deaf bi girlfriend of his that can say otherwise considering his other double standards. So as you can see, I cannot get into any of these conversations without defending one of these hypocrits. I submit that each of them has given one good idea, but is equally detracted by their second statement that contradicts by value the first. Also, I might add that the discussions each week have been completely off topic. I go there expecting to talk Haggle's Dialectic and they talk cousin marriages. I do not speak before thinking, which everyone there seems to do. I also can say that the room was very intolerant. Each contraversial topic was met by hissing and/or laughter. When the Palestinian American said that most of his family's relationships were cousin marriages, the room cracked up with laughter. That type of intolerance sickens me especially when scientific study published by the UW concluded that it is safe. Not that I'm going to vote for a law to legalize it, but science says that we should shut our traps about family trees not forking. The simple fact is that science says that no one in the human species is more than seventh cousin from anyone else. The lesbian issue got similar treatment, but only from the male part of the room. Would it get the same reaction if it were a deaf hetero couple? It'd get about half and definately more support from the guys. My diagnosis: guys talk freedom to their girlfriend, but in a room full of feminists, they are still chauvanists. Maybe I'm giving them too much credit for opinions they don't have, but I've got a clue to their intent. I didn't think you'd want to hear, I went to the protests last saturday. It was fun, but the police will never give up. Peaceful demonstrators only need police confrontation to become very angry and possibly violent, so why push them? The march out of downtown was good. The teach-in wasn't very well-done. The Reclaim the streets was better than last August when the police beat, peppersprayed, and arrested a large number of peaceful protesters. One person from August is still in jail on felony assault that he is innocent of. This year they just wanted to provoke casualties. As soon as the girl came down from the tripod, ten police jumped her and five people around her while one cop just sprayed everyone with pepperspray. Everyone was peaceful except the cops. Why did they have to arrest that girl? For misdemeanor traffic violation < $100 fine. But she got a concussion from the police beating her. One girl with asthma went to the hospital unconscious from the pepper spray. Being on the other side of the tripod from the cop who was spraying pepper spray, I only got a touch of it on my jacket. My jacket still smells and is stained white in the five quarter-sized spots where it hit my jacket. The color is permanent I hear, but I think the smell will come out eventually. The rest is on my website http://students.washington.edu/jvoss/javantea/JFmake143t.htm What I liked about April 20 is that it was a victory. We lost one battle (the battle of the RTS), we won battles before, we won battles after, we had a few casualties, and our side of the protest was peaceful and friendly. Most people went home at 8 PM after a full day without food wanting to do the same next month. Actually, Mayday is the next celebration/protest. This saturday is a revolutionary teach-in at Olympia, but I can't make it. Oh by the way, when I say casualty, that's a military term for losing a person: death, injury, enemy capture, desertation, or court-martial. I think the Ginsing tea I drank the other day is making me more militaristic. Cannot confirm. Recon squad requested. Go, roger, charlie, echo! ^_^
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