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Friday, March 05, 2004

I haven't had time lately to post quoted news articles about our mad, mad world...which I always see as the absurdity of human life. Here are some excerpts and links from a couple I found interesting:

From The Raving Atheist

Do not thou be too hasty, quoth McDermott

Amid increasing rancor over same sex-marriages and the federal marriage amendment, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) took to the House floor last week to denounce the invocation of “biblical principles” of marriage by the “presidential prayer team.”

In a one-minute address, the fiery Seattle liberal said the book of Genesis allows for marriage “between one man and one or more women” and that “marriage of a believer and a nonbeliever shall be forbidden.”

And from Deuteronomy: “A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed.”

And he said, according to the Bible, “divorce is not possible, and finally, if a married man dies, his brother has to marry his sister-in-law.”

Okay folks, stop laughing -- this is really TRUE. McDermott did indeedy give this speech -- and it was reported in a factual news article. I guess we'd better start following ALL the biblical advice if we're trying to base marriage on the bible, huh? Looks like there'll be LOTS of folks heading to hell if these verses have any bearing at all. ;-)

Gates: Buy stamps to send e-mail

NEW YORK (AP) -- If the U.S. Postal Service delivered mail for free, our mailboxes would surely runneth over with more credit-card offers, sweepstakes entries, and supermarket fliers. That's why we get so much junk e-mail: It's essentially free to send. So Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates, among others, is now suggesting that we start buying "stamps" for e-mail.

Many Internet analysts worry, though, that turning e-mail into an economic commodity would undermine its value in democratizing communication. But let's start with the math: At perhaps a penny or less per item, e-mail postage wouldn't significantly dent the pocketbooks of people who send only a few messages a day.

I don't know about you, but when I have to start buying 'stamps' for email, I will be sure the internet is on its way to a certain death. Leave it to Gates and/or other CEOs to try and profit off what is the one sure way people can openly express themselves, without almost any censorship.

And now...back to work. SLAVE is my name! :-)

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