Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Happy Gays: New York Gay Pride Parade

I really enjoyed Josh Gad's report on the Daily Show last night. I'm glad to see that he's still around, and that he's improving:

Also, apparently he's in The Book of Mormon.

Pornography? Why?

In college, the fish and funnel video described in WTSP article "Hardcore porn, racist e-mail found on Tampa Bay Storm coach Tim Marcum's computer" made its way around campus. It was disturbing. Of course, more amusing pornographic films made their rounds as well, including Love Muffins and Women in Black 2. Watching these films, I wondered what path takes a person from adorable child to licking someone's butt on film.

I know that "How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale" by Jenna Jameson and Neil Strauss is a memoir and is available. That book actually came out the year I started college. However, the reviews of the book have always steered me away from it, describing it as "pandering" and "about 1/3 full of nude pictures."

Recently, I came across a blog by a former pornstar (pictured above, on the right) who went by the name "Ashlynn Brooke" in her pornography days. She is now going by "Ashley" and is accessibly chronicling her memories of her journey from curious high schooler to on-camera butt-licking. So far it's interesting and easy to read. If, like me, you wonder how people end up getting paid for presenting their naughty-times, you might want to check Ashley's Blog out: http://all-things-ash.com/

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Jon Stewart on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace

I haven't had a chance to watch this yet, so I'm just putting it up in full instead of writing something this week:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Rest in peace, Max Carpenter

Jack Kevorkian, like Ron Burgundy, played jazz flute. If you'd like some thematic music to listen to while you read this week's Fear Goggles, here you go:

Jack Kevorkian died on 2011 June 3, 4 years and 2 days after his release from prison. He had been in prison, as you probably know, for actively and persistently assisting willing humans to euthanize themselves. Kevorkian died not from a euthanasia device, but from a thrombosis.

6 days after Kevorkian's death, a friend of the Booboisie, and family member to Jerry, was euthanized. Rest in peace, Max.

The decision to euthanize a non-human animal is often made by a council composed of that animal's doctor and that animal's adoptive family. In the case of humans, I suspect the decision is made similarly, but in the human case, the person whose life is at stake can also have a say, except in cases where the person in question is too young or otherwise unable to understand or communicate his/her opinions on the subject.

Local legality and acceptance of euthanasia, as I understand it:
  • Non-human animals - legal and largely uncontroversial
  • Pre-natal humans - 1/3 legal and controversial
  • Terminally unconscious humans - legal and mildly controversial
  • Conscious, mentally unfit humans - sometimes punitively legal and controversial
  • Conscious, mentally sound humans - illegal and largely uncontroversial

I cannot understand how this set of legalities and controversialities developed or how it makes any sense. Wikipedia currently lists the following "Reasons for euthanasia" on its "Animal euthanasia" page (reasons are not currently listed on the general "Euthanasia" page):
  • Terminal illness – e.g. cancer
  • Rabies
  • Behavioral problems (that usually cannot be corrected) – e.g. aggression
  • Illness or broken limbs that would cause suffering for the animal to live with, or when the owner cannot afford (or has a moral objection to) treatment.
  • Old age – Deterioration to loss of major bodily functions. Severe impairment of the quality of life.
  • Lack of homes - many shelters receive considerably more surrendered animals than they are capable of re-housing.

I often hear people claim that humans are the only species capable of feelings, including pain and fright. I fully disagree with that idea, but I also don't understand how that idea is compatible with popular views on euthanasia. How is quality of life an issue for an unfeeling beast?

Regardless of the existence of animal emotions, why is a quick, peaceful, medically-induced death acceptable for almost every possible suffering animal except the willing, cognizant human?

At least the suffering animal incapable of communicating its medical desires is allowed a quick, peaceful, medically induced death.

Rest in peace, Max. You too, Jack.