Entry for July 20, 2006

I found this interesting graphic, “No two the same?” by the user Dzemo   on Chris Coyne’s gallery of context-free design grammar images.

Yesterday, the Decider in Chief vetoed, as promised, the stem cell bill, H.R. 81o,  passed by both the House and Senate, marshalling a Kodak moment complete with snowflake babies as he stood  at the White House surrounded by 18 families who `adopted” frozen embryos not used by other couples, and then used those leftover embryos to have children.  The Guardian ran “Bush Vetoes Stem Cell Bill As Promised, “ Mary Calrymple’s AP account from July 19. According to Bush, the bill

crosses a moral boundary.

Given the unnecessary war in Iraq and Congress’s unwillingness to put an end to it or the NSA warrantless wiretaps, given the Congress’s usual partisan bickering that members seemed to put asside to pass the measure, I’d have to ask, crosses the boundary in which direction?  Bush continued,  

This bill would support the taking of innocent human life in the hope of finding medical benefits for others…Each of these children was still adopted while still an embryo and has been blessed with a chance to grow, to grow up in a loving family. These boys and girls are not spare parts.

 In an ABC account on July 28, 2005,  of a similar affair with 18 families  in May 18  of that year,  “Adoption’s New Frontier” there were 84 such families, although there are 400,000 frozen embyos. 

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By the way, Coyne describes his design language:

You write a simple text file, and it spits out a huge image (up to a gigapixel). It was inspired by human language, sort of. For example, [a] tree…can be described in CFDG with just 20 lines.

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