the attack on science begins

I really think Fafnir’s onto something:

Leprechauns are all over the universe grabbin onto matter with their tiny leprechaun hands an holdin it together. hen you walk down the street insteada plummeting into pace it is because leprechauns are holdin you down onto the earth. Of course leprechauns are pretty small so when you jump you break free for a little while until the leprechauns grab you again!

I was really hoping that the new conservative agenda would stick to things like locking up innocent people for years at a time without due process, making homosexuals into second-class citizens, and other light pastimes. But now of course, they want to get rid of evolution as well. Because, you see, this is a Christian nation, and therefore the scientific truths that we hold dear should reflect our Christian heritage.

I think all the benefits of modern pharmaceutical and medical technologies that have devolved from experiments predicated on evolution and natutal selection should be rejected by those who deny the foundations on which they are built. If the basis goes against the Bible, are not the fruits of that research also tainted? That’s why I have some respect for the Christian Scientists. They may be nuts for not using band-aids, but at least they stand on their principles.

silver lining

At least someone has some balls:

Judge Robertson ruled that the administration could not under current circumstances try Mr. Hamdan before the military commissions set up shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks but could only bring him before a court-martial, where different rules of evidence apply.

In the 45-page ruling, the judge said the administration had ignored a basic provision of the Geneva Conventions, the international treaties signed by the United States that form the basic elements of the laws governing the conduct of war.

The hubris of our “leaders” never fails to astonish me. Apparently:

Government lawyers argued that the president had already used his authority to deem members of Al Qaeda unlawful combatants who would be deprived of P.O.W. status.

It’s lovely that our government is one in which if someone high enough vouches for something to be true then it is true. True enough to throw someone in prison,
true enough to sacrifice our soldiers, true enough to mortgage the future.

what goes down…

Prior to the election, quite a few progressives I had talked to were largely of the opinion “it has to get worse before it can get better.” Interestingly, those people were rather tight-lipped last week. Perhaps even here, in the bubble of Berkeley, the reality has hit them.

I for one, am more convinced now that it has to get worse before it can get better. Of course, I can say that in my comfortable over-educated academic engineer position.

tooth and nail

The play I am in, Tooth and Nail, opens next week:

UC Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies presents the U.S. Premiere of:
TOOTH AND NAIL
Directed by Laura Levin
Puppets by Heather Crow
November 12 – 21
Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall, entrance near Dwinelle Annex)

Tooth and Nail conjures the specter of apartheid through a spellbinding procession of images, narrative fragments, and gigantic puppets. Written in the final years of apartheid by South Africa’s renowned collective, the Junction Avenue Theater Company, the play questions the place of art and political resistance in the “New South Africa.”

November 12 (8pm), November 13 (8pm), November 14 (7pm)
November 19 (8pm)*, November 20 (8pm), November 21 (2pm)
*Playwright/Director Malcom Purkey, a founding member of the Junction Avenue Theatre Company, will lead a post-performance discussion on November 19th. This event was made possible through the support of the Consortium for the Arts and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Tickets prices are $14.00 general admission; $10.00 for UC faculty/staff; and $8.00 for students/seniors. Advance tickets may be purchased by phone at TicketWeb by calling (866) 468-3399 or online at www.ticketweb.com (search for UC Berkeley). Advance tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Zellerbach Playhouse box office on Fridays from 1pm to 4pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to each performance.

PUBLIC LECTURE:
Playwright/Director Malcom Purkey, a founding member of the Junction Avenue Theatre Companyy will give a public lecture: “South African Theatre in Post-Apartheid Democracy” on November 17th at 4pm in the Durham Studio Theater. This event was made possible through the support of the Consortium for the Arts and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

edith piaf

Non! Rien de rien …
Non ! Je ne regrette rien
Ni le bien qu’on m’a fait
Ni le mal tout ça m’est bien égal !

Non ! Rien de rien …
Non ! Je ne regrette rien…
C’est payé, balayé, oublié
Je me fous du passé!

Avec mes souvenirs
J’ai allumé le feu
Mes chagrins, mes plaisirs
Je n’ai plus besoin d’eux !

Balayés les amours
Et tous leurs trémolos
Balayés pour toujours
Je repars à zéro …

Non ! Rien de rien …
Non ! Je ne regrette nen …
Ni le bien, qu’on m’a fait
Ni le mal, tout ça m’est bien égal !

Non ! Rien de rien …
Non ! Je ne regrette rien …
Car ma vie, car mes joies
Aujourd’hui, ça commence avec toi !