Interesting stuff – 2016-06-12

Oftentimes I read interesting stuff and I feel like commenting, but it’s too much to do up and entire blog post. So I am going to start doing a weekly “interesting stuff” post just to give you some things to think about. Sometimes there may be a theme, sometimes not.

So, with that, here’s some interesting stuff for 2016-06-12…

Thoughts on physician assisted suicide, from a quadriplegic. Did you know,

First, it’s a fact that predictions that someone will die in six months are often wrong. It’s also true that people who want to die usually have treatable depression or they just need better pain management.

Who is that quadriplegic, mentioned above? Here’s her story, in video form. Interesting to see how her story ties into the themes of my book, Suffering. Sometimes there are reasons why God says, “no.”


Previously I posted that increased CO2 levels, and the associated increase in the overall temperature of the planet, should be beneficial to plant life. Then I posted that a study that shows that this is, in fact happening.

NASA recently released a report showing that Canada’s far north is significantly greener than it used to be, confirming this trend. Per the study,

29.4 percent of the region greened up, especially in shrublands and sparsely vegetated areas, while 2.9 percent showed vegetation decline.

Remind me again why we need a carbon tax? Something about CO2 – otherwise known as plant food – supposedly being bad for the environment, right?


What do Canadian police, soldiers and doctors have in common? They all might be called upon to end somebody’s life. What’s the difference? The doctor might be called on to end the life of somebody who is in no conceivable way a threat to anybody else. Somebody who is perfectly innocent and unarmed; perhaps even in a completely helpless state themselves.

PTSD is a common problem for both police officers and soldiers; any guesses on the risk of PTSD issues arising in the medical profession? This doctor has some idea, and it isn’t pretty. He’s basing his assessment on the Netherlands’ experience.

The firemen who saved Denise’s life told me about the PTSD in their profession because they have to watch people die. And they aren’t even the cause of the death; they are actively fighting to prevent it. My heart goes out to doctors who are being ask to cause the death of another person, and then sit by and do nothing while that person passes away. I sincerely hope that patients will give careful consideration to the psychological trauma they are inflicting on doctors when they ask for help to commit suicide.


A friend and I had an informal bet going as to which sex acts would be approved next in Canada:

  • Incest (like Sweden is discussing)
  • Pedophilia (see for instance, Nambla)
  • Bestiality (on the heels of Germany)

It turns out Bestiality wins. Now, of course, this isn’t exactly the kind of ruling that will swing the floodgates wide open on bestiality. Technically it is just a clarification of the ruling, not a striking down of the law.

Yet.

Just give them time.

Back in 1993 assisted suicide was ruled not to be a right, but in 2016 it was ruled to be a right. The Supreme Court is just as prone to ideological flip-flopping as the most seasoned politician hoping to win an election. Except, of course, the Supreme Court isn’t elected.

Welcome to Canada; not the most progressive nation in the world, but well on our way to getting there.

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