Ok. Engineered cats.
From the Allerca web site:
"The Allerca research and development teams comprise some of the leading specialists in animal genetic engineering. The team's expertise places Allerca in a unique position to produce the world's first hypoallergenic cat. Allerca will produce the world's first hypoallergenic cats, and we expect the birth of these first special kittens in early 2007. Priced at $3,500, the cost of an Allerca kitten is similar or less than some of the more exotic cat breeds available today. Using patented genetic technology, the Allerca team will focus on the particular gene that produces the Fel d 1 glycoprotein. Using a technique known as “gene silencing”, the process reduces the gene’s ability to produce the protein. Other genetic methods may produce allergen-free cats, but these procedures rely on nuclear transfer (cloning) and may result in associated known risks prevalent in cloned animals."
So... Allerca offers a base model cat for $US 3500.
My first question is about the extended cat warranty... second, are these kitty's running MS Windows Mobile? Also, will there be a Bluetooth-equipped version offered? Think I'll wait to see where the technology settles. Am thinking "convergence" -- I'd really like a cat that does web browsing. IMAP e-mail access, and plays MP3s in full stereo.
The do seem cute though. Too bad they can only (apparently) walk around on their hind paws... Perhaps they'll introduce a 4x4 version in the next model year!
On a more serious note -- I read a quote in some business section that said that the company did not anticipate problems with FDA approval, since the cats are not intended for human consumption. (Am I the only one creeped out by this??!) - paul
Posted Thu Oct 28th, 2004 - 1:30pm by CPC Top of page
Came across the digital chainsaw website for Tom Hendrick's zine MUSEA, which has interesting news and views about the so called "ongoing revolution" in the arts!
"We're the monthly newsletter that is leading the ART REVOLUTION AGAINST the handful of CORPORATE ART AND MEDIA CONGLOMERATE WEASELS (there are only less than 9 now) who control virtually all of the arts and media in the U.S.; and we are FOR the best of all the "Indie" (independent) artists outside of corporate art."
Check out the list of all time best Children's Illustrators.
Posted Thu Oct 28th, 2004 - 12:20pm by CPC Top of page
It's been interesting to gauge the sharply contrasting reactions to Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, especially in context of the partisan-esque din of polemics squealing between the Right and the Left. What's more intriguing, are the sharp differences in views expressed (generally speaking) by Evangelical Christians, particularly between those in the U.S., and those outside. The discussion up here in Canada, with regards to views about the Bush's administration -- and particularly U.S. foreign policy -- has many folks expressing condemnation that the White House does not reflect a Christian world-view. Frankly, I'm divided. Far be it for me to question another man's faith (as many have). It is clear that Bush is a Believer. On the other hand, I feel disappointed that the rhetoric and measure for the justification of war in Iraq (which in of itself is questionable) is not being used in the six (or more) other places in the world where people suffer greatly or live in abject fear and hopelessness.
It was refreshing to come across the following article by an American. Arnold's words seem appropriate for the situation in Iraq:
"As a Christian, I am an ardent believer in nonviolent conflict resolution as the only weapon able to break the cycle of violence both in personal and international conflicts. Politics and war will never be the answer. It is not an issue of Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative. Fahrenheit 9/11 confronts us with other choices: anger, resentment and bitterness or else the forgiveness, love and prayer that only God can give. And this love, prayer, and forgiveness must extend--especially--to those young men and women fighting for a cause they do not understand, and to those world leaders who are but puppets in the grand schemes of power and money. Real change will happen only when we embrace these weapons of the Spirit, and when we become much more active in our prayer for a peaceful world.
I left the theater saddened by the specter of so much lying and confusion: lying that leaves so many people in such a state of fear that they do anything that is asked of them by our government. But for me, even more disturbing than the film itself was the reaction of a benumbed public, stumbling out into the glaring lights of a Saturday afternoon mall. Nothing, apparently, will change these people: They are past the point of being shaken or moved or angry, and so they file the experience away, another experience of free speech and artistic expression which is, after all, a right in a democracy such as ours. As long as we can see films like this, they say, the system is working".
Read the whole article here.
Posted Mon Oct 25th, 2004 - 3:15pm by CPC Top of page
Check out Becoming Attached to Computers by Simon Jones.
Posted Mon Oct 25th, 2004 - 3:15pm by CPC Top of page
The Expansionist Party of the United States describes themselves as a general-purpose political organization of the Radical Center dedicated to geographic enlargement of the United States, ultimately to culminate in world union under the Constitution.
Hey kids! Can you say "wing nuts"?!
"We of the Expansionist Party believe that if the United States doesn't grow, the problems around us will grow ever larger and ever worse, eventually to overwhelm us all and plunge the world into a New Dark Age, a dark age in which a dozen or more countries have nuclear weapons.
Expansionism seeks to enlarge not just the United States but also human possibility — for everyone, everywhere. We want the protections of the U.S. Constitution to extend to everyone, everywhere. We want the dynamics of our economy and culture to vitalize and develop the world, all the while heeding the rights of other species in environmentally sensible projects. Expansionism is not just for us, in the present states, but for everyone, everywhere. Expansionism is in everyone's interest."
Of particular interest to my fellow Canadians may be the Expansionist Party's Modest Proposal for Redrawing the map of Canada as Seven States and One Territory of the United States. Too much fun!
Be aware that this website takes a long time to load...
Posted Mon Oct 25th, 2004 - 1:32pm by CPC Top of page
So, I've been thinking a lot about Canada-U.S. relations... and one of the things that came to mind was one of my favourite cartoon shorts, entitled Tree for Two:
Spike the Bulldog and Chester the Terrier are animated cartoon characters in the Warner Bros Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. Spike is a burly, grey bulldog who wears a red sweater, a brown bowler hat, and a perpetual scowl. Chester is just the opposite, small and jumpy with yellow fur and brown, perky ears.
The characters starred in only two shorts, both directed by animator Friz Freleng. The first of these films was 1952's Tree for Two. In it, Chester tells his idol Spike that he knows of a cat that they can beat up. The cat is Freleng's own Sylvester, but every time Spike thinks he has the cat cornered, a runaway zoo panther appears in Sylvester's place, thrashing the dog instead. When Chester decides to have a go of it, however, Sylvester finds himself at the little dog's mercy. By the cartoon's end, Spike and Chester have switched roles; Spike is the fawning sycophant, and Chester the smug prizefighter.
The characters' second outing came in the 1954 film Dr. Jerkyl's Hyde. Spike (here called "Alfie") is once again after Sylvester, only this time it is Sylvester himself who pummels the poor pooch, thanks to a potion that transforms him into a feline monster. Chester, of course, never sees this transformed Sylvester, thinking his buddy is being beaten by the tiny tomcat.
Gratuitously lifted from factindex.com.
Posted Mon Oct 25th, 2004 - 12:16am by CPC Top of page
I've long been interested in Media, and it's impact on our culture (check out the Media Awareness Network).
Even the seemingly clairvoyant Marshall McLuhan couldn't see the coming impact of digital recording technology -- affixed firmly in the hands of the masses and the related publishing / media distribution power of the Internet -- or it's near logarithmic effect on the evolution of the Information Age. Frankly, I wonder if today's mainstream mass media (or their handlers) understand this! Check out the essay "Fork in the Road: Networking the Future" by Marsh Soules. I wonder what Mcluhan would have to say about Reality TV?
What a world! Everyone his own auteur. Everybody from CIA agents and Presidential political consultants to Osama bin Laden directing his own movie or unreality TV show. Of course, why should we be surprised? When it comes to saleable products, illusion Hollywood-style has been up there with weaponry as a major American export success for countless years. And the world has paid attention. I can't claim that Osama bin Laden ever saw The Towering Inferno or any of the action-adventure dramas where subways barrel down streets, blimps threaten crowded stadiums, or terrorists unleash nuclear weapons on an unsuspecting world. But retro-fundamentalist though he might be, and no matter how often he invokes the Arabian peninsula of centuries ago, he's a distinctly modern man. - more
Posted Sun Oct 24th, 2004 - 11:22pm by CPC Top of page
I like this blog site! Check out this window on what's considered cool and current in the areas of design, entertainment, tech, and well-being.
Posted Sat Oct 23rd, 2004 - 9:34am by CPC Top of page
Article by Larry Wohlgemuth - from the Yellow Times - October 21, 2004
When I was in grade school, we had this kid whose mom was incredibly over-protective. If there were any clouds in the sky at all, he would invariably show up to school in his raincoat. If the thermometer dipped below fifty degrees, you could count on the fact that he would be wearing his parka, scarf and mittens.
I had to go pick up a friend at a civilian government facility recently. The first thing that you see as you turn off the street to enter this facility is a guard shack with three or more armed guards and two rows of two foot high, staggered steel posts set in concrete to act as obstacles to cars moving at high speed.
I think of the countries which have a tiny fraction of the military we have that have spent years dealing with terrorist attacks, and they battle these criminals without putting their countries into lockdowns. I wonder what they must think when they look at the mighty United States and see the cocoon we are trying to spin for ourselves to create a fleeting and imaginary sense of security...
Read the entire article here.
Posted Fri Oct 22nd, 2004 - 10:04am by CPC Top of page
I usually don't wear cologne myself, although sometimes I spray myself down with Lysol when my Arrid isn't working like it should. However, I understand that some guys do use man-scent to draw the opposite sex in for the kill... I mean "conversation".
Well - those fellahs are in luck, because HUMMER has launched it's own fragrance for men! Just in case Old Spice isn't working for them, and they happen to trust the Hummer brand to tell them what smells nice. (text plagiarized liberally from Brain Blenders). - paul
At $US 52 a pop, the cologne is being marketed in a boxy, truck-like bottle by Riviera Concepts Inc., which is targeting 25- to 45-year-olds with a penchant for the ultra-masculine.
Posted Wed Oct 20th, 2004 - 5:33am by CPC Top of page
I have been fascinated by the phenomenon of human-computer interaction (and the resulting effects on the evolution of society) since the early 80's, and first read The Ubiquitous Chip: The Human Impact of Electronic Technology in 1988. That book remains in my office bookcase today, and still speaks volumes with regards to the augmentation of human potential due to the proliferation of digital technology (particularly personal computers), despite having been written BEFORE the Internet existed as our culture knows it today. A "powerful computer" to the author -- at the time the book was written -- had a whopping 1024k of memory and a 20 MB hard drive! Also, it was fairly unusual for someone to have a computer at home.
Fast forward 17 years, and take a look around! What parts of our lives have NOT been impacted by digital technology? Back in 1988, could we have imagined platform-oblivious Java applications, the amazing breadth and depth of content available online today (billions of web pages, streaming video, MP3s, eBooks, etc.), Bluetooth enabled devises, WiMAX Internet access, or the incredible proliferation of ideas through self-published blogs? Pretty amazing stuff.
If you're like me, you're probably wondering about "what's next", and how tech is going to impact us all in the future. For up to date tech news you can go to sites like slashdot or the inquirer. However, to get an understanding of tech's evolving impact on our culture and commentary about our society's roles and responsibilities towards the implementation of tech -- be sure to check out NetFuture. - Paul
NetFuture (published by the Nature Institute -- an organization viewing nature and technology in context) is an electronic newsletter with postings every two-to-four weeks or so. It looks beyond the generally recognized "risks" of computer use such as privacy violations, unequal access, censorship, and dangerous computer glitches. It seeks especially to address those deep levels at which we half-consciously shape technology and are shaped by it. What is half-conscious can, after all, be made fully conscious, and we can take responsibility for it.
Posted Mon Oct 18th, 2004 - 11:43am by CPC Top of page
Bruce Bartlett, a domestic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan and a treasury official for the first President Bush, told me recently that "if Bush wins, there will be a civil war in the Republican Party starting on Nov. 3. " The nature of that conflict, as Bartlett sees it? Essentially, the same as the one raging across much of the world: a battle between modernists and fundamentalists, pragmatists and true believers, reason and religion.
"Just in the past few months," Bartlett said, "I think a light has gone off for people who've spent time up close to Bush: that this instinct he's always talking about is this sort of weird, Messianic idea of what he thinks God has told him to do." Bartlett, a 53-year-old columnist and self-described libertarian Republican who has lately been a champion for traditional Republicans concerned about Bush's governance, went on to say: "This is why George W. Bush is so clear-eyed about Al Qaeda and the Islamic fundamentalist enemy. He believes you have to kill them all. They can't be persuaded, that they're extremists, driven by a dark vision. He understands them, because he's just like them. . . .
"This is why he dispenses with people who confront him with inconvenient facts," Bartlett went on to say. "He truly believes he's on a mission from God. Absolute faith like that overwhelms a need for analysis. The whole thing about faith is to believe things for which there is no empirical evidence." Bartlett paused, then said, "But you can't run the world on faith." >> more
Posted Mon Oct 18th, 2004 - 10:57am by CPC Top of page
Here's a site featuring the irreverent comments, intuitive analysis and interesting links (on important stories in the news) by Joe Gandelman. Joe describes himself as a political Independent, a moderate, and a professional ventriloquist!
Have a look at his Oct. 15th post entitled "Did The GOP's Strategy On Kerry Work Too Well?".
P.S.: You may have to scroll down the page quite a bit... - Paul
Posted Fri Oct 15th, 2004 - 11:17am by CPC Top of page
Do you remember the dancing woman in the black hijab? On 9/11, we saw pictures from the West Bank, of people dancing in the street, shooting off guns in that insane celebratory fashion they so love, children eating candy...and one woman, wearing a black hijab, missing a few teeth because the society in which she lives doesn't offer much by way of dentistry. She shoved her face into the camera and whooped it up in that primitive and shrill style that is part of a women's limited freedom of expression in her culture: she teased the roof of her mouth with her tongue, flicking it back and forth while keening loudly.
And when I see her, an icy fear grips me. Because I keep thinking...if [Kerry and Edwards] are elected into office on November 2 - or on whatever date Election 2004 is finally decided after however many lawsuits and riots it takes to settle the question to the Democrats liking - if these two men are elected...we're going to see this woman and her hijab again. And we won't have to wait to be attacked to see her.
That's right. Our enemies will dance if John Kerry wins the presidency.
And if that's not reason enough to make you pull the lever for George W. Bush, then there may not be any talking to you. >>more
This blogger (she calls herself the Anchoress) has certainly bought stock in to the GOP's politics of fear. When I read her first couple of paragraphs, I could have easily imagined someone of prejudice describing the behavior of white trash rednecks in rural Arkansas, or gang bangers in inner-city Detroit (ok, well -- without the hijabs!). While I too hate and fear the evil behind what happened in Manhattan on September 11, 2001 -- I have yet to turn those feelings against desperate innocents who are long-suffering in the Middle East. The so called "war on terrorism" will not be won with troops and tanks and the shock and awe of 2000 lb bombs -- although it seems that this is what President Bush would have folks believe. The roots of global terrorism are firmly planted in political ideology, but are fed by utter poverty and hopelessness. I accept that some Americans will never get it, but I am getting tired of hearing them ask why the US is so hated in some parts of the world -- particularly when they do not want to hear the answer. - Paul
Posted Wed Oct 13th, 2004 - 10:10am by CPC Top of page
Nothing portends the coming of snow and ice to the West Island of Montreal like the imprinted memories of walking through fallen leaves on the way to school as a child. Winds getting sharper, Daylight getting dimmer earlier -- and the welcome warmth of arriving home. This time of year brings back memories so clear as to draw me into feelings elicited by first loves, late-homework, and yard chores to get done before "my father gets home".
This week, my thoughts are on the present, and the sailboats coming out of the water for their Winter storage on the hard. Weeks ago, I was burning the soles of my feet on hot deck -- yet last weekend I should have had warm gloves and a second sweater out on the lake. Some of the boats are already settling on their cradles -- demasted, scrubbed, wrapped and labeled like leftovers for the deep freeze. Walking down the yard can be unsettling as these large bundled up masses carve deep shadows in the light, while their covering tarps and unsecured gear make unfamiliar noises in the cold air. Each day in the coming weeks will see their numbers swell, until the yacht club parking lot becomes a massive maze of fiberglass with teak and stainless trim.
I'm a bit sad for the boats as they go to sleep. - Paul
Posted Wed Oct 13th, 2004 - 12:02am by CPC Permalink
Posted on RazorMouth by Joel Miller - Sept. 13, 2004
Keep your eye on religion as the US campaign unfolds.
The good news for Kerry: Almost half of liberal evangelicals in America and nearly a third of moderates consider themselves Democrats, according to the Bliss Institute's Fourth National Survey of Religion and Politics. Kerry has been increasingly dealing the faith card at the behest of strategists who understand the necessity of playing pious for voters. So far, Kerry’s been rather bad at it, but maybe he’ll see a payoff if he keeps it up. As Bliss reads the numbers, Kerry could swing a significant number of liberal and moderate evangelicals and possibly affect the outcome of the contest if he preaches the right message.
But don't think the Republicans will take this news sitting on their prayer shawls. The GOP is counting on a big cut of the conservative evangelical and Catholic vote and will also try picking up supporters among moderate and liberal Catholics, among whom more than a third are already in the president's camp, according to Bliss.
Are we seeing a major shift in church affiliation and politics here? For decades, the Catholic Church has been populated by Democrats, while the sons of Calvin and Luther have leaned Republican. Another Reformation of sorts is apparently in the offing with church attendance rolls staying unchanged while voter registration forms backslide with abandon.
Posted Tue Oct 12th, 2004 - 6:49pm by CPC Top of page
With nearly every current Parliamentary vote having the possibility of bringing the Liberals down, it's great sport to watch Paul Martin's tenuous hold on a minority government sliding down the worn out rope -- that is this party's tired platform -- over the precipice of political obscurity. It's even more interesting to read folks learned views on this and all things political at BlogsCanada.- Paul
The BlogsCanada E-Group is a group blog written by a diverse company of Canadian political commentators. Hailing from all parts of the political spectrum and from across the country, the E-Group delves into the important issues and provides a grassroots alternative to the mainstream media.
Posted Mon Oct 11th, 2004 - 1:45pm by CPC Top of page
by Eric Alterman -- posted October 7, 2004 in the Nation
Presidential dishonesty, like so many things in life, is not what it used to be. Before the 1960s, few could even imagine that a President would deliberately mislead them on matters so fundamental as war and peace. When the evidence of presidential lying grew so enormous the phenomenon could no longer be avoided, its revelation helped force both Lyndon Johnson and his successor, Richard Nixon, out of the office.
From the standpoint of personal political consequences, the act of purposeful deception by an American President depends almost entirely on the context in which it occurs.
However preferable it might be to tell the truth, the short-term costs of lying, given that the culture seems to expect it, are negligible. And as Friedrich Nietzsche instructed, these temptations are virtually impossible to resist. While people may desire "the agreeable life-preserving consequences of truth, [they are] indifferent to pure knowledge, which has no consequences, [and are] even hostile to possibly damaging and destructive truths."
Read the entire article here.
Posted Sat Oct 9th, 2004 - 5:25pm by CPC Top of page
Man, the rumors and speculation that President Bush relies on an earpiece, or otherwise channels Carl Rove while participating in debates or town hall meetings, have been flying around like starlings in the Fall! I confess to know very little about such things, but to me -- and if it was true that he is "wired" -- it would seem like cheating! In the immortal words of Yosemite Sam, "Ah paid muh 2 bits to see th' high divin' act, and ah'm a gonna SEE th' high divin' act!!" Check out the following article at mediachannel.org:
"For months there have been persistent reports that President Bush is receiving instructions through an earpiece about what to say during public appearances, such as his debate with John Kerry. There's even an entire web site devoted to the topic." >> more
Here's another piece entitled A Milli Vanilli President done by Dave Lindorff from In These Times, posted Friday, October 8th. (Thanks to Dick Nimijean for sending me this). - Paul
"Viewers and journalists watching Bush in his first debate with Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry have commented on his odd behavior in Miami. To some he seemed peevish and antsy-almost wired. " >> more
Posted Sat Oct 9th, 2004 - 11:03am by CPC Top of page
Did anyone else watch the second Presidential debate between Bush and Kerry this evening? I thought that both candidates performed well -- but I am uncertain as to how effective either was at swinging the undecideds to their respective camps. No doubt the spin-ometers are whirling away enough to be designated as an alternative source of energy. Hey, wait a minute!... - Paul
Posted Fri Oct 8th, 2004 - 11:42pm by CPC Top of page
I found a lithograph by an old friend of mine listed as part of the AGNL's Permanent Collection. This is part of a haunting series inspired by Bill's exposure to northern native folklore while running a print shop in the far north during the 80's. 16/20 hangs in my living room.
A visit to the Art Gallery's permanent collection web site is really worth while -- check it out here. - Paul
William B. Richie
Posted Fri Oct 8th, 2004 - 8:50am by CPC Top of page
"We recently heard the leader of a major denomination preach to his congregation that President George W. Bush is the man anointed by God to lead our nation for another term. For some reason, that message had trouble sinking in and eventually led us to search the Scripture for examples of men the Lord anointed to be national leaders. This website presents our findings and seeks to serve as a forum for a constructive discussion (please see "Discussion" page) among Christians. "
"Please, Dude, Can I Take Them Out?"
Posted on CounterPunch - October 6, 2004
By JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Last April, an F-16 fighter jet cruising over Fallujah, the stronghold of the Iraqi insurgency, zeroed in on a crowd of people mulling about on a street corner in the heart of the city. The American pilot of the fighter radioed back to his mission commander asking for permission to "take them out."
Soon thereafter the pilot releases his bomb and watches as it explodes on the street corner, killing dozens of unarmed civilians. An excited voice exclaims, "Oh, dude!" The pilots toast the bombing raid and triumphantly return to their base.
All of this was recorded on a 50-second videotape shot from from the cockpit of the F-16. The jocular banter between the pilots and the mission controller was also recorded on audiotapes. Those tapes, which constitute evidence of a war crime, have been in the possession of the Pentagon for several months, but they had not been publicly revealed until yesterday when a copy was leaked to a London television station. The videotape has not yet aired on US television.
Posted Thu Oct 7th, 2004 - 5:30pm by CPC Top of page
posted on Anglicans Online - Oct. 2004
Michaelmas -- the feast of St Michael and All Angels -- is always the 29th of September. Though the day itself is past, we are still within the 'octave of Michaelmas', the octave being the feast day plus the seven days succeeding it.
So here we are, still within Mike and All's eight days. That got us thinking about angels. We confess that in recent years we have been close to angel malaise, the result of seeing far too many plaster angel Christmas ornaments, saccharine greeting cards with fat-cheeked cherubs, angelic scented candles, joss sticks, Christmas pageants, what have you. Angels turn up everywhere, embroidered on pillows with twee mottoes, appearing in television programs, starring as cheesy animated clip art on websites.
Posted Thu Oct 7th, 2004 - 12:30pm by CPC Top of page
I have finally found a museum worthy of my artwork!
"The pieces in the MOBA collection range from the work of talented artists that have gone awry to works of exuberant, although crude, execution by artists barely in control of the brush. What they all have in common is a special quality that sets them apart in one way or another from the merely incompetent."
Check out the gallery at:
Posted Thu Oct 7th, 2004 - 10:20am by CPC Top of page
Pillaging Iraq in pursuit of a neoconservative utopia.
Posted Friday, September 24, 2004 on Harper's Magazine website, September 2004. By Naomi Klein.
Posted Wed Oct 6th, 2004 -10:12pm by CPC Top of page
VP's incorrect Web address redirects traffic to a George Soros page lambasting President Bush.
October 6, 2004: 6:10 PM EDT
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Vice President Dick Cheney told viewers Tuesday night they could verify his claims from the vice-presidential debate at an independent Web site -- www.factcheck.com -- but visitors to the site found a searing anti-Bush message...
Posted Tue Oct 6th, 2004 -10:10pm by CPC Top of page
We'll rant and we'll roar -- but are we Christians prepared to stand in the breach in a broken society? How can we talk of social justice when the broken walk among us, and we politely brush our way past them while avoiding their gaze on the way out the church door on Sunday?
I, for one, do not do my part.
This is something that I'd really like to change.
Posted Tue Oct 5th, 2004 - 4:47pm by CPC Top of page