Friday, March 30, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday

1. One computer and now six people who all want to use it for some reason or another. The moment I'm on, someone is behind my back and annoying me until I get off. I refuse to get another computer, until we really need to use it from homework. Meanwhile another issue is noise and disruption. I also refuse to place the computer in a non-public area. We need to keep it public, for safety reasons and being open on what we each do online. (I was disrupted about a dozen times writing this post.)


Most Catholics who read blogs have seen this photo.

3.Volunteering at the Department of Children and Families, here in Lowell I get to actually see the good that happens. Here is some info in regards to preventing child abuse, Family Engagement and Retention in Prevention Services.

4. Did I mention I'm Catholic, which means I'm against the death penalty. I am. No death penalty here in Massachusetts. Mark Shea covers it in a post, concerning how the United State is pretty much barbaric on the issue.

Catechism 2267

2267 Assuming that the guilty party’s identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor. If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people’s safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person.

Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm – without definitely taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself – the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity “are very rare, if not practically non-existent.”


Down in Texas, a gynecologist talks about long term use of IUDs and sterilization by means of blocking the fallopian tubes permanently and that costs have not been a barrier.

Rumsey has been in private practice since 1995, and over the years, he has seen more women moving toward longer-term birth control options, though he guesses that the most common form of contraceptive locally is condoms or natural family planning.

“I think that the (intrauterine device) and the Essure are the ones I’m seeing increasing...

Rumsey doesn’t believe more women will start to use contraceptives once the national health care plan goes into affect. He also doubts it will affect their decision.

6. Good news from the Supreme Court, no one can own you. Not even a part of your DNA. From Mary Meets Dolly

I believe gene patents are not just a legal issue, but a moral issue. The patenting of genes allows what I believe to be an unethical practice: the systematic claim of ownership of the human body. You own your DNA while it is in your body, but if someone extracts it and identifies the purpose of it, they now own it. Even though it is still your DNA from your body. This naturally reduces the human body to pieces that can be bought and sold.

7. A fresco in a church cave at Cappadocia.

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