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Friday, May 21. 2010
and not unexpectedly.
If you're personally concerned about this and you should be then please...
The article is here. It's so full of cockamamie bullshit that I thought I'd share parts of it with you down below and my responses.
First, though, we have to get you up to speed. Read this, if you haven't, come back here.
Not a very pretty picture, is it? We've now seen it mentioned in conjunction with political candidates, job seekers and students.
And the point is, when it comes to something impacting our lives on a personal level such as being refused access to a college or a job or a bride because you tested positive for the Unsociable Gene the potential this has to hurt us is far greater than any half-baked global warming bill. Yeah, the price of gas and oil and pretty much everything else under the sun will go up but that won't keep you from going to the college of your choice.
Or getting a job.
Or marrying a loved one.
As for the article, check out this bizarreness:
The students will be asked to voluntarily submit a DNA sample.
Oh, well, that's a relief. It's good to know they're not getting pressured into it.
Oh. Lectures. And a variety of them, no less. And lots of exciting events. Gosh, maybe I should give this some thought. After all, I certainly wouldn't want to feel left out, right? And certainly not at college, of all places. With all this peer pressure? Okay, I'll do it!
This, of course, would be the same 'science' as exhibited in the "science" of global warming and the "science" of genetics that we saw in the above post.
Okay, I know what you're wondering. Just what benefits will the brave, pioneering students reap from all this?
Maybe it's just me, but my guess is that most people already have a fairly decent idea of just how much booze and milk they can tolerate. Fruit (folic acid), though, I'm not so sure about. You have to admit, you rarely read of fruitaholics making a full recovery.
Now, as to just where this blasphemy is taking place Berkeley, CA, spirit of free and independent thought this is so beyond irony that words fail me.
When it comes to recruiting new students, though, it's easy to see the allure:
On this we can certainly agree. Discounting finding out what you already knew about booze, milk and fruit, this same DNA is now part of a permanent government database and if 35 years down the road you get in a minor scuffle that really wasn't your fault but possibly something illegal happened your ass is grass. Just breathe on something while you're there and that'll be enough to convict you.
So he's certainly right about their education being "unique".
At least not this year, anyway.
Would it be rude if I just laughed out loud?
And since this is a college, it would only be right to include a few well-respected authors to back up the program.
This is the same Stephen Hawking who was recently in the news advising us not to make contact with space aliens because they could come down here and destroy us. The same Stephen Hawking who believes in alternate dimensions, time travel and Intelligent Design.
That Stephen Hawking.
Well, if I were sending my young son or daughter off to college for the first time, one thing I'd sure want is for the government to provide behavioral guides.
Apparently I, as a parent, simply wasn't good enough.
Best let Stephen Hawking show them the way.
And that's where we're at. It just takes one to break the dam. And it'll be modern and fashionable for companies and government institutions to implement it. It will be, in a word, irresistible. It'll be the ultimate behind-the-scenes peek at potential employees, students, bridal prospects...
and, given that, who would be the wiser? Apparently you didn't notice your lunch date slipping your paper napkin into her purse. What's that? She never returned your calls?
Would you like to guess what you tested positive for?
You have no idea?
As I'm putting this post together, guess what drifts in:
As I said, fashionable.
Worse, there's no real argument against it. Don't you want to find out you have the Unsociable Gene so you can get therapy and do something about it? Isn't it in your best interests to find out while you're young that you have the Divorce Gene, just so you don't make the mistake of marrying another carrier?
And, be honest, if you test positive for both the Violence and Child Abuse Genes, should you really be allowed around children?
In fact, with your genetic track record, we think it'd really be in the community's best interest if you were locked away permanently.
And, as it turns out, the courts agree.
You have no recourse.
The mighty god DNA declareth it so.
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This is- not surprisingly- one more piece of evidence that shows the all-controlling mindset of the left. "It's good for you." All these surrenders of individual sovereignty are done for the good of the individual, according to the left, because the experts always know best.
While they're at it they should be reading Brave New World. It seems that's what they want.
"because the experts always know best."
And who do the "experts" advise?
Well, Gringo, we're sorry to see you go, but your DNA chart speaks for itself. When you test positive for both the Unsociable Gene and the Ruthlessness Gene, well, that's just trouble waiting to happen.
The good news is, I hear they have a terrific dental plan at the sanitarium. Your smile will be dazzling!
LordS - I haven't read it in 20 years, but it wouldn't surprise me if I read it now and my thought was, "Gosh, if only it was that bad!"
Maybe it's just me, but my guess is that most people already have a fairly decent idea of just how much booze and milk they can tolerate.
Actually, when I was a matriculating freshman in college I had no idea how much booze I could tolerate. I suggest, however, that the method by which I determined my thresholds were a hell of a lot more fun than getting a DNA analysis. Also more embarassing, more risky, and a good deal less legal. But then that's all part of the rich panoply of life, isn't it? I believe it's called getting an education, a process that by no means is accomplished purely within the walls of academia, much as some would apparently wish to the contrary.
Are the events and lectures mandatory for the non-compliant?
Ve know vat iss best for you.
Unless college freshman have changed a great deal in the last 40 years, I predict that the lab is going to spend a fair amount of time analyzing canine and feline DNA.
Ron - It doesn't read that way. It says they'll be "offering" the lectures and events -- both plural -- and it was the "events" part that caught my eye. I started thinking of collegiate peer pressure and all your buddies going to the latest DNA Fair -- and how come you aren't registered yet? Aren't we roomies or dorm mates or frat brothers supposed to stick together?
And here's a thought:
Imagine how many people who read that article came away with the impression that they're only testing you for booze, milk and fruit intolerances.
Find someone else to get the swab from and send it in with the rest of the forms.. they would never be able to figure out the DNA was not yours.
There are always ways to beat the system.
Okay, I got it. Go find the local chapter of Mensa, inquire about a membership, then discreetly find out who the brainiest guy there is. Figure out a way to get his DNA, like from a cigarette butt or drinking glass.
Swab it and hand it in.
In your secret file it says:
"TREAT THIS GUY LIKE GOLD!!!"
I was waiting to see who would ask if the DNA would be used by the Berkely PD to investigate crimes -- including, perhaps, tossed cigarette butts.
I think the whole DNA thing at Berzerkly is a secret eugenics experiment to determine the best behaved, socialist oriented student.
Yeah - yeah - that's it. :>)
"the best behaved, socialist oriented student."
I can tell you're kidding.
After all, this is Berkeley.
You'd have to let everybody in.
Sitting right next to your jackboots and leather truncheon. I hear they're corralling the non-registered students on the northeast corner of the quad so you should have some ripe pickings.
Personally, I can't figure out why they're bothering to ask at all. Simply pass a law that says the air, and anything touching it, now belongs to the state. Now you can swab away with impunity. People don't actually lose any kind of "individual freedom", in the sense that they still control from the skin inward, it's just the air and the area it touches that's now government property.
Yep, that's what Washington needs, more people like me.
Isn't a truncheon some species of North Atlantic flat fish? Like a small halibut?
Why am I suddenly reminded of the Monty Python Fish Slapping Dance?
"some species of North Atlantic flat fish?"
Yes, exactly. The flat side delivers a tremendous shot of kinetic energy, rendering the strongest DNA heretic unconscious. Then the swab, fingerprints and retinal scan can be performed both safely and effortlessly. The citizen's well-being is our first concern.
And thanks for your continued participation. A representative from the Florida Genetics Enforcement Division should be calling on you first thing in the morning. As per your request, I've arranged for your DNA to be transferred in the form of liposuction. Killing two birds with one stone, eh? Smart move.