Saturday, July 22, 2006

On snowflake babies: This Is Your Soundtrack

Okay, so I almost didn't do a Friday Not-Even-Random Ten this week, because I usually do something (reasonably) funny (in my opinion, at least), and it's hard to joke around when Israel and Lebanon are blowing each other up and southeast Asia has gotten hit by another tsunami. Funny stuff, right? Honestly, I just hadn't seen that much in the news to laugh about.

And then I saw this.

Well, okay, that's not terribly funny in and of itself. Basically, Bush is so desperate to pander to his hyperconservative fundie base that he's willing to sacrifice the nearly limitless potential for healing that stem cell research offers in favor of protecting a bunch of barely-differentiated clumps of cells. That's right, Mr. Suffering-From-Alzheimers (and you, too, Mrs. Helplessly-Watching-Her-Husband-Suffer-From-Alzheimers); you're just not quite as important to our president as a frozen blastocyst that the parents are just going to discard anyway.

This, however, is hella funny.

That's why this Not-Even-Friday, Not-Even-Random Ten goes out to the snowflake babies. The 400,000 frozen blastocysts out there (joined by 25,000 new ones every year) that are, ostensibly, going to be adopted by needy couples. Each and every one of them. Congratulations, kids; you're frozen, in a big freezer in an embryology lab, and you don't actually have a brain yet - or, for that matter, more than eight cells - and you can't be seen without a microscope. But President Bush has given you a second chance.

Wish my grandfather were so lucky.

The Ten:

1. Dean Martin, "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
2. Ben Folds Five, "Selfless, Cold and Composed"
3. Crystal Method, "Keep Hope Alive"
4. 311, "Freeze Time"
5. Norah Jones, "Cold Cold Heart"
6. Coldplay, "The Scientist"
7. Madonna, "Frozen"
8. Dinah Washington, "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby"
9. Athenaeum, "Frozen in Time"
10. Tchaikovsky, "Waltz of the Snowflakes"

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