Writer’s Block: Comedians as Journalists

I choose; RICK MERCER.

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Maps! Hamsters! News!

Let’s just think about this, for more than two seconds altogether. Do you think it is a good idea to have detailed maps of military bases available online?

*ponders this difficult question*

Well, the Pentagon doesn’t think so! They’re telling Google to take down the maps. I find it amusing that they ever allowed the maps up, but still…

And speaking of governments banning things, the government of Vietnam has banned hamsters. You see, they were getting too popular.

They have been trading for $10 to $20 each and are reported to be a hit with the young population of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, spawning a whole sub-culture of hamster forums and hamster clubs.

Hamster forums? 

two un-funny stories, of which one is amusing.

Yes, in case you haven’t noticed, I’m linking to news stories here instead of emailing them to everyone I know. Feel free to totally disregard!

Sometimes you run across a news story that is really not funny, but still…

“Federal investigators say they have yet to find why a helicopter dropped out of the skies over St. John’s last month.”

“dropped out of the skies”, heheheh. The pilot survived, which is why I can chortle with a clear conscience.

However, this story does not make me laugh. It is a prime example of why our health care system is having -issues. There is no way I would want to go to the American system- I’ve seen first hand how that has its own special issues- but it still annoys me when people play the system.

“Sure, I [did] this to myself, but basically I’m asking for a second chance,”

*tears hair* Health Care is NOT a right, it is a privilege that you are privileged to have in this country. Abusing privileges is a prime way to get them taken away…

“..Incoherent rant due to late night philsophy discussions…”

Of course, two days into trying to watch the news again, I run across this charming article.

7Children at 17

“Some Argentines are arguing that perhaps what Pamela needs is more advice on contraception.”

*glower* Now, granted, it is not good that this girl is on her third unmarried pregnancy at age 17. This is not at all a good development. But what really bugs me is the assumption that bringing seven children into the world is a necessarily a bad thing. There are seven more souls in the world! This is GOOD! Why is there no joy in the birth of children?

We’ve been talking about contraception rather a lot in class, and we keep running across the cultural assumption that children are a burden. A curse. It would be better if they never lived. Big families are –wasteful. And the only difference between Christian and secular views is that “big family” is defined as “more than five” in the former view and “more than two” in the latter.

How on earth did we get here? How in the name of all that is holy did we get to the point where its taken as a personal insult if another person has a large family?

The calm assumption that another person’s life is not worth living; that makes my skin crawl.

*takes a deep breath*

Anyways, this is cool. “The street finds its own uses for technology.” Or in the case, the hospital.