>A bit of information-

>I keep reading that SCNT– somatic cell nuclear transfer — isn’t cloning, or doesn’t result in a human if it is cloning.

This can only be true if you believe the classic first clone, Dolly, was not a sheep.

On February 23, 1997, the public learned that Ian Wilmut, a Scottish scientist, and his colleagues at the Roslin Institute successfully used a technique called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) to create a clone of a sheep; the cloned sheep was named Dolly. SCNT involves transferring the nucleus of an adult sheep somatic cell, into a sheep egg from which the nucleus had been removed. After nearly 300 attempts, the cloned sheep known as Dolly was born to a surrogate sheep mother.

I believe all humans are humans and are people. I don’t care how they came to be, if it was from a loving home, from a rape, from a one-night-stand, from a scientist putting their mother’s egg with their father’s sperm or from a scientist inserting what had been someone else’s DNA. Once there is a biological organism, that is a new member of the species. I don’t care if it’s a sheep or a human, they are members of that species– and the first person to post any “collection of cells” BS is going to be deleted until they learn enough biology to know that ALL of us are collections of cells.

And my species, the human species, should always be treated as a person. To do less– to define a human as not a human, due to medical state or an accident of birth– is to risk repeating history.



>This is so wrong….

The Sands of Passion. A Jahaid Soap Opera.

It… is a Jewish Kidney!

>When Seattle comes to play

>These pictures are from the land where my folks are going to run cattle. In 10 years of running the cattle up there, I have never seen a mud hole bigger than a cow pat, or damage more than what a falling tree can cause. The cows have little impact.

Then some stupid city people come down and carve out a mud hole bigger than my apartment, with their “mudbogging” fun. They destroyed this spring. It’s one of three that we use to water the cattle.

Can you see why I get upset when those idiots then try to get rid of ranchers because we “ruin the natural beauty”?

I hope their tires fall off.

>Back from Japan.

>Missing the Half Elf.

Your Score: Lawful-Good

88% Good, 20% Chaotic

Plane of Existence: Mount Celestia, “The Seven Heavens“. Description: Countless paladins and saints have ascended here. Notable Inhabitants: Angels and Devas.

Examples of Lawful-Goods (Ethically Lawful, Morally Good)

Aeris “Aerith” Gainsborough (FFVII)
The Tick (“Lawful Stupid”)
Abraham Lincoln
Sherlock Holmes
Phileas Fogg
Captain Picard

A person with a lawful good attitude believes in the use of authority and rule of law to bring good to the greatest number of people. Her/His actions support the status quo and s/he uses systems and organizations to achieve good goals.

S/He will keep his/her word and value truth.
S/He will avoid the use of poison and use violence only when authorized to do so or in self defense.
S/He may or may not be disciplined, organized, emotionally restrained, caring, compassionate, and peaceful, but s/he believes that these are admirable qualities.
Respects law and order and is willing to suffer limitations on individual freedom for the benefit of the group.
Puts moral principles before material considerations.
The lawful good person will be a very faithful member of a group, but if the laws of the group clash with the ethics dictated by his or her moral alignment, the lawful good person will probably leave that group and look for a group more closely aligned with his or her ethics.
The lawful good person is an active advocate of his or her beliefs.

Lawful Good “Saintly”

A lawful good [person] upholds society and its laws, believing that these laws are created to work for the good and prosperity of all. He is both honest and benevolent. He will work within the established system to change it for the better, and strives to bring order to goodness that other good-aligned [people] might pool their resources to better the world. A lawful good [person] combines a commitment to oppose evil with discipline. Most lawful good [people] live by a strict code of honor, or by the rules of conduct set down by their deity. They will generally selflessly act by these codes even at the cost of their own life.

Lawful good combines honor and compassion for the innocent.

A knight/paladin who always follows the orders of his superiors is an example of a lawful good [person].

Other Alignments and Tendencies (Tendenices are what you would more often sway towards; esp. for Neutrals):
0-39% Good, 0-39% Chaotic: Lawful-Evil
0-39% Good, 40-60% Chaotic: Neutral-Evil
0-39% Good, 61-100% Chaotic: Chaotic-Evil
40-60% Good, 0-39% Chaotic: Lawful-Neutral
40-60% Good, 40-60% Chaotic: True Neutral
40-60% Good, 61-100% Chaotic: Chaotic-Neutral
61-100% Good, 40-60% Chaotic: Neutral-Good
61-100% Good, 61-100% Chaotic: Chaotic-Good

Link: The Alignment Test written by xan81 on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

>Hm, an odd quiz-

>Although I doubt that anyone who knows me well will be too startled.

Some of the questions were of the flip-a-coin level, but others….

The Five Love Languages

My primary love language is probably
Physical Touch
with a secondary love language being
Quality Time.

Complete set of results

Physical Touch: 10
Quality Time: 8
Acts of Service: 5
Words of Affirmation: 4
Receiving Gifts: 3


Unhappiness in relationships, according to Dr. Gary Chapman, is often due to the fact that we speak different love languages. Sometimes we don’t understand our partner’s requirements, or even our own. We all have a “love tank” that needs to be filled in order for us to express love to others, but there are different means by which our tank can be filled, and there are different ways that we can express love to others.

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