1. Eugenics is back. Now it's designer babies. While we certainly have the ability to modify the human gene or simply select the "best" human genes, this does not imply that we should do so. However, there appears to be a movement in the UK to do just that:
The first 10 minutes of this podcast are worthwhile, too:
2. Does the government have a right to know what you support? A recent question of privacy rights in California is raising that question. Government efficiency is good, but it may not trump all individual freedoms.
3. Sometimes humor is the best way to illustrate important points. This humor piece from Christ and Pop Culture illustrates some important points about culture, technology, and how we treat people.
4. Again with the humor thing. The Babylon Bee struck a chord with a number of folks this week with a piece on quarterly church attendance and a faithless kid. There were some folks riled about it because it hit too near to home. However, it raises a question about absenteeism from church and the message that sends to kids.
Local father Trevor Michelson, 48, and his wife Kerri, 45, are reeling after discovering that after 12 years of steadily taking their daughter Janie to church every Sunday they didn’t have a more pressing sporting commitment—which was at least once every three months—she no longer demonstrates the strong quarterly commitment to the faith they raised her with, now that she is college-aged.
5. This video is of Slavoj Zizek relating political correctness to modern totalitarianism. The point is well taken and worth thinking about. I think that his example of using racial epithets is a poor example. (He uses several, which I do not condone. If that will offend you, then don't click this link.) However, the general chain of logic and the difference in the sort of coercion being used in postmodern argumentation is worth noting.