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Glass is not a crystalline solid, but a random jumble of molecules.
Because of its random structure it does not have a clear melting
temperature and there is no temperature where it can be said to
be definitely solid. Instead, it gradually becomes harder as it cools.

Historians have pointed out that the glass in some centuries-old
windows is thicker at the bottom, as if the glass had slumped over
the years.

Scientists still debate whether room-temperature glass is a solid or
some other state of matter. But according to one study, to see the
flow of cool glass we would have to wait ten billion times the age of
the universe. So those ancient windows are thicker at the bottom
because they were made that way, not because of any later flowing
of the glass.


Dear Howdy,

Your newspaper is fun and informative, but I will
unfortunately no longer have an active e-mail address
from the end of this week- therefore I must unsubscribe,

E Miller (Cambridge University)
Did you hear about the cannibal who loved fast food?
He ordered a pizza with everybody on it.
Dear Howdy,

We shall never understand one another until we
reduce the language to seven words.

Children, Not Choices
Donor Insemination and Our Kids

February 2, 2006

Note: This commentary includes sensitive information that may not be suitable
for children.

Last month, I told you about the growing trend among children conceived through
donor insemination to seek out their half-siblings. For the kids featured in a
NEW YORK TIMES story, it was a necessary corrective to what they called their
"lopsided" personal histories.

The piece inadvertently highlighted an ugly truth about our culture: We are so
intent on safeguarding the personal autonomy of adults that we sacrifice the
needs of children. Abortion, of course, is a prime example. But so is the case
when moms deliberately set out to deprive kids of what every child needs: a

Births through donor insemination, or DI, have "more than doubled in the past
decade." But, as Bradley Wilcox, an outstanding young scholar at the University
of Virginia, recently pointed out, while our attitudes toward conceiving
children out-of-wedlock through DI have changed, the needs of our kids have not.

In a recent WEEKLY STANDARD article, Wilcox reminds readers of what any
objective social scientist will tell you: Kids who grow up without their fathers
are at a greater risk for problems like drug and alcohol use, incarceration, and
quitting school. I have seen thousands upon thousands of these kinds of cases in
the prisons.

Wilcox then makes the connection that the NEW YORK TIMES refused to: By
deliberately turning fathers into "donors," DI exacerbates the problem. In his
book about these kids, psychiatrist Kyle Pruett writes that they "hunger for an
abiding paternal presence." As one girl told her mother, "You know I need a
daddy, or I can't be a child."

While others don't go so far, they are still affected by their mothers'
"choices." One young Canadian spoke about her "grief" and "anger" at having a
"lopsided" personal history forced upon her. "How dare someone take my choice
away from me? How dare the medical profession tell me it doesn't matter?"

Her resort to the language of "choice" answers her own questions. Personal
autonomy and the right to "choose" are the highest values in Western culture --
codified in the law after Roe v. Wade and central to the Alito hearings. Being
able to "choose" is so important that questioning whatever is being chosen is
regarded as a kind of "intolerance."

This is especially true when it comes to what are euphemistically called women's
"reproductive issues." For much of the elite, people who dare to point out the
obvious are being intolerant: bigots. But the fact is, children need more from
their fathers than their DNA and depriving them of this to enhance your freedom
is selfish.

For these very reasons, some European countries have banned the "donor
insemination of single women," the "anonymous donation of both sperms and eggs,"
or both. Their own commitment to personal freedom has not blinded them to the
folly of deliberately conceiving children "without flesh-and-blood fathers
committed to playing a paternal role in their lives."

Let me be clear: My principal beef is with the "neutral, positive, or
breathlessly celebratory tone" in which these choices are often discussed. This
tone, and the worldview underlying it, is what makes this tragedy possible.

Changing that tone starts, as in the abortion debate, by pointing out that it is
"a child, not a choice" that we are really talking about. Only then can we hope
to keep kids from going to bed with a hunger that our culture does not want to
recognize: the hunger for Dad.


How do you deal with a convicted rapist? Give him an
Oscar, Hollywood says. Oh, and some standing ovations
while you're at it.


by Prof. J. Budziszewski



Two black scholars prove that race doesn't always mean
what politically correct mythology says it means.



Some students protest out of conviction, but others just think it's a rush.
They're missing some things about what college is supposed to be about.


by Sharyn Kopf

Sharyn says if you haven't had sex, you've got nothing to be shy about.
Just the opposite.


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D I S C L A I M E R If someone should ask if it's legal to download songs
found on various non-commercial sites, such as this one.

Well, I'm neither a lawyer nor a technician,
and I've begun to wonder if it was legal for
us to tape music off the radio back when
tape recorders first came into being.

And were we committing a crime when we recorded
a movie shown on TV with our VCRs? And was it
really legal to buy a dual-deck recorder for the
express purpose of duplicating cassettes?

My answer to all of the above is, "I don't know."

Nonetheless, here is a formal statement in
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