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A small price to pay? The Jahi McMath case revisited

A small price to pay? The Jahi McMath case revisited

Front page, Personal, rants
A few days ago I stumbled upon an article in the Huffington Post that somehow got under my skin (it's called "Brain Death" at risk). It had to do with a story that made the headlines a couple of years ago, and that I had all but forgotten: the story of Jahi McMath, a thirteen-year-old who was left brain dead following a tonsillectomy. Still, seeing it pop back up reminded me of how even at the time the way in which the hospital had been pushing the girl's mother to have her removed from life support had left me with a rather uneasy feeling, and the callousness of this new article --where there wasn't an ounce of empathy to be found, and in which the author went so far as to propose turning to the Commerce Clause to enable Congress to take over-- only served to compound that particular feel...
What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Front page, Personal, pet-peeves, rants
  A few days ago I tried to join Quora. It sounded like a good idea at the time, but instead I came across yet another unpleasant reminder of one of the most ridiculous aspects of my life. In a nutshell, the site insists on real names. I fact they are pretty adamant about it (facebook at least allows you to use the name you go by in your everyday life). That doesn't sound so bad, and considering its nature as a Q&A site it sort of makes sense, as it can help keep things honest. The problem is that I am one of those people for whom the very concept of a 'real name' is somewhat problematic. Why? Well, because I had the misfortune of being born in one of those countries with stupid laws that restrict the names parents can give to their children, and the name my parents had chosen ...
On the (service) doggie wars

On the (service) doggie wars

Front page, Personal, pet-peeves, pets, rants
A few days ago I was fooling around in Buzzfeed when something caught my eye. It was one of those silly 'can you make it through this post without spending $50.00' listicles that link to a bunch of pointless things that look cute on screen but only add to the clutter out in the real world. I usually don't even bother with those, but this time around the picture was that of a dog wearing a service dog vest, and yes, among the items they were promoting was a fake 'service dog' vest. That gave rise to a rather lively comments section that was far more interesting than the so-called article, and that comments section in turn got me thinking, especially because when I came across that debate I was already looking into the impact of the changes in the role animals play in people's lives over the...