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It would probably be quite hard to find someone who never heard of the ice bucket challenge and it's starting to be considerably difficult to find someone who hasn't been nominated for the challenge yet.

According to Wikipedia, “The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a terrible neurodegenerative disease, the most common of five diseases of this type, which makes one's muscles to disappear, causing difficulties in speech, swallowing, breathing. Most people survive about 39 months from the first onset of symptoms, but there are very rare cases of patients surviving more than 50 years, the famous English theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author Steven Hawking being one of them.

Raising money for battling such a disease seems very noble, and dumping a bucket of ice cold water on oneself in front of a camcorder appears to be very fashionable fun. Noble, fashionable, and fun, ain't that beautiful?

As usual, the devil is in details, particularly for Catholics.

I hope many of you would agree that 20th century in Art, we can already call The Age of Ugliness, and however 20th century is the past now, the era of ugliness hardly ended, and it is impossible to tell when it will.

Ugliness has been and still is, promoted, adored, and protected like a virtue. Many academies of Fine Art in the world are teaching nothing close to Fine, not to mention Art. Quite a few art students I have met , have good time laughing at theirs own “deep” explanations for something they created just to please their in many cases lacking talent professors, and to pass the semester, of course. Many artists complain that after finishing Fine Art Academy, they have to learn from the scratch how to draw properly.

 

So, what is the difference between 20th century and ages before ? How to tell Fine Art from Ugly Art?

As Independent.ie reports, Richard Dawkins, an icon of atheist movement, tweeted his opinion about unborn babies with Down Syndrome. As it was easy to predict, he gave just one advice: abort.

 

According to him:

1. It's immoral to bring the baby with the syndrome to the world.

2. It's civilised to kill unborn with Down Syndrome because as “they are fetuses diagnosed before they have human feelings.”

 

Unfortunately, he didn't give any details about why or how it is immoral to give birth to a child with Down Syndrome. There are two possible interpretations of such immorality.

First one is based on assumption that a person with Down Syndrome can't be happy, and that to die is better than to live for such a person.

Second possible interpretation is that it is immoral to give birth to DS affected people as they might be unpleasant to deal with or even to look at for some individuals.

Everybody probably at this stage knows the story: a suicidal pregnant woman is admitted to the hospital in order to have a termination of her pregnancy. The panel of experts gathers, denies the request, the woman is been then convinced to have a c-section, the baby survives. Google details if you need.
I could go on and on commenting on an abortion as a suicidal tendencies cure, and how men are poor as the nature deprived them of such a “wonderful” therapy, but others do it better.
I'd like to focus on something else, on my observation of the Internet discussions on the subject, particularly on pro-choice side of those discussions. Surprisingly many pro-choice comments have one thing in common: they contain words describing Ireland as “archaic”, “fundamentalist”, “petty”, and alike as opposed to “modern”, “civilised”, “caring”, “progressive”, “responsible” countries, where abortion is available on demand.

One look on population growth rate world map leaves no doubt that Western Civilisation is in serious demographic trouble with Ireland and Luxembourg having good birth rates. Such a situation may lead to serious economical problems such as collapse of retirement and health systems and ageing of population. Governments from affected areas try to resolve the situation by fiddling with retirement age or picking up the immigrants. Anyone who applied for any settlement program probably noticed that younger and bigger families are preferable as immigrants in countries like Canada or Australia. In European countries the birth rate is often being improved by immigrants from the Third World countries with great birth rates.

The ageing of societies and replacing indigenous population with the new one originating from the Third World will also lead to problems with many types of industries, for instance Islamization of societies will most probably cause problems with alcohol industry. Another industry which is likely be hit by the growth rate are pharmaceutical companies, especially those making substantial money on contraceptives.

Józef and Wiktoria Ulma
Yesterday was a 70th anniversary of so called Markowa massacre during which German gendarmes executed the whole Ulmas family along with eight members of Jewish families of Szalls and Goldmans.

In 1942, during World War II, Józef Ulma, a Polish farmer and social activist took under his roof eight Jews and helped to build a dugout in the forest to shelter another Jewish family in order to save them from German Final Solution.

The dugout was soon discovered by German authorities and all four Jews hiding there were executed.

Our European socialist politicians want to make us even more happy by trying to introduce the Estrela Report again. We, citizens of European Union, are obviously stupid and thus unable to decide what is good for us and what isn't, and that's why enlightened socialists have to decide for us and try to push the report through the third time.

For those who don't know what Estrela reort is, to put it shortly, it's a document according to which abortion is a fundamental human right and proposes to make abortions and population control the political priority of the international development policy after 2015.

Please sign the petition on http://www.citizengo.org/en/2410-withdraw-eu-commission-proposal-make-declaration

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