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Current Law Students / Re: poor lawyers
« on: April 25, 2011, 12:10:55 PM »

If the bank if not licensed by the state, they could be doing very unpleasant (and possibly illegal) things with the sperm deposits.

When I was working as a paralegal for a law firm we'd deal with a lot of RESEARCH CONSENT FORMS
in relation to Sperm Donation for Stem Cell Research. They're presented to the men donating sperm in order to create embryos for human embryonic stem cell research projects. Embryonic stem cells can be found in embryos around the 5th day of development. These stem cells have the unique ability to turn into any kind of specialized human cell, such as liver cells, heart cells, pancreatic cells, or nerve cells. For this reason, embryonic stem cells can be used to study, and possibly one day help treat, diseases or injuries that have caused patients' specialized cells to die or become damaged – diseases and injuries such as Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, diabetes, and spinal cord injury.

The new human embryonic stem cells from embryos are created with the sperm through androgenesis. (Androgenesis is the process by which a sperm cell is stimulated to begin going through the very early stages of human development. Stem cells that arise from andogenesis would be genetically matched to the person who provided the sperm). In such cases, none of the sperm you donate is used to produce a baby or a pregnancy. And no embryos created from your sperm will be allowed to develop for more than a total of 14 days after they have been created through the union of sperm and egg; created through androgenesis. If any of the resulting embryos are frozen, then the time that they are frozen is not counted as part of the 14 day limit. Researchers only use your sperm to create embryos from which they attempt to get stem cells before the 14 day limit. The resulting research embryos are destroyed during the stem cell collection process. Usually, there is no guarantee that embryos will be successfully created from your sperm; and there is no guarantee that researchers will be able to get stem cells from any resulting embryos. Researchers routinely discard as medical waste any sperm or embryos they do not use for this research project. 

It is likely that the collected embryonic stem cells will be stored for many years. Embryonic stem cells have the ability to self-renew indefinitely, and they are likely to be used by researchers at other institutions and for many other research purposes. One possible research use of these stored stem cells might involve changing some of their genes. Another possible research use might be to study some of the stem cells by placing them into laboratory animals. In addition, the stored stem cells might be used in the future for new research related to human stem cell transplantation. These are just 3 common examples of what might happen to the stored stem cells. But there are many other future possible research uses that are simply unknown at this time. You will have no say as to which institutions or researchers may share the stem cells made from the embryos that were created using your sperm. If stem cell transplantation studies are developed in the future, you will have no say as to who may be a transplant recipient of the collected stem cells, except in the case of autologous transplantation after androgenesis.

This is becoming indeed a problem in many states - I guess it'll continue to be an issue during the 2012 elections.

Current Law Students / Re: Legal Reasoning
« on: April 25, 2011, 12:01:16 PM »

Why is "the real thing" so important to people? Objects are valued not only for their appearance, but also for their tremendous symbolic power. Any object can have symbolic and visual power. However, only "the real thing" contains the evidence to support its symbolic and visual importance. Evidential, artifactual, value is dependent on the material composition of the object. Reconciling the symbolic, visual, artifactual and evidential value of "the real thing" requires the convergence of stylistic, historical and scientific analysis. Such expertise is often provided by the collaboration of many experts found in museums like the Smithsonian. What do people really see when they look at an object on exhibit, in a book or on-line? What they actually see is a virtual reality, based on the appearance of the real thing. The appearances of objects have tremendous power to alter the course of history and human lives. But mere superficial appearances can be misleading.

Consider, for instance, something as simple as a manuscript. In fact, consider 3 famous manuscripts: "Howard Hughes' Autobiography," "Hitler's Diary," and the Mormon Church's "Salamander Letter." What do these documents have in common? Each had the power to greatly influence issues of legal, historical or religious significance. Each had this power, if, that is, they were "the real thing". But as it turned out, each was actually proven to be fake. The truth however exacted a costly toll, including the loss of human lives. One of history's most extreme cases of forged documents threatened to undermine one of the world's most powerful religions. The case of the "Freeman's Oath" and the "Salamander letter", resulted in the actual loss of life. In the mid-80's, a Utah dealer, Mark Hofmann, presented the Mormon Church with a series of documents, which if real would have greatly embarrassed the Church. As suspicion grew about the authenticity of the documents offered by Hofmann, he began to feel cornered. To protect himself, and provide a diversion, he resorted to murder, engineering the death of 3 people by blowing them up with home-made bombs. He eventually injured himself while transporting new bombs. When arrested, he ultimately confessed that he faked the documents; to make them appear authentic, he used historic paper and ink recipes. He claimed that he even artificially aged the documents by oxidizing them with hydrogen peroxide. This is what lead to his downfall and arrest in the first place. His creations had become suspect when examination, under high powered magnification (such as a stereomicroscope), revealed that the ink's medium of gum arabic was cracking in a strange manner, totally inconsistent with what would happen during "natural" aging.

Here it is a twisted case of this type in this movie

The Ninth Gate (1999) is a neo-noir, mystery thriller about the rare book business, wherein rare-book dealer Dean Corso (Johnny Depp) is hired by bibliophile Boris Balkan (Frank Langella) to validate a 17th-century copy of The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows, by Aristide Torchia, and what he encounters en route.

For the life of me, I just couldn't get the point of this movie!


Moreover, even the masculine gay man "reduces himself" to the status of a woman in his readiness to fall in love with his peers among his fellow men — and it is important, moreover, to recognize that he is ready to fall totally in love; ready to seek out a total, and especially physical, expression and communication of attraction and desire; and ready to make himself dependent upon and vulnerable to the other, an extremely "un-masculine" position, and an extremely difficult and precarious position for anyone who is produced to be a "man" in a patriarchal sexist and heterosexist culture.

Masculine men (especially those who go with women too) have a much easier time at fooling people they're gay, though!


Kevin Coe, born Frederick Harlan Coe on Feb. 2, 1947, is a convicted rapist from Spokane, Washington, often referred to in the news media as the "South Hill Rapist". He has been in custody since conviction in 1981. Starting on September 15, 2008 the State of Washington held a "civil commitment" trial before a jury wherein it argued that he should be declared a sexually violent predator and confined indefinitely; jury selection began that day, and testimony commenced September 29. As of May, 2008, he is still a suspect in dozens of rapes. His notoriety is due to much more than the fact of his statuses as a suspect and convict. The number of victims he has been suspected of having raped is unusually large; his convictions received an unusual amount of attention from appeals courts; his mother was convicted for hiring a hit man against her son's judge and prosecutor after the initial convictions; and the bizarre relationship between Coe and his mother became the subject of a nonfiction book by the widely read writer on crime, Jack Olsen. "Sins of the Mother" is the title of the movie depicting the story.

Dale Midkiff plays the role of Kevin Coe

In 1981 Coe, a radio announcer by profession, gained regional renown when he was arrested as the suspect in up to 43 rapes which had been perpetrated in Spokane between 1978 and 1981. Many of the rapes involved an extreme level of physical injury to the victims, and the police suspected them to be the work of a single offender, who came to be dubbed the "South Hill rapist". It was suggested that Kevin was mad at his mother for treating him like dirt, and that he was displacing his anger towards her onto his victims, the women he raped and hurt.

Ruth was a total lunatic, overbearing, very protective of Fred - she's rightly portrayed in the movie as the tragico-comical woman she was.

Just funny I'd say!

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