Thursday, August 21, 2014

Three Things Thursday

1. For the past week or so, people have been doing an ice bucket challenge, where you must pour ice water over your head, or pay $100 to a charity. Maybe it's just me, but the premise of "do something unpleasant to avoid charitable donations" doesn't make a lot of sense.

Anyway, I don't respond well to peer pressure, so I won't be doing it.

2. I did a book giveaway this weekend, but none of the five winners have gotten back to me. Oh, well. Guess I'll be stuck with the books now.

3. I finished reading the 39 Clues: Cahills VS Vespers series, and I give it my official thumbs-up. I was excited to hear David Baldacci wrote the final book in the series. His writing style took about 40 pages to get used to, because it doesn't really fit with the other books. But since he's great at writing thrillers, the book was quite excellent once it got going.


Lily said...

I'll take the books!

Anonymous said...

1. To note, you can just donate to the charity (the ALS Association, which works to research and find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a fatal paralytic disorder). You are a charitable person, right?
2. Try selling them.
3. I only reached book 4 of the series DX!

Anonymous said...

While I agree it’s a worthy cause to support and to raise awareness for, you have to question what exactly are you supporting? Unfortunately, it has come to light that research for ALS includes the process of embryonic stem cell research. Embryonic stem cells are modified stem cells taken from aborted fetuses. With only minimal research on websites such as ALSA, NEALS (ALS Clinical research center) and the National Institute of Health anyone can find information that confirms that embryonic stem cells from aborted babies are used for ALS research in the name of science.

Lynn said...

I will take a book! Just post that you my address and I'll comment it!

Lynn said...

Oh and so do a video review of the 39 clues!!!

Miss. Cellaneous said...

Which books are you giving away? I'd be more than happy to take at least one of your hands :D

Emily said...

To the first anonymous poster: That's not actually true.

You can't use cells from aborted fetuses for stem cell research because those cells are already dead. A lot of people say that as a scare tactic to get people to stop supporting stem cell research, but there is in fact no stem cell research anywhere in the world that can or will ever used aborted babies as part of their research.

However, embryonic stem cells like the ones you refer to here can and usually do come from blastocysts. Those are the embryos that are created for artificial insemination. In most cases doctors will make more blastocysts than they think they need to help a woman get pregnant because not all of them will live and it can take more than one treatment for artificial insemination to work. Once the couple has had all the children they want, the extra blastocysts that are left can be donated to stem cell research.

Depending on how you feel about when life begins you might still oppose this process, but it's important to keep in mind that any cells used in this kind of stem cell research were never placed inside a mother's womb. These are only cells that were going to sit in a freezer until they deteriorated or be thrown away. Like I said, this might not necessarily change your views on stem cell research on a religious basis but it's important to understand the science either way.

GameOverTown said...

I refuse to do the ice bucket challenge because the ALS association does intensive animal testing, including drilling holes into the skulls of mice.