Monday, September 10, 2007

"For those about to clone, we salute you" - ACDC

I love Naomi Klein....She is awesome. Even if she is a Red, and has to go to the U.K. to get published. Why don't we have reporters in our news papers like her? Why do we have to fork over 5.95 for the New Yorker Harpers, and on occasion The Atlantic (Klein is sometimes in the Nation and that's getting pricey, too) to get our"truth fix?" Shouldn't we be able to spend 50 cents to get our news reported to us? It's not right....

Anyways, for those of you interested in the newest science to clone actors and artists I give you this bit of wisdom from the Humane Society's website...

"Cloning is an imperfect science and potentially dangerous for the animals involved, including the clone. Many animals cloned thus far have had a wide range of medical complications. Whether a cloned companion animal can lead a healthy and full life remains unknown. In addition, surrogate mothers who bear the cloned embryos until delivery may have to endure surgical procedures due to complications from pregnancy."

Fair enough, but even though it is one's personal experience that an artist goes through that helps shape their art (and no cloned animal would be exactly the same, as explained below) we must understand that a new kind of pain, both physical and purposeful from the clones mutated genes - and the scientists willingness to take part in adding the child clones suffering just for sadistc kicks, may even spark a richer genius than the being who originally walked this Earth.
Can you imagine a Rodin, born with talent but subjected to fifteen years in an unfriendly environment while given all the artistic tools necessary to create -added with the pharmacological, and psychological trauma he must endure in an oddly sterile and controlled environment - finally, told on his 18th birthday that he is clone, understanding why he has eight livers and three pinkies. His art would be other worldly. It would be classical and apocalyptical; Grace and Fire together, creating wonderful sculptures spurning generations of admirers.

"For those looking to replace a lost pet, cloning will not create an animal identical to the one who is gone; cloning cannot replicate an animal's uniqueness. Cloning can only replicate the pet's genetics, which influence but do not determine his physical attributes or personality. In fact, a pet's personality, the specific trait that most owners would like to preserve and the attribute that most endears a companion animal to his family, is the trait least likely to be replicated by cloning. In addition, there is no guarantee the cloned companion animal will even physically resemble the original pet.
The HSUS recommends that people visit their local shelter to adopt their next pet."

What would a cloned Benji , the 1970's movie star, be like at 2 years old? We can only wonder. Especially knowing that he was aware that his "other" was a famous movie star. Could you imagine the pressure the poor puppy would go through attempting to bring to screen the magic and adorable love that his counterpart gave millions in the 1970's (plus the pressure of earning 600 million for the studios)?

Which Benji would we get..?

Good Benji....? or Bad, "I'm not good enough," Benji?

This is, of course, just the tip of the ethical delima that the Swedish Doctors have been facing as they begin to share with baby Kinski the heart warming tales that made the first Kinski who he was.

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