April 4th, 2002

Celebratory shouts, and weirdness...

First, the grand announcement of the day - HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAISY!!!! Yay!!!!!!!!!

Second, discovered that one of my most favorite people just plunged herself into the LJ pool. Welcome aboard Kari... and I can't wait to read some of the things YOU put up here. Woof. ;-)

Finally, I have more proof that the world is odd. I was running late this morning, because pulling myself away from the beautiful sleeping Kate was just too darned painful. Anyway, I couldn't get my hair to do anything, so I just put on my Yankees cap and went to work.

Well, wouldn't you know it, I'm actually getting compliments on my hair!!! Hat hair, complemented! Looks as if hat hair might become a new strategic opportunity that I need to keep in mind.

Thank you New York Times!!!

Wow! The New York Times just validated me!

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/04/science/04COUS.html

The above link is to an article entitled "Few Risks Seen to the Children of 1st Cousins." In it, it describes how this guy Dr. Arno Motulsky from the U of Washington feels that 1st cousin incest is fine, and should not bear the weight of social taboo. Some good quotes:

"Contrary to widely held beliefs and long standing taboos in America, first cousins can have childred together without a great risk of birth defects or genetic disease, scientists are reporting today. They say there is no biological reason to discourage cousins from marrying."

"Twenty-four states have laws forbidding first cousins from marrying, and seven states have limits like requiring genetic counseling. But no countries in Europe have such prohibitions, and in parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, marriages between cousins are cnsidered preferable."

And then finally...


"The report made a point of saying that the term 'incest' should not be applied to cousins but only to sexual relations between siblings or between parents and children."

Wow. This is SOOO becoming a part of my incest play class.