Day of Atonement
Michael Vick tortured and killed dogs and went to
jail for his actions. Eric Ledbetter tortured and blinded and killed
dogs and was praised by his Cornell University colleagues.
(Monday, September 28, 2009) is Yom Kippur, a day of fasting in which Jews
throughout the world meditate and reflect upon past transgressions. For
a Jew, today's thoughts are reserved for personal reflection and
On this day, I dedicate my column to Dr. Eric
Ledbetter of Cornell University. He and his team of researchers injected
herpes virus into the eyes of (he calls them "naive") dogs, just to see
what would happen. The dogs went blind and suffered severe pain in the
process. Duh. A link to his June, 2009 study:
Should you wish to contact Dr. Heshouldknowbetter
My day of atonement fantasy for Eric would be to
inject herpes virus into his eyes. I know the results of my study before the
In the future, he would see no evil.
Think of what
science taught us from his study. Poke dogs in the eyes with hypodermic
syringes filled with herpes virus and they will need seeing eye persons.
Who else should spend today atoning for past sins? A group of Chinese
scientists who inoculated tiger pups with the AIDS virus, just to see what
would happen. A link to their May, 2009 publication:
These so-called people of science must sense that
their work is more than just deceptive and self-serving.
It is merciless. It
is shameful. I've never before heard of tigers with AIDS, but shall forever
in the future avoid tiger bites when I am on safari.
scientists atone for the worst example of animal research?
I can never
forgive the scientists who published the most horrible of studies in the
December 2002 issue of New Scientist. Can they forgive themselves?
http://www.newscien tist.com/ news/news. jsp?id=ns9999313 5
Japanese researchers decapitated the heads of 12-day-old rats, and implanted
them onto the thighs of adult rodents.
Think of the possibilities for
humans! If we perform this same technique on Americans, in the event of a
nuclear terrorist attack, we'll be able to kiss our own asses goodbye.
One scientist, Nobufumi Kawai, at the Jichi Medical School in Tochigi,
claims that the grafted heads could become "excellent models" for
investigating brain function in human infants.
Today I may atone for
my own selfish fantasy which involves Dr. Kawai's upper thigh and the
transplanted head of one of Michael Vick's abused pit bulls...
again, I may not. Perhaps I'll just fantasize about developing an AIDS
vaccine for a group of Chinese Nazi doctors.
On this sacred day of
atonement, there is neither penance nor expiation for the things men do to