Archive for June 2nd, 2009

The Faces Of Our Ancestors

Sarah Krulwich/New York Times

Today’s NYT Science Times has a fascinating profile of Victor Deak, who uses facial reconstruction techniques to turn hominid skulls into faces.  But not just any faces – no matter how primitive (or in some cases outright bizarre), Deak somehow manages to give our long-dead ancestors and cousins dignity, serenity, curiosity, intelligence and, yes, humanity.

Well, except for the neanderthal, who just looks confused and dismayed.

Be sure to check out Deak’s physical and virtual reconstructions at his own website. It’s absolutely mesmerizing.

2 comments June 2nd, 2009 at 11:40am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Art/Architecture,Coolness,Science

Dick Cheney, Gay Marriage Crusader

On the surface, it sounds like Dick Cheney is a pretty decent and enlightened guy on gay marriage:

Speaking at the National Press Club for the Gerald R. Ford Foundation journalism awards, Cheney was asked about recent rulings and legislative action in Iowa and elsewhere that allowed for gay couples to legally wed.

“I think that freedom means freedom for everyone,” replied the former V.P. “As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay and it is something we have lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish. Any kind of arrangement they wish. The question of whether or not there ought to be a federal statute to protect this, I don’t support. I do believe that the historically the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level. It has always been a state issue and I think that is the way it ought to be handled, on a state-by-state basis. … But I don’t have any problem with that. People ought to get a shot at that.”

Not bad, right?  But make no mistake – this is not Dick Cheney saying that all people should be treated equally, this is Dick Cheney saying that his daughter should not be a second-class citizen.

Of course, that still puts him way ahead of, say, Ronald Reagan, Alan Keyes, or Brit Hume.

4 comments June 2nd, 2009 at 07:09am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Cheney,Republicans,Teh Gay

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