From the Sky

  • Illinois Cornfields under snow
    Various photos taken from commercial flights - March 2004 to date

Laval - Jour overture

  • Cremazie wall
    On April 28 2007, STM opened the long-awaited extension of the Orange Line from Henri Bourassa to Montmorency with three new stations, all in Laval. As much of a transportation geek as I am, I had never been on the opening day of a new train line. These are my photos from a trip that day, while carrying the 6 month old Giraffe in his backpack.

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22 March 2005



I've followed some of the coverage of the poor Terri woman... It looks to me that the only reason her parents have managed to drag it this far is that she didn't have a written living will so everyone is fighting over what she hypothetically would have wanted were she able to see herself in her current position, and her parents claim to be getting responses from her imperceptible to her husband and all medical staff. The emotive vocabularly around 'killing' an innocent woman is what got Pres Bush back to the White House becuase that's simple and a debate about whether her state counts as being alive in any form most of us would recognise is complex, full of grey areas and moral ambiguities. Not killing innocent people is nice and simple and something everyone can agree on. I don't have a living will (to the best of my knowledge no-one can agree on whether they mean anything useful in the UK since everyone runs scared of debates on euthanasia etc here too) but I do hope that in a similar situation a member of medical staff would quitely kick a plug out or whatever was needed.

I think I'm just not comfortable with the obsession over the sanctity of life that makes it ok to shoot abortion doctors but also ok to turn a blind eye to people dying of curable diseases. The UK doesn't yet have the former but our politicians have got their knickers in a twist over amazing bits of moral worrying whilst ignoring the growning numbers of people in the UK dying of TB. A lovely disease associated with C19th poverty.

Sorry - a bit heavy for a Saturday morning. I do like the furniture - esp the 70's chair with Izzak cushion!

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