2001-11-22

    
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November 22, 2001
  Scientific progress or exploiting the unbornPDF files may take a moment to load

Would you like to see the paralyzed walk, or restore vision to the blind? What about cures for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, arthritis, diabetes, or repairing the skin of burn victims? Then look to the science of stem cell research, send the miracle-cure evangelists packing and tell the Pope to get out of the research lab. Stem cell research can potentially cure not only these ailments, but a host of others.

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November 22, 2001
  The root of terror lies in povertyPDF files may take a moment to load

Does anyone actually think defeating the Taliban will make a lick of difference? Sure, Osama bin Laden will be relieved of a base of operation and might even be killed. However, that does not mean the terrorism common to people in the Third World will come to an end. Oh no, part of me thinks the worst is not over, but just beginning.

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November 22, 2001
  Generational negligencePDF files may take a moment to load

I watched the Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa this year and was struck by the difference between the attending war veterans and the "student ambassadors." The vets were teary, stalwart and lost. The students were bored.

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November 22, 2001
  The magic of crossmarketingPDF files may take a moment to load

Attention spans are a funny thing. I've never thought about it before, but the attention spans of my fellow North Americans dictate what I see on TV. What I want to know is, are those 12-second sound bytes of news, sports and Britney Spears geared towards the average American, or--and I hope this isn't the case--the lowest common denominator?

I kept this in mind as I watched TV last weekend and I saw three major themes.

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