Monthly Archives: December 2008

Who Cares About Murdering Babies?

>In a way I’m surprised to see that if a baby is killed after being born in the Netherlands, my home country, people appear shocked and the police sets up a big investigation to find out who did it so this person can be prosecuted. The same applies to a lot of other Western countries.

Why am I surprised? Because if the baby was killed just a few weeks before, while still inside the mother, it’s not called murder. Then the baby is called a “fetus” and the murder is called “abortion” and it’s claimed a “civil right.” How can we be so blind?!

Look at the image. This is a photo of a so-called “aborted fetus”, 22-weeks after conception. Is this not a baby? If it was born at 21 weeks, doctors managed to keep it alive, and then at 22 weeks the mother decided: “oh wait, no, I’ve got a holiday coming up and I feel really bad and I don’t have the money, to raise this child,” is it OK to still get rid of it?

Here are some of the facts:

  • the heart of a baby works as of 4 weeks since the conception
  • at 10 weeks, the baby is small, but complete, all it needs to do is grow
  • medical science is advancing, and babies born 21 weeks after conception may soon be able to survive already (if that’s not already possible)
  • in the Netherlands abortions are allowed until 24 weeks after conception
  • abortions in Israel are allowed until the 9th month (!)
  • in 2005, there were about 33.000 registered induced abortions in the Netherlands only
  • reasons for abortions include: interference with holiday planning, financial challenges, unknown father, etc.

I’m wondering: Do we really care about any murder at all, or have we become too wealthy and egocentric to care about anything other than our own “freedom”, comfort and wealth?

If you are thinking about having an abortion, think twice, ask for information from both sides. There is help available from prolife-organisations, even after having had an abortion.

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Posted by on 10 December 2008 in abortion, civil rights, death, induced abortion, murder


Opera 10 Alpha Looks Promising

>Opera have released the first alpha of the new version 10 of their flagship product, Opera (for the desktop). Major changes include:

  • Presto 2.2 engine
  • 30% improved performance (at least this is what Opera claim)
  • support for web fonts
  • increased CSS 3 compliance (including RGBA and HSLA)
  • developer tool Dragonfly has been improved
  • Acid 3 compliance
  • support for the W3C Selectors API
  • improved HTML5 support

Other things, less important to web developers, include inline spell checking and automatic updates.

For more information, check out the detailed change logs for Windows, Linux/UNIX and Mac OS X. Note that big parts of those documents overlap eachother.

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Posted by on 5 December 2008 in browser, browsers, opera, opera10, web