Saturday, October 22, 2005

Shawn Hannidy Vs. Human Cloning

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Description of interaction with Shawn Hannidy posted earlier

Shawn Hannidy behind the scenes

When you appear on television or radio shows, the interaction you have with your host varies greatly
Usually, you go on the set,  get miked up and make small talk with the host.  This pre-show chat usually consists of a few "get acquainted" questions like :"Now, I understand your position is...";  "What we want to focus on during our program is..."; "Now, our viewing audience isn't very sophisticated so don't use terms like 'nuclear transfer'"; etc.
After being seated on the set with Shawn Hannidy, he seemed oblivious to my presence.  Instead he tried repeatedly to throw a crumpled sheet of paper into a trash basket about eight feet away.  Each time he missed. 
After six failed attempts, he turned to me and asked me if I wanted to "make a wager" on whether or not he would succeed with his next attempt.  I've known enough pool sharks to know that ruse when it presents itself.
"No," I replied. "I don't believe in gambling."
The show commenced.  Hannidy quickly made a point of saying he believed "life begins at conception".  That is the traditional Roman Catholic and Christian Fundamentalist viewpoint which causes them to oppose the desgtruction of an embryo to create a stem cell culture.
In the few minutes not shown, I explained that reproductive cloning varied greatly among species.  While mice and cows conceived through cloning frequently had all sorts of abnormalities, pigs were (at that time) univerally normal.  Goats also seem to fare better than most other species with ten out of sixteen surviving and apparently normal.
After the exchange you see here, Hannidy did say to me as I rose to leave:"You did very well."
I resisted the temptation to say something like: "I always do well because I  really know my subject" and simply replied:"Thank you very much". 
I've worked with dozens of documentary makers from all over the World.  I've appeared on Fox, CNN, MSNBC, and the BBC many times debating cloning.  I much prefer a "debate format" because they can't edit your remarks.
Many documentary makers have treated me fairly: Japanese Public Television; ABC Australia; ABC USA; Sixty Minutes; John Stossel; John Daily and Comedy Central;A&E; among others.
The worst documentary makers were those from Germany and France.  One German crew wanted to film me printing Xerox copies of picture of my unborn twin brother.
Der Spiegel described me as "a living fossil of the gay liberation movement". 
The European theologians really hated me. They said I was a mad immoral egotist.  They described me as a "millionaire"(I wish!) determined to force my will upon an unwilling world.
I managed to testify to Congress twice.  When challenged, the Congressmen admitted they weren't really open to any arguments in favor of reproductive cloning, they just wanted to make it illegal.
So, these so-called "moralists" are actually immoral monsters denying me my reproductive rights and my unborn twin brother his "right to life"!
You can't win an argument about human cloning.  People have their closed minds firmly set against it based on science fiction mythology.
But I believe science will enable at least the "formula that is me" to live on into additional lifetimes.  I've devoted years of my life and thousands of dollars pursuing that dream.
I'm looking forward to going to the first conference sponsored by The Immortality Institute,( ), in Atlanta on November 5th.
We Immortalists believe science can find a way to stop aging and then reverse it, that we can achieve a theoretical immortality and "defeat the blight of involuntary death".
Yes, I dare to dream the impossible dream, to fight the approaching night rather than to be gently swallowed by it.  I fight for my own life and I fight for the life of my unborn twin brothers.  May there be many of them!
You may say I am a dreamer, I've been called worse. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2005


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Political correctness is a too frequently encountered obstacle to free discussion within every community. Bisexuals frequently find themselves belonging to two worlds, and neither, all at the same time

They hide their same sex attractions from straight friends and invite virtual social abuse when describing their heterosexual affairs to gay friends.
We live in a society which likes to label people and put them into nice neat tacky boxes and treat everybody just the same.  Pete Seeger really said it all.
Here we meet two people defying social conventions and daring to insist on the right to just be themselves. 

Monday, October 10, 2005


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Some people buy clothes. They pay full price plus sales tax. Other people scheme and invent ways to beat the system. Recycling clothes and/or designing your own outfit creates sex appeal while leaving you with some spare change for partying

"Swap o rama rama" might be called a community event.  This short video captures the artistic energy and communal spirit involved.  Clothing made with audio tape that sings.  Ordinary clothes transformed into Cinderella garb or pants with a manly flash.
I'll see you there next time! If you're not from NYC, here's something you can try in your own neighborhood. 

Sunday, October 09, 2005

CYNDI LAUPER LOVEFEST, Randy Wicker reporting

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Certain stars make special connections with special groups of people. That is how they become icons

In this video, we have a birdseye view of Cyndi Lauper having a serious and political lovefest with thousands of her gay fans.
Sharing both love and trust, Cyndi sits on the edge of the stage and lets her fans press in around her. She even asks a lesbian mother about whether her small child (sitting on the edge of the stage) sleeps through the night.
After urging all to keep up their fight for equality, she exits with bouquet.


Hang Your Love on the Bedroom Door

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My first vlog focused on a very personable woman who makes and sells sex toys at S&M shows around the country.

Many interesting points this woman made ended up on the cutting room floor. She talked about the "exchange of energy and power" involved in sex. She also observed that people into the S&M lifestyle had a special bond which was stronger than their sexual orientation ("heterosexual" or "homosexual").

I did several fascinating interviews at this Folsom Street East street fair in NYC last June. Another event which is also called "Folsom Street" takes place in San Francisco in the fall. These interviews will be scattered among my vlogs during the coming months.

As a journalist, I was one of the first people to write up a group called The Eulenspiegel Society in the early 1970s. I believe that was the first public group celebrating this lifestyle.

I'm beyond "disclaimers". I'm just the guy behind the camera asking the questions. This woman is "for real" as you can see by checking out the website she gave during the interview, . Outside of meeting her this one time and getting this lively interview, I have connection to her or her business.

In all my vlogs I intend to have web addresses for those I interview. If it doesn't fit into the vlog, I'll include it here on my blog. Hope all of you will become fans of the work I do.