Member since March 25, 2008
Bio I was born. I currently live. I have not yet died.*
*True at the time of writing.
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commented on Basic Instructions
4 days ago
Monty Python (the surviving members) actually got back together, for a London show.
The first show’s tickets sold out in under 44 seconds.
commented on Boomerangs
16 days ago
You could tell her that for being so stupid as to think that a drink of water could perturb the body’s pH, she forfeits the right to be catered to.
commented on Doonesbury
21 days ago
over 50% of people are on the dole. Supported by nothing but government programs, many having done so for several generations, they make up a growing segment of our population that wants what education, hard work and perseverance used to achieve. — Yes, indeed: they want to be paid a living wage for all the hours worked. Unfortunately, too many big employers now get away with paying poverty wages because they can shift costs onto other taxpayers, to subsidize corporate profits by forcing taxpayer-subsidized government assistance to take up the slack where their own payroll is too stingy. Isn’t it fantastic that corporate strategy now allows companies to make very large profits regardless of whether or not you buy from them? :) Of course, the idea of corporate social responsibility died during the “greed is good” Reagan era, when all the wage rises were redirected towards the board of directors, simply because they could. The fact that the growing disparity between the income brackets tends to destroy social mobility and destabilize economies in the long run by trapping people in a poverty cycle, yes, that makes it even more shameful, doesn’t it.
Oh, wait…did you not know that the vast majority of people who rely on government assistance programs are in fact full-time workers? I guess that goes too much against the rant you believe in, which is happy to demonize half the country.
commented on Freshly Squeezed
21 days ago
Definitely the story of MY job.
commented on Ben Sargent
about 1 month ago
I don’t think you understand much; Europe is not a single country, for instance. Policy can vary widely from one country to the next. Italy, that most profoundly Catholic country, allows abortion up to 12 weeks. Spain allows abortion on request up to 22 weeks. Perhaps the most liberal country in the world with regard to abortion law, the Netherlands allow abortion up to 24 weeks; and consider: the Netherlands also have detailed and comprehensive sex education and free contraceptives, and their abortion rate is also the lowest in the world.
Ta, and yes; I’d like to think that this was something everyone could agree on. :-/
No, the answer is not “time”; it is what happens during that time. What happens is the development of the fetus into a functional organism. With a functional nervous system.
Medically speaking, death is the point at which there is no more discernable brain activity. Brain death is death. It is the termination of a life. If the brain is not functional, the body is a body, no longer a living person, regardless of whether the heart still beats or the liver is healthy. That is the point at which this formerly-living former-person may be disassembled and the still-healthy bits used to save the lives of other people, and while there are people who don’t want that to happen to them or their loved ones, few find that morally objectionable. And at that point, the interests and rights of the living unambiguously outweigh those of the dead, although the wishes of the dead (if they are known) may be followed out of respect.
<br /Given this, though, why should we consider living tissues to be an individual life with identity, perception and conscious awareness before there is functional brain activity? If there is no brain activity, then the bits of meat may be alive, but it is not a life. And the rights and interests of those with awareness, perception, consciousness of identity and the responsibility for consequences….they take priority.
1. It’s not a baby. A baby is the thing which has a nervous system, a possibility of perception and awareness, an identity. Before there is a functional nervous system, no perception of pain can exist, no awareness can exist, and no identity really exists (and before you pull out the “genetic identity” card, remember that the placenta has precisely the same genetic identity as the fetus).
2. You are repeating anti-abortion myths not borne out by reality. Medically regulated legal abortions have fewer health complications than childbirth, do not leave women psychologically damaged, and have absolutely no link to breast cancer. Repeating myths does not make them true, and if you have to support your argument with myths, then there is something wrong with your argument.
3. It isn’t the KKK which drives the rate of abortion in black women. What do you think happens, do you think they kidnap black women and drive them to abortion clinics with a gun to their heads? O_o No, the people getting abortions are, in fact, the women; generally because of poverty and lack of birth control knowledge or availability. If you don’t like the rate of abortion in that community, there are some genuinely non-racist and helpful things that you could do, and oddly enough, none of them involve restricting women’s say over their own bodies. Instead, maybe you should focus on the availability of birth control and accurate birth control information, education in general, and the issues surrounding disparity of income and poverty. Forcing women to carry unwanted pregnancies to term is hardly going to help with any of that.
commented on The Other Coast
about 1 month ago
To the snots who have decided to demonize all liberals and paint all liberals with the same stereotype (and a stereotype of “stupid thief”, no less), I say to you:
Cut the crap, you pissant idiots.
If you cannot accept that humans exist across a broad political spectrum without the people who disagree with you being evil or criminal, then you don’t belong in a civilised country, and you are a big part of the political problem in America today. You need to stop suckling at the teat of hate-wing radio and rediscover that whole thing that the gospels taught about treating your fellow human beings decently.
And for the record: I know that those of you who have encountered me in previous conversations will have me firmly classed in your minds as “liberal as they come.” And yet, for this, believe it or not, I absolutely agree with swr.
commented on Candorville
about 1 month ago
I very much doubt that the Cosmos cares.
Of course, the cosmos also doesn’t care if you survive or not, or how nice or rotten your life might be. It is, indeed, entirely indifferent. Caring about that is entirely up to you….
which is why it’s sensible to care about that other stuff.
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