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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Second choices on: Today at 01:04:34 pm
Does anyone have a good link to polling on who is the most popular second choice of primary voters?
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Good Meals for People Living Alone (Leftovers +++) on: August 29, 2015, 11:17:35 pm
If you don't mind leftovers, there are any number of easy to fix recipes out there, especially if you have a crockpot or a pressure cooker. My own go to meals are beef stew, pepper steak, and chili. Pepper steak's probably my most involved dish, but that's because of the second pot for the rice and the deseeding and slicing up of the peppers of different colors I use. (I'll use a green, a yellow, and an orange bell pepper, with the color red coming from the can of stewed tomatoes.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of extreme 'sensitivity' measures taken by academia on: August 29, 2015, 11:03:04 pm
Save us from very long jokes with very bad punchlines. Ernesta Wink
Normally when I tell people there is no 'a' in my name, that's not where they've placed it. Some people think it's important to put an a in Ernest, tho I'm not Wilde about the alternate spelling.
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of extreme 'sensitivity' measures taken by academia on: August 29, 2015, 12:21:01 pm
Having said that, the suggested gender neutral pronouns are ham fisted, but maybe you should be asking people what they want to be called, before you start calling them? It only takes a few seconds. I'm sure you can all spare it.
Having been subjected to something like this, tho not so hamfisted as this, when I was a TA back in grad school, the motivation to encourage the use of gender neutral language is not for when speaking to or of specific people. Not even the most ardent of gender neutral advocates would say something like "When Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, zir worst mistake was using a private email server." Rather gender neutral language advocacy is about avoiding language like "I will be a swift witness against the wage earner in his wages." lest someone might get the impression that the speaker was referring to just male workers.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of extreme 'sensitivity' measures taken by academia on: August 29, 2015, 06:27:37 am
While I do make some use of the Spivak pronoun set (third person plurals minus the starting th) in some writing, I think using anything other than third person plurals in the singular as a general use method for dealing with the lack of neuter singular in English is loony. At least the Spivak set has the advantage of some of them (especially em) already having some colloquial use, tho not for gender neutral purposes.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this proposal on: August 29, 2015, 06:14:34 am
HP - Any policy that it's own proponent admits is unenforceable is automatically an HP.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of compulsory military service on: August 28, 2015, 08:18:32 am
Poor, but the idea of compulsory national service can have some merit as it can be a means to churn together the social classes and avoid them stratifying.

Many implementations of compulsory service (although certainly not all of them), are classist in nature, the draft during the Vietnam War being the greatest example of this.

Yeah, the US draft during the Vietnam Era is not a good example of what I would want.  The college exemption in particular was wrong and likely contributed to the campus troubles of that era.
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: August 28, 2015, 07:10:30 am

I am not trying to get your sympathy. You as a person are completely irrelevant in this discussion. I am trying to explain the political realities in Europe and what I think will happen.

I will tell you what will happen. WWIII will happen. And sooner than you expect. Pandering to racial resentment rarely ends well.

And what shall this war be? Eritrea and Syria vs the EU?

As usual: Germany invading Denmark, of course.

Why? So they can send the refugees on the vast unpeopled expanses of Greenland?
9  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Christian values on: August 28, 2015, 07:00:53 am
Hebrew is like English and many other languages in using the masculine gender for the general case. To infer a passage applies to males only because of the use of masculine pronouns when nothing in the context requires it is silly.
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Carson holds Latino Outreach Event - No Latinos Show Up on: August 27, 2015, 11:03:55 pm
What idiot on his staff scheduled a Latino outreach event in Seneca?

True, that has to be the whitest part of the state, no?
There are also many black parts with low Hispanic levels, but yeah, it's a very white area.  Even if he wanted to stay in the I-85 corridor, there are better places than Seneca.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Carson holds Latino Outreach Event - No Latinos Show Up on: August 27, 2015, 10:30:02 pm
What idiot on his staff scheduled a Latino outreach event in Seneca?
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of compulsory military service on: August 27, 2015, 09:45:53 pm
Poor, but the idea of compulsory national service can have some merit as it can be a means to churn together the social classes and avoid them stratifying.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: ever used a payphone? on: August 27, 2015, 09:38:55 pm
Yes, but not to make a phone call.
I didn't think you were Kal El.
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: August 27, 2015, 09:35:18 pm
2) You can not meaningfully compare Europe to Canada, Australia, USA because those countries are not defined as national homes for a particular ethnicity. Comparing with Japan, Korea etc. makes a lot more sense.
The idea that Australia in the 1970s did not see it self as being for a particular ethnicity is a misreading of history. Granted the "White Australia" policy was on its last legs then, but it wasn't quite yet gone. Even in Canada and the US, our immigration policies had not foreseen the vast increase in Asian immigration that happened.
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Paraguay successful at denying 11-year old incest victim abortion on: August 27, 2015, 09:25:44 pm
I got that she was raped, Andrew. What you seem to not get is that regardless of whether or not she had the abortion, she still would suffer from the trauma of rape.

Now, mental health is of course important, but we don't kill people to treat the mental health of others. Your definition of a person obviously does not include a 22-week fetus, but there are those for which it does. (As I've stated before, my uncertainty over the personhood status of fetuses between quickening and viability means I'll leave that value judgement to others who are less uncertain.) Under Peruvian law (as well as under the law of most countries that permit abortions) that 22-week fetus is treated as a person who cannot simply be killed without due consideration. (My understanding is that at 22 weeks is when the situation was discovered, if it was actually earlier, then it does affect my position for this specific case.)

One can argue that the doctors made the wrong call concerning the physical risk and/or the mental risk to the mother. You might be right about that. Neither of us is an expert in reproductive health. You almost certainly are right that those doctors faced social pressure regarding the decision, but that same pressure would also affect those who might have done the procedure in Paraguay even had the law allowed the abortion without getting an medical opinion as to its necessity into the legal record. If said social stigma was the determining factor in their decision, it would have been just as determinative regardless.

However, to argue that mental anguish alone is sufficient to justify putting to death another being, even a non-human being, is to me self-evidently wrong.  It seems to me a sociopathic elevation of the individual above all else that would enable one to answer the question found in biblical myth "Am I my brother's keeper?" with the answer of no.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NLRB Ruling Clears Way for Unions in Fast Food Industry on: August 27, 2015, 08:36:41 pm
Perhaps, but it is sort of ludicrous to argue that a company that compels performance of specific tasks of its franchisees somehow has no responsibility concerning the standards of employment at its franchisees.
17  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Christian values on: August 27, 2015, 08:26:40 pm
What does this Supreme Being think about equal pay for equal work? Should so called "housewives" at least get minimum wage for all the work that they do?
Just curious.

Malachi 3:5 is probably most on point concerning that topic as well as the topic of immigration.
Quote from: Malachi 3:5 (NASB)
“Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me,” says the Lord of hosts.

18  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: How often do you read the Bible? on: August 27, 2015, 08:17:58 pm
Tho as that link points out one need not be a dispensationalist to believe in progressive revelation, indeed I would argue one need not be a Christian to so believe.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: ever used a payphone? on: August 26, 2015, 10:18:27 pm
Yes, but only with a calling card. Back then they were credit cards usable only to make calls from pay phones rather than the cards you can get today for prepaid cellular service. Which led AT&T to shortly after it was forced to divest itself of the Baby Bells to offer a card whose principal selling point was that it would be both a general purpose credit card and a calling card you could use with pay phones.
20  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Paraguay successful at denying 11-year old incest victim abortion on: August 26, 2015, 10:04:38 pm
So we should base policy upon the presumption of poor implementation? The main fault of Peruvian law enforcement in this case appears to be its attempt to blame the mother, but that has no bearing on whether an abortion should have been allowed in this case.

Your missing part of my point, the officials could've made a decision quick enough to abort the pregnancy long before what we consider partial-birth abortion.
Obviously you haven't been paying attention to the effort here to set the abortion limit at 20 weeks. The U.S. does not have one of the most permissive set of abortion rules in the world because a majority of Americans want it that way. By the time the pregnancy came to official attention, in most countries that allow abortion on demand at some stage of pregnancy, this pregnancy would have reached the point where it would have been allowed only if it was deemed needed to preserve the life of the mother.
21  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: How often do you read the Bible? on: August 26, 2015, 09:17:10 pm
There is no denying that Psalm 137:9 is by modern standards a difficult verse. It becomes somewhat less difficult in context as it becomes clear that it is referring to an example of eye-for-eye retributive justice for what was done at the sacking of Jerusalem. I'm a firm believer in progressive revelation, by which I mean that the Divine reveals both emself and ethics as Humanity is ready to receive such revelation. Psalm 137 was written near the end of the era in which proportionate retribution was the most advanced ethic people were willing to accept. Indeed, many still are stuck at that level or worse, the level of disproportionate retribution.

Christianity in my view requires the doctrine of progressive revelation to justify why Christ did not make emself known earlier and it accords with the history of ethical development, even if one does not ascribe that revelation to Divine inspiration.
22  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Paraguay successful at denying 11-year old incest victim abortion on: August 26, 2015, 08:20:20 am
So we should base policy upon the presumption of poor implementation? The main fault of Peruvian law enforcement in this case appears to be its attempt to blame the mother, but that has no bearing on whether an abortion should have been allowed in this case.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Lottery question on: August 26, 2015, 08:09:28 am
I sometimes bought a $1 ticket when the jackpot is over $100 million, tho it's been a while since I last did that. A side effect of not watching tv or getting a print newspaper is not getting casual access to the numbers so it's added work to find them which reduces the already marginal entertainment value. I'd already stopped buying PowerBall when they went to $2 tickets. I indirectly play a scratchoff game when I sell my collection of aluminium cans when it's grown to be a carload as the place I sell them includes a free one.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on: August 26, 2015, 06:32:07 am
So 20 weeks isn't enough time for someone to decide if they want to keep their kid or not?
I cannot understand how anyone would oppose this. Even if you are "pro-choice" why would you oppose it?
Few late abortions are done because the mother simply wants to not have a child at the time. Rather, they are mainly done at that late date because of fetal abnormalities. Amniocentesis, the safest of the fetal genetic tests, is typically done between the 14th and 16th weeks. (Earlier increases the risk of miscarriage.) That leaves little time for getting the results, making a decision if a negative result has occurred, and then scheduling an abortion at one of the few clinics set up to handle late term abortions.
25  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: European War 1800 on: August 25, 2015, 11:50:34 pm
That bring back memories.  I played a couple games of Empires in Arms back in the early 90's.
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