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Chatter / Hurricane Maria looks heading to North Carolina keys
« Last post by Add Homonym on Today at 12:18:09 AM »
https://earth.nullschool.net/#2017/09/28/0000Z/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-89.24,28.83,1746/loc=-74.184,34.025

The prediction for Maria used to be drifting out into the Atlantic. Now it seems to want to do a haha dance outside NC.

Press the earth button, and then the Control | Now button to see current position  https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-72.96,28.93,1746/loc=-67.246,23.868
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Chatter / Re: "What are you listening to now"... take three...
« Last post by Mr. Blackwell on Yesterday at 11:25:14 PM »
If only politics and policy were as easy to break down and discern

If only the laws of physics were as easily applied to propaganda, to be able to dissect what works best for all of humanity without all the lobbyists greasing the wheels of government in their particular favor maybe

just maybe

I could tell who the good guys really are

But social policy doesn't work that way and I am very sad to say
when it comes to social order, it's hard for me to tell the difference between night and day.

Communism, Marxism, Socialism, Fascism, Capitalism, Catholicism, Baptism, Anton LaVey
All fall short of the perfect idea, yet still...they remain.

This time, we'll get it right! This time it'll be different! This time we can right all the wrongs
and forge a more perfect society that excludes all the belligerent, deplorable throngs

of people

People who refuse to understand the true meaning of life
People who cannot be reasoned with
People who will not submit to the pure logic of science, as if that has any bearing to the discussion at hand

One party, one people, one mind, one understanding, one true path to the promised land

And every politician, every demagogue, every dictator, every preacher promises us that they will take us there
They will wipe away every tear, so they say
A chicken in every pot, so they say

All our troubles will disappear in an instant if we just buy their snake oil




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No.

It was her choice to make. I would completely understand if she chose to abort the fetus and try chemo.

I would not fault her for trying everything she could to extend her life for the rest of her family or even just for herself.

I am pro choice but I believe that life begins at conception. I have never minced words on this particular subject. I believe that abortion is murder because it is premeditated and results in the termination of a life. However, I am more vehemently against rescinding hard fought rights. People should absolutely be free to exercise sovereignty over their own body and I will never find myself in the same position as she found herself in.
(Red = me)

For clarity:
A woman decides to have an abortion because she is not ready to take care of a child.  There is no immediate threat to her well-being should she go through with the pregnancy.  Is this woman guilty of a) a moral wrong and/or b) a criminal offense?

A woman decides to euthanize her grandmother because she is not ready to take care of an adult.  There is no immediate threat to her well-being should she let her grandmother move in.  Is this woman guilty of a) a moral wrong and/or b) a criminal offense?

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So, who am I to judge her, or any other woman's choice?
A person who has an opinion on what does or does not constitute 'murder'.  Not saying you have to judge[1] her or anything.  Just saying, you are allowed to form an opinion of this act.
 1. Though you did.  In the positive (damn near heroic), but still a judgement.

There are some very subtle nuances to my thought process regarding life and death decisions that I haven't figured out how to explain in a cogent manner. But my answer to both parts of your first scenario is again...no. The first part for reasons I already explained and the second part...because it's legal.

To your second scenario, that is still something that I wrestle with and I would need a lot more information of the specific circumstances to come to a judgement.
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Chatter / Re: "What are you listening to now"... take three...
« Last post by screwtape on Yesterday at 09:01:39 PM »
A little jazz


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No.

It was her choice to make. I would completely understand if she chose to abort the fetus and try chemo.

I would not fault her for trying everything she could to extend her life for the rest of her family or even just for herself.

I am pro choice but I believe that life begins at conception. I have never minced words on this particular subject. I believe that abortion is murder because it is premeditated and results in the termination of a life. However, I am more vehemently against rescinding hard fought rights. People should absolutely be free to exercise sovereignty over their own body and I will never find myself in the same position as she found herself in.
(Red = me)

For clarity:
A woman decides to have an abortion because she is not ready to take care of a child.  There is no immediate threat to her well-being should she go through with the pregnancy.  Is this woman guilty of a) a moral wrong and/or b) a criminal offense?

A woman decides to euthanize her grandmother because she is not ready to take care of an adult.  There is no immediate threat to her well-being should she let her grandmother move in.  Is this woman guilty of a) a moral wrong and/or b) a criminal offense?

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So, who am I to judge her, or any other woman's choice?
A person who has an opinion on what does or does not constitute 'murder'.  Not saying you have to judge[1] her or anything.  Just saying, you are allowed to form an opinion of this act.
 1. Though you did.  In the positive (damn near heroic), but still a judgement.
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Chatter / Re: Shell Shock, minority report
« Last post by Mr. Blackwell on Yesterday at 07:32:21 PM »
Article source:
http://verysmartbrothas.theroot.com/straight-black-men-are-the-white-people-of-black-people-1814157214

The comments section is very lively.

I'll reading through that for the next few hours.

Edit to add:

Just realized that I didn't provide a link. My source was different. It was some sort of archived site.

https://archive.is/iLMZR

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Chatter / Re: "What are you listening to now"... take three...
« Last post by Mr. Blackwell on Yesterday at 07:21:10 PM »
Still not clear on the distinction between the DNC vs the RNC




I'm not alone and did not create my belief out of thin air. Call it both siderism if you want. I don't see that as an insult or a bad thing. It just is what it is.

Politicians are morally corrupt. The ones who aren't don't last very long.
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I am curious: had she chosen differently, would you ascribe her any moral fault?

No.

It was her choice to make. I would completely understand if she chose to abort the fetus and try chemo.

I would not fault her for trying everything she could to extend her life for the rest of her family or even just for herself.

I am pro choice but I believe that life begins at conception. I have never minced words on this particular subject. I believe that abortion is murder because it is premeditated and results in the termination of a life. However, I am more vehemently against rescinding hard fought rights. People should absolutely be free to exercise sovereignty over their own body and I will never find myself in the same position as she found herself in.

So, who am I to judge her, or any other woman's choice?
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this is a bit of a tangent, but I'm curious what rationale they have.

I have never gotten any further than "I believe that life begins at conception."

'Life' remains vaguely defined but includes 'sentience'.  It begins at conception.  That seems to be an incredibly broad way to define life.  Like, one variable that distinguishes between 'life' and 'not life' or 'sentient' and 'not sentient' - seems ridiculous.  But that's me.
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