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Comment: 3 people vs 250 million (Score 1) 294

by Arkiel (#46356789) Attached to: Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"
Yeah, when you're arguing for a drug that effectively adds another abuse risk to society at large, maybe you want to cite more than three people who benefit from it? Does anyone with liver failure need this drug? About how many people suffer from recognizable chronic pain and liver failure together?

Comment: Sink or swim (Score 1) 665

by Arkiel (#46220723) Attached to: South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards
Congress really needs to get hands-on with educational standards. There's a stronger commerce interest in all states producing only their fair share of idiots than in most of the crap Congress has regulated through the Commerce Clause. Really wish they'd do a study comparing college performance in people that weren't taught evolution versus those that were. If nothing else, the non-evo's probably have to spend more time in otherwise optional science classes to catch up. That assumes a pattern of educational control that hasn't completely retarded their ability to think critically, of course. Everyone behind these standards changes, every self-righteous blowhard and bigoted soccer mom, need to have their names inscribed on a wall somewhere, so their great great grandchildren can feel shame.

Comment: Re: Dont do anyone any favors (Score 1) 644

by Arkiel (#46067937) Attached to: Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support
In many states moving a child with shared custody requires the okay from the court. As for needing a man's permission to abort, yeah. The woman's the one whose body is being demolished by a fetus, and preventing her from aborting it effectively means the man has control over her actions. It would probably be another matter if the abortion itself was for some reason illegal, though. So men, alas, must continue to not knock up women they think will go crazy and abort the fetus.

Comment: Re: Dont do anyone any favors (Score 0) 644

by Arkiel (#46063827) Attached to: Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support
Men absolutely deserve the right to completely disclaim parental rights. Absolutely not. They created a life, they have a duty to it by default... that's the obvious and honorable and, in most cases, statutory reality. A child should not suffer because half of the reason it exists cannot be bothered to pay child support. You have a Biblical view of child support, and should be ashamed for suggesting it in a modern age.

Comment: Re: Dont do anyone any favors (Score 1) 644

by Arkiel (#46057543) Attached to: Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support
There are compelling policy reasons for this, though. Ensuring a mother is not forced or otherwise compelled to waive a father's duty to their child through coercion is pretty important. That said, there should be a process for validating non-compliant agreements which a judge agrees was not obtained through coercion or against a child's best interest (possibly upon contingent of the child being formally adopted by the non-birthing member of a same-sex couple). Whether it will get addressed depends on the competency of the govt agency currently twisting the law against its intended purpose, and how attached they are to this loophole (as to whether they can oppose a legislative initiative to build in post-host verification of non-compliant contracting away of parental rights and obligations).

Comment: Chinese did it (Score 1) 39

by Arkiel (#46036269) Attached to: Weibo Traffic Temporarily Redirected To Freedom Software
"You used an Uncensored search engine on the following dates xxxxxxxx. You are an enemy of the party. You are going to prisoner." Yeah, I can see this being a long con by the party to get people to distrust or fear exploiting holes in the firewall. I expect it would be easy to detect the traffic in question if they were set up to look for it before the 'breach' even occurred...

Comment: That slippery slope (Score 1) 903

by Arkiel (#45839301) Attached to: US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate
Repost? Stupid mobile site... In this case, the law was blocks because going through the process of opting out of contraceptive coverage for a group of nuns was against their religion. The nuns essentially claimed they could not comply with the government's view of due process. This due process seems well within recognized limits to the church-state separation. I doubt it will be upheld. If the argument is that your religion compels you to not do paperwork, you're probably being ridiculous. And all these Sebilius cases represent a pretty terribad slippery slope. The next logical exception for religious institutions could be for their health coverage to not cover pregnant single mothers, because the church views pregnant single mothers as amoral. The whole thing sounds like a heap of administrative weight that will just drive health costs up for everyone. Individual members of a church pay sales tax, which can be theoretically funneled into state contraceptive programs. Religious institutions that pay taxes may have their taxes put to similar use. Since SCOTUS has already decided the Individual Mandate is a tax, the compulsory terms of health insurance should/could be regarded in the same way. If this is allowed to stand, as a cultural Christian with a fierce hatred of the way health insurance was administered prior to the ACA (and who is currently not impressed with the progress of implementing the ACA), I hope that there is an opt-out fee that is equal to or greater than the fee for contraceptive coverage.

Comment: Hey asshole. (Score 1) 509

by Arkiel (#45681125) Attached to: NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata
Our job is to tell you what you can't do. Your job is to be effective despite this. If you don't have the imagination to do your job without meticulously raping the document you swore to uphold, maybe it's time to let someone else have the chance to do things right. Also, feel free to take a swan dive off a building. Regards, The American People, CC: the rest of the world.

Comment: Mjolnir... (Score 2) 233

by Arkiel (#45394127) Attached to: <em>Thor: The Dark World</em> &mdash; What Did You Think?
There's a scene at the end where everyone blinks into existence, and then Mjolnir zooms by and Dennings chirps out "Mjolnir!" like she was talking to Scooby Doo or some other cartoon mascot. Low point of the film. I wish they had explained the change in Mjolnir's behavior, too. In Avengers, it blasts through multiple levels of helicarrier to get into Thor's hand just in time for him to knock the shit out of the Hulk. Here it's going around corners and shit, fast enough to be effective, slow enough so Dennings can make it into a cartoon mascot.

The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. -- Lily Tomlin