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Comment: Re:I for one (Score 1) 91

by Smauler (#49761707) Attached to: Death In the Browser Tab

This is similar to the "I don't want to see what I eat slaughtered" argument.

That it happens often is not a reason to not watch it.

Not wanting to watch something does not mean that it is not happening.

And yes, I'm a hypocrite. I really hate killing animals, and wish that I didn't have to.

Note : that last statement was about our roosters we had to kill. I've not got a compulsion to kill animals.

Comment: Re: This isn't a question (Score 1) 539

by Smauler (#49761527) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

Let? This seems to be a big misunderstanding amongst humans - the idea that rights are given to us by some higher authority. Nuh-uh, existence grants our rights. The best our entitled humans may do is refrain from removing them by threat of force. Have a nice day =D

The right to marry has lots of legal implications which are controlled by the state, and marriage is controlled by the state, and has been for millennia. If you think it's not, you're deluded. Common law marriage does not really exist, legally.

Now, should it be controlled by the state and have lots of legal implications? That's a different question. I personally don't think it should, but trying to remove marriage from the legislature would be quite difficult.

The point is that for quite a while now homosexuals have had the right to live as couples, but they've not been allowed to be recognised under the law that gives tax breaks and other things to married couples. I'd personally do away with these tax breaks and make marriage a purely personal thing, not something legal (but as I said before, this will be difficult).

Until that time, I'm perfectly happy with homosexuals marrying on the same basis heterosexuals do.

Comment: Re: Affirmative Action (Score 1) 529

by ttfkam (#49710945) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

Perhaps you've seen the news lately where unarmed (and often cooperating) black folks have been killed by police *on video* in a markedly different way than their official report says, and the officers have more often than not been cleared of any criminal prosecution.

Maybe making notable changes to a society that allows that to happen regularly could be a first step toward black folks "getting over it"?

Comment: Re: Affirmative Action (Score 3, Insightful) 529

by ttfkam (#49709849) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

Jewish = religious tradition and linguistic, cultural, and historical heritage
Polish = linguistic, cultural, and historical heritage
Native American = too vague without tribe

Now let's look at black folks in general in the US. Religion? Tossed aside and forced to convert to Christianity. Some small vestiges eake by in voodoo. Language before slavery? Tossed aside and forcibly forgotten while simultaneously forbidding English education and literacy. Cultural memory before slavery? Eradicated. History before slavery. Erased.

We say "African American" because you have a huge swath of people that have no idea what country their ancestors came from, no idea what tribe, no idea the heritage, no idea the lineage, no idea the cultural connections...

Imagine forcing people to forget their families were Irish or Polish or Russian or French. Imagine no idea they came from Christian or Jewish communities. And all records from the time destroyed so that you have no hope of ever finding out. Ever. Your ancestral history? Gone. Poof.

No tell me again how you don't see any difference.

Comment: Re: Affirmative Action (Score 1) 529

by ttfkam (#49709787) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

It is late when it's the only form of outreach. Unfortunately other forms of support like subsidized school lunches, Head Start, after school programs, enforcement of equal housing and employment laws, etc. were all on the GOP budget chopping block. I'd be thrilled if that education pipeline were fixed up. Instead we're debating the merits of slashing yet another rung in the ladder.

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