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Comment: Re:this is totally wrong!!! (Score 1) 1482

by Lexible (#46633145) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights
"I truly think and feel OK cupid is wrong for forcing their agenda those whom do not necessarily agree." Do you mean like Prop 8 supporters forcing their lifestyle choices on same sex couples desiring to marry? Cause, like: it is very difficult to understand how you can mean what you wrote without blatant glaring, bigoted hypocrisy.

Comment: Subcreation (Score 1) 176

The summary puts me in mind of Tolkien's essay How Like a Leaf (and the companion short story "Leaf by Niggle"), wherein he explored the act of "subcreation" (i.e. creating fiction, whether literary, imaginary, visual, etc.) as part of what "in god's image" means: acting in a smaller capacity as a creator was for Tolkien inseparable from his spiritual beliefs as a christian trying to live in the image of god. Caveats: I am not christian, nor am I asserting that "in god's image" is universal among deistic religions, or that it does not have other interpretations, yadda yadda yadda...

Comment: Personal faith != alternative to legal system (Score 1, Interesting) 903

by Lexible (#45837845) Attached to: US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate
Just like if one's personal faith entails, say, pacifism (of the no support for institutional violence variety), that does not mean that one gets to opt out of, say, taxes that support the military, the police, or the prison system. Not sure how mandating that birth control is part of a federally stipulated health care package and religious (yet Sisyphean) objections to heterosexual sex are going to change that reality.

Comment: The ONLY international GHG framework (Score 4, Insightful) 393

by Lexible (#38239392) Attached to: Kyoto Protocol Renewal Efforts Struggling
The Kyoto Protocol's emissions targets were woefully inadequate to avert the worst of greenhouse gas (GHG) related climate change. However, the Kyoto Protocol was the ONLY international framework for negotiating multilaterally on curbing emissions of greenhouse gasses. The Bush/Obama administration in the US and China sure did a good job destroying that framework putting multilateral efforts to ameliorate climate change on an even more glacially slow path. To quote Stephen Colbert "Enjoy that metaphor, by the way, because your grandchildren will have no idea what a glacier is."

Comment: My state university gives only %12.5 to the budget (Score 1) 551

by Lexible (#37491432) Attached to: Your State University Doesn't Want You
The strategies of recruiting out-of-state and foreign students reflects decades of disinvestment in public education by the state government. Where I teach the state legislature retains 100% of the control over our budget despite contributing only 1/8th of that same budget. This pattern exists in state throughout the U.S.. If you want a quality public university system get on the phone, write letters and organize to pressure your state government to fund it.

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