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Comment Re:non-important? (Score 1) 190

Ironically enough, I just clicked that link and the "how to" video at the top right of the linked page autoplays...

Did you see the following paragraph from that page?

On New Year’s Day, I told you how to block videos that play automatically when you visit a Web page. In fact, if such a video is starting to play right aboutnow, you may want to revisit that article.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 325

That raises a lot if questions. What do you call affordable?

I used to pay $100 / month for a family health plan.

Why did the people without healthcare had none before the act?

I think you meant what and not why. Admittedly, the ACA makes it illegal to deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions. I have a sister-in-law who has health insurance for the first time in a decade. However, people who chose not to have health insurance before are now forced to pay. In the US, there are laws which require emergency rooms to stabilize people, even if they aren't able to pay. Many illegals take advantage of this fact. Those of us with coverage pay for those who can't.

Why is your system of demogracy not able to stop obama, if he is so unconstitunional?

It's because the justices of the Supreme Court are also Democrats and are making laws from the bench instead of dictating which laws are constitutional and which are not. There is no balance of powers if all the power resides in the same party. BTW, we are a republic, not a strict democracy.

Sorry ... sounds like urban legends ...

Comment Re:I find the poll intersting (Score 1) 370

FYI, Utah has special polygammy laws too. Apparetly they have something against sex.

Utah is a special case. Utah was settled by Mormon pioneers in 1847. The Mormons were forced from their homes back east (read up on the Extermination Order) for their religion practices, desire to do away with slavery, and tendency to vote en bloc (despite Church leaders not giving political mandates). In 1850 Deseret petitioned for statehood, but was denied because Mormons practiced polygamy. Not only that, congress forced them to change their name to Utah Territory because Deseret had too strong a religious connotation. Utah petitioned for statehood every few years, but was denied until 1896. One of the conditions of statehood (as required by the US Congress) was that the state Constitution specifically outlaw polygamy. This was mostly a moot point as the LDS Church internally forbade any new polygamous unions in 1890 (read up on the Manifesto); men who were already married to multiple wives did not lose their existing families, but could not take a new wife as long as they were still married to another.

Mormons in general don't have anything against sex, provided that it be reserved to the bonds of marriage. Pre-marital or extra-marital sex could get you excommunicated.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 0) 325

it took Obama to give you affordable healthcare for every one. By crafting a law!

I hate to break it to you, but the "Affordable Care Act" (aka ObamaCare) is anything but. The ACA forced millions of Americans lose their existing affordable healthcare because it didn't measure up to the requirements of the ACA, then sign up for more expensive coverage or pay an extra tax. My own premiums have almost doubled since the ACA has become law. As to Obama crafting a law, according to our Constitution, it is the Legislative Branch (House of Representatives and the Senate) which have the power to create laws, not the POTUS. Obama has abused our people through the use of Executive Orders. Obama has even threatened to veto any bill which undoes any of his executive orders.

Comment Re:I find the poll intersting (Score 1) 370

The greatest fallout will be the children and spouses of AM's clientele that didn't realize there was a problem. But, as it was AM's clientele who created this problem (the data breach just caused it to happen sooner rather than later), I had to choose one of the security options.

Sites like AM must be extra careful with data. Many states have laws against having extra-marital affairs and AM facilitates such behavior. If one of their clients is from one of these states, the spouse of a client could sue AM as an accomplice.

Comment Re: Shocking (Score 1) 244

Good, that means I read the OP and your comments correctly. In order for your "baby factories" comment to be valid (in my mind at least), it means that the woman is forced to become pregnant. Since the woman became pregnant of her own agency (assuming it wasn't the result of rape), she is not being forced to act as a baby factory, but rather face the consequences of her own actions. There are precautions a couple can take to avoid pregnancy, even if they choose to be sexually active (condoms are 99% effective if used correctly, for example).

In an ideal world, every human would be implanted with a reversible birth control device, but there is no perfect world. So, based on your statement, if she "can't keep it in her pants", so to speak and ends up pregnant, she needs to go to "Mommy Jail" (I'll drop the Baby Factory, as we can't seem to agree on this) and be forced to have the child. So, by your opinion, carrying the baby to term is her "punishment" for doing something perfectly natural and quite enjoyable. Also, please do not forget that, prior to the 40's reliable contraception wasn't available (poorly made condoms and diaphragms). Are you saying that there needs to be retribution?

You're thinking of the pregnancy as society's punishment instead of it being the natural consequence of her actions. Also, any ban on any abortions would not be retroactive; you cannot create a new law and punish people for not following it before it existed. Finally, as this is all hypothetical, we don't know what punishment would be administered for performing an illegal abortion (this would also affect the doctor).

As to your objection based on the pregnancy resulting from something "perfectly natural and quite enjoyable", are you saying that everything that feels good should be legal? Should all drugs be legal because it's natural and quite enjoyable experimenting with narcotics? Should it be legal for a man to rape a woman because (for him) it's natural and quite enjoyable? If society is to succeed, we each give up something for the good of the community.

There are no "moral" questions - the word moral is code for religious or superstitious.

Morals and ethics exist outside the realm of religion. 99% of the world's adult population would agree it's immoral to kill another human being in most everyday circumstances. Most would agree it's immoral to steal or rob.

A newborn cannot remain viable for very long without care.

Does that make it moral to kill a newborn? Doesn't that newborn have rights?

This is an interesting question and has plagued humans forever. For most societies throughout history up to the present day the practice of "female infanticide" was and is, acceptable. I can't speak to the morality of it; I can understand it, but I am not in favor of it (the dregs of a rejected Catholic indoctrination, I suppose). It's a variation on the old "Titanic lifeboat dilemma"; you have X amount of weight the boat can carry before it swamps and everyone drowns, and people keep floating in the water, screaming for help. What do you do? As far as "Newborn Rights" go, again, one that is wrestled with and decisions made and reversed often over time, based on the needs of the society it is born into. Lately, it would seem that in Western European countries, we have the luxury of debating this question. Sadly, there are places in the world where there is no such luxury.

I am strongly opposed to infanticide of any sort. Some countries (such as China) have legal limits to how many children a couple can have. A son is often seen as more valuable (eg. pass on family name), so if a girl is born, she has a greater risk of being killed. Barbaric practice that has no place in the modern world.

Unless you are willing to take responsibility for at least one unwanted child, who are you to impose your beliefs on another individual? You can have opinions, yes, but how can you be allowed to impose your beliefs on another individual? Just where does your sense of "morality" come from? Think long and hard about that.

I admit that my religion has shaped my sense of morality. I also believe that most normal humans are born with a general sense of right and wrong. You have no idea about my family and personal life except what I post here.

I agree that we are born with the capacity to develop an internal compass, but that the compass is guided by the needs of the society and comes from many sources, generally whatever the needs of the time are, and what is in vogue at the time. You might be interested in reading P. Churchland's "Braintrust. What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality" for a more in-depth look at the role that evolutionary biology plays in the development of "morals".

BTW, is that Laie, Hawaii? I was lucky enough to live in Kaneohe town for 8 years before a family situation brought me back to the mainland, but if so, I am happy for you being able to live the island life; there is nothing else like it,

Yes, I am a Laie Boy. I was raised there before moving to the mainland in pursuit of a career. I love the Islands, but I never fit into any of the three main industries (tourism, agriculture, military). I still speak Pidgin and am introducing a few words to my son (Are three languages too many to learn at once?).

I moved to Hawaii as it was the only place I ever found that felt like home to me. My wife felt the same way and we were quite prepared to live in Kaneohe for the rest of our lives. We have a large hanai family there and were quite saddened when we had to leave due to serious family obligations back on the mainland (Catholic guilt or Moral Compass? -chuckle-). We save all year to return for some time every year, but obligations will keep us on the mainland now. It does feel like Milton cast me out of paradise, though.

Pigeon for sure, brah! He's gotta be able to order one plate lunch with two scoops rice, eh? For me, it was 2 mac salads.

Too bad we can't be having this conversation over a couple of cold ones, watching the boats go in and out at Heeia Kea.

As a Mormon, I'd be downing POG (or maybe otai) instead of a beer. My general philosophy is that my rights end when they start infringing on yours, and your rights end when they start infringing on mine. I don't drink because of my religion, but I don't care if you drink as long as it's done in a responsible manner which doesn't put others in harm's way (drink if you like, but no impaired driving). Smoke if you like, but don't expose me to second-hand smoke. Sometimes I extend this to those who can't stand up for themselves (infant rights!).

Comment Re:Not on List (Score 1) 311

Diabetic test strips. They range from 40 cents to over $1 USD apiece. Doctors recommend you test at least 4 times a day. Even if you have a continuous glucose monitor, you still need 'em to calibrate the monitor.

http://www.diabetesforecast.or...

Some people in my family have diabetes, and my wife had gestational diabetes. Many makers of glucose monitoring appliances offer a card which brings the cost of the test strips down a lot. Without insurance or this rebate card, my wife's supply would have been over $200 / month. After insurance and the rebate card it turned into a more manageable $25 / month.

I do think you have the right idea, though. Medicines and disposable supplies which are used on a daily basis for an extended period need to be made less expensive.

Comment Re:euthanasia device (Score 1) 311

Euthanasia Device wold be very useful in many places. Especially in Brazilian parliament. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wik...

While there is a great debate about impeaching Dilma, I highly doubt anyone in the Brazilian government would voluntarily off themselves. As a side note, who do think is / was worse: Dilma or Lula?

Comment Re: Shocking (Score 1) 244

No, Laie_techie, I do not have "things mixed up in my head."; the OP said, and I quote so you don't have to actually bother reading the thread, "When there are many people who can't have children who struggle to adopt, abortion should not be happening", hence, the comment about forcing women to be "Baby Factories" for childless, entitled people.

Good, that means I read the OP and your comments correctly. In order for your "baby factories" comment to be valid (in my mind at least), it means that the woman is forced to become pregnant. Since the woman became pregnant of her own agency (assuming it wasn't the result of rape), she is not being forced to act as a baby factory, but rather face the consequences of her own actions. There are precautions a couple can take to avoid pregnancy, even if they choose to be sexually active (condoms are 99% effective if used correctly, for example).

There are no "moral" questions - the word moral is code for religious or superstitious.

Morals and ethics exist outside the realm of religion. 99% of the world's adult population would agree it's immoral to kill another human being in most everyday circumstances. Most would agree it's immoral to steal or rob.

A newborn cannot remain viable for very long without care.

Does that make it moral to kill a newborn? Doesn't that newborn have rights?

Unless you are willing to take responsibility for at least one unwanted child, who are you to impose your beliefs on another individual? You can have opinions, yes, but how can you be allowed to impose your beliefs on another individual? Just where does your sense of "morality" come from? Think long and hard about that.

I admit that my religion has shaped my sense of morality. I also believe that most normal humans are born with a general sense of right and wrong. You have no idea about my family and personal life except what I post here.

BTW, is that Laie, Hawaii? I was lucky enough to live in Kaneohe town for 8 years before a family situation brought me back to the mainland, but if so, I am happy for you being able to live the island life; there is nothing else like it,

Yes, I am a Laie Boy. I was raised there before moving to the mainland in pursuit of a career. I love the Islands, but I never fit into any of the three main industries (tourism, agriculture, military). I still speak Pidgin and am introducing a few words to my son (Are three languages too many to learn at once?).

Comment Re: Shocking (Score 1) 244

There are also, and should rightly be, plenty of ways to help individuals avoid an unwanted baby, right up to the point where the baby can survive on its own, in which case, there's a line around the block for people eager to take care of it, according to you.

How old must a child be before he can survive on its own? Surely it's years after birth. Does this mean that infanticide should be legal?

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