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Comment: Re:A win for freedom (Score 1) 1314

by lessthan (#47395505) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Part of the conservative narrative here in the U.S. is that ultimately any contraception is akin to abortion. The so-called "Plan B" or "abortion pill" functions by inhibiting ovulation. That means that there isn't an egg to be fertilized. However, since it is taken after a woman has sex, the talking heads can creatively use their ignorance to portray Plan B has an abortifacient. The narrative was always about getting rid of contraceptives, but no sane person is going to be on board with that kind of ban. So they got creative. Baby killing hits people hard, so they try to associate baby killing with more types of contraceptives.

Comment: Re:In otherwards (Score 1) 664

by lessthan (#46150885) Attached to: Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

All industry tends to monopoly. It is the lowest energy state of business. If you do not have to compete with another provider/producer, you are free to crank the profit/decency ratio all the way over to profit. So, left alone, all industry would gravitate from freedom to monopoly, ending in pseudo-feudalism and slavery.

Dismissing examples because they lack "freedom" is essentially a no true Scotsman argument. Everyone, everywhere is perfectly "free." It is just some are free to choose pain, death, or pain followed by death.

Comment: Re:In the solar system? (Score 1) 105

by lessthan (#44781171) Attached to: New Giant Volcano Below Sea Is Largest In the World

It's a flaw in our thinking. We prefer binary values, even though they are uncommon in nature. When does the day become night? Is it the start of sunset, the end of sunset, the end of civil twilight, or the end of nautical twilight? With the gravity on the gas giants bordering on ridiculous, a lot of effects we are familiar with here vanish there.

Comment: Re:Really?!? (Score 1) 1448

by lessthan (#44247051) Attached to: Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For <em>Ender's Game</em> Movie

It is called CONSENT!!!! Every argument about marriage equality always devolves into some idiot saying that if we allow the gays to marry, we'd have to let the necrophiliacs, the zoophiles, and the pedophiles get their freak on. The dead and animals cannot consent. The age of consent for humans is an artificial line where, when crossed, our society considers that person capable of giving consent without a guardian's input. It has to be artificial, because all of nature is about gradients. Somewhere between black and white, in all the grays there has to be a point which is definitely black and a point that is definitely white. You may disagree with where I say the black starts, but we are still worried about it being black. Do you think that the age of consent is wrong? Fine. Campaign about it. Post fliers, produce commercials. Maybe with a good enough argument, may the rest of us will agree with you and we'll change it. It is still all about the ability to consent!

Comment: Re:Really?!? (Score 1) 1448

by lessthan (#44246969) Attached to: Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For <em>Ender's Game</em> Movie

Surely you've seen this answer before, but here we go again... A truly intelligent person can see that living in harmony with his(her) fellows creates a greater benefit than every man(women) for themselves. How many hands did your computer go through to end up in front of you? How many people are here contributing to this discussion? One man couldn't have built the Hoover damn or threaded the sky with the steeples of the great cathedrals. You need me and I need you. Why do you think that your God promoted peace in the first place? It was just a whim of His?

An optimist believes we live in the best world possible; a pessimist fears this is true.