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Comment: Re:This wasn't delayed by injustice (Score 1) 111

by Dog-Cow (#49788987) Attached to: A Ph.D Thesis Defense Delayed By Injustice 77 Years

Pedophilia is only bad because society decided it was bad. Before we decided it was bad, it wasn't. There's no proof that there is any psychological damage to children who engage in sexual acts with adults that isn't caused by how such children are treated by other adults, and how sex in general is treated. In other words, children feel violated because they are treated as having been violated. If you convince a child to eat an ice cream cone, we don't consider that abuse, even if they wouldn't have eaten it without your encouragement. It is only because we view sex as requiring some higher level of acquiescence that the idea of statutory rape can exist.

Don't treat children as victims and they won't feel they are victims. Sex is physically-induced pleasure. Like a good massage.

Comment: This wasn't delayed by injustice (Score 0) 111

by bluefoxlucid (#49785007) Attached to: A Ph.D Thesis Defense Delayed By Injustice 77 Years

Her defense wasn't delayed by injustice; it was delayed by assholes. Injustice is a thing, a concept, one not entirely tied to reality; it is an abstract aligned to our moral beliefs. We don't consider the vicious treatment of pedophiles in America injustice because we hate them, even though empirically we can make some arguments about mental health and the fermentation of social pressures forcing people with an internal sickness into hiding, stress, and then the shape of something they could have avoided with proper social support. We consider victimization of Jews injustice because we've started this moral narrative about how hating on Jews is bad.

The fact of the matter is it's people who made decisions about their regards toward and actions about race that delayed this Ph.D. defense. It's assholes. It's people who decided to bar this from being heard. Injustice is a diffuse thing, like the injustice of a court system which executes more blacks than whites on similar evidence; it lifts blame off the participants and onto the mode of society or of misfortune. We pretend these actors don't exist, or at least that they aren't directly responsible for their actions, even though the victims are directly burdened by them. That nebulous ideal is immaterial to the consequences of society; the fact that people went along with it instead of using their human reason and empathy to decide against these happenings is squarely the fault of those people, not the fault of the speculation about what those people did.

What happened wasn't wrong; *you* were wrong for doing it.

Comment: Re:What happens when you have insular advisors (Score 1) 354

by xeno (#49784989) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

For an individual or small group, I won't assume malice where incompetence or failure is an entirely viable explanation.
For a large group, inhuman malice towards individuals is generally indistinguishable from studied and successful neutrality.

Why? Because open naivete and narrow cynicism are both excellent spices, but neither fills the stomach.

Comment: Re:You know what would REALLY motivate kids? (Score 1) 185

The only way to ensure the possibility of a good paying job is to match labor supply with labor demand; that is, to make sure there aren't 100,000,000 computer programmers and 4,000,000 programming jobs.

"Keeping the US Economy competitive" is ludicrous. It's like eating shitloads of donuts to keep a sumo wrestler competitive: your body gets sick and you die, and all you really need is good sumo skills to wrestle people in your weight class successfully.

The US economy won't be competitive if it's completely and totally ill from a glut of computer science specialists and the constant suppression of salaries by state-subsidized college education. If the US economy runs well, a well-tuned machine with all of the parts correctly built and sized for need, it will outperform any other economy on earth. An arms race to stockpile perishable goods we have no intent nor ability to use before they expire is only going to make us a poor and shaky economy weak in the things we sacrifice for stacking up tons of tomatoes that are going to rot away next month.

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