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Comment Re:diminished placebo effect (Score 2) 408

Let me see if I understand this correctly. You want people to remain ignorant so that they can trick themselves into thinking homeopathic treatments work. I'm too terrified by the prospect to even come up with a clever insult.

Maybe that's just as well, and there's no need for insults. It's not such a bad idea. We'd need precise data to decide it, but as far as myths go, homeopathy could be a myth with some social value - that is, if you get significant results with innocuous and inexpensive treatment. As this friend of mine said, the placebo effect is strong with this one...

The main thing is, information is and should be freely available. Anyone who can read can spend some time on the internet and find out the scientific viewpoint on homeopathy. That, of course, is very important. But for those who don't, why rub it in their face?

Comment Re:Wait... wha? (Score 1) 1482

Does the Consitution's "equal protection" clause imply that siblings can marry?

That's an interesting one. So far, no, because of the extraordinary risk to potential children, plus the cultural taboo of incest. Over long times, taboos change though.

Does is imply polygamy and polyandry?

It might eventually, provided that that you can properly document the consent of all parties, and that no one is getting abused in the process. There is also a cultural component to it.

How about rape, since I have a sexual urges to many women who aren't interested in me, but married people have conjugal rights?

That is clearly violating someone else's basic rights.

If I can find a willing mare in heat, do I we have an equal-protection right to marriage?

I don't think you can document the mare's consent, plus, it (she?) can probably not fulfill a number of legal responsibilities. Basically, it's not much of a citizen.

You can address all these questions. Some are trivial, some are much more subtle. But the ones that are actually at stake in the political debate these days are mostly on the simpler side of the spectrum.

When someone pushes a new law about polygamy, I expect to read some interesting arguments. The reason it's not going to happen soon is that there is very little interest for it in society, so it stays mercifully out of public debate.

Comment Re:Wait... wha? (Score 1) 1482

This dialogue is very much to the point (probably despite its author's intentions). If you just grant lesbian and gay couples the *right* to have babies, there are plenty of ways they can have them. Like adopting them. The same way straight couples who can't make their own babies for medical reasons often find ways around that, and that is their right under the law.

Submission + - Mageia 4 out just in time for FOSDEM

Linzer writes: Developers of the Linux distribution Mageia, a community-driven fork from Mandrake/Mandriva, have annouced the release of Mageia 4, following its yearly release cycle. The RPM-based distribution occupies middle-ground positions in many repects: although historically KDE-centric, it has tried to suit the needs of users of GNOME and other desktop environments. It also aims at balancing user-friendliness and support for recent hardware with high configurability for power users. The new release is based on Linux kernel 3.12 and provides KDE 4.11, GNOME 3.10 and Xfce 4.10, and the new tool Mageia Welcome to help newcomers install popular applications, configure their system, and find support.

Comment Re:No Need (Score 1) 327

Really? I have a choice of 278 different electric plans with over 40 different electric providers.

I've got approximately 277 fewer choices than that, and that's the way my utility likes it.

Too bad for you that you live in one of those socialist countries with no sense of how free markets work.

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