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 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Students protest male student's access to girls' facilities

Posted: 10 Sep 2015, 2:26 pm 

Replies: 78
Views: 2,874

There's so many ideas floating through here, but let's see if we can rationalize some of it. I. Sexual classification There are a minimum of five different ways to categorize people by sex: a. Karyotype. If you have two X chromosomes, you're a female. If you have one X and one Y, you are male. But t...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Invitation of Non European Migrant Chaos

Posted: 10 Sep 2015, 2:00 pm 

Replies: 45
Views: 1,572

Historical causes of contemporary political attitudes is all very interesting; but it's properly the subject of armchair musings, academic papers and sober thought. None of which is helpful to a government that is facing a humanitarian crisis and a mass movement of people. We have allowed populism t...

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: Is it possible to be gay but do not enjoy...

Posted: 04 Sep 2015, 9:36 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 803

I'll chime in with 30-odd years (some odder than others) of sexual experience here. The things that I enjoyed doing as an adolescent, and the things that I enjoyed doing as young adult, and the things at I enjoy doing now are not all the same. Our sexual appetites change from year to year, from day ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Girl destroys feminism in 3 minutes

Posted: 04 Sep 2015, 9:26 am 

Replies: 42
Views: 1,692

Feminism continues to be a necessity in our political dialogue.

If one needed an argument to prove this, one need only read this thread. So long as people attempt to refute privilege with ab personam arguments, the need for the argument continues.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Should churches pay taxes?

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Posted: 04 Sep 2015, 9:16 am 

Replies: 135
Views: 3,152

Sorry if this is going off topic, but the UK state does appoint C of E Bishops, The Queen then approves. Bishops have seats in The House of Lords and therefore have votes as lawmakers. That's quite a bit of state involvement both ways. The Establishment of the Church of England is a long piece of c...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Should the public subsidize Left-wing curriculum at colleges

Posted: 04 Sep 2015, 9:00 am 

Replies: 76
Views: 2,484

In any University worthy of the name, no curriculum or professorial bias will survive ten minutes in the face of a group of intelligent, articulate students. It is no coincidence that ever revolution since the Industrial Revolution has featured students at its vanguard. The same universities that ga...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Flight Diverted over Unruly Passenger

Posted: 02 Sep 2015, 10:01 am 

Replies: 26
Views: 888

There is the possibility, too, that the relevant officer in command chose to scramble the jets because the diversion presented an opportunity to put pilots and crews through a real exercise. Even if the diversion didn't warrant a fighter escort, there is nothing wrong with putting your people throug...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: rowan county [KY] court clerk defies supreme court

Posted: 02 Sep 2015, 9:54 am 

Replies: 139
Views: 4,936

Why are we wasting bandwidth improving the Q-scores of this woman so that she can cash in on the rabid right wing rubber chicken speakers' circuit next year as the poster girl for Christian Oppression (tm)? She is in contempt. She will be fined--not one dollar of which will come out of her own pocke...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Should churches pay taxes?

Posted: 02 Sep 2015, 9:44 am 

Replies: 135
Views: 3,152

This is all very uncritical. What taxes are we talking about? Income taxes, property taxes or consumption taxes? On income, congregations are, typcially, not-for-profit corporations and registered charities. Why should one kind of not-for-profit organization pay tax on it's operating surplus, while ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Who do you support in the Canadian federal election?

Posted: 02 Sep 2015, 9:35 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 514

From a policy perspective, there is little to choose between the three, but enough so that we can make some definite choices. Ultimately, every government is going to be limited by the Department of Finance, its willingness to increase government revenues, and the financial markets. The Conservative...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: President Donald Trump!

 Post subject: Re: President Donald Trump!
Posted: 21 Jul 2015, 12:49 pm 

Replies: 1,306
Views: 37,929

I feel reasonably confident in predicting that The Donald will be yesterday's candidate before Thanksgiving. (The Canadian one, that is). Riding high on name recognition over a year before the convention means nothing. It's six months until New Hampshire, and his campaign will be dead long before th...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Understanding the Greek bailout

Posted: 21 Jul 2015, 12:46 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 652

I find it the height of irony that the nation that is most stridently demanding Greek repayment is Europe's most flagrant debt avoider: Germany. Germany emerged from WWII with debt of approximately 200% of GDP, which--through debt forgiveness and other measures--was reduced to less than 20% within a...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Do you think it's possible that Pluto is NOT a dwarf planet?

Posted: 21 Jul 2015, 12:39 pm 

Replies: 41
Views: 1,882

I don't see Pluto being restored to planetary status any more than Ceres. Once a more massive object (Eris) was discovered orbiting the sun, maintaining Pluto's planetary status became increasingly problematic. I don't see that problem going away, simply because Pluto'd diameter might be fractionall...

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: Nail Polish for Boys

 Post subject: Re: Nail Polish for Boys
Posted: 16 Jan 2015, 6:10 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 2,657

There are a lot of stops on the gender spectrum between cisgender and transgender. Just because a man wears nail polish doesn't mean that he has even decided to leave the cisgender station. Others might be indulging in self expression for any one of a thousand reasons. Some may be a little (or a lot...

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: Feeling really really bad about the [email protected] word

Posted: 16 Jan 2015, 6:05 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 1,336

Context is everything. Where a person is using a word--any word--in a perjorative sense, with a view of demeaning or intimidating another person, then that is clearly out of line, and we are right to object to it. But where a person is seeking to reclaim a perjorative word--to destigmatize it and em...

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: Boo hoo, this person didn't get special treatment in prison

Posted: 16 Jan 2015, 5:56 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 873

I see two very important legal principles that are at stake here: First, what is the appropriate standard of care that is to be provided to prisoners. Prisoners are in a different legal situation than other individuals because they depend entirely upon the State for their necessities of life. They d...
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