lundi 21 mai 2018

Abortion, sex and the assumption of risk

Sorry if this has been discussed umpteem times.

I think I am generally pro choice. I would struggle a bit with supporting someones choice to abort. That being said I am most likely be hypocritical and go ahead and support the decision if it were me and my wife.

I think my ick factor in it all is that we would be taking action to interfere with a process that has a good chance of resulting in a live birth.
I don't object on religious grounds, I just have a nagging feeling that it is screwing with nature.

I also think, when you decide to have sex and employ contraception, you are accepting a risk that the contraception might fail (remote risk but risk none the less) and result in a pregnancy.

If you aren't will willing to accept that risk and accept the child, maybe you should not have sex rather than terminate the resultant pregnancy?

My views are pretty jumbled and inconsistent and emotionally driven on this. I really just want to hear some counter arguments to help me make my position more rationally founded.

My gut feel is it all smacks of people not willing to deal with the consequences of their actions.

I don't know. Don't bash me. I am really just looking for counter arguments to what I have said. Point out the flaws in my viewpoint please.

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Am I being scammed?

Out of the blue I got an email from someone in the UK who claims to have found my name in an ad. He supposedly has a son visiting my part of the country and he wants his son to get 3 two-hour tutoring sessions each week for two weeks.

The problem is, I don't know what ad he's talking about! It's possible I posted my résumé on a jobs site, or craigslist ... but I don't remember doing so.

I'm trying to figure out if there's any angle for a scam. His English did not seem perfect, even though he has an English name, but he wasn't asking for my bank account number or trying to hook me up with a Nigerian prince. It could be just what it seems. I did write back, because I did not see the harm in it. I'm just curious to see if anybody here sees an angle for a scam.

It would be weird if someone were just writing to random people ... because most people aren't tutors ... so in that way it did not see random.

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Speaking Spanish while shopping

Because all Spanish Speakers are illegals and have lots of problems, like bringing drugs, bringing crime. Being rapists. And some, assumably, are good people too.

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dimanche 20 mai 2018

Shopping while speaking Spanish

This woman was at a grocery store in Montana when a Border Patrol overheard her speaking Spanish with a friend and detained her, demanding to know where she was born. She took out her phone and began to record the incident.


"He asked where I was born, so I looked at him and I said, 'Are you serious?' He's, like, 'Yes, I'm serious,' but, you know, with a very authoritative voice," Suda said.

Suda said she asked if she could pay for her items.

"He's, like, 'No, give me your I.D.' I said, 'I will give you my I.D. and I will go and pick up my cellular phone because I'm going to record you,'" Suda said.

Suda did just that. She recorded the incident and asked the agent why she was being detained.

"M'am, the reason I asked you for your I.D. is because I came and saw that you guys were speaking Spanish which is very unheard of up here," said the agent who identified himself as Agent O'Neal.

"I was shocked. I was like, 'Just because I speak Spanish?' I was waiting for something else," Suda said.

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It it time to give up on grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc.?

I know it's bad form to complain to much about punctuation, spelling etc. on an Internet message board, but it seems to me there has been a drop-off lately on some pretty basic conventions on ISF. There are some comments I have to read twice to figure out what they are saying. Some of it is auto-correction gone amuck, as when a completely different word is substituted for the author's meaning, but some of it seems like sheer carelessness to me.

Here's the question. How much should I emphasize proper usage when I coach high school students on such conventions? Is it a lost cause? I've been calling kids out on it more, and some of them actually seem to like it - having some set of rules that they can learn. Plus, a lot of them have a fairly good grasp of the rules but don't bother applying them, perhaps a habit from texting. They seem to like "sentence repair" exercises because they really are sometimes relieved to be told there is one correct answer in this area.

Of course having said that, I'm sure I've made at least one error in this post.

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Just stating facts

So I noticed a debating tactic where a person with use a fact that may be true or uncontroversial but they will use to to justify horrible or wrong beliefs and when called out on it they fall back on "but I'm just stating facts".

For example:

Person 1: There are Jewish elites who are harming our country.
Person 2: Hey that's anti-semitic.
Person 1: No it isn't. Are you denying that some elites are Jewish?

Is there a name for this type of arguing?

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samedi 19 mai 2018

Home inspecting while black (A semi-good result for a change)

A video has gone viral showing officers threatening to arrest a woman who called the police on an African American real estate investor in Memphis who was inspecting a for sale property after continuing to scream at and harass the man, demanding he "get out of the neighborhood."


“You keep the camera rolling. If you have any problems with her, what I want you to do is call me back over here,” a white male officer reassures Hayes. “She will go to jail for that.”

The woman says something that sounds like, “I’m friends with the sheriff,” but the same officer shuts her down.

“I don’t care if you’re friends with the president,” he snaps. “You’re going to let him do what he’s going to do. If you try to do anything to stop him, I’m going to take you to jail.”

“Hurry up, do it and get out!” the woman sneers in Hayes’ direction.

Again, the cops were not having it.

“No, no. He can take his time,” a female officer chimes in.

“He can take all day,” the male officer agrees.

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