Algernon LaCroix comments

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Together, these two clowns in the photo weigh less than a helium-filled balloon.

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Posted in: What are some things that travelers do, consciously or subconsciously, to sabotage their comfort and overall experience on long-haul international flights? See in context

Roy SophveasonToday  10:46 am JST

Easy: Gettting a window seat. Sure it's nice to look at the clouds from above. But when that wears off after five minutes it's the seats that get the most engine, air, and plane structure noise, it's colder next to the hull, and one is stuck next to two other people one has to bother everytime one wants to get up.

Horses for courses. I love window seats, especially when it's on an exit row or another seat with extra legroom, and I'll pay extra to get the kind of seat I want where possible. As an aviation buff, I love watching the wings and engines operate, picking out landmarks below, and watching interesting weather. And I have a robust bladder so visits to the toilet are pretty infrequent.

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GillislowTierToday  09:47 am JST

This is what happens when you make a society of yesmen, they do anything to appease. People get caught red handed yearly and it keeps coming back to this.

It's rife not just in Japan but the world over. There is so much pressure for scientists to produce results that meet the needs of the organisations that employ or sponsor them that scientific integrity is becoming a sick joke, and so much research is now unreproducible. Some night remember the Riken scandal from a few years back.

And we only have to look at a certain product type that's been marketed as Safe & Effective™ to see what happens when unfavourable results are doctored or hidden to prevent the facts from getting loose and spoiling the fun. Thank goodness for whistleblowers and courts that force crooked organisations to release the data.

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wallaceToday  02:50 pm JST

The woman's right to choose

Does it trump an unborn child's right to live?

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Posted in: Republicans push anti-abortion measures with new majority See in context

I actually value life highly. That’s why I’m opposed to the death penalty, as I’m sure you are

Funny that you are willing to terminate the life of someone completely innocent, but prefer to keep a violent murderer alive. At least my position is consistent.

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Express sisterToday  02:14 pm JST

I guess when someone places so little value on their own life, it's a stretch to expect them to place much on anyone else's.

I actually value life highly. That’s why I’m opposed to the death penalty, as I’m sure you are.

Then what about the life of an unborn baby? I don't think you care as much as you claim.

As for capital punishment, I oppose it. But there are some cases where it's a close call.

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Express sisterToday  01:32 pm JST

I’ll ask also: do you think IVF clinics should be banned? They inseminate thousands upon thousands of human eggs per year… but not all of them are implanted. These are eggs which have been successfully merged with sperm, and are therefore conceived. But they might not attach to a uterus successfully. Or, they might be one of the many spares that are created.

Are you upset at this loss of life? If you had to choose between saving one toddler or 7,000 inseminated eggs from an IVF clinic, what would you choose?

Having been through IVF, why would I think it should be banned? Until you've gone through it, I don'T think you could even hope to understand. And given what you said in an earlier post, I don't think you're capable. There's a vast difference between zygotes that don't take and intentionally terminating them. As for the spares, we didn't have any left over. But for those who do, it must be a very difficult decision about what to do. Most are unviable and will never develop beyond a blastocyst. We had the option of donating to research, but the opportunity never eventuated.

In any case, we were blessed with a baby through adoption, because the parents made the right decision to give us a baby they could not raise themselves.

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Express sisterToday  01:27 pm JST

This is partly true, but you're completely ignoring the agency of women to take responsibility for who they choose to sleep with. Outside extreme circumstances, they get to choose, and if they choose a loser/sleazebag/whatever to sleep with, that's on them. 

Again, you claim to be for “both partners” to be responsible, but when faced with the obvious fact that some men are not going to step up, for any number of legitimate or illegitimate reasons, you just say “well it’s the woman’s fault for sleeping with him”. 

It's the responsibility for both partners to use some judgment to screen who they want to sleep with, because there's always the risk that pregnancy will result such as if contraception fails. What's wrong with that? When there's so much at stake, why not exercise some prudence? You say you want agency for women, but then go on to say that women are the victims of men who don't step up, but they don't have to sleep with those men. Give themselves some time to suss out the guys to see if they're for real.

What if the man dies and the mother doesn’t want to raise a child without its biological father, and she’s only been pregnant for two days? Is this an immoral abortion, in your view?

This is actually a good question, and something of an ethical challenge. But I think I would strongly encourage the woman to carry the child to term and then adopt it out. I'm open to considering extenuating circumstances though, but I would favour the woman carrying to term.

There are loads of people who would love to adopt a baby if the woman doesn't want to keep it, so why end that life unnecessarily and immorally for the sake of convenience stemming from a bad decision?

I see. It follows that if someone somewhere wants something for any reason that you should do or take that thing, whatever it is.

You're being pretty blase about this. I'm saying that there are loads of people who would love nothing more than to give a child a loving home if the child's natural mother/parents doesn't want or can't raise him or her. What's wrong with that? Give a child a chance at a future, or terminate the baby before it can experience life?

There are lots of people who would love to date me, but sadly they haven’t met me yet. Therefore, aren’t you being selfish by not dating me, when you could be? 

I look forward to a bouquet in the morning as you commence your courtship.

Maybe there are, maybe there aren't. In any case, I'm happily married with an adopted child so you're out of luck. Don't think we'd get along anyhow.

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I want women to have agency over their bodies.

I agree, and that includes taking responsibility for the results of the decisions you make, which might include the life and wellbeing of an unborn child. And when it comes to a life you're carrying, it becomes more complex.

I do not care about a cluster of cells a few weeks into development. If I had been aborted, I wouldn’t mind at all. Because I would have not developed enough to experience physical, mental or emotional sensations.

I guess when someone places so little value on their own life, it's a stretch to expect them to place much on anyone else's.

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And show what hypocrites you are when you shout "My Body, My Choice" when it comes to the vaccine but suddenly clam up when that phrase is repeated back to you by the people that you stole it from...

A very poor argument, because you completely ignore the conceived but unborn baby's lack of choice. You're only here because your mother (and father, I assume maybe incorrectly) made the right decision to carry you to term. Even if she had decided in the other direction, you were a developing life but had no say whatsoever in that choice. Thank about that for a minute. Do you want to deny other unborn babies the right to enter the world?

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stormcrowToday  12:02 pm JST

“Republicans are always going on about how they’re going to get government off your back, but big government being inside a woman’s uterus is A-OK.”

George Carlin

Carlin was usually brilliant, but misses the mark here because he conveniently ignores the relationship between personal choice and personal responsibility, making light of the death of millions of unborn babies to score a cheap political point.

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UChosePoorlyToday  11:37 am JST

Algernon - I don't think anyone here doesn't want people to accept responsibility for their behavior. I certainly wish more people would. And strong, happy, and productive families benefit us all. What I don't like is for the government to be getting involved in people's very personal decisions. A government that can force women to carry unwanted pregnancies can also force women to have abortions. I would rather the government just stay out of it altogether.

I see we have some common ground here, which is good. I'm a right-leaning libertarian, and part of my belief system is that people have a wide latitude to act and associate without causing harm, and part of that is not causing harm to an unborn baby by aborting it, which I think trumps someone's right to choose to terminate a pregnancy outside extreme circumstances. I'm no friend of government interference in people's lives either, but I think there needs to be carefully designed and exercised provisions in law to protect the unborn, as they can't choose for themselves.

But I do think there are some people here with rather distorted concepts of freedom of choice, agency, and responsibility, and would rather focus on victimhood for whatever reason.

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UChosePoorlyToday  10:55 am JST

I already covered this in an earlier post, under "extreme situations". I'm not a pro-life absolutist, so it might pay you to read for context.

Sorry if I didn't read your earlier posts, but the ones I did read make it sound like you would force women to carry unwanted pregnancies to term.

No worries. What I'm arguing for is for both men and women to take responsibility for their actions and not take the easy way out, whether that be men abandoning pregnant women, and for women to put a bit of thought into who they sleep with. And if a pregnancy results, then for both parents to raise the child or give it up for adoption. If people create a life, then they have the responsibility to at least see that life through to birth and consider options after that, extreme cases notwithstanding.

Why does this seem to upset some people on this forum so much? It's not necessarily a faith-based position as much as an ethical one, although they align pretty closely.

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UChosePoorlyToday  10:18 am JST

Here's a biology lesson, gratis: it takes both a male and female to make a baby. And from a moral standpoint both are equally responsible for either preventing conception from happening in the first place, or for raising a child if one results from a bit of action between the sheets.

Sometimes the male is a rapist and the female is a minor.

I already covered this in an earlier post, under "extreme situations". I'm not a pro-life absolutist, so it might pay you to read for context.

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Posted in: Experts urge gov't to take gradual approach to COVID downgrade See in context

I'm not exactly what risks and benefits you are referring to. I still see value in wearing masks. They can help prevent the spread of colds and viruses much better than not wearing them at all. But it seems no matter what precautions we take, Covid manages to find a way to spread regardless. A mask-wearing father may catch it at work or on the train and bring it home unknowingly, and once he takes off his mask at home, it spreads to everyone else in the family. Then daughter and son go to school with masks on, but during P.E. or sports practice, manages to pass it on to their friends.

Thanks for your reply.

Asiaman7's and Vreth's posts above highlighted some of the medical and psychological risks of mask-wearing. And given that that nature of this virus means that it has almost no effect on children unless they are already very ill with other problems, and most adults only to the extent of a flu, is it really fair and reasonable to burden all children with masks to ostensibly protect just a few, when those few can take other measures to protect themselves (other their parents do it for them, as the case may be)? Also, since masks have a marginal effect at best at stopping this virus, there is no net benefit for wearing them. It would essentially take cocooning people in hazmat suits to really put the brakes on.

As for gaining a perspective from the internet, yes, you can be better informed. But first-hand experience is so much better overall. I also don't wish to criticize others opinions. Most make their opinions based on their knowledge and experience. But I just have a different feeling about it all after seeing how much everyone was enjoying their daily life in the U.S. rather than worrying about catching Covid constantly.

I think it's important to challenge people opinions, because nobody is always right (with the possible exception of my wife), and we can learn from the experience without it devolving into a confrontation. I think it's a good sign that your view shifted after going to the US and seeing people living their daily lives there. Apparently some still wear masks there out of choice, and if that's what they want to do, fine. But imposing mask wearing on people as it's done in Japan either by peer pressure on adults and rules on schoolkids, is a bridge way too far given the risks and benefits involved.

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Posted in: Republicans push anti-abortion measures with new majority See in context

NemoToday  10:11 am JST

One can always trust the Christian Taliban to be on the wrong side of an 80/20 issue.

Funny how people who claim to be "pro-choice" are generally the most vociferous about mandating people to be injected with an experimental drug, or excluded from society if they don't. Makes a mockery of their pro-choice stance.

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NemoToday  09:33 am JST

Funny how nobody ever lectures men (or holds them responsible) about their sexual behavior. 

Party of individual liberty indeed.

Loads of people hold men responsible for their sexual behaviour, including me. If you read my post with even the most cursory glance you'd see that. Good parenting should include instilling boys with this sense of responsibility for their own actions, but too many parents simply can't be bothered or have no idea what responsibility even means.

Here's a biology lesson, gratis: it takes both a male and female to make a baby. And from a moral standpoint both are equally responsible for either preventing conception from happening in the first place, or for raising a child if one results from a bit of action between the sheets.

Seems to me that a huge failing of feminism, for all the gains the movement has made for women, is the failure to instil a sense of responsibility for the power it has brought. Similarly, while men have plenty of power, far too many shirk their responsibilities. But because nature has given women the role of carrying children, they need to exercise some good judgment about who they sleep with. The cool but unemployed surfer might be good for a bit of fun, but what kind of father will he make? The businessman with the silver tongue and silver BMW might look and sound great, but will he be there to raise the kids, or will he be off chasing the next pretty face who gets his attention? Why do some people find that too much to ask?

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Like I said earlier, the whole thing is about social control. If you can control the lives of women, you have control of society. It has nothing to do with morals or anything else.

This is partly true, but you're completely ignoring the agency of women to take responsibility for who they choose to sleep with. Outside extreme circumstances, they get to choose, and if they choose a loser/sleazebag/whatever to sleep with, that's on them. There are loads of people who would love to adopt a baby if the woman doesn't want to keep it, so why end that life unnecessarily and immorally for the sake of convenience stemming from a bad decision?

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But my only perspective was that of living in Japan where it was also my duty to make sure students wore masks, too. 

This is quite an interesting point. While it was an imposed duty to make sure the students wear their masks, did you think about the risks and benefits of their wearing them? I'm not having a go at you, as it was probably part of your job. It's just that with being able to see what's happening in other countries via the internet, wouldn't it be possible to gain another perspective in that way and not just be limited to what you see here in Japan?

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Posted in: Experts urge gov't to take gradual approach to COVID downgrade See in context

Try not to think yourself too deeply into a hole

I'm not the one who was fooled into it.

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Most adults probably don't imagine same downsides as you do

I guess they just don't think about it very deeply, and just follow the crowd. Outsource their thinking, basically.

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Masks off there, masks on here. I find it fascinating at how simple peer pressure can cause intelligent adults to modify their behavior.

I find it fascinating how simple peer pressure can cause otherwise intelligent adults to throw commonsense to the wind and keep wearing the damn things - and forcing kids to wear them as well - when the downsides far outweigh the benefits.

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This is awfully convenient for the men who don’t have to carry a child in their body for nine months and can just bounce.

Then use protection. And/or be more discerning about who you sleep with.

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Good. Stop killing the unborn out of convenience. Abortion should be only for special cases such as - but not strictly limited to - rape and when the mother's life is in danger and there's no other option.

Your body, your responsibility. Don't want a baby? Use proper protection. That goes for women and men equally.

Now let the flaming begin.

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Posted in: GOP opens long-promised investigation into Biden family See in context

And you thought the Trump family was bad?

There are going to be some tightly clenched cheeks around the Biden household from now on.

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Posted in: Which country's leader do you currently respect the most? See in context

Trudeau? Some people's standards are low.

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Posted in: Nanomedicines for various diseases are in development See in context

Yes, lipid nanoparticles (LNP), the component that makes mRNA vaccines viable at all

It also seems to be what is helping to make them so dangerous, as they can cross the blood-brain barrier, which is what they were designed for as part of cancer therapy. They're not inherently bad, but it depends on the application.

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gkamburoffToday  10:46 am JST

Why wish harm to people who believe differently?

The Greens are correct.

I'm not hoping to inflict harm, but I would like to see them experience the consequences of their unrealistic utopian ideology without their enforcing it on others. As they, the road to Hell...

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Posted in: German police clash with activists in showdown over coal mine expansion See in context

I hope a good dose of hypothermia teaches these greenies a lesson that the climate policies they support have led to the energy crisis in the first place. These "renewables" cannot possibly provide Germany with its energy needs but only supplement fossil fuels and nuclear power. But they have to find out the hard way.

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