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Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Today, 03:27 PM
Replies: 768
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Posted By theprestige
We can certainly talk about a lot of other...

We can certainly talk about a lot of other things, but I don't see the point. Medical basis would inform public policy. Everything else, not relating to public policy, is irrelevant, in my opinion.
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Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Today, 03:07 PM
Replies: 768
Views: 13,005
Posted By theprestige
Yeah, that was bad behavior on my part. I...

Yeah, that was bad behavior on my part. I apologize.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Today, 03:06 PM
Replies: 768
Views: 13,005
Posted By theprestige
Well I'm not ruling it out. Like I said earlier: ...

Well I'm not ruling it out. Like I said earlier:


My position has always been that if it's a diagnosed medical condition, and there is broad consensus in the medical community that the best...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Today, 02:52 PM
Replies: 768
Views: 13,005
Posted By theprestige
Having never heard of it, I'm probably not...

Having never heard of it, I'm probably not thinking it.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Today, 02:50 PM
Replies: 768
Views: 13,005
Posted By theprestige
I think that was adequately addressed in my next...

I think that was adequately addressed in my next paragraph, which you deleted in your response. You seem to be trending towards a lot of unwarranted antagonism towards me, on a point where we are in...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Today, 02:46 PM
Replies: 540
Views: 23,456
Posted By theprestige
Presumably that also has due process, that Sweden...

Presumably that also has due process, that Sweden would be loathe to subvert, same as extraditing them.

Also, doing that would seem to be in blatant bad faith, which is probably not the banner...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Today, 02:31 PM
Replies: 768
Views: 13,005
Posted By theprestige
Again, the question of whether or not the...

Again, the question of whether or not the internal feeling of gender dysphoria is similar to the internal feeling of a fursona isn't the issue. The issue is what you demand of public policy, in...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Today, 02:30 PM
Replies: 768
Views: 13,005
Posted By theprestige
That's not the issue at all, for me. I'm happy to...

That's not the issue at all, for me. I'm happy to stipulate that fursonas also have some organic basis. Or that neither does. Or that either one does, and the other doesn't. I don't even need you to...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Today, 02:26 PM
Replies: 768
Views: 13,005
Posted By theprestige
Well then, maybe we need to think very hard about...

Well then, maybe we need to think very hard about what we can do to be confident you really do need to transcend sex segregation, in order to accommodate your feeling, and maybe we need to think very...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Today, 02:16 PM
Replies: 768
Views: 13,005
Posted By theprestige
What Rolfe said. It's not about what you believe...

What Rolfe said. It's not about what you believe to be true about yourself. It's what you demand public policy should do with your belief.

If you demand that public policy should give you...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 02:07 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
Analogies. I don't hate them. I just don't think...

Analogies. I don't hate them. I just don't think they change anyone's mind, when deployed as arguments. I'm not even sure they work very well as didactic tools. Metaphors are mostly just beside the...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 01:56 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
"Nazis." Metaphors aside, what are you...

"Nazis."

Metaphors aside, what are you trying to say, relevant to the recent discussion in this thread?
Forum: USA Politics Today, 01:54 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
Fair enough. It's not really a major concern; I...

Fair enough. It's not really a major concern; I just think, "we're going to keep arresting your democratically-elected officials until you democratically elect someone who does what we want" is at...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Today, 01:49 PM
Replies: 768
Views: 13,005
Posted By theprestige
Well in my view his position is a veritable army...

Well in my view his position is a veritable army of scarecrows already. That aside...

Pain: This is an internal feeling we cannot objectively verify. Instead, we expect medical professionals to...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 01:28 PM
Replies: 612
Views: 19,109
Posted By theprestige
The solution to the problem is probably going to...

The solution to the problem is probably going to have to be some combination of charging more to those who will not or cannot get off the grid, and raising taxes for the purpose of maintaining the...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Today, 01:25 PM
Replies: 768
Views: 13,005
Posted By theprestige
I think we all understand pretty well what "valid...

I think we all understand pretty well what "valid lived experience" could mean and probably does mean, as a convenient colloquialism or ad hoc jargon.

Pain isn't even really an analogy in this...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 01:13 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
I'm not sure they do, but lobosrul has given me...

I'm not sure they do, but lobosrul has given me some food for thought.


No we are not agreed on this point. My abortion example is contingent on a federal ban on abortion. This I explained before...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 01:03 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
Which starts to look like a coup.

Which starts to look like a coup.
Forum: USA Politics Today, 01:02 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
Thanks, that makes sense. I see your point about...

Thanks, that makes sense. I see your point about the states not actually preventing the feds from enforcing the law; the feds are just opting to turn a blind eye.

Even in the case of sanctuary...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Today, 12:52 PM
Replies: 540
Views: 23,456
Posted By theprestige
I must have missed the part where Sweden and...

I must have missed the part where Sweden and Finland bargained with Turkey, and agreed to deport certain persons of interest to Turkey, in exchange for Turkey's ratification.
Forum: USA Politics Today, 12:32 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
The DEA isn't shutting down all the de facto pot...

The DEA isn't shutting down all the de facto pot speakeasies that are springing up around the country, though.


And they're willing to make it legal wherever they can in the meantime, in defiance...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 12:28 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
No part. You seem very weirdly and fixedly...

No part. You seem very weirdly and fixedly focused on the thing I'm not talking about, and ignoring the thing I am talking about.


I had, in fact, acknowledged and addressed this point before...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 12:21 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
Agreed. But I think there is a continuum between...

Agreed. But I think there is a continuum between those two bad extremes. I'm wondering if progressives might find themselves shifting somewhat towards the states' end of the continuum, in response to...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 12:18 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
Thanks, that seems much more reasonable. Do you...

Thanks, that seems much more reasonable. Do you think the feds would actually go that far, though? They've been pretty much ignoring "legal" pot shops across the country. You'd think the DEA would...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 12:10 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
Marijuana has been legalized by many states, in...

Marijuana has been legalized by many states, in defiance of federal authority on this issue. It may be, as you say, part of a push to legalize at the federal level. But it is also a de facto flouting...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Today, 12:03 PM
Replies: 768
Views: 13,005
Posted By theprestige
If that were true, we could solve the entire...

If that were true, we could solve the entire trans controversy in a moment, by pointing out that a man can never know what it feels like to be a woman, and that therefore whatever gender dysphoria...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 11:54 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
I'm not. They're working at the state level also,...

I'm not. They're working at the state level also, and it's the willingness to engage in state level efforts that defy federal authority, that I'm interested in here.


This has already been...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 11:46 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
I agreed they're making efforts at the federal...

I agreed they're making efforts at the federal level. I didn't "admit" that they were doing things at the state level as a stepping stone to changes at the federal level. Mainly because that question...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 11:44 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
Right here in this thread. I am arguing that...

Right here in this thread. I am arguing that state legalization of marijuana is a de facto assertion of a state's right to flout federal authority. My view is that even if the catchphrase itself is...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 11:38 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
And if the state in question continued to arrest...

And if the state in question continued to arrest and prosecute for such acts?



What would that look like, though? Would every constitutional-carrying resident of California be given their own...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 11:34 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
I should acknowledge that the other way to...

I should acknowledge that the other way to approach this, rather than as a thousand little secessions on a thousand individual issues*, is to start codifying principles of reduced federal intrusion...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 11:31 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
Not even marijuana legalization?

Not even marijuana legalization?
Forum: USA Politics Today, 11:29 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
I don't believe I admit or admitted that...

I don't believe I admit or admitted that anywhere. That's not how I see it. If I said something that made you think that's how I see it, then I expressed myself poorly and gave you a mistaken...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 11:21 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
I'm aware of the progressive actions at the...

I'm aware of the progressive actions at the federal level. I'm pointing out that there are also progressive actions at the state level, asserting state-level solutions in defiance of federal...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 11:15 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
I would say, de facto, yes: Legalization of...

I would say, de facto, yes: Legalization of marijuana and sanctuary cities are two examples that come to mind right away. I suppose you could quibble about how I know it's not just conservatives in...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 11:14 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
What would happen if a state did decide to outlaw...

What would happen if a state did decide to outlaw that anyway? Would the feds intervene? What would such an intervention look like?

What would happen if California or New Jersey continued to...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 11:03 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
I think there's a lot of middle ground between...

I think there's a lot of middle ground between federal totalitarianism and outright secession. I think that the legalization of marijuana at the state level is an indicator that there is actually a...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Today, 10:44 AM
Replies: 768
Views: 13,005
Posted By theprestige
My understanding is that there is quite a bit of...

My understanding is that there is quite a bit of medical expertise that must be acquired and then brought to bear, on a case-by-case basis. (Indeed, it this medical expertise that LJ continuously...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Today, 10:04 AM
Replies: 768
Views: 13,005
Posted By theprestige
I will say this about that:

I will say this about that:
Forum: USA Politics Today, 09:58 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
Do you speak for all the progressives in the...

Do you speak for all the progressives in the country?
Forum: USA Politics Today, 09:53 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
Of course they are. They're also pushing for...

Of course they are. They're also pushing for states to ignore the feds and go their own way in the meantime. And the feds are mostly letting that happen.


Of course they are. Which is why the...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 09:06 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 484
Posted By theprestige
Is "State's Rights!" going to become the new rallying cry of the progressive left?

Betteridge aside, is it?

We're already seeing some small moves in that direction, with marijuana legalization at the state level, and lack of federal enthusiasm for opposing it. We're also seeing...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Today, 07:26 AM
Replies: 356
Views: 4,624
Posted By theprestige
I defined that at least twice in this...

I defined that at least twice in this conversation. I've given the same description of religious behaviors several times previously on this forum, in similar conversations. Dogma, schism, heresy,...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Today, 07:24 AM
Replies: 1,309
Views: 40,523
Posted By theprestige
They're barely crawling. They couldn't capture...

They're barely crawling. They couldn't capture the capital and overthrow the government with Blitzkrieg. They couldn't overrun the country with Deep Battle. Now they're throwing everything they have...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 04:00 PM
Replies: 1,309
Views: 40,523
Posted By theprestige
Awesome. Hopefully there's a lot more of that to...

Awesome. Hopefully there's a lot more of that to come.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 02:24 PM
Replies: 768
Views: 13,005
Posted By theprestige
I feel similarly. When this thread first started,...

I feel similarly. When this thread first started, I thought the social aspect was mostly settled. I figured the biggest challenge was how to preserve the essential nature of safe spaces for women,...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 12:09 PM
Replies: 1,309
Views: 40,523
Posted By theprestige
See what I mean? Some convergence, but still a...

See what I mean? Some convergence, but still a variety of manufacturers. The M118, the M777 towed, the AS-90 and M109 variants (self-propelled), and that's just between the US and the UK. For...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 09:39 AM
Replies: 1,309
Views: 40,523
Posted By theprestige
I don't think there's any standardization of...

I don't think there's any standardization of field gun ergonomics. Most of the STANAG stuff seems to be standardization of doctrine, comms, and in some cases control interfaces of electronics like...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 08:45 AM
Replies: 1,309
Views: 40,523
Posted By theprestige
Yeah, but you're not asking the gun crew to...

Yeah, but you're not asking the gun crew to reason abstractly about the fundamental mechanisms of the gun, at their leisure. You're asking them to step through a series of rote actions, with a...
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 07:24 AM
Replies: 1,761
Views: 122,271
Posted By theprestige
I don't think the military courts have...

I don't think the military courts have jurisdiction to charge civilians with crimes like treason. Not unless there's a military coup.

And the whole point of the President being the...
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