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Forum: USA Politics 5th July 2022, 08:48 PM
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Posted By Minoosh
I don't think I scoffed at it. I asked, what...

I don't think I scoffed at it. I asked, what would that look like?

Personal responsibility is a good thing. We'll take that as a given. Now: A woman is six weeks pregnant and she wants to end the...
Forum: USA Politics 3rd July 2022, 07:00 PM
Replies: 1,901
Views: 41,893
Posted By Minoosh
I'm fine with calling it a developing human life....

I'm fine with calling it a developing human life. But then, the "parasite" terminology doesn't bother me either. I see it as fairly neutral.

Interrupting that development under certain...
Forum: USA Politics 3rd July 2022, 05:34 PM
Replies: 1,901
Views: 41,893
Posted By Minoosh
Yet you don't think women should have to carry...

Yet you don't think women should have to carry "incest babies" to term. To be OK with that, as far as I can tell, you can't believe abortion is murder - that a fetus is a full-fledged person.

If...
Forum: USA Politics 3rd July 2022, 03:19 PM
Replies: 1,901
Views: 41,893
Posted By Minoosh
At least she's not flat-out declaring that the...

At least she's not flat-out declaring that the story is false. In a weird way I give her credit for that. I disagree with her definitions though. Terminating an unwanted six-week pregnancy is not a...
Forum: USA Politics 3rd July 2022, 02:51 PM
Replies: 1,901
Views: 41,893
Posted By Minoosh
All things being equal I'm fine with telling a...

All things being equal I'm fine with telling a woman who's seven months pregnant that it's too late for an abortion. Even in cases of anencephaly I'd be more inclined to induce labor and provide...
Forum: USA Politics 3rd July 2022, 02:40 PM
Replies: 1,901
Views: 41,893
Posted By Minoosh
I wonder if a lot of people think that...

I wonder if a lot of people think that third-trimester abortions with no cause are common.

Reportedly...
Forum: USA Politics 3rd July 2022, 01:53 PM
Replies: 1,901
Views: 41,893
Posted By Minoosh
No one is fond of late 2nd or 3rd trimester...

No one is fond of late 2nd or 3rd trimester abortions without cause.

Your preference "would be that more focus was placed on personal responsibility than is currently the case." I'm curious what...
Forum: USA Politics 3rd July 2022, 12:03 PM
Replies: 1,901
Views: 41,893
Posted By Minoosh
You believe abortion is OK under some...

You believe abortion is OK under some circumstances. Can you elaborate on the circumstances under which abortion should be allowed?

I'm not sure why "statistically significant" should be the bar,...
Forum: USA Politics 2nd July 2022, 10:10 PM
Replies: 1,901
Views: 41,893
Posted By Minoosh
You're working with nothing but an argument from...

You're working with nothing but an argument from incredulity. I guess that's good enough for you.
Forum: USA Politics 2nd July 2022, 10:07 PM
Replies: 1,901
Views: 41,893
Posted By Minoosh
That could absolutely be true. And honestly I...

That could absolutely be true. And honestly I don't think a lot of pro-life people have thought deeply about the issue. Of course that may be true on the pro-choice side as well.

I do want people...
Forum: USA Politics 2nd July 2022, 09:16 PM
Replies: 1,901
Views: 41,893
Posted By Minoosh
Right, but that means Caitlyn Bernard is lying,...

Right, but that means Caitlyn Bernard is lying, and I'm not sure why she'd do that. She is an advocate for women's reproductive health but then so are most doctors. Of course, you could say they're...
Forum: USA Politics 2nd July 2022, 08:44 PM
Replies: 1,901
Views: 41,893
Posted By Minoosh
For the most part, newspaper reporters actually...

For the most part, newspaper reporters actually hate being wrong. At the least, I believe they are accurately reporting what Caitlyn Bernard told them.

Do you think Bernard is lying? Are you...
Forum: USA Politics 2nd July 2022, 08:35 PM
Replies: 1,901
Views: 41,893
Posted By Minoosh
I don't know your position on abortion. If you...

I don't know your position on abortion. If you would like to spell it out, *I will listen.* But I don't understand why you think the Indiana doctor is lying. What does she gain?

If a law bans...
Forum: USA Politics 2nd July 2022, 08:27 PM
Replies: 1,901
Views: 41,893
Posted By Minoosh
That does seem to be the likely explanation,...

That does seem to be the likely explanation, doesn't it. And if they can't get her publicly ID'd, they'll simply deny that such things happen.

If they could own such outcomes and still stick to...
Forum: USA Politics 2nd July 2022, 08:11 PM
Replies: 1,901
Views: 41,893
Posted By Minoosh
How on earth can you know that?

How on earth can you know that?
Forum: USA Politics 2nd July 2022, 08:08 PM
Replies: 1,901
Views: 41,893
Posted By Minoosh
In other words, you want the child's name to be...

In other words, you want the child's name to be publicized. Why on earth does her birthday matter?

Per Duke University, puberty in girls is NORMAL between the ages of 8 and 13. Girls are raped,...
Forum: USA Politics 2nd July 2022, 06:09 PM
Replies: 1,901
Views: 41,893
Posted By Minoosh
What kind of supporting detail would it take to...

What kind of supporting detail would it take to convince you that the story is true?

Such situations *will* come up in states that have outlawed abortion. Why wouldn't they? That's not a...
Forum: USA Politics 2nd July 2022, 05:45 PM
Replies: 1,901
Views: 41,893
Posted By Minoosh
Can you articulate why?

Can you articulate why?
Forum: USA Politics 2nd July 2022, 02:56 PM
Replies: 1,901
Views: 41,893
Posted By Minoosh
If there were more intellectual honesty on the...

If there were more intellectual honesty on the part of those drooling for complete bans I might not mind the Supreme Court's decision so much. But IMO it's an absolute fact that hardly anyone really...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 14th June 2022, 10:33 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,500
Posted By Minoosh
I don't know if I could get a mortgage. My income...

I don't know if I could get a mortgage. My income is pretty low right now but it might go up in a couple of months. Really I think I'm falling for the partially intangible appeal of a paid-for home....
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 13th June 2022, 10:50 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,500
Posted By Minoosh
I need to do this, but ... Investment...

I need to do this, but ...



Investment advice is one thing, but there is this somewhat intangible benefit in having a secure place to live. Money can always buy me a place to rent but people...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 13th June 2022, 06:46 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,500
Posted By Minoosh
Is it dumb to sell stock now to buy a house?

The stock market is down, the housing market is on fire and I need a place to live. I can rent month-to-month, but for the first time in my life having a paid-for home is really sounding like...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 27th November 2021, 08:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,422
Posted By Minoosh
I just finished a novel set in China around 1960...

I just finished a novel set in China around 1960 and everyone’s day off was Sunday. I wondered how that developed.
Forum: USA Politics 1st September 2021, 09:38 PM
Replies: 3,801
Views: 152,303
Posted By Minoosh
Does this mean you think such women should be...

Does this mean you think such women should be denied legal abortions?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 15th August 2021, 02:57 PM
Replies: 1,026
Views: 50,875
Posted By Minoosh
There's got to be something between doing nothing...

There's got to be something between doing nothing and staying for 20 years forever.

IMO the U.S. sabotaged its efforts in Afghanistan by invading Iraq scarcely more than a year later.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 15th August 2021, 02:06 PM
Replies: 1,026
Views: 50,875
Posted By Minoosh
Russia no longer shares a border with...

Russia no longer shares a border with Afghanistan, but its regional security alliance (Uzbekistan, Tajikstan) does.

For regional security purposes Russia might as well border Afghanistan.

Ha:...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th August 2021, 02:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 585
Posted By Minoosh
Haitians more or less invented zombies, so it...

Haitians more or less invented zombies, so it would be a logical place for it.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th August 2021, 02:23 PM
Replies: 2,096
Views: 79,917
Posted By Minoosh
There could be a euphemism employed I suppose,...

There could be a euphemism employed I suppose, but what's the point? If you need a surgical abortion, you don't go to a place that specializes in cataract repair. Everybody would know which centers...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th August 2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 2,096
Views: 79,917
Posted By Minoosh
That would send the cost through the roof and...

That would send the cost through the roof and makes abortion less accessible. Rarely would someone need to be an in-patient at a hospital. Something like half of first-trimester abortions are medical...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 12th August 2021, 10:26 PM
Replies: 3,606
Views: 313,191
Posted By Minoosh
While handguns appear almost impossible to...

While handguns appear almost impossible to acquire in the UK, shotguns are easier to obtain legally. From Business Insider, may be slightly dated:

Guns you can buy legally in the UK...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 10th August 2021, 06:40 PM
Replies: 1,026
Views: 50,875
Posted By Minoosh
I think notoriety was a personal goal. I wasn't...

I think notoriety was a personal goal. I wasn't inside the man's head, so I can't say for sure, but attacking America on such a scale may well have brought him a great deal of personal satisfaction,...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 6th August 2021, 02:45 PM
Replies: 2,056
Views: 80,310
Posted By Minoosh
My college philosophy textbook was called "The...

My college philosophy textbook was called "The Enduring Questions." They're enduring because they haven't been answered. They really can't be answered with mathematical precision. That's kind of the...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 6th August 2021, 11:18 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 13,673
Posted By Minoosh
Some posters don't mind being wrong which I could...

Some posters don't mind being wrong which I could never get. I hate being wrong.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 6th August 2021, 11:12 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 13,673
Posted By Minoosh
It sounds like an element of biofeedback was...

It sounds like an element of biofeedback was involved. I credit biofeedback for training me out of muscle tension that caused me a chronic headache - I mean, my head always hurt. Did you notice...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 1st August 2021, 04:25 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 9,187
Posted By Minoosh
I once told a doc now associated with woo (Andrew...

I once told a doc now associated with woo (Andrew Weil) that weed made me a better editor. He responded dryly: "That is not a pharmacological property of marijuana." He believed (decades ago; maybe...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th July 2021, 05:34 PM
Replies: 757
Views: 46,478
Posted By Minoosh
I hope she does choose to allow such a structure...

I hope she does choose to allow such a structure if she succeeds in getting out of the conservatorship. People who can protect her, not control her.

ETA: As Suburban Turkey said, the possibility...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 29th July 2021, 05:57 AM
Replies: 757
Views: 46,478
Posted By Minoosh
Britney Spears is going to be surrounded by...

Britney Spears is going to be surrounded by hangers-on hoping to gain by the association even if she succeeds in dumping Daddy dearest. She'll continue to struggle with wanting to be loved for...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 3rd July 2021, 03:53 AM
Replies: 2,056
Views: 80,310
Posted By Minoosh
Numerous times when someone uses the term...

Numerous times when someone uses the term philosophy to describe their outlook, they're told that's not a philosophy, it's an outlook or a way of thinking. I've no objection to this usage of...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 3rd July 2021, 03:26 AM
Replies: 2,056
Views: 80,310
Posted By Minoosh
Cancel culture?

Cancel culture?
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 2nd July 2021, 01:25 PM
Replies: 2,056
Views: 80,310
Posted By Minoosh
People hostile to philosophy seem to be saying...

People hostile to philosophy seem to be saying there's no such thing as philosophy. Which I disagree with. It doesn't help though that people speaking of a "philosophy of self defense" decline to...
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 1st July 2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,248
Posted By Minoosh
Write to them. Others will too. They will pay...

Write to them. Others will too. They will pay attention.
Forum: USA Politics 30th June 2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,466
Posted By Minoosh
It seems weird to me that Giuliani would be...

It seems weird to me that Giuliani would be working for Gulen. Trump and his gangster friends seem more Erdogan-aligned, and Gulen is Erdogan's arch enemy.

ETA: Yahoo! summarized this wrong. The...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 29th June 2021, 09:10 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,813
Posted By Minoosh
There's a good reason not to send military people...

There's a good reason not to send military people willy-nilly just because some random donor has a bug up their ass to somehow solve the border. On the other hand sometimes I think the more eyes on...
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 28th June 2021, 10:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,703
Posted By Minoosh
Delete. Stupid answer.

Delete. Stupid answer.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 28th June 2021, 06:17 PM
Replies: 2,056
Views: 80,310
Posted By Minoosh
I notice Florida State University at Tallahassee...

I notice Florida State University at Tallahassee has a Philosophy Department that skews heavily toward personal responsibility. It holds an annual Florida State University Free Will, Responsibility,...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 27th June 2021, 10:54 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,850
Posted By Minoosh
They're in the business of capturing eyeballs....

They're in the business of capturing eyeballs. All media outlets are. They're going to put out stories people will click on. I don't much care for "news features" to begin with; they're a way to milk...
Forum: USA Politics 25th June 2021, 08:06 PM
Replies: 3,509
Views: 217,543
Posted By Minoosh
Part of me says this isn't my problem; let...

Part of me says this isn't my problem; let minorities, young people, whoever step up, get themselves organized and get to the polls with bright shiny state IDs that no one can possibly turn down.
...
Forum: USA Politics 25th June 2021, 08:03 PM
Replies: 3,509
Views: 217,543
Posted By Minoosh
Is that a feature, or a bug? Apologies for...

Is that a feature, or a bug?

Apologies for the cliché.
Forum: USA Politics 25th June 2021, 11:17 AM
Replies: 3,509
Views: 217,543
Posted By Minoosh
Yeah I agree with you. But don't you also...

Yeah I agree with you.

But don't you also have some fairly optimistic message amidst that sentiment? Something like the world is progressing; fascism will not win?

Possibly I am thinking of...
Forum: USA Politics 25th June 2021, 11:06 AM
Replies: 3,509
Views: 217,543
Posted By Minoosh
How do you know it's not happening? There's good...

How do you know it's not happening? There's good evidence, IMO, that no large-scale organized fraud occurred in 2020 - at least, no one has been able to make anything stick, despite a frenzied effort...
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