commented on If You Believe Abortion Is a Right, You Need to Stop Telling Women How and When They Should Get Abortions
It is wholly viable as a philosophical position and a personal policy to support abortion rights on the premise that a woman has the right to make her own decision as to whether she wants to have a fetus in her body from a pure body-ownership perspective, while also finding abortion disgusting and horrible, and seeing a video like this where she celebrates the decision as a critical failure of character. All I have to be to be a "good ally" for abortion rights is to say "I support abortion rights" and factor that into my voting patterns. I am not required to like abortion, or pretend that it's not vile.
commented on Vancouver Provides Crack Pipes in Vending Machines
I feel like if I saw this I would buy a crack pipe for a quarter, just to examine its construction. Then, I'd figure out what else I can do with it, because a quarter for a designed glass object seems astonishingly cheap.
commented on Wait... Guns Do Kill People!
Look, it is completely clear that guns are dangerous. That's known. And there's a point here that faulty ones in particular can be extremely dangerous. But if you are holding in your hand a gun that is KNOWN TO YOU TO DISCHARGE RANDOMLY, the FIRST thing you should do is take out the magazine and clear the chamber. There is inherent danger in firearms, more than any other kind of civilian-accessible weapon, which can be mitigated with responsible handling. This woman, unfortunately, handled her weapon in as irresponsible a way as she possibly could have.