Achieve the Four Modernizations.

Feb 18 Phil H commented on Chatterbox: The Internet Is Talking About Jeopardy! and Racism.
I now like Spike Jonze a lot less. Her was incredibly dull as a love story (boy meets girl, they fall in love, they have awkwardness over sex, they break up). It was interesting as a techno thing, as a story of women developing, as a parable of how men are dinosaurs (we only allow women to be our servants, things are fine for us; we allow women to start developing, things are better, we have enriching relationships; we allow women to reach their full potential, we get left behind as sad and unable to keep up). I hate the love story reading. If you want a love story, go and watch a proper one.
Feb 4 Phil H commented on Who Should Pay For the Pergola Damage?.
Ignoring the fact that this is a bit mean-spirited, the logic is all wrong.

"This is a team of millionaires owned by a billionaire—wouldn't the ultimate gesture of good faith come from them? Particularly now that our city is in the national spotlight not only as Super Bowl winners, but for a pushing a debate about the raising minimum wage?"

The whole point about a minimum wage is that it increases levels of civic commitment. When you have ordinary people who are paid enough to live on without desperation, you don't have to turn to billionaires to fund your public spaces. They can be funded by the public (through whatever mechanism), and then used by the public with a rightful sense of ownership.
Dec 19, 2013 Phil H commented on The Raspberry Almond Scone at Black Coffee.
This is how food writing should be done. I'm just not into food enough to read 20 minutes on a restaurant or a specialist food blog. Twenty seconds of good writing interspersed among other stuff is perfect. Thanks!
Oct 20, 2013 Phil H commented on Slog Bible Study: Genesis 9:20-25.
Dad cock = bad cock
Sep 24, 2013 Phil H commented on SL Letter of the Day: The Morality of a Dungeon.
PS. Just say no to trickle down. It's a slippery slope, Dan. Soon enough you'll move onto harder stuff like "just pointing out that immigration can cause some problems, that's all".
Sep 24, 2013 Phil H commented on SL Letter of the Day: The Morality of a Dungeon.
Hmm. But being progressive kind of does mean you stick your nose into other people's business. Libertarians want us to leave each other alone, but progressives think that we can individually and collectively make the world a better place (progress!), and that will involve changing some shit, including the way other people act.
That said, Dan's answer to this is exactly right. Anyone else read Yoisthisracist? If you only complain about the sexism in hiphop, you're a racist. If you only complain about wasting money when it's being wasted on sex, then congratulations, you're a prude.
Sep 15, 2013 Phil H commented on Nearly One Quarter of Asia-Pacific Men Surveyed Admit to Rape.
You're right that there can be grey areas, but that's true of every area of life. If you really really want to borrow someone's car, and they say no, and then you keep badgering them until they say hmm, well maybe, and then you take it... well that's a grey area, too. You're probably thinking you wouldn't do that, and you're right. So why do men do exactly that a lot of the time when it comes to sex, when they would never do it with a buddy's car?
Sep 15, 2013 Phil H commented on SLLOTD: Women's Work.
I like Dan's answer, but there's no doubt that cleaning is a tough nut. I don't like it, my wife doesn't like it, she does most of it. I work and do a lot of the childcare, and I expect her to do the housework. Problem is that she doesn't like the housework (whereas I like my job and doing child stuff), hence there are problems. I get annoyed because housework isn't that hard - with mod cons it's about 4 hours a day (cooking two meals, shopping, cleaning). She gets annoyed because those 4 hours really drag for her. Don't think there will ever be a solution to this one.
Sep 11, 2013 Phil H commented on Nearly One Quarter of Asia-Pacific Men Surveyed Admit to Rape.
A lot of the time, when people write about rape, they feel compelled to start their argument with a disclaimer like: "Of course I'm not saying all men are potential rapists, but..."

That disclaimer really needs to be dropped. All men are potential rapists, and education would help.

I once had a fuckbuddy with whom the relationship ended fairly amicably. She was round at my place some time later, and I started making moves on her. She didn't resist physically, but she did say, don't do that. I didn't stop. I had oral sex with her, while she was still saying no. I got ready to have vaginal sex with her, but then, only then, did it click in my head: hey, if I put my penis inside this woman while she's saying no, that's bona fide no messing rape! So I didn't rape her. But it was sexual assault, clear as day. I fucked up really badly. And I'm a "nice guy" - both as in I look respectable, and as in I honestly do try to do the right thing most of the time. Only it doesn't always work. Men like me need education because a *lot* of us are stupid pigs who will assault women. The presumption that sexual assault is only conducted by a small number of bad apples really needs to stop.
Jul 12, 2013 Phil H commented on SL Letter of the Day: Mutually Intoxicated Destruction.
@117 I've been listening to Peter Singer, and right now I feel like it would do a lot of good to start skipping out that trial part. Utilitarianism, right: the best course of action is that which increases happiness/decreases suffering. Right now, rape and sexual assault causes a large amount of suffering because it is often consequence free. If we stopped trials and just accepted every accusation as true (doing for women what used to be done for men - in the past a man's word against a woman's was no contest, remember), then the consequences of sexual assault would increase, and rates of sexual assault would plummet. Some innocent men would get harmed, but the total harm done, would I estimate, be a lot less.
From where I'm standing, the justice system is not making peoples' lives better in the area of sexual crimes. So do away with it.

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