commented on Can You Watch Porn in Seattle's Libraries?
It is an odd state of affairs where you can watch porn at the library, but not in a bar. But there we are.
I actually do support the absolutist stance SPL takes on the first amendment. But I also think that policy requires them to take responsibility for it. Maybe arrange the unfiltered computers so that the users' backs are against the wall (I.e., so that it is really hard to stand behind them?)
commented on SLLOTD: The Anti-Choice Boyfriend
@23 I'd argue that reversing the sex roles here legitimately changes the calculus. The anti-choice dude can't force his girlfriend to have a baby, and neither can the pro-choice dude force his to have an abortion. The ball is in the woman's court in both situations, and it should be because she disproportionately bears the consequences of pregnancy.
That said, I'd call this a dtmfa because I think a significant moral disagreement is a very good reason to end a LTR.
This is another letter I'd love to see a follow up on.
commented on After Economics: Austerity Attacks Science
@4--You have no fucking clue what you are talking about. I'd invite you to spend a year in my lab to maybe learn how research actually works, but I can't even afford a fucking volunteer right now.
When you've spent your entire adult life putting in the work and self-sacrifice it takes to become a real expert at something--and trust me, you have no comparable experience here--then maybe you can shoot your mouth off about how inefficient the process is. Until then, shut the fuck up.
Also, fuck you.
commented on Obama's New Pot Rules Are a Bigger Deal Than You Think
This also means that national drug policy will pretty much have to be discussed in a meaningful way in the context of presidential politics, I.e., "if elected, will you continue your predecessor's policy of non-interference in states where marijuana is legal?" Given the way opinion polls have trended nationally, this is probably a very good thing.
That wasn't even an issue in the election we just had, when state level legalization was imminent.
commented on Slog Bible Study: Proverbs 31:6-7
@7--not a biblical scholar, but I believe distilled spirits didn't exist until the middle ages (by our best reckoning.) So beer and wine (and similar) were the only "strong drinks" with which the author was likely familiar.
The Baptists conveniently ignore this passage.