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Dec 5, 2013 clarkma5 commented on SL Letter of the Day: LGBT&P?.
I've seen P in the long-form acronym before and it always stood for Pansexual to me.

I don't really see poly as fitting with the nature of orientation. Sure it can be a very strong part of identity, and I'm all for people having the freedom to pursue it and live it if they think it's best for them, but it is a choice of how one's lifestyle is structured, not some deeply embedded orientation. Poly is a way of relating to others that can occur over the top of any orientation you can think of. I don't see it fitting with the inherent, "I am this way because I've always been this way" nature of hetero/homo/bi/trans/pan/asexual. To me, those are all things that people feel deep inside them regardless of what they do in their lives. Poly is just the thing that some of those feeling peoples do, if they want to.

Also, as a slightly facetious aside, do we need to give these people a whole letter? I mean, ya know what they say..."do you know how to tell if someone's poly? They'll tell you!" *ba dum psh*
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Nov 20, 2013 clarkma5 commented on McDonald's Urges Employees to Sell Their Possessions to Get Out of Holiday Debt.
There's been a lot of articles on this McD's resource website...we can't read the whole things without being employees, but I read through some screen grabs and honestly there is so much cherry picking going on. There's a decent amount of good, common-sense advice for financial management here.

I'm not defending McD's, they clearly underpay and undervalue their employees, and can afford to give more. But no matter which way you slice it, I don't think anyone at McDonald's should be expecting a particularly high-paying job. Yes, they should be able to make ends meet, preferably on a single full-time income, if they are good workers. I make an entry-level professional salary and the things that McDonald's recommends help me out even making a decent chunk more than even this proposed $15/hr minimum wage.

$12 or $15 an hour is a sensible minimum wage, in terms of looking at the productivity gains per worker in the last 40 years. But even then, you're gonna have to be careful to cover living, transportation, and personal expenses, ESPECIALLY if you're supporting a family. A higher minimum wage doesn't remove that issue, it just makes it POSSIBLE instead of a complete fool's errand.
Aug 11, 2011 clarkma5 commented on Two Fleshbags and a Pile of Fur: Paul Constant and I Attend a Furry Rave.
Hehe yeah, being a furry is awesome :) It's a whole lifestyle that embraces diversity and the enjoyment of life, it's a community of people who care so little for the differences that cause wars and hatred between humans (and all that's left is the small stuff that we all sweat, which just rolls off your back with the right attitude and a little practice). Sexual liberation is part of it, but what gets shared far more than the intimate contact and sexual encounters is a genuine love and respect for others that manifests itself in a sharing of time, space, emotion, and resources that exceeds anything else I've ever experienced in broader western society.
Jun 14, 2011 clarkma5 commented on Weiner: It's the Stupidity, Stupid.
The fact that Weiner tweeted such a thing on his official account is a total facepalm, but I disagree that he's not smart. He deserves to be in congress more than most congresspeople despite this. I continue to believe that the way he has been handling this doesn't reflect on his ability to be an effective public servant in any way.

In other words, I give him a passing grad as a congressperson, despite failing internet common sense 101. They're completely different disciplines of study.
Jun 8, 2011 clarkma5 commented on The "Sissy Boy" Experiment.
I can't see how Rekers is a free man in our society when he's done these monstrous things. There should be plenty of evidence to put him away for the rest of his life.
May 27, 2011 clarkma5 commented on I Love New York.
This is perhaps the greatest speech in American politics for half a century, or at least within the 21st century thus far. Way to go Michael Bloomberg, you expressed yourself with eloquence and care. To me these words provide a modern definition for how the government should interface with its citizens, and your call to action is greatly appreciated.
May 24, 2011 clarkma5 commented on Savage Love Podcast Episode 240.
@7: That point was well handled by the original caller, and could've been agreed to in a sentence by Dan. Instead he very clearly went on and on about how he didn't believe blue balls was a real phenomenon and he thought it was an excuse for people to pressure people into sex, which is just such bullshit. And even the doctor made his disagreement with Dan quite clear...
May 24, 2011 clarkma5 commented on Savage Love Podcast Episode 240.
Wow dan, the first few calls made me lose a lot of respect for you...I asked you hemmhorroid related advice TWICE over the last several months and got no response, finally you get someone to answer the question and your smart alecky dismissal was really annoying. I wanted to hear what the doctor had to say!!!! Meanwhile you're worrying about anal sex PR! VERY unhelpful of you...

THEN when it comes to blue balls...YES THEY ARE REAL AND GOD THEY REALLY, REALLY, REALLY HURT. Just because you haven't experienced something yourself doesn't mean you should go around dismissing it as fake or manipulative.

Minus a hundred points, took legitimate sexual health related concerns and dismissed them, which is really not "sex-positive" in my view. Sex positivity is the ability to talk about sexual health and fulfillment issues like an adult, not just dismiss those things you don't know about as universal lies.