commented on Calling All NALTs: Sick of the Anti-Gay Religious Right? Then Do Something About It.
At the core of the fight for homosexual rights is the same fight that we all face for human rights and dignity.
Monotheistic religions are inherently authoritarian in nature. the God of the bible, and yes, even Christ, are not about pluralistic secular democracy.
While I understand the temptation to support liberal xtians, the end game never works in the favor of human rights. In the end, the bible is anathema to human rights, open governance and democracy.
There may be strategic reasons to hope for some xtian support now, and perhaps that's all it will be, but it's not a long-term strategy.
commented on City Attorney Refuses Mayor's Request to Recuse Himself From Police Reform Negotiations
Electing the Attorney General and the City Attorney are problematic for the same reasons. These attorney's, contrary to the mantra that populist candidates would have you believe, are not attorneys for the people, they are attorneys for the Government. When our elected government officials have to navigate the political ambitions and political motives of those whom they are to trust as their attorney, this is problematic.
commented on He's Mormon and He's Gay and He's Coming Out
It reads legit to me. Mormons, in compensation for being outsiders, try really hard to appear accepting and hip. For example, regarding their exclusion of black men from the priesthood, most mormons, to this day, don't recognize the blatant racism; they actually think "I'm not a racist, but God is" is a valid explanation for the ban.
Same thing here. None of them think they are bigots or sexist or racist. And, given the media and culture savvy of the Church and its membership, if you turn a video camera on them, waiting for their response, they know how to respond. They're totally cool, remember.
What this poor guy fails to realize is that by choosing to associate himself with the LDS philosophy and practice, he's part of the machine that creates bigotry and racism and sexism. He's the problem.
He likely holds the Priesthood, which is denied to his sister and mother, and thinks nothing of it. He's asking for acceptance of his homosexuality, while propping up a philosophy that denies equality.
Until he takes responsibility for the damage done by his perpetuation of a failed political philosophy (mormonism), he has no right asking for acceptance.
commented on Children's Book Author Says Libraries Are Stealing His Money
Here's a question I wonder about sometimes. I love and support libraries and their mission, insofar as I understand it (and I think I do, at least in laymen's terms).
I have a few friends who are library fanatics; they check out books and movies in high volume. But, they are fairly well off; meaning they could afford to spend money on these items.
Is this in keeping with the spirit of libraries? Is there an ethic to self-limiting use of a library if you can afford to pay for such items?
I've never asked this question. :-)
commented on The Beginning of the End?
Form and function aren't so easily separated, and in Apple's design ethos, form is frequently a function in itself.
Look, there's a real question about electronics and environmental sustainability; but that is a broad question for the entirety of Western civilization, not one to be balance solely on the back of Apple.
As for Fan Boys, nobody in this thread is blindly pumping up Apple. The "fan boys" critique is tired. And, Godwin's law as appropriately called.
commented on The Beginning of the End?
@30…I prefer the Mercedes analogy over the BMW analogy, but no matter.
As for being a douchebag, we've now crossed over 50% of American households that own at least 1 apple product. So, that's a pretty broad brush you're painting with. ;-)
The real annoyance anymore seems to be hipsters who have knee-jerk anti-Apple screeds for reasons that aren't well argued or well thought. The "I hate it because it's popular" trend is alive and well.