commented on I'm a Supporter of Physician-Assisted Suicide...
There's no question that euthanasia will eventually claim lives for the wrong reasons (treatable depression, manipulation from family members, and so on). I think it's likely that a greater number of lives will be defiled with horrible, demeaning, agonizing deaths if we do NOT permit euthanasia under any circumstances.
Some people luck into a good life. Most people have to work for it, and sometimes they still don't achieve it; sometimes our very efforts to obtain a good life are what make us miserable. Despite these unfortunate outcomes, we should still have the option to try, since people who make no effort at all generally end up having a pretty miserable life.
The very same things can be said of an easy death.
commented on What Progressives Need to Understand About Gun Control
I actually became irrevocably 'not-anti-gun' way back in the 80s when politicians started talking about tattooing HIV positive people and putting them in camps. It affected me. I learned how to shoot and for a long time believed that every gay person had an obligation to learn how to operate a firearm.
What do I believe now? Well, I don't believe the average joe needs huge magazines or assault rifles. The more powerful a gun is, the higher the standard for qualified ownership should be. I also believe tyrants are always people of great principle (read: righty religious or lefty social idealists), and they are just around the corner, and that people should be able to own guns. Everything else is negotiable.
The said thing is that this position disgusts EVERYBODY. Sigh.
Jun 1, 2012
commented on Oklahoma Hospital Refuses Services, Emergency Contraception to Rape Victim
@ 23 - I agree with you IF the patient said she didn't want a SANE/SAFE exam or if she stated that she absolutely wasn't going to go to another hospital. In those circumstances you do the best you can.
Although SANE/SAFE nurses don't give out medication, they always want to be consulted before that decision is made. They have a very long pro-con list they go through with every patient regarding PEP benefits and risks. So, if the patient indicated that she was promptly going to another hospital with a SANE/SAFE examiner, then its a defensible decision.
In cases where the patient is too distraught to decide, I just say to hell with the SAFE/SANE examiner and give them the emergency contraception. I've gotten a few very angry phone calls about that, but too bad. If the patient then decides that she does want the SAFE exam, and is willing to put up with a second ER bill, I send them on their way. Rarely, if the ER I'm working in is not busy (almost never), I will offer to do the forensic exam myself.
Apr 9, 2012
commented on Homophobes: Externalizing an Internal Conflict
All wonderful news and very ironic. Just remember that it won't matter one bit in terms of winning the culture war. I'd like to say it's because everyone respects the Aristotelian position that you can't legitimately attack an argument by attacking the character of the person who is advancing that argument. But really, it's because homophobia is all about personal gain/disdain, and nobody's ever rational about that stuff.
Apr 4, 2012
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Monogamous Week, Day 2
We keep talking about how cultural constraints have trained women not to objectify men, so it's a comparatively rare behavior...but are there ANY cultures where women *frequently* objectify men? There's always individual exceptions, and there's probably some cultures where it happens a little more often, but I can't think of any where women are out there woo-hooing it as much as the guys are. It makes me wonder if there's some bio-clutch factors as well.
Also, the idea of something erotic that is non-exploitative and non-objectifying seems like an oxymoron to me. Exploitation and objectification are my biggest turn-ons BY FAR. I guess the key is finding an ethically murky ground where you get the illusion of full exploitation without actually doing something quite so bad.
Mar 7, 2012
commented on Too Much Drugs; Too Little Drugs
Huge national shortages on Reglan, Compazine, and morphine these days. Most of these drugs are generic now, so there's very little profit in manufacturing them. A lot of places are just saying "fuck it, the FDA is all over us. We can bust our asses to meet their milestones and earn relatively little, or we can devote the same resources to a drug that's still under copyright and earns us more."
Feb 27, 2012
commented on O They Will Know We Are Christians...
Sorry, Kim, but that doesn't work. You can't tell someone that any 'hurtful behavior' is unacceptable. People get their feelings hurt all the time. If an atheist couple is hurt that their parents' priest won't marry them...too fucking bad. The priest is fully entitled to turn them away because he does not feel they qualify for a Catholic sacrament.
Look, I do not like the Catholic church. I am not a Christian. But religious people have the right to do things in their own rituals that I think are backwards, hateful, and cruel. Given the history of refusing communion to others and the whole 'good standing in the church' thing, it's unclear who is bending the rules: the nice priests who give communion to gay couples and non-Catholics, or the mean ones who deny it to those who are openly gay or openly using birth control, blah blah blah. He may be an asshole but he may also be a very good Catholic.
I will fight religious jerks to the end when they try to infringe on my government-sanctioned rights, but outside of that they can do their thing the way they want to do it.