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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
--Cornelius Tacitus (c. 116 A.D.)

Thursday, June 20, 2002
Dude. That's some serious crap. China is going to have 40 million more men than women in the next two decades. So lots of men won't find wives. They're predicting major social unrest as a result.
posted by Rachel 6/20/2002
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So the high court ruled that executing the mentally retarded is a no-no. On the face of it that's an obvious: DUH. But exactly how do we define MR now? How do you test prisoners who know it's worth their life to play dumb?
posted by Rachel 6/20/2002
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In case you missed it the first time: Pictures of the Eclefftic.



posted by Rachel 6/20/2002
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Armed and Dangerous posted a lovely piece "Why I am Not a Liberal/ Why I am Not a Conservative" Itís great, read it.
Now my own: Why I am not a Feminist.
(disclaimer: I define feminism here as it is defined for the public by the media and the over-published grand-dames.)
1. Sex: Because I donít believe that sex is bad or inherently exploitive, nor do I believe that women who donít dig sex are somehow freaks.
2. Guns: I think a woman with a gun should be every feministís dream. (if they were intellectually honest) Itís the ultimate immediate empowerment.
3. Abortion: Eeesh. Iíll quote A.D. here: "The liberals' looney-toon feminist need to believe that a fetus one second before birth is a parasitic lump of tissue with no rights, but a fetus one second afterwards is a full human, has done half the job of making a reasoned debate on abortion nigh-impossible."
4. Communism and Socialism: They donít work. Look to Russia. Look to the EU. Sweden is poorer than Mississippi! Forced redistribution of wealth is morally wrong, I donít care if you yearn for a holistic, cooperative, gynocratic, eco-friendly, society. (Go live in a commune.) It doesnít work in the real world.
5. Anti-globalization: Globalization is not the oppression of the little noble-savage third-worlders by evil colonialist corporate monoliths. Globalization opens new markets. Globalization provides economic opportunity to people in the third world.
6. Junk science/ junk statistics: "One in four college women has been the victim of rape." "75 Cents on the dollar" Need I say more?
7. Cultural relativism: I was an anthropology major. I understand what cultural relativism should be. To the modern liberal feministís version I say: itís boolshite and whatís more itís chauvinistic boolshite.

Incidentally I am neither liberal nor conservative. Instead I choose to be a big geek and call myself an engineerist.

posted by Rachel 6/20/2002
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Good sites on my version of feminism. However I will no longer describe myself as a feminist. I cannot lend any credibility that I might personally have to the term ĎFeministí. This piece of offal was the final straw. Signatories include: Eve Ensler, Carol Downer (board of directors, Chico (CA) Feminist Women's Health Centre), Alice Walker, Gloria Steinem, and Starhawk. Enough! I cannot respect anyone who is so wedded to some ideology that they cannot see reason.
posted by Rachel 6/20/2002
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USS Clueless weighs in on 'The Situation' as some catholic blogs call it. He makes a good point: Could the church be brazen (or suicidal) enough to keep a Bishop or Archbishop after he was indicted for obstruction of justice or convicted of any number of felonies? It may very well be put to the test.
It may also be interesting to see the outcome if American DAs end up cleaning out the church heirarchy. Especially if it turns out to be true that Rome has told the US bishops that they can't automatically boot abusers (as they decided to in Dallas) until Rome decides if that's ok. (That's currently just a rumor on the net.) What kind of strain might that produce? So far (not counting Dallas, the outcome of which is not yet clear) the church has proved unwilling to police itself. The secular authorities aren't really equiped to police the church and it's going to get real ugly if they have to.
posted by Rachel 6/20/2002
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Shamelessly lifted from Andrew Sullivan:
"No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar." - Professor Donald Foster, recanting a previous argument of his own research in the New York Times today. What an uplifting sentiment.
posted by Rachel 6/20/2002
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