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Friday, April 16, 2004
So
why should the UN have a greater role in Iraq?

posted by Rachel 4/16/2004
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Ooh. Nice to see
this printed.

posted by Rachel 4/16/2004
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Oh Lord. As if having neighbors with drumsets and screamy children and sullen teenagers wasn't enough. Now we have neighbors who have screaming domestic disputes in the street. Tonight it was complete with her screaming at the top of her lungs that she was going to call the police as he peeled out. I poked my head out the door and asked if she was ok. A few minutes later she came over to apologize. Upon learning that I was a psych major she said, "That's so interesting because I have a mental illness." She has
borderline personality disorder and felt the need to divulge this and lots more, two minutes after meeting me.

It is sooo time to move.

posted by Rachel 4/16/2004
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Well it's
funny in a horrifying sort of way. At least the guards comported themselves better than the "peacekeepers" usually do.

posted by Rachel 4/16/2004
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Sorry for the dearth of posting. My laptop was finally confiscated. (Since it belonged to work I can't really complain.) I've also been busy with other stuff, but more on that later.

posted by Rachel 4/16/2004
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Well
this certainly isn't the first awful result I've heard of. Some of these are growing pains. The professionals haven't figured out how to work around the system yet so people get hurt. No one wants to risk being sued or prosecuted so critical information isn't shared. HIPPA is bad law. I'm all for stringent privacy protection and harsh punishment for violations but really... This is what happens when the government tries to ham-handedly step in and regulate and incredibly complex system without knowing what the hell they're doing. Remember this. They get it wrong more often than they get it right. Why invite them to fuck more shit up? I submit to you that the system we have is largely broken because of government intervention. Safety yes. Everything else, no.

posted by Rachel 4/16/2004
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Oish. I'll tell you what the solution here is: unionize and advertise the fact. You can't protect people from stupidity. I'll bet you no one in the porn industry is ignorant of HIV or how it's transmitted. Put a premium on condom-free porn and let people make their choices. I assure you, you don't want to invite the government to start regulating. Can you imagine what John Ashcroft would do? Well there's no guarantee that the person making those regulations you're crying for would be better. Let the market address the problem. Ever heard of underground porn? 'Nuff said.

posted by Rachel 4/16/2004
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Lileks finally weighs in on the gay marriage issue. Though I certainly hope that the "can't be excellent parents," bit is a typo rather than his value judgment. I think what he's reacting to is basically relativism. It's hard to negotiate with people who refuse to acknowledge the same reality that you live in. Two parents are better than one parent. One of each is better than two of the same.

One of the most basic ways that children learn how to be and how to live is by modeling. It's better to have a representative model of both halves of the human species. That said, there are many many excellent single parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, friends, adoptive parents, and every other flavor of non-traditional family. There are many strong advantages to the traditional family model. That's why we've stuck with it for so long. But it's not the be-all end-all of family. There are many approaches that have been tried -with varying degrees of success- in the arrangements for raising children, maintaining capital, and caring for the old and sick. We've tried matriarchy and patriarchy, polygamy and polyandry, group marriage, at-will marriage, and communal setups where the men and the women don't have much to do with each other (or even see each other.)

If you're going to make the argument that all children should be raised in a traditional family you'd better be prepared to take action about all the other children being raised in "unsuitable" environments. You may disapprove of something, but if you want to give your disapproval the force of law you better have something with which to back it and you'd better be consistent. Inconsistent application of the law is called discrimination. We do not punish or outlaw that which is imperfect. We only punish or outlaw those things that are actively detrimental to society, (and not even all of those.)

It's a separate issue deliberately intended to muddy the water. Family is a very important institution and society as a whole has an interest in it that cannot likewise be justified in the interaction or relationship of two consenting adults. Hence, both sides spend an inordinate amount of time conflating the two related but separate issues.

posted by Rachel 4/16/2004
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