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Internet Wisdom


Insanitybytes22:

“I think that we are all equals. People deserve respect for our opinions regardless of our views.”

Isn’t that the sweetest thing ever? I think we should all cultivate that sentiment in our hearts and keep it in the back of our minds when we are relating to one another. Absolutely no sarcasm or cynicism intended here, I truly mean it. It is a sweet and valuable sentiment to hang onto.

Back to the real world however, the physical and material one we all live in, and my question is, are you bloody insane? What are you even thinking?? Are you even thinking?

The whole thing is worth it.

The idea that all views are equally valid is downright ridiculous, too. No, sorry, some views are more valid than others. Some are more reasonable than others. Some are more sane. Some views are just totally out there, orbiting on their own little planet.

Alexander’s Law of Dissimilarities and Bathrooms


Alexander’s Law of Dissimilarities:  Just because something reminds you of a past event, that doesn’t mean the situations are actually similar.

Comparisons are always tricky, but sometimes a writer comes upon a unique idea which fits Alexander’s First Law.

Erin Matson:

Toilet Paper Is Free In Public Restrooms; Why Not Menstrual Products?

Toilet paper, soap, water, and hand towels or hand dryers are provided free of charge in public restrooms. So why are women supposed to pay for a tampon or a pad?

Just like peeing and pooping, menstruation is a predictable, routine bodily function that people take care of in public restrooms every single day.

Menstrual products are basic public health supplies that allow people to maintain sanitary health standards — just like toilet paper, soap, water, and hand towels or hand dryers.

Access to menstrual products is critical for the full dignity, equality, and participation of women and girls worldwide — in South Africa, for example, poor girls have stayed home from school because they didn’t have access to pads.

Because I have the time, I searched out answers to the more basic question: Do businesses have to provide toilet paper? As I figured, the idea was so odd, that it did not occur the the authors of the American’s With Disabilities Act or the Occupational  Heath and Safety Administration.  There’s that small chance I missed a mandate, but it looks like paper isn’t regulated by either, except that bathroom facilities for employees must be sanitary, etc.

Even according the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, public toilet facilities themselves are not mandated in all businesses, and not even all restaurants. And if toilets are not mandated, then toilet paper must be optional, as well. The link goes to a Village Voice columnist answering a question about restaurants without bathrooms. 

Knowing that my internet searches are used by Google to determine my future poopup advertising, I didn’t look further. 

And now, the answer to the blogger’s question:

So why are women supposed to pay for a tampon or a pad?

Provided is not the same as free. They are similar, but not the same.

Toilet paper seems to be a non-mandated product, but is provided without cost, because nobody puts in a bathroom in a public place without planning on buying toilet paper. A public place with a toilet but without toilet paper is actually more troublesome than a public place without a bathroom. It is provided without cost. The cost is ‘rolled into’ the overhead of the facility. Prices for the goods or services are then adjusted to meet the overhead. Nothing at a business or government facility is ‘free.’ 

Then the proper question is “Why are feminine menstrual supplies not provided in bathrooms located in airports, restaurants and other public places?”

The answer is simple:

Buy your own darned pads, you moocher.  

Gus Bailey Suggest This From Ace


Over at the very shy and demure ‘Ace of Spades HQ’, CBD brings up a very salient point.  The Left keeps foisting “rights” onto society for society to slavishly embrace, respect, uphold and celebrate; but so many of these “rights” used to be privileges.  What happens when people start exercising their real God given ( the gentle reader may modify that language as suits; but that’s how I roll) Rights to freedom of expression without violent reaction; or freedom to defend one’s person against said violence?  Freedom to be secure in ones papers and property?  Freedom from retroactive laws and bills of attainder? — Gus

Fred said it best (May he rest in peace.)

Ace of Spades HQ:

So, If Dreamers Are Merely “Undocumented,” May I Exercise My 2nd Amendment Rights As A Pre-Documented Concealed Carry?

The pro-amnesty contingent of the Democrat party (which seems to be all of them) and their fellow travelers on the hard left (am I repeating myself?) quite obviously think that the lack of documentation — or as normal, law-abiding citizens call it, being a criminal — is a technicality that can be happily, cheerfully, blissfully ignored by these wonderful youngsters who are merely pursuing their dreams to be astronauts or engineers or doctors or landscape technologists.

Or how about all those professions which require a license, certification or professional education? Do you want your next surgery performed by an undocumented but legal doctor, or the next bridge you drive over designed by someone who is an undocumented civil engineer? – Dave

Dutch Court Finds Politician Guilty


Of hate speech for encouraging a crowd which chanted “fewer, fewer” in response to Moroccan immigration. 

UK Telegraph: (Autoplay video of Dutch judge speaking. Dutch sounds a bit like German spoken by people who are from France.)

Dutch far-right wing politician Geert Wilders was today found guilty of hate speech and inciting racial discrimination for leading a chant calling for “fewer, fewer” Moroccans in the Netherlands.

Presiding Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said the court would not impose a sentence because the conviction was punishment enough for a democratically elected lawmaker. Prosecutors had asked judges to fine him 5,000 euros ($5,300).

This will happen here if the American people are not clear: We will not allow our freedoms to be infringed so that others can avoid bad feelings. This guy is a politician. In a democratically run country, the freedom to speak about political disagreements should never be restricted.

The Telegraph mentions Wilders also wants to ban the Koran, and take other actions. I can disagree with the court, without endorsing his whole agenda.

 “I still cannot believe it, but I have been convicted because I asked a question about Moroccans. The Netherlands has become a sick country. The judge who convicted me [has] restricted the freedom of speech for millions of Dutch. I will never be silent. I am not a racist and neither are my voters.”

 

When Debating Issues of Faith and Morality, It’s Best to Get the Best Information


Personally, I’d do an economic impact study.

TEXAS – In an effort to keep Texas from enacting a so-called “bathroom bill” and a “religious freedom” bill in the state, business organizations are stressing the economic impact of such legislation.

At a press conference Tuesday at the Texas State Capitol, Keep Texas Open for Business and the Texas Association of Business (TAB) unveiled an economic impact study that looked into the effects of the proposed bills on the Texas economy.

North Carolina’s ‘bathroom bill’ caused real economic impact.  I actually don’t think the economic impact will sway Texas politicians.

Governor Pat McCrory was defeated in his gubernatorial reelection bid in part because he signed HB2.  

But getting back to my main point, if something is right, and you can justify it…the economic impact is not a reason to fold.

 

New Pronouns


I recently applied to my county sheriff for a document showing my lack of felony convictions and “good moral character.”  No kidding, that’s what the certificate says.

The document has changed since I last got one.  It now includes a sentence with the phrase…”his, her or their…”  I guess they’re just trying to cover all their gender-bending possibilities.

The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee LGBT Resource Center has created documents to help, including this advice in the FAQ section:

It’s okay! Everyone slips up from time to time. The best thing to do if you use the wrong pronoun for someone is to say something right away, like “Sorry, I meant she.” If you realize your mistake after the fact, apologize in private and move on.

 

Pronoun cards 2016-02

I have no earthly clue what this chart is supposed to say except, this is a strange, new world.

 

 

But We Knew This


The left has done more damage to the social and so-called pure sciences than the right.  While the right may believe in things like creationism and reject climate change, those ideas do not hurt scientific research.  So says John Tierney in CityJournal.org:

Democrats outnumber Republicans at least 12 to 1 (perhaps 40 to 1) in social psychology, creating what Jonathan Haidt calls a “tribal-moral community” with its own “sacred values” about what’s worth studying and what’s taboo. – snip –

The Left’s most rigid taboos involve the biology of race and gender, as the Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker chronicles in The Blank Slate. The book takes its title from Pinker’s term for the dogma that “any differences we see among races, ethnic groups, sexes, and individuals come not from differences in their innate constitution but from differences in their experiences.” The dogma constricts researchers’ perspective—“No biology, please, we’re social scientists”—and discourages debate, in and out of academia. Early researchers in sociobiology faced vitriolic attacks from prominent scientists like Stephen Jay Gould, who accused them of racism and sexism for studying genetic influences on behavior.

Which side cries out that ‘the science is settled’?  Which side will march you off campus for suggesting that there might be innate differences in skill levels in men versus women.  Ask Lawrence Summers:

Former Harvard president Lawrence Summers found this out the hard way at an academic conference where he dared to discuss the preponderance of men among professors of mathematics and physical sciences at elite universities.

While acknowledging that women faced cultural barriers, like discrimination and the pressures of family responsibilities, Summers hypothesized that there might be other factors, too, such as the greater number of men at the extreme high end in tests measuring mathematical ability and other traits. Males’ greater variability in aptitude is well established—it’s why there are more male dunces as well as geniuses—but scientific accuracy was no defense against the feminist outcry. The controversy forced Summers to apologize and ultimately contributed to his resignation.

I believe in God, and science.  I figure one created the other, but your experience with it all might be different.  I also believe in healthy debate, interesting discussions and probing scientific and social science research.  When the left is in charge, all those things become harder.