Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Whales are people too. I think it's entirely possible. My older labrador is clearly smart enough to be considered some sort of person, albeit a fairly sneaky and spoiled one. My other lab is dumb even for a dog. His stupidity just makes him more lovable, however. His state of constant bafflement and indignation is highly entertaining.
This is interesting, not as more conservative whining, which I think is justified, but futile, but because it makes the observation of how complex signaling is in a political environment. I think it gets it exactly right, that while both Santorum and Obama say that marriage is between a man and a woman only, everybody knows that only Santorum actually means it, and Obama is just saying so. Quite curious.
Also curious is the suggestion, which I find plausible and suspect is just flat out true, that the promotion of artifical birth control in all of its multifarious glory has actually had the consequence of increasing the prevalence of the "women's health issues" one should think they were intended to mitigate, namely catastrophically disordered family situations. Thus recently our republic passed the evidently significant threshhold of a majority of children born in the country being born outside of what we quaintly call wedlock. And yet, birth control has never been more widely available financially, morally, and in many restrooms at gas stations and night clubs (NTTAWWT). It's as if the (one hopes) unintended consequences of birth control are far more powerful than the intended one of preventing unintended procreation -- obviously I'm assuming here that contraception plays some sort of important causal role in the sociological, uh, evolution that has led us to our current state of advanced liberation. Well, I guess as long as it works out well for the lower middle upper class (B.A. Swarthmore, MPH, Harvard, $245K annual income), it's all good.
We seem to have discovered a moral hazard that is really, really hazardous and arguably not very moral either. It would be funny if it weren't so sad that the descendants of the people who brought us prohibition should now have done so much to create a society where the men sit around and play video games and the women work and have babies the fathers of whom are long gone (see above) in ever increasing numbers. And the solution to this is somehow that we all should subsidize the already dirt cheap Pill (presumably because cigarettes and lottery tickets are so expensive). And all this somehow follows from hygiene. Very strange. It's all as clean and sterile as a condom still in its foil wrapper and as pastel as diaphram case and yet it ends up with a 4 month old whose daiper hasn't been changed in two days. Go figure. But here I am being naive. I am forgetting that the solution to failed policy is always more of the same.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012