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Go to: Essay of the week: The New Puritanism

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@Steve,
I don't know if this has been covered but one of the best models for the sex worker industry is probably Nevada's. Disease is non-existent, licenses are mandatory, testing is mandatory, condoms are mandatory. Sex workers, at least at legal brothels aren't pimped and everyone has access to the law. I suppose the case could be made that the sex worker is "exploited." But so are we are all in at least some phase of our work life and if the sex worker isn't forced into the profession, and controls his or her limits etc, well that seems like the kind of decision an adult can make for themselves.

The problem with prohibition of sex work is that you create a black market and all the problems associated with such entities. This almost ensures vicious exploitation, disease and no acceptable social saftey nets, or worker protections. People are going to have sex for money. There is simply no getting around that. It would be for the best if that trade could be regulated to some degree.

If this a repeated idea, sorry, move along.

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 05:16:00 UTC | #443355

Go to: The crooked judges of Amsterdam

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SteveZ,

It is about whether or not Wilders has published propaganda which uses the fact of the vile acts to encourage hatred towards all Muslims, no matter what their connection to those acts.


I'm not sure the incitement part should be something that matters. I think there is something profoundly wrong with the law if it is telling me who to hate, or who I can try to persuade other people to hate. I think the legitimate legal case is whether what Wilder's says is true, because it cuts to the heart of libel and slander claims. But if he is telling the truth then I suppose it is up to people to review his case and weigh the evidence, and make their own decision on these matters. One person's propoganda is another person's objective reporting. The onus is on all of us to be cautious with the information we get, and double check the claims against the facts. Not ask courts to spare us the work.

Sun, 07 Feb 2010 06:57:00 UTC | #439405

Go to: Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry vs. The Catholics

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While Hitch was vastly more aggressive in this debate than I've seen him, the man remains eloquent.
"I see a direct question has brought out their inner coward," was a wonderful, and honest way to point out the evasion being engaged in by the good MP and the Archbishop.

Stephen Fry was also, as everyone else has said quite moving. When the Widdecombe was going on about the hope African's live on thanks to the church I wanted to scream. But the hope was given, she neglected to say, to the HIV virus.

Mon, 09 Nov 2009 04:29:00 UTC | #412155

Go to: There are black-eyed virgins ready for you

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One of the things that is interesting about this is how easily these clerics sweep away some of the most fine experiences a person can have. Raising your kids with love? "Yes these things are nice but..." raising them to hate and die is preferred in the eyes of Allah.

The way these clerics marginalize earthly women was also shocking. "Black-eyed virgins man..., i mean good woman is great but...virgins man."

As others have said, I'm not sure what the appeal is of vigins (beyond knowing that you aren't being cuckolded). But even that worry doesn't make sense in the context of paradise, at least not to me. In any event I don't want to raise the progeny of 72 unions if that is in the offing. Jesus Christ that would be a massive pain. I think I would prefer it to be about pleasure, so I'll be wanting 72 porn stars between 18-35, and no chance to contract an STD.

Tue, 03 Nov 2009 23:56:00 UTC | #411044

Go to: Hugh interviews atheist Richard Dawkins

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Wow, that was a complete waste of oxygen. When Hewitt refered to himself as a "a Stephen J. Gould" student I thougth briefly of vomitting.

Dawkins was precisely correct when he said all the man was doing was trying to score points and cheap points at that.

Fri, 23 Oct 2009 03:25:00 UTC | #407698

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