unixknight

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About unixknight

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    Wargaming, Dungeons & Dragons, vintage computing/repair, Star Trek
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  1. unixknight

    Thanks, anti-vax movement...

    Like I said above, if my kids weren't vaccinated for whatever reason then it would fall to me to take precautions to prevent that. Let's keep in mind that the reason for the outbreak in the OP's article was that people weren't getting vaccinated due to ignorance of the actual safety of vaccines. Part of the Libertarian philosophy is that we all have individual liberty, but there's also a responsibility to be informed. In my view, the breakdown in this community in Brooklyn has more to do with harmful misinformation than Libertarian ideals. Community leaders don't seem to be expressing any religious objection, so the problem is entirely knowledge-based.
  2. unixknight

    Thanks, anti-vax movement...

    Ugh. Yes it is. Medical decisions are the most personal, most private decisions we make. The argument that an unvaccinated kid is a public health risk is a pretty weak one compared to the result of setting a precedent that the Government can force your medical choices. It's easy to be okay with it when you're making the same decision the Government would have you make anyway. What about those who don't? Are the ingredients of vaccines kosher? (I don't know if they are or not.) What about vegans? Many vaccines contain egg whites. What about other religious groups who may have moral objections for whatever reason? Are you ready to chip away at the First Amendment? Not me. I wouldn't knock on my neighbor's door and tell him what to do with his kids' medical decisions, regardless of his beliefs.
  3. unixknight

    Thanks, anti-vax movement...

    'kay. For starters, my kids are vaccinated, so for me personally, it's a non-issue. On the other hand, if for some reason I chose not to do that then sure, it takes a risk. I suppose in that case I'd have to come up with some kind of plan to avoid letting them be exposed to the best of my ability. The reason I'd be against Government force to vaccinate kids is because of the camel's nose in the tent argument. If the Government can dictate vaccinations, then that logic can be used to justify just about anything. Here are some examples... "The Government has the right to protect the community from contagious disease like the Measles, so it's acceptable to force vaccinations, religious objections notwithstanding." leads to... The Government has the right to force a blood transfusion if doctors decide a kid needs it. Sorry, Jehovah's Witnesses. The Government has the right to enable a teenager to get an abortion over the parents' objections (Already implemented in many places in the U.S.) The Government has the right to dictate childrens' diets to avoid childhood diabetes, obesity and other health issues. Sorry, members of any religion with dietary guidelines you don't get a say. The Government has the right to choose what surgeries, medications, therapies and treatments your kids get. No, you don't get a say. I know that looks like a slippery slope argument... But it isn't a fallacy if there's a history supporting the idea that such a thing will happen. As I mentioned, some states don't allow parental consent or knowledge if a minor seeks abortion, birth control, etc. regardless of age. (Lookin' at you, Maryland. I hate this place.) In England, there's the well known case of Charlie Guard, who died under nationalized healthcare despite the parents' efforts to have the child moved elsewhere where he could have gotten additional treatment pro bono. There are laws on the books regulating the size of soft drinks in NYC, as well as the contents of vending machines in schools. It's also not unprecedented to have cases where medical professionals have sought, and been granted, injunctions against parents to prevent them from seeking alternative treatment. Remember Hillary Clinton's "It takes a Village?" She wasn't talking about putting up playgrounds.
  4. unixknight

    Thanks, anti-vax movement...

    I'd say something to the manager and if that didn't resolve it, I'd eat elsewhere. (I misunderstood the context of your question at first. When it said "your restaurant staff" I took it as if I were the owner.)
  5. unixknight

    So... Solo. The Han Solo Movie. The.... yeah.

    Actually, answers to at least some of those questions were expected in Episode 8. The few answers we did get were all meant to SUBVERT AUDIENCE EXPECTATIONSTM because Rian Johnson is such a wonderful director. *gag*
  6. unixknight

    Thanks, anti-vax movement...

    Having a policy at a job ain't the same thing as Government intrusion. There are plenty of jobs out there that require vaccinations, as does enrollment in colleges and universities.
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    Thanks, anti-vax movement...

    A couple years back, on my gaming club's message board, we had a discussion about this stuff. Nobody was arguing the "vaccinations cause autism" stuff, but I was on the side that says people have a right to choose how to raise their kids, and if they want to take that risk... The other side started out with the premise "We wouldn't want to use Government force to make people take vaccines. We just want to educate." Which is a perfectly reasonable stance and one that I'd agree with, so imagine my confusion that they were arguing the point of whether people really do have the right to choose to vaccinate or not. Eventually, they showed their true colors when they came out with their honest argument, which was that yes, the Government should force vaccination, regardless of the reasons people might give not to. I'm all Libertarian on this one. If members of this Jewish community want to avoid vaccines, even if their reasoning is flawed, then they're taking their chances. It sounds like community leaders are trying to get rid of the bad information, so I say let the process happen.
  8. unixknight

    2019 Weight Loss Group

    I have two physical activities I'd really like to get back into... Biking and the punching bag. Biking is, of course, rather seasonal. I have been known to bike in January before but I have this weird mental block... My house is less than a half mile from a bike trail, BUT to get to it I'd have to go uphill and then back down hill. The hill is steep enough that I'd have to walk it for sure, going both ways. That's embarrassing enough that I just want to load my bike onto my car or into my truck and drive it.... and yet, that feels wonky too because the distance from my house to the trail head is only a small fraction of the total length of the trail, which I can ride easily. I'm my own worst enemy. The punching bag is fun, but my house was not built with soundproofing in mind so when I use it you can hear the punches, and the creaks of the chain all through the house. Being as I have a little one who takes frequent naps... Not much of an option at the moment except for those windows of time when I'm home AND she's awake AND we're not doing anything else together (like having dinner, playing, etc.) AND I'm not working or doing some other task. I know this is one of those problems that's solvable with enough initiative but again... hard to motivate. Yeah, I know. Excuses, excuses, excuses. I know. I didn't get fat because I'm bad at excuse mongering.
  9. unixknight

    2019 Weight Loss Group

    Did my weekly weigh-in last night. No change. Still at 360. I have an idea what went wrong. Too much soda, had a couple of late-night fast food snacks, and being sick got in the way of exercise. What bothers me is how easily progress can be stymied. Before all of this, I was eating WAY worse than at any point during this last week. I'd have thought I'd see a bigger difference by not having so much bad stuff. I guess the initial success reflects that, but still...
  10. unixknight

    So... Solo. The Han Solo Movie. The.... yeah.

    He's right. Fans would have hated it. UNLESS he had done Episode 7 immediately after Episode 6. Then there wouldn't have been so many years of people getting "used to" Star Wars being a certain way.
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  12. unixknight

    So... Solo. The Han Solo Movie. The.... yeah.

    It was an article I read back when it happened. He sold it for $4B and donated $2B to Education. I did a search just now but the only hard figure I could find was 100%, which I know isn't the case.
  13. unixknight

    So... Solo. The Han Solo Movie. The.... yeah.

    Just to clarify... He donated half of it to charity.
  14. unixknight

    Why the Fight Over the Wall Matters

    They won't do it. Right now, the only thing blunting the Democrat's efforts to appeal to the emotion of the American people is the fact that Federal employees WILL receive the pay for the lost days. Take that away, and there's a problem.
  15. unixknight

    So... Solo. The Han Solo Movie. The.... yeah.

    Aaaand Victory! Lucasfilm leaned on Chappell and made them withdraw the claim.