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  1. the difference between simon and greta(one night stand) is that the baby is in gretas body not simons.greta could die if she has an thats why she has the bigger say in the matter.

    Greta could also die if she decided to have the baby (in fact, an abortion is probably safer than pregnancy), but that's really not the point. Greta can choose whether to be a mother; shouldn't Simon be able to choose whether to be a father? I'm not suggesting that Simon should be able to force Greta into having an abortion - simply that he be able to opt out of being the child's father in the eyes of the law.

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  2. I am not so sure about the special criterias that may, or may not, come along with a .eco domain name. But I doubt it will cost loads of money to register the domain. After all, the majority of the income generated from the domain sales will be donated to environmental causes:

    ".eco will be established for individuals to express their support for environmental causes, for companies to promote their environmental initiatives, and for environmental organizations to maintain their websites in a namespace that is more relevant to their core missions. By charter, a majority of the profits of the .eco initiative will be distributed to support environmental causes."

    Whoops! I misread! So, Dot Eco LLC will be shelling out for the gTLD and then donating a portion (not all!) of the profits it receives from licensing ECO domains. Still not worthwhile or in the least bit green, IMO!

  3. I've asked the question before if recycling actually causes pollution. Thanks for the answer.

    I suspect that the answer is rather complex and may vary according to the materials in question and the area in which you live. But, whatever, whether recycling is better for the environment than not recycling, it's certainly not as energy-efficient as it could be (do you now you many empty pop bottles get shipped all the way to China?). And, as Simon mentioned paper, here's something else to chew on.

  4. Definitely let the woman decide.

    So, do you think that men should be able to opt out of parenthood too? Let's say that Simon was to spend a couple of hours with a "lady of the night" who was to subsequently become pregnant. Because Simon is exceptionally wealthy, the hoochie momma sees him as a good meal ticket and, against his wishes, decides to have the baby. Is it right that, in such circumstances, Simon would have to be Dad (legally, anyway) and liable for 16+ years of child support? If women can opt of motherhood, should men not be able to opt out of fatherhood?

  5. Drop the weight. Did you know that for every extra 100 pounds in your car you lose 2% in fuel efficiency? Hop into that trunk or hatchback of yours and pull out all the extra junk. Leave the jack and the spare tire of course! That bag of workout clothing youve had sitting in the back for months and the empty picnic cooler can go.

    I've always thought that tubbies should be made to pay a premium for public transportation. I mean, if I have to pay extra to get my excess baggage onto a flight, why shouldn't they?

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  6. From another post:

    "The population is growing at a rate of 1.5 million per week. To put that number in perspective, in order to house all those people in a single place you'd need to build a city the size of Phoenix each and every week, or a city the size of New York every 5 weeks. Before the end of next month, the world's population will have increased by more than the current population of Sweden. Before the end of the year, it will have increased by more than the current population of the UK. Before the end of 2013, it will have increased by more than the current population of the US."

    >>The West is responsible for about 80% of the worlds CO2 increase. An average person living in Great Britain will in only 11 days emit as much CO2 as an average person in Bangladesh will during a whole year. And just a single power plant in West Yorkshire in Great Britain will produce more CO2 every year than all the 139 million people combined living in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique.<<

    But these are (rapidly) developing countries and it would a mistake to assume that their emissions will not increase substantially over the coming years.

    Population increase in undoubtedly one of the most serious challenges - possibly the most serious challenge - facing the planet.

  7. In an earlier post here in this topic I wrote that one reason against nuclear energy was the increasing temperatures:

    "And as the planet is warming up, is nuclear really a smart move?: Thirsty Nukes Can't Take the Heat and Climate change puts nuclear energy into hot water "

    Now look at this:

    France imports UK electricity as plants shut

    France is being forced to import electricity from Britain to cope with a summer heatwave that has helped to put a third of its nuclear power stations out of action.

    READ IT:

    That's simply a matter of design.

  8. Yep, pretty sad state of affairs but that is an accurate summation of the current value system that the current

    crop of judges live by.

    Actually, it has little to do with the judges:

    Under federal law, the recording companies are entitled to $750 to $30,000 per infringement but the law allows the jury to raise that to as much as $150,000 per track if it finds the infringements were willful. The jury decided on $80,000 per song.

    While most people would probably agree that the RIAA is entitled to protect the interests of its artists, hitting (mainly) kids whith such extreme penalties seems exceptionally unfair and nonsensical.

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