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Skepchick Quickies 10.26

Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. I would say that praying for your neighbor probably would make you less likely to commit a crime against them, since pretty much any positive thought about someone will do that. However, it is the thought of “How can I do something for my neighbor?” that leads to helping your neighbor, and if you believe in the power of prayer I would think that the aforementioned thought would have to happen before you would think to pray for them, rather than the other way around.

  2. That Scalzi article is brilliant and so are many of the comments.

    I particularly liked this one from Peter Cibulskis

    “3 out of 100 got to prison. And we spend our time and money instead on the “War on Drugs.”
    Could we spend all of that money on fighting the “War Against Rape” instead?”

  3. Technically the Air Force lady never Enlisted. This woman was an Officer, not Enlisted. There’s a huge difference there because you enlist straight our of High School. The Military really, really, really does not want single parents to Enlist because single parents just out of high school are by definition teen parents.

    This means everyone who goes through a recruiter’s office knows that single parents are not allowed, no exceptions. Pregnant the day after Basic ends is fine. The kid gets full benefits, you get access to institutional support a parent-soldier has, etc. Pregnant the day before and you’re hosed. No military career. Nothing.

    Edmonds got that lecture when she signed up for ROTC 18, but cadets don’t officially join until they graduate college at 22, and she only missed the official deadline by a few months. She probably figured that if she got to the ceremony nobody would be able to call her on it.

    She seems to have been part right. Technically she didn’t get canned for being an unwed mother, she got canned for not putting her pregnancy on her paperwork. All the discussion of abortion and adoption is in the context of things she could have done if she had kept that paperwork up-to-date and somebody had freaked out about her being an unwed mother.

    BTW, media stories you remember from the depths of the Iraq war where recruiters were lying on paperwork all the time are very out-dated. I’ve been trying to join for months, and everybody emphasizes that if you do what this woman did and “forget” a fact that the military would be interested in on your paperwork it will bite you on the ass sooner or later.

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