Skepchick Quickies 5.12


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. Ok, I was reading along with the quake story… and then saw the dude who made the dire prediction died in 1979.

    Really? Predicted something to happen 32 years after his death, that can rarely be predicted 32 minutes in the future?

    My only solace is that it is apparently not just Americans who are hideously ignorant.

  2. Not that it makes it less stupid. But the legal wording of the memo does distinguish between persons and animals (non-human animals).

    Still just as stupid as the law the overruled marriage.

    1. “the legal wording of the memo does distinguish between persons and animals”

      Apparently pointing this out means you don’t have a sense of humor. Or so I’ve been told.

      1. Oh no, it actually adds to the humor. You have to look at how they define “animal”: 828.02?Definitions.—In this chapter, and in every law of the state relating to or in any way affecting animals, the word “animal” shall be held to include every living dumb creature;

        Done laughing? Okay, I’ll give you a minute.

        Alright. First of all, having sex with (or beating) a dead horse will still be legal, as it’s not living. As for the “dumb” part, if they mean animals that can’t speak (the clearest definition), then sex with various species of birds which are capable of speech is still A-okay.

        If they mean “dumb” as in “stupid,” then they’ve just banned a ton of humans from procreating. If they mean non-sentient or non-sapient, then there are still some non-human animals that qualify.

        They’ll probably go with the “can’t speak” interpretation, as sex with parrots isn’t particularly popular, but I kind of hope someone will try this defense in court.

      2. Infophile did a pretty decent job of pointing out that the “definition” makes the whole thing worse, not better. They would’ve been far better off simply forbidding “sexual contact between a human and non-human animal [list exceptions].” But that would’ve been acknowledging that we are animals, scientifically, and Republicans hate getting that science stuff on them.

  3. In the first place, I had no idea that bestiality was so rampant in Florida that it required regulatory interference. I mean it must be to take the time and effort to draft this legislation, discuss it and vote on it, right?

    Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy can all rest easier, whew!

  4. I went to the Sox game yesterday, and while Lackey was getting shelled in the 7th, the PA announcer said “Osama has left the building”, and everyone else left too.

  5. Uh-oh. Feel another Red Dwarf quote coming on… (3rd in 2 days.) “We’ll always have Parrot’s.”

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