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BP and US Government Regulators were Accomplices
The following are excerpts from a news story that details a laundry list of facts that show BP and US Government Regulators acting as accomplices in a series of safety violations that combined to reach a tipping point, leading to the worst oil spill in history and a thoroughly incompetent response to it:
[Originally posted on my personal blog at muralikd.blogspot.com, June 06, 2010]
There's an interesting article in Washington Post that discusses the nuances and history of Mormon polygamy. I found the comments below it sufficiently compelling to respond. I'm reproducing here what I said there:
All this talk about what the religion or the sect says is a red herring in my view. The only issue is what is legal, and what should be illegal.
The core problem with this incident and others before it isn't whether polygamy is or should be legal.
* The problem is adults having sex with children *
* The problem is _systemic_ RAPE of children. *
No society should condone in any form sex with children.
Polygamy, Polyandry, Polyamory, Bigamy and any kind of sexual union between *consenting adults* is not the issue, and shouldn't be illegal in the first place.
The problem is that laws exist on books in several US states that make these various kinds of sexual activity illegal - including fellatio and sodomy - even between consenting adults.