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  1. Our laws are pretty messed up here as well. There's no room for escalation of violence: no brandishing a weapon to deter an intruder, no warning shots, no rocksalt/beanbag shells, no shoot to wound. The legal precedent is that it is better to kill the intruder than it is to compel them to leave through escalation of violence, which I think is a problem I can see the reasoning behind states with a "duty to retreat" law, even though an intruder is violating your property and space, human life is valuable so you should retreat when possible and let law enforcement bring justice to you. That intruder could be someone looking to do you harm, or just desperate for money, or maybe they are just drunk and went to the wrong house. That being said, I don't agree with those laws being in place because there can bea myriad of reasons why retreating could have been a worse option than standing your ground, so I'd rather err on the side of allowing the homeowner more leeway to defend themselves. Now imagine that instead of your house being violated, it's your body (ie rape).
  2. 1. Who cares what the Europeans think? They do not determine what we should do as a country. But I'll entertain that line of reasoning. 2. Don't cherry pick the European laws because context matters. I'll take your word that the Europeans are more stringent on abortion. But they also have extensive paid maternity leave and access to healthcare as part of their citizenship. So that mother and child have a much more generous social safety net provided to them by the government than what exists in the US. Meanwhile in the US a childbirth easily costs thousands of dollars, and there is no mandatory paid maternity leave. The euros probably consider our healthcare system as a whole barbaric... 3. I'd wager most pro choice people are against 3rd trimester abortions, and probably would be okay with restrictions in the 2nd trimester. But that's not what's being debated or being put into law 4. The notion that we have a ruling class in the US is a tragedy, and points to our country failing to live up to it's ideals. And the abortion issue seems to be a ploy to energize the Republican base and maintain power for powers sake. The sad part is that for the wealthy or the "ruling class", the pro life laws just don't matter if they put a member of their family decides an abortion is appropriate for them.
  3. There isn't always a choice/decision to have sex (rape). And many of the laws passed or queued up don't have exceptions for rape. "If the woman was raped, her body would know and reject the baby and prevent her from getting pregnant..."
  4. There's a long standing supreme court precedent that abortion is legal...
  5. Probably my posts you're thinking of, so I'll bite. The religious argument tends to be the loudest for pro-life, so that's the example I used. I also consider myself religious, and think life is precious and starts early, but life is messy and I can see situations where an abortion might be reasonable. But that decision is between that woman making that choice and God. On the flip side, supporting pro-choice tends to be portrayed as supporting killing the baby right up until birth, which I'd say is also an unfair generalization. I'm not trying to paint all pro-lifers as religious zealots. One could be prolife because it's just what they believe for whatever reason, and that's okay. If that's what you believe, then don't get an abortion, and you are free to not have to associate with those that choose to do so. But there are people that take a hard line and say there should be no exceptions whatsoever. But that subjects a woman to a year of her life (the impacts to the mother don't stop at birth...) where she is no longer free to make choices about what she does, and not just from a keeping the baby question. What she eats or drinks, the activities she can and can't do, the medicines she can or can't take to treat her medical conditions, etc. She also incurs costs, from clothes to extra medical copays/medications to transportation. Like you point out, in practice it's messy, and it's hard to draw a line. One issue is that several states either have laws on the books but not enforced or trigger laws to go into effect to effectively ban abortion as soon as Roe gets repealed, so for many people the court decision will have an a immediate effect. The problem is the lives of the mother and baby are tied together, and they both affect each other. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. The point life begins is a gray area at best and open to interpretation and context. And since the decision someone else makes to have or not have an abortion doesn't directly affect me, I'd rather not have laws that limit their decisions, even if I don't agree with their decision.
  6. That unborn baby also infringes in the rights of the mother, and physically drains the mother for resources in order to grow, and can cause adverse health impacts on the mother. If you were faced with the decision to save either her or the unborn baby, which would you choose? It's a choice with no good or right answer.
  7. Welfare benefits are not societal pressure to keep a baby vs giving it up for adoption It comes down to social norms that provide that pressure. I'll admit that that pressure changes based on who your peer group is and what type friends/family believe in and value. I'd say most church goers (and probably most people that consider themselves religious, particularly Abrahamic religions) consider a baby to be a gift from God, and that life is precious and to be celebrated. If you told people in that group you have up your kid for adoption (or considering it), you'd be sure to get a lot of questions on why, and be regaled with stories of the joys of parenthood and that you should give it a chance. Maybe if your were poor/not well off, people might understand. But if you were well off and just didn't want the baby, you'd be looked down upon or pushed out from your social group. I had my first kid last year. My unit was supportive, between paternity leave, time off to support Mom and baby, encouragement from other dad's in the unit, and some small thoughtful gifts. If I had come back and said "nah, we decided to give up the kid for adoption" it'd raise several eyebrows and question, especially as a lt col select on the bonus who could "afford" to raise a kid. I know my parents and in-laws also would've gone WTF if I gave up my kid for adoption. "Don't have sex unless you're willing to have a baby" really means " don't have sex unless you're willing to RAISE a baby." Because giving up that kid would be seen as a selfish act at best, and why should taxpayers have to pay to support foster care ("don't have kids unless you can afford to raise them")? Adoption, just like abortion, is a very personal decision that people will judge and second guess you on
  8. Yes, because the government has removed decisions from the mother, so the government shares at least partial blame and responsibility for that child. Already can't get an abortion in Texas, so that is a valid scenario already. And there's significant societal pressure to try and raise the baby instead of giving it up for adoption. Not to mention that there's a physiological and emotional bond created at birth between mother and child, which will make it harder for that mother to give up the kid, even if that was the plan. Then there's also the post partum physiological/hormonal changes, which could also lead to depression. Childbirth is literally a significant emotional event, and people don't always make the best decisions while in that vulnerable emotional state. There's also the possibility of a miscarriage or still birth, which can also cause significant health problems for the mother. Should that be considered manslaughter? What if the mother was doing coke/boozing/smoking during pregnancy? Does she have an obligation to stop doing those things and living her life the way she wants to? What if she couldn't afford meds to control preeclampsia or gestational diabetes, resulting in the loss of the baby? Or just had bad luck? Oh, and maternal death by placental abruption is also another option. Especially if they don't have healthcare access and have undiagnosed placental previa and attempt a natural birth. Though there's a chance the infant could survive, so I guess this doesn't matter since they can be adopted or placed into foster care
  9. A woman could be trying to have a baby and an abortion may be the right course of action. For example, an ectopic pregnancy. This could kill (and depending on where the placenta attaches, kill with a very high pk) the mother even though the embryo is not viable by any means. Preeclampsia/eclampsia with excessive blood pressures, potential cardiovascular damage and potential seizures/coma. Access to good healthcare and medication can help temper the symptoms in many cases, but the only way it's stopped is if the baby is born or the pregnancy terminated. Plus, even with contraception, there is still a chance of pregnancy. Condoms are 98% effective with perfect use, but in actual practice is closer to 85% effective. This issue doesn't have an easy answer. Yes, I'd rather there be no abortions. But there's enough cases where it may be the most rational thing to do (if the mother is at high risk for death due to pregnancy, should it be continued? What if she had 2 kids already, should those kids risk growing up without their mom? What if she was raped, should she be forced to give birth, and if so, who is responsible for raising that child?). Point is, it's a very individual decision. And their decision doesn't directly affect me in any way. So despite believing women shouldn't get abortions except in rare circumstances, I don't believe the state should have the authority to make that decision for a woman, as it impinges on their right to pursue life/liberty/happiness.
  10. So how we as a country (or states) deal with pregnancy due to rape? No choice is made there by the woman, and states are paying laws that outright ban abortion for any reason. Who pays for medical care for the mother-to-be in that case, both during pregnancy and during post partum? Should she have to bear that cost on her own? Or pregnancies that endanger the mother?
  11. I don't know why they made a big deal about masking line numbers. You can just look at promotion month and essentially get an officers relative order of merit to within 8%
  12. And just to add, if you're 1APZ your year group is now the one you promoted with, not the one you commissioned with
  13. That's great of you have the money to pay for that place of development. Also, it requires stable requirements to specify the x/y/z, and that usually takes 1-2 years, since that analysis also takes time and money. It's basically what the AF did with the NGAD prototype, and was able to accelerate the development significantly
  14. I agree that trade is important. But so long as industry stabilizes post conflict, I'd bet most businesses don't care who's in charge of a country, so long as money and goods keep moving. I think what NATO is doing now (providing and and supplies) is a good response. I don't think direct military involvement is in our interests, because Ukraine is NOT an ally Nora NATO member, just a country with some aligned interests (mainly screw Russia and their influence)
  15. We don't really care about sovereignty. We care about maintaining our influence on the world, and one good way to do that is to ensure foreign governments are friendly toward our interests (and not Russian or Chinese interests). This includes supporting/working with authoritarian governments, so long as they continue to act in our interests (sure, we'll encourage democracy and human rights etc, but that comes second after maintaining our national interests/influence in the region). There's no way that Ukraine is a litmus test for Poland: one is a NATO member and one is not, and the reaction is (appropriately) different. The one good thing in all this is it's woken many NATO states up to the fact that Russia is still in fact a threat to their existence, and that they need to find their defense.
  16. PCMR only happens with off station missions greater than a day, and measured in hours. So flying over the weekend wouldn't get you any real benefit. If AMC didn't have PMCR, there'd be nothing to keep (strat air) crews from being continually on the road so long as they are current. 4 days of PCMR sounds awesome after a 2 week TDY. But when you start seeing that the only time you're home is during PMCR, it gets old since you're taking care of all your personal life stuff during that short window as well, and that window changes as the mission changes so it's hard to make any real plans.
  17. Agree it's great discussion! One of the limitations of the AF safety system is it looks to assign blame (even though it's always talked about as not assigning blame, labeling factors as causal and contributing assigns blame). It looks for what went wrong and establishes a chain of events leading to a mishap, and that one individual can break the mishap chain. That approach is fine for all individual chain of events, but largely misses problems that tend to not consist of individuals (i.e. organizational problems). Another safety paradigm that is starting to gain some traction is to look for what goes right rather than what went wrong ("safety II" if you want to read more into it). Basically, any system is prone to errors that could lead to mishaps, but the people in the system make small corrections that together keep the system safe. So for this mishap, we would expect a competent pilot to recognize that TOGA was inadvertently engaged, and to reconfigure the flight director and recover from any spatial disorientation by transiting to their instruments. Post flight, the pilot could fill out an ASAP documenting inadvertent TOGA, which could initiate a trend leading to a cockpit redesign or procedure change if it's determined that inadvertent TOGA is a frequently realized hazard/issue. Alternatively, FOQA analysis could see inadvertent TOGA trends. We'd also see that pilot hiring relies on accurate job history. Generally, pilots will be truthful on their resume since if they aren't and are caught, they'll be blacklisted from that airline. But without a system like a fully implemented PRIA program, it trusts pilots to be honest or airline HRs to do a lot of digging into applicants to verify employment. It's something we take for granted in the AF, since we have our FEF that follows us every time we change assignments that documents our history. (Sidebar- is the AMC philosophy of Q3/Q1 to "document" a deviation that in ACC might be a "there I was" lessons learned brief to the sq good or bad?)
  18. The dude sucked, but if that's where you leave it, it opens the door for this kind of thing to happen again. Getting after the "why" the pilot sucked is the more important and harder question to answer to prevent something like this from happening again. They were flying in an environment that is regulated and controlled: there are supposed to be several players of safeguards to remove bad pilots from flying (for an air transport carrier) and being a danger to the public. Poor sq or company culture can be a factor (i.e. IPs/EPs/LCAs not holding the standard), and that needs to be examined and fixed if needed as well. Things like FOQA and ASAP are important as well to identify issues before they become problems, whether it's bad operational procedures/guidance or poor aircraft design. I don't think anyone would argue the mishap copilot doesn't deserve blame, but there's a lot of blame that is deserved elsewhere as well.
  19. Most likely yes but below the line as a MEP
  20. Assuming finance and/or DFAS don't mess it up... I took the 100k upfront (AD 11M) and none of my 3 bonus payments so far have been right.
  21. You can decline the promotion if you make the list, but not sure why you would want to do so. Declining your promotion doesn't remove you from the promotion list in of itself. You still were selected for promotion, so it declining doesn't count as a "non-select" that board, so you'd still meet at least 2 more boards before you could be separated based on non selection to major. So the timeline to getting out is the same as pinning on, but you just get paid less during that time you have remaining in the AF.
  22. Then you owe 4-5 years of service (and may not have any college debt if you go academy or get a ROTC scholarship). Similar commitment if you enlist in a guard unit to try and improve your chances getting hired there. If it's something you want to do, work hard to build a competitive package whichever route you want to go. Do well academically in HS, competitive athletics, find leadership opportunities, etc.
  23. The US and the UN have and continue to ignore genocide. China and the Uyghurs are probably the one that gets the most attention. But guess who also has nuclear weapons and a seat on the UNSC... There's also Burma and the CAR. And NATO seems to continue to need to reign in Turkey from killing Kurds.
  24. I doubt anyone now would claim the KC-46 program is a success story-lots of lessons learned that will hopefully be allowed to the future (though I wouldn't hold my breath). I'm surprised no one got fired for it (though former asst secretary for acquisition Druyun did end up going to jail for a few months for corruption, since she personally benefited significantly from the tanker lease debacle). That being said, the KC-46 is flying operational missions now. Hopefully the program follows the trajectory of the C-17 program: troubled program that overcame significant design problems and threats of program cancellation due to performance deficiencies (some of which still exist to this day and likely will never be fixed) that eventually became the backbone of the mobility fleet. For KC-46, I guess we'll know in a few years when/if the RVS gets fixed.
  25. Yes, as well as argue that portions of the data are proprietary and not deliverable as part of the contract. Cases already going to court on data rights issues. They'll also lobby Congress that the AF should use the traditional primes due to their experience in defense contracting and the number of jobs they bring to congressional districts, rather than using smaller companies that may have traditionally been subcontractors. The other piece to making this work is that the AF has to invest in it's engineering capabilities if we want to be the lead on integrating technology/capability on our jets rather than contracting it out. A challenge is how to recruit and retain the AF (or GS) engineering talent, when the party is better working in industry. I know I made more as an engineering intern at a defense contractor than I did as an LT, and didn't achieve pay parity on the job offer I got at the end of my internship until I was a major.
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