How to Fix the Gay Marriage Debate, and All Other Legal Problems Related to Marriage and Divorce, All At Once

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How to Fix the Gay Marriage Debate, and All Other Legal Problems Related to Marriage and Divorce, All At Once

The government is now deeply involved in the process of people getting into and out of marriages, but this was not always so. Marriage is simply an agreement — a contact — between at least two people. Or a person and a toaster, perhaps, for that doesn’t really hurt any of us, now, does it?

Churches do lots of weddings, and they’re used to this role. They can keep doing it the same way they have been, except for parts which involve government. Churches could issue marriage licenses; we don’t need the state doing it.

Now, of course, people shouldn’t be required to be religious, or pretend to be, to get married. Any organization or individual could issue marriage licenses. For that matter, we could simply have official recognition of people’s relationship statuses on Facebook.

Yes, I mean that. Why not?

It used to be really simple. There’s no good reason for it to have become so complicated. Let’s fix that, with separation of marriage and the state.

Now, at the same time, we will need to change certain other things. Right now, the state encourages people to marry, with varying tax rates for married and single people. I contend that this is not a proper role for the state. There should be no reward for marrying, nor should there be any kind of penalty. They’re our marriages, not the government’s. Government should simply have stayed out of such matters, and should get out of them now.

The Mathematical and Linguistic Inaccuracy of Strip Club Advertising

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The Mathematical Inaccuracy of Strip Club Advertising

Of all the signs used to advertise strip clubs, the one that is most familiar, and most recognizable, is the type you see here — just one I picked, of many like it, from the results of a Google image-search.

It’s also mathematically inaccurate. “Girls” are, by definition, human female children. Any strip club, in any developed country, that actually had real girls stripping would quickly be closed down by the authorities, and rightly so. Where I live (Arkansas, in the USA), strip clubs do not hire performers who are younger than age 18, and that means that, legally, these strippers are adults.

Adult human females are, of course, properly called “women,” not “girls.” Therefore, these signs, seen on strip clubs all over the place, should actually say “WOMEN WOMEN WOMEN,” not “GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS.”

This may not be what most other people think about when they’re driving around, and see strip club advertising, but both mathematical and linguistic inaccuracy bother me — a lot.

The 43rd Stellation of the Snub Dodecahedron

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The 43rd Stellation of the Snub Dodecahedron

It can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between kites and rhombi. In this case, the edges between rhombi which meet five at a vertex are slightly shorter than the other types of edges here, making the yellow faces here, of which there are sixty, kites. The blue equilateral triangles are twenty in number.

Software credit: visit http://www.software3d.com/stella.php for more information on the program used to make this rotating image. A free trial download is available.

Zonohedron Featuring 870 Rhombic Faces of 15 Types

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Zonohedron Featuring 870 Rhombic Faces of 15 Types

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The Thirtieth Stellation of the Great Rhombicosidodecahedron

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The Thirtieth Stellation of the Great Rhombicosidodecahedron

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Thirty-Two Truncated Icosahedra, Clustered Around a Much Larger Icosidodecahedron

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Thirty-Two Truncated Icosahedra, Clustered Around a Much Larger Icosidodecahedron

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