The gay marriage “slippery slope” merchant

I think what bothers me most about people who use the “slippery slope” argument against gay marriage is they always say it’ll lead to people marrying dogs or cars.

Thing is, I find the underlying mindset disturbing more than the fact they’re making the argument. Cars aren’t alive. Dogs are incapable of providing informed consent. Neither are legally resposible for themselves, recognised as sovereign entities. The underlying mindset seems to be that marriage is something that you do to others, wether consentual or not. It seems to cry “I beleive marriage is an act of violence” first, arguably worse than the explicit text that they only beleive it should be commited against the opposite sex.

Or given the context, perhaps that should be the opposing sex.

It screams, “When I marry someone, they are my property”. My object. My slave. My Husband. My wife. My dog. My Car. Mine.

Maybe it’s actually the frequent use of the word “partner” they object to.

Maybe AV wasn’t the answer?

At the time, the alternate-vote seemed like the best option for getting us out of the usual two-party politics in the UK. It’s not a common system, but it is used elsewhere.  Australia was used as the main example of a western modern nation that used it for electing their representatives.

And now they have Tony Abbot in power. A man who sounds like yet another example of someone more Disney Villain than politician on the world stage. A man who won the election and mere days later had an approval rating of what? 20%? A man who is literally pushing to destroy the Great Barrier Reef in order for coal and oil freighters to get easier access to a port. Whose track record over gender and sexual equality sounds like someone doing donuts in a pig stye.

AV was sold under the idea that it’d undermine tactical voting, protest voting, and allow election of those the majority of people didn’t mind having. Australia seems to have undermined that idea with their current PM.

Am I missing something here? Was there an unmentioned way of exploiting the AV style system? Is it not used in the main elections of Australia and only in some lesser ones?

Know that you know nothing

Love the self-proclaimed internet intellectuals who on one hand laugh themselves sick at “idiots” who don’t know the sun is a star but will on the other hand righteously demand that The Pill should “just work” for guys instead, because there’s no way it could be a complex biochemical problem to solve.

Apparently you get instant garunteed results if you just throw enough magic Science -juice at a problem.

Sun and warmth helps productivty.


Large ammount of scrap cleared out, several projects progressed, progress made on outstanding orders.

Due to the delays caused by this recent state, I think I’ll be offering a discount to those affected by way of an apology.

Resource lines


Above is a picture I drew a few years back to illustrate the concept of “Kit Lines” (*); the conceptual layers of equipment a prepared person might arrange for themselves (**).


Over time, I’ve come to realise that kit/equipment is just a facet of a wider range of things this conceptually covers. Calling them kit-lines reinforces the image of it being about what tools you can equip yourself with. What it is actually about is what resources are available to you, categorised by their inherent seperation from you. They are resource-lines, the concept of the supply and support line combined and re-compartmentalised.

Reinterpretting the original definitons for this idea, you get:

Line 1; “Worn” – Those resources which you have with you at all times. Your clothing, accessories.

Line 2; “Carried” – Those items you might pick up if leaving the house briefly. Keyring, wallet, mobile phone.. anything you might have ready access to.

Line 3; “Packed” – Packed gets into the resources requiring an extra layer of storage, a bag of some sort, for you to take it with you. Most survival-kits, camping gear, anything in your vehicle.

Line 4; “Embedded” – Items that require a non-trivial amount of effort to relocate. Difficult to take them with you. Your furniture, PC, bed, most household possesions, workshop contents, food garden, etc.

Line 5; “Residential” – Your home itself, the roads and services that supply your area. These items are essentially imobile. You have to be in the same place as them to access them. Can also include friends and aquaintences, as they’re also location-specific, even if only in conceptual communication-spaces.

Line 6; “Communal” – Essentially omnipresent resources, available in almost all locations. Bit harder to define, but could include the Internet, generic medicines, air, the economy, national government, public transport systems and so on.


These lines act not as a list of essentials, but a way to conceptualise the resources available to you as well as their possible vulnerabilities. You may have a lot of resources at Line 4, but if you loose line 5 you may loose it all with it.

Again, there are dependancies between the various lines, not all of them standard. 5 may effect 4, but 3 may not effect 2. It all depends on the specifics of your own resource arrangements. Loss of medicines on Line 6 might not cause a big problem for some, but loss of national government might take out Line 5 entirely.

It’s a convenient mental tool for visualising your personal resilience. YMMV.


The unstated item in this list though is the conceptual “Resource Line Zero”. That is YOU. You exist at the center of the diagram, and even when all the other layers of resources are peeled away, there’s still you. Line Zero is your inherent skills, your health and fittness, etc. Line Zero is what you would have if dumped naked on a desert island. All others are external constructions.



(*) The “Kit” concept was originally put to me through Sean Kennedy’s work on Rant Radio, and had a rather survivalist bent. It also reinforced many peoples bad habit of buying equipment and being reassured by having it, rather than learning how to use it. It became another game of bigger and better ownership.

(**) The website I drew it for was, which while still up is essentially lifeless. It was a good concept, but killed by over-engineering. There was simply too great a bulk of website created for a small userbase to maintain, and as a result the users there felt inaffective and dwindled away. A handful of people stumbling around inside a gargantuan mansion, unable to find anything.