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People-Seeds

There’s a guy. He lives next to a farm. The farm was constructed and developed a short time after he moves into this house. The company that this farm is propagated by a unique flowering plant grown in only specific areas. The specification of where to grow this plant is largely influenced by wind patterns.

Why?

Because this plant, as you’d have it, happens to produce millions of microscopic seeds. Once the seed is conjoined with some particular fabrics and surfaces, a baby is produced. In this case, carpeting has been found to be one of the more “fertile” combining forms for the people-seeds.

Well, this guy, who lives near the farm, doesn’t care for the idea of having to raise a baby because of a misplaced seed. He buys designer-specific screens, which have a 99.9% success rate of limiting seeds through the special mesh.

Because everyone enjoys a nice breeze (especially during the summertime,) this man opens his windows frequently. He has no problems with seeds coming through the screens, as the screen company promised.

Unfortunately, one night, a small tear in one of the screens allows one single and microscopic seed through.

The next day, the man wakes up, after feeling refreshed from the airflow throughout his house, only to find that there’s a baby being developed on his living room floor.

Is the man responsible for the seed-baby?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…are you talking about condoms?

Well the house shouldn’t have to take care of it alone. That’s the price the man pays for enjoying the breeze.

No.

Is this like a trippy metaphor for abortion/protection?

hmmm, that depends: do these 99.9% effective screens get used by millions of people everyday? Is a million greater than or less than 1000? Does the man understand basic probability?

[quote]rcfromdb wrote:
Well the house shouldn’t have to take care of it alone. That’s the price the man pays for enjoying the breeze.[/quote]

Even when this man took the most available precautions to avoid the letting of seeds into his home?

And is this criteria enough to prohibit others, who live near similar farms, from enjoying a nice gentle (or gusty) airflow? At what point is the arbitrary line drawn… when there is no greater precaution he could have made for seed prevention?

So women are essentially inanimate, and birth control is the sole responsibility of men? That’s kind of a crappy metaphor.

[quote]DeadPunk wrote:
hmmm, that depends: do these 99.9% effective screens get used by millions of people everyday? Is a million greater than or less than 1000? Does the man understand basic probability?[/quote]

Sure, but you are misconstruing the percentiles here. There is a 99.9% success rate of allowing NO seeds into the home - NOT the disallowing of 99.9% of seeds into the home.

[quote]SSC wrote:
There’s a guy. He lives next to a farm. The farm was constructed and developed a short time after he moves into this house. The company that this farm is propagated by a unique flowering plant grown in only specific areas. The specification of where to grow this plant is largely influenced by wind patterns.

Why?

Because this plant, as you’d have it, happens to produce millions of microscopic seeds. Once the seed is conjoined with some particular fabrics and surfaces, a baby is produced. In this case, carpeting has been found to be one of the more “fertile” combining forms for the people-seeds.

Well, this guy, who lives near the farm, doesn’t care for the idea of having to raise a baby because of a misplaced seed. He buys designer-specific screens, which have a 99.9% success rate of limiting seeds through the special mesh.

Because everyone enjoys a nice breeze (especially during the summertime,) this man opens his windows frequently. He has no problems with seeds coming through the screens, as the screen company promised.

Unfortunately, one night, a small tear in one of the screens allows one single and microscopic seed through.

The next day, the man wakes up, after feeling refreshed from the airflow throughout his house, only to find that there’s a baby being developed on his living room floor.

Is the man responsible for the seed-baby?[/quote]

yup. that’s the breaks. that’s the breaks.

[quote]SSC wrote:
rcfromdb wrote:
Well the house shouldn’t have to take care of it alone. That’s the price the man pays for enjoying the breeze.

Even when this man took the most available precautions to avoid the letting of seeds into his home?

And is this criteria enough to prohibit others, who live near similar farms, from enjoying a nice gentle (or gusty) airflow? At what point is the arbitrary line drawn… when there is no greater precaution he could have made for seed prevention?[/quote]

Any and all damages that may occur as a result of the farm are the farm’s responsibility. This is a tort law, no? (If but not for the farm, there would be no special seeds blowing in the wind). In a similar manner fasion, owners/contractors of construction sites are liable for damages resulting from construction dust (screens are usually mandated), companies and gov’t bodies (eg. municipal dumps) that pollute water supplies are responsible for damages incurred from polluted waters even if someone’s well has a special filter on it.

The screen manufacturer is not liable given the ‘facts’ of the original post (IMO) because ITS product states that it is NOT 100% effective.

At minimum, the man has at least the beginnings of a case against the farm, especially since the farm (or at least that particular seed production) began after the person’s residence at the location. There are so many variables that may not have been mentioned in the OP.

[quote]Ronsauce wrote:
So women are essentially inanimate, and birth control is the sole responsibility of men? That’s kind of a crappy metaphor.[/quote]

QFT

you should hit the farm and tell it to go make you a sandwich.

[quote]SSC wrote:
At what point is the arbitrary line drawn… when there is no greater precaution he could have made for seed prevention?[/quote]

Keep the windows closed.

Should have invested in central air/heating.

Sounds like someone is a new baby daddy.

Judith Jarvis Thompson

[quote]SSC wrote:
Is the man responsible for the seed-baby?[/quote]

Yes. He should have kept his windows shut if he wasn’t prepared to be responsible. He’s an adult. He knows the risks.

go manny pacquiao!!!

Do what I did, remove all the farmland and enjoy the breeze (vasectomy)

Weed killer.