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100 years after Alan Turing's death

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  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    Alan Turing is known as the father of modern computing. He was a mathematician, a code breaker during WWII, and one of the few men responsible for modern computers and software in the form it's in today. Turing died from cyanide poisoning a few years after he was stripped of his honor and government clearance when he was charged with homosexual crimes, back when the U.K. had such acts illegal. He was sentenced to undergo hormone therapy replacement, instead of jail time, in order to 'slow down his libido'. What a crime against humanity. Turing was undeniably a genius. And he died so young under such sketchy circumstances. They can't say for sure if he committed suicide or not. Some close to him claim it was an accident. Others say he was re-creating the scene of Snow White by eating an apple laced with cyanide, as that was his favorite fairy tale. Either way, I think its a safe bet to blame some of the reason on his sexual conviction. And, for that, close-minded people should be ashamed. I hope this serves as a guide post of why its wrong to discriminate against victim-less acts of sexual exploration.

    At any rate, check out the video of Turing posted on the main page here on DHub. He was more than just a cautionary tale of discrimination; he was a genius. And, a few days ago marks the 100th anniversary of his untimely passing.
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    I think you've got your maths a little off. He died June 7, 1954, a little away from your hundred years. 23 June 2012 was the centenary of his birth, though. Many things have been illegal over the years, and in our more enlightned times are accepted. Or the other way round. Homosexuality has, at times, been punishable by death, and still is in some countries. They need to join the 21st century. The fact that he was given a Royal Pardon today (23 Dec, 2013) beggars belief, suggesting he was doing something wrong. The UK needs to change its legaleese. It should be more like a Royal Apology in some of these cases.

    You are right, though, he was a genius. Is that word strong enough?
  • Center Left
    Independent
    Denton, TX
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    I never understood how that is suppose to work. Posthumously pardoning someone. Exactly what is that suppose to accomplish? It always seems like a PR stunt to me. And if weed is legalized, do we then pardon all the people who are jailed or facing fines for possession of marijuana?
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Posthumous pardons and posthumous awards don't do much for the recepient, but are fine if it makes the family feel good. And many times it does.

    Speaking of homosexuality laws did anyone see what Uganda did last week?

    Ugandan lawmakers passed a bill making some homosexual acts punishable by lifetime imprisonment. The original bill had the death penalty, so this bill could be worse. Guilty of conducting a marriage ceremony for gays is a 7 year sentence.

    It's not law, because the prez has not yet signed it, and may not.

    38 African countries (70%) criminalize homosexual activity. As bad as things are and have been in America, we look good by comparison. All the people in the media criticizing the Duck guys comments should be asked what they think about Uganda.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    ....and Utah is our next state legalizing and recognizing gay marriage..............who's next? I think we have 17 states now. Where does the Duckster live?
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    The Duckster and his gang live in Louisiana I think.

    Come to think of it, I would be interested in what Mr Robertson thinks about the situation in Uganda, too.

    Yes, I thought Utah would be the last state to allow gay marriage. Texas or some other southern state may be the last.
  • Liberal
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    Utah hasn't exactly legalized it a judge did and the state of Utah is appealing. After all if gays can marry what's next - a woman can have more than one husband?

    Goes against all of the Mormon's beliefs. Everyone knows that only a man and a woman (or several women) can be married in Gods eyes! Which brings up the question "Does God have eyes, and if so why does God need eyes?"
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    pr Wrote: Utah hasn't exactly legalized it a judge did and the state of Utah is appealing. After all if gays can marry what's next - a woman can have more than one husband?

    Goes against all of the Mormon's beliefs. Everyone knows that only a man and a woman (or several women) can be married in Gods eyes! Which brings up the question "Does God have eyes, and if so why does God need eyes?"
    Sure "he" bought; (but cancelled the buy; his credit card had run out; or got as X-Mas present) a Bauch and Lomb binoculars, otherwise "he" was not able to "see" earth, let alone the human specks (only the Dallas Cowboys Stadium and Grand Canyon) "He" just had his catarac,s corrected by a laser setup in Jupiter. "he" mailed me back and said he did not notice any difference; all humans did look like a bunch of ants crowling around in tin cans.