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kengr
Dec. 17th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
Marriage conveys a lot of rights and privileges that are hard to get otherwise. Even when people have legal contracts drawn up to cover things, or even have domestic partnerships, the rights often get ignored because they don't have the magic phrase "we're married"

Things like inheriting from your partner without their family being able to just take everything (I know someone in CA who had to lie to the Sheriff's deputy whop was sent out to her place to collect her dead domestic partner's belongings for the partners family (who'd had no use for the partner for years, they'd just filed for a court order to keep my friend for having the stuff).

Sure, under CA law, the court order should never have been issued. Because she *did* have right of inheritance. But by the time she'd be able to argue it in court the dead partner's asshole family would have had the stuff and been able to trash it. So she lied to the deputy and claimed everything as hers. (and later sent a note to the sheriff's dept and the city and county pointing out the law that said they shouldn't have issued the order nor tried to enforce it)

Then there's stuff like being able to make medical decisions for your spouse, and a host of other things. As I recall, there are over 2000 rights married folks have that unmarried folks either can't get at all or require lots of legal paperwork for (which can *still* be ignored as in the case of the lesbian couple vacationing in Florida where the one partner got sick and the other partner wasn't allowed to see her *in spite* of things like a binding medical power of attorney document. Yeah, she's taken them to court, But it's been over a year since her partner died and the courts aren't done yet...)
fayanora
Dec. 18th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
That's sad. :-(
kengr
Dec. 17th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
00:08:59: Also, DSRM sucks. When I buy something, I want to OWN it, not rent it. DIE DSRM DIE!!!

That's DRM (Digital Rights Management).

# 00:27:07: Oookay. o_O http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/em01h/how_i_got_an_uncooperative_ebay_buyer_to_pay_for/
# 00:27:50: Funny, but she should have just complained to eBay. I'm pretty sure winning a bid on eBay is a binding contract & you MUST pay.


Not exactly. The buyer can claim all sorts of things and ebay has a rep for being seller unfriendly about that sort of thing. Unless you are a big company (Frankly, ebay would like to get rid of the ordinary people using it for "garage sale" type stuff, even though that's what got them big in the first place).

The sellers brilliant move was making the $1100 offer in email, not as a bid. Ebay tells you to not do that sort of thing.

# 14:56:16: Don't tell me Americans can't switch to the metric system. If we can handle getting our illegal drugs in metric, why not everything else?

First of all, drugs are mishmash. Grams, ounces (that's what a "lid" of pot is) and kilos for the big buys (kilos because that's what the folks who smuggle it in to the US use, and it's easier to not break up the kilo "bricks").

The main reason we haven't switched is Congress doesn't have the guts to do like England and Canada did and just set a date where "after X, you can't use pounds, feet, etc". Trying to do it by using boith and "hoping for the old ones to go away " doesn't work.

BTW, the metric system has been *legal* in the US almost since it was invented.
fayanora
Dec. 18th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
DSRM = Digital Stupidhead Rights Manglement. :-D
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