String Cheese Shares Three New Studio Tracks, Details Plan For Future Instantaneous Releases

first_imgAfter months of anticipation, new music from The String Cheese Incident has finally been released! The band has shared a lengthy note detailing the process, which sees the group building their own studio called the SCI Sound Lab, and releasing three new tracks from the mix.The note talks about how the traditional album release process was a slowed down version of what they wanted to do; put new music in the hands of listeners. They had written something like 20 songs in May of 2015, and the Song In My Head album release only captured a small sampling from those new songs and road-tested originals.Instead of that process, the band has built their own studio, allowing them to record and share tracks at a much quicker pace. With that in mind, the group has shared SCI Sound Lab Vol. 1, featuring three new studio cuts: Michael Kang’s “Believe,” Bill Nershi’s “Down a River,” and the familiar song, “Sweet Spot” by Keith Moseley.You can find the new music here, and read the band’s full message below.last_img read more

Measuring electrons

first_imgThough it was hailed as a triumph for the “Standard Model” of physics, the reigning explanation of fundamental forces and particles, physicists were quick to emphasize that last year’s discovery of the Higgs boson still left gaps in understanding the universe.But in making the most precise measurements ever of the shape of electrons, a team of Harvard and Yale scientists, led by Harvard’s Gerald Gabrielse, the George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics, John Doyle, professor of physics, and their Yale colleague David DeMille, has raised serious doubts about several popular theories of what lies beyond the Higgs boson. Their study is described in a December paper published in Science Express.“We are trying to look for the effect of new particles beyond what is within the Standard Model, which we know is an incomplete theory of nature, similar to what is being attempted at the LHC,” the Large Hadron Collider, Doyle said.“It is unusual and satisfying that the exquisite precision achieved by our small team in its university lab probes the most fundamental building block of our universe at a sensitivity that complements what is being achieved by thousands at the world’s largest accelerator,” Gabrielse said. “Given that the Standard Model is not able to explain how a universe of matter could come from a big bang that created essentially equal amounts of matter and antimatter, the Standard Model cannot be the final word.”To hunt for particles that might fall outside the Standard Model, the research team precisely measures how such particles affect the shape of electrons.Under the Standard Model, scientists have thought electrons to be almost perfectly round, but most new theories of what lies beyond that model predict that electrons have much larger — though still extraordinarily tiny — departures from perfect roundness.Known as the ACME team, the Harvard and Yale researchers recorded the most sensitive measurements to date of electron deformation. Their results demonstrate that the particle’s departure from spherical perfection, if it exists at all, must be smaller than predicted in many theories that include new particles. This includes many variants of the theories known as supersymmetry.Supersymmetry posits new types of particles that augment those in the Standard Model. It may help to account, for example, for dark matter, a mysterious substance estimated to make up most of the universe. It may also help to explain why the Higgs particle’s mass turns out to have the value seen at the Large Hadron Collider. These and many other facts about the universe cannot be explained by the Standard Model.“It is amazing that some of these predicted supersymmetric particles would squeeze the electron into a kind of egg shape,” Doyle said. “Our experiment is telling us that this just doesn’t happen at our level of sensitivity.”To test for electron deformation, the ACME team looks for a particular deformation in the electron’s shape known as an electric dipole moment.“You can picture the dipole moment as what would happen if you took a perfect sphere, then shaved a thin layer off one hemisphere and laid it on top of the other side,” DeMille said. “The thicker the layer, the larger the dipole moment.”Team members measured an electric dipole moment using electrons inside the polar molecule thorium monoxide, which amplifies the deformation.  They also diminished the possibility of spurious effects that might hint at the deformation of an electron when none exists.Importantly, the tests were more than 10 times more sensitive than any previous search for the effect. This improvement was made possible by a new source of molecules invented at Harvard, by the selection of a special molecule, and by development of several experimental methods.To get a feel for the precision, DeMille said, “Imagine an electron blown up to the size of the earth.  Our experiment would have been able to see a layer 10,000 times thinner than a human hair, moved from the southern to the northern hemisphere.”Though the ACME researchers did not see evidence for new particles yet, the result greatly constrains the understanding of particle physics. And they will continue the search.“We are optimistic that we can probe 10 times more deeply in the next several years,” said Gabrielse.  “If so, the ACME experiment will remain a strong contender in the race to find the first particles that lie beyond the Higgs boson.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts autism intervention workshop

first_imgSaint Mary’s hosted nearly 600 participants Friday in its Introduction to Pivotal Response Treatment workshop in O’Laughlin Auditorium. Courtesy of Michael Waddell Bob Koegel, a researcher who developed Pivotal Response Treatment, addresses attendees of Saint Mary’s workshops aimed at promoting awareness and fostering education about autism.Stanford University researchers Bob and Lynn Koegel, who developed Pivotal Response Treatment — an approach to autism intervention that targets certain aspects of development, rather than individual behaviors — provided level-one certification for participants upon completion of the workshop. “One of the things that’s really important in this community is that we have a lot of really talented people who are thirsting for knowledge about the most cutting-edge approaches to working with individuals with autism,” Master of Autism Studies faculty fellow Joshua John Diehl, said. “And so, by setting up something like this, it’s creating opportunities that this community wouldn’t otherwise have.” This event was made possible by collaboration among the Master of Autism Studies program, the department of communicative sciences and disorders, LOGAN Autism Services — a learning center that offers education and resources to individuals with developmental disabilities — Special Friends of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s and the Students Supporting Autism group. Pivotal Response Treatment provided the workshop free-of-cost and only required registration to partake in the training, Diehl said. “If any individual that came to this conference were to want to get this training, it would cost them about $3,000 apiece,” Diehl said. “So the fact that we can get so many people trained and enrich people from all different disciplines, it makes a huge impact on the community.”Diehl said the financial burden lifted by this workshop contributed to the incredible turnout. “As far as I know — and I have talked to people at LOGAN, and I have been here for a decade — there has never been disability-related training of this magnitude in this area ever,” Diehl said. “The number of people that attended and were affected at no cost is just phenomenal.”Director of the Master of Autism Studies program, Michael Waddell, said he was aware there would be community interest, but the turnout almost doubled what he had anticipated. “All of the reports that I received [Friday] talking to people during the event and after the event indicated that they had a really good experience, that they enjoyed being on campus at Saint Mary’s and that they thought this training would be very beneficial for them in their various schools and clinics and other organizations in the community,” Waddell said. In having a larger turnout than first anticipated, event planning needed to account for potential difficulties, Waddell said.  “There was an awful lot of thought and planning that went into the event, and we tried to anticipate every kind of problem that might arise,” he said. “Because there was so much thought put into the planning, I think we had measures in place to address just about every need that there was.” Waddell said while the particular benefit to the participants varies, he sees two major benefits that attendees received. “I think for some people, it was really beneficial to understand the sort of theory that underpins Pivotal Response Treatment, and then to be introduced to the scientific evidence base for the success of that theory in providing autism intervention,” Waddell said. “For other people in the audience, what was probably most beneficial was the fact that in addition to giving us the theoretical underpinnings and the scientific evidence for the efficacy of Pivotal Response Treatment, the Koegels also gave a lot of concrete, practical suggestions about ways that you could implement Pivotal Response Treatment in schools, in clinics, even in home and out in the community.”Pivotal Response Treatment in particular has a “broad applicability,” Diehl said, as it acknowledges both the needs of both young children and adults. “What’s great about this particular approach is that it comes across disciplines in a language that people can communicate across disciplines,” Diehl said. “Not only that, but it is a kind of approach that can be used by family and loved ones in their work with their loved one who has autism.”Waddell said this program fills a need created by the increasing diagnoses of autism in children. In the future, the Master of Autism Studies program intends to continue to host a couple workshops a year to address this growing need, he said. “In a situation where autism is becoming common in society, obviously there is tremendous need for understanding autism and providing the best services for autistic people and their families,” Waddell said. “The only way that that is possible is if we are providing the best training and the best education about autism and about autism interventions. So really, this is something which is an essential part of responding to the social phenomena of increasing need for understanding and serving autistic individuals and their families.”Tags: koegel, LOGAN, Logan autism services, logan center, master of science in autism, pivotal response treatmentlast_img read more

Jenkins appoints new dean to Notre Dame College of Engineering

first_imgPatricia “Trish” J. Culligan, currently the chair of the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics department at Columbia University, has been named the new dean of the College of Engineering by University President Fr. John Jenkins, Notre Dame announced in a press release Monday. Culligan will enter her new role Aug. 1.“Trish is a distinguished scholar, research engineer and respected academic leader,” Jenkins said in the release. “She brings to Notre Dame a creative cross-disciplinary approach, demonstrated success and a commitment to seek ways in which technological innovation will truly serve humanity. She will be a wonderful addition to our senior leadership team and University community.” Culligan received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. She also attended the University of Cambridge, where she earned a master’s degree in philosophy and a doctorate in engineering, according to the release. While at Columbia, she has received over $20 million in research funding, and has authored seven books, seven book chapters and many more articles and publications, the release said.“During my visits to the campus, I sensed the strong enthusiasm and momentum in Notre Dame’s engineering programs,” Culligan said in the release. “The faculty has a distinguished reputation for engineering and scholarly excellence, and I am honored to be offered this opportunity to contribute to their continued success and growing stature.”Culligan, a civil engineer, is an expert in the fields of environmental engineering and water resources. Her work focuses on building sustainability within urban infrastructure and energy and water management within communities, according to the release. Currently, Culligan serves as the co-director of a $12 million research project sponsored by the National Science Foundation which concentrates on cultivating new models for city infrastructure to improve health and sustainability for urban communities, the release said.“Working within and beyond the academy, Trish has built a consistent record of excellence,” Thomas J. Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost at Notre Dame, said. “Her broad technical expertise, deep appreciation of the liberal arts, commitment to helping the underserved and educating the whole person and honed leadership ability make her an ideal candidate for the deanship. In addition, she is committed to further building programs and partnerships across the University and local community as well as with government and industry. We are thrilled that she accepted our offer to serve as dean.”Tags: civil engineering, Notre Dame College of Engineering, patricia culligan, sustainablitylast_img read more

Smartwool Long Run Short

first_imgSmartwool is jumping into the running short game in the Spring of 2013. They will be offering a run short which has a 5” inseam as well as a long run short that have a 7” inseam. Smartwool sent me a pair of their Long Run Shorts to test, and over the course of this fall and winter I put them through their paces.Let’s start with the positives about these shorts. First they are incredibly comfortable.  The internal brief is made of merino wool and not only provides excellent support; it is also comfortable and does not chafe or rub in any areas. You runners out there know that there is nothing worse than an uncomfortable pair of shorts. I was sent the Graphite colored shorts and they are quite attractive with a lime colored brief, which provides a great contrast to the gray.For Smartwool’s first offering they did a great job with a few of the more technical aspects of the shorts. First they managed to put a pocket on the shorts. A zippered back pocket that is just big enough for a set of keys or a gel. For a race day short sure you don’t need a pocket, but for all the runs out your door or those longer runs a little pocket is quite nice. I do most of my weekday runs in the evening. This is when my running partner is available, so I try to take precautions to be safe. Reflectors, lights, etc are a must and the Smartwool shorts have full 360-degree reflectivity plus a reflective logo on the right hem. I think this is great because even if you forget a blinkie you at least have a bit of flash to help make you visible.Now to move onto a few things that I think could be improved. First up is the drawstring. To get the short sufficiently snug I felt like I really had to crank down on the drawstring, which stretches a lot. I ended up with a lot of excess drawstring and think having a thicker less stretchy drawstring material could help. My next complaint, my last, is more of a preference than a complaint really. I ran cross-country and track in high school and am used to a shorter short. I had a tough time enjoying the length of the long run short. With a 7” inseam they came to my knees, and while I never had an issue with the material grabbing at my thigh, it just wasn’t what I am used to. I suggest going with the regular run short (5” inseam) and not the long version if you are used to shorter shorts. On the flip side of this I am sure there are an equal amount of people who are excited for the long option so they aren’t flashing their thighs to the general public.Overall I think these shorts are a great addition to Smartwool’s running gear quiver. A merino brief is amazing, and I think with a better drawstring and the regular model these would be a perfect pair of shorts. Get prepared for the Spring Running season and get yourself a pair.You can find these shorts here and they run $80.last_img read more

Small firms must embrace technology to survive

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Rough road to jobs for new graduates

first_img“Those who were already working were sacked or had their paycut by their companies, not talking about us who have zero experience,” another Internet user said.But there were also youngsters who were optimistic about their future and said they would be more aggressive in sending out job applications.At a job recruitment drive in Wuhan city, Hubei province, a mother who was collecting information for her son was recorded on video.“He is studying foreign language in Macau and graduating this year, I hope he can come back here to work.“Before this [the pandemic], I saw a lot of recruitment ads in his field but now there are fewer,” she said in the video clip, which was posted on Weibo.Jiang Juntao, who studied broadcasting and hosting art, knows she cannot be too picky about jobs.Knowing full well that the road ahead will not be easy for a freshman in the working world, she is grabbing whatever opportunity comes her way.She is lucky as she has secured a position as a TV host with an online television network.“Let’s start work first and gain some experience,” said the 24-year-old from Shangdong province, adding that job scope, workplace location and company welfare are among her considerations in her search for a job.“Like many youngsters, we are not worried about employment but rather the inability to find an ideal job. Dreams and reality are contradictory after all,” she added.To boost employment, the Chinese government has opened up more vacancies for civil servants and army personnel and created extra positions in government-linked companies for fresh graduates. The business sector, especially small and medium enterprises, are also being encouraged to expand their recruitment drive.More loans will be offered for those who wish to start businesses.The Education Ministry has also expanded the enrolment of postgraduate and degree top-up programs for school-leavers, and created more jobs in education and research fields, among others.Malaysian students who graduated from Chinese universities are also facing the pressure of getting jobs.For Joey Ng, the pandemic has ruined her plan to remain in China upon completing her broadcasting course.“Based on my field of study, I think I would have better opportunities in China, given the fact that the country has more than 300 television stations.“Now that I cannot stay in China, I will try to find a job in Malaysia. This is not entirely bad news for me because I’m happy that I can stay in Malaysia,” said the graduate from the Communication University of China in Beijing.Like other Malaysian students studying in China, Ng, who returned home for the winter break in early January, has been stranded since the COVID-19 outbreak led to both countries closing their borders.Although the situation in China has improved, the country has yet to welcome the return of foreign students, who are currently doing their courses via distance learning.Ryan Lim, who graduated with a degree in Human Geography and Urban-Rural Planning from Beijing Normal University, has started flipping though newspapers and online recruiting sites.“I’m just doing my own survey on prospective jobs. I cannot send out any applications yet as I have not received my certificate,” he said, adding that the academic credentials would be mailed to him by the university.He is trying his luck in the freight forwarding or media industry.The Selangor-born Lim, who did in-depth research and analysis on the East Coast Rail Link project, a 640km-railway link connecting different parts of the east coast with the west coast region in Malaysia for his thesis, believes he can contribute his knowledge in the field. But he is also interested in working as a reporter and would like to explore more options.“Before this, I planned to work in Beijing or Shenzhen, but things have changed,” said Lim, who prefers to be optimistic about his future. Welcome to the working world and good luck, youngsters! Topics : THE COVID-19 pandemic may have stopped people from travelling and closed businesses for some time, but life still went on for everyone in the world.In China, June and July are graduation months, and a record high of 8.74 million will be graduating from colleges throughout the country this year.Due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, they had to complete the rest of their courses via distance learning and will not be having proper graduation ceremonies like their seniors did.center_img But just like their seniors, they will be faced with the pressure of looking for and getting a job. And they will be in for greater challenges and tougher times in view of the global recession brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.Given the fact that some 30% of graduates were unable to find jobs during the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) period, the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in a more devastating impact, could make the situation even worse.One netizen said she started applying for jobs late last year.“I went for a few interviews, but now they are saying they have stopped recruiting new employees,” she said.last_img read more

These were the hottest homes in Queensland in 2017

first_imgThe Hamptons’ feel was hot this year.The Coorparoo home, which ranked fifth nationally, was just over 5km from the Brisbane CBD and loaded with extras including a children’s rumpus room, a private retreat for parents, a mezzanine level, chef’s island kitchen, terraced outdoor entertaining spaces, a mud room, pool, and multiple living zones. Agent Amanda Becke of Belle Property Coorparoo said the home was hugely popular because of its decor and design.“It was designed, built and decorated by the family and the love put into this home, showed,” she said. “We had more than 108 groups attend the first open home with a line that went for 50 metres down the street, 55 groups at a midweek inspection and a further 81 groups the following Saturday. “It was sold with many multiple offers received. It was so exciting and I am thrilled, yet not surprised that it’s Queensland’s most viewed home, what an honour.” 92 Solar St, Coorparoo. Fourth spot: 29-31 Wyuna Drive, Noosaville. Eighth spot: 2585 Gracemere Circuit North, Hope Island.Not all properties on the list of Queensland’s most viewed homes this year were million dollar mansions, with a family home at 177 Simpsons Road, Elanora drawing the seventh highest views in the state. The four bedroom split-level home in the Gold Coast hinterland sold for $730,000 in July. 92 Solar St, Coorparoo.HALF the top 10 hottest homes in Queensland this year have come out of the capital city, led by a one-year-old house that sold for $2.3m.The five bedroom Hamptons-style house at 92 Solar Street, Coorparoo, was the hottest home in Queensland this year, according to the country’s biggest property site realestate.com.au, attracting over 41,300 visits.The Sunshine State had a strong showing in the national list of most viewed properties, with three making the Australian top 10. 10th spot: 17 Saltwater Avenue, Noosa Waters.The remaining homes in the state top 10 were on the Gold Coast, including two waterfront mansions: an $11.98m-plus landmark at 16-22 Parklane Terrace, Sovereign Islands and 2585 Gracemere Circuit North, Hope Island. Seventh spot: 177 Simpsons Road, Elanora. QUEENSLAND’S HOTTEST HOMES IN 2017: 92 Solar Street, Coorparoo652 London Road, Chandler7 Ashfield Street, East Brisbane29-31 Wyuna Drive, Noosaville7 Elizabeth Street, Paddington16-22 Parklane Terrace, Sovereign Islands177 Simpsons Road, Elanora2585 Gracemere Circuit North, Hope Island30 Long Street, Graceville17 Saltwater Avenue, Noosa Waters (Source: realestate.com.au most viewed properties 2017) FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOXcenter_img 652 London Road, Chandler Qld 4155 Ninth spot: 30 Long Street, Graceville.None of the Brisbane homes that made the state top 10 were on the water, and all were large families homes within 10km of the CBD, with 7 Elizabeth Street, Paddington coming in fifth and 30 Long Street, Graceville — which sold for $2.32m in February — in ninth spot.Two Noosa waterfront properties made the elite list — 29-31 Wyuna Drive, Noosaville which has gone under contract after listing for a whopping $11.9m and 17 Saltwater Avenue, Noosa Waters which was under contract for over $10.5m. Sixth spot: 16-22 Parklane Terrace, Sovereign Islands. Quite a stunning presence in the backyard too.A sprawling Georgian-inspired home at 652 London Road, Chandler had the second highest views in the states this year, at more than 40,400. The property passed in at auction over the weekend, but was still on the market for sale by private treaty.The Hamptons’ feel was also believed to behind the popularity of 7 Ashfield Street, East Brisbane, that came in third with more than 40,000 visits to the property. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThird hottest in Queensland this year: 7 Ashfield St East Brisbane. Picture: NGU Real Estate. Fifth spot: 7 Elizabeth Street, Paddington.last_img read more

Gold Coast property: Gold Coast’s fastest selling suburbs revealed

first_imgUndated : generic aerial view of Merrimac, Gold CoastHOUSE hunters are snapping up Gold Coast properties in some inland suburbs within weeks of them hitting the market.New figures released by property researcher CoreLogic show Currumbin Valley, Merrimac and Mudgeeraba top the list of fastest-selling suburbs on the Gold Coast.Property experts attributed the demand to the unique homes on offer and better value for money in the areas. Aerial photo shoot this morning of Beach Erosion along the Gold Coast from Main Beach to Miami Beach — Surfers Paradise Gold Coast’s fastest selling suburbs: 1. Currumbin Valley and Merrimac (houses) — 19 days2. Mudgeeraba (houses) — 22 days3. Burleigh Waters (units) — 23 days4. Currumbin Waters, Mudgeeraba, Tugun (units) — 24 days5. Miami (units) and Worongary (houses) — 25 days Grab a copy of The Bulletin’s Sold On the Gold Coast magazine on August 22 for expert advice on selling, buying and investing as well as the latest property data from every suburb on the Gold Coast. An undated aerial view of Merrimac, Gold Coast“I think it’s just the uniqueness of the properties that we have had out there that’s attracting people,” he said.The 212 house sales in Mudgeeraba sold within a median of 22 days.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoRE/MAX Regency Gold Coast agent Stuart Legg said properties in Mudgeeraba offered better value for money than many of those along the coast.“During the (Gold Coast’s) growth period over the past four years, I think people have realised their budget will only go so far,” he said. Who wouldn’t wanna live here though?Currumbin Valley and Merrimac shared first place, with houses on median sold 19 days of being on the market.The figure is based on a total of 86 sales within those areas throughout the past year.While McGrath Palm Beach agent Andy Hogarth was surprised 20 homes had sold in Currumbin Valley over the past year, he said the figure still accurately reflected the market.He sold a luxury American-style barn in May after a week on the market while colleague Richard Snowden sold the country retreat of AFL legend Jonathan Brown following a four-week auction campaign. Mudgeeraba — where you get the best value for money.Mr Legg said there was also a limited number of homes on the market, which meant people were quick to buy as soon as they were listed. GET A NEW SET OF HEADPHONES WITH YOUR DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION He recently sold a Mudgeeraba property, which attracted 20 groups for inspections and five offers, in four days.“The number of sales are definitely down this year on last year, but that just increases the demand for properties as well,” he said.Despite the data, CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said properties on the Coast were actually taking longer to sell compared to previous years, “which is reflective of the overall slowing of dwelling value growth over the past year”.last_img read more

Why California’s Three-Parent Law Was Inevitable

first_imgPublic Discourse – Jennifer Roback Morse 10 Sep 2012A California bill allowing children to have three legal parents will not help children, but instead will unnecessarily complicate their lives. The supposed need for California’s SB 1476 flowed directly from the drive to normalize same sex parenting and recognize same sex unions.Can a child have three parents? If California State Senator Mark Leno has his way, children in California will be able to have three legal parents. Before we dismiss SB 1476 as another example of California Weird, we had best look into it more closely. After all, the bill has passed both houses of the California Assembly and is awaiting Governor Brown’s signature or veto.I believe this development was inevitable, more inevitable in fact than the much-vaunted inevitability of gay marriage. Once we started trying to normalize parenting by same-sex couples and redefine marriage to remove the dual-gender requirement, we had to end up with triple-parenting.A deeper look at the whole picture surrounding SB 1476 reveals that not only should the three-parent law fail, same-sex “marriage” should fail as well. As we will see, embedded in this bill is an appalling power-grab by the state, and a grotesque misrepresentation of the facts by the bill’s authors.Why Normalizing Same-Sex Parenting Inevitably Led to Triple-Parenting Let us state an obvious fact: a same-sex couple cannot have a child unless someone gives them one, or part of one, namely either an egg or a sperm. If two women, for instance, decide they want to have a baby, they must still involve a man in the process. They can use some form of artificial reproductive technology with sperm from a man who is unknown to them. Or, they can find an accommodating friend to have sex with one of them, or to donate his sperm.The question is this: how is the same-sex couple going to manage the relationship with this third party? In some cases, the women do not want any relationship with the father. Our government will give them this. Through the legal institution of anonymous sperm donation, the government agrees perpetually to separate a mother and a father from a legal relationship with each other.If all same-sex couples were completely and permanently committed to ensuring that their child would never have a relationship with his or her other biological parent, then there would be no particular drive for same-sex parenting to lead to triple-parenting. But this is obviously a very strong condition. Some female couples will want their children to have an ongoing relationship with their father. Some fathers will want a relationship with their children. Hence, we can see that through situations such as these, normalizing same-sex parenting creates momentum for triple-parenting.Some of these three-party relationships will be agreeable and cooperative and amicable. But again, it is obviously a very big presumption to suppose that every such relationship will be completely harmonious for a lifetime. Only some known donor fathers will be fathers on the exact terms desired by the two women. Other fathers will desire something different, either more or less involvement than the women want. We cannot count on private agreements among the parties to solve all problems and manage all disputes. A subset of these cases is going to end up being settled by the family courts. Therefore, not only does same-sex parenting create an impetus to triple-parenting, it creates an impetus for state involvement in the ongoing management of these complex relationships.It all sounds very nice and agreeable to allow people to make any parenting agreements they want on the front end of their relationships. But when a relationship breaks down, the long arm of the law will end up involved in the life of the family, on the back end, to resolve disputes. We are replacing the natural pre-political concept of biological parenthood with an artificial, government-created concept of parenthood that is entirely socially constructed. Instead of the government simply recognizing and recording the pre-political reality of biological parenthood, we are giving agents of the state the authority to construct parenthood, all in the best interests of the child, of course.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/09/6197/last_img read more