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1  General Politics / Economics / Re: Which is worse Hyperinflation or Deflation? on: April 22, 2014, 06:48:47 pm
The US actually had deflation from 2008-2009. Zimbabwe on the other hand had hyperinflation. Which was worse?
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Mark Dayton vs. Scott Walker on: April 22, 2014, 04:07:13 pm
He ran for Governor in 2010 but his campaign didn't go far. Might run again when Dayton stands down.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Mark Dayton vs. Scott Walker on: April 22, 2014, 03:24:35 pm
Well one is my Governor, and I sure as hell wouldn't trade him for the other.

Aside from the preternaturally good Shumlin and the genuinely wise Brown, Dayton is probably the best governor in the country. Aside from the borderline felonious Scott and the seemingly deranged LePage, Walker is probably the worst.

In all honesty as happy as I am about the progressive accomplishments that Dayton has made possible, the real guy responsible for most of it is House Speaker Paul Thissen. He's probably had more of a hand in crafting most of this stuff and getting it through while Dayton has just signed it.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama reportedly planning mass pardon of drug sentences on: April 22, 2014, 03:21:22 pm
Wow, this would be fantastic. It's high time the POTUS start making an extensive use of the few powers he has.

Huh? I thought you weren't even supportive of legalizing marijuana.

The alternative doesn't have to be between putting addicts into jail or giving weed to everyone, but I certainly don't expect a narrow mind like yours to grasp this sort of nuance.

I don't support "giving weed to everyone". I just support having it be legal to buy, sell and use.

So anyway then if that's the case then how do you think weed should be handled? Illegal but the penalty's only a small fine or something? Because while that's the case in many places (including Minnesota) and is preferable to draconian sentences, it still has the issue of the illicit suppliers.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Captain Planet solves The Troubles on: April 22, 2014, 03:17:35 pm
As an Ex Catholic who is from Belfast, let me clarify that a crappy 80's Cartoon show by Ted Turner is not an accurate representation of Catholic/Protestant relations in the city. Shocking news, I know.

There's no such thing as "Ex Catholics" from Belfast.
There are, NI isn't still in the Troubles, there are such things as Ex Catholics.

Hi BRTD.

Actually my insistence has mostly been at people who actually seem to believe there are no ex-Catholics in the US which based on polling is simply preposterous and downright absurd. People who identify as ex-Catholics are extremely numerous in the US. But his points about the Troubles being over is completely valid and I'm glad to see someone take this position.
6  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: "Grow up and start taking your life seriously" on: April 21, 2014, 07:59:48 pm
I'll let you in on a little secret.

No one grows up. Everyone has the same sense of joy and fear and ego they have had since they were first conscious of themselves. People have different demands made of them in life, some by themselves, some by circumstance and some by expectation but the idea that because you're doing something with your life someone else isn't doing doesn't mean you aren't 'growing up.' I'm not going to stop doing silly voices to my husband to make him laugh just because I'm 30.

Hmmm I can't say I disagree but I do recall you not approving of that trait of me. Smiley
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: who is the best governor in the us? on: April 21, 2014, 07:55:47 pm
Shumlin automatically wins for getting single payer.

Brown and Shumlin. The best Republican governor is Sandoval, not that that's saying much. Dayton's pretty great too. I also have some fondness for Markell and Kitzhaber, although there are too many points of disagreement (within the internal context of Democratic politics) for me to say that they're among the best.

O'Malley is fine, Chafee is inept and kind of slippery, and Patrick is awful.

Why don't you like Patrick?
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Minnesota Governor Signs Bill To Raise Stateís Minimum Wage on: April 21, 2014, 07:24:59 pm
Another great thing from Dayton and our legislature. Smiley We're actually getting things done here.

Why Obama should be incarcerated? Because he wants to raise the minimum wage? Loool

Gen Y was apparently angry with the cost of healthcare, and the lack of subsidies for young healthy people. If Dems take away even more employment opportunities for young Americans, they are going to get themselves into hot water.
Fortunately, Obama isn't Paul Lepage. The fact that young people are forced to work in order to pay their tuition bill is an aberration.

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And Minnesota was before one of the states with the lowest minimum wage rate.
All Republicans voted against the minimum wage hike. All democrats but one voted in favor of it.

BRTD, why is Gene Palowski so rightwing?

Honestly I don't know. He represents a liberal college town. Making it all the more odd because college students would benefit from this.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Temping/Stopgap jobs on: April 21, 2014, 07:00:06 pm
Since you're not Bushie, if there's any in your area, try a call center. They can make for good careers if you get promoted or start doing more, but even if not, they serve the type of purpose you talk about very well. I've seen plenty of folks at mine in similar situations.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: was norm coleman an alright senator? on: April 21, 2014, 06:52:20 pm
God no. A total embarrassment to this state.
11  General Politics / Political Debate / Should job required drug testing be illegal? on: April 21, 2014, 03:47:08 pm
Excluding jobs with potential safety risks that could result from drug use.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: is the preceding atlasian more conservative or more liberal than your rep.? on: April 21, 2014, 03:36:44 pm
Quite a bit more conservative. Any Republican would be in comparison to Keith Ellison.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama reportedly planning mass pardon of drug sentences on: April 21, 2014, 03:32:30 pm
Wow, this would be fantastic. It's high time the POTUS start making an extensive use of the few powers he has.

Huh? I thought you weren't even supportive of legalizing marijuana.

And yes, this would be fantastic.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Sharron Angle on: April 21, 2014, 03:19:44 pm
↑ right wing Democrat

i agree.  harry reid is a right wing democrat.

Even if he is, it's most certainly not for speaking out against the war. Walter's the only person who believes supporting the Iraq War was a progressive position.
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Sharron Angle on: April 21, 2014, 10:31:44 am
↑ right wing Democrat
16  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: IL/WI: Which Great Lakes state is more "liberal"? on: April 21, 2014, 05:19:34 am
Paul Wellstone/Rod Grams
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NH close to becoming 19th state to abolish the death penalty on: April 21, 2014, 05:18:07 am
No one in New Hampshire in the modern era has died from either marijuana use or the death penalty.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2014 At-Large Senate Election on: April 20, 2014, 07:47:24 pm
1. Adam Griffin
2. Alfred F. Jones
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Fargo, ND or Phoenix, AZ? on: April 20, 2014, 06:42:23 pm
Really? Even most people I know that like cooler weather prefer 100 degrees to 0 degrees, if they are forced to choose. You must have a lot of natural body heat or someting. Tongue

0 degrees is far preferable to 100, no contest. You'd have to go down to about -15F or so for it to become comparable.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you celebrate Record Store Day? on: April 20, 2014, 03:17:05 pm
There are lots in Minneapolis.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which electoral districts (CDs or equivelant) have you been to in 2014? on: April 20, 2014, 09:29:04 am
MN-5
MN-2
MN-3
MN-4
MN-1
MN-6
IA-1
MN-7
ND-AL
MN-8
WI-7
WI-3

In order visited.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Fargo, ND or Phoenix, AZ? on: April 20, 2014, 09:18:37 am
I lived through more than 18 North Dakota winters. Its no big deal.
23  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to make BRTD a moderator on: April 20, 2014, 08:55:14 am
Thanks guys!

As I said once I'd moderate not per the Terms of Service but the the Word of Jesus Christ.  For there is neither troll nor quality poster, neither banned nor unbanned, nor is there red avatar or blue avatar for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Will you see "Noah"? on: April 20, 2014, 12:28:39 am
Ah, no (normal).

Minor issue but I'm a little disappointed. You usually don't jump on the annoying forum memes so doing so for the insanely overused "normal" one especially over a trivial thing like seeing a movie or not is pretty surprising one. Plus it's not like it's "normal" to not watch blockbusters of this type, (whether it's showing of good taste or not is certainly debatable, but that's hardly the same thing as "normal".)

Well, that's the point: It's trivial. Hatred of big, dumb summer movies is hardly an unpopular opinion to take, and this is a big, dumb summer movie that has been compared to Battlefield Earth in terms of pacing, substance, and thematic content.

77% on Rotten Tomatoes implies otherwise...but regardless even if true doesn't really prove the point. The Transformers movies were some of the dumbest ever made and the epitome of really dumb big summer movies yet box office returns show that it's most certainly not "normal" to hate them. Really I'm just ranting about the practice because it's so overused it really means nothing at this point, people use it in cases where there's no "normal" option (as in one where there would be an obvious consensus) or even where an opinion one way or the other would be all that controversial, it's actually quite likely that if we had a "Do you prefer Coke or Pepsi?" poll you'd have people responding either "Coke (normal)" or "Pepsi (normal)".
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Will you see "Noah"? on: April 19, 2014, 11:23:42 pm
Ah, no (normal).

Minor issue but I'm a little disappointed. You usually don't jump on the annoying forum memes so doing so for the insanely overused "normal" one especially over a trivial thing like seeing a movie or not is pretty surprising one. Plus it's not like it's "normal" to not watch blockbusters of this type, (whether it's showing of good taste or not is certainly debatable, but that's hardly the same thing as "normal".)
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