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51  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask BRTD on: July 19, 2014, 08:08:37 pm
Ingress players:


That's a lot of people who all willingly chose to purchase the wrong phone.

52  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: How does the White Gay Cis Male vote? on: July 19, 2014, 07:56:13 pm
This projection also seems to be greatly overestimating the number of transpeople. Even if the trans vote is 95% D it's still a very insignificant number of the LGBT vote in general.

And also I'd be willing to be a majority of white gay males live in cities where Obama won even the heterosexual white male vote both times.
53  General Politics / Individual Politics / Should Russia be put on the State Department's State Sponsors of Terrorism list? on: July 19, 2014, 10:17:34 am
Yes.
54  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Is religious identity more comparable to racial or political identity? on: July 19, 2014, 09:21:20 am
The answer is definitely political. As I've pointed out elsewhere that in the US at least that more people change religious identity than change political party is basically an objective fact.
55  General Politics / Individual Politics / Opinion of the Communications Decency Act on: July 18, 2014, 11:12:11 pm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communications_Decency_Act

Obviously as passed it was a Horrible Law in direct and blatant violation of the First Amendment. However such parts have been overturned, and the part that remains law today is not only good but quite vital. It shields website owners from prosecution or liability from things posted on their websites that they are not directly responsible for. Imagine the Internet today if trolls could get website owners sued for libel or even arrested.

So as unintentional as it was, in hindsight it ended up being a Freedom Law.
56  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: How does the White Gay Cis Male vote? on: July 18, 2014, 06:21:33 pm
The gender gap between gay men and lesbians probably isn't much more than it is in the general population. And you aren't getting 95% of the vote amongst any demographic except blacks. I mean come on, bisexuals are more Democratic than white gay males?
57  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask HockeyDude! on: July 18, 2014, 05:27:42 pm
What's your opinion of liberal Protestantism?
58  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 18, 2014, 05:18:57 pm
I'm not familiar with how it works exactly, but I believe people who upload super popular videos on youtube can now get paid. It may be time for Video Update!!!

You get a share of the advertising revenue. There's an interesting scheme some girls run I've seen a few times, basically they'll upload a "response" video consisting of some inane commentary on some video going viral while wearing a bikini top or lingerie or something, and get tons of hits because of the thumbnails, and profit for them. For obvious reasons, that's not going to work for Bushie though.
59  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Anti-Mormon bigotry on the Atlas on: July 18, 2014, 05:16:32 pm
I doubt Lief is against Kristen Synema or anyone else who renounced Mormonism. It's an identity by choice so it's not like race or gender. This accusation is like calling someone "bigoted" towards Republicans or Democrats.

So it's OK to be bigoted against Muslims or Jews? After all, they have a choice too don't they?

Well, remember that BRTD is pretty anti-Catholic (most infamously in his absolute bafflement as to why many--not all!--lapsed Catholics continue to think of themselves as culturally distinct from other non-Catholics--I do kind of wonder if this extends to assimilated secular Jews, actually), although not to the same extent of unseemliness that Lief is anti-Mormon.

BRTD, the fact that you view religion as more closely analogous to political opinion than to race or gender explains a lot about the way you see the world. I don't mean that in an entirely bad way. I suppose it was already pretty easy to tell that this was the case if one sat down and thought about your views, but this is the first time to my knowledge you've been so explicit in stating it.

Well first of all consider what difference there is between students a public middle or high school in North Dakota or anywhere in the Upper Midwest who are Catholic and those who aren't. The answer is pretty much "nothing" and any religious identities in being raised basically NEVER came up at all in my schools, everyone identified by their own cliques or interests, but the idea that anyone who was raised a Catholic was very culturally distinct from all the Protestant students would be considered downright absurd and in fact most students of the type would probably think of it as a joke. The only difference most would see it as is the age you got confirmed at and thus when you started having Wednesday nights free. In fact I remember in sixth grade my social studies teacher while talking about Northern Ireland did a Catholic/Protestant survey in the class to make a point and that something that was a completely trivial nothing to us was a big deal there and that many of us who were good friends and what not would be separated. And indeed what exactly is the big difference between those of a Catholic upbringing and Protestant, most likely Lutheran upbringing in North Dakota or the suburban Twin Cities or whatever? It's unlikely there's even much of an ethnic difference. 

In the US as of the last reliable survey, 44% of Americans are in a different religious identity than the one they're raised in, and another 9% converted and then converted back to their original one. That means 53% have converted at some point. I'd be willing to wager that is FAR higher than the percentage of Americans who have changed political party identities in adulthood, and it probably is even if you exclude the reverts. So the idea that religious identity is somehow closer to race or gender than political identity in immutability is something that strikes me as not just absurd but actually pretty objectively false.

As for Jews that situation is different as an actual Jewish ethnicity exists, well several actually. My view would actually be that an atheist of Ashkenazi Jewish descent would actually be better described as ethnically Ashkenazi and irreligious than as Jewish, but I know that's using terminology and categories that go far beyond what most people do, so I don't quibble much about calling such a person Jewish. You might've noticed though I tend to use the term "ethnic Jew" rather than just "Jew" to describe such people though for this reason. And the fact that memphis is an ethnic Jew with his attitudes toward Jewish religious practices and traditions is a pretty great example of why I think this way of classification is ideal. I'm sorry, but memphis is not "just as Jewish" as some Hasid from Borough Park.
60  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Anti-Mormon bigotry on the Atlas on: July 18, 2014, 08:54:09 am
I doubt Lief is against Kristen Synema or anyone else who renounced Mormonism. It's an identity by choice so it's not like race or gender. This accusation is like calling someone "bigoted" towards Republicans or Democrats.
61  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Single mom facing jail time in NJ for self-defense, honesty on: July 18, 2014, 06:56:51 am
Textbook case of why I won't say jury nullification is always bad.
62  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban Snowstalker from posting in threads about Ukraine on: July 18, 2014, 06:17:49 am
This needs to be brought back.
63  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask BRTD on: July 18, 2014, 06:08:40 am
Found that on a Google image search for "larpers" and posted thatas the most rridiculous one.
64  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Mikael Skillt on: July 17, 2014, 11:01:06 pm
The Obamanation is a truly quality poster in comparison to you and the utter f[inks]ing trash you spew.
65  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Russian seperatist rebels in Ukraine on: July 17, 2014, 11:00:42 pm
When a significant portion of the Kiev junta considers your ethnicity to be subhuman and idolizes Nazi collaborators, you might consider taking up arms as well.

And start shooting down civilian planes?
66  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Malaysian Airlines 777 shot down over Ukraine, 295 people on board. on: July 17, 2014, 10:58:20 pm
Check out this complete f[inks]ing moron on DU: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025254142

Before the "LOL DU" comments please note the poll results.
67  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask BRTD on: July 17, 2014, 10:51:04 pm
Ingress players:


LARPers:
68  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask BRTD on: July 17, 2014, 10:41:01 pm
Why?

Why not?
69  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Federal Judge Rules California Death Penalty Unconstitutional on: July 17, 2014, 10:28:56 pm
It's a false dichotomy anyway. It's not like all the states without the death penalty let people convicted of murder out in 10 years.
70  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask BRTD on: July 17, 2014, 10:10:01 pm
A bunch of my geek friends have all suddenly decided to start playing this weird LARP thing called Ingress in the past couple months, and now my Facebooks and blogspaces are jam-crudded with all sorts of incomprehensible stuff about hosing blue and somesuch.  How do I get them to shut up?

You got some weird friends then, because most Ingress players hate Facebook and actually primarily use Google Plus instead (yes there are people that use G+, although pretty much all fall into very specific groups) and hate discussing it on Facebook, some even consider it a sort of defilement or something that's beneath the game. Oh and about 85% of Ingressers hate LARPers too, especially the LARPers who play Ingress and look completely insane to everyone else.

But my advice: Join and sign up and it'll make more sense. Plus it's on iOS now too if that's the phone you use.
71  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Your favorite hard liquor on: July 17, 2014, 10:03:59 pm
Rum.
72  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Weezer on: July 17, 2014, 10:03:06 pm
On balance, Horrible Band.

The alternate universe version that released only the first two albums and an EP consisting of a couple tracks that ended up on this universe's green album and then broke up is definitely a Freedom Band though.
73  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 17, 2014, 10:01:17 pm
One of the many very odd things about Bushie is how he can not only regurgitate talking points from his employers perfectly despite not being good at anything else, but he seems to believe and buy all of them hook, line and sinker even though virtually no one else does including (actually make that "especially") the people who write them. We saw it back when he believed he was doing people good by hawking the Ameriplan crap and when he defended duping people into buying $1000 vacuum cleaners with arguments about how they really needed such things or they'd get sick all the time from dust or whatever. Now he thinks he's doing all the people he's calling a huge favor with all these products and services AT&T customers just need! Now granted this is nowhere near as morally reprehensible as the other stuff, since he's probably selling stuff that at least has a use and isn't insanely overpriced, but acting like he's doing anyone a huge favor is quite amusing.

Of course that's probably just all chalked up to his extreme cognitive dissonance about basically everything.
74  General Politics / Individual Politics / Opinion of the Russian seperatist rebels in Ukraine on: July 17, 2014, 09:56:11 pm
As far as I'm concerned they're no better than al-Qaeda.
75  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: How does the White Gay Cis Male vote? on: July 17, 2014, 09:55:17 pm
FWIW per CNN's 2008 exit polls white males voted 57-41 McCain. Averaging that with an estimate 75-25 LGBT vote puts McCain's percentage at about 41%. OK not the best way to do sure, but consider that for gay white men to vote McCain, they'd have to be less than 9 points more Democratic than white men in general, and if the LGBT community in general is about 23 points more Democratic than the country at large in 2008...you can do the math.
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