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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did your mother keep or change her name when she got married? on: August 18, 2014, 01:14:27 pm
It's not like women don't have a choice in the matter.  And if most women agreed with you, perhaps the share of women keeping their maiden name after marriage wouldn't have declined from 23% in the 90's to just 8% now.

I think there are apples-and-oranges statistical sources on that -- one was, like, a survey of records, while the other was a pre-survey of brides.  Another source I'm finding says that a third of women married in their twenties now keep their names.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did your mother keep or change her name when she got married? on: August 16, 2014, 11:10:48 pm
Keep

No problem with this tradition, but it's more widespread than I'd expect considering it's basically pointless.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is your town of residence aligned with you politically? on: August 14, 2014, 09:08:04 am
I guess, as >80% Democratic cities go, it's about as close as I'm going to come.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Sexual Morality Poll on: August 14, 2014, 08:35:25 am
Having this as a "morality poll" is confusing to me.  I don't think any of these are intrinsically immoral.  I wouldn't call something "immoral" just because I think it's generally a bad idea with bad consequences, especially if it's as situational as several things listed here are.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Washington '14: The Dullest Midterm That You Ever Did See on: August 11, 2014, 07:05:36 pm
We're better than this, guys.  Stop being disappointing adults and start discussing politics on the internets!
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Marijuana on: August 10, 2014, 06:20:16 pm
I HAVE INJECTED MOST OF THE POTS INTERVENOUSLY

BUT THEY SHOULD BE ILLIGAL
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Washington '14: The Dullest Midterm That You Ever Did See on: July 27, 2014, 03:03:02 am
lol

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140724/NEWS01/140729487/State-Rep.-Hope-to-resign-over-out-of-state-voter-registration

Rep. Mike Hope (R-Snohomish) is resigning because he registered to vote (probably accidentally) in Ohio, where he's rumored to have his primary residence.

Oh jeeze.

In other State GOP shenanigans news...

http://crosscut.com/2014/07/16/elections/121037/pam-roach-and-challenger-sharing-party-and-distast/

Also, who else has gotten their ballot and sent it in?

I sent it in day one (Friday).  When a Metropolitan Parks District formation is the most interesting thing on the ballot, you know it's a dull year.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Washington '14: The Dullest Midterm That You Ever Did See on: July 24, 2014, 07:24:20 pm
lol

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140724/NEWS01/140729487/State-Rep.-Hope-to-resign-over-out-of-state-voter-registration

Rep. Mike Hope (R-Snohomish) is resigning because he registered to vote (probably accidentally) in Ohio, where he's rumored to have his primary residence.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Let Me Be Clear: Barack Obama's War on Millenials, and One Woman's Case for Hope on: July 13, 2014, 07:51:33 am
http://townhall.com/columnists/katiekieffer/2012/03/26/gays_females_and_equals/page/full

Her writing is like a bullsh**tty, last-minute college freshman essay.  It's not that she seems stupid.  It's that her thesis, argument, and supporting details barely seem related, and she seems to intentionally avoid making her argument clear because it would reveal it as more simplistic/narrow.

also, I like how the first Google search suggest is "katie kiefer instagram" because god the internet is sad.  At least it isn't "katie kiefer feet"
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What fraction of your life have you been posting on Atlas? on: June 22, 2014, 12:42:25 pm
40%
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2012 U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: What Cities/Towns did Obama win in Idaho? on: June 20, 2014, 06:35:10 am
I would be shocked if Obama lost Sun valley. A lot of famous people live there, because of the ski resort.

The Sun Valley precinct flipped to Romney this time.  It was the only one he won in Blaine County outside of a hardcore Republican rural area, though.  Hailey and Ketchum are both hardcore Dem.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2012 U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Why are Florida whites so Republican? on: June 20, 2014, 06:30:49 am
white men are the base of the Republican party and almost half of the Florida population are true Southerners...  I'm not sure I buy that only 33% voted for Obama though, simply because there is a large Jewish and gay population in South Florida and there are a lot of tourist workers in the Orlando area who are white and probably vote D.  Any time you are polling a subset of a state population the error rate will likely be higher because the sample size is so low. 

Good points, but aren't many of those Jewish voters in South Florida olds? I don't think they are as Democratic as younger Jews. Tongue

Actually, the evidence is pretty suggestive that younger Jews are more Republican (at least last I've checked) -- some of that may be shifts in religious preference, so it may not apply in Florida as much.  I also may be totally wrong in my memory.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Bacon King Institute of Comedy on: June 20, 2014, 05:18:49 am
Case race tomorrow evening. My great-grand big is supposedly recruiting alums to swing by, and I've got at least two members of the crew living in the House as well as some of the other actives and recent graduates that have indicated they'll be here. When I get back from work, however, I'm too lazy to try to organize this crap, so I'm kinda winging it. Oh well. If we even have three teams of three (not going the typical 2/24 route, but instead 3/30), I'll be happy.

what the *k does any of this mean

"A competition will be held tomorrow evening wherein teams of men will compete to see which team can drink an entire case of beer the fastest. My mentor's mentor's mentor in the fraternity is finding fraternity brothers who graduated with him to come, plus at least two people who are currently living in the fraternity house itself (plus other current and recently graduated fraternity brothers) will be attending. I'm too lazy to organize the event myself though. Even if only nine people show up I will consider it a success. If necessary we can have three teams of three men drinking from those cases of beer that come with thirty beers, as opposed to the traditional setup of teams of two drinking from cases of beer that come with twenty four beers."

If I thought my alum fund was going to fine academic work like this, I would be contributing instead of just adding them to catalogue mailing lists
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The Onion has a new clickbait site, and of course it's genius on: June 20, 2014, 05:08:04 am
I can't wait for the inevitable compendium of people unironically sharing ClickHole articles
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you really care either way about circumcision? on: June 20, 2014, 05:04:44 am
I'm not really interested in talking about my emotional investment.  Politics rarely affects me emotionally.  If something is irrational, we should cut it out, even if we don't care emotionally.  And I think infant circumcision is pretty clearly irrational.

Here's why:

Like several people have pointed out in this thread, the AAP and American medical organizations are fairly anomalous on this issue.  There are a few studies (like the one Harry linked) that claim overwhelming benefits, but these are outliers, and as far as I can tell were mostly conducted by one dude (Dr. Brian Morris), who Google kind of suggests is a crazy person.  In terms of medical effect, circumcision is probably a marginal net-positive.

So, why doesn't it make sense?  Two things:

1. Medical benefit isn't the only consideration.  Penises also have sexual uses (GASP!).  The foreskin does have a sexual function, and possibly a role in sexual sensitivity.  Thus, I think there's a valid subjective preference here, and without an imminent, objective medical reason, it seems weird to pre-empt someone's choice over what they prefer.  After all, if you're uncircumcised and prefer being circumcised, you can always fix that; if you're circumcised and wish you weren't, you're effectively screwed.

2. It seems pretty clear that there's not an imminent, objective medical reason for infant circumcision.  Circumcision's benefits are, by almost any account, so marginal that it would require tons of circumcisions to prevent one medical problem.  There are so obviously many more effective uses for the same resources (money, time, medical resources) that would also not have the problems with pre-empting consent infant circumcision has.

I get that this argument is complicated.  I get that most people don't think through the decision to this level of detail.  I get that good people can overlook what I wrote above.

I just don't get how anyone could seriously think through this practice and see it as anything but something we're trying to rationalize (poorly).  I agree with BRTD to let the practice die out through education.  But I also think it's stupid to pretend like dumb practices aren't dumb just because good people do them, or because they're "not a big deal."

Seriously, this isn't high school.  We're grown-ass adults who can hold strong opinions without having our emotional lives center around them.
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: It's been 10 years since the Killers released "Hot Fuss" on: June 11, 2014, 05:12:46 am
I don't think it holds up nearly as well as Interpol or the Strokes when it comes to retro 2000s rock, but I liked the first half of Hot Fuss.  I thought pretty much everything after that was kind of a derivative mess, though, instead of a catchy derivative mess.  Mixed bag, lean not my favorite.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Washington '14: The Dullest Midterm That You Ever Did See on: June 11, 2014, 05:01:02 am
Hey, Micah!  Former North End Tacoma resident myself, born and raised.  I just moved out of the 27th last year (although I'm posting from there now).  Welcome to the forum.  A lot of 27th folks have asked me about your candidacy, so it's kind of a trip to see you here Smiley
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Polls on Same-Sex Marriage State Laws on: February 27, 2014, 04:11:33 pm
I think the ruling says that Kentucky (like Oregon) recognizes same-sex marriages from other jursidictions, not that same-sex marriage is legal there.

Not according to this.

I don't know why you interpret "legally recognized" to mean "issues same-sex marriages" instead of "recognizes out-of-state same-sex marriages."  If anything, "legally recognized" sounds more like the latter to me.  Plus, every source I've seen indicates this recognizes pre-existing marriages only.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Anyone notice younger posters are often annoying for trying to fill a role? on: February 27, 2014, 04:08:58 pm
Adopting traits and behaviors just to signal your membership in a social or cultural group?  Yeah, BRTD, you certainly never would do something like that.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Polls on Same-Sex Marriage State Laws on: February 27, 2014, 04:05:43 pm
I think the ruling says that Kentucky (like Oregon) recognizes same-sex marriages from other jursidictions, not that same-sex marriage is legal there.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gallup: Romney viewed favorably by 47% on: February 26, 2014, 02:47:24 am
How ironic - he was born in 1947!!!

No.
22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Best Arcade Fire album on: February 22, 2014, 04:08:32 pm
1. Funeral
2. Suburbs
3. Neon Bible
4. Reflektor
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Washington '14: The Dullest Midterm That You Ever Did See on: February 22, 2014, 12:25:29 am
New entrant in WA-04: Dan Newhouse, former GOP state representative and Ag Director under Governor Gregoire. I actually like Newhouse quite a bit (for a Republican). I hope he wins.

I like Newhouse too.  I'm also worried about Clint Didier, and the inexplicably strong base he has in the Tri-Cities.  Congressman Clint Didier...ugh.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Washington '14: The Dullest Midterm That You Ever Did See on: February 21, 2014, 11:49:37 pm
What's the name the wind whispers to the wheat

From Pasco to the Okanogan?

Clint...

...Clint Didier.
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of @midnight on: February 20, 2014, 02:27:20 am
We watch it, it's solid fun, Chris Hardwick doesn't annoy me as much as he annoys other people, no hate
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