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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Overdiagnosis of autism on: July 24, 2014, 02:21:28 pm
I'll add here, what's interesting about Aspergers was the social identification that has come with the condition so much so that people actually campaigned to maintain themselves as diagnosed as having a mental condition.
I find that quite odd too.  Some of them seem to be proud of it.  I get accepting it, I get finding comfort in knowing why you do the things you do, I don't get wearing it as a badge of honor.

No it doesn't, it's only a label. Nobody understands that.

can't "campaigning to have a diagnosed medical condition" have a lot to do with keeping the insurance money flowing, especially in the US?  I know the medicalization of addiction has been a huge boon to the multibillion dollar addiction/recovery industry, and even confers certain privileges on those diagnosed with addiction (you can't be fired for having the disease of addiction, etc).

Yes, but is this really a problem?

I have argued that the recovery industry in the US is basically an insurance and court-system fueled snake oil gravy train, so, yes.

Yes, but is that a bad thing?

I just said that it is, according to good and bad I define these terms, quire clear, no doubt somehow


now, since you've asked twice, do you consider the addiction-recovery industrial complex to be bad?
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Overdiagnosis of autism on: July 23, 2014, 06:23:40 pm
I'll add here, what's interesting about Aspergers was the social identification that has come with the condition so much so that people actually campaigned to maintain themselves as diagnosed as having a mental condition.
I find that quite odd too.  Some of them seem to be proud of it.  I get accepting it, I get finding comfort in knowing why you do the things you do, I don't get wearing it as a badge of honor.

No it doesn't, it's only a label. Nobody understands that.

can't "campaigning to have a diagnosed medical condition" have a lot to do with keeping the insurance money flowing, especially in the US?  I know the medicalization of addiction has been a huge boon to the multibillion dollar addiction/recovery industry, and even confers certain privileges on those diagnosed with addiction (you can't be fired for having the disease of addiction, etc).

Oh, of course. More special education kids means more funding to the school.

as well as all of the insurance-fueled, intensive treatment centers where the kids play computer games for an hour and the 'doctor' bills the insurance company $500 a pop.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever donated money to a politician, political campaign, or PAC? on: July 23, 2014, 01:01:13 pm
I bought a few Howard Dean pins in 2003.  unless that counts, no
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Overdiagnosis of autism on: July 23, 2014, 12:53:37 pm
I'll add here, what's interesting about Aspergers was the social identification that has come with the condition so much so that people actually campaigned to maintain themselves as diagnosed as having a mental condition.
I find that quite odd too.  Some of them seem to be proud of it.  I get accepting it, I get finding comfort in knowing why you do the things you do, I don't get wearing it as a badge of honor.

No it doesn't, it's only a label. Nobody understands that.

can't "campaigning to have a diagnosed medical condition" have a lot to do with keeping the insurance money flowing, especially in the US?  I know the medicalization of addiction has been a huge boon to the multibillion dollar addiction/recovery industry, and even confers certain privileges on those diagnosed with addiction (you can't be fired for having the disease of addiction, etc).

Yes, but is this really a problem?

I have argued that the recovery industry in the US is basically an insurance and court-system fueled snake oil gravy train, so, yes.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Overdiagnosis of autism on: July 23, 2014, 10:58:47 am
I'll add here, what's interesting about Aspergers was the social identification that has come with the condition so much so that people actually campaigned to maintain themselves as diagnosed as having a mental condition.
I find that quite odd too.  Some of them seem to be proud of it.  I get accepting it, I get finding comfort in knowing why you do the things you do, I don't get wearing it as a badge of honor.

No it doesn't, it's only a label. Nobody understands that.

can't "campaigning to have a diagnosed medical condition" have a lot to do with keeping the insurance money flowing, especially in the US?  I know the medicalization of addiction has been a huge boon to the multibillion dollar addiction/recovery industry, and even confers certain privileges on those diagnosed with addiction (you can't be fired for having the disease of addiction, etc).
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What fraction of your life have you been posting on Atlas? on: July 23, 2014, 10:25:11 am
The poll options are pretty ill-chosen, considering that, as pointed out, it's almost impossible to have more than 50%.

Tweed does. Although as verin noted you could not count him for about a year or so.

Not quite.  Even counting his tenure as continuous, he was just under 13 when he joined the (old) forum, and he's now 23 (he was born c. December 1990, if memory serves), so his percentage would be approximately 48.5% at best.

I was born 10/27/1990, I registered on the old board on 05/23/2003.  so I was approx. 12.57 years old when I registered.  today I am approx.  23.74.  putting me almost exactly on the 47% dot.  I won't cross into 50% until December 2015, assuming you want to count me as continuous, as you noted.
7  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should the US drop Israel? on: July 22, 2014, 07:52:06 pm
I think it's fairly clear at this point that backing the Zionists in '48 was a catastrophically stupid thing to do, given the mess that decision has made of our foreign policy interests and of the entire Middle East. Unfortunately we can't change the past, but we can prevent ourselves from continuing to make the same mistakes. I think it's high time we did. The United States should end it's relationship with Israel and go on the offensive against the Israeli state as it would any other regime in the region that violates human dignity and tramples human rights under foot. We need nothing short of a comprehensive divestment and sanctions program directed at the Israelis, as we had aimed against the original apartheid state in the 1980s.

What say you? Do you think the United States should maintain it's relationship with Israel, or alter it in some way? Do you think we should support Palestinian liberation?

If you're going to frame this with that vitriolic nonsense, that frankly sounds like it was written by a Hezbollah splinter group, what's the point?  You hate Israel, but we can't really have a discussion unless we share some foundation of reality about the situation in the West Bank.

there is no fcking 'situation in the West Bank'.  it's a slaughterhouse with the two-legged dogs (the Jews' term, not mine) making their pathetic and doomed attempt at resistance.

hopefully I'll live 50 more years and I'll see the Muslim world rally and plow the State of Israel into the Mediterranean.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / do you consider Nicki Minaj to be representative of black femininity? on: July 22, 2014, 07:39:52 pm
he had the Rolls in his Royce, the tone in his voice
donít want a good girl, now hoes is his choice
D-D-Dick on H, pussy on W
mouth on open, ass on smother you
ass on the cover to, Elle Magazine
vroom, vroom, vroom, get gasoline
could I be your wife? Naw we could bang though
I got these niggas whipped ó call me Django
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What states have you: on: July 06, 2014, 02:04:18 pm
BRTD has never had sex.

he actually wrote detailed erotica (I believe spermicide made a cameo) about his virginity-losing experience and circulated it around 2006.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: SHOCK poll: Eric Cantor (R) in primary trouble !? on: June 10, 2014, 09:30:00 pm
is it possible for him to run as an independent a la Murkowski or Lieberman?
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: As I predicted, Lewis returns. on: May 27, 2014, 01:53:46 pm
people here are falling heavily for the abstinence mindset, which pervades all of American culture.  Lewis has more or less divorced himself from the Forum, swooping in on occasion when there's a topical reason to do so -- the EU elections being one wonderful example, what's a European election without interacting with Al or Gully Foyle for just a few moments?  in a very real sense, he is still gone, as his spirit's interest in this place of-itself was finally taken off life support with the events in January, as was mine.

if some addicted peons above want to claim this as some kind of victory to make themselves feel good once every few weeks, I can't stop them.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Italian Partisans on: May 17, 2014, 09:50:26 pm

And they were not True Leftists. True Leftists would attack the non-Soviet Allies just like they did the Germans.

no, Stalin told them not to.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which President left the US in better condition? on: May 11, 2014, 12:38:45 am
there is no national interest
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Italian Partisans on: May 11, 2014, 12:37:29 am
Stalin saved Europe, isn't that what we want to hear?
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ever posted while drunk? on: May 11, 2014, 12:34:53 am
if I never got drunk I'd never post anymore.
16  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: did Jesus of Nazareth believe in the imminent end of the space-time universe? on: May 07, 2014, 07:05:46 pm
Like Nathan, I don't believe Jesus knew or spoke of things that were alien to the people of his time.  However, one would assume that if Jesus had foreknowledge of such an event but refused to speak of it, then it obviously wasn't something meant to be shared with mankind.

I'm attempting to make the question rely on your interpretation of phrases like "Kingdom of God" and "this generation shall not pass".
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Should casinos be allowed to expel players for card counting? on: May 07, 2014, 07:04:15 pm
casinos don't operate remotely like free-market businesses so the attempt to apply fifth-grade libertarian freedom-of-contract logic to a question like this is null.
18  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should job required drug testing be illegal? on: May 07, 2014, 06:55:30 pm

ya'll realize that that 'caveat' can be extended to cover almost anything.  employer drug testing doesn't exist because they actually care if the employees are using forbidden drugs, but because they're trying to immunize themselves from lawsuits ("you can't blame us for coked-out Miguel dropping the crate, we did our due dilligence!")

barring that and all things held equal most employers would prefer not to drug test, as positive tests shrink the labor pool and thus drive up wages for those who come up clean.
19  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Which city should host the UN. on: May 07, 2014, 06:52:33 pm
Havana
20  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should porn be legal? on: May 07, 2014, 06:51:57 pm
Yes (normal, gay).  However, any posting of pornographic videos or images wherein one party might not consent of be aware (I.e. Revenge porn) should be illegal, as should any and all porn that depicts rape and/or bestiality.  

what do you mean by 'depicts rape'?



in general I'll echo Lief, porn really can fck with the head, particularly with the male head, but any attempt to regulate it with guns and policemen and etc is somewhere between hapless and hopeless.
21  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / did Jesus of Nazareth believe in the imminent end of the space-time universe? on: May 07, 2014, 06:47:14 pm
did Jesus of Nazareth believe in the imminent end of the space-time universe?
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: which 1988 candidate would you rather see as the 2016 dem nominee on: April 30, 2014, 11:43:18 pm
a Gore comeback would help me overcome early puberty psychosexual trauma.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Dan Savage on: April 30, 2014, 11:40:08 pm
I was featured in his column once.  bonus points if you can find it
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: was tim pawlenty an alright governor? on: April 30, 2014, 11:38:39 pm
you sure get a hard-on for some weird-ass sh**t Mitty
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you feel if Hillary Clinton is elected POTUS in 2016? on: April 30, 2014, 11:36:58 pm
I have major depressive disorder, so I assume I'll be unhappy on 11/08/16
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