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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you prefer oceans or lakes? on: Today at 07:02:16 pm
The sea. How is this even a question?

yeah, I didn't know it was possible to prefer lakes.  I guess a few Midwesterners convince themselves of it to boost their self-esteem.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: If executions happen, should the guillotine be used? on: Today at 06:52:53 pm
why can't we let the condemned choose his own method?  I'd ask to be loaded up on benzos and opiates and dropped from a commercial airline at 30000 feet.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Arizona execution lasts almost 2 hours on: Today at 01:27:03 am
Yes. What argument is there against the guillotine over lethal injection?

it's more aesthetically offensive.  lethal injection lacks gore and therefore feels more civilized.
4  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Poll: Capitalism dying? on: Today at 12:58:06 am
since there have been laws, there have been criminals
there have been thieves since thereís been property
and the day will come again when none of those things are around; i just hope itís before people go extinct
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Stella Artois on: Today at 12:41:01 am
overrated but ok.  ie not worth paying the premium.  come to think of it the only non-bargain basement beer I buy nowadays is Sierra Nevada.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: 1972 - What if McGovern Had a Different Running-Mate? on: Today at 12:32:05 am
a more fun what-if is if McGovern got Ted Kennedy to accept the vp.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: 1972 - What if McGovern Had a Different Running-Mate? on: Today at 12:30:24 am
at the very least you have to give him the Hump's 42.7%.  so maybe 8 or so states.  ma ri sd mn wv ny...
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: LA-PPP: Swing state on: July 28, 2014, 11:42:30 pm
why did the bottom fall out of Jindal so dramatically?

Probably because he decided he wanted to wage a war against his state's poor. Being an Asian, and even an Indian, one would expect him to have a high enough IQ not to do something as self-destructive as that.

don't all Republican governors do that?
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever slept overnight on a mode of transportation? on: July 28, 2014, 09:34:42 pm
no.  I was passed out drunk on the LIRR sometime in summer 2011, but luckily my town is the last on the line so a worker woke me up
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: LA-PPP: Swing state on: July 28, 2014, 09:27:45 pm
why did the bottom fall out of Jindal so dramatically?
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: MT: Gravis: Bush leads Clinton by 10 on: July 28, 2014, 09:21:23 pm
I would assume Montana wouldn't be too friendly to Clinton, especially after seeing her Colorado poll numbers.

Bill won it in 1992, fwiw Smiley
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2004 U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Did Kerry make a mistake by not going after Virginia? on: July 28, 2014, 08:56:21 pm
no.  he made the right call, Ohio was his only shot.  people forget how hard an election that was going to be for any Dem to win, Bush was running 70% approvals in Dec 2003.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who will win in 2016? on: July 28, 2014, 08:45:36 pm
I'd say the Dems are a 3/2-ish favorite right now.  the GOP do have some medium-term demographic issues (ie, losing 3 of 4 Hispanics is very hard to overcome) and don't appear to be on their way towards solving them.

Rubio would be their best shot.  Obama's approvals could be low enough to be a big drag.  barring all that it'd be hard to break 47-48%, maybe 48.5% against a candidate with high negatives like Biden or Hillary.  
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: DNC host city short list: Birmingham, Columbus, NYC, Philly, Phoenix on: July 28, 2014, 08:36:50 pm
What do they hope to accomplish by having it in NYC, strategically?

it would be way more fun for everyone involved than, say, Phoenix in August.  and the insiders know that the idea that a convention locale can sway votes come November is bunk.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever donated money to a politician, political campaign, or PAC? on: July 28, 2014, 04:30:47 pm
Whenever I receive solicitations by mail from any political party, I return their self-addressed envelopes with an enclosed contribution of $0.02.

do they include paid postage on the envelope?
16  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?
17  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.
18  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
19  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.
20  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).
21  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.
22  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.
23  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
24  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.
25  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?
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