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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Upworthy vs. marxists.org on: October 29, 2014, 11:20:53 pm
he's a child.  he feels the need to get the orthodox basics down before finding his niche within it.  any American teen who gets deep into Marxism deserves a major +.

Thanks.

When I was a teenager I was super into it. I was a staunch Trotskyist and was obsessed with the Spanish Civil War and the corruption of the Bolshevik revolution in Russia.

But then I grew up and became a Social-Democrat.

once, I was young and impulsive
I wore every conceivable pin
even went to the socialist meetings
learned all the old union hymns
but I've grown older and wiser
and that's why I'm turning you in
so love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the views of the Founding Fathers matter in modern political policy? on: October 29, 2014, 10:39:30 pm
only Aaron Burr's
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2014 Major League Baseball prediction and discussion thread. on: October 29, 2014, 09:52:06 pm
I hope they stick with Bumgarner (assuming he doesn't have a difficult 8th) into the 9th, instead of going to the "closer"
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2014-15 NBA regular season discussion thread on: October 29, 2014, 09:37:21 pm
so the first semi-major story is that Julius Randle broke his fibula and is likely out for the season.  I saw the Lakers as a 55 to 60 loss team before this.  Kobe can either take his 30 shots per game at a 40% FG%, or if he shows something, try to orchestrate his way out of town so his career does not end in irrelevancy.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Anthony Weiner. Again. on: October 29, 2014, 07:46:57 pm
he digs the black chicks too, is the only revelation here.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Ronald Reagan on: October 29, 2014, 07:44:19 pm
The problem in the United States is that we generate about as much tax revenue per person as socialist European nations, yet we spend the money in incomprehensibly stupid ways.

the first part is completely untrue, unless you're not adjusting for % of GDP, which would be a self-serving error in methodology.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_tax_revenue_as_percentage_of_GDP

as for the second part, you're right; the US spends more as a % of GDP on health services, for example, yet has some of the worst outcomes.  this is because it's the most privatized system in the first world, which leads to ton of waste on advertising, litigation, administration and profit.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Patriots vs Broncons: Prediction on: October 29, 2014, 07:29:46 pm
I'd definitely take NE on the +3/+3.5, I'll leave it at that.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Give a title to the previous poster's autobiography on: October 29, 2014, 01:25:54 am
Tobacco Sales to Gophers: Taking Care of Mom When the Social Safety Net Freezes Over
9  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should red light cameras be used to enforce traffic laws? on: October 29, 2014, 01:23:44 am
hey, our brothers to the West in Nassau county have school zone speeding cameras now.  oh what to do when your traditional revenue streams fail.  as you can imagine, the folks who get those $80 fine letters in the mail are elated.
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2014 Major League Baseball prediction and discussion thread. on: October 29, 2014, 01:20:34 am
Bochy needs to utilize all of his pitchers tomorrow. Keep the Royals guessing.

Hudson isn't bad, he's better than degenerated psycho Peavy and probably better than Guthrie.  Bumgarner's availability is the great wild card -- another parallel to the 2001 WS, with Randy Johnson's clutch relief appearance on zero days rest to keep it a one run game.  if Bumgarner can eat two or three middle innings, that gives the Giants a chance to match the Royals' vaunted bullpen flurry in a close game.

I'd actually make the Giants a small favorite tomorrow, say, 55-45; I was surprised to see the Royals installed as a -125/+115 favorite.  maybe I'll make a $50 bet to get my juices flowing.

11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Ronald Reagan on: October 29, 2014, 01:14:25 am
the best you can say is that he had little awareness of the policies that were enacted in his name, and practically none at all between 1987-1989.  he was a perfect frontman for a class assault.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Upworthy vs. marxists.org on: October 29, 2014, 01:11:54 am
marxists.org is a devoted, specialized resource website with all sorts of fascinating primary-source material on one of the most consequential ideologies in modern history. I have it not only bookmarked, but in my bookmarks toolbar, right between biblegateway.com and jisho.org. Upworthy is vapid drivel. This isn't a contest.

I assume there's better content on it than the unreadable crap Snowstalker keeps linking to then?

Much better. Even within the context of his ideology his taste is awful.

he's a child.  he feels the need to get the orthodox basics down before finding his niche within it.  any American teen who gets deep into Marxism deserves a major +.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many times has jmfcst returned as a sock account? on: October 29, 2014, 01:09:02 am
seventy times seven times.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of BRTD on: October 29, 2014, 01:01:40 am
he totally changed my music tastes starting in about 2007, which in turn significantly changed my life and is intertwined with some of the best moments of my life -- who'd have ever thought I'd receive oral sex (from a girl from New Jersey) while blasting Jersey's Best Dancers?  on a less hedonistic note, he also helped me get into Mineral and  mewithoutYou, which played no small part in opening up the Christian path for me.

all that said, his contributions on such a level are in the past. his latest "Upworthy vs. marxists.org?" poll and the position he took are an example of the significant gulf that separates us nowadays.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Upworthy vs. marxists.org on: October 29, 2014, 12:27:28 am
marxists.org is a wonderful resource.  not because all of the material is super-awesome -- the sheer volume of it precludes that possibility.  

but, it is quite a resource for people who are genuinely interested in the World and are willing to spend some time struggling to understand certain complex topics, instead of poisoning their brains with cheap clickbait thrills that kill the attention span and hollow the soul.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Governor Sink vs Senator Coakley on: October 28, 2014, 11:20:14 pm
would the PPACA have passed in a slightly improved form had the Dems retained seat #60?  did 'reconciliation' limit what could be put into the bill?
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Ronald Reagan vs. Richard Nixon on: October 28, 2014, 10:54:59 pm
Reagan hands down, though Nixon would be competitive for this if not for Watergate.

So Watergate was the only black mark on the Nixon presidency? How about sabotaging the Paris Peace Talks so that he could get elected President? Secret bombing of Cambodia? Overthrowing the Allende government in Chile? Sanctioning the extrajudicial murder of leaders of the Black Panther Party by the FBI? Spying on his political opponents?

yeah, as Chomsky says, Watergate was but a drop in the bucket of the nasty sh**t that is done as a matter of course.  for the period example, see COINTELPRO.  the reason Watergate was so thoroughly investigated and prosecuted is because it endangered the targeted politicians themselves.

I voted for Nixon, but the only "good" things about him were forced on him by the situation: a scary conglomeration of social movements (in retrospect we can see they were in decline, but this was not so clear in 1969), and the long shadow cast by the successful "big goverment" New Deal liberalism of the past 35 years that was still the dominant political paradigm (much as Reaganist neoliberalism is now our dominant paradigm).
18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / 2014-15 NBA regular season discussion thread on: October 28, 2014, 10:47:37 pm
I believe it began tonight.  to kick us off, some futures odds:


ODDS TO WIN 2014-15 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Cleveland Cavaliers   3/1
San Antonio Spurs   7/2
Oklahoma City Thunder   7/1
Chicago Bulls   15/2
Los Angeles Clippers   10/1

nobody else above 25/1.



REGULAR SEASON MVP BETTING ODDS

LeBron James   EVEN
Kevin Durant 7/2
Blake Griffin 8/1
Derrick Rose 12/1
Chris Paul 15/1
Carmelo Anthony 20/1

nobody else above 30/1.


enjoy!
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which song is more abominable? on: October 28, 2014, 10:41:24 pm
voted for Anaconda.  the music vid for the J-Lo and Iggy was solid softcore porn.  "Womanizer" is worse than both of these.
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2014 Major League Baseball prediction and discussion thread. on: October 28, 2014, 10:36:01 pm
distinctive echoes of 2001 WS game 6.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of endtime.com on: October 28, 2014, 01:00:38 am
the lazy eye is a nice touch.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 28, 2014, 12:54:27 am
...and we've quite a cameo on our hands, brothers and sisters.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 28, 2014, 12:52:41 am
Wouldn't they want the world government to take power ASAP so can Jesus can come back?

it depends.  if you're a Post-millennialist, you believe that Christ will return (and the Rapture will occur) only after the Great Tribulation, so even the saved will endure plenty of pain.  and even if you're a pretribulationist, your good heart could fear for the billions that will be Left Behind, so the clock's ticking to save as many souls as you can.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 28, 2014, 12:46:55 am
You guys also forget that the Bible is literally the only book he has ever chosen to read.  Nothing else even on a related subject; e.g. theological research.  It's no wonder his specific beliefs are so bizarre.  He's virtually illiterate.

this is far from a unique phenomenon: estimates put the number of functional illiterates (people who technically have the ability to read, but never use it) at over 100 million.  Chris Hedges wrote a book about it, titled Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 28, 2014, 12:30:25 am
The weirdest thing about that endtime site is all the stuff they have claiming global warming is a hoax. But why would people obsessed with believing the world is about to end think global warming isn't real? If anything they should cite that as more evidence. It's kind of weird to be saying "Yeah look at all these vague signs...the end is coming! Oh except global warming, that's a complete hoax and has nothing to do with the end of the world."

And unlike evolution, it's not like global warming even contradicts a truly literal reading of the Bible either. There's no reason for fundies to doubt or dispute it, unless they want to basically disbelieve all science on principle or something...which also isn't exactly Biblical either.
The organizations behind Christian fundamentalism are completely bought and paid for by conservative big money types. Religion is little more than a complex fraud handed down from the rich and powerful to the poor and gullible. Same as it ever was.

the End Times ministry doesn't get any "conservative big money", it's very much on the edge of the mainstream of the itself-not-quite-mainstream paranoid cultural-evangelical protestant "movement".

the reason for their belief that the global warming is a hoax is likely related to New World Order conspiracy theories; that a world government, which will eventually be led by a charismatic antiChrist, is inventing the global warming crisis in order to gain control over everybody's daily life under the guise of limiting carbon emissions (think of it as the "mark of the beast", though that's usually reserved for the forthcoming UN-issued mandatory ID cards).
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