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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: So..... remember Occupy Wall Street? on: November 21, 2014, 02:04:46 am
the min wage and fast food organizing movement(s) wouldn't exist but for Occupy's legacy.  "inequality" has entered discourse to such a degree that the mainsteam Dems have co-opted small pieces of it, such as the official support for a $10.10 federal wage.  if Occupy hadn't put those issues on the radar I don't think this would have happened.

it's a good issue for the Dems because a) it's extremely popular and b) plenty of bourgeois economists believe it would be good for economic growth, yet c) it doesn't provide low-wage workers with any actual power, as would something like EFCA.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK parliamentary by-elections 2014 on: November 21, 2014, 12:34:21 am
"#RochesterAndStrood was our 271st most-winnable seat. If UKIP win here, we can win across the country" - Mark Reckless
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Andrew Cuomo vs Strom Thurmond on: November 20, 2014, 11:09:59 pm
Cuomo vs. Atlas Forum moderators
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama to announce executive order on immigration on: November 20, 2014, 11:07:57 pm
I pay no taxes,

everyone pays sales taxes.  undocumented workers who get paid w/a check have fake SSN's and thus forefit money to the SS trust fund.   
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How much do you currently weigh? on: November 20, 2014, 01:16:48 am
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Bushie's Marian theology on: November 19, 2014, 12:34:13 am
NT Wright said something like "lose the infancy narratives and you lose a few chapters of the New Testament, lose the resurrection and you lose the entire Gospel", and that's more or less my position.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Major League Baseball HOT STOVE! on: November 17, 2014, 09:35:23 pm
I'm not sure I understand it from the Braves's point of view, though.

they get a pitcher with significant upside who is under team control.  they weren't going to re-sign Heyward (free agent after 2015) unless they paid him market money, which could be in the $150m range.
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Tom Vilsack for Veep? on: November 15, 2014, 07:36:06 pm
he's best as a bureaucrat.. agribusiness may well owe him a few favors and hand him a $300k/yr consulting job come 2017
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: When will Bushie's headache end? on: November 13, 2014, 02:29:04 pm
it's clearly an OCD symptom, especially considering the 0-9 grading system he's created and obsesses over.  so it's hardly clear how much of it can be traced to psychological rather than physiological causes.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Cultural observations on America on: November 12, 2014, 10:22:09 pm

5. Getting the marriage licence was quick and flawless.

why was this necessary?  isn't SSM going to be legal thoughout non-NI UK by Jan 1?
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: November 12, 2014, 10:17:52 pm
Caffeine may be a stimulant for some and a depressant for others.

What no

It's true.  I have known several people on both sides of this.

caffeine is by definition a CNS stimulant, though some do report the crash to be far worse than the ride.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Cuomo had 'secret pact' with Long Island Republican Senators on: November 12, 2014, 10:05:46 pm

Slimy Cuomo wants the Republicans in charge of the State Senate. He can use it as an excuse to keep "Progressive" Mayor Wilhem's agenda  in check in New York City.

I agree with the first conclusion, though the second part is only a partial answer, pointing to the larger answer: a Dem-controlled Senate would disperse power more evenly throughout the party, and NY progressives in general.  expectations would get ratcheted up, forcing Cuomo to do things he doesn't want to do (indefinite statutory ban on fracking, raise minimum wage, etc.)

he'd still have Silver around to stonewall things, but it would look VERY bad on the major issues -- if Silver refused to bring a $12.50 min wage to the floor, for instance.  with power more evenly dispersed throughout the party, a figure could emerge to take advantage of the not insignificant yet poorly organized 'progressive left'... so it's either piss off the $$$ men who will fund his future presidential campaign, or lose whole thing altogether.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: California Proposition 5 (2008) on: November 12, 2014, 08:59:46 pm
I'm all for reducing the severity of sentencing for nonviolent crimes; however, sentence reduction requires several caveats to be satisfied. First, the bill cannot be soft on drug dealing or drug production. Second, the bill cannot leave the poor in an environment of perpetual theft, which is as much a threat to their economic well-being as lack of opportunity, skills, or education.

Normally, I'd over-liberalize and then let the legislature amend, but allowing thieves and dealers to prey on low-income citizens is too much. Prop 5 doesn't look goo enough to me.

Not all drug dealing is equal.

yeah, the "drug dealer" archetype is a lingering Nixonian/Reaganite myth.. most "drug deals" take place between friends
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: California Proposition 5 (2008) on: November 12, 2014, 08:57:07 pm
as much as I hate pouring more money into rehab centers, obviously "yes"
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Breaking Bad and anxiety on: November 12, 2014, 08:47:00 pm
I've made it a few episodes into Season 2 of the show, and can certainly understand the critical and popular acclaim.   however, I can't say I enjoy it: it feels as if at every moment they're on the brink of death.  it's an often unbearable anxiety for  me.  does Walter ever consolidate some power/do things ever "calm down"?
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Cuomo had 'secret pact' with Long Island Republican Senators on: November 12, 2014, 08:36:32 pm

basically, the idea is that Cuomo agreed to stay out of the LI Senate races if Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos agreed to do little/nothing to aid Astorino's gubernatorial bid.  (Republican) Nassau County exec Ed Mangano soon got on board and took the bold move of endorsing Cuomo.

this has special significance because 1) the GOP has long dominated the Senate seats on Long Island, more than they "should" (the Nassau GOP machine lost its stranglehold on county gov't in 1999 for example), and 2) a large part of the deal cut between Cuomo and the Working Families party came with the promise from Cuomo to put some muscle into trying to pickup the few senate seats needed to wrest control from the GOP-"Independent Democratic" caucus, and 3) the long GOP-held Senate is the only mechanism of state government that Democrats don't control.

you can draw your own conclusions from there.
17  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: What's your favorite type of eschatology? on: November 12, 2014, 07:57:01 pm
this kind:

"No matter! He is holy. He carries in his heart the secret of renewal for all: that power which will, at last, establish truth on the earth, and all men will be holy and love one another; and there will be no more rich nor poor, no exalted nor humbled, but all will be as the children of God, and the true Kingdom of Christ will come."
18  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: LDS Church acknowledges Joseph Smith's polygamy for the first time on: November 12, 2014, 07:49:39 pm
Is a 14 year old wife really a sexual predator in the old west? I feel like it would be more commonplace, though the harem would not be.

not in and of itself, but in this case Smith used his cult of personality to threaten people with eternal damnation if they would not hand over their wives/daughters.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Megyn Kelly (FOX News) introduces Mike Huckabee as "Mike F**kabee" on: November 12, 2014, 07:46:35 pm
to be a pedant, she actually did not, she slurred the name of his eponymous TV show.
20  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / LDS Church acknowledges Joseph Smith's polygamy for the first time on: November 11, 2014, 01:16:42 pm

supposedly, all the youngins Googling things is to blame: "The church’s disclosures, in a series of essays online, are part of an effort to be transparent about its history at a time when church members are increasingly encountering disturbing claims about the faith on the Internet."

there's basically no end to the amount of "disturbing" information that can be found that more or less falsifies official LDS doctrine, and since the only intra-LDS hermeneutic I've encountered is straightforward-literalist (the better theological minds split off/were excommunicated a long time ago), it's hard to see a concrete place where this will end.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Christie: end political contribution limits on: November 10, 2014, 12:41:19 am
Money doesn't equal speech in any logical world since freedom of speech is meant to be equal. Money isn't. It's pretty simple, and ludicrous that anyone would think otherwise.

money doesn't talk, it swears  -Bob Dylan
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Breaking: SCOTUS to consider ACA subsidies on: November 08, 2014, 12:57:03 am
So what, would she have to pay that $6,000 back if the Supreme Court rules against her? Where's she supposed to come up with that money?

interesting question.  though I doubt the court will take a position on this question, and it's hard to imagine the Obama DoJ going after the past subsidies, and who else could claim standing to sue?  these were federal subsidies.  would a Republican DoJ?  hard to say.

that said there may already be a way this is handled somewhere in the US code.  Ernest might somehow know the answer to this question.
23  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Let's search the Great Soviet Encyclopedia! on: November 07, 2014, 11:56:56 pm
..ah, somewhat to my surprise, an article on Kautsky does exist in the 1979 Soviet Encyclopedia.  he's treated as a man who left the good way: "At first a Marxist, but later became a renegade."

they say Lenin 'exposed' him and WW1 proved him and the right-wing socialists wrong.  the final sentence of the article: "Contemporary right-wing socialist leaders use the opportunist and revisionist views of Kautsky to substantiate their reformist policies."

this does display a recognition of nuance that was not possible during Stalinism.  under Stalinism, there was no possibility of a once good man turning bad. he could only be eternally a hero or villain through all trials and tribulations.
24  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Let's search the Great Soviet Encyclopedia! on: November 07, 2014, 11:48:58 pm
On Jesus:


was Mythicism more popular in 70s scholarship or are they (presumably) intentionally overstating its influence?
If I recall right Engels tended to treat Jesus more as a mythological figure than as someone who really existed, so Soviet authors followed him. Not an actual answer to your question but yeah.

though Kautsky did endorse the categorical idea of a historical Jesus, though he denies the historicity of the vast majority of what's in the Gospels, including events that are seen as certainly historical by >98% of contemporary scholars.  Kautsky was, of course, force-fitting Jesus into a model of anti-imperialist revolutionary and nothing more.

Kautsky was probably treated as an unperson a la Trotsky in official Soviet History, but he's another data point on how Marxists treated Jesus.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the 2006 election on: November 07, 2014, 09:24:54 pm
I was still very emotionally invested in the Democrats back then.  I remember receiving a phone call from my father, after first period, so about 820AM Eastern, that Tester had pulled away from Burns and was likely to win. 

there was a Jesus on a white horse feeling I had about things back then -- the highest moments of the 2006 MLB season, Mets winning the NLDS while the Yankees go from sure-fire World Series favorite to eliminated in little more than 48 hours, Mets sweeping the Dodgers on the same night, both games watched with my father.  a therapist would say something about that, now 3.5 months since I've seen him despite living just 3 miles apart.. oh, but I'll just wait it out
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