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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Recommend a Free Antivirus Program on: April 01, 2014, 05:50:51 pm
Geek squad can install this program called webroot for you.

I can't imagine that not being a ridiculous ripoff
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What can you buy with one dollar? on: April 01, 2014, 11:17:02 am
0.002053 BTC
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Dear God I hate the left. on: March 30, 2014, 09:13:46 am
the identity-politics left is insufferable, which is what you're referring to, OP.  it has more to do with mainstream corporate liberalism than it does with any "far left".
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Recommend a Free Antivirus Program on: March 30, 2014, 09:11:44 am
if you're on Windows, Microsoft makes a "Security Essentials" pack/program that worked fine for me in Vista and Windows 7.  my main problem with Antivirus programs is how they sap memory and performance.  just be careful with .exe's and bundled downloads and you should be ok
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The BRTD Memoirs Thread on: March 30, 2014, 08:59:28 am
yo BRTD, what's the story with your father?  I don't recall you ever mentioning him.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could a Republican Senate be good for Mrs. Clinton? on: March 27, 2014, 09:11:15 am
If the Repub Senate is as big government as her of course.

George W. Bush was a big-government right-winger. Although Republicans have been wise enough not to show the catastrophic failure of a President as a model they have yet to renounce his political philosophy.   

all Republican presidents have been "big-government" statists since at least Coolidge.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the preceding election? on: March 26, 2014, 09:53:06 pm
Zyuganov

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1972_Italian_general_election
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: are you interested in weather on: March 25, 2014, 08:21:00 pm
not the science of it, but as it relates to the calendar and to my biography, record highs and lows, yes.
9  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Recent bans on: March 25, 2014, 08:16:59 pm
it took you that long to figure out barfbag's IP matched Derek's?
10  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Calvinism Is Back on: March 25, 2014, 02:58:53 pm
the thing for people like Alfred to do is to read up on "compatibilism"
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Chuck Schumer on: March 25, 2014, 07:14:41 am
he's probably the Senator with the closest relationship w/ both AIPAC and Wall Street.  a great example of the neoliberal degenerated Democrat.
12  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Entitlement mentality on: March 25, 2014, 07:09:58 am
there's no moral excuse for a highly developed country not to guarantee a subsistence-plus lifestyle to all of its citizens/residents, if that's what you mean.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Hot or Not: Howard Coble on: March 25, 2014, 06:23:41 am
anyone else think this was going to be Howard Cosell?  I was all 'wtf?'
14  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Calvinism Is Back on: March 25, 2014, 06:22:00 am
this is a four year old article and reads exactly like a four year old article.  conservative-evangelicals will always have their theological fads.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: PPP: National environment getting better for Dems on: March 23, 2014, 01:49:04 pm
It's when Republicans get to know who the Koch family is that the GOP will have trouble.
The Dems have their own Koch: Soros.

The Koch family is beginning to remind me of the Medici family in Florence -- huge patrons of the arts and sciences, but political thugs.

Let the Koch family get its way, and America becomes a Republic in Name Only. 

I wouldn't go that far, but it's true that they're corrupting the democratic system beyond anything we've seen before.

From 2006 to 2011, the top 5 Unions spent 1.4 Billion on political activities.

The $20,000,000 the Koch brothers spend is a drop in the bucket compared to big labour

Political Expenditures - 2006 to 2011

SERVICE EMPLOYEES- $320,174,659
STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO - $316,958,887
AFL-CIO -$282,401,199
NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND - $238,948,778
TEACHERS AFL-CIO -$138,087,803
SERVICE EMPLOYEE - $105,069,027

http://online.wsj.com/news/interactive/LABOR20120710?ref=SB10001424052702304782404577488584031850026

the Koch brothers are two people.  those unions represent millions if not tens of millions of people.
16  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Have True Leftists accomplished anything in recent history besides mass murder? on: March 23, 2014, 10:23:18 am
Seriously think about it. What has True Leftism brought us?

Liberalism/progressivism brought us the 40 hour work week, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid and the universal healthcare of other countries.

True Leftism has brought us the gulags, the Cultural Revolution, the Great Leap Forward and the Khmer Rouge.

Yeah tough choice which ideology I'm going with...

No, it was leftist/labor agitation which pushed those and forced the dithering "progressive" governments to act on them. The domestic policy achievements of Roosevelt and Johnson did not originate from the top down.

BRTD also has little or no knowledge of how instrumental Communists (and Trotskyists) were in organizing American labor during the popular front period.  for something close to home he should read the story of the Minneapolis Teamsters strikes in 1934.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: opinion of this cheat sheet for a math situation on: March 23, 2014, 09:53:33 am
New Math™

Newspeak, yes
18  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Hey guys, Xahar has been banned! on: March 22, 2014, 06:02:41 pm
RIP
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you do your own taxes? on: March 22, 2014, 06:02:02 pm
any literate teenager could do my taxes
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: opinion of standard deviation on: March 22, 2014, 03:37:08 pm
write-in 940 heads and 60 tails
21  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should we abolish federal gasoline excise tax? on: March 22, 2014, 02:08:15 pm
I'm a bit torn on things like this, that disincentive things that should be disincentivized but yet are regressive in their application.  tobacco is the archetypal example.  I lean towards "yes, abolish and find another way to achieve the desired outcome"
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Michigan gay marriage ban struck down on: March 21, 2014, 10:16:34 pm
Judges are not there to express the will of the people, legislatures are.

Then why have legislatures done such a terrible job of it?

it's all total nonsense.  my hunch is that baby Boomer liberals have this psychological need to see society progress to these previously unknown heights of tolerance, and by allowing a few thousand gay couples in each state marry they actually think they're making a Rosa Parks-esque imprint on society.  

not a few liberals compared Edie Windsor directly to Parks.  keep in mind Windsor's case only reached the SCOTUS because she had to pay a $363k tax as a result of her partner dying!  Rosa Parks wouldn't have known which real estate agents to hire if she had $363k in 1955 dollars.  my father, himself a baby boomer Jewish liberal, said something to me like "your generation will take it for granted, but gay marriage is revolutionizing society in a way you probably can't understand".  I just glared at him, as I usually do when discussing any topic this side of minor-conference college basketball.

the end result of this is that gays are joining the post-WW2 Jews as the most privileged group in world history: not disadvantaged at all by any demonstrable economic statistic, yet enjoying multiple "extra" protections under the law.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Michigan gay marriage ban struck down on: March 21, 2014, 06:37:03 pm
I'm trying not to get choked up. I've never been prouder of my state.

your state didn't do anything, one Federal judge made a decision.  if you're prouder of this than you are of the 1936 Flint strike then you're a sociopath.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 2016 Democratic Primary: Hillary vs. Sanders on: March 21, 2014, 06:24:41 pm
The "Sanders is unelectable" meme is the same retarded spiel Hilbots spewed about anyone other than Hillary in 2008. Guess what? It's not true.

Come on, of course it's true. The media would destroy Sanders.

It wouldn't Hillary Clinton? Come on.

Sanders would be killed before he was allowed to assume the presidency.  though such an overtly political murder may be beneficial in the long run.
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Raiders trade for Matt Schaub, open door Texans to take Johnny Manziel on: March 21, 2014, 06:13:27 pm
more people than not think they prefer Bortles.
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