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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: POST HERE IF YOU WANT TO BE CONSIDERED AS A MOD on: July 19, 2015, 07:04:25 pm
as I told Torie the other day --

Do you really want to be a Mod? Noticed what happened to my popularity when I became one?  Tongue 

yes I would.  I would rather be feared than loved.
2  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Favorite Churches on: July 19, 2015, 06:12:33 pm
old Orthodox (and Catholic) churches can be quite cool.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of CountryClassSF on: July 18, 2015, 06:24:37 pm
Did I just break the internet?

no, but if you had, I actually had.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Jury finds Colorado theater shooter James Holmes guilty of murder on: July 18, 2015, 06:22:20 pm
Come on oakvale.  The government is trying to take our freedom and is intruding into our lives by trying to tell us what kind of high powered semi-automatic rifles we can own.  And, as we know, if you outlaw guns, only the outlaws will have guns.  The government can never affect guns by regulating them, simply impossible. 

Instead, we need the government to create a universal list of all Americans and their mental health issues, and then implement a system where we monitor all Americans and predict whether they're dangerous.  Easy enough, right?  And, then we use modern psychiatric technology to cure those people before they become dangerous.  Sure, maybe we'd have to involuntarily commit some people if that fails, but it's worth it to protect our freedom and keep the government out of our lives.

A gun loving democrat from NY? Only on Atlas.

the first paragraph is satiric.  safe to say he'd support another Brady Bill.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Moderator changes: 2015 edition on: July 18, 2015, 04:19:09 pm
Do you really want to be a Mod? Noticed what happened to my popularity when I became one?  Tongue 

yes I would.  I would rather be feared than loved.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Jury finds Colorado theater shooter James Holmes guilty of murder on: July 18, 2015, 04:03:15 pm
Come on oakvale.  The government is trying to take our freedom and is intruding into our lives by trying to tell us what kind of high powered semi-automatic rifles we can own.  And, as we know, if you outlaw guns, only the outlaws will have guns.  The government can never affect guns by regulating them, simply impossible. 

Instead, we need the government to create a universal list of all Americans and their mental health issues, and then implement a system where we monitor all Americans and predict whether they're dangerous.  Easy enough, right?  And, then we use modern psychiatric technology to cure those people before they become dangerous.  Sure, maybe we'd have to involuntarily commit some people if that fails, but it's worth it to protect our freedom and keep the government out of our lives.

hey, I didn't think you were capable of good posts.  nice touch.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favourite Taylor Swift album on: July 18, 2015, 12:30:20 am
Red
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Need some Personal Help on: July 18, 2015, 12:29:58 am
well then you came to the right place son.
9  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Moderation policies: what should they be? on: July 17, 2015, 12:12:44 am
there is no list of demands, but certainly, your removal as a Moderator would somewhere be on it, Torie.  I hope you had a good day on this day: Thursday, Jul 16, 2015.
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Greece General Discussion on: July 16, 2015, 09:04:56 pm
What bad faith. Had you posted this here there would be no problem.

it wasn't worth my time.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of CountryClassSF on: July 16, 2015, 05:53:39 pm
Banned, so he's an automatic FF.

in death, he has a name
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Greece General Discussion on: July 16, 2015, 05:45:35 pm
just a pure plug: the "coverage" and dialog on AAD yesterday far exceeded what you'll find here.
13  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: reconciling Christianity and support for "right to die" on: July 16, 2015, 04:35:12 pm
No. Free will doesn't mean we ought to support or oppose any particular action, only that we can choose it.

right -- so the classic, "I personally oppose you euthanizing yourself, but you have the choice and I won't attempt to put the state apparatus in your way here."  that's all I'm looking for

That doesn't really match up with your title/OP. Are you trying to make a Christian argument for the state to ignore euthanasia or are you making a theological argument about euthanasia itself?

a theological argument that "frees up" the Christian towards new attitudes about the (ultimately technologically-driven) changes in the end of life process.

The idea that the Christian should be 'freed up' presupposes an ethical argument that you haven't actually made.

I just see it as presupposing the truth, that most Christians have a kneejerk reaction against euthanasia.
14  General Politics / Economics / Yellen speaks of "labor market slack" on: July 16, 2015, 01:23:31 am
could this be an indication that we'll be staying at near-zero interest rates over the short- and early-medium term?
15  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: reconciling Christianity and support for "right to die" on: July 15, 2015, 01:36:39 am
Catholic moral teaching and theology makes a big distinction between right to die and euthanasia, so it is good not to conflate the two and separate them out.

I'd just assume not let the Roman Catholic Church control my vocabulary on this issue here.

If we are all using a different words and meanings, your argument will have no effect. Well perhaps it will to yourself, which may be your audience anyway.

"right to die" is a phrase of its own.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_to_die

Catholic and other religious opposition is of course mentioned, if not explored.
16  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: reconciling Christianity and support for "right to die" on: July 15, 2015, 01:35:05 am
No. Free will doesn't mean we ought to support or oppose any particular action, only that we can choose it.

right -- so the classic, "I personally oppose you euthanizing yourself, but you have the choice and I won't attempt to put the state apparatus in your way here."  that's all I'm looking for

That doesn't really match up with your title/OP. Are you trying to make a Christian argument for the state to ignore euthanasia or are you making a theological argument about euthanasia itself?

a theological argument that "frees up" the Christian towards new attitudes about the (ultimately technologically-driven) changes in the end of life process.
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: looks like Tsipras has folded on: July 14, 2015, 10:40:31 pm
Of course it was Lenin who signed humiliating peace terms with the Germans. Kerensky is the guy who tried to continue fighting a losing war.

Kerensky was a guy who did not believe he had the right to make major decisions, as he was an unelected caretaker (he was only in - very limited - power for a few months anyway - the original Provisional PM was Prince Lvov). Elections to the Constituent Convention were held, as planned, shortly after the Bolshevik coup. And the Bolsheviks lost miserably (got about a quarter of the seats) - upon which loss they send in the guards to kick out the duly elected representatives of the people.

BTW, not that I care much about it, but the war was hardly losing - within a year the Germans collapsed themselves, and Russia would have been on the winning side.

as someone who does care - the Bolsheviks had to use every last cigarette to win the civil war.  or at least had to prepare that way. and they were waiting on the German (and pan-European) revolution, etc.  and besides they might not have held power for a full year if they continued war that whole time.

all of which makes it hard to regard Brest-Litovsk as a Bolshevik tactical error.
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: looks like Tsipras has folded on: July 14, 2015, 12:02:17 pm
Selling Parthenon hurts exactly nobody. It is an expensive heirloom, that could fetch a good load of cash. You are out of cash. Why not sell it?

You know, I think this is probably one of those 'if you don't get it, there's no way to explain it to you' sorts of things.

I'm pretty sure he grew up in the USSR, then made a career for himself in the West.  probably has a nice portfolio and everything.  such people hold "property rights" sacrosanct above all other rights.  the post-Castro Cuban emigres are horrible too.  I went to college with one -- she was really hot, but both of us saw fate pass us by as I apologized for Castro.

Wrong on most counts. Did grow up in the USSR. Studied in the US, true. Is Mexico "West"? Because that is where I have been since. Have very little saved: none invested in the market (university sallary, kids, schools cost money).  And, though I do have healthy respect private property, I do not view it as "sacrosant", nor do I consider it more important than basic human rights: quite the contrary. I do, however, find that private property is frequently very useful in protecting those rights - but that is another matter.

that's even worse then; property has a psychological hold on you and it hasn't even treated you all that well.
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: looks like Tsipras has folded on: July 14, 2015, 12:00:26 pm
leaked IMF report: Greek sovereign debt will exceed 200% of GDP by 2017; far more debt relief will be needed to keep country in Eurozone
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Atticus Finch? on: July 14, 2015, 07:56:38 am
he's being slowly punched to death.

21  General Politics / Economics / Re: Opinion of bitcoins? on: July 14, 2015, 07:53:57 am
anyway -- it's almost inarguable that cryptocurrencies have eased the process of buying and selling drugs and other contraband for mildly computer literate people, yes?  in that case it's hard to say anything but "positive", whatever its inbuilt deflationary faults might be or whatever.
22  General Politics / Economics / Re: Opinion of bitcoins? on: July 14, 2015, 07:52:27 am
Now that silk road is closed, I don't really have any use for them.

yeah, you're right.  I'll still give you $20 for each full bitcoin. hmu
23  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: reconciling Christianity and support for "right to die" on: July 14, 2015, 07:51:38 am
Catholic moral teaching and theology makes a big distinction between right to die and euthanasia, so it is good not to conflate the two and separate them out.

I'd just assume not let the Roman Catholic Church control my vocabulary on this issue here.
24  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: reconciling Christianity and support for "right to die" on: July 14, 2015, 07:50:54 am
No. Free will doesn't mean we ought to support or oppose any particular action, only that we can choose it.

right -- so the classic, "I personally oppose you euthanizing yourself, but you have the choice and I won't attempt to put the state apparatus in your way here."  that's all I'm looking for
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What AP classes/tests have you taken? on: July 14, 2015, 07:46:32 am
Comp. Gov: 4 (2006)
Statistics: 4 (2007)
English Language & Composition: 4 (2007)
Calc AB: 5 (2008)
US Gov't & Politics: 5 (2008)
US History: 5 (2008)
Macroeconomics: 4 (2008)


I knocked out 21 college credits.  I needed only 99 credits over 8 semesters in college.  15 of those were pass/fail.  so my standard semester the last 2 years was 3 4-credit classes, one of which was pass-fail (meaning I only had to give so much of a sh**t about it).

That must've been a breeze of a last 2 years.  Did you have a job along with that?

yeah I worked 8-15 hours/week in a dining hall.  same dining hall all four years, was a unionized workplace (UAW local 2300, iirc), though of course I wasn't in the union.  I actually was pretty damn popular among the workforce there, including this Vietnam veteran who hated everybody (and died right around the time I was graduating)...  made me feel good that the "common people" don't hate me as some people have predicted they would

it also afforded me a lot of time to drink, both with and without buddies, both with and without women.  I could have used that time better: I only needed 3-6 more credits for a minor in statistics, for instance.
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