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26  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Oklahoma considering banning wearing hoodies in public on: January 04, 2015, 02:39:08 am
Oklahoma and Mississippi deserve one another....   
27  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / International Reaction if America Elects Hillary Clinton President on: January 04, 2015, 02:37:46 am
Any guesses how the international community would react after President Hillary Clinton is sworn in?  Euphoria?  Disgust?  Relief?  Meh? 
28  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: International reaction if America elects Jeb Bush on: January 04, 2015, 02:30:21 am
International reaction will definitely be colored initially by its last experience with a President Bush, though after his administration settles in, who knows?  

Thus far from what I have gleaned from past news articles, there is nothing there (foreign policy-wise) that I do not already agree with.  
29  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Feingold- Johnson rematch on: January 04, 2015, 02:06:42 am
It's Wisconsin, and it's going to be a presidential election year....Feingold wins narrowly. 
30  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California High-Speed Rail Thread on: January 04, 2015, 01:43:28 am
Construction is finally set to begin Tuesday.

31  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: When meeting a new person, what traits do you immediately look for? on: January 04, 2015, 01:30:53 am
I prefer women with a relatively mature tone of voice -none of this high-pitched girlishness.  There's nothing more disappointing to find someone who is fairly attractive but still sounds like a teenager straight out of high school (though she may actually be in grad school). 
32  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Lewis Trondheim on: January 04, 2015, 01:23:26 am
I viewed him relatively highly (despite my personal dislike of him) until he left in protest over opebo's banning.   
33  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's your excuse for not being in a relationship? on: January 04, 2015, 01:21:53 am
Looks like Bushie is going to have to up his game.....   
34  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The last movie you've seen thread 2014 and 2015 on: January 04, 2015, 12:43:23 am
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies and Selma.
35  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Comrade vs. the formal titles. on: January 04, 2015, 12:32:15 am
"Citizen" (French revolutionary alternative)

^^^^^^^^^^^^

Not a communist, socialist, or true leftist. 
36  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of opebo on: January 03, 2015, 11:21:25 pm
Everyone knows what I think of him, so no need to rehash it.  And if permitted, I would much rather forget he even exists -except for some here who seem to spend their every waking hour thinking about him, and then pestering us about bringing him back.

Sometimes I wonder whether even opebo finds it creepy that BRTD is still so obsessed with him...  Tongue


37  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the British Empire on: January 03, 2015, 01:13:25 pm
Better than many of the other empires of its day by comparison (going back to the late 16th century with the First British Empire).  
38  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: It's been almost a year. Can we have opebo back now? on: January 03, 2015, 11:53:29 am
http://www.cheapflights.com/flights-to-thailand/
39  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If we moved the nation's capital on: January 02, 2015, 01:22:06 am
I don't really see why we have to move the nation's capital anywhere other than where it is.  If the idea is to bring the government closer to the people it serves, why not simply decentralize the federal bureaucracy, and move agency headquarters out to the states? 
40  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination Poll - January 2015 on: January 02, 2015, 01:04:02 am
In case anyone has any lingering doubts about Jeb Bush's intention of running....
41  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of condoms on: December 29, 2014, 12:22:14 am
Eventually, the only reason you'll ever have to use condoms (outside of a long-term relationship) will be to prevent STDs:

New male contraceptive is expected to hit the market in 2017

BY ALEJANDRO ALBA  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, November 27, 2014, 12:19 PM


Quote
Aside from having a vasectomy, wearing a condom or simply just abstaining from having sexual intercourse, men do not have many options for birth control.

Parsemus Foundation, a group that works on neglected medical research, is working on a male version of the pill named Vasalgel that is expected to hit the market in 2017.

Vasalgel is described as a long-acting contraceptive gel that is not as permanent as a vasectomy. The gel is injected into the vas deferens, which is where the sperm swim through, and creates an impenetrable barrier that lasts multiple years. If the man wishes to reverse the effect it is done with another injection that dissolves the barrier.

The contraceptive has proven to be successful already with rabbits and baboons. The company said it would like to start clinical trials in 2015. According to the company's FAQs page, it won't cost more than $800.

I know it's from November, but clearly I wasn't the only one who missed it....  

I doubt very many men are going to be jumping at the chance to get a needle in their nutsack.

The male contraceptive pill that we're all waiting for is still undergoing research, so we will only have the following options:

1. abstinence
2. withdrawal
3. outercourse
4. vasectomy
5. condoms

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-info/men/birth-control-men

And of course this aforementioned injected contraceptive gel once it becomes widely available later this decade.  
42  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Possible Ginsburg replacements if she retires? on: December 28, 2014, 11:37:22 pm
Are there any African-American or Asian-American female judges that President Obama can nominate to replace her that can be confirmed by a Republican Senate?
43  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Predictions for 2015 on: December 28, 2014, 11:31:35 pm
1. President Obama wins fast track trade promotion authority from the Republican Congress sometime in the spring.

2. The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (including Japanese concessions on agriculture) is subsequently passed and signed into law later in the summer.

3. Republicans consolidate control of the Mississippi and Louisiana legislatures, as well as retaining the governorship of both states.
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And that's about as far as I will go for now.....
44  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's your middle name? on: December 28, 2014, 03:01:13 pm
Anthony (arguably that should have been my first name).
45  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Elections coming up on: December 28, 2014, 02:56:37 pm
Next Scottish parliamentary election will be on May 5, 2016:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_Parliament_general_election,_2016

A bit early to start with 2016 elections.

We already have a thread on the Austrian presidential election, which is apparently also in 2016...

 
46  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Elections coming up on: December 28, 2014, 02:26:13 pm
Next Scottish parliamentary election will be on May 5, 2016:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_Parliament_general_election,_2016
47  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of condoms on: December 28, 2014, 01:47:19 pm
Eventually, the only reason you'll ever have to use condoms (outside of a long-term relationship) will be to prevent STDs:

New male contraceptive is expected to hit the market in 2017

BY ALEJANDRO ALBA  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, November 27, 2014, 12:19 PM


Quote
Aside from having a vasectomy, wearing a condom or simply just abstaining from having sexual intercourse, men do not have many options for birth control.

Parsemus Foundation, a group that works on neglected medical research, is working on a male version of the pill named Vasalgel that is expected to hit the market in 2017.

Vasalgel is described as a long-acting contraceptive gel that is not as permanent as a vasectomy. The gel is injected into the vas deferens, which is where the sperm swim through, and creates an impenetrable barrier that lasts multiple years. If the man wishes to reverse the effect it is done with another injection that dissolves the barrier.

The contraceptive has proven to be successful already with rabbits and baboons. The company said it would like to start clinical trials in 2015. According to the company's FAQs page, it won't cost more than $800.

I know it's from November, but clearly I wasn't the only one who missed it....  



48  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: was life boring before the internet? on: December 27, 2014, 10:11:47 pm
No -as a kid you had other forms of entertainment at the time, like walkmans (remember those?), and television with a VCR, back in the day when we had to have rabbit-ears to see anything. 

And of course there were board games and toys, as well as books.  There was plenty to occupy myself with.

49  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you remember your first computer? on: December 27, 2014, 10:05:03 pm
Yes, it cost a few thousand dollars.

I meant simply using a computer, even it was your parents'. 
50  Forum Community / Forum Community / Do you remember your first computer? on: December 27, 2014, 10:00:48 pm
I'm old enough to have used this, even if it was just for play at the time:



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