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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Bacon King Institute of Comedy on: July 18, 2014, 07:58:13 pm
Now that there is a Mitt Romney 2016 megathread, and for the record, I do not believe for a moment that Mitt will run for President in 2016, or ever again, but that aide, for the purposes of sheer speculation, let us say that Mitt did run in 2016, knowing what we know now, who would be the best running mate for Mitt?

Give your reasons for your choice or choices if you like.

I thought you would like this thread my friend. If Mitt doesn't run, who might he endorse?

Indeed, this entire forum owes  you a debt of gratitude for this magnificent thread.

You had a wonderful idea and demonstrated great foresight in creating this thread to discuss one of America's great leaders.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Willard "Mitt" Romney 2016 megathread on: July 15, 2014, 01:45:24 am
Mitt Romney is the best presidential candidate in the last 100 years.  He's also a wonderful person non-politically speaking.  He loves his wife, is a terrific father, always sets good examples, and is just a warm, caring person.  Honestly, his dear father is looking down from Heaven and is so proud of his exemplary son.

That is some of your finest work.
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favourite mode of public transport on: July 11, 2014, 07:00:02 pm
Rail.  I catch the train and bus 5 days a week, and I can only wish the train commute was longer than the bus commute (though that would make the work physically further away from where I live, so maybe not).
4  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should children be allowed to work on tobacco farms? on: July 11, 2014, 02:10:03 am
Children really shouldn't be in any tobacco farm, let alone permitted to work on them (as unrealistic as that is). The fields are doused with pesticides and the cut leaves themselves are toxic. Even the barns where the leaves are dried are filled with ash and resin.

Yes, and the harvesting of the leaves is carcinogenic as well (repeated and continued handling of the leaves causes nicotine and tar absorption).  The question isn't whether children should be working with tobacco; should adults be doing that, either?  Even if you paid them a proper living wage with appropriate overtime penalties, it looks like very dangerous work.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do you drink strawberry milk? on: July 11, 2014, 01:43:49 am
I've had it once, it tastes much better than root beer flavored milk.

Haven't heard of that.  Can't say I would ever buy strawberry milk, but I'd maybe drink it if offered.  It is a very boring beverage.
6  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should Private School (k-12) be Abolished in the United States? on: July 11, 2014, 01:34:58 am
Preferably selective education would be prohibited, but it is probably more feasible to push for the elimination of state funding of private institutions, diverting it to the public facilities.  I don't know how much assistance the private schools in the United States receive, but in Australia the level of support they receive is astounding and ridiculous.  One of the biggest obstacles to equality of opportunity is inferior education for those from lower-class backgrounds.  Independently of that, the schools are often religiously influenced, which, if beholden to fundamentalist views, can have a negative impact on the greater society (I assume a reasonable correlation between private schooling K-12 and not believing in evolution and/or or climate change), and the exclusionary nature of the schools regardless of any religious leanings prepares the students for a lifetime of segregation.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: which shift would you rather work? on: July 11, 2014, 01:22:57 am
5.30am-2pm is a dream shift.  I'm doing 6.30am-3pm this week and it's incredible.  Frankly I'm not sure how I normally work 60 hours a week, I'm already unable to imagine a life without spare time after work.  (I'm on my 'holiday' - where I work 40-ish hours a week instead of 60.  I can only assume that if I had actual time off, I would be so directionless that I might have to finally start watching Game of Thrones from the beginning, or even worse, travel.)

A few years ago, I used to work night shifts, including a few months of just overnight (11pm-7am) shifts.  I don't think I would do that again unless I really needed to - it's just better to work in the morning and sleep in the night.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever experienced any infestations/problems with insects? on: July 04, 2014, 09:24:22 pm
Fleas on at least three occasions, and German cockroaches once.

It's incredible how, after a visit from an exterminator, the regular cockroaches show up dead all over the exterior of the house for weeks after.  The regular ones here are big and somehow stay out of sight (and also completely unavoidable in most homes in Sydney's inner-west), and are preferable to the German cockroaches.
9  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: To the mods - a modest request on: July 03, 2014, 01:26:00 am
Seems reasonable.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Cats or dogs? on: June 29, 2014, 01:47:32 am
I love cats, and have lived with one since I moved out of home.

I don't like dogs.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of former Libertarian Atlasians on: June 25, 2014, 02:12:52 am
I had some pretty strong fiscally libertarian leanings in 2005/2006, before shifting towards socialism and staying there since.

It's only reasonable that people's views on some things might evolve in their youth, and additionally I am suspicious of anyone who claims to have never changed their mind on anything.  Indeed, the phenomenon of 'libertarians turning left' has been a discussed aspect of the forum community since I joined it.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did you ever line your wall with empty alcohol bottles? on: June 25, 2014, 02:07:21 am
No, my floor looks like that at the end of the work week, and this is what I am trying to avoid. Tongue
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Bacon King Institute of Comedy on: June 25, 2014, 02:05:15 am
23 and hopefully having some congressman I'm working for on top of me.

Wha?

I would like to have some nice young congressman to come at me while I am working for him.
14  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Should Libertas be unbanned? on: June 21, 2014, 08:14:23 pm
Ugh.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: When did Mexican Americans stop being a Republican voting block? on: June 20, 2014, 09:32:08 pm
Mexican Americans have been reliably Democratic since the Civil War.  Granted, turnout was abysmal (and is still poor), but there has never been any significant pocket of support for the Republicans among Mexican Americans.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: June 2014 Federal Election - President, VP and Regional Senators on: June 20, 2014, 11:43:41 am
President/Vice-President
1) DemPGH/Windjammer

Pacific Senator
1) Flo
2) Tyrion
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Five and a half years from now. on: June 20, 2014, 03:37:51 am
I will have turned 30 the day before, fingers crossed. Wink
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California Senate passes $13 minimum wage bill on: June 17, 2014, 04:30:07 am
I tend to ignore your posts where you are 2+2=5 factually incorrect--there's just too many to respond to--but claiming that rising wages REDUCES consumption is too laughable to ignore.

Good point on the dangers of inflation. A leading problem needing tackled at this time in our history, right after getting rid of President Carter and dsico.

I didn't say it reduces aggregate consumption. I said it creates cost-push in the targeted industries, which reduces consumption (obviously within the industry experiencing cost push). The workers may be putting themselves out of work or cutting back their own hours.

Thanks for the nugget of wisdom about the lack of catastrophic inflation in housing, healthcare, education, and fuel. I'm sure the Federal Reserve Bank is manipulating the data to show that the California housing price index is 500% higher than it was in 1980.

http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/CASTHPI

Making $13 an hour, it's still a lot easier to eat lunch at McDonald's than eat properly.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: OR-PPP: Clinton leads all GOPers by at least 12%. Christie does worst on: June 16, 2014, 05:27:37 am
Odd that Clinton is only at 51-52%.

Two and a half years out, 51% is a great number.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Late term abortion basically outlawed in Florida on: June 16, 2014, 04:01:08 am
Inaccurate thread title.  Late term abortion was already basically outlawed there, as it is in most and possibly all states.  The bill kept the exception to the ban if a mother's life is at risk or to prevent irreversible physical impairment of a mother's major bodily function. All this bill did was remove the vague indefinable exception of allowing it because of psychological harm to the mother and add to the 24-week standard a standard of that the doctor has to determine that the child would not be viable if taken from the womb intact.

Really, the only reason I can see to oppose the bill is not if you are pro-choice, but because you are pro-abortion.

I'm pro-choice and I would oppose this on the grounds that psychological risk should be legal grounds for termination.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: DEMOCRATS ONLY: which state do you think is safer in D column going forward on: June 15, 2014, 02:53:56 am
Colorado is beginning to adopt some West Coast traits, staying strong for the Democrats in 2010 by having a higher floor than a rapidly radicalising state GOP.  Along with some of its social attitudes, it seems to be adopting a type of culture that is similar to the strong polarisation in Washington and Oregon.  Not that I am really worried about Virginia in future elections, either.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Oklahoma Republican says gays should be stoned to death on: June 12, 2014, 06:38:42 am
On his website he also supports raising the bar for getting a divorce and speeding up the appliance of the death penalty so that victims of crime can get their revenge faster.

He also explicitly dennounces the Log Cabin Republicans:

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There is a group, Iím told, called the Log Cabin Republicans, which consists mostly of homosexuals.  I can tell you this right now:  If such a group exists, I wonít lift a finger to get their support, and will admonish them to repent of their perversion.

This is not a bad idea.

Why on earth would you make it harder to get a divorce?
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your favorite forum meme? on: June 08, 2014, 11:02:04 pm
Well this thread is turning out pretty awesome.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Employed? on: June 08, 2014, 07:09:33 pm
I feel pretty employed. Tongue
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: This place is boring, can we bring Opie back yet? on: June 08, 2014, 07:07:41 pm
It would be wonderful to have him back!
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