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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official 2014-15 Club Soccer/Football Discussion Thread on: Today at 01:09:54 am
This is the third time Falcao has left a club right after he helped it qualify for CL
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you pronounce "Nevada"? on: Today at 12:59:20 am
Ne-va-da vs Ne-vad-a is the only real distinction here, correct?

I use the latter pronunciation because in freshman year at Tulane a friend from Carson City told me I was supposed to pronounce it that way so since then that's how I've done it

edit- nevermind i'm looking at my phonetic spelling again and even I can't tell which is supposed to be which

the correct one has a middle syllable that sounds like the word "add"
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of /r/theFappening on: September 01, 2014, 02:00:55 pm

4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of /r/theFappening on: September 01, 2014, 01:38:16 pm
whaaat you're telling me that the creepiest corner of Reddit is giving the entire website terrible publicity yet again? completely inconceivable
5  General Discussion / History / Re: Chat with The Mikado about cool history topics that interest you on: September 01, 2014, 11:28:24 am
How did the Great Powers of Europe view post-Meiji Japan and (later) Nationalist China? Were they regarded as equals to any extent or was it more like "oh isn't that cute the natives are pretending to be like us"?
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Nobody is noticing but Democrats are absolutely flooring the GOP with SuperPACs on: September 01, 2014, 10:59:58 am
I used SuperPAC as a catch-all term, this data includes 501(c)(4) spending too
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Georgia's Very Own Megathread! on: August 31, 2014, 07:34:13 pm
Windjammer she has a hard enough time just figuring out how to use her email Tongue

I just asked the questions as part of standard conversation, I have no idea how she'd react if she knew I was asking her things because a random guy in France wanted to know lol

Although facilitating the Q&A was pretty neat- next time I visit with relatives ill make a post soliciting questions for them
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Georgia's Very Own Megathread! on: August 31, 2014, 04:58:05 pm
I'm glad you like it Windjammer! I've added more bullet points of things she's said since I made the post; I'm currently eating at the Golden Corral with her and my brother. Discussion is no longer related to politics but if she mentions anything else ill make a new post

Could you ask her some specific questions please?

1) Does she believe Deal is a corrupt rightwinger?
2) Zell Miller endorsed Michelle Nunn, opinion of that?
3) Opinion of the GA republican party?

1. She doesn't have a strong opinion of Deal; she remembers seeing something about his administration's corruption issues on the news but doesn't recall any details. Her opinion of politics is that "every one of em's corrupt, either from the start or it'll happen once they get up there" so she tolerates minor ethical lapses as expected behavior. She's never stated so, but my suspicion is that this belief is related to the fact that her father owned the construction company that originally paved all the roads in Byron, while simultaneously serving on its city council!

2. Didnt get to ask her this, but her expressed opinion of him is that "Ol Zig-Zag Zell don't even know which way is up" so I can't imagine his endorsement would mean very much to her personally

3. No strong opinion- she judges candidates individually. On down ballot races between two nobodies she votes for the Democrat because she says "more often than not I usually tend to like the ones on that side better"
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Georgia's Very Own Megathread! on: August 31, 2014, 11:29:36 am
I'm glad you like it Windjammer! I've added more bullet points of things she's said since I made the post; I'm currently eating at the Golden Corral with her and my brother. Discussion is no longer related to politics but if she mentions anything else ill make a new post
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Georgia's Very Own Megathread! on: August 31, 2014, 10:43:16 am
I'm visiting my maternal grandmother in Macon so it's now time for a

BK FAMILY TRACKER MINI-UPDATE

background: she is a conservative Democrat but voted for Obama twice mostly out of serious concerns she had with the Republican candidates. In 2008 said, "I never woulda thought I'd see myself voting for a negro"

  • She regrets her Obama votes. Admits she still wouldn't have voted Romney; as we watched a McCain interview on Face the Nation she said, "I voted against him because his age and his cancer, but see he looks younger than ever! He's a very intelligent man."
  • She really liked "that young fella" who ran as Romney's running mate, and is excited to hear he is considering a 2016 presidency
  • Absolutely loves Hillary Clinton, doesn't believe she is responsible for "those embassy terrorists"; she will enthusiastically vote Clinton if she runs and is certain she will win
  • Doesn't like Nathan Deal but she wants to learn about Jason Carter before she makes up her mind
  • She really liked Sonny Perdue so she's inclined to support David but she's concerned about how he "fired all those people and closed that plant down up in North Carolina"
  • Has some personal concerns about Michelle Nunn: didn't know if "she was his daughter-in-law or if she's a spinster"; expressed concern and bewilderment when she learned that Michelle is married but kept her maiden name.

Edit to add:
  • The reason she likes Sonny is because he eliminated the state income tax for retired people
  • She considers Jimmy Carter as a great man and thought he was a good governor; she feels his Presidency was bad because he was "too much of a strong Christian to be successful in Washington"
  • She really doesn't like Chris Christie; she thinks he is "on drugs, dancing around like that" (?) and thinks he's a corrupt jerk
  • "[Rick Perry]'s tryin' to look smart, wearing those glasses, he ain't foolin' nobody"
11  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is overpopulation and the human breeding the root of all evil on the planet ? on: August 30, 2014, 03:02:09 pm
Averroes is right. Humanity's strain on the Earth is not from excessive population growth, but due to modern consumerism's reckless and unsustainable use of natural resources.

Also this graph and thread title seem to imply that evil only began to exist around the time of the Renaissance in Europe so I don't know what's up with that, I'm sure plenty of people were dicks back when overall population growth was around zero
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pres. Obama Planning Executive Order on Immigration on: August 30, 2014, 10:01:35 am
You guys are thinking way too broadly, this isn't going to be an overt power play that attempts to rewrite federal statute.

Existing Federal law already authorizes the Department of Homeland Security unilateral discretion to "parole" any alien from certain immigration admissibility requirements for a humanitarian reason or other significant national interest. This can be granted to an undocumented immigrant residing within the United States without requiring them to leave the country, in which case it is colloquially termed a "parole-in-place". An undocumented immigrant granted such a parole is thereafter allowed to legally petition for a change of immigration status since they're no longer inadmissible due to being "present in the United States without admission or parole".

This is the exact statutory mechanism the Obama administration used last year to grant amnesty to the immediate family members of military servicemen/women and reservists; the cited "significant national interest" was essentially "they will fight for Murica better if their families can be Murican too"

This link is to a USCIS memo explaining the legal logic in more detail. It would be incredibly easy, and legal, to broaden this decision to adapt it to cover most/all current undocumented immigrants that are in the US long term.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum IRC Channel on: August 29, 2014, 02:57:43 pm
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Twelfth (12th) Pacific Legislative Council and Discussion Thread on: August 29, 2014, 02:56:07 pm
simfan is the governor even allowed to introduce legislation
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Do you think Joe Biden will run? on: August 28, 2014, 03:55:58 pm
Do you think Biden will be a candidate for president in 2016?
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Westminster Parliamentary By-Election : Clacton (date to be announced) on: August 28, 2014, 02:26:02 pm
Potential mild amusement: UKIP already have a candidate selected for Clacton (some county councillor).

A feisty type

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jimwaterson/ukips-clacton-candidate-says-he-wont-stand-down-for-douglas

17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: eight arms to hold you on: August 28, 2014, 02:16:36 pm
At a party once I met a marine biology major and she described herself as "obsessed with cephalopods". I tried to make conversation by mentioning some fun facts about cuttlefish I learned from the internet but she clarified she was mostly into octopidiformes, not decapodiformes. She had a distinctly sexual tone in her voice when she was sharing everything she loved about octopi. My final verdict (that I didn't say to her face of course) was that she was way too into tentacle porn
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Re: What would you spend $42 000 from your piggy-bank on? on: August 28, 2014, 02:08:49 pm
Forum Community considers this aggresive thread relocation to be a declaration of war from USGD
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is Inks responsible for a majority of your infraction points? on: August 28, 2014, 04:04:12 am
Inks was responsible for only 1 out of my 21 ever infraction points, which he gave to me for using a curse word in response to a news article about a dad killing his own kid.

I gave myself 10 infraction points for a post in a thread titled "What is Mitt Romney doing the morning after he lost?" where I posted the following image from the onion with the caption, "November 8, 2012: Romney Spends Day Tearfully Apologizing at Father's Grave"



people found it to be in terrible taste and someone reported it so I figured I would spare Morden the trouble and just infract myself for it


My third (and most recent) infraction was during the big hullabaloo about Simfan communicating to the forum through intermediaries while he was banned and how infraction points were gonna be handed out for doing it. While several were arguing about the necessity and propriety of this, I relayed a message from Simi:

Quote
from IRC

21:02   Simfan   baconking can you tell inks I am not going to sue the atlas for whatever ridiculousness Snowguy716 might say

The irony was lost, but I got away with it while others' posts were being deleted for the same thing. I had to bring it up like five more times before Gustaf finally gave in and infracted me 10 points for wasting his time
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your three favorite avatars on: August 28, 2014, 03:39:10 am
Matsya, Vishnu's fish avatar



Jake Sully's Na'vi avatar




And I guess #3 is this guy

21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: "Imprisoned - A Review" - A Review on: August 27, 2014, 07:01:02 pm
"Two thumbs up" - the Bacon King review of the review of the review of Imprisoned
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Iowa Republican admits being bribed to endorse Ron Paul on: August 27, 2014, 06:57:13 pm
A few things:

1. This guy Sorenson resigned from the Iowa State Senate when its ethics committee released a 560-page report on how he violated ethics laws by concealing the fact that he was paid a lot of money by Michelle Bachmann's campaign.

2. He got the Paul campaign money in two ways. There was a $25,000 check made out to his wife from the company of a Paul staffer's wife, and there were several monthly payments of $8,000 that the Paul campaign gave to a film company which then routed it through a second company that then wired it to Sorenson.

3. The plea bargain says his wife won't get charged so that's probably why he took it

4. People from Bachmann's camp called Sorenson out on taking bribe money literally the same day he switched support, and there are apparently some incriminating emails in which Sorenson was negotiating his "salary" with an intermediary for the Paul campaign
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Presidential Tournament - Fictional Presidents on: August 27, 2014, 05:58:25 pm
President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

President Harrison Ford in Air Force One
President Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact
President Chris Rock in Head of State
President Jack Nicholson in Mars Attacks

President Dunkelzahn, America's first dragon president

President Jerry Brown from California Uber Alles
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum racists on: August 27, 2014, 05:44:14 pm
J.J. wasn't racist, HockeyDude. He was something far worse. What? I don't know. But it was definitely far worse.

the price of gold today is $1282.30 per ounce
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: How can anyone say the GOP isn't favored to win the Senate? on: August 27, 2014, 03:03:06 pm
The Republicans may be favored at this point but that doesn't mean anything, especially when the Democrats are parachuting millions into the close states to be spent between now and November.

The full picture won't be available until the campaigns' finances for this quarter are released but you can get a pretty solid picture based on last quarter's figures plus the current outside spending numbers.

In Arkansas Pryor is sitting on a ton of money while SuperPACs are spending millions attacking Cotton.

In Louisiana, Landrieu has raised twice as much as Cassidy and SuperPACs have already spent 4.5 million just in attack ads.

In NC, Hagan has raised $16 million to her opponent's $4 million, and that's not even counting the $10 million that liberal groups have dumped into the race.

In CO, Udall has triple his opponent's fundraising plus Democratic SuperPAC's have spent more money attacking the Republican than he's actually managed to raise himself so far.

In IA, exact same thing as in Colorado.

In AK the fundraising is just over 2-to-1 but the spending has been 4-to-1.



All I'm saying is don't count your chickens before they hatch. The GOP certainly has the structural advantage here and a Senate majority should be a foregone conclusion but the Democratic Party is still putting up a very costly fight that the GOP doesn't even seem to be noticing.

No matter how good a candidate is, if you allow him/her to be defined by the opponent's attack ads before they even have a chance to respond, then you cede the narrative, the momentum, and ultimately the race.



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