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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Why are the posters without avatars usually the worst? on: Today at 08:40:29 am
I question the premise.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Your favorite Republican swing state Senator? on: Today at 08:39:10 am
Portman of course.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do anti-abortion atheists exist? on: Today at 08:38:36 am
I am an atheist, and favor putting limits on late term abortions.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If you were in Congress would you boycott the inauguration? on: Today at 07:04:44 am
No, of course not. It's a matter of civic etiquette. I also say "under God" when saying the pledge, even thought I'm Godless.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Atlas' favorite countries: South America Round 2 on: Today at 06:53:17 am
Never been to South America, so it is a guess. I guess Argentina.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: An unsystematic rant about the working class and "culture" on: January 19, 2017, 06:05:01 pm
Just because you lack intellectual curiosity about the world, and like "low brow" culture, and makes grammatical errors, does not make you a low brow person. My contractor is like that, but he's highly intelligent, good at what he does, honest, and has his hobbies, mostly hunting and boating. He's a man's man. I like him a lot - indeed I admire him. It helps that he has a good sense of humor, yes.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever been to a Native American reservation? on: January 19, 2017, 05:46:59 pm
Most of them in the Western US actually, and a Mohawk reservation in Quebec near Montreal, where Dan and I went into a sweat house in the forest with but our underwear on, to attend a ceremony, with chanting and whatnot. The Mohawks went back three times for more, but once was enough for Dan and I. Man it was hot in there. The heat was generated by throwing water on hot rocks, that had been baked in a pyre.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Political Correctness and Communism on: January 19, 2017, 09:30:07 am
Just found this diagram here which is one of the clearest explanations I've seen of the similarity between Soviet Communism and Political Correctness and how they both ultimately come from the same human impulses and represent the same kind of politics.

Where did your chart come from? Do you have a link? The reason I ask is that someone reported your post, with a racism rap. I do find the chart questionable myself (as a substantive matter, I find it simplistic, and well, just silly), but knowing its source would have some relevance here I think. Thanks.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Fire, fire in Hudson on: January 18, 2017, 11:13:40 pm
A historic building three blocks from my home, had a devastating fire, cause unknown,  and then it bit the dust as a safety hazard. The fire started at 3:00 am last night. Danny heard the fire trucks roaring by for hours. I am a sound sleeper, and dreamed away unperturbed. Sad. Very sad, because it was about to be fixed up, and brought back to life. And now the grand old brick building is gone, forever. The Hudson valley is littered with these splendid old brick industrial buildings, long since abandoned, but now as gentrification sets in, many are being brought back to life, repurposed for needs that fit the times (often community service oriented). No, in the Hudson Valley, you don't just tear these puppies down. In much of Hudson, it's totally illegal, but anyone who had the right to do it, in a zone not restricted, would become a social leper. Those folks need to move to Orange County, CA or something, where they belong, if they want to do such desecration.

One amazing thing in the upper Hudson Valley (north of the reach of the much richer NYC burbs) is that the firefighters are all volunteers, who work for no pay. Amazing isn't it? They are my heroes. I work pro bono as a lawyer for the community (about 20 hours a week now, writing legislation and legal research and the like, and serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals, trying to create a stronger nexus between it and what the law requires), but it is just not the same. I am no hero.

Ah, the search for meaning in life (a topic on another thread). The upper Hudson Valley is a good place to find it - if you can find a way to make ends meet, which is not easy if you don't bring the money in with you.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Arizona vs Florida on: January 18, 2017, 02:09:16 pm
Florida sucks. The end.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is the most powerful politician you have slept with? on: January 18, 2017, 11:07:14 am
None to my knowledge actually. I did do a rather high level federal bureaucrat however. Smiley
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask the next poster a question on: January 18, 2017, 11:01:19 am
Interesting chap.

Are you losing interest in politics?
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I need Atlas' help! on: January 18, 2017, 10:57:15 am
The meaning of life is to search for meaning. Read this book. Aren't you glad you asked Kal? Smiley
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Atlas's Favorite City in the West on: January 18, 2017, 08:28:47 am
Portland of course. I love that city.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Cathy McMorris-Rodgers booed and heckled out of health care townhall on: January 18, 2017, 08:27:01 am
The vapid and empty text of Cathy's speech didn't help. I would have booed her just for that. If I want froth I buy a beer. I don't want it in a speech. It's insulting to the audience, implying that the speaker thinks they are a bunch of dumbs.
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Orange County, CA and Elliot County, KY on: January 18, 2017, 08:05:32 am
The fact half of what was Orange County is now in Idaho clearly had a bit of a long-term impact.
I have no idea what you mean by that. Nothing in Idaho was ever part of Orange County.

It's not a secret that much of the population growth in Idaho (and Utah to a lesser extent) in the 1990s and 2000s was right-wingers initially from Orange County who resented the state's growing social liberalism.

Wouldn't they go to Arizona or Texas before Utah or Idaho, then?  I'd imagine that those types of people would want to stay in warm areas.

I personally know some folks in OC who moved to Idaho for various reasons. One of my clients did so, because he dislikes paying taxes. Others did so because they wanted a more "wholesome" environment. Myself, I seek out depravity, but I digress. Smiley
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I need Atlas' help! Any financial majors, or anyone, to buy or lease a car? on: January 18, 2017, 07:58:41 am
How much are the car payments? 

To own is about $226 with an interest rate of 5.4% and a period of 36 months.

Lease for 36 months is $113

To complete the analysis, you need to know the residual value of the car, that you would give up after 3 years with a lease (with a loan, you would own the car debt free after 3 years). Also leases basically entail a huge prepayment penalty if you get rid of the car early. First you pay off interest under a lease, and then principal, as opposed to a loan, where the payments include principal and interest. That really sucks.

And the 5%+ plus interest, is about 5% higher than the interest you would earn from a bank, so that is in my mind another cost. To take an extreme case where borrowing is an investment rather than a consumption expenditure, if you can borrow money at 4%, and invest it in something safe at 6%, I view that as well, an investment, rather than a consumption expenditure. I play that game with long term fixed interest mortgages. If interest rates ratchet up, the 4% interest rate on the mortgages would look pretty good, if high quality short term bonds were earning 6%.

Anyway, if it were me, in your situation, I would buy a clunker, that just gets you from point A to B. Heck that is what I owned for years, even with well, a young lawyer's income. I plowed my savings into real estate instead (taking big write offs against my income for tax purposes under the provisions of the tax code back then - Reagan loved real estate investors, until finally, the drain on the treasury, forced it all to go away in 1986).

But I am not a miser. I just bought an RDX. I can now take the curves on the roads through the Catskills going the speed limit. I was afraid to do that with the Kia Sorrento (which has now been consigned just for tooling around Hudson and its "suburb" of Greenport). Smiley
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you ever feel lonely? on: January 18, 2017, 07:44:13 am
Not now. I'm part of a community, and have a partner and we love each other.  So I'm very fortunate. But in the past, yes from time to time. Heck, I lived alone for 30 years. I "connected" as it were through work, and my legal colleagues mostly.

Getting in tune with my sexuality was also obviously a big factor. There is no doubt in my mind that  the acceptance out there on the Fruited Plain by and large of one's sexual choices, and hard wiring, has dramatically improved the lives of millions of folks, many of whom were tortured souls.

 The moral of the story is that it is never too late to get a life.
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / MOVED: Should all Russians be sterilized and Russia partitioned between its neighbors? on: January 18, 2017, 07:36:12 am
This topic has been moved to Individual Politics.

20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / MOVED: Should Minneapolis' Museum of Russian Art be closed? on: January 18, 2017, 07:34:58 am
This topic has been moved to Individual Politics.

21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Will Darrell Issa lose in 2018? on: January 16, 2017, 10:18:36 pm
I doubt he will run for re-election.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How old are the people of Atlas? on: January 16, 2017, 10:11:07 pm
I just turned 24 on Friday (why yes it was Friday the 13th), joined at 21. Probably discovered it when I was 19.

Ah, we have the same birthday.  Smiley
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: (NEW) Atlas Free Radio: Interview with REAGANFAN, Part 2! on: January 16, 2017, 06:14:18 pm
I am actually very impressed with the amount of knowledge Tweed has, and the quality of his interviews. The interviewees are impressive too. Well done by all!
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the US break off diplomatic relations with Ecuador? on: January 16, 2017, 06:12:02 pm
The list of nations that the US should sever relations with, must be long for BRTD. China is pretty awful in many ways. After sending the Russian diplomats packing, let's sever relations with them!
25  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: What Congressional District Should the Previous Poster Hypothetically Run In? on: January 16, 2017, 05:55:31 pm
Alaska or Wyoming.
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