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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 24, 2014, 07:48:25 pm
I think it's time for Bushie's money, as much as we can say that he has his own money, to be placed under the care of a conservatorship. It's clear he can't take care of himself.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 24, 2014, 07:38:03 am
I'm pretty sure nobody walks mail delivery in Oklahoma. They have little postal jeeps that drive the mailmen from box to box.

Who walks mail delivery anymore?
That's how it's done in dense cities. You can't exactly drive from mailbox to mailbox in Manhattan. I do find the practice of physical mail delivery rather antiquated in 2014, though. Unless I order something from Amazon, the only mail I ever get is junk.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is "The Train Room" in Update supposed to symbolize? on: July 24, 2014, 07:34:26 am
America's tendency to value material possessions over people. We make space in our lives for stuff, but not for people. The absurdity of having a train room only drives the point in even stronger. Our stuff serves no real purpose. Just entertainment. A silly toy. But still more important than our children.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 24, 2014, 12:41:59 am
I'm pretty sure nobody walks mail delivery in Oklahoma. They have little postal jeeps that drive the mailmen from box to box.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: When will we see effort to address unaffordable dental care? on: July 24, 2014, 12:38:04 am
Dental insurance is tricky because you have to have a mechanism that prevents people from signing up, paying one month of premium (which often is in the $20-$40 range), getting a lot of work done, and canceling.
How does it work? I need my wisdom teeth out.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pew Research: US Murder Capitals since 1985 on: July 23, 2014, 06:41:24 pm
Congrats to Oakland for not getting mentioned.
It's amazing to me Oakland is as bad as it is. It's 65 and cloudy/foggy most of the year. That's not murdering weather.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How Americans Feel About Religious Groups: The Jews Rated the Highest on: July 23, 2014, 06:38:10 pm
Nobody else finds the question extremely unsettling? Judging a religion is in one thing. I certainly do it all the time. This is asking how people feel about groups of people. The Jews? How do you feel about the Jews? And those people o er there? How do you find them? That's creepy as hell. May as well ask how people feel about the Coloreds and the Chinamen.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC approves apartment building with separate entrance for poor people on: July 23, 2014, 06:32:48 pm
Badger, lots of little convenienves we all take for granted are hard to come by in NYC, and especially in Manhattan. Consider forgoing a washer and dryer in your home, convenient parking, central air conditioning, fresh air and personal space. I get that New York exudes energy and that appeals to some people, but living there has got to be the biggest damn hassle ever. The doorman is just the tip of the iceberg.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 23, 2014, 06:22:49 pm
I'd have my feelings pretty damn hurt if I was unemployed and broke like Bushie will be by Labor Day, and my parents said I couldn't come home because having a train room is more important. That's not just ice cold. That's zero degrees Kelvin scale.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your dream job? on: July 23, 2014, 06:18:09 pm
Volunteering for causes I care about, and not having to have a real job. Screw all the high responsibility prestige stuff. So not worth it.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Have you ever had a job that paid less than promised? on: July 23, 2014, 08:36:45 am
Every job I've ever had has paid exactly as promised.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: how do you get paid? on: July 23, 2014, 03:57:52 am
I get checks every two weeks, because I'm not working this job long enough for anything else to be reasonable. I wish they would just pay cash, though. It would be great to get an envelope every two weeks filled with twenty hundred-dollar bills.
You're netting 2k every two weeks on a summer internship? That's very impressive.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: how do you get paid? on: July 22, 2014, 11:39:31 pm
option 1 (normal).

i cant imagine going through the annoyance of going to a bank every day.  seems so...1999.
In 1999, I had direct deposit at my job. A physical check is ridiculous. I got them one summer (2003) when I worked at a tiny Italian restaurant where the old lady owner worked in the kitchen and her husband worked front of house, but even then it was a little ridiculous.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC approves apartment building with separate entrance for poor people on: July 22, 2014, 10:40:24 am
A bit off topic, but I have a sincere question. In other parts of the country, are gates only for rich people? Here, many neighborhoods are gated, especially apt complexes. Not all by any means, but plenty of these apartments are super ghetto places in scummy neighborhoods. From the tone of this thread, one would think only nice, or even middle class residences were gated.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 22, 2014, 07:35:56 am
I feel so much better this morning and am ready to go to work today. Whatever I had was brutal, but thankfully only lasted 24 hours. I will leave here at 7:20 this morning. I should be getting my first paycheck just before Noon and I will deposit it right after work since the bank is on my way home.
No direct deposit? Do you work in 1983?
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: July 21, 2014, 11:08:38 am
Hey I agree with Gustaf and Antonio on something. Kewl.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 21, 2014, 05:56:51 am
Probably grilled pizza/grilled hamburgers/enchilada casserole/roast/noodles or they went out to south of the border/braums/applebees/etc
The name of the dreadful Mexican chain is On the Border, not South of the Border
18  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Most characteristically Democratic state on: July 20, 2014, 05:26:04 pm
Interestingly hardly anyone voted for California.
That's because is not typical. It's very much it's own thing. I'm going with MD. It has it all.
19  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: How does the White Gay Cis Male vote? on: July 20, 2014, 04:55:55 pm
The notion that most gay people live in a handful of trendy gay neighborhoods like SF's Castro or Chicago's Boystown is preposterous. Gay people are everywhere, including solidly Republican parts of the country.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Anti-Mormon bigotry on the Atlas on: July 20, 2014, 04:20:57 pm
Serious question - would people get their feathers similarly ruffled at "anti-Scientologist bigotry"? I really don't see much of a difference. There's a lot of open water between established religions that have been around for centuries and a creepy cult invented by a literal conman.
How old must a religion be before passing this test? At what point did Muhammad stop being just a creepy conman?
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Deluge of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: July 20, 2014, 02:58:08 pm
What makes this post so awful are more undertones and implications than anything else, but the undertones and implications are really awful. (Strangely, the sentence mentioning the Pioneer Fund is probably the least awful one in the whole post. You don't see that every day!)

Pretty heavily actually.  I refuse to buy Starbucks, because they wouldn't give coffee to the troops. I also refuse to shop at Wasems, because the guy who started the local one was a big supporter of the Pioneer fund. And finally, I wont buy from any store that gave money to the local YWCA. I know that might sound awful, but they kind of have a habit of running smear campaigns, throwing a fit when the city tried to set up a men's shelter etc. The director also went on live TV, and said we don't understand why Men feel attacked by us, but then said 4/5 serial killers are White Men. While they may actually be true, can you really wonder why someone might be offended? Let me put it this way, if I give a speech to the NAACP, and say that most of the highest crime areas have a high minority population, do you think they are going to react very well? No. I would get booed off the stage Romney style.
Whats your issue with it? Nothing I said wasn't true.

While it may actually be true*, can you really wonder why someone might be offended?

*aspects of it are!
If I made a comment like that? Yeah I could understand. Can you not understand why being told you are the most likely to be a serial killer is offensive? Another example, if I said almost all Pedophiles were Catholic priests is that okay? Also what undertones are you referring to? And finally which part isn't true?

Well, for one thing, the part where you seem to think feminist organizations owe some sort of consideration to the feelings of white men is unseemly.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Question for Chick-fil-A eaters on: July 20, 2014, 01:56:37 pm
It's just fast food. It's not like it's *good* food. But, yes, it's tastier than KFC, whose "food" is so soft that one could consume it through a straw. Chick Fil-A has the best fries in fast food, hands down. They're waffle cut, which maximizes the surface area of the crunchy part. Their soft serve ice cream is slighty gritty, which I also prefer to the super creamy stuff most places sell.  They also offer college scholarships to high schoolers who put in 2,000 hours, which means they get a much friendlier, cleaner workforce than most other fast food places. In that regard, they're a bit like Starbucks with their health insurance and tip jars. All that said, it's still super salty junk food.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Overdiagnosis of autism on: July 20, 2014, 01:44:54 pm
Obviously, psychiatric conditions are not binary. Everybody is a little depressed sometimes. Everybody has attentions problems sometimes. It's not like HIV, where a person is 100% negative or positive. The issue is not misdiagnosis (a false positive) so much as the entire paradigm for how we think of the problems is flawed.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obamacare enrollees having trouble finding specialists on: July 20, 2014, 09:59:45 am
I never said that all plans by one insurer have the same network. BlueCross of TN has several, and I believe all of them are available on the exchange. My point, and I don't think you get this, is that my network is shared with other insured people and not all of them bought their policies on the exchanges. There are people who have their policies sponsored by their employers who have the exact same network I do. There is no such thing as an Obamacare network. But even if there were, it would be incumbent on you to mathmatically demonstrate that the problems are substantially more severe than for the same population, many of whom had no legit insurance at all, before the ACA. Otherwise, your headline may as well say "Chinese people having trouble finding specialists." In some cases, it may be literally true because it's an issue for everybody, but there is a profoundly misleading issue of connectivity implied.

Sigh. Some plans are narrow network and some are not. I don't understand why this is so hard for you to get, although I should not be surprised. Even BCBST, who you say is your insurer, has a P network and a S network.

And before you say both networks are available on the exchange, in order to get the better network one must pay more. My point is that even the cheapest plans on the exchange with the crappy network has a high premium and high deductible.
And this is different than employer sponsered plans because? Restrictive networks are an issue. I agree with you on that. My concern is that you are suggesting it's a problem primarily for the "Obamacare" crowd. Many employers also give a few options with different (subsidized) prices for insurance, even if they are within the same insurer. Before the exchanges were in operation, I had a policy that I bought individually and I also had to choose my network carefully then. What is the specific connection between the ACA and the network issue?  
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever had a BushOklahoma quote in your signature? on: July 19, 2014, 06:54:02 pm
Of course!
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