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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: dr. pepper. on: August 30, 2014, 01:27:29 am

The fact that there's this culty vibe to its drinkers makes me dislike it a little, which is silly, but is true. Veeery rarely, though, it'll hit the spot.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Opinion of puppies on: August 30, 2014, 01:22:26 am
Seeing that we've had such hard-hitting, difficult Opinion Of's lately..

If you voted FA, post a picture of a cute puppy. If you vote HA, post a picture of something cuter than a puppy.

3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of water on: August 30, 2014, 01:18:58 am
Water is the perfect beverage. Yesterday I was having a nice dinner with my partner. A leftover roasted chicken, light salad, and some very salty fish and chip shop chips. She was washing it down with Sunkist. Why would you interrupt all of those delicious flavours with syrupy artificial orange?

Water, on the other hand, perfectly goes with everything. And it's easy to stop drinking when you're quenched. Its taste won't linger uninvited. It is wonderful.

Have any of you ever met someone who says they "don't like the taste" of water, so they never drink it alone? These people ought to be thrown out on the street and shot. They are horrible, horrible people.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Ernest on: August 29, 2014, 10:15:04 pm
FF, even though he likes to paint beige over rainbows.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Tik's Focus on Christmas (Music) Thread on: August 29, 2014, 09:28:05 am
Actually if you have any Hannukah songs that would be most excellent, too Smiley The Otis Redding one didn't grab me, but the other three are just wonderful. I'm adding them to the short list, thank you!
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Tik's Focus on Christmas (Music) Thread on: August 29, 2014, 08:46:37 am
Joe Pesci singing a vulgarity-laden version of Gene Autry's song If It Doesn't Snow on Christmas This Year. Because accents are silly.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Tik's Focus on Christmas (Music) Thread on: August 29, 2014, 08:31:38 am
Here's a punchy bluesy one by Clarence Carter from back in the late 60's full of awful double entendres. Really goofy. It was sampled for an even goofier Christmas song by RUN-DMC that has a video you can find if you feel like laughing. That song is on the cleverly titled "Christmas Rap" album which isn't my cup of tea (80's/early 90's rap feels really corny to me). But if anyone knows of any Christmas hip hop from later, that's the kind of thing that would be neat.

And if no one cares to contribute I'll just use this thread as a way to remember what I've found.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Tik's Focus on Christmas (Music) Thread on: August 29, 2014, 05:03:41 am
While I was growing up my family didn't really have a traditional Christmas music collection to play in the background during our festive wankery at home. And that was alright.

But after I moved here I learned that in my wife's family's home they cannot so much as get out the boxes full of Christmas decorations without putting on frigging Kenny Rogers and Anne Murray singing the Christmas essentials. Slowly, without conviction, with boring instrumentation. It makes me want to drown an infant in Bailey's.

So after moving out several years back I convinced her that I'd make a new album. I have some Squirrel Nut Zippers, Sufjan Stevens, and a mishmash of others, but I thought I'd look to you guys for more. I want it to be ready well before December 1st so I'm starting now.

Weird gimmicky stuff, punk covers, instrumentals, simply great renditions, hell even amusingly bad renditions, I'll give it a go. And we'll think of you as put up the tree and later as we inevitably clean tinsel out of cat vomit.

tl;dr Give us interesting Christmas music to enjoy, please.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Re: What would you spend $42 000 from your piggy-bank on? on: August 28, 2014, 11:14:58 am
I lovingly crafted two posts that were completely deleted from this thread by the guy who moved it to this forum that he isn't even a moderated of. What kind of bs is that? Makes me want to not even bother.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many reported/moderated/infacted posts/points do you have? on: August 28, 2014, 10:53:41 am
5 / 4 / 3

..hey, I have more infraction points per reported posts than most. Neat.
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Post your 10 favorite musical bands/artists on: August 28, 2014, 10:19:20 am
This is really, really hard. My favourite band changes like the seasons. The only musical act that always, always makes my ears happy is of Montreal. There are a lot of others that are consistently wonderful. The Beatles have a wonderfully diverse and enjoyable history, although there isn't anything new there. I have an emotional connection to acts like Sufjan Stevens and Neutral Milk Hotel but the latter has very little work to go on. Belle and Sebastian have made some of my all-time favourite songs, as has Radiohead, but a lot of their stuff is also very 'meh' to me. I suppose, browsing through my collection, I have a lot of Metric that I always come back to over and over again, and a fair bit of Apples in Stereo because I am a sucker for psychedelic pop rock stuff.

But really I'm always looking for new stuff. Once I've heard a song fifty times it loses its impact and I look for something new and interesting. So I found this exercise a little bit strange and useless.

Oh, I left out two bands. So, how about Five Iron Frenzy because, screw you, I still adore ska and FIF are quirky and fun and are on a tolerable side of Christian viewpoints. Aaaand, well, I actually own a lot of Saves the Day and their music was with me growing up so they get nostalgia points.  But ..not really.

Reading everyone's lists has been really boring. I hope mine was no exception.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Making what is "bad" not bad? on: August 28, 2014, 09:25:14 am
I think I've unlocked the secret of what liberals seem to be up to in America. They are trying to take things considered "bad" and make them seem okay.

Everyone makes excuses for their "bad" behaviors and decisions. It's a necessary part of pretending to be an adult. That isn't itself an excuse for anything, but I would like to point out that conservatives are arguably doing exactly the same by justifying for different "bad" behaviors that are of a scope much more detrimental to society.

For example, drugs. Growing up in a post-Reagan America with things such as "Just Say No" and "D.A.R.E." and films and TV shows showing how bad drugs were and how they could only lead to trouble, liberals often complain that so many people are in prison due to drugs. So instead of trying to stop drug use and enforce against it, they want to make it so that the bad thing people are doing is actually legal.

I am enjoying your take on yourself doing a take on yourself, by the way. Do you ever surpass the speed limit while driving? Perhaps you do so frequently. God knows many people do (for the record, I do not most of the time). You might have noticed that, although you are breaking the law and putting yourself at greater risk of injury or death to yourself and others, the great majority of the time nothing of consequence happens at all. I am trying desperately to draw a parallel to that with drugs (as though they are all the same) and why perhaps sometimes laws restricting "bad" behavior are arbitrary or wrong but I guess I am so fried from my history of drug abuse that I can't think of anything. You're on top of stuff though, so I'm sure you can work it in somehow.

The recent Trayvon Martin shooting and Michael Brown situation ongoing are more examples. Many people began mentioning how hoodies are associated with a "thug" culture. This is true. Hoodies, baggy pants, ect. So instead of thinking, "Gee maybe we shouldn't wear these things so associated with negative culture" what do liberals do? They show "solidarity" by wearing the hoodies.

The level of association there is so insanely shallow that I think we should stop speaking in English because of its now apparent property of being utilized by halfwits. Aqqan, agjhir hoti giowj han poogae nooooajf, kjioee ZVOUIX RAIM!

Basically it's like the bad stuff makes people realize they're not behaving and are becoming socially undesired by society so instead of changing, they are embracing the bad. It's the same as the analogy of saying, "There are so many murderers in jail, so let's make murder not be a crime anymore so that those people won't be shunned or looked down upon or feel shame, etc etc."

We need to now ask the question: Does murder hurt people and society? Studies have found conclusively that probably. I haven't found any studies about whether wearing baggy pants and hoodies or smoking a joint after work is comparably detrimental to society as is murder, unfortunately. That might be because every scientist willing to carry out those essential studies was killed by stoned hoodlums, as we often hear in the news today. They are a blight.

I think it's a terrifying road to go down.

Why do you think social changes occur? Convenience? A very large subset of the population won't take to figurative arms to plead for a change because they want to justify bad behavior for convenience. That's way too much work if it's not worth it. They do it because the consequences of keeping the status quo are unjustifiably bad. That is, the status quo is worse in its effects for punishing or limiting the "bad" behavior than is the actual bad effects of the "bad" behavior to begin with.

"Doing drugs" (an absurd generalisation akin to saying "eating food" as though all food is equally as nutritious or unhealthy) seems not to make an impact on the lives of the users and their families that approaches the impact of fines, prison, etc. To put it frankly, the punishment doesn't fit the crime. Enough people have done the crime of "doing drugs" to realise that its punishment is ridiculous (depending on the drug, of course) that now society is beginning to look at the behavior differently.

To use the speeding example from earlier, what if speeding resulted in life imprisonment? Or if a speeding fine prevented you from landing a good job, or from traveling to America? What if just being in the car of someone who was speeding landed you in jail? People would be in an uproar. But only a tiny fringe would advocate abolishing any speed limit whatsoever. Most people would want either a rise in the allowable speed limit so that reasonable speeds were now legal and/or changes so that the punishments for speeding reflected the relative danger of the crime more accurately.

You, by the way, would not own a car. You would look out at the freeway and tremble, terrified of taking the effort to participate in the real world. You'd hark back to a day when there were only horses, and the greatest steed was that under Ronald Reagan. Back then you weren't even aware that people were terrified of AIDS, that hard drugs were rampant, violent crime was a plague on American cities, and rock bands were androgynous sex-worshiping hedonists. Ugh, that sounds bad! Society was only a simpler place because your awareness of its complex problems was nonexistent. Your positive associations are towards a childhood where you could legitimately feel happy because of youthful ignorance and the creepy way you attribute broad moods during time periods in your personal life to who the President of the United States was at the time. Your lack of critical thinking and empathy are seriously "bad" behaviors, Naso, and I hope you won't justify that like some whiny liberal.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever asked someone about the color of their urine? on: August 24, 2014, 12:36:12 am
Sure I have. I noticed that after having taken multivitamins that my urine changed to a very rich, vibrant yellow, almost neon. At the time I didn't associate it with the vitamins, I thought that I was severely dehydrated. So I began to drink more water, but my urine stayed unusually dark. After skipping a day with the vitamins I noticed the association.

So I asked a colleague at the urinal next to me post-flush as I turned around towards the sink if he had noticed this phenomenon. Indeed, he had. And in that moment, let it be known, our bonds as friends were reaffirmed.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Family values Republican state rep. arrested for raping his wife on: August 21, 2014, 04:51:37 am
Ernest, are you talking about this particular case or a general concept that people have a non-ending right to consent? I don't know you as a horrible person so I'll assume the latter..

We limit the beginning of a person's right to consent based on age and awareness, etc.. why not the end if the situation is quite similar?
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday, Gramps! on: August 21, 2014, 04:31:48 am
I hope you feel enjoy on this anniversary of your vaginal discharge.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Sexual Morality Poll on: August 14, 2014, 05:55:06 am
I agreed on all except 4.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: RIP Robin Williams on: August 14, 2014, 04:51:52 am
I was a little bit surprised by how bothered this news made me feel. Not many people will ever be remembered as fondly as Robin Williams will be. He was one of a kind.

Depression is a c*nt.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favourite latest post by previous poster on: August 13, 2014, 04:26:49 am
If Biden became President in 2014 or 2015, his chances of running probably increase significantly. There is a chance however that the Democrats might convince him to step aside for Hillary and enjoy his two year term.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you ever spend this much on toothpaste? on: August 13, 2014, 04:19:34 am
I would, because I have sensitive teeth, but I would not for that ridiculous herbal jizz toothpaste.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Marijuana on: August 13, 2014, 04:14:35 am
I never tried it and never will.

Too many college buddies I know got way off track by using it.  It can be a gateway drug and definitely reduces one's drive to succeed.  I just can't see anything good come out of it.

I think this ad is pretty good to describe it. 


It may not be the most dangerous thing in the world, but it can make people losers.

Maybe you just knew a bunch of losers? I took a long road trip down sweet maryjane freeway too, once upon a time. I'm now living on the other side of the world, happily married, and working full time earning more than I ever have. Pot use did affect my path in funny ways, sometimes, but it didn't change who I am. You might see the world a little differently if you'd like to be dramatic.. but you probably would have anyway. All experience colours your world, maaaan.

The only bad things pot did to me:

- I had lengthier periods of unemployment because of piss tests
- I had to deal with and meet really dodgy drug dealers
- Worrying about being caught gave me stress
- It helped introduce me to panic attacks (and, therefore, ultimately understand and cope with them)

Oh and it turned me gay and made me lose my faith in god.

I think after a lot of drug use your perception can change, but whether or not it's towards a worse perspective is arbitrary. Perhaps your buddies decided your concept of "success" was delusional. Perhaps.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should we worry about Ebola? on: August 09, 2014, 07:55:42 pm
Highly contagious, horrifying disease with no cure or useful treatments with a 60% mortality rate that authorities are finding extreme difficulty in isolating = media sensationalism.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Church cancels gay man's funeral on: August 09, 2014, 07:49:40 pm
The total ignorance on the Atlas as to how Southern churches, including blacks ones, as in this case, treat outsiders is hilarious.

You didn't elaborate on how we should expect them to treat outsiders as you do with your insider black southern religious knowledge. But if you mean that expecting them to think of gay people as more than their sexualities is ignorance on our part then.. laugh away. Silly us!
Perhaps this glimpse of my hometown might offer you some insight.
FWIW, this building used to house a white megachurch, with private day school, of course, before those people moved to the neighborhood by the thousands. It goes without saying, that church then decamped out to the distant suburb of Collierville. A great many churches around here are still named The [now ghetto neighborhood] Baptist/Christian/Etc (but usually one of the first two) Church, decades after they moved to greener whiter pastures. Anyhow, that neighborhood changed/went downhill around the late 1990s. The current congregation moved in and erected the statue (with much fanfare; dedicated on July 4th, bien sur) and here we are. Southern churchy people of both races are still working on seeing people of the other racial group (Asians, Hispanics, and "others" aren't even thought of at all for the most part) as more than just their race. Although it would be wonderful if they did, expecting them to extend that courtesy to gays is incredibly naive, so much so (and you might just be Australian and not know this, though American posters do it all the time too) that one can only conclude that Religious Privilege doesn't permit you too see what is blindingly obvious. Not only does de facto religion (I have no interest in getting into a theological or theoretical debate) not help solve these divisions in life, it strongly contributes to the common sentiment of not quite actual hatred but instead a routine disregard for mutual humanity nestled inside a smug sense of superiority.

Thanks for your insight (genuinely). I'd like to remind you (not for the first time) that I am an American and spent the first 22 years of my life in Ohio, and most of that time I was an evangelical Christian in an extremely white environment with very conservative people surrounding me. I don't know the racial mindset of Southerners terribly well though so your post was nice, although not particularly surprising either.

I don't doubt many posters here are aware of those dynamics on some level.  I don't understand why that would make anyone feel less disapproving. It's not any more excusable. Or is your point that we simply shouldn't be shocked or surprised? That's fair, I guess.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Hot or not: Joanne Grehan on: August 09, 2014, 10:01:10 am
2.5 out of 4 stars. Would orbit.
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The last movie you've seen thread 2014 on: August 09, 2014, 09:58:50 am
Never, you don't get to have 4 stars. Your choices are 3, 5, and 10. 4 stars means that when you give a movie more than 50% positive but less than 75%, you have to give it portions of a star. And giving half a star is just silly. Half a star causes all kinds of problems astronomically. You might as well move onto another system that allows for that kind of division. Either add more stars to your repertoire or find a new system. Slices of bread or something.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Marijuana on: August 09, 2014, 09:47:20 am
You registered in 2003 but don't know about the overwhelmingly pro-legalisation stance members here have?

Also your name is Buddha, you're talking about weed, and you have a yellow avatar. Get a job.
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