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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Sexual Morality Poll on: August 14, 2014, 05:55:06 am
I agreed on all except 4.
2  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.
3  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.
4  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.
5  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. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODKz4fTXi4s

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.
6  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.
7  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.
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/13418
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.
8  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.
9  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.
10  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.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Google 'reveals user' over Gmail child abuse images on: August 09, 2014, 09:39:08 am
I am loving Beet's concerned advocacy for stuff lately. Stereotypically people with his points of view on these things are so incoherent and ridiculous, it's refreshing to read a logically consistent plea.

I think the case for a renewed look at privacy protections falls on deaf ears because most of us (myself included) don't perceive it as being a tangible thing when we interact online. If I physically leave my blinds open and walk around naked, I worry about my neighbors seeing me. I close doors and hide away my sex toys when family and friends are visiting. I vote in a private booth. These very close, tangible examples are real privacy that I can feel, I can foresee the consequences of breaking it vividly and protect myself from embarrassment or unwelcome results. But when I use modern technology privacy isn't as real. I download an app that requires certain permissions - I don't ask why or even bother scrolling down to read them. It's not like this app seeing my business is going to then effect me negatively with family, friends, or coworkers. So it's not real and I don't care.

So far companies are not abusing their power to such an extent that it normally and easily causes someone stress in the real world if they're not careful. This isn't a reason to not care (ie refuse to legislate to regulate and protect rights) because we never know what the future of these corporations may bring.

On the other hand gathering and analyzing the non-specific data of millions (or billions) of people is kind of amazing and fascinating. Advertisers were already trying to suss out consumers to finely tune their tools to increase sales - now they are obscenely powerful. If they remain sufficiently disconnected I don't care if they cater their advertising to their impression of me. But, I'm not everyone. And I do find it inconvenient that when I browse some sites my personal social predilections are revealed. I don't like having to worry that my phone may be discovered by people I'd prefer didn't know about certain traits of mine.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should we worry about Ebola? on: August 09, 2014, 08:54:45 am
We shouldn't worry, but we should totally overreact and treat it more seriously than it probably will be. I'm not being facetious - you don't roll your eyes at potential outbreaks like this. The potential for catastrophe, although hard to imagine for us, is something I would expect a serious government to help in limiting. Humane preventative action is prudent, intelligent governing.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Church cancels gay man's funeral on: August 09, 2014, 08:44:19 am
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!
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The last movie you've seen thread 2014 on: August 09, 2014, 08:28:47 am
I saw Frank about a week ago. It was only playing in one theatre in the inner city so it was a pain in the ass to get to, but it was worth it. Not really as funny as I was led to believe, but I still would recommend it if you like that sort of overwrought quirky thing.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: In Chicago tommorow on: August 08, 2014, 08:08:25 pm
Isn't Gary, Indiana more up your alley?
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: August 08, 2014, 08:05:33 pm
I came here to post that. I'm sure I'm not the first.
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: American forces bomb ISIS targets in Iraq on: August 08, 2014, 06:42:21 pm
Doing nothing will likely result in even more innocent deaths. And these deaths will also be blamed on the West for its lack of action.

Sometimes you only have two awful options to choose from.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Previous Poster or Rand Paul? on: August 05, 2014, 02:44:32 am
Oh God, the left side of my body has gone numb and limp.

P.. Paul
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What do you prefer to use ? on: August 05, 2014, 02:22:55 am
Wicked nifty (idiot)
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of The Mars Volta (band) on: August 05, 2014, 01:23:28 am
I've only owned De-Loused. I always enjoyed the energetic spastic fast paced stuff more than the "wanky" bits although they've grown on me. Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt is one of my all time favourite songs.
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Did you ever have a Lite-Brite? on: August 05, 2014, 01:17:17 am
I had one, but realized fairly quickly that it wasn't as much fun as I expected.

I also didn't have Hot Wheels. I wanted them but never got them. Instead I'd find random bits of things and build "tracks" then send marbles down them, typically at the end starting a chain of dominoes falling over.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favourite latest post by previous poster on: August 05, 2014, 01:12:16 am
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Kind of weird that Washington is over 10% black here, drops massively to less than 1% in next census.

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23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Conservatives OUTRAGED as communism infiltrates Chipotle on: August 03, 2014, 12:47:58 am
No doubt many of those conservative capitalists decrying such a fanciful world plan to go to heaven when they die.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Discussion about Organ Scholarships on: August 01, 2014, 09:56:07 am
I got accepted simply because I could play the organ.

I have indeed noticed that you are exceptional at playing the organ. You, as an Oxford student, will astutely notice that my usage of "organ" points towards your genitalia. Ungainly as it may be, your lateral thinking will also connect the dots and realize that my reference to your genitalia is symbolic - to your ego and self-worth. How your intellectual caliber has penetrated my multilayered facade to reveal the true intent of my barb! You have realized that I've accused your head of being firmly lodged inside of your excrement's last passage. An overwhelming urge froths in your subconscious - a wish to call me childish. Truly is this the pontification of a poo-poo head.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Previous Poster's Signature Thread on: August 01, 2014, 09:30:01 am
When separated into its individual parts I don't mind it. Each individual part, on its own, an interesting statement.

Altogether? Overwhelming. I mean, granted we are in web 1.0 world on the Atlas where this massive blank spot is taking up half of my screen horizontally. But that's a common theme. I don't need all of this signature taking up my vertical space at the same time. I may have to flick my right index finger slightly more to read the next post.

On one hand, I've probably burned an extra .1 calorie every time I read a Fitzgerald post. On the other hand I have the ability to press the Page Down button on my keyboard, so it doesn't really matter.

Still.
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