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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: FDA to recommend end of ban on blood donations from gay/bisexual men on: December 25, 2014, 10:20:59 am
I'm sure the vampires will appreciate the increase in available blood; it might even have a better taste. Fruity and all.

Something tells me your blood tastes like athlete's foot.

If I recall correctly, self reporting has always been the standard way of checking this anyway, so you could already donate blood if that was of a higher moral priority to you than lying. I recall being rather taken aback when I discovered I couldn't donate as a bisexual..  then I realized I'd never had sex with a man anyway so I could just declare myself straight. Still, it felt degrading, so this gesture is positive.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CNN Poll: Solid economy lifts Obama approval to 2014-high on: December 25, 2014, 08:00:46 am
I can't wait to find out which team of coloured avatar manages to cream themselves first in this thread.

The OP doesn't even mention the economy and that's all you guys seem to be talking about. Obama has made some popular decisions on things that are long-overdue, thus the approval boost among those with ideological lines that are parallel to the changes. The economy, while nowhere near as bad as the recent past, still doesn't offer much concrete positivity to most people in most places.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you find a church that was ~90% under 40 "creepy"? on: December 25, 2014, 07:27:14 am
the whole church? Yeah, that's weird. I had youth group, sure, and we self-segregated to an extent, but we would join with the olds eventually. I would have been keen to express my views with them.

The low light dingy Christmas service does sound neat though. And a young crowd can set a refreshing atmosphere.  I guess. I have fond memories of intimate, organic services.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Joe Republic Bureau of Funny Post Archival on: December 25, 2014, 07:15:36 am
That post by memphis was one of his more creative and amusing ones, to be honest.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: How do you feel when you're in a large crowd? on: December 24, 2014, 09:05:41 am
At a concert, play, hell even a movie theater.. I enjoy it.

Crowded streets, shopping centers, buildings, workplaces, homes, parties, traffic situations - the worst.

I especially hate going to anywhere where there is shopping at this time of year. So many people, all in a rush, all disgruntled, all rude, and oh my god screaming children everywhere. I'll wait until January, thank you.
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: How do you respond when people ask you what music you like? on: December 24, 2014, 08:59:07 am
Genres, if I have to choose a poll option, but I typically non-answer ("I like a lot of stuff"), and then flip the question back on them. I usually try and play off of what other people say they like using whatever I know about it without being disingenuous. If they like a lot of things that I don't listen to or enjoy, I'll steer the conversation elsewhere. Or whatever.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your 2 Favorite colors on: December 24, 2014, 08:45:59 am
Pink and Other. My other being lavender. It's not purple. Shut up.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: December 24, 2014, 08:43:23 am
I am very very much looking forward to Christmas and Boxing Day being finished. All of the social activity is leaving me exhausted. And I'm overeating even more than I normally do and drinking even more too much than the too much I typically do. Maybe one goal next year should be to quit drinking every weekend. I quit smoking, surely I can do that. And then lose a few kilos. And then.. profit. I should go to bed.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Will you celebrate New Year's for Kiribati? on: December 24, 2014, 08:39:11 am
Politicus makes a good point. Weird homemade traditions are excellent, especially when they make people on the Atlas even more silly and judgmental.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your reaction to finding lots of Jesus and Bible stuff on someone's Facebook on: December 24, 2014, 08:35:50 am
The more dramatic and outspoken someone is about their religious beliefs the more I'm likely not to take their religiosity (including lack thereof) seriously. I know it shouldn't, but it seems it somehow betrays a kind of insecurity. Some people are just really excited about their beliefs and sharing them, and that's fine, but.. no one cares. And if you're only really excited about it when online you're just odd in a bad way.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: people you miss (kitteh is dead.. rip) on: December 24, 2014, 04:05:50 am
Fuck Sad
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: some thoughts on homosexuality on: December 19, 2014, 05:03:24 pm
@Hagrid: Is this "odd girl" have any sexual tanglings or not? You could be homosexual but biromantic, or perhaps panromantic/homosexual.

I appreciate what you're trying to say, but I think you're missing the point a bit. The search for some silly label doesn't matter to me anymore. And you can get as obscure as you want with the specific categories, but it's still putting something in a box that, to me, doesn't merit being placed in one. Some people might argue that I'm trying to avoid just being called gay (and maybe I am, I don't know), but labeling it doesn't jive for me. I'd much rather say "not straight" than try and come up with something else that may be limiting.

Hear, hear.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Attempted Gas Attack on Furries in Chicago! on: December 10, 2014, 02:43:55 am
I think we need to gas this thread.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: you have a piece of furniture to put together... on: December 07, 2014, 12:29:10 am
I enjoy doing it despite the frustration and inevitable cut, bruise, or failure. Finishing putting it together is very satisfying.

I have fond memories with friends as we assembled furniture for someone's apartment or a family member, drinking and working together.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: This is rocket science? on: December 06, 2014, 11:59:28 pm
Damn, I clicked this thinking you solved my issues.

You need psychiatric help - that's not rocket science.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Rob/Bob/Anonymouse on: November 22, 2014, 11:56:02 pm
Arrogant, cocky jerk, who will predictably be a hero of the usual suspects around here.

I am dying to know what this is about.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is the marital status of your parents? on: November 22, 2014, 11:51:20 pm
Yeesh? I wasn't berating your word usage, just expressing my surprise because the word always had very negative connotations to me, like a euphemism for "bastard." Maybe I'm alone in thinking that. It's like calling undocumented immigrants "illegals," as though their being is itself a perpetuating mistake. Of course you probably didn't mean it that way, unless you hate your half-sister (and let's be honest, she is kind of insufferable sometimes), which is why it struck me as weird. No need to be defensive, cowboy.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever participated in a protest? on: November 22, 2014, 05:08:52 am
Does going on strike count?
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Has Update encouraged you to eat more healthy? on: November 21, 2014, 08:55:17 am
Not really, my own flab inspires me enough. But looking at that quote in Grumps's signature.. holy sh**t. Bushie's concept of food is seriously warped. I mean, at least if I decide to eat two sandwiches I can acknowledge that I'm overindulging. Cripes.

Bushie isn't dumb. He must know the amount of food that you need is how much you use (for energy and nutrition). Anything more will either be expelled or kept for later. Any justification otherwise is based on convenience, habit, and/or pleasure. Bushie would do well to investigate the Christian merits of fasting.

But most people can't change their behaviour long-term without a serious scare. I like eating healthy, but I also like eating unhealthily. Bushie hasn't affected me besides thinking briefly that I could help him change his habits.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Had the weirdest dream involving several notable politicians, fields and vodka on: November 21, 2014, 08:37:52 am
It started off with me walking across several fields with friends, some off which had barbed wire that had to be climbed.

Barbed wire friends means that you need to let down your guard a little and show them who you really are. It won't be easy (you'll have to climb it), but eventually you'll be on their minds.

I was supposed to be heading towards a Labour Party event that I had an invite to. Eventually I arrived at a building and went inside to find some of my friends already there and in a discussion circle.

My dream book is saying that "discussion circle" is synonymous with "circle jerk." I hope that they don't have barbed penises. Are any of your friends tomcats?

One of the people in the circle was Ed Miliband. He greeted me warmly upon seeing me and asked what I wanted to drink. I replied simply "Vodka." He opened a drinks drawer (which resembled a drawer in which important documents would be kept) and poured me a glass of Smirnoff (which he called "nice vodka") and milk.

The milk is there to symbolize that you think of Ed Miliband as your mother. The vodka is simply due to your drinking problem that we all know is dragging you down but we can't say anything because it will upset you and oh god please look at how your behaviour is affecting this family and wake up

It turned brown for some reason (does it do that? Never had that combo before).

It only does that when it mixes with your bile and is forcefully expelled from your digestive system.

Then I got to a table where Bill and Hillary Clinton were sat, along with William Weld. Elizabeth Warren may have been somewhere around too. Hillary was the warmest person at the table.

Hillary giving off a feeling of genuine warmth can only be explained by your bile-tainted lactose and vodka binge.

I began to ask her a question but stuttered due to nerves. She said kindly "Go ahead darling."

I had the same thing happen in a dream I had with Obama, but then I just threw up in his lap. But it was okay because I also threw up my watch so I wasn't late riding my ocelot to church band practice in Jamaica.

On the next attempt it came out - "If you were to run and win, how would your approach to American foreign policy, and particularly Russia, differ from that of Obama and W. Bush?" I didn't get an answer.

How prescient.

Next I took a picture of all of these prestigious folk at the table, before asking my dad (who was now also there) to take a second - this time with me also at the table. Then the meeting ended and I emailed a friend. I gloated about meeting these people. I don't recall he entire reply but it included "Don't mention THAT man to me!". Was he a Tory or Dan Hodges referring to Ed? Was he a True Leftist referring to Bill? We may never know.

It was.. YOUR DAD
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does Bushie remind you of Scumbag Steve? on: November 21, 2014, 08:20:35 am
No, he doesn't, at all.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did you like gym class in school? on: November 21, 2014, 08:13:11 am
I dreaded gym class, but I had a small group of other friends that were all also not athletically ..gifted, so getting to goof around with them outside of a formal classroom was fun. But overall I found it pretty awful. I don't even mind physical activity - I love to push my physical endurance and la de da on my own, but that sort of setting just did not inspire me to care or try. All I did was try to avoid being embarrassed at all costs.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is the marital status of your parents? on: November 21, 2014, 07:54:10 am
Still married, though I have an illegitimate half-sister from my dad.

Do people still call others "illegitimate" seriously in this day and age?

My parents are divorced. When you grow up with two people as parents who don't really like each other but don't explosively fight or often express their mutual disdain, it's kind of a shock when they split up. But, once they do, you think back and wonder why they didn't sooner. I guess they did it for the kids. Thanks, mom and dad, for the strange example you've set. I suppose it's better than being "illegitimate."
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: My Aunt Shared this Photo on Facebook on: November 19, 2014, 02:58:02 am

This is the exact response I aim for whenever I post on the Atlas. Thank you.

Ridicule has its place, but please don't do this. You're only likely to reinforce a person's provincialism by behaving like a snob and acting as if her problem is that she hasn't committed the relevant trivia to memory.

Have you ever had someone cut in front of you at the supermarket who had a cart packed with goods while you only wanted to buy some zucchini and KY? Infuriating stuff. If you're like me, you briefly imagine tipping over their entire cart and pelting them with cans of beef ravioli. But, of course, you only mumble under your breath that they deserve a zucchini up their ass and find a different lane. It is cathartic to imagine being a dick back to someone who deserves it. In fact, it feels better than following through. See the sentence you left out of my post.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: My Aunt Shared this Photo on Facebook on: November 18, 2014, 02:38:18 am
It's way more satisfying to belittle her beliefs in snide, nonsensical ways. For example, if someone spills some green bean casserole, remark that it was an act of jihad, amiright auntie? When you say grace, begin with "Dear Isa" and when she leaves say "as-salamu alaykum!" Ask her the differences between a burqa, niqab, and hijab. When she inevitably doesn't know, ask why she wants to outlaw things she doesn't understand. Is she scared because she thinks they look like ghost costumes and she's scared of ghosts? Ask her to name six Muslim countries. Ask her if she would be a Muslim were she born there and raised that way. Spit in her drink. Pretend to wipe your nose in her hair. Respond to any of her requests with "Jawohl!"

Or, just completely ignore her.
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