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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What ideological labels would you use to describe your politics? on: March 26, 2015, 10:48:46 am
Anarchocommunist, environmentalist, feminist, LGBT
Cheesy

That was my mood today, according to http://www.selectsmart.com/FREE/select.php?client=pollabyn

In fact, I received the following top five labels (with matching scores in parentheses):

          Anarcho-capitalist (100%)          
         Geoanarchist (100%)          
         Geolibertarian (100%)          
         Non-interventionist minarchist (100%)          
         Non-interventionist social democratic statist (100%)    

Oddly, perhaps, depending upon how you interpret these things, within minutes of taking that test I took the "I side with" test and got the following results:

Green Party 74%
Democrats 72%
Libertarians 68%
Republicans 59%

I suppose I'm in a co-operative mood today, since all my numbers are above 50% in this test.  But apparently I don't play well with everyone.  Only 28% of Pennsylvanians agree with me on "social" issues, according to the Isidewith quiz.  Go figure.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What ideological labels would you use to describe your politics? on: March 25, 2015, 01:58:39 pm
You seem to have found some profit in my post.  Of course the humor that I intended was not of the wet variety, but indeed if it caused you to laugh out loud, then I'm glad to have been of service.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Political Quiz List. Are you a Quiz Whiz? on: March 25, 2015, 12:38:11 pm
Most similar:  Eisenhower. 
Similar:  McKinley and Jefferson.
Least similar:  Nixon.
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What ideological labels would you use to describe your politics? on: March 25, 2015, 12:26:33 pm
I swing depending upon my mood and upon external economic factors.  On good days I may be identified as Lockean, more or less, with a tendency toward existentialist neoliberalism.

On bad days I want to be a radical revolutionary.  Well, my level of commitment to both liberty and equality becomes tantamount to that of the revolutionary, but my recognition of other principles causes hesitation because my lifestyle simply cannot accommodate the commitments of a full-time insurrectionist, even though I support, in principle, lending my spare time to all kinds of subversive behavior.  I might try to model alternative ways of living, but even on my worst days I have neither the time nor the inclination to put my efforts and fortune into the cause. 

Today is a medium day, neither bad nor good.  On such days I'm sort of a bemused apolitical centrist.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of The Sound of Music. on: March 23, 2015, 06:43:42 pm
Wonderful music.  When my son was in kindergarten, during his first year of piano lessons he learned  "Edelweiss", "My Favorite Things", and "Do-Re-Mi."  Mary Poppins had some songs that he learned as well.  Sometimes I get those confused.  I think that one featured Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, which he also learned to play.  Later, in the second grade his teacher gave him the score of "Climb Every Mountain."  Anyway, I remember us all watching the Sound of Music together.  Before we watched it together, I'd forgotten about all the politics and the gun violence near the end, but otherwise it was a very fun and exciting movie for us to watch when he was young.

6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which continents have you been to? on: March 23, 2015, 09:03:37 am
Oceania

I'm feeling rather incontinent about the inclusion of that one.  As a linguist you should as well.


Of course not, dear angus.  As a linguist, if it the word that is in general circulation, it is of course the "right" one!

The word is of course in general circulation--I encountered it first as a proper noun and the name of a company my father worked for in the mid 70s--but it is in circulation as referring a group of archipelagos and island nations.  The etymology of continent suggests Latin roots:  con (with) and ten (hold).  Continent therefore implies "held together."  What holds Oceania together?  The specific modern definitions of continent are (1) able to control one's urination and defecation, (2) exercising self-restraint from sexual activity, (3) one of Earth's large land masses, and (4) that part of the Earth's crust that rises above the oceans and is composed of sialic rocks.  Under which of these four definitions would Oceania be a legitimate continent?  I guess the fourth one.  Fair enough.  Still, it seems odd to throw the word continent about like that since if it refers to collections of small islands it will have lost the main part of its original meaning.

7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Riyadh or Pyongyang? on: March 22, 2015, 07:53:02 pm
there would be all sorts of hazzle connected with being a Western woman in Riyadh

I have a vague recollection of you posing the question about travel in the Arabian peninsula when you were new here, and got all sorts of surprised responses.  Am I remembering that correctly?
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Riyadh or Pyongyang? on: March 22, 2015, 06:18:57 pm
Pyongyang (Western woman + not a fan of extreme climate)

currently it's about zero degrees celcius in Pyongyang, whereas it's about 16 degrees in Riyadh.  I'm not sure what your idea of extreme is but I'd regard the current condition in Pyongyang as a bit more extreme.

I've never been to either, so I can't really intelligently vote, but just for fun I voted for Riyadh, although it has nothing to do with the weather.  I do understand any woman choosing just about any other place, though.  

Just FYI, foreign ambassadors, diplomats, and a few others have exemption to the zero-tolerance policy on alcohol, so my vote assumes that I'm in that subgroup that is allowed to consume liquor.  If I'm not, then it's a deal-killer.  FWIW, I gather that the decent alcohol palaces in Pyongyang are geared to foreigners as well, but they don't seem to get as hung up on which social stratum the foreigner belongs to.

9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did Harold and the Purple Crayon blow your mind as a kid? on: March 22, 2015, 06:11:15 pm


Nearly every fond memory I have of 1st grade was associated with books being read to the class. 



I remember the first grade as well.  Mrs. Griffith.  I think she was a good teacher, and she was also very stylish, with her polyester green bell bottoms and large lapels, which in the early 70s were the height of fashion--my mama put me in purple polyester bell bottoms with a white turtleneck sweater for my first grade photo so I could relate.  I also remember the SRA reading colors, and the promotions therein.  What I remember most are two things.  One regarded The Thanksgiving People.  I remember William Bradford, Myles Standish, and Squanto.  I always liked that name, Squanto.  It wasn't politicized back then, either.  Just the facts.  The other thing I remember was the alligator.  The alligator is hungry, and he always eats the larger quantity.  Thus, 9>3, but 17<24.  See that alligator eating the larger number?  It's always like that. 

10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which continents have you been to? on: March 22, 2015, 05:47:14 pm
Oceania

I'm feeling rather incontinent about the inclusion of that one.  As a linguist you should as well.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which continents have you been to? on: March 22, 2015, 09:00:25 am
To be honest, although I would very, very much like to go diving on the Great Barrier Reef.  Maybe after the boy finishes university and I don't have to worry about stuff like returning home...

You might not want to put that off for too long... Sad
Oh the conundrum..do you see it before it dies knowing that by doing so you only hasten its death?

A paradox, isn't it?  I suppose that one could sail there using windpower rather than taking a commercial flight and then a motorboat. 
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Rome, Italy vs Boston, Massachusetts on: March 21, 2015, 07:41:33 pm
I lived in Boston for just over five years and have fond memories, so that's how I voted, but to be fair I've only been to Rome briefly so I may not be completely objective.  Rome certainly is an interesting place and I'd like to go back. 

13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Where would you rather live, Berlin or Richmond? on: March 21, 2015, 07:30:05 pm
Probably Richmond.  I've visited both cities, but neither for very long.  Richmond is closer and probably more like what I'm used to.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Norway or Tennessee? on: March 21, 2015, 07:28:10 pm
Went with Tennessee in this poll, but to be fair I've never been to Norway.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which continents have you been to? on: March 21, 2015, 07:27:02 pm
In addition to North America, I've visited Africa, Asia, South America, and the collection of islands and peninsulas hanging off the Asian continent that passes itself off as a continent (i.e., Europe). 

Never been to Australia or Antarctica.  Probably never will.  To be honest, although I would very, very much like to go diving on the Great Barrier Reef.  Maybe after the boy finishes university and I don't have to worry about stuff like returning home...


16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did Harold and the Purple Crayon blow your mind as a kid? on: March 21, 2015, 07:21:43 pm
Did Harold and the Purple Crayon blow your mind as a kid?

Voted no because I don't remember learning of Harold till I was about 41 or 42 years old and because in my youth I was a human, not a goat, so I was never a kid.

Nevertheless, I do have a soft spot for Harold and the Purple Crayon because a production company showed up at my university when my son was about 4 or 5 years old and staged a Harold play and my son loved it.  It was well done and actually inspired us to borrow Harold from the local library (which I think was the point).  It turned out to be a good book.  Best of all, the production was one of those family shows promoting reading so we all got free tickets for ourselves and our dependents and the show cost nothing. 

In short, I'm a big Harold fan, but not having discovered it in my youth, and not being an ungulate, I have to vote no in your poll.  I'm sure you understand.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Chins vs. Elbows on: March 18, 2015, 07:18:41 pm
right up there with ... the sole of the foot as the grossest human body part.

dude, what planet are you from?!  There is nothing quite as sexy as a well-groomed footsole.  Don't knock it till you've tried it.

OP, I'm not really a chin man or an elbow man, but I've had more chin than elbow so I'll go with chin.


18  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? on: March 18, 2015, 06:46:16 pm
Just started Idiot today.  My son had a piano practice at 6pm and I usually bring my NGM to read but I finished it this morning while I shat, and I don't have any other interesting magazines, so I walked over to the big library just after lunch thinking of getting a book.  I went to the sub-subbasement where the M-Z section of the general collection is kept in compact shelves was somehow drawn to the slavic (PG) book section.  Maybe it was because I had checked out Crime and Punishment a year ago and my subconscious mind was taking me to the same spot.  Man, I hate compact shelves.  Anyway, I noticed a dusty old tome, rebound forest green, with only IDIOT stamped on it and became intrigued so I borrowed it.

I'm only on page 11 yet--I get distracted listening to the music and the instruction so I never really get much reading in there--but it is very interesting so far.
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue on: March 18, 2015, 12:17:01 pm
Not bad, I suppose.  I listened to it.  I hadn't heard it before and I probably won't hear it again, because it's not my cup of tea.  Still, for those into that genre I think it's probably not too bad.  I have heard of Toby Keith before and I have the impression that he is fairly popular.
 
The song is awfully nationalistic, but presumably it was written in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks so the sensitivities are understandable.  It's a bit like watching a children's cartoon from the early 40s.  People become hyper-patriotic when attacked and pride in national identity begins to show up in many ways.  This song actually works better with Japan in 1941, now that I think about it, because it makes references to harsh vengeance against a definite enemy.  The "sucker punch from behind" was Pearl Harbor.  This placed the US in a major world conflict.  "Justice will be served/The battle will rage/This big dog will fight/When you rattle his cage" sounds very much like the intense fighting in the Pacific, and as the pilot of Enola Gay flew out of the shockwave, it was, for the Japanese, probably very much like "we lit up your world like the 4th of July." 

On the other hand, in the terrorist attacks to which this song presumably refers the attackers were non-state actors whose leader was taken out mysteriously in a far-away place with little fanfare about a decade later and promptly forgotten.  The casualties were nearly all civilian and many of them were not US citizens.  More than 90 countries lost people in the World Trade Center attack alone.  The biggest casualty of that episode, however, was the loss of freedom that Americans had previously enjoyed.  We live in an era of intense paranoia, when people favor security at the expense of our liberties.  We arrive at airports two hours early, remove our belts and shoes, and have ourselves prodded, poked, and scanned.  As an added bonus, all this is not "courtesy of the red, white, and blue" because we charge ourselves 25 dollars per flight for the privilege.  Thank you sir, may I have another?

Still, I voted FF for the song, because I do think it's the sort of guilty jingoistic pleasure that listeners of country and country-rock might enjoy hearing from time to time.
 
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you take your coffee? on: March 17, 2015, 08:37:31 pm
How do you take your coffee?

I take my coffee frequently and I take it strong, sans accoutrements.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What kind of slang do you use? on: March 17, 2015, 07:38:33 pm
No hoodies,

Even and old like me wears hoodies,

I wear hoodies too,

I wore one today, and I wear them frequently.  To be honest, I never call them "hoodies" outside this forum.  Being moderately anti-slang, I usually call them hooded sweatshirts, or sometimes winter spirit wear, especially when talking to my son about his, but I certainly wear them.

No doubt Naso is stuck in the past.  Certainly they originated as, and were traditionally worn by, middle-aged blue collar working stiffs.  Shell crews rowing boats, miners, roadworkers in winter, and train crews needed something to keep them warm but something they could move around in.  Back when the USA still manufactured things, like 40 years ago, hooded sweatshirts were cranked out en masse for the working man, especially the middle-aged working man who was old enough to feel the chill but young enough to still be able to swing a sledgehammer.

Nowadays, I think it's okay for white collar folks to wear them, and think it's all okay for the really young and the really old to wear them as well.  
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What kind of slang do you use? on: March 16, 2015, 08:46:31 pm
Dude pretty frequently but never bro, brah, or sup. 


Generally, I don't use a great deal of slang.  I tend in the opposite direction, pronouncing long strings of words even when acronyms are well established, and I sometimes speak in metaphors.  There are some exceptions.  To wit:  Invariably, I refer to both the act of urination and the substance resulting from that act as "pee" although I refer to the substance resulting from the act of defecation sometimes as feces and sometimes as shit.  I usually call police cops and sometimes I call beer brew.  TV, of course, is always TV and never television.

23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama snuffs stoner dreams of legalization on: March 16, 2015, 07:57:38 pm
Just give up this ridiculous notion that throwing pot smokers in jail makes American safer, please.

Actually, he seems to be doing just that.  In the article it says that not only is he concentrating on sentencing reform, but also that he supports the rights of states to decriminalize and "reverse the crackdown on nonviolent drug offenders."  He just wants to also point out that he is not encouraging drug use.

24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Atlas Cooperative Spergmarkt on: March 16, 2015, 06:49:06 pm
People shouldn't try to totally censor jokes or ideas, without understanding the context.  

More importantly, people should stop trying to pretend to be trained psychologists.  This forum is full of such people.  For all of Snowguy's faults, this is one thing he is not doing.  Many others in this thread are doing it, but not him.  Not that his OP makes much sense.  I still don't regard his quote as a very good example of a spergalert, so you can chastise him for that, but I wish people would stop bashing him with respect to their understanding of pop psychology.

25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Atlas Cooperative Spergmarkt on: March 15, 2015, 07:44:03 pm
This is where we highlight the endearing spergalergs of our fellow posters.

One thing before I go to bed:  
it is Sunday, March 15, 2015:

Work night 1 is TONIGHT
Work Day 1 is tomorrow morning (Monday)
Work Night 2 is tomorrow night
First Day of training is the day after tomorrow!

It's getting real in a hurry!


That seems like sort of a normal thing.  I don't write it down or post it, but I generally do a mental inventory like this.  Tomorrow, meeting at 10, gotta leave a few minutes early.  lecture at 11, three folks will probably see me while I try to have lunch, I should also look over Moe and Manny's poster because they're leaving for St. Louis on Wednesday and will need to print soon, seminar at 4.  Am I forgetting anything?  Oh, the boy has piano lesson at 6 so I should leave the office by 5 if I want to have a leisurely evening...   Damn, has he learned the bridge for "Hit the road, Jack" yet?  Maybe I should have him practice after he brushes his teeth.

My only difference is that I'll say Tuesday is Tuesday, so I'll leave it till Monday night to fret over, but tomorrow night I'll go through a similar inventory.  This doesn't seem like a sperg, in the true sense.


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