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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: LA labor leaders push hard for $15 mim wage, but hold on a second... on: May 27, 2015, 06:24:11 pm
I don't have a huge problem with a $10.10 minimum wage, because the market price for unskilled labor is such that this price floor wouldn't result in too much job loss.  On the other hand, evidence like this shows a $15 minimum wage can be a real problem for the marginally employed.  An effective or binding price floor on labor will result in an increase in unemployment, and $15 is just going too far.

Prices and wages tend to be higher in cities, as often are the requirements to live there. I have no problem with big expensive cities like LA experimenting with higher minimum wages than most other places.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Xenniels? The Oregon Trail Generation? on: May 27, 2015, 10:29:26 am
Nostalgia is the cheapest of Internet drugs.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Mass. Gov races in 1978 and 1990 on: May 26, 2015, 02:47:13 pm
For example - Berksire wasn't nearly as liberal (even radical)  in 70th as it became later, while Plymouth and Worcester (now, probably, two "most conservative counties in Massachusetts") were much more "ethnic Democratic" in 1978. Not only that, of course....

The Berkshires were historically Republican territory. It wasn't until the 1990s until Republicans finally lost their U.S. House and State Senate seats there.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why is SSM such a big deal? on: May 21, 2015, 10:51:27 am
.... Yeah, so like I said. It's not just about "achieving equality" They now want to make sure those in dissent are marginalized and harrassed. They've gutted the 1st amendment.

The 1st Amendment was not created to shield your sh**tty views from criticism, as you seem to believe.

1. People don't understand the law or civil rights. Gay people can get married in all 50 states.

You can take your "but gay people can still get married to the opposite sex!" argument right back to the trash can where it belongs. Thanks.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gallup poll: Record percentage support SSM on: May 21, 2015, 10:48:49 am
Including per this poll, 37% of Pubs now, and apparently a majority of Pubs under 65 supporting SSM. A quarter of the voters now say they won't vote for a candidate who does not share their view on SSM. For those Pubs who have not got the memo yet, that SSM is toxic to them, and they need to get the issue off the table, this poll is yet another reminder. Presumably most Pub politicians are hoping that SCOTUS does the dirty little deed for them.

Republicans mistakenly believe that SSM is an issue they can take a comfortable moderate hero position on. Public perception has changed significantly even over the last 4 years.

The problem, of course, is that many Republicans keep insulated company and have little exposure to American culture as a whole. They simply don't understand the mind of a voter who flips on the issue. Most people change their minds on this issue based on emotion. If you change your mind on gay marriage because your cousin is gay, or because a coworker is gay, a rollback of gay marriage rights immediately looks like an attack on those people you know personally by the government. (Because, you know, it is.)
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why is SSM such a big deal? on: May 21, 2015, 10:10:31 am
Don't misconstrue me, I'm totally for it. I just don't get why it is such a hot button issue, and why its proponents are still so passionate even if it is basically a settled issue.

It's a war against people's way of life, even though the things that two private citizens do in their private lives have absolutely no impact on said complete stranger who is opposed to gay marriage
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Common Core vs. Academic Standards in Different Countries (Math/Science) on: May 14, 2015, 04:38:23 pm
I'm not necessarily opposed to the Common Core method of teaching and I do think there should be a federal baseline as to what skills are appropriate to be taught and when. I do strongly believe that the culture of constant standardized testing isn't doing students any favors and may actually be interfering with learning, however.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Monopolies to Break Up? on: May 12, 2015, 05:16:23 pm
Comcast already controls over 50% of the high-speed Internet market in the U.S., and it faces no competition in a large number of markets. It was a blessing that the government shot down its merger with Time Warner, but we need to take things a step further given its utility status.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Robert Stark's radio show on: May 11, 2015, 04:40:53 pm
From April 30, 2015: A segment called "What would Luke possibly talk about with a hot 19yo?"

From May 9, 2015: A show "brought to you by Robert Stark's Artwork." This piece, called 'View of Stimson Beach,' can by yours for the low low price of $1,200.



http://www.mesart.com/artwork.jsp.que.artwork.eq.51279.shtml
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Boston University professor: White Males a "problem population" on: May 09, 2015, 11:02:42 am
There is plenty of work to be done in the name of ethnic equality, but this mentality pisses me off. She has the gall to whine about how "white people" are the problem when in reality they are the reason she has anything she does today. Odds are she would just be some random subsistence farm girl, probably raped multiple times by randoms had it not been for these white people she hates so much.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . wow.

It's almost impressive how much offensive crap he can fit into one post. "Whoa, almost hit Post without making a rape reference, too! Better edit that in!"
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 2nd Appeals Court rules NSA bulk data collection illegal on: May 07, 2015, 06:03:19 pm
About time. This is a very important issue, and besides, bulk collection of data is hardly the most efficient way of stopping terrorism.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How will Carly Fiorina try to win the Republican Primaries? on: May 06, 2015, 02:59:04 pm
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13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Christie lose the New Jersey primary? on: May 06, 2015, 02:57:28 pm
New Jersey primaries are fixed best they can be by county committees. Christie's name will be on the top of the ballot in every county; the eventual nominee will be buried somewhere around line 26.

I don't think he'll win, but there's a good chance he could even if he's out of the race. A lot of Republicans (my parents) still like the guy, and can't believe so much is being made of such a dumb "prank" his associates pulled in Fort Lee.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: U.S. Split Along Racial Lines on Backlash Against Police, Poll Finds on: May 05, 2015, 07:30:03 pm
I'd love to see cross tabs on age.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Nebraska woman sues all gayz on: May 05, 2015, 07:28:52 pm
She reminds me an awful lot of this elderly gem, also from Nebraska:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMANMIe0ZZI
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gay marriage opponents' strategy uncertain in 2015 on: May 05, 2015, 07:22:36 pm
A 90's meme?

Naso is perpetually stuck in the world of his childhood, where all Asians on TV know kung fu and speak broken English, where blacks are all either jive-talking criminals or tough-as-nails police chiefs, and where gays are all flaming and AIDS-infested punchlines.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kids of Republicans pull parents to the left on gay marriage on: April 28, 2015, 09:37:08 pm
No, I don't believe that, Small Biz...because he did it on an app for gay men. I'm sure the he was not looking to have their profile posted in the media by someone who disagrees with their political views...

Showing your genitals to someone unsolicited is pretty good justification for outing someone. I agree that people should not otherwise be invading privacy, but at some point this man surrendered his privacy by using a public social network, sharing his picture and ultimately his genitals to someone who surely was not fishing to see them. Welcome to 2015, where what you do online has consequences.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Anti-gay lawmaker outed by man he flirted online on: April 28, 2015, 09:34:26 pm
Also why is it that gross old men on Grindr always lead by showing you their junk?
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Anti-gay lawmaker outed by man he flirted online on: April 28, 2015, 09:32:56 pm
If he didn't want to be outed publicly he maybe should not have used a face pic on a public gay sex social network?
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kids of Republicans pull parents to the left on gay marriage on: April 28, 2015, 09:12:54 pm
Gay conservative bullied.


Outing someone's personal life is apparently acceptable if they are conservative. This is what we mean by fascism. http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=211922.0

Top Man! was flaunting his sexuality a bit too publicly. Sad
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: police murder megathread on: April 28, 2015, 04:50:57 pm
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM YOUR LOCAL MODERATOR: It is incredibly inappropriate to refer to rioters as "animals," especially given the racial implications of that word. Repeated use will be heavily infracted moving forward.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should homosexual activity be banned? on: April 27, 2015, 09:09:42 pm
What a fun reminder that the Internet is a terrible place.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: police murder megathread on: April 27, 2015, 09:05:15 pm
Am I naive in wondering why they can't just have an unimpeachable, inoffensive MLK-style march? Even Fox News couldn't get hot and bothered about that.

No one will pay attention to that.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Drug Church on: April 27, 2015, 07:49:05 pm
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: MA: Suffolk: Gov. Baker with 70% approval rating on: April 24, 2015, 10:40:04 am
If he f-s up my Green Line extension there will be hell to pay, governor  >:|
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