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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should Mr. Moderate be de modded? on: July 23, 2015, 04:21:19 pm
Sure, why not.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: So You Think You Can Moderate - Season 2: No Vote For the Fascist Coat Winner on: July 23, 2015, 10:49:27 am
Why would anyone even want to be a moderator anymore?
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's going on here? on: July 23, 2015, 10:48:43 am
But BK is a grown 20-something adult who, sadly, understood exactly what she was doing when she let a sociopath access her account for the sole purpose of stealing private data.

hindsight is 20/20

Of course, any mod could have made the same mistake of giving Tweed complete access to their account when requested for the sole purpose of stealing private data.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's going on here? on: July 23, 2015, 10:40:45 am
I'm not 100% sure, but I think the gist of it is (biased reporting ahead):
-Tweed, the classy guy that he is, tricked BK into giving him BK's password here.
-Tweed them copied some (all?) of the mod cave (the part of the forum only mods have access to).
-I guess Tweed was smart enough to do that, but not smart enough to get it hosted...or something, so he asked Griffen how to do it, and was told...I don't know how much Grif knew.
-Tweed posts some (all?) of the mod cave sh**t over at at sh**t...I mean AAD.
-BK, embarrassingly realizes he's been hosed and takes the high road out of here.
-All three are banned when the mods here find out.
-Joe also told Tweed to kill himself.

People around about BK as if she's a 5-year-old child who doesn't understand the consequences of her actions.

Tricked! The poor thing!

Let's correct this narrative. Yes, BK is dealing with mental issues and Tweed (human garbage) clearly took advantage of that. But BK is a grown 20-something adult who, sadly, understood exactly what she was doing when she let a sociopath access her account for the sole purpose of stealing private data.

I get it. You like BK. I like BK. BK is a super-likable person. But this super-likable person didn't just break the rules, she pretty much violated the highest level of trust possible and conspired to (essentially)  over each and every member of the moderation team to win favor with Tweed and the folks at "that other website."
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Dave Leip Approval Rating on: July 23, 2015, 10:19:57 am
Dave has been heavily involved in this issue and is taking it quite seriously.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are all the mods starting to remind you of Inks? on: July 23, 2015, 10:14:10 am
I don't get the outrage from some posters, Some of these people seem to spend most of their time TRYING to find new ways to piss off the moderators, Then when the moderators do react those same people act like victims.

A sociopath used someone's mental illness to violate the privacy of multiple Atlas posters and steal data from a restricted area of this site. And yet, somehow, it's the Atlas moderators that took action to stop them who are the bad guys.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you support the bans of Tweed, BK and AdamGriffin? on: July 23, 2015, 09:55:28 am
So just so I'm clear -- none of you know the full circumstances behind any of these three peoples' actions and yet you all seem to know exactly what punishment each person deserves, yes?
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What not to do with your gambling revenue: the failure of Tunica, Mississippi on: July 20, 2015, 09:18:02 am
Atlantic City has been doing pretty poorly with Chris Christie.

Atlantic City has been doing pretty poorly for the last 40 or 50 years.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: See things from the other's perspective on: July 02, 2015, 10:46:50 am
3) You can't express your opinion against Mexican immigration.  If you do, Univision and NBC will pull your TV show for not expressing the politically correct view on the subject after agitation from the "progressive" mob.

How dare NBC fire him for suggesting that most Mexican immigrants were thieves and rapists! Sorry that's not politically correct anymore Sad
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Oklahoma Justices order 10 Commandments Monument Removed on: July 01, 2015, 04:07:56 pm
The Satanists have abandoned their attempt to place their own monument on state capitol grounds in response to the ruling.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Mississippi not taking gay marriage ruling well on: June 30, 2015, 04:11:10 pm
Still, nice to see a democrat that respects the word of god.

You're aware that the bible is 100% written by man and is a compilation and synthesis of various parallel narratives over the course of hundreds of years, right? There is no word of god; she has been quite mum on the issue.

First of all, the Christian god is male. 2nd, the bible was directly inspired by the spoken word and guidance of god.

Do you legitimately believe that god has male genitals? Asking for a friend.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Have we talked about how this sudden removal of Confederate stuff is a ruse? on: June 24, 2015, 12:15:48 pm
So, is there a direct effort from the RNC being pushed down the chain of command to get rid of this in preparation for the 2016 election so that it won't be an issue? To see mainstream and Tea Party Republican leaders act so swiftly in unison - with Democrats - just doesn't make sense to me without a narrative involving a heavy-handed effort from on high.

Yes, from what I've heard, this is a case of Republican leadership coming down hard that the party needs to move beyond this. No Republican can win in 2016 if they're getting hammered with questions about this dumb treasonous flag of a slave-holding elite.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum queers: Have you ever been openly discriminated against in public? on: June 17, 2015, 09:38:58 am
Openly, in public? No. That's why I choose to live in New England and Los Angeles.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SMRAs planning to turn puerto rico into a misogynist wonderland on: June 14, 2015, 08:36:02 pm
hahahah what
15  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.
16  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.
17  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.
18  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.
19  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.)
20  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
21  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.
22  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.
23  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
24  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!"
25  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.
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