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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: December 17, 2014, 01:44:17 am
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: American Family Assocation, Jindal supporters not afraid of 'Big Gay' on: December 17, 2014, 01:40:13 am
I love the nebulous, eerie concept of "Big Gay." I keep seeing Ross Matthews, but at 7 feet tall with an extra 100 pounds.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 1 out of 5 Republicans Agree: Rectally feeding suspected terrorists is a-ok! on: December 16, 2014, 10:41:10 am
I think it's more disturbing that a majority of Democrats don't support any of the methods.

Why?

How are we supposed to interrogate effectively if we can't cause a minimal amount of discomfort for the detainees? A terrorist knows they aren't getting released, I doubt the good cop/bad cop routine is going to work on them.

Pumping food up someone's anus, locking them in a coffin-sized box and threatening to murder their family isn't "a minimal amount of discomfort."
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How long can you hold out? on: December 13, 2014, 05:04:22 pm
39 days
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: McDonalds on: December 13, 2014, 04:49:30 pm
I voted NO I AM A FAT but I meant to vote REPLACE WITH FITNESS
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Good news in the "Cromnibus": The End of the War on Medical Marijuana on: December 13, 2014, 04:09:10 pm
"BUT THE DEMS GOT NOTHING!!!!!"

Marijuana politics don't really break down neatly on partisan lines. We're seeing progress because a lot of conservatives don't want to spend money on a war on legalized drugs.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: December 11, 2014, 04:03:49 pm
The weight loss advice being distributed here is incredibly mixed up, often contradictory, and seldom put forward in a positive manner. Bushie is never going to lose weight by listening to this confused thread.

Then again, Bushie is never going to lose weight, period, until he has a significant change to his usual way of thinking.
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: New Jersey legislature: no evidence that Christie was involved in bridge scheme on: December 11, 2014, 02:12:13 am
Ideology, temperament and Madoff will be far more harmful to Christie than Bridgenado.

His temperament is arguably one of his assets.

Until he calls some Iowan activist an idiot.

I think, although I hope otherwise, that this is a thing that would impress a lot of voters.

Right. As it turns out, being a unapologetic asshole really resonates with the Republican base. My parents seem to love him for it. (And are, coincidentally, outraged over this particular "waste of money.")
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: CA-Sen: California Quake on: December 09, 2014, 06:55:25 pm
A Republican won't win the seat, but it being open should be lure enough to get a real candidate or a self-funder. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many of them.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your net worth? on: December 09, 2014, 06:50:48 pm
I was fortunate enough to buy a condo in the right neighborhood of Boston 8 years ago. I'm equity rich but cash poor.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: New Jersey legislature: no evidence that Christie was involved in bridge scheme on: December 09, 2014, 06:46:16 pm
Ideology, temperament and Madoff will be far more harmful to Christie than Bridgenado.

His temperament is arguably one of his assets.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Question for Americans re: Health Insurance on: December 08, 2014, 10:50:31 pm
Companies will often mention that they offer health plans, 401(k) matching, and other such company-wide benefits when advertising the job opening to increase applicant interest. Specifics of the plans are typically part of the compensation discussion, whenever that occurs. Full information is typically written out in the formal job offer.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Newt Gingrich needs you to tell him what a smartphone is called on: December 08, 2014, 10:33:45 pm
And besides, we have a name for a smartphone minus it's phone capabilities: a tablet.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Newt Gingrich needs you to tell him what a smartphone is called on: December 08, 2014, 10:19:53 pm
While he definitely comes across as clueless, is "smartphone" really an adequate name?

Yes. It is the standard, universal term.

You completely missed my point.  It wasn't whether "smartphone" had become the standard English term for the device, it was that since smartphones have such a wide array of features unrelated to telephony, is the name adequate to describing what it is put to use for by those who would be lost without being connected 24/7 to the cloud?

Well, the vast majority of these features deal with communications in general, and phones (or phone lines, at least) have been the traditional way of dealing with communications of all types. Smartphones are so popular because they're the natural evolution of basic phone service.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Newt Gingrich needs you to tell him what a smartphone is called on: December 08, 2014, 06:53:17 pm
While he definitely comes across as clueless, is "smartphone" really an adequate name?

Yes. It is the standard, universal term.

There are "feature phones," which may offer one or two modern conveniences (like a camera or GPS) but lacks access to more robust software-based features, high-speed data or a touchscreen. If there's a physical numerical keypad, you're dealing with a feature phone. Then there are "smartphones," which typically run iOS or Android and offer an expanded app-based feature set and 4G LTE data speed. Most smartphones lack physical key-based input; the few that do typically have QWERTY keyboards instead of numerical keypads.

"Cellphone" is a much more generic term, though its age leads people to associate it more with feature phones. If you're not sure whether the phone you own is a smartphone, then you almost certainly don't own a smartphone.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / MOVED: Attempted Gas Attack on Furries in Chicago! on: December 08, 2014, 12:33:02 am
This topic has been moved to Off-topic Board.

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=203850.0
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: December 07, 2014, 05:20:54 pm
The Tulsa apartment burning down would actually be a blessing.

Assuming he pays rental insurance (which apartment management companies usually require), you'd certainly be right.

Hmm... are you thinking what I'm thinking?

18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The New Irony Ore Mine on: December 05, 2014, 06:32:16 pm
Your post is just irrelevant.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Republican priorities: (1) cut taxes on the rich; (2) raise taxes on the poor on: December 05, 2014, 05:12:15 pm
Besides the obvious failure to reason through the basic structure of social spending, the author is too partisan to support flatter marginal tax rates, which would be a major step towards eliminating the separate-but-"equal" tax system we have today.

In the same way you're too partisan to support progressive tax rates, I guess.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Jenna Bush alludes to desecrating the White House with sexual acts on: December 05, 2014, 01:33:44 am
...wouldn't you?
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: in other good news, GMO labeling loses in OR and CO on: December 04, 2014, 10:26:17 am
Only insomuch as its hard to avoid those things, so you are forced to make changes. If you just switch from HFCS to a different sugar the difference is negligible.

There is a pretty significant difference in how the human body processes the two. HFCS requires absolutely no digestion and is much more readily absorbed into the blood stream than table sugar. It thus spikes insulin to a greater degree, leading the body to produce more fat. It's also a far more addictive drug than regular sugar, which leads to cravings that are stronger than with regular sugar. That encourages people to eat more product with HFCS than they would if it was made with regular sugar.

Given the sheer amount of HFCS in the food supply -- it accounts for 15-20% of our caloric intake -- swapping it out for something the body's digestive system is more capable of handling will have a significant effect on your body's operation.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: in other good news, GMO labeling loses in OR and CO on: December 04, 2014, 10:10:24 am
People deserve to know what's in their food, and it's wrong for many of you to side with businesses instead of the consumers.

Not if it has no meaning and serves only to scare people for no good reason. I side with consumers of food who oppose labelling things like THIS PRODUCT USES FERTILISER MADE FROM CHEMICALS and THIS PRODUCT WAS GROWN USING MECHANICALLY SOURCED WATER.

If a product uses "fertilizer made from chemicals," then it cannot legally be labeled as organic. These things really do matter to a lot of people, you know.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: in other good news, GMO labeling loses in OR and CO on: December 03, 2014, 05:35:18 pm
Glad to see the level of discourse on this issue is "you guys are idiots" vs. "no you're the dumb ones."
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: December 03, 2014, 12:16:14 pm
What's wrong with the pop?  You gloss over a healthy meal and focus on the pop, which has no calories on its own?  That's pretty arrogant.

Well soda, you see, has literally no nutritional value. Read that again: Literally none. Your body gets absolutely no benefit from drinking it. It's nothing but empty calories, and you definitely don't need to be eating those.

I lost 50 pounds simply by not drinking soda.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: in other good news, GMO labeling loses in OR and CO on: December 03, 2014, 12:08:10 pm
Yea, how is this bad?  I'm not saying GMOs are inherently bad, but what's wrong with giving people information?  Is there something tangible we can compare this to? 

GMOs are seen as "scary" and this would provide no benefit to consumers. It would needlessly stigmatise an important innovation in food production. It's a dumb idea.

It might provide no benefit to you. But to the larger group of "consumers," yes, there are many of us who would prefer this stuff be labeled. And there are plenty of valid reasons to not want to eat GMO food. For me, it's not a food safety issue, it's a food quality issue. I find genetic modification frequently prioritizes crop hardiness and sugar content, not taste or quality.

GMO is just another one of those Bushie-esque cheats of unhealthy people to find a way to justify eating food high in fat and sugar. "It's not the empty calories in my chips that make them unhealthy, it's the corn syrup gluten GMOs!" More educated unhealthy people, but still Bushies nonetheless.

That's a pretty lazy, inaccurate generalization. I don't know any fat people who lie to themselves via GMOs. If someone knows enough about food to actually care about GMOs, they actually care about their food enough to avoid high fructose corn syrup and other genuinely unhealthy additives.

I don't care who you are, if you cut out or seriously restrict HFCS and gluten in your diet you will almost certainly lose weight and become healthier.
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