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76  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Once more, gun control opponents... on: June 21, 2015, 11:08:50 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL8JEEt2RxI&app=desktop
77  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Narendra Modi on: June 17, 2015, 06:44:53 pm
HP, but better than any of the dictatorial thugs from China. Modi at least settles territorial disputes. Xi creates them.
78  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Alexis Tsipras on: June 17, 2015, 06:35:32 pm
There's no happy ending to this story is there? Depressing.

Greece is near bottom and will soon start to recover, no matter how badly they screw up. If they're ejected from the euro, they will suddenly hit bottom and have nowhere to go but up. If they capitulate, they will resume the upward trend they were on before Tsipiras.
79  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Racism! It's not just something which happens in America... on: June 17, 2015, 06:24:16 pm
Isn't this country dependent on tourism? Boycott/divest from the Domincan Republic.
80  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Do you ever have weird personal feelings of irrendentism? on: June 17, 2015, 05:21:52 pm
No, I'd rather see national borders become meaningless than obsess about their minor details.
81  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Democrats: do you forgive Hillary Clinton for voting for the Iraq War? on: June 17, 2015, 05:10:37 pm
I know some people will take this as parsing, but she never voted "for the Iraq war", she voted for authorization for the use of force, as she made very clear at the time.

And she has admitted that even that was a mistake, yes.
82  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: President of Spokane NAACP outed as white imposter on: June 17, 2015, 04:57:58 pm
The thing is, if a white person really passes off as black and people really think they are black and treat them as black, then for all intents and purposes they've lost their white privilege. Since racism is essentially a matter of how you are treated based on the color of your skin, a "white" person that society sees as black is effectively black.

The problem with people of color who try to pass off as white is that it's an endorsement of white privilege. Not all of us have the luxury of passing off as white. It's typically not a matter of literal survival but getting certain social privileges. Rather than representing themselves to people as a person of color and being a part of the visibility of people of color, or confronting and fighting against racism, these people are content for people to think of them as white and benefit from the very system that oppresses them in other ways, and oppresses other people of color.
83  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic Primary Atlas Poll, June 2015 (Democratic Primary voters only) on: June 16, 2015, 09:36:37 pm
84  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: President of Spokane NAACP outed as white imposter on: June 16, 2015, 12:21:57 pm
Both race and gender are social constructs, but gun to my head, race is more of a social construct than gender.

Hence, if one lives in a society as a member of a particular race, then there is no functional difference from being a member of that race except being born into it, and being able to get out of it (minus any complications from surgery)... however the same could be said of transgender people. In a way it's tougher for transgender people since transwomen, for instance, retain greater physical strength, which you could say is an aspect of male privilege.

This post is a good example of why the ability to ponder is vastly overrated.

Yes, as opposed to the ability to hover over a thread making snippy comments...
85  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: President of Spokane NAACP outed as white imposter on: June 16, 2015, 10:28:33 am
Both race and gender are social constructs, but gun to my head, race is more of a social construct than gender.

Hence, if one lives in a society as a member of a particular race, then there is no functional difference from being a member of that race except being born into it, and being able to get out of it (minus any complications from surgery)... however the same could be said of transgender people. In a way it's tougher for transgender people since transwomen, for instance, retain greater physical strength, which you could say is an aspect of male privilege.
86  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: I saw Elena kagan at the bookstore today. on: June 16, 2015, 03:34:26 am
She didnt see you, though.

Actually, I think she saw me staring at her because she turned and walked away very fast.
87  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / I saw Elena kagan at the bookstore today. on: June 16, 2015, 01:09:45 am
 She's lost weight but it was her. I didn't say anything.
88  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SMRAs planning to turn puerto rico into a misogynist wonderland on: June 14, 2015, 08:28:30 pm
Great. Hopefully they all congregate there so we can release Ebola into the water system.
89  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Kirkegaard's "Knight of Infinite Resignation"? on: June 14, 2015, 11:49:29 am
What does this mean? How is it not just a rationalization for doing whatever you want under the auspices of Resignation/Faith? Sure, he claims to pass through the ethical realm and sacrifice what he loves, but people have sacrificed things they love (or think they love) for other complicated psychological motives before.
90  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jeb plans June 15 announcement on: June 13, 2015, 07:25:18 pm
One good thing about the numerous Republican field is that we'll get to watch the Republicans tearing each other apart for the next 7-8 months. Hopefully by the time we get to the General, Hillary will barely even have to launch new attacks. Tongue
91  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who Do You Match on iSideWith? on: June 13, 2015, 06:24:24 pm
Bernie 84%
Hillary 74%
Huckabee 28%
Christie 28%
Paul 19%
Cruz 13%
92  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton starts her campaign today in NYC with major speech @ 9.30am on: June 13, 2015, 10:54:08 am
No storm clouds so far.
93  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: IMF pulls out of Greece talks on: June 12, 2015, 07:08:39 pm
Obviously, what's needed is for Cartman to put everything on his credit card.
94  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Windows 10 Comes Out July 29 This Year on: June 11, 2015, 11:28:18 pm
I just got a Surface Pro 3 with Windows 8.1 a few months ago and I'm loving both so far, so I'm in no hurry to upgrade.
95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of IceSpear on: June 11, 2015, 08:09:19 pm
Massive FF.
96  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Libertarians and abortion on: June 11, 2015, 04:16:41 pm
Indeed, personal property of one's physical body is much more intimate and arguably of a higher order than detachable property. Most people agree that the government has the right to tax, which is taking a portion of your detachable property, but if the government tried to pass a law requiring each person to give up a portion of his or her flesh there would be a revolution.
97  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why won't the freakin' GOP nominate RAND PAUL! on: June 10, 2015, 07:31:31 pm
Other than Jon Huntsman, I'm not sure there are any better Republicans than Paul. The Democrats can't hold the White House forever... at some point a Republican will win it... wouldn't you rather it be someone like Paul than a social/economic/foreign policy conservative?
98  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: Ohio: Mixed results for Hillary Clinton in match-ups against Republicans, PPP on: June 10, 2015, 03:39:03 pm
Her leading all Republicans except two in a must-win state for Republicans does not add up to horrible numbers for Hillary. They only are in comparison to unrealistic expectations that she'd somehow stomp any GOPer in the General. It's going to be a close, 50/50 affair.

On the other hand, the numbers confirm that any other Democrat would lose in a landslide. The country is definitely turning Right.
99  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton vs. Kasich on: June 09, 2015, 08:10:17 pm
Accidentally voted Clinton... While certainly not implausible, I think Kasich could do better than expected. Remember, the media will be dead set against Clinton.
100  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Yet another Clinton scandal on: June 08, 2015, 04:42:13 pm
I thought it was funny.
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