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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: November 24, 2014, 11:43:37 pm
I'm avoiding this story for multitude of reasons EXCEPT this common point bugs me:

If you're going to riot and burn things, why would you do it to your own town?

It is NOT their OWN town, their OWN community. They don't actually own it. They don't own homes, they don't own businesses, many of them have to take public transportation. They don't pay property taxes. Ferguson, MO is just a place they happen to be stuck living in, not their own community.

That's why it's not that hard to imagine why people there would be so comfortable in destroying it.

They are destroying rented homes, rented businesses, and rioting on rented streets. No liability to them.

If you want a black community that isn't prone to "destroying their own community in riots" you need to give them opportunity for their own communities first.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Francois Hollande on: November 24, 2014, 06:10:55 pm
A disaster.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is the marital status of your parents? on: November 23, 2014, 11:01:45 pm
My dad is divorced, and my mother remarried.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: MW: November 2014 Althing Elections on: November 22, 2014, 11:51:40 pm
1. Gass
2. Vega
3. GAworth
4. RR1997
5. BaconBacon
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Bill Cosby on: November 22, 2014, 06:21:47 pm
When I was home visiting my grandparents, a news story about the allegations played, featuring a clip of one of the women talking about her specific experiences with Cosby, which ended up causing my grandmother to be the one to get angry and mention how angry it all made her because she thought most of them were lying. That she ended up the most skeptical of us amused me.

I voted FF when the poll was first posted, but I probably wouldn't do so now, for reasons explained; there are too many accusations of some sort of wrongdoing for me to feel they are all wrong, and Cosby's career is such at this point that he should probably just let his past as a pioneer for black entertainers stand on its own and live the rest of his life in peace and quiet. I don't know if all of them are telling the truth, and there is obviously no way to convict him for any of it and that's how the legal system should be, etc, but I think it's more likely than not that Cosby did something wrong and should at the very least give up his spotlight.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is "the American people" a dog whistle term to refer to white conservatives? on: November 21, 2014, 10:37:17 pm
At this point, everything's a dog whistle.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the state you live in? on: November 21, 2014, 06:42:17 pm
Meh.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you approve of Obama's executive orders on immigration? on: November 21, 2014, 03:11:20 pm
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The last movie you've seen thread 2014 on: November 21, 2014, 01:41:31 pm
Watched The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 1) last night. I continue to really love those movies more than they probably deserve? I don't know. I thought it was great.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Tony Blair on: November 19, 2014, 09:57:37 pm
I'm always sort of curious to hear in greater detail why he's viewed so horribly. I don't particularly love Blair, but I've never seen a decent list of arguments as to why he's such a villain.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is the Democratic Party left-wing? on: November 19, 2014, 08:42:03 pm
The Democratic Party is the left-wing of American politics and encompasses a left-wing of a sort, but its official positions are not particularly left-wing and recent decades of Democratic government have only really been left-wing in rhetoric (and not even very consistently, in this case) and around the margins.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Midwest Gubernatorial Recall Election Poll on: November 18, 2014, 07:09:18 pm
I feel like the Midwest has had f**ked up executive election procedures for as long as I can remember. Weren't elections for Governor of the Midwest once held on some sort of approval basis where the Governor had to have 70% disapproval in a vote, or something along those lines, and only then there was an election for his/her replacement?
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Summarize the Previous Poster in One Sentence or Less on: November 18, 2014, 05:07:02 pm
Intelligent, beautiful, and incredibly good-hearted Northeastern Progressive that can be fairly neurotic.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you a young white non-straight male? on: November 18, 2014, 03:59:51 pm
Maybe the evolutionary benefit to gays in the modern world is administration.  We administer the institutions that the breeders need in order to keep breeding.

That's an interesting idea.  But I suspect it has something more to do with the fact that gay men (albeit the less campy ones) are abnormally well-suited to administrative positions because they have more reserved, considerate leadership styles typical for women without all of the baggage that comes along with wearing a skirt in the office.

I hadn't considered this the way you stated it, but this is interesting to think about.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who do you support in the raging sexism battle in the Absurdity thread? on: November 17, 2014, 08:01:46 pm
Gustaf's arguments in that particular topic are superior and so I suppose I side with him.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Midwest Gubernatorial Recall Election Poll on: November 17, 2014, 02:03:13 pm
I support Fitzgerald at this point primarily because I loathe recall elections.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: BK4Senate Campaign Thread on: November 17, 2014, 03:58:29 am
Congratulations, Senator!
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Countries you've not been to: Which 5 do you want to visit the most? on: November 16, 2014, 06:27:08 pm
Canada, Japan, Sweden, France, Finland.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline? on: November 16, 2014, 06:11:55 pm
I'm with Nix in that I never understood why this became the issue it has become for some people. I don't really care if it's built either way.

I suppose it's just one of those things that got traction by being repeated ad nauseam on Fox News or something.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support President Obama signing an executive order granting amnesty? on: November 16, 2014, 06:07:49 pm
Yes.
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Sweden Considering Sexism Labels For Video Games on: November 16, 2014, 05:51:40 pm
Honestly I don't see anything problematic with this since in order to pass the Bechdel test a game only needs to have at least two female characters in it who talk to each other and about something other than a man. Some Swedish cinemas also decided to do the same on their own volition last year, so it's not really a new idea.

Yes of course using the Bechdel test in general is moronic (the test is a f**king joke from a webcomic) and using it on individual movies is even worse. The Swedes are truly from a planet far far away in some galaxy whose name are made up of a random mix of letters and numbers.

Every so often I stop and marvel at the fact that one of the (unsurprisingly flawed) foundations of modern feminist media criticism is literally based on a joke in a lesbian comic strip from the mid-80s.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Barack Obama on: November 16, 2014, 04:33:25 pm
He's okay.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: ESA's Philae spacecraft to land on comet tomorrow on: November 15, 2014, 10:52:43 pm
Hopefully, though, we won't let ourselves be distracted by this incredible scientific accomplishment so we can focus on the most important thing.
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: can you chopsticks? on: November 15, 2014, 10:28:09 am
Yeah, but they never feel comfortable for me.
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Sweden Considering Sexism Labels For Video Games on: November 14, 2014, 07:53:05 pm
Even setting aside arguments over whether something like this is necessary or not, there is no conceivable way some sort of labeling system like this could exist without ending up a complete and utter joke.
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