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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Anime on: Today at 01:22:17 am
Like Nathan, I'm following Sailor Moon Crystal at the moment. But beyond that, nothing really. I don't watch much anime, but it's not specific to that medium; I just don't watch much TV or film or whatever in general.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC approves apartment building with separate entrance for poor people on: July 22, 2014, 02:38:52 am
So where are the twitter campaigns? The circulating tumblr blogs? The protests from nearby college kids and activist groups? Still off somewhere blaming the ills of society on Seth Rogen?
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Star Trek on: July 20, 2014, 03:32:05 pm
Seasons 3 and 4 of TNG were the high point of the entire Star Trek franchise IMHO.

Everything that immediately followed was far from being crap, but this is certainly were Trek peaked in terms of having a consistent streak of high-quality writing and storytelling.

I really cannot understand how a person would think this when DS9 exists. Hell, Enterprise told better long-running stories than TNG did. By virtue of telling them at all.

Anyway, good on you for getting into Star Trek, Lefty. You'll never enjoy TNG more than when you've watched nothing but TNG.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: MW: July 2014 Elections on: July 19, 2014, 11:03:15 am
1. Gass3268
2. Hashemite
3. Cris

1. LeBron Fitzgerald
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Do you believe the Nappy-Hagrid partnership will be successful? on: July 17, 2014, 08:55:30 pm
It can be amazing what bitter enemies can accomplish together in this game when they're not competing electorally.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: US uninsurance rate drops to 13.4%, record low on: July 16, 2014, 09:30:58 pm
I have insurance because of it and I am immensely grateful.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of John Boehner on: July 16, 2014, 07:25:14 pm
Objectively bad at his job.
8  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Can women be firemen or mailmen? on: July 16, 2014, 07:04:45 pm
Women can be anything that they want to be.

The question is about linguistics, not gender roles, but I think this is still the right answer: Call any given woman in one of these types of positions what she'd prefer to be called, if she expresses a preference.
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Planned Parenthood on: July 15, 2014, 12:37:06 pm
They do a great deal of good. The hate for them just seems really sad, to me.
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: I think there is a candidate everyone is forgetting on: July 11, 2014, 05:42:16 pm
Joe Biden.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: George W. Bush was the worst president since..? on: July 08, 2014, 05:42:07 pm
He's the worst of the last 100 or so years for sure.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation hearing: Napoleon for GM on: July 07, 2014, 02:41:31 am
For whatever this carries, I hope the Senate will confirm you.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Roberts Court on: July 05, 2014, 04:03:59 pm
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Scandinavia and the World on: July 02, 2014, 01:18:05 pm
Sorry Antonio, it's just hard for me to appreciate it when it just makes me want to consume Hetalia: Axis Powers instead.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of AverroŽs on: July 01, 2014, 01:08:42 pm
One of the best we have.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: A further tiny announcement on: June 30, 2014, 12:16:38 pm
Thank you for yor service. It has clearly been the best (=least) moderated board on Atlas,
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The Millennial Generation has produced nothing of note culturally. on: June 28, 2014, 07:02:47 pm
Moreover, technology has also relieved budgetary and technical limitations on producing culture. Creators no longer need to appeal to mass audience to survive, and plenty of them choose not too.

This, more than anything else, is the important takeaway of this generation. We've basically seen, if not the death of, then at least the severe decline in influence of the mono-culture. When we think of past decades, there is often a few large distinguishing things that encompassed all of pop culture. Tye-dye, grunge rock, bell bottoms, flannel, pong, disco, whatever.

These broad cultural touchstones don't really exist in the same way today; everything's too decentralized now. People don't watch the same 6 o'clock news channel, they watch their network of choice. People don't read the paper, they follow their own collection of websites. YouTube videos instead of mainstream television, indie flicks over the summer blockbuster. I've spent the last several days watching Summer Games Done Quick. It appeals to such a subculture of a subculture of a subculture, and you're not going not going to see most people on the street have even the slightest clue what that is or why it exists, but people in that group live and breathe it.

Subcultures have always existed, obviously, but the ease with which the internet has allowed them to come into being and thrive on the support of a tiny group of instantly-connected individuals mostly just means that the "millennial generation's" cultural contribution will be that you can now easily create your own instead.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Canada on: June 24, 2014, 02:05:54 pm
I want to live there.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the New Deal on: June 23, 2014, 09:30:13 am
The bedrock of America.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite Founding Father? on: June 22, 2014, 07:37:33 pm
I'm probably most fond of Adams.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Reconstruction on: June 22, 2014, 07:02:37 pm
Reconstruction was pretty horribly managed (I don't think many could really disagree) and effectively ended far earlier than it should have due to a number of unfortunate factors. Sometimes I wonder if many of our current problems are still a consequence of the failures of Reconstruction.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Brian Schweitzer: southerners like Eric Cantor set off my gaydar on: June 22, 2014, 10:12:50 am
It really didn't offend me, but I guess I'm not on the look-out for things to be offended by.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: June 2014 Federal Election - President, VP and Regional Senators on: June 21, 2014, 07:13:29 am
President/Vice President:

1. DemPGH/Windjammer
2. Sirnick/Dallashfan

MW Senator:

1. TNF
2. RR1997
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Gavin Newsom on: June 17, 2014, 05:13:20 pm
Generic Urban Social Liberal
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario 2014 (June 12th) on: June 12, 2014, 09:10:12 pm
The overall increase in share for the NDP is not-insignificant, but if the NDP is going to ever have a future in government, they need to stop the slide in Toronto. Horwath is charismatic, debates well, and is well liked publicly, and I think the NDP would be foolish to consider getting rid of her, but her obsession with a populist tone has been a mistake for their long-term fortunes.

As for the PCs: lol.
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