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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Convention for Agreement on Regional Consolidation in Atlasia (Voting) on: September 01, 2015, 11:22:47 pm
Map 6 - 9 points
Map 2 - 7 points

I don't care about the rest.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: September 01, 2015, 11:18:11 pm
Marokai Blue
Labor
Manitoba
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: New Zealand's Prime Minister favors changing the flag on: September 01, 2015, 01:18:46 pm
I absolutely adore the spiral. Y'all are crazy.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bernie Sanders Says He Will Not End Drone Program If Elected President on: August 31, 2015, 11:10:33 pm
I think completely ending the program would be an overreaction, anyway.
5  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Atlas Forum: Respond to this Image on: August 31, 2015, 08:19:10 am
Can we at least all agree that Presidents get too much credit AND blame (depending on the side of the aisle the person crying or praising is) for pretty much everything?

I'd say this is broadly true, but PJ is definitely right that it is largely due to Obama's stubbornness in favor of growth policies as opposed to austerity policies that the US recovery was much better than most other countries hit hard by the recession.

Of course, I don't really think the recovery is all that durable, and shouldn't inspire any kind of chest-beating, but Obama deserves a little bit of credit.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The topless parade. Pride or Shame? on: August 31, 2015, 06:15:49 am
People should be able to do what they want as long as it doesn't harm anybody that doesn't want to be harmed.  And actual harm, not feelings hurt harm nor offended harm.  The female breast, soft as it is, is incapable of harm.

harm

Okay I got your point. But when a tiny boy sees a couple of kissing topless women on the street of NYC that is an actual harm for the mental health.

How? Either the kid is so young he will not be able to understand the importance of two women being topless, or he'll be old enough that he's seen plenty of that on the internet already and won't have any strange reaction to it anyway.

Ugh why did I fall for the trap of posting.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of extreme 'sensitivity' measures taken by academia on: August 29, 2015, 05:07:22 am
What's wrong with using "they"?

Also, if someone accidentally misgenders a person, I really don't think that's a problem. Misunderstandings happen. Just get corrected, apologize, accept it, and move on. It's not like an innocent misunderstanding is traumatizing.

Even so I really don't think the solution is to basically just start making up Klingon words for transgender people.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of extreme 'sensitivity' measures taken by academia on: August 28, 2015, 04:59:46 pm
I don't really have a problem with encouraging people to use gender-neutral language, but the gender neutral pronouns here are cringeworthy and there is really no way someone could convince me to say them.

LARPers use less cringey language.
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this proposal on: August 27, 2015, 07:47:09 pm
I agree with everything TNF said.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Log Cabin Republicans on: August 27, 2015, 04:46:27 am
I have a similar cringey reaction to "I'm socially liberal but fiscally conservative" but the real issue with the LC Republicans is how utterly delusional and self-defeating their political priorities always were.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Watch Trump imitate asian negotiators broken english on: August 27, 2015, 04:41:43 am
Can we be honest here? That's not even bad at all.

I expected an over the top me-so-horny type imitation and that was nowhere near as bad as it's made out to be. This is far from Trump's worst.
12  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Sex work on: August 26, 2015, 07:21:29 pm
If that's actually sincere, then I commend you for being open-minded.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: Iowa Suffolk Poll - Hillary: 54% Sanders: 20% on: August 26, 2015, 02:34:31 am
NH polling is notoriously unreliable though. If Hillary wins Iowa, I would definitely favour her to also win NH.

I tend to agree. Bernie's only hope of winning the nomination is convincing victories in both Iowa and NH. He needs that one-two punch for any hope of momentum going into the two following, minority-heavy contests. He loses either Iowa or NH and he's done, and most likely done even with them.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NC and VA GOP may demand candidates swear off 3rd party run for ballot access on: August 26, 2015, 02:29:59 am
This is completely unenforceable either way, so who cares whatever pinky swears they want to demand.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: Iowa Suffolk Poll - Hillary: 54% Sanders: 20% on: August 25, 2015, 03:21:48 pm
Looks like Sanders is stalling big time in Iowa, even while gaining nationally and especially in New Hampshire. Very good news for Clinton; things are looking very 2000-esque.

Except there was no Joe Biden-like factor in 2000.

I do think it's very weird that Clinton is supposedly doing better in Iowa than she is nationally. I find it almost impossible to believe actually.

It's very bizarre because I don't think anyone ever expected Iowa to be a stubborn Hillary state. It's never been super kind to the Clintons, and demographically you'd also expect it to be a better environment to Sanders. But here we are.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Compulsory Voting on: August 24, 2015, 10:25:15 pm
Why would voting being mandatory invalidate the better performance of their democracy? You can disagree with the measures taken to accomplish their healthier civic engagement, but it doesn't mean that it doesn't exist.

"Of course the meat packing industry is safer now that there's punitive measures against unsanitary packing procedures." Okay, and? What would your metrics for a healthy democracy be, then?
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should states be allowed to leave the USA? on: August 24, 2015, 08:58:08 pm
Obviously they don't have that right, that's not really arguable. I do think states should be able to hold a referendum on seceding if they choose, though, and the results should probably be respected.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Compulsory Voting on: August 24, 2015, 08:08:25 pm
I fail to see how forcing apathetic and uninformed people to vote helps the "health of democracy".

Australia is a pretty healthy democracy. Healthier than the US, anyway.

in what sense?

More engagement, higher participation, more varied choices?
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Women in the military: yes or no? on: August 24, 2015, 03:42:37 pm
As long as they can meet the same physical requirements as the men, sure.

This is not what is happening though, standards are constantly being dropped in the military, among police, and firefighters to allow for women to come in.

The two "first female army rangers" who just got headlines only did so because the standards were dropped to allow them to pass.

When ISIS captures our slower, weaker, weighed-down female soldiers and starts using them as baby factories and selling them into sex slavery, well, be careful what you wished for.

The standards are sexist, you see. And they don't care how many people are going to be hurt by the lowering of these standards, just like they don't care how many are hurt by affirmative action and it's promotion of race/sex over ability. To the SJW everything, including biology, is sexist, homophobic, racist, transphobic, ableist, and whatever new term they make up next week. They are the greatest enemy human civilization has ever faced, and almost no one cares.

There's been no evidence provided that this is actually a thing that is happening.

I could believe that some activists are calling military fitness standards sexist, considering plenty of them think air conditioning in the work-place is sexist, but until I actually see that happening this is just a strawman.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Black Lives Matter releases its policy platform on: August 23, 2015, 09:40:22 pm
They also match up presidential candidates with each of these goals, and I believe Bernie does the best, with 8/10. O'Malley gets 7/10, Hillary gets 2/10 and Rand gets 1/10. All the other Republican candidates get 0.

What a shock.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: August 2015 Federal Election - At-Large Senate on: August 23, 2015, 08:47:32 pm
1. Yankee
2. Kalwejt
3. Write In: Harry S. Truman
4. Evergreen
5. JoMCaR
6. Cris
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Women in the military: yes or no? on: August 22, 2015, 10:38:06 pm
Anyone should be free to try and meet the physical standards for any military role.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Star Trek on: August 22, 2015, 09:35:39 pm
Mulgrew is a phenomenal actress, but her characterization is pretty all over the place for a long time. I remember her talking a lot about this in recent years; the producers of the show kept her performance under an incredibly close eye and she was basically constantly fighting with the writers over how Janeway was portrayed. Notice how her hair styles constantly change? She used to be infuriated by how often the producers kept altering her appearance. By Season 4 they were finally letting her have more control and the writing for most of the characters in general was a lot more even.

Voyager is a lot weaker than, say, DS9, but it's still pretty good. It gets a lot of sh**t for having to put up with so much executive meddling, but I think Voyager has more great episodes than TNG does.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Compulsory Voting on: August 22, 2015, 04:34:50 pm
If you want to benefit from the social contract, you should have to vote. I support it.
By this notion, nobody under 18 (or whatever the voting age is in this case), or who is a non-citizen, or is currently in prison, or is in the process of moving from state to state, could benefit from the social contract, but in reality all of those people do have rights and do benefit from the governmental system.  Voting itself, while hugely important, is less important in basically all modern society than other civil rights of individuals.

Which is why it's only one piece of the puzzle and not optimal to just implement on its own. Non-citizens should be able to vote if they're living here on a long-term basis. The voting age should be younger (along with the age of majority) and felons should have the right to vote as well.

Obviously there are limits. My wording was inelegant and the statement overly broad. But still. If you are going to live in a society and reap the rewards of living in that society you should be expected to vote in the decisions that craft that society when eligible. People who deliberately abstain from the system because they think they're making a really deep statement aren't being clever, they're just being edgelords. A much more powerful statement would be to vote NOTA.
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Compulsory Voting on: August 22, 2015, 04:24:43 pm
If you want to benefit from the social contract, you should have to vote. I support it.

Our average level of turnout is an embarrassment and unless we take seriously the task of getting more people involved in the political process through some means (whether it is this idea or another) we should never profess the adoption of democracy throughout the world again. I also believe it would lead to more stable government, as opposed to the wild year to year swings, but there's a whole host of issues involved there, too. Reforming the voting system in some way is only one piece of the puzzle.

Alas, it is a puzzle that will probably never be solved.
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