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26  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of dogs on: January 04, 2015, 10:58:56 am
A lot of the reason people have problems with dogs is because if you don't really take the time to train and baby them for months, they're basically just over-sized rats that tear s**t up and make a ton of noise, whereas cats are fairly quiet, generally train themselves, and have less destructive power. The most a cat will usually do is play with cords or unravel rolls of toilet paper. An untrained dog can more or less destroy anything out of boredom.

Add on top of that dogs require more bathing, and more attention so they don't piss all over the house, it's easy to see why a lot of people prefer having cats. They're quiet, clean, easy to train, don't do much damage, and don't mind wandering off and doing their own thing. Cats are like having another self-sufficient member of the household whereas dogs are perpetual toddlers.

I grant that dogs have way more potential utility, and they're great for that, but for the average person cats are easier to get along with and aren't as demanding. I know the go-to snark in response is usually "why would you want a pet that you don't take care of and aren't around!!11" but sometimes people just like peace and quiet and time to themselves, and as it turns out, so do cats.
27  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: January 03, 2015, 11:24:55 pm
Marokai Blue
Independent
Manitoba
28  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's your excuse for not being in a relationship? on: January 03, 2015, 10:19:31 pm
I really don't understand what it is about this site that inspires such a propensity for over-sharing.
29  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 46 Times Vox Totally F**ked Up A Story on: December 31, 2014, 05:29:59 am
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From this vantage point, the problems seem systemic, not the kind that can be fixed simply by asking writers to slow down or hiring a few more editors. Vox has hired a number of Bright Young People—and is run by the Brightest Young People—and the house style seems to be, "Write as if you are an expert, in a tone assuming that everything one needs to know about a subject can be found in your article." These Bright Young People may well be near-experts on one or two subjects, or at least close enough to pass as such online, but Vox publishes at the same rapid pace as the rest of the internet, on an exceptional and ever-growing number of topics, and there's only so much authoritativeness to go around. It isn't merely that writers and editors have screwed up—though they have—but that the ingredients for disaster are hardwired into the site's design.

This describes a problem that I have with far more sites than Vox, but Vox has certainly been one of the worst among them.
30  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Liberal Party of Canada on: December 24, 2014, 04:11:19 pm
Other than Canadian Nationalism ('Federalism') they believe in literally nothing. Hilarious party.

^^^^
31  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CNN Poll: Solid economy lifts Obama approval to 2014-high on: December 24, 2014, 03:18:54 am
I'm sure low gas prices haven't hurt.
32  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Pro-Life Feminists on: December 23, 2014, 09:35:28 pm
That's why talking about "feminists" is stupidly broad and doesn't accomplish much; there's too many denominations. It's more constructive in conversations like this to pick at individual issues rather than just trying to define one sort of one true feminism.
33  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: people you miss (kitteh is dead.. rip) on: December 23, 2014, 12:33:45 am
That's really heartbreaking. Diabetes is no joke. I've seen my brother close to death because of it; knowing kitteh fell victim to it is awful. I'll miss her. Sad
34  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Objective morality? on: December 22, 2014, 06:15:34 pm
I don't understand the argument for 'yes'. Please explain it to me.
35  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Atheists' Ten Commandments Revealed. on: December 21, 2014, 07:50:54 pm
The effort that American atheists put in codifying their belief is truly bizarre.

I agree. In my experience this sort of attempt at injecting some sort of dogma into atheism tends to come from left-leaning 20-somethings.

I suppose I can see how some people would miss having a way to lord their supposed moral superiority over others.
36  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Governors, The Protecting People from Explosives Amendment has passed the senate on: December 20, 2014, 05:10:44 pm
We really ought to have a process for certifying the adoption of amendments.

In general the process of ratification is not taken as seriously as it should be.
37  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Pro-Life Feminists on: December 19, 2014, 06:06:12 pm
There are many people who genuinely support restricting abortion due to sexist and misogynistic attitudes toward women and their sexual liberty. But if you genuinely believe that an abortion involves the termination of an innocent human life (as many people, women and feminists included, often do) then supporting abortion restrictions is not a sexist act, nor is it in contradiction to the central concepts of feminism. Pro-life feminists are simply feminists earnestly believe abortion is, at one point or another, immoral and harmful.

There are more nuances at work in politics and life that some people don't seem to acknowledge, probably because they don't translate well to gif form.
38  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are gas prices where you're at? on: December 19, 2014, 05:36:23 pm
$2.19 - $2.25 or so.
39  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of feminism on: December 19, 2014, 04:22:40 pm
What do Marokai, Clark and Cory mean?  Re: the implication that feminism as we currently understand it has shifted away from said founding idea.

I just meant that it's difficult to disagree with the core founding idea that various feminisms revolve around, but that the thread question doesn't really encompass all of the various nuances of different modern feminist ideologies, of which there are many branches.

In that respect it's not much different from religions, take Christianity, that starts with a basic concept (in this case "The belief that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior") but then branch out to a million and ahalf ways of forwarding that central belief and the best way to live it. Some sects may be more liberal or hardline than others. In this case I've always strongly believed in the central concept (fair and equal treatment irrespective of gender and sex) but it doesn't necessarily translate into a positive opinion of all feminists, feminist ideologies, or organizations.
40  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Office of Mideast Governor TJ on: December 19, 2014, 01:11:24 pm
Best of luck in your future endeavors TJ.
41  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of feminism on: December 19, 2014, 12:59:33 pm
The basic founding idea of feminism, of treating men and women fairly and equally irrespective of sex, is awfully hard to argue with.
42  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Fun fact: NCYankee has been in the Senate for over half of its existence on: December 18, 2014, 09:02:27 pm
I'm surprised I actually forgot that Yankee used to deliberately spell it "adjenda" just to get on my nerves for what felt like months.
43  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which posters do you most admire? on: December 18, 2014, 06:25:56 pm
"Admire" is a strong word but there are certainly several posters whose posts I really love reading and go out of my way to check in on. Nix, King, Afleitch, and Deadflag being a handful of them.
44  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of the Elf on a Shelf on: December 18, 2014, 06:00:48 pm
Yeah I'm pretty comfortable thinking this is fairly disturbing.
45  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of "SJW and porn" blogs on Tumblr on: December 18, 2014, 05:58:15 pm
Be a part of Atheism Plus, Snowstalker, not Atheism Less.
46  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you agree with Obama's decision to normalise relationships with Cuba? on: December 17, 2014, 08:30:20 pm
Yes (left-leaning).
47  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you fluent in at least 2 languages? on: December 14, 2014, 05:55:53 pm
No, but I would like to learn French someday.
48  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Midwest Voting Booth: Don't Miss 3 Consecutive Votes in the Althing Amendment on: December 14, 2014, 05:51:11 pm
Aye.
49  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: December 2014 At-large Senate Election on: December 14, 2014, 05:49:57 pm
1. Polnut
2. SWE
3. Lief
4. Cris
5. Bacon King
50  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Furries. on: December 14, 2014, 12:04:19 am
It's not something I'm personally into, but who cares? I can understand the pull of it, to some extent, and wouldn't judge someone solely for being one. They sure as hell don't deserve the persistent mockery and bullying they get.
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