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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Charlie Rangel, still a moron on: Today at 07:03:58 am
People... defending Rangel. Done.
Yeah, I wasn't expecting that.  Sure, we can expect it from Snowbigot (who never even showed up), lief and Joe...the boring contrarians, but not from King and Franzl.

I wasn't defending Rangel, for the record. Only remarked that there is a theoretical justification for conscription, which in practice doesn't work as intended.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 01, 2014, 04:44:37 pm
Bushie obviously doesn't want J-Mann to see him in person, because his true appearance would reveal some deep dark secret that isn't obvious when he hides behind internet anonymity.

Perhaps Bushie is actually a woman.  Or a 50 year old chain-smoking dwarf.


Bushie has met Isaac (tmth4u), in fact they have a picture together when they met.........no Bushie is just as described, 30 ish 5'6" and about 300lbs

tmth4u is probably a sock or someone in on the deception.  There's no proof that any pictures are of the people they're purported to represent.


Reminds me of my favorite conspiracy theory: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bielefeld_Conspiracy
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: IHOP vs Waffle House on: October 01, 2014, 04:41:01 pm
IHOP if I absolutely have to choose one...
4  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Opinion of Forced Savings/Insurance Schemes on: October 01, 2014, 04:13:54 pm
Oppose on principle. Its not something the government should decide.

Isn't it though? Assuming we don't want to let people go hungry, the state will have to provide a certain amount of care to ensure a proper living standard. And if people are aware that this will be provided, doesn't that give them an incentive to spend wastefully before retirement?

Seems like the debate on health insurance. As long as we aren't willing to let people die in the streets, it's certainly society's (i.e. the state's) business that people are obligated to have a minimum level of health protection.


Forced savings is a misfit. You either confiscate income as taxes or let people keep it. Letting the governmet interfere with how you use income that has already been taxed is a slippery slope where government gets increasing control over the citizens life choices.

I agree there needs to be a minimum standard of living, but government will simply have to pay a meagre "survival pension". Its just not the government's business how you should spend your income after having paid taxes. Lets say you decide you want to live your life in a way that makes it extremely unlikely that you will ever get old, doing lots of extreme sports and other highly dangerous activities. Should the government then be allowed to "confiscate" part of your income to a purpose you knew would never be relevant for you? That would be an unacceptable intrusion in personal freedom in my view.



You do have a point there. It's difficult to draw a line once you start. The same argument could be used to ban cigarettes or what not because of public health costs.
5  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Opinion of Forced Savings/Insurance Schemes on: October 01, 2014, 02:34:19 pm
Oppose on principle. Its not something the government should decide.

Isn't it though? Assuming we don't want to let people go hungry, the state will have to provide a certain amount of care to ensure a proper living standard. And if people are aware that this will be provided, doesn't that give them an incentive to spend wastefully before retirement?

Seems like the debate on health insurance. As long as we aren't willing to let people die in the streets, it's certainly society's (i.e. the state's) business that people are obligated to have a minimum level of health protection.
The state is not the same thing as society. That's an absurd suggestion.

The two aren't equivalent, but of course the state represents society in a democratic system. The entire welfare state is based upon society making a concious decision to provide protection against life's risks. Or in more comprehensive welfare states, to provide certain services as a right of citizenship because society has collectively decided that those services should be universal and given to everyone.
6  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Opinion of Forced Savings/Insurance Schemes on: October 01, 2014, 02:28:58 pm
Oppose on principle. Its not something the government should decide.

Isn't it though? Assuming we don't want to let people go hungry, the state will have to provide a certain amount of care to ensure a proper living standard. And if people are aware that this will be provided, doesn't that give them an incentive to spend wastefully before retirement?

Seems like the debate on health insurance. As long as we aren't willing to let people die in the streets, it's certainly society's (i.e. the state's) business that people are obligated to have a minimum level of health protection.

7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If you were drafted, would you serve or evade? on: October 01, 2014, 02:08:45 pm
Depends on the circumstances. I got around Germany's conscription in its final years, but I would have served if I hadn't found a way. But the chance of actually serving in combat would have been 0.

8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your favorite berry? on: October 01, 2014, 01:10:18 pm
Blueberries by far.  An almost perfect snack. 
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What political party is the previous poster's PM score closest to? on: October 01, 2014, 12:24:19 pm
Don't think any American party fits well. Something like UKIP perhaps?

edit: Oh wait it's supposed to be based on PM scores rather than views. Then perhaps PiS in Poland.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: what should be the burden of proof for campus justice system sexual assaults? on: October 01, 2014, 12:22:14 pm
If the school thinks it's more likely than not that one of their students is a rapist, then they should be able to expel him or her. Not sure why this is controversial.

More likely than not? That means out of 100 expulsions under suspicion of rape, it's not a problem if 49 are innocent?
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Petition for the Withdrawal of Mideast Speaker Hifly's Nomination as SoEA on: October 01, 2014, 12:13:51 pm
At least we'd be rid of him in the Assembly if he got this job... But alas, Atlasia doesn't need that kind of worldwide embarrassment.

X Franzl
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Tip Cups on: October 01, 2014, 12:08:56 pm
Alright, I'll be honest here... (almost) never.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many detentions and suspensions did you get in high school? on: October 01, 2014, 10:56:30 am
and for big sh**t (like drinking on campus) you'll be out of school for a few days, a week, a school year or forever.

We literally had parties on campus in high school that involved drinking... Smiley
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many detentions and suspensions did you get in high school? on: October 01, 2014, 08:59:07 am
None. I don't think we did that at my school.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: IL: Rasmussen: Quinn leading on: October 01, 2014, 07:40:01 am
Beautiful Cheesy
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Charlie Rangel, still a moron on: October 01, 2014, 07:36:42 am
He has a point in general that the US would probably be more reluctant to fight wars if the average person had to actually fight them.
AGAIN, the military IS a near perfect cross section of the US at large.  It's full of "average" people.

Poor wording in my post. I meant to say, if every person could be chosen randomly, as opposed to ensuring one does not fight by simply choosing not to join the military.

But again, I'm not advocating this as it never works.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Charlie Rangel, still a moron on: October 01, 2014, 05:37:00 am
He has a point in general that the US would probably be more reluctant to fight wars if the average person had to actually fight them. Although practice shows that drafts are never fair and smart (and/or rich) peoole can always get out of them. I played the German system (where conscriptees would never actually do anything but basic training) too until it was abolished a few years ago.

So despite the theoretically sound argument in favor, it doesn't accomplish what it's meant to accomplish, and most militaries don't seem to want people that don't want to be there.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 30, 2014, 06:51:14 pm
Dare I ask how you determined 7-10 years?
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: opinion of trigonometry on: September 30, 2014, 05:06:02 am
Perhaps Europeans call what we call geometry trigonometry? Trig here is the final course before calculus. Pretty much exclusively 11th and 12th graders.

I doubt it. There's a reason we don't have all those general requirements when starting uni... Wink
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 29, 2014, 05:33:13 pm
This is very promising Smiley
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: opinion of trigonometry on: September 29, 2014, 05:19:13 pm
Hated it when I was in Middle School.

Started to like it when I was in College (cosinus blabla).
You took trig in middle school? You must have been an exceptionally gifted math student.

Indeed. Think trigonometry was done in 9th grade at my school. Not exactly difficult material in school, but middle school would be quite early.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Democrats - are you panicking right now? on: September 29, 2014, 04:49:37 pm
I don't really care.

Sure it'd be nicer to see Democrats maintain control, but I don't see what difference it makes. Obama can veto whatever comes from the crazies.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should texting while driving be banned? on: September 29, 2014, 03:51:26 pm
I can hardly believe there are people that seriously believe otherwise.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California Adopts 'Yes Means Yes' Sexual Assault Rule on: September 29, 2014, 12:58:20 pm
I like this in principle, but just how clear does the confirmation have to be? Will one have to literally ask "Are you willing to engage in sexual activity in accordance with California ....?"?
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 28, 2014, 11:22:11 am
The BK post was the best of all of them, but how do I start at the management position?  I refuse to make minimum wage on my way to success that may or may not happen.

You're about to be making ZERO. 7.25 > 0.

At any rate, the thing is that you can't have been very competent at CAD or you wouldn't be getting fired. What this should be is a wake up call that you need to seriously work on improving, if this is the field you still wish to pursue. That doesn't mean you're not capable. It means you're too lazy. You kept going on about why you didn't need a certificate because the knowledge you acquired was so much more important. Where is that knowledge now?

You need to get to work studying so that your next employer doesn't have to fire you for "not improving fast enough".

This is not an attack but a (as many others before me have discovered...likely futile) attempt to get through to you that the bare minimum isn't enough.
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