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17101  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: is there any way that missile defense systems would actually work? on: July 04, 2009, 06:36:45 am
A.the missile defense system is anything but "elaborate", a proper umbrella would cost way too much money
2.Just because something seems really hard to do doesn't mean it's impossible
III.If some rogue nation manages to shoot 4 or 5 nukes at us, would you rather lose 5 cities or 2?  Is Seattle worth 4 billion dollars?

the point is I think it is prohibitively likely that the number of 'cities saved' is zero.
So is your mind made up already (if so, what was the point of this thread) or are you open to ideas different than yours?
17102  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: is there any way that missile defense systems would actually work? on: July 04, 2009, 01:01:10 am
A.the missile defense system is anything but "elaborate", a proper umbrella would cost way too much money
2.Just because something seems really hard to do doesn't mean it's impossible
III.If some rogue nation manages to shoot 4 or 5 nukes at us, would you rather lose 5 cities or 2?  Is Seattle worth 4 billion dollars?
17103  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What should be done about laws that everyone breaks? on: July 04, 2009, 12:55:34 am
if the speed limit were changed to 70, people would start to go 80 and 85.

If driving fast is dangerous, but the flow of traffic is around 75 when conditions allow, wouldn't it be better to up the speed  limit to 75 and then focus in on the people who're really driving fast/recklessly? The way it is now someone theoretically has as much chance of being pulled over doing 66 as 90, even though in another part of the state the speed limit would be 65, and in other states speed limits on major highways can reach 80 (such as 95 in Georgia).

Don't you think that an 80 speed limit really seperates out the crazy drivers quite clearly?
I have found this to be true.  People don't just go 5-10 faster no matter the speed limit.  If the limit is 75, most people don't go 80 or 85, most people go 75 (many go less).  If you make the limit of 55 on the exact same road, a certain number of people are still going to go 75 and it's going to be a lot more dangerous for everybody.  Some cars and some drivers don't do 70+ mph very well, other cars and drivers and can do 120mph all afternoon.
17104  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What should be done about laws that everyone breaks? on: July 04, 2009, 12:36:18 am
While I don't think a law should be wiped off the books because it's unenforceable 100% of the time, it should certainly come into consideration when writing the laws in the first place.  Sometimes normal people litter or jaywalk, that doesn't mean we should get rid of those laws.  

Speed limits need study and they should change as road and traffic conditions change.  The limit should be for safety only and not used as tool to limit fuel consumption or other deviousness.

Of course pot laws need to be changed/removed and the drinking age...well, there really shouldn't be one.  18 to purchase.
17105  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group A - World Leaders Survivor - Stage Two - ROUND FORTY-SEVEN on: July 04, 2009, 12:28:29 am
It's sorta ridiculous that anyone thinks Obama is the worst one left on this list.
That's kind of what I was thinking and I'm not exactly on the DailyKos mailing list.
17106  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Other federal holidays you'd like to create on: July 04, 2009, 12:21:41 am
We should retract Columbus Day, Labor Day and Christmas

Move Veterans day out of November (maybe October to replace Columbus) or remove it all together (we already have Memorial day for the troops, that day can share with living Vets too)

All Federal Election days should be Federal Holidays
17107  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: opeboism: opebo defined on: July 04, 2009, 12:12:01 am
My favorite part of this thread I thought was going to be opebo's budget on page 1 (200$ a month for entertainment and $450 a month in savings!? and you complain?!  WOW!), but then after politely exchanging posts for awhile and then realizing he was in way over his head he drops this gem.
Why don't you power-worshiping 'libertarians' go critique your own political philosophy.  And while you're at it, please change all your avatars to Religious Party - because if you're not supporting the Democrats, you're supporting the theocracy.
Reds are so cute when they get angry!
17108  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group A - World Leaders Survivor - Stage Two - ROUND FORTY-SEVEN on: July 03, 2009, 11:59:20 pm
Faymann
17109  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Iraqi Kurdistan on: July 03, 2009, 11:53:53 pm
Yes......


......at least until the West leaves them high and dry again.
17110  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which of the following should be banned in video games? on: July 03, 2009, 09:51:29 pm
Er... obviously real life photos or videos of a lot of these things shouldn't be allowed in games. But as long as it's just virtual or whatever that's fine.
Should they be allowed in movies and books?
17111  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Where is BushOklahoma? on: July 03, 2009, 08:17:47 am
Agreed.  And if you can't stand a little verbal abuse then interacting on the internet probably isn't for you.

I find BushOK's relationship to be a little odd (and I spent 21 years in a So.Baptist Church forwhateverthatsworth), but that doesn't mean I like the guy any less or am making fun of him for it.  The friend that questions your possibly unwise decisions is a better friend than the one that smiles, shakes his head and says "that's neat" while mentally thinking his friend is possibly making an unwise choice.  It takes a lot more balls to tell somebody you love they are being foolish than it does somebody you hate.
17112  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What information should the government know about you? on: July 03, 2009, 07:50:56 am
Should we be able to "opt out"?
17113  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: U.S. 'ready' for N. Korean missile on: July 03, 2009, 07:39:48 am
So, is missile defense a huge waste of money or not?  Is it worth it if it saves Honolulu or El Lay?  What if it's Tokyo, would it be worth it then?
17114  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does your family know about opebo? on: July 03, 2009, 06:33:52 am
No, of course not.  My family is much too cool to hear stories about this dorky message board.
17115  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Native American or Indian? on: July 03, 2009, 06:27:00 am
My half-Lakota (not 1/64th, full half bloods!) kids don't care yet and they probably wont once they are adults.  We've fully assimilated them so this likely won't an issue (although we will be taking advantage of the college funds).
17116  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Attn. Christians: tell me a time that your faith contravened your 'Americanism'. on: July 03, 2009, 06:20:20 am
Einszwei likes his stereotypes doesn't he?
17117  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which of the following should be banned in video games? on: July 03, 2009, 05:55:56 am
NOTA

Video games are not just for children.  Adults often like "adult themes" in their entertainment.  If you can show these things in movies and read about them in books it would be incredibly stupid/wrong headed to ban them from video games.
17118  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hair Color on: July 02, 2009, 12:21:23 pm
When I was 4 I was almost platinum blond.  Today, I am medium-dark brown.
this...with a lot of "flesh" color on top.
17119  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What US state would you rather live in: Round 6, the finals on: July 02, 2009, 12:18:55 pm
Wash.
17120  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: SPC (and other libertarians) Political Views Discussion Thread on: July 02, 2009, 12:10:07 pm
Awwww, Einzige, I feel honored.  If I had my way (with the Federal budget), I would certainly lose my job.  I'm cool with that.  Keep trying.
17121  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: SPC (and other libertarians) Political Views Discussion Thread on: July 01, 2009, 06:42:29 am
I'm (apparently) a LINO.  Discuss.  WITH MAPS!
17122  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: is bundling a web browser in an operating system a violation of US antitrust law on: June 30, 2009, 12:29:32 pm
I believe the courts told Microsoft they couldn't sell an OS with Microsoft's own browser in it if they didn't include other browsers too.  (which is a little like saying you can sell a Ford, but it needs to have a GM radio in it)  So Microsoft went the easy route and just took theirs out instead of adding the competitions to their OS.

I'm sure Microsoft will make it easy to get the browser of your choice.  You don't need a browser to download things.

(I could be wrong, Google works for both of us)
17123  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What's the last movie you've seen? on: June 30, 2009, 07:53:48 am
Mean Streets, 1973 mob movie with Harvey Keitel, and Robert DeNiro. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Decent.

Really Naso? All these C-Grade movies you rave about on here and you call MEAN STREETS simply "decent?"
I was going to say this exact thing (only I was going to be a little meaner about it).  I LOVE Mean Streets.  Very under-rated...or at least rarely talked about when "great movies" are brought up and it probably should be.
17124  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What Atlasian hates another country the most? on: June 30, 2009, 07:38:13 am
Of course, school pupils in my country (and presumably in other Eastern European countries) were often told how the evil Americans were just waiting for a good opportunity to throw their bombs. Of course, people didn't generaly believe in propaganda - seeing as they lied about internal events, there was no reason to believe them about external events. It's not surprising that genuine anti-Americanism appeared in Russia only after the propaganda ceased and the media became free.
While this explains your attitude towards Russia, it's strange that it extends to other Slavs; it's not as if Communism was embraced voluntarily in any of those countries.
A lot of them are pro-Russian and anti-West, which I find weird considering what Russians have been doing to them for the last several generations.  Humans are often distrustful of things they find weird.

(and again, it's not like this is something I think about...at all, outside this forum and the rare (for me at least) real life discussions of the region.  I acknowledge that I have a stereotype, understand that I probably shouldn't and would never let it reflect my relationship with any real life Slavs I may run into on a day to day basis....again, as if I could tell by looking at them.)

Ah ha! I was on the right track. Tongue

My parents are like that too. They lived through events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, so I can see where they're coming from. I used to be like that Russia as well. That was back in the day when I took my parents' opinion, and made it my own.

But, as simply as I can put it, I'm a child of the 90s. So when I began to think for myself and form my own opinions, my 90s roots took hold. What I think of Russia is quite different than what I thought 5-6 years ago. Now I want closer cooperation, and for us to stop treating them like second-class citizens.

Those two things the old me would have never gone for in a million years. Shocked Tongue
I liked Russia a lot more 5 or 6 years ago than I do now.
17125  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the following are you? on: June 30, 2009, 07:19:52 am
To these people I probably am a:
"so called Christian"
Porno Freak
Drunk
Party Animal
Liberal
Sex Freak
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