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17101  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: What causes low turnout? on: October 25, 2009, 11:13:57 am
I know Libertarians would curse me now, but voting should be compulsory.

As much as I would love it if more people voted, the fact is that some people are genuinely apolitical, and I don't see it as fair to force them into an uninformed decision.
Ever wonder why the "anti-right" are always big on forced voting?
17102  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many countries have you met people from? on: October 25, 2009, 11:07:54 am
There's no way of telling, but quite a lot.
This...how the hell am I supposed to know or remember?  I'd guess somewhere between 25 and 100.
17103  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Dirty Tactics in the Dirty South on: October 25, 2009, 10:58:00 am
There is a certain smell one sometimes runs across in Denmark.  This thread reeks of it.
17104  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should religious organizations be able to donate to political campaigns? on: October 25, 2009, 12:38:59 am
What's that got to do with it?  The relationship between the individual and the group is irrelevant here.  The point is, if groups are allowed to give money to political campaigns, why not religious organizations?  The AFL-CIO can give money.  Ford can give money.  The Boy Scouts can give money.  NAMBLA can give money.  The Jesuits should be allowed as well.  Deny them all, or deny none.
17105  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Circumcision on: October 24, 2009, 09:38:43 pm
I'm pretty sure a parent can't force a kid against their will to get a tattoo.  As always I'd enjoy being wrong and learning something new.


(was that nicer than "cite"?)
17106  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Another day on the border on: October 24, 2009, 09:32:47 pm
Today was our best day to do that stuff, but we didn't.  "the pit" sounds cool.
17107  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should religious organizations be able to donate to political campaigns? on: October 24, 2009, 09:14:05 pm
It is my oppinion that churches and other religious institutions shouldn't interfer with politics at all. But since we allow corporations, unions, sports teams, and other organisations I personally believe shouldn't be political to donate money, I don't see why we should exclude churches specificly.
That's where I'm at too.  If we let other "groups" give money, why not religious groups?
17108  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you believe global warming is primarily the cause of human activities? on: October 24, 2009, 09:11:34 pm
I'm where I've always been on the issue....too soon to tell.  Science needs more time.
17109  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: What causes low turnout? on: October 24, 2009, 06:59:07 pm
apathy
17110  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Some advice, please... on: October 24, 2009, 06:11:10 pm
Friends should give each other sh**t, that's what friends do, but it should never be done in anger.  Emotions, like religion, should be kept seperate from politics.
17111  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Why do people think libertarianism = anarchism? on: October 24, 2009, 05:21:46 pm
Why do people think libertarianism = anarchism?
Ignorance
17112  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Despite Its Woes, California's Dream Still Lives on: October 24, 2009, 05:19:35 pm
Good luck.
17113  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What was the best era of the internets? on: October 24, 2009, 02:39:45 pm
The government won't be able to regulate the internet, it's not possible.
Correct.  The govt (ironically?) designed the internet to be very hard to kill so we (the military) could still use it even if half the cities in the US are rubble.  Nobody, not even the mighty US govt, can "shut down" the internet.
17114  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What was the best era of the internets? on: October 24, 2009, 02:01:44 pm
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Did you use notepad?
17115  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Another day on the border on: October 24, 2009, 01:34:03 pm
I'm in Sierra Vista right now for a class.  My instructor, just last night, was telling stories of fire fights in the hills south of Fort Huachuca between the border guards/Army and the bands of coyotes (drug and people runners) trying to come in.  I don't know if it's being tested right now and will be implemented elsewhere later or not, but they have a little blimp tethered at a few thousand feet with fancy cameras and sensors and what not that keep an eye on things.  Probably cheaper and easier and more effective than a wall.
17116  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: In the Next Fifteen Years... on: October 24, 2009, 01:24:17 pm
..and WWI was the war to end all wars.

Two first world powers lining up is very unlikely at this point, but we could certainly see a Korean War like engagements in the future.  For example, a fight between China and a non-western power.  They ain't building carriers to project power to the Spratly Islands.
17117  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should radical libertarians move to Bir Tawil? on: October 24, 2009, 01:06:19 pm
I think the internet could make more forms of direct democracy possible.
Quote from: idiot righty
ACORN hacked my vote!

Quote from: idiot lefty(who doesn't identify as "left")
I had a Rush Limbaugh Popup happen right before I voted and it convinced me to vote Republican but now I'm having second thoughts.

Quote from: idiot poverty pimp
Poor people can't vote!

Quote from: idiot libertarian
I'm afraid of computers!


I agree with you, but it will never happen.  We trust technology with our lives everyday, but we'll never have the balls to trust it with our vote.
17118  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What was the best era of the internets? on: October 24, 2009, 12:55:09 pm
I'm going with 99-02 as well.  I had made the jump to broadband by that point and pirating didn't make me feel guilty yet and Napster still worked.
17119  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Examiner: Election Tracker October 2009 on: October 24, 2009, 12:40:38 pm
dead0man's extremely active campaigning brings some surprisingly good results.
Yeah and thank God I did because none of the Midwest voters knew anything at all about me before my campaign got started.  Also, it was very easy to run an active campaign because all of my opponents are sane, reasonable people.
17120  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: In the interests of openness on: October 24, 2009, 02:49:33 am
Classic
17121  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of FOX News on: October 23, 2009, 03:41:32 pm
NBC Evening News had 8.3 million viewers last night.  cite
Fox News peaked at 2.9 million on Wed during prime time (last day numbers are available) cite

Yeah, Fox News is killing it...wait, what?

unfair to place cable and network on the same raw playing field and then pretend to derive anything from it.
k....Fox News sucks, but their impact on the minds of Americans is overblown by their loudest detractors.  A very VERY small percentage of Americans, less than 1%, are watching Bill O and friends.  Nearly 3 times as many Americans get their news from the top network news program.  Yeah, FoxNews isn't available in as many homes as NBC....and?  It doesn't change the above facts.
17122  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are you listening to right now? on: October 23, 2009, 02:57:40 pm
A lot of Cypress Hill and Pennywise right now.  With a little Dread Zeppelin and Dead Kennedys to even things out.  Oh, and a couple of Dylan songs it seems.
17123  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Where were your parents born and raised? on: October 23, 2009, 01:07:26 pm
I was born in the same town my dad was, Alton IL.  My mom was from a farming community 30 or 40 miles north, Greene County IL.
17124  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Exciting News! on: October 23, 2009, 12:55:11 pm
'grats Bro!  Now get back to trying to make little Smids.
17125  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of FOX News on: October 23, 2009, 12:41:36 pm
NBC Evening News had 8.3 million viewers last night.  cite
Fox News peaked at 2.9 million on Wed during prime time (last day numbers are available) cite

Yeah, Fox News is killing it...wait, what?
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