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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: August 2014 Napa Valley Earthquake Relief for the Pacific Act (Debating) on: August 31, 2014, 12:47:04 pm
This is just for Napa County, though, not the whole area. I bet Marin County, Somoma County, Mendocino County, Lake County and as far as Sacramento or Santa Clara Counties have suffered (nearly equally) under the quake. I would say, let's get the SoIA on Smiley

As far as I know Santa Clara County experienced no damage whatsoever.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which NCAA Big Dance Tournament upset was the biggest shock? on: August 31, 2014, 12:27:30 pm
Lehigh. People who knew basketball knew that Florida Gulf Coast was underranked (they had beaten Miami earlier in the year), and it wasn't too surprising to see Georgetown do Georgetown things.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rank the parties w/ national legislative representation: Australia on: August 31, 2014, 10:03:08 am
1. Motoring Enthusiasts
2. who cares
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 29, 2014, 12:55:53 pm
Abilene Christian and Georgia State was a really good game! Granted, it was between two not-good teams.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: August 29, 2014, 11:40:11 am
This new 538 is really made of fail. And I say this as one of Nate's earliest fans.
Are you only saying that because it doesn't show Democrats to have an advantage?

I think he's saying that because the new 538 has still not launched their official model of the 2014 midterm elections - yet they still have time to run articles about the statistical accuracy of tarot readers and the effects of binge-watching the Simpsons on the human brain.

Election forecasting and predictions is what made Mr. Silver famous--whether or not he realizes it, that is what his appeal is built upon. Instead, he's traveling the country to find America's Best Burrito.

I knew about Nate Silver before he did anything related to politics, and I'm not even the only person on the forum who did.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of people who wear hoodies and baggy pants on: August 27, 2014, 01:28:39 am
One of my favorite things about Northern California is that hoodies are always appropriate for the weather, no matter what time of year it is.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football Pick'em- 2014 style on: August 26, 2014, 09:20:50 pm
South Carolina
Mississippi
Washington State
Colorado
Arizona
UCLA
Ohio State
Northwestern
Alabama
Auburn
Georgia
Florida State
Louisiana State
Baylor
Louisville
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best College Town In The Southeastern Conference (SEC) (Pt. 1) on: August 26, 2014, 12:20:15 pm
Oxford has no Waffle House, so obviously it can't win.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you have a flip phone? on: August 25, 2014, 10:35:10 pm
Graduated to a smart phone in late 2011 and haven't looked back. 

Actually, just a few days ago I was wondering when flip phones were going to make their ironic comeback.  I saw a hipster-ish guy using one. 

Technology is cyclical.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: GOP Congressman, who pressured his patient & mistress to abortion, is... on: August 25, 2014, 07:33:38 pm
Despite 2009, the thing about Jim Tracy is that he's never been a particularly good manager.
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do teachers these days still use overhead projectors? on: August 25, 2014, 01:56:58 am
My younger brother has never seen an overhead projector in action.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Do you have a flip phone? on: August 25, 2014, 12:30:16 am
Do you have a flip phone?
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 24, 2014, 07:42:04 pm
Scott's wording was poor, but his point was ignored and twisted in order to make it appear that he is a racist. Yes, you could argue that Scott was being “insensitive”, but honestly, who the hell cares at this point?

Nobody accused Scott of being racist, only of making a racist statement. I was operating under the assumption that Scott was being offensive by accident and so I was explaining the issue with what he said. If he had acknowledged this and moved on, nobody would have held it against him. That he has doubled down and accused me of being the real racist was entirely his own choice.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Is this post racially insensitive? on: August 24, 2014, 07:30:13 pm
My roommate and I are pretty much polar opposites (he’s a gangsta-type jock from some hood in Charleston, SC whereas I’m the quiet, spiritual type with pictures of Jesus all over my part of the dorm), but we get along great and trust each other, so I really can’t complain (even though I do get annoyed when I hear the n-word being used in every sentence when he has his buddies over).
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 24, 2014, 03:58:18 pm
Oh yes, and I fully expect the 'racist' accusations to pop up any minute now.

I'm not trying to be antagonistic at all here, but if your roommate is black, please say it directly. There's nothing wrong with pointing it out; black people and white people are different culturally. On the other hand, it is wrong to use racially coded language to imply that he's black ("gangsta", "hood"), so don't do that. If he's not black, then it just sounds odd to use those words.

I take issue with your statement that "black people and white people are different culturally."  That's a broad generalization.  Yes, he happens to be black.  Yes, he happens to enjoy rap and hip hop.  We'd be just as different from each other if he were white or I were black.  And for the record, I would've used the same language despite his race -- it doesn't sound odd to me if used in that context, personally.

No, you would not ever describe a white neighborhood as a "hood". Don't lie. I made an effort to assume good faith, but it's clear that you don't even understand what the problem is.

None of us are perfect in the language that we use, but thoughtful people pay attention when they use offensive language and agree not to use offensive language in the future. Don't pretend that what you said wasn't racist. You clearly anticipated the fact that people would call you out on it:

Oh yes, and I fully expect the 'racist' accusations to pop up any minute now.

Maybe instead of being preemptively defensive about the racist things you said, you could try not saying racist things. If for whatever reason you can't understand why it's not okay to describe black people or their communities with the terms "gangsta" or "hood", then don't worry about it. You don't need to understand if it's too difficult. Just don't use those words.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 24, 2014, 01:31:39 pm
Oh yes, and I fully expect the 'racist' accusations to pop up any minute now.

I'm not trying to be antagonistic at all here, but if your roommate is black, please say it directly. There's nothing wrong with pointing it out; black people and white people are different culturally. On the other hand, it is wrong to use racially coded language to imply that he's black ("gangsta", "hood"), so don't do that. If he's not black, then it just sounds odd to use those words.
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: U.S. Weighs Direct Military Action Against ISIS in Syria on: August 24, 2014, 01:27:42 pm
The "realism" on display in this thread is not only entirely vapid but utterly boring.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The t_host1 Institute of Comedy on: August 24, 2014, 01:21:54 pm
We know where we need to cut down and we'll have further meetings as a family, but it doesn't mean we're going to stop enjoying ourselves  in the food department, especially on the weekends.  As a family we have a policy that diets are not allowed to begin on weekends.  Weekends are about having fun with what you're eating and enjoy yourself.  Healthy (or healthier) eating is for Monday-Thursday night.  When Dad has Friday off, Thursday night gets lumped in with the weekend enjoyment.  We will continue to enjoy ourselves.

Perfect.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in London or Stockholm? on: August 24, 2014, 01:18:08 pm
London of course. Smiley

Shocked

4 realz SWEDISH Cheese? Huh

He's not from Sweden, he's from Scania.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever asked someone about the color of their urine? on: August 23, 2014, 11:03:52 pm
These are conversations that I have had, yes.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: August 2014 Federal Election - At-Large Senate on: August 23, 2014, 08:52:30 pm
[1] Bacon King
[2] Commemorative plates
[3] Dr. Cynic
[4] Alfred F. Jones
[5] Polnut
[6] Mechaman
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in London or Stockholm? on: August 23, 2014, 01:00:41 pm
London has a more temperate climate and a far larger Bengali population.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: August 23, 2014, 03:34:43 am
White people explaining black people is a time-honored forum tradition.

And you bitching about it is another.

I'm sorry, how should I react to whitesplaining?
Not doing the exact same thing would help.

You'll notice that I don't try to tell members of oppressed minority groups that they are embarrassments to their community.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: PA: Any hope for Gov. Corbett? on: August 22, 2014, 08:18:37 pm
I know this will be fodder for plenty of jokes and a reminder of the infamous "It's not over yet..." thread (especially since the lead consultant for Corbett is Santorum's consultant) but there's supposedly a Corbett internal showing him only down four.
keystone.txt

Again, simply passing along word of the poll without an ounce of editorializing so give me a break.
Methinks somebody skipped the part in English class where they talked about implication.

25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: August 22, 2014, 05:57:44 pm
White people explaining black people is a time-honored forum tradition.

And you bitching about it is another.

I'm sorry, how should I react to whitesplaining?
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