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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: Today at 06:41:43 am
It also shows what a pointless joke the UN has become.

Please stop talking and come back when you figure out what the United Nations actually does.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Plan to split California into 6 states advances on: Today at 01:52:54 am
6 seems ridiculous - why not just spit into Northern and Southern (not that would fly either).

Anyone how Northern and Southern differed in presidential voting?

Southern California is much more Republican than Northern California. A state just composed of the ten southern counties would have come close to voting for Bush in 2004; Kerry won 51.50% of the vote in those counties, while Bush won 47.22%.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Oklahoma's domino has fallen on: July 21, 2014, 11:26:14 pm
I have no idea at all what point King is trying to make here, but it's disappointing to see.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Will Bushie make it to work (7/21/14)? on: July 21, 2014, 09:23:50 pm
What's weird is that two of the three yes votes came in after it was confirmed that he was not going to be at work.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Any recommendations for Yosemite? on: July 21, 2014, 08:29:28 pm
Until I went to college, I went to Yosemite with my family just about once every year. I never got tired of it. All the major sights are in and around the Yosemite Valley, so they're easy to access. Bridalveil Fall is indeed very nice, although I prefer Yosemite Falls for hiking. Glacier Point has spectacular views of the whole valley, and it can be accessed either by car or by a fairly long uphill hike. Hetch Hetchy is also very much worth visiting, even if it's not what it apparently used to be before it became San Francisco's municipal water supply.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who shouldn't run for president? on: July 21, 2014, 03:54:48 pm
Barack Obama
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Deluge of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: July 21, 2014, 03:48:00 pm
Just because you're a commi pinko doesn't mean you need to sympathize with Russia.  So much of this whole situation predicated on the fact that Russia is ruled by a James Bond villain.  Sometimes doing your own research actually leaves you with less information if you're looking with such a blatant anti-American bias.  We all need to realize that the only coherent thing Ronald Reagan ever said was that Russia is an evil empire.  It was during the Tsars, during the Soviet Period and it is again under Putin. 
8  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Ask Hifly on: July 21, 2014, 02:19:05 pm
What are your personal religious views?
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / NYC approves apartment building with separate entrance for poor people on: July 21, 2014, 02:03:42 pm
"No one ever said that the goal was full integration of these populations," said David Von Spreckelsen, senior vice president at Toll Brothers. "So now you have politicians talking about that, saying how horrible those back doors are. I think it's unfair to expect very high-income homeowners who paid a fortune to live in their building to have to be in the same boat as low-income renters, who are very fortunate to live in a new building in a great neighborhood."

http://gawker.com/nyc-approves-apartment-building-with-separate-entrance-1608352680

But you know, Same Love and all.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Will Bushie make it to work (7/21/14)? on: July 21, 2014, 12:33:02 pm
We have an answer:

I did stay home today because my stomach ache and gagging last night turned into a full night of throwing up (mostly dry heaves) plus a nasty cocktail of symptoms.  My body was spent when I woke up at 6:00 this morning and it felt like I had not slept all night, even though I had been in bed since 21:15 minus the times I was anchored on or over the john.  I called in just before 7:00 and went back to bed and didn't get up again until almost 10:30.  I'm starting to get better, I think, just now down to a severe headache, but I'm still going to take the rest of the day off and go in tomorrow.  If this affects my job then so be it.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1964 Presidential Election on: July 21, 2014, 12:07:53 pm
Clifton DeBerry (actually pro-Civil Rights)
Is this the magical fantasyland where Democrats are the real racists and signing the greatest expansion of rights to African-Americans in a century doesn't mean you're for civil rights?

No one brought up the whole party, but given LBJ's history as a Senator and personal quotes, it's not outlandish whatsoever to say that he was very personally racist and pushed the CRA for political reasons...  He also got more help from the opposing party than from his own.

Why would that matter?
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: In your Atlas history, how many posters have you intentionally ignored? on: July 21, 2014, 02:35:56 am
At this point I can't imagine using the forum with signatures turned on. They add nothing.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Ray Goldfield on: July 21, 2014, 01:17:42 am
While I disagree with some of his posts, I admire his strong defense of his views.

That's...not a good thing?
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Tina Fey vs Amy Poehler on: July 20, 2014, 07:48:44 pm
Amy Poehler seems fine but I can't stand her character.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Star Trek on: July 20, 2014, 02:55:23 pm
What's the point of Star Trek if you're not going to watch TOS?
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Deluge of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: July 20, 2014, 02:41:36 pm
And finally, I wont buy from any store that gave money to the local YWCA. I know that might sound awful, but they kind of have a habit of running smear campaigns, throwing a fit when the city tried to set up a men's shelter etc. The director also went on live TV, and said we don't understand why Men feel attacked by us, but then said 4/5 serial killers are White Men. While they may actually be true, can you really wonder why someone might be offended?

not all men
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Deluge of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: July 20, 2014, 02:27:48 pm
On The Boondocks:

Shouldn't have been brought back.

Everyone I know thinks that the most recent season was terrible.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Question for Chick-fil-A eaters on: July 20, 2014, 12:14:12 am
I don't think KFC's anyone's favorite, let alone a national favorite.

(in other words, yes)
19  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Weighted Voting For Congress on: July 17, 2014, 09:54:45 pm
If Ventura was given its choice of district:

(1) Silicon Valley-Central Coast;
(2) San Joaquin Valley;
(3) Orange County;
(4,5) One of the suburban LA districts;

which would they choose?

Suburban Los Angeles, absolutely. There's not even any question in that regard. Ventura County is suburban Los Angeles. Orange County would be awkward because of non-contiguity but not terrible. The San Joaquin Valley would make very little sense but it would still be better than a connection with San Jose.

Which of these two options would make more sense to you for the LA area:

Option A (keep LA county whole)
1) SLO, SB, Ventura, Orange (about 1K over population but justifiable)
2) Antelope Valley, San Gabriel Valley, Agoura Hills, and communities included inside LA city
3) City of LA
4) Torrance pocket, Los Angeles Valley (East LA to Long Beach)

Option B (keep Orange separate)
1) SLO, SB, Ventura, Antelope Valley, Agoura Hills, Torrance pocket, and communities in LAC
2) San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles Valley
3) City of LA
4) Orange

Option B is ideal.

Rank these:

[2] San Gabriel&Antelope Valleys, includes Lancaster-Palmdale, Santa Clarita, San Gabriel valley including Pasadena, plus Glendale and Burbank.

[1] City of Los Angeles, includes the city plus enclaves such as Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and the city of San Fernando, and the area of western LA County (Malibu on north to Ventura County).

[3] Los Angeles South, includes suburbs to the south of LA and the San Gabriel valleys, on both sides of the city of LA's harbor extension (eg Inglewood, Torrance, Palos Verde, East Los Angeles, Whittier, Long Beach, Compton, Bellflower, etc.

[6] Silicon Valley-Central Coast;

[5] San Joaquin Valley;

[4] Orange County;

The first three aren't exactly interchangeable, but I'd certainly accept a different ordering. The latter three, on the other hand, are fairly clear.
20  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Weighted Voting For Congress on: July 17, 2014, 02:36:44 pm
If Ventura was given its choice of district:

(1) Silicon Valley-Central Coast;
(2) San Joaquin Valley;
(3) Orange County;
(4,5) One of the suburban LA districts;

which would they choose?

Suburban Los Angeles, absolutely. There's not even any question in that regard. Ventura County is suburban Los Angeles. Orange County would be awkward because of non-contiguity but not terrible. The San Joaquin Valley would make very little sense but it would still be better than a connection with San Jose.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which Languages Do You Have Knowledge Of on: July 17, 2014, 02:10:11 pm
I find it quite interesting that so much speak German and Italian, and comparably little French and Spanish. I thought the latter two to be much more common in the states...

They are much more common. My high school offered classes in Spanish, French, Japanese, and Chinese. I think German is more common in other parts of the country than in California, but it's certainly less common than Spanish or French.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which Languages Do You Have Knowledge Of on: July 17, 2014, 01:43:37 pm
In order of ability: English, Bengali, Spanish. I can more or less read every major Romance language, but that doesn't really count. People tend to think that I speak a lot more languages than I actually do.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Hong Kong vs. Singapore: Where would you rather visit? on: July 17, 2014, 01:25:55 pm
Singapore is cleaner and it feels very much like the nicer place to live. I went to Hong Kong nearly five years ago and I've never been able to get it out of my thoughts since then.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask Xahar on: July 17, 2014, 01:19:21 pm
Well I have a question, too- what was being on the football team like? I still can't wrap my head around that. Not in a bad way, no, but I just can't see it.

It was fun! I'm very glad I did it. That said, it was a lot of work, and if at this stage in my life I had to go through that again I probably wouldn't. Being in the weight room from 2 to 3 and having practice from 3 to 6 every Monday through Thursday was exhausting (particularly during Ramadan) and it occupied a lot of my time, but Friday nights made it absolutely worthwhile. I've been telling my brother that he should do what I did, although I'd be surprised if he did.

I wasn't particularly good at football and I rarely saw the field except on special teams, but I was good enough to belong on the team so that wasn't an issue. It helped that probably half the team was composed of kids I had been playing baseball with since I was ten years old; it was an environment where I felt very comfortable. I miss being on a team. Things aren't the same now.

If The Obamanation was a Pokemon which one would he be?

The easy answer is Magikarp, but Magikarp evolves into Gyarados so that's not right. I'm going to go with Jynx, because his presence makes everyone uncomfortable.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you wish there were more Update related threads? on: July 17, 2014, 02:23:35 am
The amount of narcissism on the Forum Community board is absolutely astounding to me. And that's coming from an admitted narcissist, myself.

To be fair, I am fascinating.
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