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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: Today at 12:19:37 pm
Rasmussen poll of 1000 Americans:

Do you favor or oppose Scotland becoming an independent nation rather than a part of Great Britain?

30% YES
19% No
51% Undecided

Plus:

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Only 33% think most of their fellow countrymen can even locate Scotland on a map.

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As I've said the thing I find perplexing about that vastly over-represented 19% on this forum is that I can understand an American supporting Scottish independence for romantic reasons. That makes sense to me. How does an American unionist happen? Some nonsense about Keeping Our Ally Strong!!1 ?

Look, at least in the short term, Scotland is better off staying with the UK. You can argue these issues shouldn't be decided with a short term view but that explains some of the opposition to this plan. The no side needs to have a better thought out plan for an independent Scotland. I am an American who opposes Scotland independence and it has nothing to do with loyalty to the crown.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 17, 2014, 11:34:14 pm
Attention: Americans (and others, I guess)

BBC World will be broadcasting live coverage of the results beginning at 6 PM ET (11 PM in Scotland) tomorrow and will continue for four hours.

Live stream?
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Brown vs. Kashkari Debate on: September 16, 2014, 08:12:57 pm
Surplus of money with liberal Democrats (and Jerry Brown) in charge,while all the fiscally conservative states are in trouble.

LOL! I think even Speaker Perez, being a super liberal Dem, was shocked with the fact they created a surplus. Go California!

"Fiscal conservative" is such a misleading term. Jerry Brown is the true fiscal conservative.

So much so that most of the young California liberals hate him for it. Tongue

I wouldn't go that far, everyone is happy with how the state has rebounded, people just wish he was more aggressively liberal on issues like recreational marijuana and pumping the surplus money straight to schools and higher education rather than a rainy day fund.

Why shouldn't there be a rainy day fund?
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What type of climate do you live in? on: September 15, 2014, 06:26:38 pm
I'm tempted after the near freezing lows we have had here at the end of summer, to describe the Hudson Valley as having a "subarctic" climate, but yes, I know, that would be wrong. I have no idea what kind of climate it is, other than wet and butt cold in the winter. I felt constrained today to wear a short sleeve shirt and a hoodie, rather than just my muscle shirt. Boo!  Sad

Welcome to the east!
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum racists on: August 27, 2014, 04:49:51 pm
In light of their comments just within this thread, TNF and Snowstalker seem like obvious candidates, though Snow obviously is just trolling.
lol

If you're going to define "zionism" so broadly as to include any practice of Judaism and then say"zionism" is automatically racism, that's anti-Semitic. 

Who is defining Zionism as Judaism? Are you? In which case, do you understand the meaning of those words?
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Which will happen next term? on: August 27, 2014, 07:23:16 am
Aw, looks like someone lost an election.

^^^

And some doubt that people are being PM'ed to vote in these polls. Roll Eyes

OMG you seriously believe that, don't you? Ironically, I haven't even voted in this ridiculous poll. You are a very unstable and paranoid individual.

It's either that, or you're a psychopathic, voyeuristic creep who constantly watches what goes on here and only engages with the game to attack me when I respond to attacks (which is increasingly rare). Seriously, all you do is sass me once every few months and cast votes.

Pick one.

Third option might be that I am only interested in the elections here anymore since I like seeing how the coalitions evolve over time. Since an election just ended a few days ago, I have been keeping an eye on this board for reaction to you and TNF's embarrassing loss. And then I saw this whiny little thread. Beautiful!
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum racists on: August 27, 2014, 07:12:51 am
Simfan, obviously.

True.

I don't get the politicus thing.  She's not racist......a realist perhaps.

You said this already.

Simi

Well I wasn't panning through the pages, and it gave me an opportunity to agree with Mr. Kemp and make my real inquiry - How did politicus get the racist label?

She thinks poor people in third world countries should be kept poor so she can continue her lavish lifestyle and still keep carbon emissions low. And she is also opposed to browns moving into her country.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Which will happen next term? on: August 27, 2014, 05:22:15 am
Aw, looks like someone lost an election.

^^^

And some doubt that people are being PM'ed to vote in these polls. Roll Eyes

OMG you seriously believe that, don't you? Ironically, I haven't even voted in this ridiculous poll. You are a very unstable and paranoid individual.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Which will happen next term? on: August 26, 2014, 10:12:42 pm
Aww, looks like someone lost an election.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Hydrocodone combination products are changing from schedule 3 to schedule 2 on: August 26, 2014, 09:44:29 pm
More red tape for docs and pharmacists. Oh goody. They're all already very leery of prescribing and dispensing it. I had a minor surgery earlier in the year, and the pharmacy gave me a hard time with my after surgery prescription, wanting to know why I was prescribed it (despite the surgery center's name being in bold at the top of the prescription) etc. I regularly get Adderall, which is already schedule 2, at the same pharmacy, and that's never a problem.

Hey, at least you have a relationship with that pharmacy. Imagine someone who never gets prescriptions filled from any pharmacy. And it's not simply a matter of not trusting the person with the prescription. There is also the thought in the back of your head that you could get in trouble with the DEA just for ordering too many C2's. Some pharmacies just don't take any new C2 prescriptions from people who don't already get those medications, regardless of how legitimate the prescription is.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should Colorado have to pay for neighboring state's marijuana prohibition? on: August 26, 2014, 09:02:29 pm
Can't they just increase the amounts required for bail or add additional local civil penalties?

Typical Inks

I fully support legalization, but that's not something the sheriffs can change.  There's absolutely no reason Colorado should pay for it, so the remaining options are to not enforce it (which could have its own negative ramifications and cops could lose their jobs if the state still wants it enforced) or offset the costs.

If the state wants it enforced, they should pay for it then. In any case, I highly doubt any cop is going to lose his job because he didn't incarcerate some dude with weed.

But if the state doesn't increase county jail funding, counties can't force it.

If the state makes a big deal about border counties not enforcing marijuana laws, there will be pressure on them to fund these counties jails.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Hydrocodone combination products are changing from schedule 3 to schedule 2 on: August 26, 2014, 08:33:50 pm
My opinion on this is that it will do nothing to stop opiate abuse. Until we start treating addiction as the medical problem that it is, more people will continue to die and our civil liberties will continue to be lost. This change is just another extension of the failed drug war and its failed tactics.

I predict the main effect of this change will be that the druggies will switch over in greater numbers to oxycodone since it is more potent than hydrocodone. If you need to go over the same hurdles to get both, then why not go with the more potent medication? There will also be an increase in the use of heroin. Good job DEA!

The people who will lose are those who actually need pain medications and are not the most mobile. Now they have to figure out how to get paper prescriptions to their pharmacy every 3 months. Earlier, a doctor could have called in a refill of their hydrocodone/acetaminophen to their pharmacy and a family member could have picked it up for them. Now that it is a C2 medication, there must be a hard copy of every prescription hand delivered to the pharmacy. Also, for all you young guys who may be getting their wisdom teeth taken out, good luck finding a pharmacy that will fill pain medications for you. Be prepared for a lot of "sorry, we don't have it in stock".
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Hydrocodone combination products are changing from schedule 3 to schedule 2 on: August 26, 2014, 08:25:16 pm
http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/08/8551315/hydrocodone-change-unknown-side-effects

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On Thursday, the Drug Enforcement Agency ruled that hydrocodone combination products, some of the most widely prescribed pain medications, would be reclassified as a Schedule II drug, a more restrictive class reserved for the most dangerous medicines.

The move has been debated for decades and is an effort to curb opioid abuse, which many have linked to the heroin crisis plaguing much of the northeast including New York, but the more restrictive policy could also inconvenience millions of Americans and cost taxpayers billions of dollars.

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On the one hand, there is a legitimate concern that too many opioids are on the street, and these very addictive pills can act as gateway drugs, particularly for teenagers, to heroin and other even more dangerous narcotics.

On the other hand, the Institute of Medicine estimates that as many as 100 million Americans suffer from some sort of chronic pain and reclassifying these drugs might make it harder for those people with legitimate needs to get relief.

When the rule takes effect in early October, drugs such as Vicodin will only be able to be prescribed for a 90-day period, and refills won't be able to be called in to a pharmacy. Patients will have to be seen by a doctor for a new prescription. Before this change, patients could receive a 180-day supply.

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Bob Twillman, deputy executive director and director of policy and advocacy for the American Academy of Pain Management, points to the fact that oxycodone remains one of the most abused drugs, and it has always been Schedule II, as are Ritalin and Adderall. (Marijuana, which the federal government considers to have no valid medical purpose, is a schedule I drug, as is heroin.)

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They are also some of the most widely prescribed. An estimated 25 million Americans are on automatic refills of hydrocodone, Twillman said. Many of those users will now have to schedule an appointment with their physician.
(Edit: trimmed for length of quotes - TF)
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should Colorado have to pay for neighboring state's marijuana prohibition? on: August 26, 2014, 08:15:23 pm
Can't they just increase the amounts required for bail or add additional local civil penalties?

Typical Inks

I fully support legalization, but that's not something the sheriffs can change.  There's absolutely no reason Colorado should pay for it, so the remaining options are to not enforce it (which could have its own negative ramifications and cops could lose their jobs if the state still wants it enforced) or offset the costs.

If the state wants it enforced, they should pay for it then. In any case, I highly doubt any cop is going to lose his job because he didn't incarcerate some dude with weed.
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: August 26, 2014, 12:01:56 am
He ain't that bad, certainly better than some of the other posters in this thread.

Haha, you're the one getting destroyed, my friend. Maybe now you will finally start to understand the Palestinian perspective. Tongue
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should Colorado have to pay for neighboring state's marijuana prohibition? on: August 25, 2014, 12:40:52 pm
Can't they just increase the amounts required for bail or add additional local civil penalties?

Typical Inks
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: CA-17: San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed endorses Ro Khanna for Congress on: August 25, 2014, 08:04:26 am
Yes, you have to be highly educated to work in the tech sector......

Of course, in order to add more diversity to this field (or any field that requires a high level of education) you need to have better public schools in poorer neighborhoods. I don't see you talking about that.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: August 2014 Federal Election - At-Large Senate on: August 24, 2014, 09:15:25 am
1) Lumine
2) Bacon King
3) Deus
4) Polnut
5) clarence
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should Colorado have to pay for neighboring state's marijuana prohibition? on: August 23, 2014, 06:56:38 am
You can easily ban the act of smoking in public or in the presence of other people while still making marijuana legal for the public to consume in the privacy of their own homes.

Which is exactly what Colorado has done.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama Admin Offers Hobby Lobby Workaround On Birth Control on: August 22, 2014, 09:25:05 pm
Yeah, I doubt insurers will bind covering contraceptives even if it comes out of their pockets. Generics don't cost that much and they could do things like mandate 90 day supplies to further lower costs. It's much cheaper than paying for a baby.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should Colorado have to pay for neighboring state's marijuana prohibition? on: August 22, 2014, 08:51:39 pm
If Arizona legalised hand grenades,

and young people had a habit of lobbing hand grenades, would California police be wrong to arrest people who had purchased hand grenades in Arizona? Or would you advise that California legalise hand grenades as well?

Do you understand the concept of victimless crimes?

If you lob a grenade in the woods, does it have a victim?

If you smoke marijuana in front of someone who is bothered by the stench,  is there a victim?

Do you hold marijuana smoke to a different standard than cigarette smoke?
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should Colorado have to pay for neighboring state's marijuana prohibition? on: August 22, 2014, 07:19:11 pm
If Arizona legalised hand grenades, and young people had a habit of lobbing hand grenades, would California police be wrong to arrest people who had purchased hand grenades in Arizona? Or would you advise that California legalise hand grenades as well?

Do you understand the concept of victimless crimes?
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should Colorado have to pay for neighboring state's marijuana prohibition? on: August 22, 2014, 08:48:56 am
The problem is many of these sheriff's departments are defining "probably cause" as "has a Colorado license plate". Considering how easy it is to transport marijuana and not get caught, I doubt the increased arrests are all solely due to the greater supply. That's basically why the whole bit about the sheriff's departments not making the laws doesn't really hold up. For comparison Pennsylvania gun laws are far more lax than in New Jersey or New York, but that doesn't mean police in those states constantly pull over and search Pennsylvania cars and assume all are carrying guns.

I take your point, but that dog just isn't going to hunt in court.

No but driving "erratically" or "looked like he wasn't wearing a seatbelt" will. It's not probable cause to search the car though. Can saying they smelt marijuana constitute probable cause to search the car?
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should Colorado have to pay for neighboring state's marijuana prohibition? on: August 21, 2014, 03:13:05 pm
How much discretion do local sheriff departments have? I don't think Rural County, Kansas has the option of disregarding the laws that come from Topeka. I'm not at all sympathetic to prohibition, but I can see where local law enforcement may be in a difficult place as well.

They can always look the other way.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should Colorado have to pay for neighboring state's marijuana prohibition? on: August 21, 2014, 09:25:23 am
Definitely think it will be part of the Republican agenda if Republicans sweep this year.

I don't think even drug warriors would want the tax revenue to leave the state. If the republicans tried something, there would be a backlash. Also, are there any Rand Paul style Republicans in the legislature?
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