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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Paul Ryan and Hillary Clinton team up to support Anti-Poverty Plan on: August 28, 2016, 09:44:52 pm
As part of a budget, it can pass the House - even without breaking the Hastert rule - and it can pass the Senate. The problem is more a more fundamental one of passing any budget aside from a CR that both houses of Congress and Clinton can agree on.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Wehrner Von Braun on: August 28, 2016, 09:15:25 pm
Saw a billboard today advertising Sprint with the guy who used to do those Verizon "Can you hear me now?" commercials.  Made me think of him.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you a vegetarian? on: August 28, 2016, 09:11:36 pm
No, and I eat significantly more meat than the average American.  I would become a pure carnivore before a vegetarian.

RIP, FF.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Minneapolis to vote on $15/hour minimum wage on: August 28, 2016, 04:27:23 pm
Wow, a single concept taken in a vacuum with acknowledging what happens to consumption and demand for products, or anything else for that matter, as a result of this change. What a novel approach! How did all the economists miss it?!

"All the economists"? Who are all these economists who think a universal $15 minimum wage is a good idea?

Here is what economists believe about this: https://www.epionline.org/studies/survey-of-us-economists-on-a-15-federal-minimum-wage/

That doesn't mean they are right, but stop saying people who disagree with you don't understand economics.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: should panhandling be legal? on: August 28, 2016, 12:19:37 pm
No, it's annoying and I don't know why anyone would want to do it. Doesn't seem like a lot of fun.
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Facebook is trying to get rid of bias in Trending news by getting rid of humans on: August 27, 2016, 11:15:45 pm
Getting rid of humans?   That's a bit drastic don't you think, fb?  Just goes to show there's no reasoning with our computer overlords.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Why Cable News, etc isn't Covering the American Indian ND Oil Pipline Blockade on: August 27, 2016, 04:01:09 pm
http://www.anonews.co/oil-pipeline-blockade/

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As the Lakota Sioux continue their peaceful blockade of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, the story’s absence from the national media narrative is palpable. Considering the corporate media’s chronic quest for controversial stories on government versus public standoffs, you’d think this situation would garner the typical media frenzy invoked during a right-wing militia occupation of a federal building, for example, or a tense standoff between the Black Lives Matter movement and police.

But it’s not.

I don't know how much the idea the article puts forward that it is because of big media's ties to big oil is true, but this I think is right on target:

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It’s easy to create a controversy out of right-wing white nationalist militias occupying an obscure federal wildlife preserve building (if that sounds petty and not exactly newsworthy, that’s because it was petty and not exactly newsworthy). I witnessed liberals so incensed by the Oregon occupiers they were calling for the FBI to literally gun them down. Meanwhile, the alt-right movement hailed them as heroes and harbingers of the second American Revolution. It made for a great, divisive controversy. But in the end, nothing was accomplished. It was topical. It was superficial. It was essentially meaningless — and the media loved it so much it dedicated a month’s worth of prime time TV coverage to it.
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: American Muslim Women More Politically Assertive in Response to Trump on: August 27, 2016, 03:51:33 pm
I didn't realize that Trumpists were as delusional as they are.....oh wait...I do..

Why's your avatar even blue? Might as well change it to red or yellow and tell the truth. You're not a Republican. Half of Republican primary voters voted for Trump. The majority of Republicans support Trump and are going to vote for him in November. When you insult the majority of your own party it's probably time for you to leave because we certainly aren't going anywhere.

What did he say that's so offensive?  The decent Republicans should call out Trump. 
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Paul Ryan and Hillary Clinton team up to support Anti-Poverty Plan on: August 27, 2016, 03:05:35 pm
Bumper sticker policies like "10-20-30" sound good, but they shackle the government's ability to do its job properly.

It's just saying 10%, as imperfect as this standard is, these places do most definitely need help.  There will still be plenty of opportunity for help for places that don't fit this criteria.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is this a freedom letter - or not? on: August 27, 2016, 02:25:10 pm
Completely missed the point of trigger warnings and safe spaces, HL.

What do you view the point of these strictures that was missed?
Trigger warnings for example are not meant to keep people from "being offended"  but to warn people who may be forced to relive painful memories. For example a discussion of rape may cause a victim of sexual assault to have flashbacks or things of the sort. Safe spaces are not about anyone blocking out other opinions, but to allow people who have suffered trauma or abuse(such as the LGBT community) to meet others who have had similar experiences and not be criticized for being gay or trans or in a slightly more extreme example as victims of rape not having assholes claim that they are lying.

I truly hope that that made sense

That is what the concept was supposed to be originally I think, however it has extended well beyond that to protect people from being offended by certain ideas.   I agree with the spirit of the letter, but I think it could have been more clear about understanding that there is a place for the type of the thing you describe, so long as it is not carried out in a way that stifles debate and discussion, or shuts out challenging material from being part of courses.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Institute of Funny Partial Thread Titles You've Seen on Atlas on: August 27, 2016, 01:43:38 am
Today at 01:33:01 am
in Larry Hogan (R) vs. Anth...

rax (D)
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: "Everything" Ad on: August 26, 2016, 10:20:02 pm
"Everything"??   What is she implying will happen that would mean losing everything?  It's shameless fearmongering.  Black people in this country face enough problems, they don't need vague made up threats, especially those proclaimed by someone who comes in and presents themselves as the only answer to it.

Unless you assume they have nothing, they do have a lot to lose, as does the Hispanic community, thus, everything. It's not fearmongering; it's a simple answer to a stupid question. Smiley

Something = a lot = everything.  Great logic there.  If you really believed it I'm not sure how you could say so with a smiley face.


"Everything"??   What is she implying will happen that would mean losing everything?  It's shameless fearmongering.  Black people in this country face enough problems, they don't need vague made up threats, especially those proclaimed by someone who comes in and presents themselves as the only answer to it.

You release white nationalists like Jared Taylor have stated that a "great number" of their kind are going to "infiltrate" Trump's administration, right? Minorities are absolutely in danger.

How will this infiltration occur?  What will it accomplish?   Are we really going to be so incredibly powerless to stop it if Trump gets elected?

It says a lot I think that Clinton doesn't think she can get black people to go out and vote for her without resort to excessive hyperbole.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should there be a left-wing Milo? on: August 26, 2016, 10:11:12 pm
Dan Savage?
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: "Everything" Ad on: August 26, 2016, 04:27:44 pm
"Everything"??   What is she implying will happen that would mean losing everything?  It's shameless fearmongering.  Black people in this country face enough problems, they don't need vague made up threats, especially those proclaimed by someone who comes in and presents themselves as the only answer to it.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: HRC & Byrd on: August 26, 2016, 03:50:30 pm
Zombie Robert Byrd would be way better than either of these losers.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the proposed 'Garden Bridge' project on: August 26, 2016, 03:39:49 pm
looks nice but

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Its construction would require the felling of mature trees on both sides of the river, including 32 plane trees in the avenue on Queen's Walk which were planted in the 1960s as a living memorial to London's war dead.

ew.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rock, Country, Rap and Electronica not considered "art" in Chicago on: August 26, 2016, 11:37:53 am
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Fritchey says the county's language "harkens back to the days of the 1950s when rock 'n' roll wasn't considered music." He adds, "No pun intended, but I think the county is being tone deaf to recognize opera as a form of cultural art but not Skrillex."

probably not the most persuasive example.


18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Daughter of Sen. Manchin raises EpiPen price 400% on: August 26, 2016, 12:33:43 am
To anyone tempted to get sanctimonious about how it's wrong to implicate Manchin:

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Mylan CEO Heather Bresch would never have been hired at the company had it not been for her father, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, NBC News reported.

Bresch herself admitted as much in a 2012 interview published in WV Living magazine.

“I don’t deny that I got my first job at Mylan because of my dad,” she said at the time, adding, “I couldn’t have told you what Mylan did. I vaguely knew it had something to do with science.”

The magazine reported that Manchin mentioned to the company’s co-founder, Mike Puskar, that she was looking for a job. The senator then urged her to apply at the company for a data entry position 20 years ago.

“You should absolutely take it. Give it a year,” she recalled him saying.

Past reporting also debunked Mylar’s claim that she earned an MBA; according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, she received the degree from West Virginia University despite only completing half of the credits required for it.

The Post-Gazette reported that school records were revised in 2007 — a decade after Bresch attended the university — after she was named the company’s chief operating officer. The CEO at the time, Milan Puskar, was WVU’s largest donor, and contributed $20 million to the school in 2003.

Bresch and her company have come under fire recently for hiking up the price on EpiPens while also giving herself a $16 million raise.

These people are real-life vampires. They gain vitality by sucking life - almost literally - out of people who don't have their kind of power. And they would do it to me, you, and anyone else here if they had the chance.

I'm a little confused about what you are accusing him of here.  Getting his daughter a data entry job?
19  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Why are *so many* Libertarians so smug and annoying? on: August 25, 2016, 05:20:42 pm
Smug libertarians are at least smug on an equal opportunity basis toward the beliefs of the vast majority of the public and seem to know they are a distinct minority, which I find a lot less annoying than the Samantha Bee/Seth Myers type of smugness that assumes everyone who isn't far below average intelligence or a cartoon villain already agrees with them.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Was Hillary Clinton involved in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping? on: August 25, 2016, 03:44:40 pm
No, but she was involved in the Great Limburger Cheese Heist of '74.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Nicholas Sarkozy on: August 25, 2016, 03:40:13 pm
He says burkinis are a provocation. He is right. They provoke dimwit politicians to pass laws against them, which provokes greater antagonism in the society and threatens to become a recruiting tool for militants. Therefore we must stand with the dimwit politicians in their fight to stop them.

Sarkozy is an FF for standing up to the menace of supererogatory fabric against French values of Continental philosophy, smelly cheese, and ennui.

Has the word taken on a different meaning in English? Because it just means boredom (not to say it wouldn't work as such).

Yeah, i guess so - sort of an existential boredom, a pervasive sense of futility.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: insult the previous poster ....badly on: August 25, 2016, 03:32:24 pm
RFayette?  What are you, a French pirate?
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Opinion of Torie on: August 25, 2016, 03:30:53 pm
mensch.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Siren on: August 25, 2016, 03:28:30 pm
FF both for the poster and the mythological character.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: 1025 - Fair Juror Pay Act on: August 25, 2016, 03:26:22 pm
This is to be paid out of the federal budget correct?  Do we need to make that clear?
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