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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should a college degree be required to vote? on: June 29, 2016, 07:21:51 am
I concur with the sentiment of restricting suffrage to those with a modicum of foresight. However, given how college education these days is subsidized to ensure against a shortage of underwater basket weavers, a degree may not be the best representation of being intelligent enough to vote.

A property requirement is both a more direct measure of one's long-term interest and one with greater historical precedent.

Nothing so useful unfortunately.  Its subsidized to make sure we have an overabundance of aspiring academics in highly politicized and polemic fields, as well as a bunch of people who are told they understand how to run a business because they've learned a bunch of meaningless diagrams and buzzwords.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: "How Millennial are you?" test on: June 28, 2016, 10:06:34 pm
60, which is more accurate for my age than I thought it would be. I expected to be less millennial.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Yiannopoulos, Crowder, et al.--why do we even know about these people? on: June 28, 2016, 06:01:16 pm
good analysis.  as to why now, I imagine it is partly a result of how political discussion (if you can call it that) is marketed and shared on the internet in a way that further erodes any distinction with entertainment. The shock factor is a way of grabbing attention in an "information" saturated environment.

interesting that your Bible study is discussing fascist architecture. Tongue
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask Human Anything (#AMA) on: June 28, 2016, 03:23:36 pm
Where do you stand on trade issues?
I'm pro-free trade. Protectionism is terrible. I support NAFTA, TPP, etc.

Never post here ever again. I'll tell my ma if you do.

why did you respond to your own question Huh
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: June 28, 2016, 03:21:39 pm
Some relatives of mine in Charleston, WV were removed from their house by a neighbor with a kayak at 3:00 AM due to the Elk River overflowing. They were stranded on a hill for twelve hours and police were not able to rescue them. They managed to make it home when waters receded and one relative who is in her late eighties is very shaken up.

Four people died up there. It's really bad.

hope the house didn't get too damaged.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1996 Primaries (No Reagan Series) on: June 28, 2016, 05:31:59 am
very cool.

I'll vote Moynihan.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Fred Upton on: June 28, 2016, 01:01:44 am
he seems like a nice guy who likes to solve problems, but I hate his sponsoring of the phase-out of the beautiful incandescent bulb. he worked to reverse it a few years later, but the damage had been done. We still have a type of incandescent bulbs being sold in stores, but now they're filled with burn-hazard halogen.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Federal Judge: MS Clerks Can't Cite Religious Beliefs to Deny SSM Licenses on: June 28, 2016, 12:53:19 am
Why did the court grant standing for this?  Shouldn't they need an individual who was negatively impacted by this law?
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Scott Brown: Warren should take DNA test to prove her Native heritage on: June 27, 2016, 11:24:42 pm
Scott Brown should take a test to examine which state he's actually from since he's run for office in too many to count.

maybe some sort of isotope analysis?
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Restrictions on: June 27, 2016, 10:30:06 pm
Great news!

And once Clinton helps finish filling the federal judiciary with liberal judges, pro-lifers can finally take a break, because Jim Crow-like attempts to regulate abortion out of existence will be shut down for over a generation Smiley

Jim Crow-like?  Jesus Christ, Virginia.  I'm pro-choice, but how can you conflate people trying to curtail what they see as an innocent life - even if they're wrong - with people trying to sidestep federal laws to prevent Blacks from being able to vote or go to public school?

Well, the rationale behind support of many Jim Crow laws was that black men would rape white women.

I'm guessing that connection made more sense in your head.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask Human Anything (#AMA) on: June 27, 2016, 12:09:08 pm
are you legally an adult?
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Spanish elections and politics on: June 25, 2016, 12:51:42 am
Would not the relative strength of Podemos-IU provoke C -> PP tactical voting?

That's the aim of the PP campaign: appealing to moderate voters to counter the "populist menace". I guess it would depend on the level of polarization in the following two weeks of electoral campaign, which now is officially open. By the moment polls say that PP and C's retain their shares with little variation.

is it awkward at all for a "People's Party"  to be campaigning against "populism"?
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: If Donald Trump ran an openly sexist campaign... on: June 24, 2016, 08:55:03 pm
depends entirely on how Clinton responds.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Have your views on gun control changed either way since Orlando? on: June 24, 2016, 12:13:11 pm
Not at all. In a sane world, I'd support a national gun registry and mandatory background checks but in the world of modern America we can't have such things without the government randomly seizing them all whenever the Democrats gain control. Also, the "assault weapons" ban idea doesn't seem to make any sense.

Also, the Orlando shooting is one that would be very hard to have prevented by any of the reforms being proposed right now.


Frankly, I'd be interested to hear from those pushing for tighter gun controls on why that didn't work for the people in Paris. France has very tight gun controls, France does not make guns readily available to its citizenry, and yet 130 people are killed and 368 others are injured in a coordinated attack. So for the sake of argument, please explain how removing all guns from the hands of law-abiding American citizens would make any difference whatsoever on these terrorist incidents? Because from where I sit, Paris cannot be pointed to as an example of where we hope to be with regard to gun control or addressing terrorist threats.

So, do you or don't you support national background checks and psychological tests?

Psychological tests are useful within a clinical setting as part of a diagnostic and therapeutic process.  They are pretty useless in terms of predicting violence on their own. 
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the uS return to its pre-1846 borders on: June 24, 2016, 11:25:12 am
No but give Phoenix back to Mexico and let CA become its own country.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: June 2016 Federal Election on: June 24, 2016, 11:20:46 am
[1] Leinad/Lumine
Federalist Party/Civic Renewal

[2] Harry Truman/Kalwejt
Labor Party
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Alternate 1968 election-5 parties!! on: June 24, 2016, 11:19:12 am
most likely Romney, possibly McCarthy
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: John Lewis leads sit-in on House Floor to pass gun control legislation. on: June 24, 2016, 11:14:58 am
If they are on a watchlist, I would think they'd have a file on that person already.  Unless their reason for suspicion is "This guy has a Muslim-sounding name"
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: John Lewis leads sit-in on House Floor to pass gun control legislation. on: June 23, 2016, 08:19:47 pm
Find a time limit everyone can agree should be reasonably long enough and make it that. It shouldn't go through automatically, but if it isn't done within that timeframe the person can file suit and the judge can order an immediate response.  But if the FBI can't respond within 72 hours to someone on their watch list trying to buy a gun, are they really watching them?
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: RIP Dr. Marc Allan Feldman on: June 23, 2016, 12:34:51 pm
damn I really liked this dude Sad
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which state has the worst name? on: June 23, 2016, 12:27:30 pm
Rhode Island...not even an island...Oklahoma is also pretty ridiculous.

Rhode Island is an island.   Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is a state.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: John Lewis leads sit-in on House Floor to pass gun control legislation. on: June 23, 2016, 12:08:13 pm
Speaker Ryan response:
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Predict a 1964 Landslide Scenario on: June 23, 2016, 11:43:18 am

Clinton 55% (458) - Trump 35% (80) - 3rd Party 10%
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: what does the red mean? on: June 23, 2016, 10:59:02 am
Guard Mounting?  I've never heard of it but it sounds kinky.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which state has the worst name? on: June 23, 2016, 10:53:55 am
Washington should be named something like Columbia, Rainier, Cascadia, Olympia, Salish, etc.

Nookshack, Muckleshoot, Suquamish, Klickitat... lots of good names to choose from.
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