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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Are liberals pro-equality? on: Today at 04:56:45 pm
I think they are not. They just pretend to support equality while in fact they don't understand its very concept.
Liberals can't accept all other point of views. They think that their agenda is the only right one and everyone should follow it. They constantly bash conservatives for being not tolerant enough while in fact they are not tolerant towards conservatives themselves. That's just because they can't understand other opinions. They are the biggest liars in the world.

Tolerance and equality are different things.    Modern liberals often support equality, and occasionally support tolerance.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Chamber of Commerce to Incumbent Teas: "were gunna fuk ur sh1t up" on: Today at 11:28:10 am
I actually don't want Walter Jones primaries out. He stands up to Wall Street from time to time and also is a strong fighter against wars. Amash and Massie never stand up to Wall Street. He might be crazy on most other stuff, but at least he's not a solid: oh lemme vote this way because my party is.

Amash doesn't just vote the party line either.  That's why they're going after him.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: 1880: Grant/Blaine (R) vs Tilden/Thurman(D) vs Weaver/Butler(G) on: July 31, 2015, 01:19:54 pm


Tilden/Thurman  49.8   220
Grant/Blaine       46.6   149
Weaver/Butler      3.4
4  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Where do you stand on the killing of Cecil the Lion? on: July 31, 2015, 11:34:38 am
It's absolutely fine to be upset about Cecil the lion, but maybe pay some attention to the context of big game hunting and why it is African countries think they need to allow it.

Also I have a friend from DRC and I completely get his frustration with the proportionate attention this is receiving compared to other issues in the region.
5  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Proposal for Election What-ifs on: July 31, 2015, 09:44:45 am
I will re-iterate what I said in Dave's suggestions thread: I think we should consolidate alternate history discussion and timelines into child boards under history - one marked "timelines" and the other "What-if
?s".  I really don't think it's necessary to separate election-related and non-election-related timelines.

Basically this, but I think the main part of the What-ifs board can be for discussing scenarios, and then a child board for timelines.    Maybe keep the International What-ifs as another child board, but the past and alternate scenarios can be together.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senate to vote on defunding Planned Parenthood on: July 30, 2015, 11:40:45 pm
The use of the organs and tissue from the aborted does not make the abortions worse.  The problem would be if this need for medical research somehow leads to encouraging abortion, but there isn't currently evidence for that I don't think. (PP has enough other motives - both ideological and financial - to encourage abortion.)

But what being presented with this fact of research on the aborted in graphic detail does is elicit an emotional reaction, since it puts the attention on the body of the unborn, and the fact of the essential humanness in the fetus' physicality, and how these human body parts are treated so violently in the abortion process.  The value of the fetal body parts are precisely because these are human body parts.

Frankly, it is good for the pro-life cause to bring this up to change consciousness on the issue of abortion.  Making research on fetal organs and tissue illegal should not be the goal here, since the results of that research may at least provide some redemptive value to the killings.
7  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is wearing a native american costume in the carnival racism? on: July 30, 2015, 09:15:09 pm
No, but it might be in poor taste.
8  General Politics / Political Debate / Campus Police Forces on: July 30, 2015, 09:14:21 pm

The case of the University of Cincinatti officer shooting the person at the traffic stop leads me to ask:

What is the point of having a campus police force?   Wouldn't it make more sense to put the resources toward the city in which the campus resides?   

I know at ODU, the campus police force is considered relatively amateur compared to the city police, and the most dangerous places where students live are off campus.   Certainly in the case of Cincinnati, it seems that the university police are no where near as well trained in dealing with the general community that they are running into contact with.

If a campus is large compared to the town or city it is a part of, then I can see the point of a dedicated force, but other than that?
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Your Ideal Tax Code on: July 30, 2015, 08:54:53 pm
Antonio, under your plan there's no point in a wealth tax since no one will have more than a few thousand dollars left for themselves anyway.

Not entirely. Unfortunately, even with the highly progressive rates I've set, the super-rich would still be able to amass wealth over the long run. For example, under current US income levels, an average-sized household making 10 million dollars a year could keep as much as 500,000 each year. If they can save around 400,000 of those, with high interest rates, they can probably get to 1 million net worth within a couple years.

Besides, at the point when the tax is implemented, there has to be a way to trim down the fortunes that are already formed. A wealth tax is the quickest way to achieve that.

You wouldn't tax investment income?

Sure, but I doubt that would be enough. A good share of these interests would still end up in people's pockets at the end of the day.

With money being taxed at those rates, both before and after investing, it would not be much. And if you tax annually the resulting wealth as well, people are probably not going to bother investing much. There are more fun and immediate things to do with money.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should wild animals be banned from circuses? on: July 30, 2015, 08:47:17 pm
What shua said. I know enough about elephants, specifically, to know that using them in circuses is unjustifiable.

Is this primarily because of how they are kept/transported in between shows?
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Non-Christian President on: July 30, 2015, 05:15:46 pm
We already have a non-Christian president right now. Have you ever seen what is written on Obama's wedding ring? 'There is no God but Allah' in Arabic. That's just shameful that we elected him.

Proof or nah?

It's on a golden ring, written in golden ink, so that only Allah can see it.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Boy Scouts Lifts Ban on Gay Scout Leaders on: July 30, 2015, 03:41:45 pm
Developmental needs are relatively minimal, and can be easily dealt with outside the program.

Uh, what?  Boy Scouts is all about boy's development.  The needs of boys to learn how to be boys and men in successful and healthy ways are not "minimal."   If they don't get it at Boy Scouts, they will try to find it somewhere else.  Because it is a basic social need.

Interaction with girls will happen outside the program, won't it? 
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: A foreign leader as US President on: July 30, 2015, 03:27:12 pm
Are you kidding? Maduro is a fool and an oaf.

Which is why he is preferable to a more handsome, well-spoken authoritarian.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: A foreign leader as US President on: July 30, 2015, 01:43:16 pm
Tabare Vazquez? Rafael Correa? Matteo Renzi? Evo Morales? Answer may change depending on elections in Portugal, Canada, Taiwan, Korea, Spain etc. in the near future.


Obviously the question is completely meaningless though as all politicians are products of their surroundings. All the politicians mentioned are impossible to imagine in a U.S. context in anything remotely like their current incantations.

What did we do to you?

and why Correa?  Is Maduro unavailable?
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox removes 1% polling requirement for "kiddie table" debate on: July 30, 2015, 10:49:22 am
What about Mark Everson?

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FOX News is expanding participation in the 5 PM/ET debate to all declared candidates whose names are consistently being offered to respondents in major national polls, as recognized by Fox News


So they don't care who voters want, just who the pollsters want.

And do the voters want Mark Everson?

No less than they want George Pataki.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Dreams with Atlas members in them on: July 30, 2015, 10:45:01 am
I had a dream last night that Tender Branson was wanted as a terrorist and my country was trying to find him and kill him.

But don't worry Tender, I believed that you were framed.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Antonio Archive of Old Atlas Superiority on: July 30, 2015, 10:39:42 am
Anyway, maybe Dead0 and others are being unfair, shouldn't be talking about a forum they've never been to, etc.  But when a bunch of people on an internet forum post something like "This forum has some good points, but has way too much crap.  You need to try this other forum that's much better.", and they do this repeatedly over several weeks/months...can you really be surprised when people who like the forum they're on, and have no desire to move, start to get annoyed and respond with snark?

Nevermind the snark, it pretty much proves that the place isn't all that freaking great.  Things that are great don't need fanboys telling everybody all the time how great the great thing is.


(and I have seen a screen cap or 3, it was exactly like what I imagine it to be.....people's true colors fly when they don't think the person they're sh**tting on will see it....the cowards know who they are)

I don't like that about AAD but thankfully that's only a small fraction of the discussion. 
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Chakah Fattah (PA-2) Indicted on: July 30, 2015, 09:18:40 am
He seemed like a good guy to me, so this is disappointing.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should wild animals be banned from circuses? on: July 29, 2015, 10:05:06 pm
I don't have anything in principle against animal performers, but animal cruelty is a valid concern in many instances.  I'd guess I'd need to know more about the psychology and behavior of the various animals involved to know where to draw the line.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do you support gay marriages? on: July 29, 2015, 07:35:59 pm
Some estimates put the non-straight population as high as 10%. People can't control their sexual orientation. Having a religion that discriminates against that is not ideal by any stretch. It's not complicated. And "hate the sin not the sinner" may sound good to people who want to trick themselves into believing they're doing good deeds, but that isn't how real life works, especially when we're dealing with something as intrinsic as a person's identity.

At the risk of asking a hell-worthy question, what is it about homosexual acts that you believe to be intrinsic to a person's identity?
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Your Ideal Tax Code on: July 29, 2015, 05:34:46 pm
Antonio, under your plan there's no point in a wealth tax since no one will have more than a few thousand dollars left for themselves anyway.

Not entirely. Unfortunately, even with the highly progressive rates I've set, the super-rich would still be able to amass wealth over the long run. For example, under current US income levels, an average-sized household making 10 million dollars a year could keep as much as 500,000 each year. If they can save around 400,000 of those, with high interest rates, they can probably get to 1 million net worth within a couple years.

Besides, at the point when the tax is implemented, there has to be a way to trim down the fortunes that are already formed. A wealth tax is the quickest way to achieve that.

You wouldn't tax investment income?
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Boy Scouts Lifts Ban on Gay Scout Leaders on: July 29, 2015, 04:09:52 pm
I don't know. I'm not a Scout, but the scouts in my country are mixed and (to my knowledge) are not a place of sex-crazed hedonistic debauchery. Obviously there are some times and places that sex is not a wise act (funerals, burning buildings, Buckingham Palace etc.) but glorified camping trips seems like fair game to me.

I would bet the parents of most of those campers would disagree. And without their support, there is no Scouts.

Also, it should be about something else. And once something becomes about chasing skirts, it's hard for it to be about anything else.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do you support gay marriages? on: July 29, 2015, 04:07:23 pm


you build your theology around me... I'm flattered.

seriously though Hagrid, it's sad to see you so having so much hate that hell is the one piece of religion you still want to hang onto.

I don't think it's absurd to harbour some hatred towards people who hide behind outlandish fairy tales in order to justify their oppression of an already-marginalized group—especially since I happen to be a member of that group.

I don't believe in Hell. But if the freedom of religion excuse is going to be used to give people an out to discriminate against me and others like me, I think they ought to hold a mirror up before they judge the character of someone else. Plus, if that's what someone's religion honestly is, maybe it's time to spread the truth that the religion is in the wrong rather than let the discrimination continue. And if it does continue, they shouldn't expect upstanding citizens to just roll over. After all, using their strict rules, an unbiased observer may find that these oppressors are more deserving of a ticket on the Hell-bound train than a man who's simply trying to live equally among his peers while loving another man.

So I agree with you, shua: It's sad that I have this hate. I'm no saint. But who's hatred is coming from the more legitimate place? Who's really the victim? I'm sure you'll give some middle-of-the-road answer, but I'd say it's pretty clear who threw the first stone.

Christianity has a place in our society, but as long as it continues to use its influence to put down others, it's place will rightfully continue to diminish.

You may legitimize all you want hatred for those who have a belief you don't like, but it doesn't change the self-destructive nature of that hate.   

There's a difference between judging actions and judging character.  If they are judging character, then they are in the wrong regardless of whether homosexual activity is a sin.

Here's your middle-of-the-road answer:   Those who hope for a hell to punish the sins of others are playing with fire.   
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: July 29, 2015, 11:56:30 am
I was almost assaulted by a weedwacker wielding maniac while trying to drop off a door hanger at his house. I literally came within three feet away from getting my face hit (and probably cut open) by the device while the man screamed at me to "stay the  away from my house." The man proceeded to pull out his camera and film us, and then had the gall to flip me off while I walked away. I remember his name and house so to avoid it in the future. Had I been actually injured, I'd have called the police, but with the Washington Post covering our office today, I figured it was best to avoid any drama and let it go.

are they giving you combat pay?
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Your Ideal Tax Code on: July 29, 2015, 11:53:29 am
Antonio, under your plan there's no point in a wealth tax since no one will have more than a few thousand dollars left for themselves anyway.
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