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26  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Protesters with torches chant "all white lives matter," "Russia is our friend" on: May 15, 2017, 12:20:30 pm
All this over a statue of a general that was an enemy of the United States. It's ridiculous that there are monuments to and even counties named after separatists that fought against the union.

It's almost as though people feel a meaningful historical connection to entities other than the nation as a whole.
27  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Kalwejt Foundation for the Promotion of Atlas Hilarity on: May 15, 2017, 01:26:19 am
hilarious stuff guys.
28  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best and Worst Senators of the Past 25 Years: Kansas on: May 15, 2017, 01:08:27 am
Sam Brownback was a decent senator, unfortunately his tenure as governor has made that hard to remember.   
29  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Amish? Should they be forced to integrate? on: May 15, 2017, 12:46:58 am
Not exempting them from schooling requirements means in practical effect forcing them to integrate and change their culture.
30  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What's your opinion on the MS Democratic Party? on: May 14, 2017, 01:04:17 am
That's a thing?
31  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump: ‘In America We Do Not Worship Government, We Worship God’ on: May 14, 2017, 01:01:09 am
Ideally yes.  Though the way Falwell Jr treats the head of government could suggest otherwise.
32  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump on: May 14, 2017, 12:57:51 am
gotta love the descriptive thread title.
33  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which test is more accurate? on: May 13, 2017, 02:11:39 pm
I get the sense these two attempt to describe different things, with political matrix confining itself to politics in a narrower sense.

Political compass gives itself a bad reputation with their outlandish charts showing where politicians supposedly fit. If you ignore those, the test is not especially bad as these things go.

In any case, it's hard to know what "accuracy" means when it comes to a two-dimensional measure of political ideology.
34  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Kalwejt Foundation for the Promotion of Atlas Hilarity on: May 13, 2017, 01:48:26 pm
Wine is pretty gross. Why would anyone drink it period?

Wine, like most things, is an acquired taste and super good once you're used to it.  It's actually pretty entertaining for a weekend activity to get into the different types of (red) wine.  I think white wine is gross, though.

White wine is too sweet.  Red wine is just plain amazingly though.  Bougie.

You know, I'm an idiot. Like, I don't know much about most things. But I know just a LITTLE about wine, okay? And a blanket statement like "white wine is too sweet" is ridiculous. There are many, many varieties of white wine. Within those varieties, some producers add more or less sugar. I have had some sickly sweet chardonnays in my day, and some delicious dry ones as well. If you want to say something like "Moscato in general is too sweet for me" I will shake your hand and offer to finish your glass for you. But if you say "all white wine is too sweet" I will smack you square in the tit. I won't want to - but I will. Because that is dumb.

Nope, all too sweet.
35  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would You Feel Discomfort if Your Child Dated a Muslim? on: May 12, 2017, 03:26:52 am
The thread title and poll questions seem to me asking two different questions. Would I "feel discomfort"? Yes, because I would worry about the religious upbringing of any children. But saying I would be uncomfortable suggests something more constant, whereas for me  it would be a matter of having mixed feelings as I feel there is value in Islam as well and have good feelings toward many Muslims.

I would feel discomfort if my child dated a muslim, christian or any other religion apart from hinduism, or an agnostic that partakes in nepali cultural traditions.
you mean an agnostic that doesn't partake in nepali traditions, yes?

does.

what would be your problem with an agnostic that partakes in nepali traditions ?

I meant to say that i wouldn't have any problems with an agnostic that partakes in nepali traditions.

Ah.  Commas are tricky.
36  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: White House to display 2016 election map to assuage Trump's ego on: May 12, 2017, 03:03:53 am
The shading job on that map is not very flattering towards him at all.  The 60-70% shades of blue stand out a lot more.
37  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best and Worst Senators of the Past 25 Years: Indiana on: May 12, 2017, 01:32:35 am
Lugar,  Coats I.
38  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump asked for oath of loyalty from Comey, in same dinner! on: May 12, 2017, 01:30:02 am
I have no idea what will be the thing that gets Trump impeached, but I'm pretty sure it will happen over dinner.
39  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump sets up voter fraud commission under tutelage of Kris Kobach on: May 12, 2017, 01:17:56 am
Great news.  People keep complaining the administration is supposedly staffed with people who don't know what they're doing.  But Trump and Kobach are real experts when it comes to fraud, so I expect this to be a high quality operation.
40  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would You Feel Discomfort if Your Child Dated a Muslim? on: May 12, 2017, 01:10:13 am
The thread title and poll questions seem to me asking two different questions. Would I "feel discomfort"? Yes, because I would worry about the religious upbringing of any children. But saying I would be uncomfortable suggests something more constant, whereas for me  it would be a matter of having mixed feelings as I feel there is value in Islam as well and have good feelings toward many Muslims.

I would feel discomfort if my child dated a muslim, christian or any other religion apart from hinduism, or an agnostic that partakes in nepali cultural traditions.
you mean an agnostic that doesn't partake in nepali traditions, yes?

does.

what would be your problem with an agnostic that partakes in nepali traditions ?
41  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Kalwejt Foundation for the Promotion of Atlas Hilarity on: May 10, 2017, 06:09:57 pm
I think he'll win the primary but I hope he loses, for things like f**king over his constituents by being one of four Dems to vote for the Stream Protection Rule repeal, approving idiots like Carson and Perry to Trump's cabinet, and voting in favor of JEFF SESSIONS. Yeah, if I had my way, he should resign.

This is what I don't get - you hope he loses, but you understand who will very likely take his place in the Senate then, right? A Republican who would do all those things you just listed and far more.

The JD candidate is definitely someone I'd like in Manchin's seat (as far as I can tell), but she doesn't seem like a realistic winner in WV at all. Is an anti-coal crusader the best option there? Why can't they run candidates for other lower offices in WV first to see if that kind of candidate can actually win? As much as Manchin may piss liberals off, he still votes with Democrats much more than any Republican would.

If groups like JD start torpedoing Democratic Senate seats in conservative-leaning states in 2018, Democrats are going to be in the Senate minority for many years. The current path back to power in that chamber already requires a multi-cycle effort, and has little room for error.

JD?  Don't we have enough lawyers up there?
42  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: May 10, 2017, 11:29:42 am
350 million bosses with incoherent objectives. No wonder presudents tend to ignore them.
43  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would you feel discomfort if your child dated a person of another race? on: May 10, 2017, 10:56:46 am
I like to believe none at all, but there is a subconscious element to it that can't really be known, so I can't say for sure and neither can anyone who hasn't been in the situation.

probably true.  At least it is for me.
44  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would You Feel Discomfort if Your Child Dated a Muslim? on: May 10, 2017, 10:52:57 am
The thread title and poll questions seem to me asking two different questions. Would I "feel discomfort"? Yes, because I would worry about the religious upbringing of any children. But saying I would be uncomfortable suggests something more constant, whereas for me  it would be a matter of having mixed feelings as I feel there is value in Islam as well and have good feelings toward many Muslims.

I would feel discomfort if my child dated a muslim, christian or any other religion apart from hinduism, or an agnostic that partakes in nepali cultural traditions.
you mean an agnostic that doesn't partake in nepali traditions, yes?
45  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Institute of Funny Partial Thread Titles You've Seen on Atlas on: May 10, 2017, 10:20:53 am
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46  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Virginia Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of High-Quality Posts on: May 09, 2017, 11:11:00 pm
Do you understand muon2's question?  If you do explain it to me.  Tongue

There's a total solar eclipse cutting across the country in August! I don't live quite at the spot where the sun will go entirely behind the moon but I'll be close - here is a map of travel times to the optimum viewing range!

Would you like me to help Grumps with a simple analogy?

By all means! Tongue


Partial eclipses are pretty cool and happen about twice a year somewhere on earth. But if you aren't watching for them (with special filters) you might not know they are there. Here's a picture I took in 2014 when there was about a 25% eclipse as seen from my house. Think of getting a base on balls to take first.


On Aug 21 the sun will be about 84% covered as seen in da Burgh, kind of like the picture below. People may notice the light dim just like if clouds came across the sun, but you still need a filter to stand the direct light in your eyes. This is still exciting but still relatively common, kind of like stealing second base.


In BK's area the sun will be reduced to a sliver and only put out about 100th of its normal light. It will feel eerie like when a tornadic storm is in the area. People will likely stop what they are doing to take a look, though even at 1% of the light staring will hurt your eyes. This is getting rare, like stealing third base.

But the total eclipse is some else entirely. The Sun is completely blocked and stars are visible in the dark sky. Civilizations though the end was near when they saw it. I was in Wrigley to see Javier Baez steal home in game 1 against the Dodgers in the NLCS. Stealing home to score - that's the total eclipse. And yes Grumps, if you were thinking of my analogy in terms of Paradise by the Dashboard Light, that was my intent. Smiley



47  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Republicans, what do you think happens to the uninsured? on: May 09, 2017, 02:50:48 pm


There seems to be a general consensus that the poor should have some sort of health safety net, and thus I could see a role for insurance subsidies for those in bottom income tiers, provided that such subsidies match individual contribution (ensuring that the covered party has skin in the game) and that they are tapered off with increasing income (ensuring that the safety net exists without creating a marginal disincentive to acquiring a livelihood.)

So then we're talking about taxes to fund the subsidies, which is what the Individual Mandate is anyway according to the Supreme Court.

Literally no one believes that besides John Roberts.

It doesn't matter. It was supported by 5-4 majority even if 4 of the 5 wrote dissents. So it's the interpretation of the law at present.

And it accomplishes the same result as having a tax, whether or not it actually is one.

Except that by it's very nature it is a completely nonsensical and ineffective way to provide for insurance subsidies, since the more people who sign up for insurance and thus need subsidies, the smaller the amount available from the tax. The main reason for it was always as a penalty to get people to buy insurance, it's second use as one more revenue raising device among others almost an afterthought.

I thought his argument was that the amount was so small that it could be seen as a tax, regardless of what Congress had in mind when they wrote it. Regardless, it doesn't matter if it's ineffective and nonsensical. I don't really agree that is is. But even if it is, that's the SCOTUS interpretation of the law. We're all bound to it.

A Circuit Court might be bound to that interpretation.  It shouldn't bind people generally in debate over policy or over the efficacy and justice of the law.
48  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: France 2017: Results Thread on: May 09, 2017, 02:41:16 pm
11.47% of votes cast were Blank and null ballots.  I assume most of them were  Mélenchon voters.

Probably reasonably close to a majority of those were Melenchon voters, though a fair number were probably Fillon voters as well, with some Hamon and DuPont-Aignan voters and of course a large portion of the people who voted for fringe candidates in the first round. Plus 2.57% cast blank or null ballots in the first round already.

This is from polling results of those who supported the top 5 candidates in the first round:
49  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Republicans, what do you think happens to the uninsured? on: May 08, 2017, 08:22:07 pm

There seems to be a general consensus that the poor should have some sort of health safety net, and thus I could see a role for insurance subsidies for those in bottom income tiers, provided that such subsidies match individual contribution (ensuring that the covered party has skin in the game) and that they are tapered off with increasing income (ensuring that the safety net exists without creating a marginal disincentive to acquiring a livelihood.)

So then we're talking about taxes to fund the subsidies, which is what the Individual Mandate is anyway according to the Supreme Court.

Literally no one believes that besides John Roberts.

It doesn't matter. It was supported by 5-4 majority even if 4 of the 5 wrote dissents. So it's the interpretation of the law at present.

And it accomplishes the same result as having a tax, whether or not it actually is one.

Except that by it's very nature it is a completely nonsensical and ineffective way to provide for insurance subsidies, since the more people who sign up for insurance and thus need subsidies, the smaller the amount available from the tax. The main reason for it was always as a penalty to get people to buy insurance, it's second use as one more revenue raising device among others almost an afterthought.

There is a shocking amount of Republicans who seem to believe because emergency rooms have to treat anyone who walks in, no one in America dies because they don't have insurance.

Anyone who earnestly believes that so out-of-touch with reality that they are unfit for public office.
Can't disagree with that.
50  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Seth Macfarlane vs Bill Maher on: May 08, 2017, 07:46:21 pm
Maher easily. He has confined himself to a premium cable show no one watches, whereas MacFarlane has unleashed his vileness upon the masses.
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