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26  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Where did Donald Trump get his racialized rhetoric? From libertarians. on: September 21, 2016, 10:49:33 am
where to start?

Nowadays, many libertarians like to portray their ideology as one that somehow transcends the left-right divide, but to Rothbard, this was nonsense.

Rothbard literally wrote the book on libertarianism transcending the left-right divide.  The author of this article is clueless.
27  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump implies Slavery/Segregation were better for blacks than the Obama Years on: September 21, 2016, 10:08:26 am
Come on, guys. Hyperbole =/= intentional implication

This. As stupid as his statement was, I don't think he really meant to imply blacks were better off under Jim Crow or slavery. I doubt he thought that deep into it. I doubt he thinks deeply much at all honestly but who knows.

I mean, sure, I don't think he was intentionally trying to say that slavery was better for AAs, but you have to admit that this is another case of him not thinking before he opened his mouth. Even a tiny bit of thought could have avoided such an idiotic statement.

I mean he said "Ever, ever, ever." That much emphasis has to mean something beyond a lack of thought.

Yes, it means Trump likes to emphasize things, believing it somehow makes it true. 
28  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: DoJ:If Disabled People Can't Use Berkeley's Free Online Courses, No One Can on: September 21, 2016, 09:27:46 am
"Free" services aren't actually free and are paid for by the taxpayer, making them subject to nondiscrimination clauses. And since these were actual courses, they have to be available to everyone

From the UC Berkley Website:

The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State Law, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, pregnancy/childbirth and medical conditions related thereto, disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. This nondiscrimination policy covers student admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities. It also covers faculty (Senate and non-Senate) and staff in their employment.

Pretty clear to me why this decision was made.

You can't get credit for these courses correct?   But because it's funded by the taxpayer, every piece of information on a website has to be fully accessible by people with visual and auditory disabilities or it gets shut down?  Seems like that'd rule out most government websites.
29  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you want to have kids? on: September 21, 2016, 09:10:42 am
"generates acknowlegement in society"?  I suppose that is one way of describing having a little person who looks to you for love and guidance and calls you "Dad."
30  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama cripples AIPAC on: September 20, 2016, 10:56:46 pm
It's entirely possible that Corbyn isn't an anti-semite or doesn't consider himself one. But his associations and tolerance of them - including his own brother - clearly shows that he doesn't mind them much.

As Edmund Burke said: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Though, in this case, Corbyn is far from a good man.

What Edmund Burke actually said was "The only thing necessary for a quote to be falsely attributed is for it to be put in the mouths of someone who too few people actually read."
31  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump Campaign: Don't Taste the Rainbow, It's Poison on: September 20, 2016, 10:51:15 pm
No one has the RIGHT to enter the US.  If the American People, as a whole, say "No Syrian Refugees", then that's what public policy ought to be, unless there is some super-compelling reason that is in the best interest of the American People (citizens) to take them in.

We don't have to allow ANY immigrants.  What's good for immigrants may not be good for the American Citizenry.  And the American Citizenry is SUPPOSED to come first.

People should be able to move wherever they want. Human beings shouldn't be confined by imaginary (and often arbitrary) lines on a map.

Hopefully the United States will open it's borders up in the next few decades. It's simply the right thing to do, and the sane thing as well; just imagine how much we'd save by not wasting money on pointless agencies like the CBP.
Pretty much this. Yeah, people would be transporting drugs back and forth; they'll find a way to do it anyway, and besides, it's time for us to acknowledge that it's excessive painkiller usage that brings about heroin addiction in the first place. Apart from drugs, if anyone sees us and thinks, "Ooh! The U.S. Is such a great place to commit rape!", that's our fault, not theirs.

It's America's fault for wearing that revealing dress.
32  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 20, 2016, 10:19:51 pm
So long story short, I've been completely driven out of my home of the last year and had to move into a bigger, more expensive unit in my building as a last resort.

Why can't you find another building?  Maybe somewhere safer?
33  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump Campaign: Don't Taste the Rainbow, It's Poison on: September 20, 2016, 03:42:48 pm
Terrible analogy. Even if you accept the premise behind it, an terrorist attack by refugees is probably more similar to eating so many skittles to the point you experience some negative side effects, not clinical death.

Specifically, 10.9 billion Skittles:

Vox didn't think that through very carefully. They looked for a seemingly relevant number, found it, and ran with it. The skittles are supposed to represent potential refugees, not Americans killed in a terrorist attack by refugees in any given previous year.
34  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Trump Campaign: Don't Taste the Rainbow, It's Poison on: September 20, 2016, 03:20:52 pm


Skittles response:

35  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is Obama a Marxist? on: September 19, 2016, 08:01:34 pm
Not a very good one.
36  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: College students of Atlas, what classes are you taking this semester? on: September 19, 2016, 04:30:01 pm
Calculus II
Intro to Computer Science for Engineers
Intro to Engineering
Cultural Anthropology
Some sort of "travel" class for honors

You get to travel somewhere?
37  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 19, 2016, 04:08:34 pm

That was kind of my point: a female eunuch could definitely be possible by the way these things are defined.
38  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NYTimes: Trump Used $885M in Taxpayer Subsidies To Get Rich on: September 19, 2016, 03:01:39 pm
It's awful but obviously not something any politician who's gotten rich over their government connections can criticize hi on.
39  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of the LA Lakers on: September 19, 2016, 02:24:41 pm
Silly name. What lake is there in LA? Huh
How many wizards are there in Washington?

Betweeen neopagans and cosplayers, I'm guessing quite a few.
40  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Windows 10 update...now problem with Atlas format on: September 19, 2016, 02:21:15 pm
It's very small, to the left, and takes up less than half the size of the page.

You mean the forum appeared wider than half the screen to begin with? The forum content has always been crammed into the left half of the page for me (if it was back then for you too but somehow much worse now, maybe a screenshot would help here)

What browser are you using? Microsoft Edge (the IE replacement)? If so, what about using Chrome?

Also, how about using Zoom? If you have a Mouse with a wheel, then hold down the Ctrl key and scroll the wheel forward (up)

I use Firefox. The width of the Atlas page used to take up about 2/3 of my computer screen, and there was a wider pane for writing comments than there is now, and all the format tabs were normal size so I could see them.

The zoom feature doesn't help with the size of the window pane, just with the font size.

I've never taken a screen shot so I've been tweaking around with that. I have the screen shot but don't know how to post it.

Do you have "Zoom text only" checked under "Zoom" in the "View" menu?
41  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 19, 2016, 02:16:12 pm

Are the two mutually exclusive?
42  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2016 PAPOY Creepfest on: September 19, 2016, 01:13:18 am
This isn't a dating website? Please take that sh!t to tinder.

Get the stick out of your ass and learn what a joke is.

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
43  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Weld going to drop out to save Hillary? on: September 18, 2016, 07:34:41 pm
Wishful thinking on Bernstein's part is all this is.
44  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: If Obama was white, would most of the GOP's opposition to him have been... on: September 18, 2016, 07:20:44 pm
As to the question, if Obama was white I think it would have been much worse, as people attack him for changing his race just so he could become the first black president.
45  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Gary Johnson "grateful no one was hurt" in bombing attack that injured 30 on: September 18, 2016, 07:15:48 pm
Malice (R) vs. Greed (D) vs. Active Stupidity (L) vs. Passive Stupidity (G)

Reverse the last two.  Stein goes out of her way to be stupid.  Johnson is more laissez faire about it.
46  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you want to have kids? on: September 18, 2016, 06:50:44 pm
As for not liking children, obviously that involves a sweeping generalization.  My toddler nephews are awesome, for example.  But I'm sure I'm not the only person who sees the similarity between being around small children, and being the only sober adult in a group of drunk people.  That sh**t is tedious and annoying, and I literally count down the minutes until I can escape from it.

If small children are acting drunk then something is wrong.

I have a feeling you might enjoy the video I posted above.

I prefer kids as old people.
47  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The humor thread on: September 18, 2016, 06:40:34 pm
I cam across a TED talk on the public television station.  The guy was talking about educational inequality and said in all seriousness "People say to lift yourself up by your bootstrap, but how am I supposed to lift myself up if I was born without straps on my boots?." 

It's funny enough that people occasionally use the bootstrap phrase unironically (not thinking for a moment about the physics of it) but that response is especially hilarious.
48  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: the Beatles, the Who, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin on: September 18, 2016, 12:52:49 pm
I don't understand how anyone could consider The Beatles to be simplistic.  A few of their songs maybe.
49  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Why was this topic deleted? What does "other reason" mean? on: September 18, 2016, 12:46:17 pm
You forgot to include an implausible map scenario for people to comment on.
50  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: NeverTrumpers: Which outcome would upset you more? on: September 18, 2016, 12:42:36 pm
It's hard to say. With Trump there will be an initial panic, followed by the possibility of a prolonged state of existential fear. But if after a several months nothing truly awful happens, it's possible I'll feel sort of ok about it, given the alternative.  With Hillary its more a sense of slow burning despair, though there's the hope for a good map for the GOP in 2018 in terms of being an effective check on her.
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