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76  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which political tradition of the Low Countries fits you best? on: July 07, 2017, 04:34:45 pm
Christian Democratic (CU rather than CDA in Netherlands)

Why CU? It's a rather weird choice for someone with your PM score.

I admit I'm not very well informed about the specifics of their economic policy, so I doubt know just how much more (euro) liberal I am than their platform. And I am more liberal also on things such as marijuana.  But I like CU as a party that is pro-life, pro-refugee, concerned for the environment, internationalist in concern but soft-euroskeptic, and defending a broad pluralist understanding of freedom for religion, family and civil society in the Kuyperian tradition.
77  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your hardest U.S. state on: July 07, 2017, 03:46:24 pm
I think maybe I wasn't sure which was Kansas or Nebraska when I was 11 or 12, but I can barely remember.

How can people mix up North and South Dakota Huh
78  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: AMA: Kamala on: July 07, 2017, 03:39:43 pm
how big is this tent you want to bring back?
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Fremont Voting Booth : July 2017 special election on: July 07, 2017, 03:34:10 pm
FOR SENATE (CLASS II)
[ X  ] 1184AZ of Washington
Liberal Democracy Party - Federalist Party
[   ] etr906 (Alpha) of Minnesota
Independent - Labor Party
[   ] Write-in :
BALLOT MEASURE 1
Text : [The proposed Impeachment of Federal Officeholders Amendment to the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia may be read here.]
Question : Shall the proposed Impeachment of Federal Officeholders Amendment to the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia be ratified?
[   ] YES
[   ] NO
[ X  ] ABSTAIN
80  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which political tradition of the Low Countries fits you best? on: July 07, 2017, 07:41:23 am
Christian Democratic (CU rather than CDA in Netherlands)
81  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Republicans/right wingers/libertarians only: As far as guns go, do you support.. on: July 07, 2017, 12:07:57 am
Universal background checks, and likely some other things, but not "mental health tests" whatever that is supposed to mean.
82  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Oregon Set to Pass Free Funding of Abortions on: July 06, 2017, 11:56:51 pm
Dems sure do love them some abortions.  It's very important to them that they be available free of charge for any reason, as opposed to chronic health conditions, where they leave coverage and co-pays up to the insurance companies.
83  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Conway: Those on Medicaid who lose health insurance can get always get jobs on: July 05, 2017, 01:02:10 am
Let them eat cake.

That would go against the employee wellness plan.
84  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Democrats Are Eisenhower Republicans on: July 05, 2017, 12:51:43 am
Hardly. Clinton and Obama, with Republican Congresses, not piling up quite debt as much as Reagan and W. do not make them "Eisenhower Republicans."  The big difference here is postwar era vs 1980s-now, not Ds and Rs.



85  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Most notable people from your congressional district. on: July 04, 2017, 05:22:53 pm
Mark Twain, writer
Elizabeth Esty, representative
John Anderson, ESPN host
Sigourney Weaver, actress

TL;DR: My district is a nothingburger

Litchfield is in your district, yes?  That gives you:

Benjamin Tallmadge
Harriett Beecher Stowe & her brother Henry Ward Beecher
Madeline L'Engle
86  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who do you blame for everything? on: July 04, 2017, 02:34:29 am
you forgot Joachim of Fiore.
87  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: 2016: Corbyn (D) vs. May (R) on: July 04, 2017, 01:36:39 am


May 387 (55%) - Corbyn 151 (42%)
88  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump destroys CNN in new tweet on: July 03, 2017, 06:07:04 pm
And yet again, the Troll-in-Chief successfully manages to trigger members of his own party:

Sorry, I don't give a flying F about what moral authorities like  Bill Kristol, Erick Erickson and whoever the hacks behind the "Reagan Battalion" Twitter account think of Trump. These are the people who opposed Trump in the primary because they didn't think he adhered to the sociopathic movement conservatism they boost. They are worse than Trump.

 dude! Quit your rabid defensive this bastard! Look at the two posts above yours. He is literally retweeting from hard right nationalists coding anti-Semitic Jewish conspiracy BS along with post about stabbing Muslims! Get over your need to trigger liberals and look for a leader as president.

I'm confused: which European leftist are you calling a rabid defender of Trump who should look for a leader as president? Old Europe or Thersites?
89  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: "Non-binary" gender people vs. furries on: July 03, 2017, 05:50:56 pm
Non-binary sounds like a computer having an identity crisis

Huh, this is apparently possible

(Normally I'd feel bad about hijacking a thread, but, BRTD.

http://www.mortati.com/glusker/fowler/index.htm
Quote
A large, wooden calculating machine was built in 1840 by Thomas Fowler in his workshop in Great Torrington, Devon, England. In what may have been one of the first uses of lower bases for computing machinery, Fowler chose balanced ternary to represent the numbers in his machine. Very little evidence of this machine has survived.
90  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted on TN's 2014 constitutional amendments? on: July 03, 2017, 05:09:42 pm
1 - Yes, in spite of odd wording.
2 - No, I'd rather not have the Governor have so much power over nominee selection. not sure about this one though.
3 - No, don't tie the legislature's hands on revenue.
4 - Yes, though I wonder about why "as may be amended" was deleted.
91  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Kalwejt Foundation for the Promotion of Atlas Hilarity on: July 02, 2017, 01:39:43 am
but I realized this discussion is in the funny posts thread and it isn't very funny anymore.

Interruptions might be a concern if more than a negligible portion of posts made in this thread were funny in the first place.

I think that you would be hard pressed to find any historian who believes that Jonah Goldberg's is making a positive contribution - or even an honest attempt at one - to the public's understanding of history or politics.

I believe those historians who have some nice things to say about Zinn's work generally do so because of it's promoting among the public the interest of certain kinds of history, not the understanding of that history.   I find it much more difficult myself to be so sanguine about the distortions promoted by this work in its influence on the public understanding of history.  The fact that he was an academic historian only makes these distortions the more jarring.
92  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Christianity is false. Any law based upon it is therefore based on false premis on: July 01, 2017, 06:27:57 pm
hey there Ziggy.  nice seeing ya again.
93  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Kalwejt's 2016 comparative maps on: July 01, 2017, 05:46:41 pm
1952 to 1956 shift:


I don't think I ever realized Andrews won Prince Edward Co, Va. in '56. 
The Brown decision must have been particularly relevant here, given Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County was one the cases leading up to it.
94  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Kalwejt Foundation for the Promotion of Atlas Hilarity on: July 01, 2017, 04:42:44 pm
The National Enquirer is one of the last reliable sources of news in this country.
95  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CNN Producer: Voters “Stupid as Sh*t”– American Pravda: CNN Part 3 on: July 01, 2017, 04:24:46 pm
That attitude would explain a lot of their programming choices.
96  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Universal Basic Income vs. Negative Income Tax? on: July 01, 2017, 03:51:12 pm
A classical NIT preserves incentives to work while a UBI does not.

Isn't it the opposite? With NIT, if you're below the level, you'll make the same amount regardless of whether you work or not, whereas with UBI you just add it on top of whatever else you earn.

I'm actually not sure which one is best. I'd prefer UBI if feasible, but the amounts of money you need to raise to pay for it is pretty daunting.

With NIT, you don't earn the same regardless of whether you work, but would be closer than with a UBI. 
For NIT with a $30k standard deduction for example, and NIT rate of 50%, $0 becomes $15k, $10k becomes $20k, $20k becomes $25k, and $30k is $30k.
97  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: How many counties have no escalators? on: July 01, 2017, 02:50:15 pm
Two likely states where every county has an escalator are Delaware and Connecticut.

I wouldn't be certain of Delaware.  There are no large communities in Sussex County, so there very well might not be an escalator there.

I also would wonder about some counties such as Windham in CT.
98  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Kalwejt Foundation for the Promotion of Atlas Hilarity on: July 01, 2017, 02:32:58 pm
Unfortunately, the alt-left of Michael Moore, Lyndon LaRouche, and Howard Zinn is more popular among the Democratic mainstream than most Republicans. That will likely mean that Maduro beats out Trump with Atlas's Democrats.
Let's not pretend Howard Zinn is an actual historian. He clearly had an extremely radical agenda, and the fact that people like Shadows and other staunch Sanders supporters keep quoting him is certainly comparable to the alt-right of Milo and Richard Spencer.

Yes, Zinn is shoddy and agenda-driven in his history writing. But that makes him comparable to Jonah Goldberg, not Richard Spencer.

It's not especially fair to compare someone who was an academic historian, albeit one whose personal project was oriented around retelling American history as a morality tale, to an un-credentialed editorialist who has written a couple of potboilers posing as political non-fiction to get in on the vast right-wing publishing grift. (Can you imagine anyone like Eric Foner writing an admiring obituary for Jonah Goldberg?)

Zinn's work is also impossible to separate from how history is taught in the United States and I don't think you can read it without thinking of it as a response to the parade of decontextualized facts, great men, and unerring optimism and progress to which students in most primary and secondary school classrooms are subject.

Of course it's a response to something.  That doesn't make it good history. Note I didn't say anything about Jonah Goldberg's credentials or whether historians with leftist sympathies have nice things to say about him.

but I realized this discussion is in the funny posts thread and it isn't very funny anymore.
99  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Klartext Landfill for Absurd, Ignorant, and Deplorable Posts VI on: July 01, 2017, 12:04:12 am
Hillary didn't sleep her way to power. She clawed.
kinky
100  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Kalwejt Foundation for the Promotion of Atlas Hilarity on: July 01, 2017, 12:02:23 am
Unfortunately, the alt-left of Michael Moore, Lyndon LaRouche, and Howard Zinn is more popular among the Democratic mainstream than most Republicans. That will likely mean that Maduro beats out Trump with Atlas's Democrats.
Let's not pretend Howard Zinn is an actual historian. He clearly had an extremely radical agenda, and the fact that people like Shadows and other staunch Sanders supporters keep quoting him is certainly comparable to the alt-right of Milo and Richard Spencer.

Yes, Zinn is shoddy and agenda-driven in his history writing. But that makes him comparable to Jonah Goldberg, not Richard Spencer.
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