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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather have your son be an Atlas poster or a pothead? on: Today at 11:22:33 am
You can actually learn a lot on Atlas Forum if you use it right.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If you were a member of Congress, would you attend Netanyahu's speech? on: Today at 11:19:48 am
No chance. Israel is at least as bad as any of those they're fighting or want to be fighting.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Red Pillite vs SJW on: March 02, 2015, 12:10:18 pm
Fundamentally, I just can't see a moderate voting SJW, but I could see them hold their nose and vote RP. SJWs are insane whereas RPs are assholes. Asshole wins every time.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Henry Wallace 1948 Strength on: March 01, 2015, 02:18:20 am
don't apologize... but IIRC there's a county map buried in a thread somewhere on this forum.

5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Democrats only: 4 wishes... on: March 01, 2015, 01:20:31 am
Landrieu, Pryor, Childers, and Begich.
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What color is this dress? on: February 28, 2015, 02:23:52 am
Why are there so many colorblind people on a map site?
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Andrew Cuomo vs. Boku No Pico on: February 28, 2015, 02:16:13 am
I'm not sure how many laws Boku no Pico would violate in the U.S.

Not many, actually.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Creed, Nickelback or Ampere on: February 25, 2015, 06:38:13 pm
Nickelback, with Creed not far behind.
9  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Why is gray not a map color? on: February 25, 2015, 02:12:12 pm
Generally that many colors aren't needed.
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2015 Academy Awards Discussion on: February 23, 2015, 06:30:34 pm
What genre could Interstellar be said to be 'one of the top movies' in? Certainly not sci-fi as a whole; maybe some specific type of sci-fi.

As much as I love sci-fi, it isn't exactly the "strongest" genre out there. I'd say Interstellar is a top ten, maybe top five sci-fi movie based on how "good" it is. It's my personal favorite, but I can acknowledge that 2001, for example, is "better" on the "good" scale even though it's a chore to sit through and doesn't have half the heart that Interstellar does (not to say that I don't admire 2001, though). I'd grant you a few other classic sci-fi films similarly, but not that many before the balance tips. Certainly not enough to push it out of the top ten.
11  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Some caucus maps don't show county results. on: February 23, 2015, 11:57:32 am
They've been like that for a while... Not sure why.
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2015 Academy Awards Discussion on: February 23, 2015, 11:52:18 am
Honestly, which 2014 movies will be really remembered in ten years? Probably Interstellar, as it's one of the top movies in its genre already, but beyond that?

Birdman, Boyhood, and American Sniper are very time-specific movies, and Grand Budapest Hotel will probably blend in with Anderson's other movies. Biopics are quickly forgotten. Whiplash is a maybe, but most people don't know about it even now. Gone Girl doesn't seem like the type of movie to endure, but who knows. All the superhero movies blend together, but maybe GotG has a chance... I kind of doubt it, though. Maybe The Lego Movie? Edge of Tomorrow? I honestly don't see 2014 as a very "historic" year for movies.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2015 Academy Awards Discussion on: February 23, 2015, 12:06:17 am
Boyhood goes down hard. Woohoo.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2015 Academy Awards Discussion on: February 22, 2015, 08:45:45 pm
I'm glad we're showing fat Matt Damon.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The last movie you've seen thread 2014 and 2015 on: February 22, 2015, 08:33:22 pm
I saw Jupiter Ascending and agree with realisticidealist almost entirely, which I think might actually be a first for our respective tastes in big-budget action-and-heroics movies. (Except for having Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas among his favorite movies. I...really, really don't agree with that part.) I particularly enjoyed that the conflict was, technically, 'resolved' about halfway through in a sequence of bureaucratic comedy featuring a Terry Gilliam cameo, and the rest of the movie was basically just the heroes forcing the villains to abide by the relevant inheritance laws.

I don't want to say that it's getting such bad reviews largely because it has a female lead, but...

One of the reviews I read panning it actually made the point that the female lead was so lame and dependent on others that it couldn't give it any feminism points. I haven't seen it though.

Jupiter has lots of agency.

SPOILERS: She chooses to sacrifice herself and even her family to save the Earth, then she proceeds to beat the hell out of the main bad guy, getting some great one-liners in there as well. Not to mention that she doesn't go along with everyone else's plan several times, most notably that she doesn't become Queen of the Universe just because everyone wants her to. She chooses to go back home and live out a (mostly) normal life at the end. Heck, half the movie is her trying to get out of this thing everyone else is forcing on her while trying at the same time to not let a corrupt industrial empire destroy everything she values.
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2015 Academy Awards Discussion on: February 22, 2015, 08:24:59 pm
As long as Boyhood doesn't win Best Picture, I'll be happy, though a win or two by Interstellar would be nice, too.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: GOP primary in Utah on: February 21, 2015, 02:37:30 pm
The date of the Utah primary is thoroughly unsettled.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: GOP caucus in Washington on: February 20, 2015, 01:47:34 pm
Paul will not win the Washington caucus. Whoever wins the King County suburbs will likely win the state, and Paul's not going to. Bush seems like a good candidate for the area, though Walker could maybe do all right if Bush isn't strong.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM! Doctor refuses to care for lesbian couple's 6-day-old baby on: February 20, 2015, 01:42:25 pm
In this case, it kind of seems like a win-win: the doctor didn't have to violate their conscience, the baby got cared for, and the parents got to interact with a doctor who would be much friendlier and helpful than before. People saying "what if there were no doctor available" are missing the point. There was one, and we have no idea what would have happened in that hypothetical.

Honestly if we only looked at this case, yes it wasn't a big problem. But what about the next time someone do something like this and there aren't access to another doctor?

If a doctor's actions (or intentional inactions) directly and intentionally harm their patient, then they should be punished accordingly.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 57% now support sending U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS on: February 20, 2015, 01:39:27 pm
Fighting ISIS is actually a legitimate cause, unlike invading Iraq in 2003.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM! Doctor refuses to care for lesbian couple's 6-day-old baby on: February 20, 2015, 11:51:14 am
In this case, it kind of seems like a win-win: the doctor didn't have to violate their conscience, the baby got cared for, and the parents got to interact with a doctor who would be much friendlier and helpful than before. People saying "what if there were no doctor available" are missing the point. There was one, and we have no idea what would have happened in that hypothetical.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you getting ashes on your forehead today? on: February 18, 2015, 03:54:35 pm
Yeah, tonight.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Whose Side Are You On: Marvel Civil War on: February 17, 2015, 12:02:26 pm
I have this bad feeling that CA3 is going to piss me off even more than CA2, which is a shame because I really liked CA1.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is feminism the solution to what MRAs often complain about? on: February 17, 2015, 02:11:22 am
Modern feminism is the solution to nothing.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: American West Will Face Mega Droughts in Coming Century on: February 16, 2015, 09:54:43 pm
Fortunately, Washington won't run out of water any time soon.
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