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76  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support the legalization of gay marriage? on: June 26, 2015, 04:07:34 am
No (R), but homosexuals should have equal marriage benefits.  Just don't call it a marriage.

Why call them homosexuals? This isn't a trial in the 1950's

So "homosexual" is disparaging in English? Huh I better know before I move to the US... In French it's just the standard term.
77  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rank the Western European far-right on: June 26, 2015, 02:55:15 am
The worst is probably FP, with SVP close behind. The least awful might be DFP after all, not that's saying much.

Still,

Doesn't matter, they all deserve to be shot.
78  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: June 26, 2015, 02:45:52 am
Knowing what it's like is not particularly difficult if one has empathy and isn't ignorant. Of course, experiencing something is a different thing but I don't that is required for basic understanding.
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do a majority of white posters on here have any idea what poverty is like? on: June 25, 2015, 05:20:54 pm
I'm pretty sure you are well-versed in the academic debate over the nature and character of social stratification, and the various paradigms that it has inspired (of which class is one of many). You just chose to ignore it in order to get a cheap shot. Classy.

As for the first part of your post, LOL.

It's not an academic debate for me, dipsh**t. It's a lived reality. So excuse me if I don't take your 'lol class don't real' bullsh**t seriously.

Jesus F**king Christ man, now you're resorting to actual insults? And I'm the one who's unable to communicate with other people? Seriously, it's not healthy to get so worked up about some guy on the internet you've never met. All we are doing is exchanging opinions.

Believe it or not, I deeply respect your working-class background and fully acknowledge that you have had it harder than I ever have and hopefully ever will. That doesn't give you the right to think you're better than everybody else, or that everyone who disagrees with you is a bad person. You can have strong opinions and still have some respect for your interlocutor.
80  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Do you ever have weird personal feelings of irrendentism? on: June 25, 2015, 05:13:07 pm
I do have a fondness for the borders of Gustav-Adolf's Empire, though.
81  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do a majority of white posters on here have any idea what poverty is like? on: June 25, 2015, 04:58:10 pm
I'm pretty sure you are well-versed in the academic debate over the nature and character of social stratification, and the various paradigms that it has inspired (of which class is one of many). You just chose to ignore it in order to get a cheap shot. Classy.

As for the first part of your post, LOL.
82  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Do you ever have weird personal feelings of irrendentism? on: June 25, 2015, 04:34:11 pm
I'd like Flanders to join The Netherlands, 1830 was a mistake. Wallonia can have Brussels Cheesy

Can France get Wallonia then? Tongue
83  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which Romance language would you rather learn? on: June 25, 2015, 03:59:29 pm
Uh, what? The Parisians have the reputation of being douchebags even among other French people. Tongue You must have been really lucky! Seriously though, of course there are plenty of nice people in Paris, like everywhere else.

And although I definitely like Paris and enjoyed studying there, I am about to leave it to go study at UCLA. Wink
84  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Alexis Tsipras on: June 25, 2015, 03:35:59 pm
Who cares whose fault it is? Does whatever the Papandreou governments may have done in the 80s justify literally starving the Greeks now? Since when has paying back debt become more important that fulfilling basic human needs?

The way this discussion is framed is sick. Just sick.
85  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which Romance language would you rather learn? on: June 25, 2015, 03:27:20 pm
I'm currently in Paris, and I'd very much like to reaffirm my choice of French.  Beautiful language, and here on my second visit to Paris, I'm realizing it might be my favorite city on Earth; I'd love to be able to communicate fluently.
I'm glad to see you're enjoying this city Cheesy.

To be honest, I like my capital too. But I couldn't live her indefinitely.

Oh, I love it!  It's literally amazing.  I could see why you might not want to live there, but as a visitor it's heaven.

Especially as a visitor who loves wine!

P.S.  If any of our French avatars live in Paris and have seen a blonde-haired guy wearing a US soccer jersey (today) or a Germany soccer jersey (yesterday), it might have been me! Wink

I'll be back there in a couple days. If you're interested, we can meet up, although tbh I don't know you at all on this forum.
86  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Worse Supreme Court Justice on: June 25, 2015, 03:15:19 pm
Scalia at least has some redeeming qualities in his funny dissents. Thomas is just plain evil.

Yeah, this. Scalia is a true believer, Thomas is just a hack (not to mention a sexual harasser who should never have been confirmed).
87  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Walt Disney on: June 25, 2015, 02:57:04 pm
Nazi HP (normal)

Lies and slander.
88  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Walt Disney on: June 25, 2015, 02:51:13 pm
Epic FF for the ages. A creative genius whose passion and vision thankfully lives on to this day. Sure, he had his flaws (he was a big businessman, with all that entails) but the good far outweighs the bad.
89  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The polls getting it wrong - post notable examples on: June 25, 2015, 02:11:44 pm
The polls predicted a virtual tie, and it ended up a 7-point Conservative victory. This is not mere statistical variance. I don't know about Britain, but in the USA, France, and even friggin' Italy, it is extremely rare for polls to miss by so much. There was a large systematic bias in polls, and it is time British pollsters do something to correct it.
90  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do a majority of white posters on here have any idea what poverty is like? on: June 25, 2015, 10:38:51 am
I don't think many of the posters here of any race have any idea what poverty is like. I know I sure don't.

This.

I would have posted something along those lines if I hadn't been distracted by TNF's sanctimonious drivel.
91  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: SCOTUS opinion watch on: June 25, 2015, 10:36:59 am
If I understand Torie's analysis, Roberts' interpretation might be even better for the law's prospects than expected. If the majority opinion had been based on administrative interpretation, that would have meant that a Republican President could have reversed the policy at any time, and removed subsidies from federally run exchanges. Here, if I read it correctly, the SCOTUS is essentially saying that "subsidies for all" is the only valid interpretation. Fantastic news!

Also, it's great to see a ruling favorable to anti-discrimination policies. This court session is turning out pretty good so far.
92  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Nate Silver on: June 25, 2015, 10:11:08 am
Silver has always admitted it when he was wrong. It's just that people don't understand how to properly measure if he was wrong, and he has to remind them that it's a bit more complex than the usual "but you said candidate X would win and he lost!!!!" nonsense.
93  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obamacare faces challenge at the US Supreme Court (oral arguments today) on: June 25, 2015, 10:06:44 am
Yeah, this case was utterly ridiculous. It says everything you need to know about the right-wing hackery of this Court when 3 Justices actually have the guts to side with the plaintiff.
94  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do a majority of white posters on here have any idea what poverty is like? on: June 25, 2015, 10:04:03 am
Now, I am not going to make the same large scale character assassinations as TNF, but I would like to comment further that I find it incredible that a thread on some random Arkansas legislator nobody knows saying slavery was good for blacks (as admittedly outrageous and downright awful that comment is) gets a lot more outrage than heads of multi-billion dollar corporations and even presidential nominees claiming it's okay that millions of Americans live in abject poverty.  The only time people even really seemed upset and outraged was when Romney was dumb enough to claim that 47% of Americans mooch off the government.  In fact we even have Atlas posters who somehow believe that starvation is acceptable "if you don't work hard".

Not saying that the former isn't a big deal, surely apologism for the white supremacist confederacy is no small deal and it should be reported.  However, comments like the latter generally refer to something that is ongoing and that millions of people in this country who are better off are outright refusing to deal with and even justify in many cases.  I think I am the last person on this website who would claim the past isn't important however at the end of the day issues of the present are the things that should matter.  To me it seems that there is a very large group of people in this country who care more about "symbolic" actions than "meaningful" actions.

Actually, I've seen plenty of outrage on this forum when a Republican says stupid/horrible things about poor people, similarly to when they say stupid/horrible things about blacks, women or immigrants. I haven't bothered to quantify it, as I never thought that there would be a contest between these different kinds of assholery, but sorry if I'm missing something.
95  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: John Oliver condemns online harassment, the Internet responds predictably on: June 25, 2015, 07:54:53 am
The internet needs to be purged with fire. And unsurprisingly, some of the posts in this thread are a perfect illustration for that.

Also, I've watched a few of Sarkeesian's videos and they're perfectly fine. Her tone is a bit bland but her criticisms are perfectly valid and justified. And besides, even if they weren't, an all-male forum wouldn't have much ground to refute them.
96  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do a majority of white posters on here have any idea what poverty is like? on: June 25, 2015, 07:01:18 am
Given our overwhelmingly suburban demographic (and that's not to say that poverty doesn't exist in the suburbs, because it does), combined with the fact that just about everyone on here comes from a middle class background (remember the threads we've had on 'what do your parents do for a living'? Pretty much everyone here, with a few notable exceptions, is the child of mid-level managers or professionals), would lead me to think that no, most of them don't.

This isn't at all surprising, but that's true of most liberals as is. They don't empathize with the poor or seek to build solidarity with them, they pity them. That's where their politics comes from - not a position of wanting to help someone raise themselves up and assert their own dignity, but one of pity and sanctimonious holier-than-thou bullsh**t about great it is that they 'care' as opposed to conservatives.

Yes, everybody on this forum is a patronizing, self-righteous middle-class liberal. You, on the other hand, are totally justified in being patronizing and self-righteous toward any social or ideological category of people that isn't yours.
97  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Alternate US States on: June 25, 2015, 06:52:50 am
However, campaigns would have definitely been different, with each party adjusting their platforms and messages accordingly if need be, so it could end up canceling out.

Yes, of course. This is an entirely theoretical exercise, and nothing can be predicted with certainty.
98  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Atlas banned posters poll #10: Link on: June 25, 2015, 05:58:52 am
Despicable.
99  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Current Australian flag or Proposed Southern Horizon flag on: June 25, 2015, 05:01:20 am
Option 2. Down with the Union Jack everywhere!
100  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Christian, gay, family ties to Hamas: I'll be killed if I'm deported on: June 24, 2015, 04:33:47 pm
Horrific. The whole attitude of most Western countries toward refugees is absolutely sickening. Our politicians, and the xenophobic sh*ts who vote for them, have blood on their hands.
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