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76  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hey, Santander: come and play! on: September 25, 2016, 12:04:55 pm
I really hope there's more coming.
77  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Social democratic parties today on: September 25, 2016, 11:53:36 am
Yeah, this isn't a good time to be a left-winger.
78  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite and least favorite Governors by region on: September 25, 2016, 11:49:50 am
West:
Favorite D: Jerry Brown
Favorite R: Brian Sandoval
Least favorite D: John Hickenlooper, maybe?
Least favorite R: Jan Brewer

Midwest:
Favorite D: Mark Dayton
Favorite R: John Kasich
Least favorite D: Jay Nixon
Least favorite R: Sam Brownback

South:
Favorite D: Terry McAuliffe
Favorite R: Bill Haslam
Least favorite D: Earl Ray Tomblin
Least favorite R: Rick Scott

Northeast:
Favorite D: Peter Shumlin
Favorite R: Charlie Baker
Least favorite D: Andrew Cuomo
Least favorite R: Paul LePage
79  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What does "PC Culture" mean to you personally? on: September 25, 2016, 11:41:51 am
It means not being an asshole. Sure, you have a First Amendment right to be an asshole, but that doesn't mean you should use it and people have a right to call you out if you do.
80  General Politics / Economics / Re: Opinion of Universal Basic Income on: September 25, 2016, 11:38:38 am
FP in theory, but, just like Communism, HP in practice.

makes u think
81  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Will Muhammad Morsi be executed eventually? on: September 25, 2016, 11:37:36 am
Hopefully not.
82  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Are you afraid of death? on: September 25, 2016, 11:36:47 am
No, and honestly, I don't get the obsession people have with living as long as possible.  Why would I want to spend 100 years in a world filled with pain and suffering when I can spend an eternity in a perfect world with my God?

What makes you think there is more pain and suffering than good in the world?

I track the stats for evil. Murder and death by violence and war, poverty, longevity, crime and slavery.

All those are at the best levels that mankind has ever seen.

So why do you see more evil than good?

Could it be the way you are looking and not reality?

Regards
DL
I don't necessarily think that there's more bad than good in the world; I simply don't see why I would want to spend 100 or more years in a world where evil exists when I can spend eternity in a world where it doesn't.

What makes you think that heaven has no evil?
Have you forgotten that that heaven is where Satan is said to have come from?

Regards
DL

What is even your point here?
83  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why hasn't Clinton Camp released ads on Johnson yet? on: September 25, 2016, 11:28:42 am
The best way to stave off third parties is to avoid acknowledging their existence. Any sort of recognition does them more good than harm.
84  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Can you Democrats please stop panicking? on: September 25, 2016, 11:27:18 am
OK, can we panic now? Only 6 weeks left to the election there has been no Great Hillary Bounce and if anything the latest rounds of swing State polls show that the freiwal is close to cracking. Unless she really hits it out of the park during the debate, we'll go in on election night with a serious possibility of President Drumpf.
85  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: ME-UNH/Portland Press Herald: Clinton+4, but Trump wins CD2 by 14% on: September 25, 2016, 11:23:58 am
To make sense, this would mean that Hillary is ahead by 22 points in CD-1. That's just ridiculous.

That result, in and of itself, isn't hard to believe. Obama won ME-01 by almost that exact margin.

I meant the difference between the two. Edited to clarify.
86  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: ME-UNH/Portland Press Herald: Clinton+4, but Trump wins CD2 by 14% on: September 25, 2016, 11:19:56 am
A 36-point difference between districts? That's just ridiculous.
87  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Atlas' favorite countries: Western Europe on: September 25, 2016, 11:05:50 am
Netherlands (normal)

Deutschland Deutschland über alles.
if you got caught saying that in germany, you'd probably get arrested ^^

Singing the German national anthem in Germany gets you arrested? Huh
It's not part of their anthem anymore: only the third strophe of the Deutschlandlied, which is about freedom and justice, is now the national anthem.

Still it's obviously not illegal.
88  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: ME-02-Normington Petts: Trump +4 on: September 25, 2016, 12:08:38 am
could it be that Maine and New Hampshire are switching positions?

If the Northeastern suburbs are starting to move hard to the Democrats, while rural areas start to shift to Republicans, that would make sense.

Yep. I think we're beginning to see the culmination of what had been a gradual realignment transforming into a more rapid one during this election cycle. The Republican Party, as it stands today, is anathema to minorities and most educated white voters - especially those living in large metropolitan areas. Rural and working class white areas will become increasingly Republican. I'd predict we'll see this manifest in the leftward swing of counties that constitutes the Boswash megalopolis, essentially establishing a nearly solid blue wall from the counties of NoVa to southern New Hampshire. We'll also see a greater divergence in trends between the rural and/or blue collar parts of states trending R (such as Western Pennsylvania, Northern Florida, Northern Maine, Upstate New York) and the metropolitan and educated parts of states trending D (Research Triangle, Boswash from NoVa to Southern New Hampshire, Coastal California, the Denver-Boulder-Fort Collins area, and places like Austin and Atlanta).

This is the most depressing thing I've read all day and you're probably completely right.

Well, rural New England+NY's North Country is the only area that has resisted this trend over the past 20 years. In fact, it's a lot more Democratic now than it used to be not so long ago. It's possible that this trend will begin reversing itself in 2016, but I still have reasonable hopes that this one holdout will continue resisting.
89  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Atlas' favorite countries: Western Europe on: September 24, 2016, 11:51:26 pm
Deutschland Deutschland über alles.
if you got caught saying that in germany, you'd probably get arrested ^^

Singing the German national anthem in Germany gets you arrested? Huh

That particular verse is quite frowned upon. But I'd imagine any sign of nationalism is frowned upon in Germany, unless it's at a soccer game.

Frowned upon =/= felony. Tongue
90  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: PA: Morning Call - Toomey + 1 on: September 24, 2016, 11:50:35 pm
S H I T
91  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 24, 2016, 11:07:36 pm
Oh well. That is something we won't be able to agree about. Tongue
92  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The CrabCake Bureau of Funny Post Archival on: September 24, 2016, 11:02:51 pm
I would prefer mandatory castration of white males.

I will outtroll any troll here.
Would you support the case for the creation of a Chinese style eunuch bureaucracy?

Nah. White eunuchs do not make good bureaucrats.

How do you know this?

A white man has nothing of value other than his balls to begin with. It is where he stores his brain. Once you remove the balls, he would be too stupid to run correct paper flow.
93  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Atlas' favorite countries: Western Europe on: September 24, 2016, 11:00:57 pm
Deutschland Deutschland über alles.
if you got caught saying that in germany, you'd probably get arrested ^^

Singing the German national anthem in Germany gets you arrested? Huh
94  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 24, 2016, 10:55:40 pm
Oh, I'd love to be in a PhD program and will probably apply once I take the GRE, but I'd hate to be pigeonholed into academia in my 20's. At mobile, so I'll pontificate later.

Re: Pontification, since I promised it.

I suppose the reason for the occasional alignment of our views is twofold. The first (1) is obvious: we're both semi-introverted white males with interests in the social "sciences" and at least slightly interested in academia. This, most obviously, leads to a certain sense of isolation. Secondly, it may lead to a certain amount of cynicism in the ability to obtain employment in the "regular" spheres of life. Secondly, despite our different worldviews, we're both suspicious, to some extent, of radical individualism. This is, in your case, the result of your social democratic politics. In my case, it's the result of a conservative discontent with the modern, and my association of the modern with the... shall we say, absurdly individualistic. Other concepts, like various secular manifestations of some sort of "original sin", are also exemplary. This also results in a preference for some sort of communitarianism, though yours might be a bit friendlier than mine.

That makes a great deal of sense. I think that's about right.

The only thing I'd clarify is that I'm actually fairly happy with my life. I have a lot of concerns for my future, but usually I'm able to remove it and focus on the present, where things for me are frankly going as well as I have any right to hope they can be.

One thing I find funny is that, to me, fraternities embody the very worst of modernistic hyper-individualism, so I find it interesting that you're so much into them.
95  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Celebrity President: 2020 (Primaries) on: September 24, 2016, 10:18:46 pm
Holy sh**t, Springsteen in what I would see as my only enthusiastic vote ever
96  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 24, 2016, 10:16:54 pm
The key is to listen to that maddened, howling part of you that claims to know with utter certainty that you will die alone, and be willing to compromise everything, including your dignity, to avoid that scenario.

I find it fascinating how our worldviews are almost polar opposites yet there are one or two specific things we're in perfect agreement over.

I saw you posted my remarks to the Silvermine. I'm unsure why: I essentially argued that you should listen to that groveling voice in your head telling you to supplicate yourself to any woman due to your sheer fear of loneliness. I don't necessarily view it as good advice so much as representative of my own pathetic situation. Nevertheless, I appreciate your approval.

I thought it was pretty obvious that the main reason I silvermined this post was because I felt it spoke to my own pathetic situation as well.

Although my reading of it differs slightly in that 1. I find it applicable to all forms of social interaction, not just romance, and 2. I'm not and will never interpret it as an encouragement to actively seek out people (as that would be creepy) but merely as one to never reject people out of spite or pride.

Still looking forward to the pontification you promised us, btw.
97  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: College application thread on: September 24, 2016, 09:48:52 pm
This thread would have come in handy last y two years ago (omg, it was 2 years ago already? Shocked feels like it was yesterday).
98  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Can we open a "Past International Elections" board? on: September 24, 2016, 09:19:13 pm
Absolutely great idea.
99  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Atlas' favorite countries: Western Europe on: September 24, 2016, 08:02:24 pm
Netherlands, despite the racism (would have been Germany if it wasn't becoming just as racist).
100  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Probably, the New York Times and the Economist will endorse Hillary Clinton on: September 24, 2016, 07:58:22 pm

Why'd it take so long? If I were them I'd make a point of endorsing Hillary right after Drumpf got officially nominated at the RNC. Would have been a good way to show that the choice is so obvious.
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