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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Based on IQ, have we moved from the dumbest president ever, to the smartest? on: May 18, 2017, 03:39:21 pm
All of this depends on your definition of "smart" and "dumb", of course. Politically, George W. Bush was pretty damn smart, and got much of his agenda passed. Obama struggled a lot in that regard, though yes, he operated under rather unfavorable circumstances (not to mention, arguably unprecedented - at least in its intensity, consistency, and cynicism - Republican opposition). As for Trump...lmao.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why ethnic minority voters preferred Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders? on: May 18, 2017, 03:35:30 pm
I was under the impression that it was only black voters (and really, Southern and older black voters, at that) who massively voted for Clinton over Sanders.  She didn't do quite as well (though still did better than Sanders, for the most part) with Latinos, Asians, and younger ethnic/racial minority voters in general - again, outside the South. Is this not correct?
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion: The myth of the Iranian threat on: May 18, 2017, 03:30:59 pm
To be clear: I do not condone any terrorism or other human rights violations committed by Iran or its proxies, which they surely have done. I'm just pointing out the self-serving hypocrisy of the US, Israeli, and Saudi foreign policy elites in their persistent warmongering toward and demonization of Iran, while ignoring their own countries' crimes and abuses (which is especially relevant in the case of the Saudis, of course).

This is not about "opposing terrorism." This is geopolitics. Iran refuses to serve the interests of the US and its allies. And considering the history of the American-Iranian relationship from the 1950s onward, can you honestly blame them?

Let's have some intellectual (and moral!) honesty here, for once.
100% agree.  Iran's sins aren't an excuse for the sins of the Saudis, the Israelis or the US either.

And yes, they have good excuses to be against us.  And actions on both sides makes sure nothing changes.


What are you looking for here?  Us to admit Iran isn't the only bastard in the region?  Done, they ain't the only bastard in the region.  Still bastards though.  Still hanging homosexuals, still blowing up buses full of tourists.

Well I'm just glad that you agree. Carry on! Smiley
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Why there are so few female customers of male sex workers? on: May 18, 2017, 03:28:37 pm
I am curious. What specific aspects of male socialization lead to their belief that they are entitled to sex?

I mean it's obviously #NotAllMen but there definitely is a broad spectrum of problematic (at least) male attitudes toward sex in societies around the world that range from things like passive aggressive resentment toward being "friendzoned" all the time to aggressive serial rapists (though that crime, it must be stressed, has a lot more to do with asserting power and yes, entitlement, which is expressed through sexual assault rather than merely being about sex per se). With plenty of things in between.

But yeah, plenty of men have healthy attitudes toward sex. That doesn't mean that what we're discussing here isn't a real social problem. Certainly there's a biological element to it, but I'm not at all convinced that there isn't a lot of unhealthy socialization involved as well. And like I said, it's a spectrum; for a lot of men these attitudes aren't black or white. Very complicated, like dead0man said (however ironically).
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Chris Cornell on: May 18, 2017, 01:21:41 pm

This has hit me at LEAST as hard as Robin Williams's death. Sad
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Chris Cornell on: May 18, 2017, 01:16:11 pm
From AAD, my initial reaction:

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I'm not kidding when I say that this man's music, lyrics, and unbelievable voice carried me through a lot of dark moments in my life. And I will forever kick myself for never seeing him in concert.

So long, Chris. Will be drinking to your life tonight. And I don't drink, really.

7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Ann Coulter Calls ‘Grotesque’ Donald Trump A Disappointment on: May 16, 2017, 07:03:36 pm
Rats leaving the sinking ship.

Unfortunately, the sinking ship is likely to explode and the rest of us are right in the immediate vicinity.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do you know any "electoral oddballs"? on: May 16, 2017, 07:00:05 pm
I know someone who has voted Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, and Green. Does that count?
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Nancy Pelosi - Never thought I'd be praying for Bush to be President on: May 16, 2017, 06:27:42 pm
Trump may be a moron and ignorant of government protocol, but get back to me when he starts a 6 trillion dollar war that leaves thousands of americans dead.

It's not even half a year into his Presidency. Give him time.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Nancy Pelosi - Never thought I'd be praying for Bush to be President on: May 16, 2017, 06:27:01 pm
Senility is no joke folks.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How much should Democrats ignore political norms? on: May 16, 2017, 06:05:32 pm
The norms and standards of decency that the Republicans have abandoned are ones that are antithetical to their party's ideology.

^^^

And this is exactly why Republicans can win on an entirely negative (or worse, utterly nihilistic) platform, which is something Democrats can never replicate (nor should they, for christ's sake.)
12  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should POTUS have line-item veto power? on: May 16, 2017, 05:45:17 pm
Terrible idea. And what year is this? 1995?
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Politico: House Republicans plan massive cuts to programs for the poor on: May 16, 2017, 04:47:47 pm
mass murder disguised as ~fiscal responsibility~ part 16,789,516

Can you please explain how this is murder? Does this mean the government was guilty of mass murder before 1965? Do you really think that it is murder when government ceases to be a charity? Do you not understand that there are other ways of doing thing besides government?

This is like accusing people of wanting famine if they want the government to let private farmers grow grain.

Yes, let's let all those right-wing Christian "charities" be responsible for the well-being of single mothers, homeless LGBT individuals, women living below the poverty line who are seeking abortions out of utter desperation, undocumented immigrants and their children, destitute Syrian refugees - shall I go on?
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion: The myth of the Iranian threat on: May 16, 2017, 04:33:50 pm
To be clear: I do not condone any terrorism or other human rights violations committed by Iran or its proxies, which they surely have done. I'm just pointing out the self-serving hypocrisy of the US, Israeli, and Saudi foreign policy elites in their persistent warmongering toward and demonization of Iran, while ignoring their own countries' crimes and abuses (which is especially relevant in the case of the Saudis, of course).

This is not about "opposing terrorism." This is geopolitics. Iran refuses to serve the interests of the US and its allies. And considering the history of the American-Iranian relationship from the 1950s onward, can you honestly blame them?

Let's have some intellectual (and moral!) honesty here, for once.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Opinion: The myth of the Iranian threat on: May 16, 2017, 02:02:24 pm
While this article is obviously pretty biased (not necessarily a bad thing - and inevitable tbh) there really needs to be some counterweight to the ridiculously one-sided, irresponsibly alarmist, yet deeply cynical and self-serving "consensus" of the US foreign policy establishment regarding Iran.

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Some ideas take on a character akin to sacred texts whose validity is rarely questioned. One such belief is that the Islamic Republic of Iran is the biggest threat to the Middle East and the United States. The threat narrative has become required foreign policy catechism in Washington, D.C.

Menacing stereotypes and bellicose rhetoric are the standards by which Iran has come to be judged. It has continually been in the crosshairs of American administrations since the Iranian Revolution of 1979. The process by which a country is determined to be a terrorist state is highly subjective and politicized. The United States has assumed the singular role of ­terrorism arbiter.

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The 1979 revolution and the ­overthrow of the shah freed the ­country from its obsequious relationship to Washington. Iran’s regional influence spread not in terms of ­conquered territory; instead, its ­revolutionary ideology gave voice to Shi’ites living in oppressive Sunni majority-ruled countries.

The Islamic Republic presented a dilemma for Washington, accustomed to dealing with the ruling families and autocrats of the Middle East. To curtail the revolution’s influence, Washington manufactured a narrative depicting Iran’s leaders as irrational religious fanatics in charge of a dangerous state that acted contrary to traditional state behavior. America’s attitude was hardened with the takeover of the U.S. embassy in 1979, shaping the negative lens through which Iran’s policies and actions would be viewed thereafter.

The trauma inflicted by the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88) deepened Iran’s distrust of Washington. From Tehran’s perspective, America’s support for Saddam Hussein’s aggression was Washington’s attempt to restore the monarchy and to destabilize the government. The post-revolution 1980s were filled with uncertainties and excesses as Tehran struggled to survive its war with Iraq — a war largely subsidized by Saudi Arabia and supported by the United States.

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Most U.S. officials quietly acknowledge that Saudi Arabia and the Sunni-ruled Gulf monarchies are the major supporters of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, not Shi’ite Iran. Vice President Joseph Biden concluded just that during a foreign policy speech at Harvard in October of 2014. A recently released classified State Department cable dated Dec. 30, 2009, stated, “...donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.”

http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/35530479-78/the-anti-iran-bias.html.csp
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: US may do a 100 billion deal to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia on: May 16, 2017, 01:51:54 pm
I'd rather the US sold arms to Iran tbh (Reagan.txt).

Course ideally the US would halt all arms sales to the Middle East. And yes, that includes Israel.
17  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Have you fully read a religious text? on: May 15, 2017, 04:28:12 pm
I think that reading an entire book of the Bible (not hard to do - there are some really short ones) counts as reading an entire religious text, so my answer is yes.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump revealed classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador on: May 15, 2017, 04:22:04 pm
"Russia is a strong conservative Christian ally against RADICAL ISLAM so this is actually a good thing!

Checkmate, Lie-burals! *smugface*
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: what'd you get your moms? on: May 15, 2017, 02:48:40 pm
Options 4 and 5
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Lib Dems (UK) vs. Lib Dems (Japan) and Lib Dems (Russia) on: May 15, 2017, 02:38:31 pm
tough choice imo

Terrible as the British Lib Dems are, I really don't think it is.

don't ruin my perfectly good troll thread  Angry
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Jared Kushner on: May 15, 2017, 02:26:45 pm
He's got one hell of a portfolio, for one thing.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Lib Dems (UK) vs. Lib Dems (Japan) and Lib Dems (Russia) on: May 15, 2017, 02:24:57 pm
tough choice imo

23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Why there are so few female customers of male sex workers? on: May 15, 2017, 12:19:14 pm
Also, male sexual entitlement - which yes, is a worldwide phenomenon.
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Why there are so few female customers of male sex workers? on: May 15, 2017, 12:16:33 pm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slut-shaming
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madonna%E2%80%93whore_complex
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The TrumpCare comes back from the dead (...and lives!) thread on: May 10, 2017, 03:52:03 pm
The Senate will draft a much, much better bill. 

The same Senate that made ACA worse?
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