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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Opinion of these images on: April 15, 2014, 04:16:14 pm

Not a scientific study, but...
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Something I will never understand about conservatives on: April 15, 2014, 10:35:52 am
I still can't believe that after a shoot ton of Shootings, they are still "I MUH PROTECT MAH GUNS!", oh wait, they need to get NRA backing, ugh, sometimes I hate the American system.

Yeah, damn democracy!

Yeah!  90 percent of the American public supported universal background checks, and...erm, the system worked!
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Lily-white workers wanted, says Dutch cleaning company on: April 15, 2014, 10:17:46 am
Since when are Poles "non-white" ?


Poland is probably among the "whitest" countries out there.

It's almost as if race is an arbitrary social construct, rather than an objective reflection of genetics.

Lies. Evo Psych tells me you're wrong.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Authorities say hate motivated Kansas shooting on: April 15, 2014, 10:15:56 am
Hate? No sh*t. But it's not labeled terrorism, because it's a white guy who did it.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this Quote on: April 14, 2014, 08:27:45 pm
ugh this thread lol
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the previous poster's ideology on: April 14, 2014, 08:26:46 pm
I have no idea, yet I approve, because reasons.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Sage Garden on: April 14, 2014, 08:24:02 pm
It doesn't, but going by many objective measures the USSR was massively successful in industrializing Russia (which is why you don't speak German today) and improving living standards (Russia went from the most backwater country in Europe to on par with the USA in many marks by the 1970's). I'm not even a big fan of the Bolshevik perversion of Marx, but it was a clear improvement over Tsarism.
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Why is Oklahoma so hostile to third parties? on: April 14, 2014, 06:59:26 pm
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XIV: The new chapter on: April 14, 2014, 06:37:44 pm
He's lives in exurban Oklahoma City. It's been Republican for decades.

Probably more rural until recently. Tongue
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: April 14, 2014, 02:46:10 pm
So, no one is talking about the fact that Ukraine seems to be on the verge of civil war now?

Most of us don't speak Ukranian or Russian, so there's not really a whole lot in the way of discussion other than regurgitation of BBC News bulletins, mindless unfalsifiable speculation, or armchair sagery from our suburban homes.

Good summary.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: DEMOCRATS ONLY: Who would you vote for in this Democratic primary? on: April 14, 2014, 11:24:15 am
>>>implying Sanders will run as a Democrat>>>.
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Lily-white workers wanted, says Dutch cleaning company on: April 14, 2014, 11:22:00 am
The owner of a Dutch cleaning company has been splashed across front pages this week after admitting on the company's Facebook account that he only wants white workers and calling other employers who think likewise, but say nothing, hypocrites.

Wesley de Laat, owner of Budget Cleaning Brabant, has been lambasted for his "whites only" stance and his later defense. "White workers are better than non-white workers," he told the media this week. "I don't discriminate," he went on. "I just don't invite them for interview. Poles, Moroccans, any non-whites are not going to be hired to work for this company. Ahmed and Ali are probably very good people, but I don't want them working for me."

More: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101580692

13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Red New England? on: April 13, 2014, 11:57:22 pm
The notion that New England only votes Democratic these days because of nebulously-defined 'social issues', and doesn't have in fact very strong economically leftist and interventionist traditions that have pretty conclusively won out against the countervailing traditions in most parts of the region, and would be open to voting for Republicans again if only they would moderate on gay marriage/abortion/marijuana/whatever, is specious, to say the least.

Well this is Atlas Forum. "Social issues" (scare quotes necessary) are everything to us.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why has the Middle Class so declined? on: April 13, 2014, 02:19:18 pm
The middle class consumer is committing financial suicide by embracing inflexible, intransigent consumptive patterns; however, I still see policy as the dominant force nudging people towards fiscal insanity.

That's my point. People aren't making decisions in a vacuum. Anyone who aspires toward the middle class today faces a markedly different set of cultural norms and relevant government policies than they would have the recent past.

Plus, there's the little issue of real wages stagnating/falling while the cost of living has continued to increase....
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community on: April 13, 2014, 01:39:53 pm
The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban's Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.

Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.

The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn't.

"One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by," says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net. "She thought it was an actual homeless person."

More: http://www.npr.org/2014/04/13/302019921/statue-of-a-homeless-jesus-startles-a-wealthy-community
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Wikipedia is only SLIGHTLY less male-dominated than this forum on: April 13, 2014, 12:19:31 pm
Because male knowledge is totally different to female knowledge, obviously. Anyway, this 'problem' is unlikely to be confined to wikipedia, in fact, wikipedia is probably one of the better sites for this type of thing.

Why is "problem" in scare quotes?
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum IRC Channel on: April 12, 2014, 03:36:35 pm
chat chat chat
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Less people think ACA will hurt them, more think it will have no effect on: April 12, 2014, 01:13:19 pm
That's how we know he's not Wonkish - at least he pretended to be impartial and didn't resort to partisan hack turns as a first resort.

The more you research, the more you see the economic futility of the Democratic Party. The Democratic bureaucracy is designed only to maximize political power from social platform. That's why I identify as a Republican, despite being more of a social libertarian. I can't abide by economic incompetence.

19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the National Security Agency on: April 12, 2014, 01:11:51 pm
I don't blame the NSA.  The problem is the Congress and political people in the executive branch.

Politicians don't want to define what the NSA can and cannot do.  On one hand, politicians don't want to explicitly tell American that our spies can do X, Y and Z, because they'll be criticized by civil libertarians and people in the opposing party who are temporarily libertarian.  On the other  hand, politicians don't want to hamstring our intelligence services and find themselves blamed for a terrorist attack.  In addition, because the NSA is secret, politicians can never really take credit and boast about how their NSA policies worked. 

Basically, political interests are served by taking a totally hand-off attitude and delegating their policy-making authority to the NSA.  Unfortunately, that's exactly what we don't want.  The NSA shouldn't be deciding how much power they have.  I would be 100% OK with the NSA if we could define their role and subject them to legislative and judicial accountability. 

Very sensible post.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: opinion of political correctness on: April 12, 2014, 01:10:18 pm
I generally am in favor of doing what is politically, the correct thing to do.
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do you consider Texas part of the South? on: April 11, 2014, 07:39:18 pm
Yes, but it's also Texas.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted on the preceding legislation? on: April 11, 2014, 07:31:59 pm


23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The GOP War on Women - The Megathread on: April 11, 2014, 03:10:28 pm
You're an R-TX.  It would take too long to explain.  I'd have to start with 'Women Also Being Human 101', and I just don't have time to go over it.
Having an R or D by your User is completely irrelevant. Explain this "War on Women" that liberals have used to brainwash some women.
So any woman who feels that the Republicans don't represent women's interests is just "brainwashed" ?   Wow...

Yeah, I could just as easily make a case that many Republican women are "brainwashed" by conservative religion, their Dittohead husbands, etc., but that would also be unfair and stupid.

24  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Have the Democrats become the party of the rich? on: April 11, 2014, 02:40:33 pm
The wealthy suburbanites who are mostly WASPs in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maryland are more likely to be traditional/republican.

Voting maps suggest otherwise.

Eh? Many of the towns on Connecticut's Gold Coast voted for Romney.
25  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Do women have lower incomes (on average) because of discrimination? on: April 11, 2014, 12:37:59 pm
I thought it was pretty well-established that the answer to the OP question is yes? Huh
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