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1876  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Thomas Sowell on: February 24, 2013, 10:02:57 pm
1877  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Louisiana gubernatorial election, 2015 on: February 24, 2013, 10:01:00 pm
Vitter=Joke Senator
1878  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1932 United States Presidential Election on: February 24, 2013, 09:58:48 pm
I voted Smith.
1879  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Harry S. Truman on: February 24, 2013, 08:39:08 pm
Interesting (and funny) guy. Certainly of more humble origins than most U.S. Presidents.
1880  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2012 U.S. Presidential Election Results / Seward County, Kansas on: February 24, 2013, 08:35:32 pm
57% Hispanic and 35% non-Hispanic white in 2010, voted just under 70% for Romney, but has been trending Democratic in recent years.

I'm guessing many of the Hispanic population in this county aren't citizens. Tongue
1881  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum IRC Channel on: February 24, 2013, 08:28:22 pm
chat plz kthxbai
1882  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: The Northern Idaho Panhandle on: February 24, 2013, 04:27:35 pm
That area is very "redneck." It's dominated by agriculture, logging, and mining, and much of it is fairly remote and isolated, so the locals would be suspicious of outsiders (especially in light of the influx of Californians and other out-of-staters into Idaho in recent years), particularly culturally liberal, monied urban sophisticates (not always the case with people moving to Idaho, in fact many of the people who tend to move there are quite conservative, but the stereotype/perception is there). Environmentalists and such are really...disliked and resented up there, let's say. Tongue

Additionally, Northern Idaho has a relatively strong survivalist/far-right nutter contingent. If I recall correctly, some Neo-Nazi groups have found a home there. I suppose a few of the chronically unemployed or underemployed "rednecks" up there would be receptive to such groups. Tongue
1883  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: is biblicism / biblical inerrancy a form of idolatry? on: February 23, 2013, 06:23:13 pm
Question for those more knowledgeable about this subject: isn't biblical inerrancy a relatively modern phenomenon in (Protestant) Christianity? Like, late 1800s/early 1900s? Or am I confusing it with American fundamentalism?
1884  General Politics / International General Discussion / Psychiatrists to brand grief lasting longer than two weeks a mental illness on: February 23, 2013, 06:17:49 pm
THE grieving process is in danger of being branded a medical condition if a mourner feels sad for more than two weeks and consults a GP, according to an international authority on death and dying.

At present, mourners can feel sad for two months before being told they have a mental disorder, says Professor Dale Larson. Decades ago, a diagnosis could be made after a year.

In a keynote address at an Australian Psychological Society conference in Melbourne on Saturday, Prof Larson will express his anger about the American Psychiatric Association's new diagnostic manual, DSM 5, which is used in many countries including Australia and New Zealand.

The manual, to be published in May, allows a diagnosis of depression after two weeks of grieving.

According to Prof Larson, the manual undermines the legitimate feelings of the mourner and the help available from family, support groups, clerics and professional counselors.

"We are essentially labeling grief a disorder. Now it becomes a target for drug development."


1885  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum IRC Channel on: February 23, 2013, 02:53:27 pm
chat plz kthxbai
1886  General Politics / Economics / Re: 4 years of Obama, US deficit cut in half on: February 23, 2013, 02:20:45 pm
"Reagan proved that deficits don't matter."
-Dick Cheney
1887  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sequester Poll: GOP Gets Bulk of the Blame on: February 22, 2013, 04:28:49 pm
The sequester is going to be a disaster for the economy, of course.
1888  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Oklahoma: Where people co-existed with dinosaurs on: February 22, 2013, 11:41:09 am
In biology class, public school students can't generally argue that dinosaurs and people ran around Earth at the same time, at least not without risking a big fat F. But that could soon change for kids in Oklahoma: On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Common Education committee is expected to consider a House bill that would forbid teachers from penalizing students who turn in papers attempting to debunk almost universally accepted scientific theories such as biological evolution and anthropogenic (human-driven) climate change.

Gus Blackwell, the Republican state representative who introduced the bill, insists that his legislation has nothing to do with religion; it simply encourages scientific exploration. "I proposed this bill because there are teachers and students who may be afraid of going against what they see in their textbooks," says Blackwell, who previously spent 20 years working for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. "A student has the freedom to write a paper that points out that highly complex life may not be explained by chance mutations."
These bills are "a kind of code for people who are opposed to teaching climate change and evolution."

Stated another way, students could make untestable, faith-based claims in science classes without fear of receiving a poor mark.


I would say "lol", but...
1889  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: If "economic" and "social" issues are separate spheres.... on: February 21, 2013, 08:32:12 pm
The whole political compass/axis thing is a fraud propagated by libertarians.

You are easily one of my favorite posters here.
1890  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which religious group has the most control over the GOP? on: February 21, 2013, 08:27:34 pm

I mean come on, they base all of their foreign policy decisions on what they're doing

1891  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Which religious group has the most control over the GOP? on: February 21, 2013, 08:20:07 pm
The Republican Party, despite its reputation nowadays as being the "Bible Belt" Party (which implies white evangelical Protestants, especially but not exclusively in the South), is actually fairly diverse in terms of the religious backgrounds of its voters and supporters (and there are a good deal of differences within the different mainline denominations, to say nothing of the many, many evangelical denominations and the phenomenon of "non-denominational" Christianity). Plus, the more devout (white) Catholics are, the more conservative they tend to be politically (though there's also a huge gender gap among white Catholics....) And what of the LDS Church or certain communities of Orthodox Jews? Hard to find a Democrat in those communities.

The two/three factors that all these people seem to have in common:

They are (non-Hispanic) white, they are (mostly) Christian, and they have a relatively high level of "religiosity (going to church on a regular basis for worship services, being involved in donating time, money, and energy to their churches, etc.) compared to the general population.

With all that being said: which of the choices in the poll is generally the most dominant in the modern Republican Party?
1892  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Progressive Realist For Pacific Governor on: February 21, 2013, 05:44:17 pm
As the candidate of The People's Party (TPP) for Governor of the Pacific Region, I am committed to restoring the Pacific's greatness as the region where all the cool kids  are.

The logic for voting for me is simple:

A. The Pacific has a disproportionate share of cool Atlasians.

B. But not a cool Governor.

C. So, elect me as Governor, and the cool Atlasians will have a Governor worthy of their coolness. Also, perhaps I will even give out cool points to those who wish to join us, if am I elected Governor. We shall see.

So, my fellow Atlasians in the Pacific Region, whether you are actually cool or are not cool yet, but want to be cool, I promise you this: everyone deserves an equal opportunity to be cool.That is my platform in a nutshell.

Stay Cool.

1893  General Politics / Political Debate / If "economic" and "social" issues are separate spheres.... on: February 20, 2013, 08:41:33 pm
...then why are most Americans fairly consistently "left-leaning" (in the American sense) on both social and economic issues or "right-leaning" on,again, both social and economic issues?

In other words, the actual number of people who are "social liberals and economic conservatives" or vice versa is fairly small, actually. Most people, whether they are liberal, moderate, or conservative, are the same orientation in terms of "social" and "economic" issues.
1894  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Civil War in Syria on: February 20, 2013, 12:02:21 pm
RIYADH/DOHA, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and Qatar share
the West's alarm at the rise of al Qaeda-aligned groups in
Syria, but say the answer is for outsiders like them to be more
involved in backing rebels there.

The two Gulf Arab states rooting for President Bashar
al-Assad's overthrow appear to be chafing at Western pressure to
keep out of the fight, arguing that building ties through aid
and advice to favoured opposition groups is the only way to
ensure other, hardline Islamist factions are sidelined.

The United States and Europe want to avoid arming rebel
militias for fear that weaponry will find its way to
ultra-orthodox Sunni Muslim groups close to jihadis like al

1895  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Even if you feel like you might get raped, you may not, so no guns for you on: February 19, 2013, 09:03:20 pm
There are over 1800 rapes a day in the United States.
Krazen makes an average of 6 posts a day.
Therefore, every time krazen makes a post, 300 women are raped.


1896  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Professor Memorial Megathread for Developing Social Skills on: February 19, 2013, 08:07:45 pm
Great thread! Cheesy

A few thoughts from my perspective...

I think it's important for people to learn how to feel comfortable with themselves and learn how to communicate self-confidence (which isn't necessarily the same thing as being self-confident, actually, though the two are of course related! Smiley ) Also, there's a lot of value to manners and etiquette and learning the art (keyword)  of "small talk."

The key word for all this is learn. Nobody's innately born with amazing social skills ( a skill is something you learn). It's a learning curve for everybody. Just  like anything else in life, some people are ahead of the curve, some are behind it, most are somewhere in between. Recognizing this takes a lot of the pressure off(it has and continues to do for me! Smiley ). You will make mistakes, you will need to get outside your comfort zone, but that's the only way you will learn-by actively appyling your knowledge! Smiley

Lastly, no matter how alienated you feel from the world, no matter how down you get on yourself, no matter how bad you think you have it, remember this: You have something to offer the world that no one else has. Accept that, recognize that, cherish that fact as a fundamental, core belief for yourself. Also related to this, don't compare yourself in a negative light to other people, for I know from experience that that just leads to feeling worse about yourself-which is the opposite of what you want.

I say all this, by the way, as someone, like BK, who has also been socially awkward at times (moreso when I was younger, but I have my moments here and there still Wink ). Things have gotten better though, so don't fret too much if you feel hopeless about social situations. Just try to enjoy the process of social interactions, developing friendships, meeting people, dating, or just shooting the sh*t with some buddies. All of these have their place.

Anyway, I hope I've been of help to someone in this post! Smiley Bacon King, thank you once again for this valuable thread!
1897  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Why is the generation with the most information at their fingertips so dumb? on: February 18, 2013, 05:47:35 pm
Information =/= intelligence, of course.

But yeah, another lol Naso thread.
1898  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Rand Paul: No decision on presidential run until 2014 on: February 17, 2013, 12:07:15 pm
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) won’t make a decision about whether or not he will run for president in 2016 until next year, he said Sunday.

“We won’t make a decision until 2014,” Paul said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Paul said he would “absolutely not run unless it were to win,” and added that he believes country is ready for a coming “Republican libertarian narrative.”


1899  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: does liberalism have a lot of internal contradictions? on: February 17, 2013, 11:53:08 am
Democrats stand for the poor

1900  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum IRC Channel on: February 16, 2013, 04:01:15 pm
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