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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Walmart Giving All Employees a Raise to $10/Hour on: March 21, 2015, 10:42:23 am
AggregateDemand existing is an interesting social experiment. His thought process appears to be of someone who completely skipped K-12 school, and all the experiences that comes with it, skipped undergraduate work, and just straight up earned a Masters in Finance. He his knowledge tree begins and ends at the borders of an economics textbook.

What's not amusing about the situation is that I'm the one who works in the industry, maintains my own business, and has academic/professional credentials to my name.

I didn't skip K-12. It seems I'm one of the few people who learned something after 12th grade.

Except how not to speak like a condescending a#%hole who consistently demonstrates he knows far far less than he thinks he does. But good show and all that.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Walmart Giving All Employees a Raise to $10/Hour on: March 21, 2015, 10:39:06 am
AggregateDemand existing is an interesting social experiment. His thought process appears to be of someone who completely skipped K-12 school, and all the experiences that comes with it, skipped undergraduate work, and just straight up earned a Masters in Finance. He his knowledge tree begins and ends at the borders of an economics textbook.

I would contest this, unless it was a very poorly written textbook.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the Senate be reformed? on: March 21, 2015, 10:37:14 am
For sure. Remove their ability to confirm the President's nominees for anything except the Supreme Court. Also get rid of the filibuster and have all Senators elected by the Alternative Vote in top two primaries.

Yuck and yuck, IMHO.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama snuffs stoner dreams of legalization on: March 21, 2015, 10:36:29 am
At least he supports decriminalization. That's a much higher priority than legalization.
Not really. That's like saying "civil unions are a much higher priority than same-sex marriage."

Bad analogy. Although I do support it, marijuana legalization is not a civil rights issue. Priority number one should be stopping hundreds of thousands of kids/nonviolent offenders from being thrown into jail for smoking pot.

Cite? Please limit your answer for incarceration based on "smoking" pot as opposed to traffickers.

http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/crime#sthash.QBM8Tyac.dpbs

Of the 1,501,043 arrests for drug law violations, 82.3% were for possession of a controlled substance. 40.3% of those arrests were for possession of Marijuana. That comes out to about 604,908 arrests for Marijuana possession in 2013. So yeah, hundreds of thousands of people are being thrown into jail every year for smoking pot, especially Blacks, Latinos and poors.

I question the definition of "arrest" used here, and whether many such "arrests" simply involve police contact and release after service of a citation. Ibin Rushid's comment is more telling and specific, though.

Perhaps I'm seeing this through the lens of Ohio law which decriminalized up to 100 gm of mj ages ago. Oddly, drug paraphernalia was punishable by up to 30 days, so while a joint might only get you a fine (and mandatory license suspension even if not driving/riding in a car at the time), the paper could get you jail time (or the baggie the weed was in, or the pipe, etc.). That long overdue change was finally made only a couple years ago to where MJ related paraphernalia is now only punishable by a fine as well.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Watch Ted Cruz tell a 3 year old her world is on fire on: March 21, 2015, 10:24:11 am
Ted Cruz is the wormtongue of our senate.  He's a guy of above-average intelligence with an uncanny gift of debate and master of words.  It's no wonder people like him. Or that others can't stand him.

He'll probably do better in the Presidential race than people expect.

Which is exactly why I can't stand him. The second most disingenuous person in the GOP field.
Who is the first?

Mike Huckabee.

The difference being Huckabee has about zero chance of winning the nom.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama snuffs stoner dreams of legalization on: March 21, 2015, 08:43:25 am
At least he supports decriminalization. That's a much higher priority than legalization.
Not really. That's like saying "civil unions are a much higher priority than same-sex marriage."

Bad analogy. Although I do support it, marijuana legalization is not a civil rights issue. Priority number one should be stopping hundreds of thousands of kids/nonviolent offenders from being thrown into jail for smoking pot.

Cite? Please limit your answer for incarceration based on "smoking" pot as opposed to traffickers.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the Senate be reformed? on: March 21, 2015, 08:41:05 am
Yes. Drastically reduce the power of the fillibuster or remove it entirely, plus similarly curtail/remove the power of individual senators to places holds on bills or nominees.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: OK House passes bill restricting marriage to people of faith on: March 21, 2015, 08:38:42 am
So the people arguing gay matrimony undermines the institution of marriage, just passed a bill undermining the legal institution of marriage. Got it.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Ben Carson: Prison makes people go gay on: March 21, 2015, 08:35:13 am
is he wrong?  otherwise self-styled heterosexuals will find sexual release with other men if no women are available.  I'm sure my solution to this "problem" would be quite different from Carson.

there's also a problem with categorizing people into groups based on their sexuality.  I identify as a heterosexual but can find men attractive, in certain ways at certain times.  a gay friend of mine has had positive sexual experiences with women.  and so on.


 'homosexual' and 'heterosexual' are not static identities, strictly speaking.

Carson I think is suggesting that after prison, where women are again available, ex-cons continue to do men, when they had not prior to being incarcerated.

it's not impossible that that's true.  however, if this constitutes a problem, wouldn't the best path to take be a massive reduction in prison populaion?  or at least an expansion of furloughs/conjugal visits?

Corrected.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Ben Carson: Prison makes people go gay on: March 21, 2015, 08:33:51 am
Personally once I found out what Ben Carson's track record was I found him to be a flamethrower and firebrand that is unelectable.
Ben & Jerrys ice cream, if it were a candidate, would do a better job gaining votes.

If Ben & Jerry's were a candidate, it would easily surpass 500 electoral votes.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Does NH deserve its first-in-the-nation place in presidential primary season? on: March 21, 2015, 08:23:03 am
Nationwide simultaneous primary. End the ridiculousness.

And thereby ensure the big money and early name-recognition candidates win. No thanks.

Meanwhile, the OP TOTALLY missed the point of the article. Shields PRAISED the retail level and close scrutiny politics of NH.

I've often opposed NH's place as the first in the nation primary, but when Shields points out it's tough to find someone who has run, served, or is serving in the State leg (or has a spouse who has), plus most of the state's population being accessible within an hour's drive of Manchester, he's converted me.

Though an argument could still be made for Delaware for it's small size and more nationally-reflective demographics.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYPD caught editing Wiki pages of cop victims on: March 21, 2015, 08:10:56 am
If NYPD officers have time to edit Wikipedia while on the job, then clearly there is not enough real work for them and we should start the mass firings ASAP.

And we should start with your neighborhood's patrol I assume? Reduce police coverage there to at/near zero, and I'm sure problems will disappear.



(Not that I'm defending the handful of NYPD wastrels blowing taxpayer time on the job like that).
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Mitt Romney to Fight in Boxing Match Against Evander Holyfield! on: March 21, 2015, 07:45:15 am
Gotta give him props risking some bad humiliation and beating to raise money for charity.

Boxers aren't known for their brains. Surely Romney has to realize there's a chance Holyfield may forget himself for even a second and throw a punch that would devastate him? The guy's in his late 60's after all.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Louis CK on: March 14, 2015, 02:45:52 am
FF especially for his standup, but the last couple seasons of his originally good show have crossed over from "dark humor" to "uncomfortably depressing".
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Louis CK on: March 14, 2015, 02:40:31 am
FF on whole for standup and first couple seasons of his show, but the latter has turned unpleasantly depressing rather than dark humor the last year or two.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: March 14, 2015, 02:20:21 am
Basketball is just insanely boring.  Beer pong is 1,000,000x better if you want to throw a ball into a "goal". 
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: In "Atlas Forum: The Movie" which actor would portray the previous poster? on: March 14, 2015, 02:19:44 am
Jeff Goldblum, for his role in "The Tick".

I assume you meant "The Fly"? Or are you confusing him with Patrick Warburton? Grin
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Why won't BRTD shut up? on: March 14, 2015, 02:12:25 am
attention whore.

More believable than him being deluded enough to think people care about Ingress, emo vs. hardcore, Family Guy vs. South Park,  or whatever else his obsessions are

And yet, we wind up caring enough to post about it. Tongue
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYPD caught editing Wiki pages of cop victims on: March 14, 2015, 01:48:01 am
People accessing the internet at work? Horrors!

In case I wasn't clear, these edits were the work of individual NYPD employees fooling around on their work computers, not an organized Department-wide propaganda program.

There were 85 NYPD IP addresses linked to Wikipedia edits. As the article notes, only a relatively small number of edits about police incidents were made. So realistically we're talking about how many cops making these re-writes? 2-3? Maybe half a dozen? We're almost surely at least within single digits.

That's out of a total force of 50,000, who are now apparently all "scum". Nothing like painting an entire community for the misdeeds of a view. Odd that the same posters who so assiduously argue that point in other contexts see no problem ignoring the precept when it comes to cops.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rep. Schock's sexy new "personal photographer" scandal on: March 14, 2015, 01:36:23 am
I'm a blue avatar, but I'm increasingly annoyed at Schock's apparent belief--and practice--that a different set of rules apply to him than to everyone else.
21  General Discussion / History / Re: War of 1812: Win, Loss, or Draw for America? on: March 14, 2015, 01:34:04 am
Isn't a draw for the US basically a win considering it was against Great Britain?

Well, it would be if the British fought us unencumbered for the entire war, but for most of it their military and resources were primarily tied up defeating Napoleon. The American theater was a relatively trivial one in comparison. Once Nappy surrendered (the first time), the American leadership saw the writing on the wall and cut a deal for the antebellum status quo with no statement on impressment, hoping Napoleon's defeat would remove much of the British Navy's need for shanghaied manpower (they were right).
22  General Discussion / History / Re: Korean War: Win, lose, or Draw for America? on: March 14, 2015, 01:28:28 am
Partial American victory, the initial goal of beating North Korea back across the 38th Parallel was fulfilled.
23  General Discussion / History / Re: Vietnam War: Win, Lose, or Draw for America? on: March 14, 2015, 01:25:29 am
I'm assuming Deadman was one of the two tie votes, but who the hell voted "win"? And why oh why? Huh
24  General Discussion / History / Re: War of 1812: Win, Loss, or Draw for America? on: March 14, 2015, 01:23:31 am
In terms of territorial gain, it was obviously a draw. The U.S. didn't get Canada; Britain didn't get their Indian Republic in the West. Essentially, it preserved the status quo.

If we're talking about national morale, however, it was quite clearly a victory for the US. Like the Mexican War and the Spanish-American War, the real effect of the War of 1812 was to foster patriotic feeling at home. Regardless of whether they actually won, Americans thought they won, and that sense of victory fueled one of the great nationalist periods of American History. It's no coincidence that the War of 1812 was directly followed by the Era of Good Feeling.

(NOTE: I don't know a lot about how Brits/ Canadians felt about the war, so it's possible that you could call this a win/win conflict in terms of national morale.)

That's interesting, because under that definition the British/Canadians could be considered winners as well. We take great pride in the fact that we burned down the White House, for example. As I said, we are taught in school that the British/Canada won the war.

Earl, there wasn't a single Canadian involved in the burning of DC. The units were all Napoleonic War vets from England.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Bladensburg#British

Even most of the Canadian Frontier theater was defended by regular English army units; Canadian militia played an important supporting role, but one that was at best a shared defensive role.


FWIW, I say the war was clearly a draw as the Treaty of Ghent returned the parties to a strictly antebellum status, though Americans could present an argument for a "moral victory". Honestly, but for the long-remembered, but strategically irrelevant, day-long raid on Washington, no one would ever realistically call this an American "defeat". Nor should they even when considering Washington.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: March 2015 At-Large Special Senate Election on: March 14, 2015, 12:58:53 am
[1] Adam Griffin
[2] Poirot
[3] Foucalf
[4] JCL

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