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76  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: does joe republic like any one on this forum? on: July 04, 2014, 01:21:01 am
You're all a bunch of stupid assholes.  But that's why I love you guys.

(Except the really stupid assholes of course.)

Like many Joe quotes, this is sig-worthy.
77  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: what game of thrones character would the preceding poster be? on: July 04, 2014, 01:16:10 am
God save the Khalisi!
78  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: So You Think You Can Moderate? - Survivor - Round 1 on: July 04, 2014, 01:11:40 am
TX Conservative Dem
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should the previous poster be a mod? on: July 04, 2014, 01:10:18 am
Yes, but I wouldn't wish it on him. I think it would make his head explode.
80  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Tulsa vs. Oklahoma City on: July 03, 2014, 04:21:36 pm
A quarter??? That's what passes for a "black" environment in Ohio? And it's not even there yet? What you're describing is a white cocoon. I don't think a single one of the 30 something public high schools in Shelby County is less than a quarter black. Maybe Collierville, but definately none of the others. The majority are >95% black. Ohio is unInksing believable!

No, but for a community that less than 10 years ago was less than 5% African-American, that's a substantial (and IMHO, welcome) change.

My point: I don't know your specific neighborhood/block's racial breakdown, but your post here--as well as a number before this--make it clear you place a disturbingly huge priority of having lots and lots of whites around you.
81  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Douthat: Stopping Campus Rape on: July 03, 2014, 04:11:44 pm
Making alcohol more readily available to college students would probably make the rape problem worse, not better. The idea that frat boys are suddenly going to be responsible with alcohol because they can legally buy it is insane.

There should be some ingredient in Natty and Busch Lite that makes you temporarily impotent. 

Corrected. If you're the type to drink Busch or Natty Light..... Grin
82  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Would you like to be Mayor of New York City? on: July 03, 2014, 04:06:40 pm
No. I'm not from New York City and have no cultural or political attachments to NYC.

Pittsburgh on the other hand... In a heartbeat, I'd do it.

Ravenstahl 2.0

That's cruel! It's tough to describe how bad a mayor Ravenstahl was.
83  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: ME: LePage meets with terrorists (no joke) on: July 03, 2014, 04:05:34 pm

Oldies, I realize that Salon is a liberal publication, and likewise you're rarely good at critical analysis, but can you cite a single part of that article that actually reflects mere political bias as opposed to accurately reporting that happens to be unfavorable to a Republican (one with a long documented history of overt sympathy for extremism no less)? I'll wait for your answer.
84  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: ME: LePage meets with terrorists (no joke) on: July 02, 2014, 07:51:10 pm
I already read that. All I see is a ton of people charged with tax fraud.

The SC is not an organized movement. You can't call an adherent of a fanciful ideology terrorist when no organized terrorist structure existsÖ.unlike, say, the Weather Underground (Iím joking of course, I donít see Obamaís association with Bill Ayers as something worth noting).

Read closer. Shooting cops arguable falls under that definition.
85  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Would you like to be Mayor of New York City? on: July 02, 2014, 07:26:41 pm
No. The mayor's primary job is to save a city obsessed with economic suicide, corruption and decay. No thanks.

Psst. It's not 1975 anymore, you troll.

Oh, and to the OP. F#$k yeah. Always getting reservations at the best restaurants and shows, and having a salary to basically cover it. Grin
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Tulsa vs. Oklahoma City on: July 02, 2014, 07:20:31 pm
I'm sure both have at least a few decent neighborhoods, which is far more important than the overall city. My hometown is mostly ghetto wasteland, but it makes no difference to me because I make my home in the 38120, with the college educated white people.

Well, glad you have your priorities straight.
Tell me about the demographics of your neighborhood. At least I'm honest with myself and others about where I live. Just about everybody everywhere clusters around those who are similar to them. It's pretty dumb to put your fingers in your ears and pretend otherwise. And I suspect in my mostly white neighborhood we still have more minorities than anywhere in Ohio minus Cuyahoga County. If you want to go dodge bullets in North Memphis or East Cleveland, you're more than welcome to. I strongly doubt you will.

No, I don't claim to live in the hood. Never have. The difference is I don't automatically corrolate the presence of black as the presence of uneducated trolls as you apparently do.
Care to name some predominently black neighborhoods that you would consider living in? Sounds to me like you strongly prefer to live in a white neighborhood also but are in denial about that preference. And then you go on to judge those who share that preference. You're certainly not the only one.

Probably several in Prince George's or Montgomery Counties, MD. Closer to home, there's neighborhoods in eastern Cuyahoga County like Shaker Heights or University Heights, or parts of Clifton in Cinci. These may not be "predominantly" African-American, or even necessarily majority black. But neither are they the overwhelming Caucasian cocoon your post implies is what you require to feel secure.

FTR, my current school district has had a sharp influx of black students in recent years. It'll probably be about one quarter A-A by the time my sons enter. Although a disappointing number of locals warned about this influx when I moved here in a "the place is going to hell" kinda way, I'm happy my boys will be living in a more diverse upbringing AND will attend one of the continually highest ranked public schools in the state.
87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Inks and Al's tenures as mods on: July 02, 2014, 06:51:45 pm
Al was great. Inks and I have (had) very differing views on the amount of leeway to use in modding. He generally took more $hit than was warranted, but this last episode he bungled was a sad way to go out.
88  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: if you are over 30... on: July 02, 2014, 06:29:22 pm
I was in my mid-30's when I popped the question, and did exactly that beforehand. It's respect. As my father-in-law is likely going to pass any day, I'm glad I did.

Mind you, unless said father of the girlfriend gave some really good reasons to change the suitor's mind, no one should ever be actually stopped by the father's disapproval.
89  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Has anyone told opebo, jmfcst or any of the other fallen posters about Inks yet? on: July 02, 2014, 06:25:14 pm
I expect the last delusional hold outs to finally admit that The List existed (exists?) now that Inks has been removed from power.

That's it. You're moved to the top.
90  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should the previous poster be a mod? on: July 02, 2014, 06:21:50 pm
Presidential Elections
91  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: what game of thrones character would the preceding poster be? on: July 02, 2014, 06:20:14 pm
Arya Stark. Tongue
92  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is Inks no longer a mod? on: July 02, 2014, 05:55:56 pm
That kind of bragging/party is really distasteful.
93  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to make Keystone Phil a mod for Inks' former boards on: July 02, 2014, 05:48:00 pm
Phil is great, but this is a terrible idea.
94  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The fact is; US healthcare sucks on: June 30, 2014, 04:59:10 pm
The cost of care in this country would plummet rapidly if we abolished licensing laws for doctors and other health providers.

Yes likely it would, it's still the worst idea I have heard in a while.

No kidding. And actually, it probably wouldn't even "plummet rapidly," either. Licensing and regulatory bodies exist for a reason, y'know. If licensing laws were abolished, there would be literally nothing stopping me from practicing medicine, and I have zero medical training.
No hospital would hire you though. And it probably would plummet considerably.

And does that stop me from opening my own practice?

The  doctors' licensing scheme is just an AMA racket, and they have been precisely engineering the system to maximize their profits for decades. Abolishing licensing would see an explosion in the number of qualified practicing physicians, as that number was been below consumer demand for some time now.

84% of all takers are passing their boards on the first go-around: http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2013/07/01/why-are-so-many-younger-doctors-failing-their-boards/

I can't buy this last argument without supporting sources. And I can't buy that quality of care wouldn't suffer from having an influx of unlicensed professionals practicing medicine. You can bet that rural and frontier hospitals would be clamoring for unlicensed professionals, and that could be a serious danger to their patient populations.

Quality of doctors would certainly not be as high in the US if not for the stringent requirements these days, but realistically speaking, plenty of completely capable people are rejected anyway (or else don't bother knowing the high requirements) when it isn't necessary.

Imagine if the US passed a law mandating "car quality control", so only quite good cars are allowed to be sold. People with cars now are guaranteed to have fuel efficient, high performance, extremely safe cars. But this doesn't somehow make these cars cheaper, so many poor people that would otherwise get a less safe, crappier, less efficient car (because a poor car beats no car) simply get no car at all. Now imagine dumb non-Americans with nationalized car industries (producing a wide range of quality cars, not just "the best") pointed to America and said "look! America has a private car industry and the poor people there don['t have cars!" while idiots in America say "Look at these statistics of how good foreigners with nationalized car industries have it, with affordable cars and access!". Similarly, you don't need "the best" doctors when simply competent ones can get the job done. Other problems with American healthcare include:

-Insurance that doesn't function as insurance (if you use it to pay for foreseeable events like regular doctor visits, ITS NOT INSURANCE)
-Gigantic parasitic government programs piggybacking on the pseudo-free market insurance system (dumb Americans talk about how great single payer government run healthcare would be, but aren't dumb enough to mention the already existing single payer systems like the Indian Health Service and the VA.)
-Corrupt pharmaceutical industry regulated by the FDA, which basically only allows gigantic established corporations that pay them bribes to compete
-Americans are fat and unhealthy, something no system can really solve outright

Also, European healthcare isn't much better, and I suspect that their systems would be completely revamped if not for people using America like the boogey man saying "This is what you get with a private system!". Nordic countries have a system that actually functions like a Republican Party attack ad on Canadian healthcare. Germany is good basically because it looks nice compared to the broken Nordic model and the broken Eastern European systems. UK is like the US system but with more direct government control and more streamlining but less high quality at the better side of things, so very varied quality from one area to the next. Also, if you want anything decent you have to pay the government for your unreliable sh**te NHS service and then pay an insurance company AGAIN for a chance at something worthwhile.

Dear God. It's returned. Roll Eyes
95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is being blackmailed proof of guilt? on: June 30, 2014, 04:03:13 pm
No. The blackmailee could be frightened of being framed or otherwise the victim of abused power. Or they may've done something they THOUGHT was wrong/illegal which, technically, was perfectly legit.  

This question arises from a post I made in the ongoing Inks saga, where I realized the (frankly obvious) answer to my own question after posting. I was trying more (albeit not articulately) to determine what Simfan had supposedly done leading to Inks "blackmailing" him.
96  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: should brtd be banned? on: June 30, 2014, 12:14:08 pm
On what basis?

I don't think you can consider his obsessions as trolling, and I don't know what else he does. Only people that would support it have pretty severe personal biases.
97  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Yes, I am alive - sort of on: June 30, 2014, 12:12:05 pm
Good luck!

(shuddering at PTSD from bar review)
98  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Petition to demod Inks on: June 30, 2014, 11:56:08 am

5. Inks makes up an "Arkansas IP address" and blackmails Simfan into giving him chat logs.

So what was Simfan being "blackmailed" with? Inks warns he'll bring up what he "knows" about Simfan supposedly being JerryArkansas or something. Simfan knows this is (presumably) untrue. Why doesn't he tell Inks to pound salt and scram if he doesn't want to help. Doesn't a blackmailee by definition need something to have helld against them, which in this case appears missing? Huh

Because I don't know what information he's come up with so for all I know he could spin some tale, as that is what he was (is?) doing. I mean at that point I was really just panicking. Once things simmered down I got was able to think things through and was pretty disappointed in what I saw. But I mean, surely it fits the definition of "an act, often a crime, involving unjustified threats to make a gain or cause loss to another unless a demand is met".

Point taken.
99  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is it inappropriate to wear this shirt to church? on: June 30, 2014, 11:48:27 am
How's it attention whoring? It's just the first shirt I pulled from the clean laundry basket today which is how I always pick my shirt to wear for the day. The only time I pay attention to the shirt I pick is if I'm going to an event and want a fitting band shirt for a show or my BRTD one for Ingress ops.

OK, inadvertant attention-whoring then (if that's even possible). Tongue
100  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is it inappropriate to wear this shirt to church? on: June 30, 2014, 07:32:11 am
Yes, if only because attention-whoring at church is impolite.
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