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76  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Spelling-Reform on: April 07, 2015, 07:49:29 pm
Why are spelling reform and literature incompatible?

Yeah, most of the great literature from Shakespeare's era and before was written without standard spellings
77  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: 2012 White Obama Lovers Map by County Project - SC added on: April 07, 2015, 07:15:42 am
SC has been added to the map.

2012 statewide share of the white vote for Obama: 23.4%

I hear numbers like that and I just get jealous. If Democrats could get 23.4% of the white vote in Mississippi, we'd be a solidly Democratic state, and probably pretty inelastic about it.
78  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: will the Roman Catholic Church 'accept LGBT' on/before August 15, 2067? on: April 06, 2015, 04:29:15 pm
Yes, certainly. Most Catholics already support it. Just give it time for today's young people to enter the priesthood and work their way up through the ranks.

Could be something like a blessing of same-sex unions, rather than calling it marriage explicitly, but that's just splitting hairs and would be a huge victory.

20 years ago, who would have thought lots of Christian denominations would have allowed this in 2015? Now give the Catholics more than twice as long to reach the conclusion that everyone else will reach.
79  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: John Kerry for HRC's running mate? on: April 06, 2015, 04:23:04 pm
It would have no effect on her winning or losing, so sure.
80  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Mitt Romney Was Right About Everything NCAA on: April 06, 2015, 04:21:55 pm
Just like UMass and Memphis, John Callipari cannot win the big one, and failed as his stink as NBA coach.  Good guy, but he needs to do some soul searching now.

81  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: 2012 White Obama Lovers Map by County Project on: April 06, 2015, 11:47:15 am
+100. I can't be a big help here (living abroad and being almost completely Internet-based), but waitng for the result with great interest. BTW - what is so special in that Mississipi county, that gave Obama only 2% of white vote? Even by Deeep South standard that's something

I can't necessarily speak for RGriffin, but when I calculated for Mississippi, I used some constant assumptions across counties, a constant black and white turnout percentage across the state, and constant minority percentages in the breakdown (I think it was 96-4 for blacks, around 75% or so for Hispanics and Native Americans, etc.) Whatever is left would be my calculated white vote.

However, if for some reason a county had a black turnout that was a lot lower than the state average, or for some reason Romney did better with blacks (I don't know why that would be the case in Mississippi, but there had to be some county-to-county variation), it would make the calculation undercount white votes for Obama.
82  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Violent youth riots in Kentucky after UK loss on: April 05, 2015, 06:24:59 pm
Soccer (for whatever reason - nationalism, I suspect) and U.S. collegiate sports can really bring it out of people, I'll tell you.

And Game 7 disappointments

And when a popular coach turns out to be a sicko who let his buddy use his job as an assistant coach emeritus to lure in vulnerable children and rape them for over a decade. Please note that they were not rioting over the enabling and shocking lack of welfare for the children, but because said coach was fired for of it.

83  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Community Vote: should The Update continue? on: April 05, 2015, 06:07:22 pm
It should probably not continue, but the decision should be Bushie's and Bushie's alone, with no input from the rest of the forum.

IF Bushie would listen when the entire readership of Update (literally) implores him to do something (not quit his job, not quit a different job, not take an obvious scam job, not take a different obvious scam job, not declare his love for a woman after 1 date, break up with crazy fiances #2 and #3, NOT break up with reasonable fiance #4, etc.), his life would be a lot better off than it is now. About half the time he does listen to the consensus, and his life is clearly better, and about half the time he fails to listen and he soon realizes his life is worse. If Bushie were to commit to following the consensus 100% of the time, Update would be very good for him.
84  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: April 05, 2015, 11:25:42 am
You guys are crazy.  They're not going to take him back.  Why else would they can his unreliable, flakey ass the same day he made his intentions to leave known?

Perhaps, but there's no way Sprouts would have let him stay on for the 2 extra weeks, even if he was an excellent employee. The store is going to give the hours over the next 2 weeks to someone who is going to stick around.

Granted, Sprouts probably wouldn't take him back if he asked (especially since he's waited this long), there's no drawback whatsoever in asking. It's literally a life-changer for Bushie, and he should absolutely try. If he begs, cries, plays the "Christian" card, and reminds them of his slight mental disorder and gullibility ("I fell for a scam!!"), they might take him back. If they don't, he hasn't lost anything.
85  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: April 04, 2015, 11:59:24 pm
And Bushie, I agree if you ask Sprouts to take you back and they say no, then it's time to stop talking about Sprouts. But YOU SERIOUSLY NEED TO ASK THEM.

Agreed. If Bushie swallows his pride and asks for his job back, we should all agree to drop the subject.
86  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Working on a college football project for Wikipedia on: April 04, 2015, 09:31:22 pm
This is pretty cool. I wouldn't mind doing this for Maryland.

Now you (or anyone else) can!


I've put up a Google Doc with a spreadsheet that lets you put in the data and it turns it into code you can enter onto Wikipedia.
87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: April 04, 2015, 08:53:42 pm
Bushie, if you agree that you made a mistake leaving Sprouts, why haven't you called and begged for your job back? Pride?

You should've done it this morning, but you still might get it if you do it tonight or tomorrow. Beg. Cry if you need to. Play the Christian card. This is potentially life-changing, and you've got to do whatever you can to try to make it happen.
88  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: April 04, 2015, 09:50:41 am
Bushie, tell Sprouts that you have a minor mental disorder (which, no offense and nothing to be ashamed of, is probably true) and that you had a freakout and royally f***ed up when you quit yesterday, but it will never happen again.

They might take you back. At least there's absolutely no downside to trying.
89  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What will be the "big" Social Issues in 2050? on: April 04, 2015, 09:44:47 am
  • Transhumanism/body modification - what is allowed and what isn't
  • What do when 3D printing leads to tens of millions of jobs no longer necessary
  • What do when life extension alllows Generation Y to remain in charge longer than generations have previously gotten to be
90  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: April 03, 2015, 07:20:48 am
Bushie, you're being really rude by bailing on a job so soon like this. Sprouts paid you all that money for training, and they're going to get nothing back now. AT LEAST work the next 2 weeks before you quit and give them some kind of return on their investment. Remember, "2 weeks notice" means NOTHING. They WILL NOT let you keep working another second once you tell them you're quitting, so give your "2 weeks notice" on April 17. If you don't, you're rude. Period.

Bushie, there have only been a couple of times when the whole forum was so united in being against one of your decisions, and every time, it's been because we're clearly right and you're clearly wrong. Search your archives and see it to be true.
91  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Top 3 Least Favorite Sports Teams on: April 02, 2015, 10:53:46 pm
Ole Miss, Auburn, and Alabama.
92  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: April 02, 2015, 08:09:44 pm
Bushie, don't put in your two weeks notice. Just wait until April 17 and put it in then.

They're going to tell you not to come back when you do regardless. They won't let you work the extra 2 weeks. This way, you at least get paid for 2 more weeks.
93  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why is Trevor Noah allowed to post hateful remarks? on: March 31, 2015, 11:03:32 pm
He is part Jewish, so he can skate on that one.

Also, Comedy Central doesn't cancel Daniel Tosh for saying worse things, so I imagine he'll survive this.
94  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How would you replace/fix ObamaCare? on: March 29, 2015, 03:19:14 pm
Why single out the overweight anyway? There are other "high-risk" activities you could charge more for:
  • driving on deadlier roads, or just by total miles driven
  • dangerous behavior while driving - eating, texting, etc.
  • consumption of alcohol and unhealthy foods, even if not overweight
  • living in high crime areas
  • living in areas with high air pollution
  • owning guns
  • listening to music with headphones at high volumes
  • using a keyboard and mouse all day at work - CTS and other conditions
  • number of limbs (can't get skin cancer on a leg you don't have)
  • whether or not you get enough vitamins and minerals in your diet
  • working around asbestos before we knew it caused cancer
  • irresponsible sexual behavior
  • having religious beliefs that discourage medical attention
  • low-IQ and low-income people tend to have higher claims costs
  • certain conditions pop up more common in some racial/ethnic groups than others
  • having ancestors with certain genetic conditions, even if you yourself haven't shown the signs
  • etc.

If you really want to design a health insurance rate that reflects a person's projected claims cost, you'd have to take all of these factors into account, plus hundreds more. The administrative costs of determining a value for all of these stats for all 300,000,000 Americans would be astronomical, though, and it would still be easy to hide some of these from an insurance company.

Personally, I think it's even more unfair to arbitrarily pick a couple of easy target, low-hanging fruit "bad risks" like obesity and smoking and ignoring everything else, than it is to just charge everyone the same rate* and be done with it.

* - except age - you gotta rate to some extent on that in the individual market, although I strongly support the Obamacare system of your portion of your bill being based on your income, regardless of age, and the government picking up the rest of the tab, irrespective of what it is.
95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 29, 2015, 03:02:48 pm
It is a little bit concerning that every single thing is super peachy at Bushie's job. No job is perfect. That Bushie tries to paint such a rosy picture all the time makes me think that he's hiding something. Bushie, name something about your job that is less than perfect. Anything.

Maybe the problem isn't with Bushie, but with [redacted]. I mean, how much of a market could there really be for a grocery store like that in exurban Oklahoma? All they care about up there is getting their processed corn syrup for as cheap as possible. And they already have Walmart for that.

It'll start with them trying to reduce people's hours and then Jeff will start getting Sundays off and be happy about that. Then they'll start giving him Fridays off too and then, woohoo, three day weekend every weekend! And then one day he'll pull into the parking lot only to find that the lights are off and the place is completely shuttered and his last paycheck is mysteriously missing.

I disagree with this assessment. We don't have any [redacted]s in Jackson+suburbia, but the Fresh Market and Whole Foods are always packed. Fancy grocery stores are a gold mine in any sufficiently populated area.
96  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How would you replace/fix ObamaCare? on: March 29, 2015, 01:46:46 pm
Fat people should pay more for health care and thin people less because frankly, the fat people are going to be using the system far more.

Theoretically, you're on to something, but it would be very difficult to define "fat," "thin," etc. Which scale do you use to measure someone's weight? Weight varies day to day and hour to hour, so when the measurement was taken. You would also have to consider that amputees are going to have lower weights and adjust accordingly, and take into account that cancer patients often lose a lot of weight, but are much less healthy and higher-cost than they were before they had cancer.

You're talking about adding on a lot of administrative costs and leaving yourself open to litigation as people disagree with their given weight. It's just not worth it. Another thing to consider as far as smokers go is that insurance companies have no real way to verify if someone is truly a non-smoker if they claim to be. Insurance companies can't spy on you to know if you really smoke, or check receipts or anything, it's all honor system. You'd run into this same issue with your proposed weight rating system.

Also, Obamacare prohibits changing someone's rate (as long as they don't change coverage or move) during the year, so people would be locked in for the whole year based on their weight in January, whether that goes up or down. That could lead to further problems.
97  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Did Obama receive >25% of white vote in any Mississippi or Alabama counties? on: March 29, 2015, 11:21:26 am
I ran into the negative numbers in several counties as well. Half of them were prison counties, so adjusting for that variable took care of most of the anomalies; in the rest, I simply had to make an educated guess. I'm intrigued at how you came to <10% in Hinds County, though...?

My spreadsheet says 72-27 Obama and 70-28 black.

Although now that I look at Wikipedia, that racial breakdown of the county may be wrong.
98  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Would you bet your bottom dollar that ... on: March 29, 2015, 11:08:35 am
Hillary losing the Iowa caucus would be a huge shock, at least as of 3/29/15. The idea of Walker losing the Iowa caucus wouldn't even surprise me.
99  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How would you replace/fix ObamaCare? on: March 29, 2015, 10:39:12 am
Maybe the government could start paying people to exercise. That would probably be positive cash flow for the government in the long run, not to mention the economic benefits of having a healthier populace.
100  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 29, 2015, 10:20:56 am
Bushie, have you tried the new Cokes sweetened with cane sugar and stevia instead of high fructose corn syrup? I found their taste indistinguishable (although to be fair I didn't do a blind taste test or anything) and they are lower calorie without being full of chemicals.
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