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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Best bassline of all time? on: January 26, 2016, 01:37:02 pm
How about Jaco Pastorius' composition "Portrait of Tracy"? Now that's a bass feature.

Stanley Clarke's "School Days", Jeff Berlin on the Bruford track "5g" and, well, just about everything on Jaco's debut album come to mind.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Previous Poster's Signature: The Wrath of Khan on: January 24, 2016, 09:21:56 am
It's Château d'Yquem.

Was quoting the Times article. Their mistake, not mine.

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3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Previous Poster's Signature: The Wrath of Khan on: January 21, 2016, 01:48:10 pm
The quote: A whiff of North Korea.

The banner: "Coexist in Hell, infidels!"
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French regional election - December 6 and 13, 2015 on: January 18, 2016, 10:16:02 pm
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite composer? on: January 18, 2016, 01:19:48 pm
Leo Ornstein. If you've never heard of him, may I recommend his Piano Quintet?
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What does "on build " mean? on: January 17, 2016, 01:13:52 pm
The quote refers to a "paradigm shift", meaning - in this context - a reorganization of the customs and values of the market. The company in question initially built products to the customers' orders out of necessity (because it could not make the large initial investment needed for mass production), and not because it anticipated that such a practice would become generally accepted among competitors and expected by consumers.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Obama's gun speech today on: January 13, 2016, 08:57:10 pm
Silver threepences don't kill people - people kill people.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Obama's gun speech today on: January 13, 2016, 03:04:25 pm
If you were Clint Eastwood and your neighborhood was the set of a spaghetti Western, I could understand your concern about the ethos of "one shot, one kill". American mythology is founded on similar ideas of frontier masculinity and the trusty firearm with which the hero tames the hostile Frontier. People fantasize about being the protagonist, dealing out justice from the barrel of a Colt .45 (it's what's for dinner), and protecting themselves and their property from thieves and bandits. It seems to me that the decision to arm oneself depends more on the appeal of that script than on a reasonable threat assessment of the risks encountered whilst living in a suburban neighborhood.

People own guns for other reasons, though. I suppose that my neighbor's interest in and ownership of firearms is not that different from my other neighbor's interest in pre-decimal British coinage. From an engineering or historical standpoint, I understand why someone might want to explore how guns are manufactured or the roles they've played in American history. If my neighbor enjoys hunting game or harbors some private delusions about nocturnal marauders sacking our neighborhood, that's his business. I don't see why my one neighbor's hobby deserves Constitutional protection and the other's doesn't, though. 

That said, I'd prefer to live next to the neighbor who owns the expensive coin collection rather than one who fashions himself a "good guy" on the suburban frontier and maintains a private arsenal in his home. It just seems to me that there's a substantial risk of accidental or intentional harm (suicide, curious toddlers, domestic violence, etc.) inherent in owning an MR-15 that doesn't exist, say, in owning a 1914 King George VI silver threepence.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Obama's gun speech today on: January 12, 2016, 08:30:51 pm
I'll state the question more clearly: Why does it matter to you how efficient or powerful a firearm is?
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Obama's gun speech today on: January 12, 2016, 07:28:05 pm
Why are those considerations (pressure, caliber, cartridges) important to you?
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Obama's gun speech today on: January 12, 2016, 05:14:48 pm
So that you can fire and reload more quickly?
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Obama's gun speech today on: January 12, 2016, 03:52:44 pm
How is the notion that the Constitution guarantees a right to own AR-15s (just to give an example of a modern gun) more absurd than the notion that it guarantees a right to get an abortion or guarantees two men a right to marry each other?

What exactly does an AR-15 accomplish that a musket doesn't?
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Obama's gun speech today on: January 11, 2016, 08:55:14 pm
Gun control policy should reflect the original intent of the Founders. Accordingly, everyone should be allowed to own and openly carry as many muzzle-loading flintlock muskets as they would like.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French regional election - December 6 and 13, 2015 on: January 09, 2016, 10:00:09 pm
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: CT-SEN: CNBC Host Larry Kudlow Likely in due to Blumenthal voting for Iran Deal on: January 04, 2016, 07:45:17 pm
There's no reason to expect that this year's match-up of Career Democratic Politician versus Clueless Republican Bazillionaire will yield a different outcome from the other dozen like races in recent memory.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: January 01, 2016, 03:30:55 pm
homelycooking
Deregister
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: January 01, 2016, 02:33:21 pm
I resign as Secretary of Federal Elections. Au revoir, everyone.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favourite Christmas Songs? on: December 23, 2015, 05:27:30 pm
Russian Christmas Music, by Alfred Reed
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Colombian election and demographic maps on: December 21, 2015, 03:46:09 pm
Seems like the level of NBI is very dependent on the quality of transportation infrastructure. I've perused at some highway maps of Colombia and it looks like whole departments are inaccessible by good roads. Is that the case? I wonder about the connectivity and cohesiveness (transportation, communication, culture) of a vast country so enormously riven by geography.

I'm not sure what is meant by "critical overcrowding". Is that just a measure of population density? That dimension doesn't seem to have much of an effect on the overall NBI.
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Vegetarians more likely to have mental issues... on: December 20, 2015, 12:19:40 pm
Supposing that animals actually do have rights, the most fundamental among them would certainly be the right to life. Would every member of Kingdom Animalia be entitled to these? What would the human responsibility be to protect those rights? Do animals have rights protecting them against intra-species violence, or merely against the slings and arrows of Homo sapiens? It's a concept too problematic to be meaningful.

I think that animals have "deserts", i.e. a measure of respect owed to their autonomy and intelligence. This is a far more subjective and fluid concept than the idea of rights, though a more accurate one, since the idea of rights is incompatible with the occasional human need to kill animals. The concept of desert requires that when killing animals is unnecessary, humans should refrain; similarly, our treatment of living animals ought to be more reverential than it is repressive. Otherwise, animals generally deserve to be left unmolested.

In this mode of thought one can find plenty of zoocentric justification for vegetarianism, though I think there's probably a stronger case to be made for an anthropocentric justification. Humans would probably be better off, to say nothing of other animals, if we ate less meat. Energy, water and land could be used more efficiently, calories could be produced more cheaply and on a broader scale, and no one would have to live downwind of a lagoon of pig shit.

n.b. Be wary of conflating "animals" with "mega-" or "meso-fauna", though certainly there's an unconscious temptation to do so.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: December 14, 2015, 06:41:17 pm
I will put them on the ballot. This is the way I've always done it and it's what people expect: inclusion over exclusion.

Had I not done that, Yankee, there would have been four candidates on the ballot in a contest for five seats.

22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: December 14, 2015, 05:48:42 pm
I think that's wrong. Why should I make any presumption as to what a voter means? The voter himself should make it clear who he's voting for and in what order. The SoFE should be concerned with arithmetic and mathematics, not semiotics.

I suppose that if I wanted to continue with this job long enough, someone would call me out on breaking and ignoring rules (à la Inks when I was RG) and then I'd rage quit anyway. Better to go out with some semblance of dignity.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: December 14, 2015, 04:20:04 pm
OFFICIAL RESULTS
GENERAL ELECTION OF DECEMBER 2015
 

AT-LARGE SENATE  

FIRST BALLOT: Quota = 13

HARRY S TRUMAN 17 (Blair, Hatman, Steelers, Truman, Ebsy, VPH, NeverAgain, TDAS04, New Candaland, tara gilesbie, DemPGH, Flo, Snowguy, Barnes, Marokai, Adam Griffin, Alfred F. Jones) ELECTED

NC YANKEE 14 (sbane, Goldwater, Torie, Haslam, Shua, Small L, Pingvin, RR1997, Thomas from NJ, Miles, Duke, Benconstine, Higgs, NC Yankee) ELECTED

CRIS 11 (Rpryor, dkrolga, JonathanSwift, IndyRep, TexasGurl, Rfayette, Smoltchanov, Wulfric, Angus, Cris, 1184AZ)

CLARK KENT 11 (Clark Kent, Riley, Kingpoleon, Enduro, DC al Fine, Cinyc, Classic Conservative, Roguebeaver, Zuwo, Gass, Leinad)

ALTSOMN STMARKEN 10 (RGN08, ElectionsGuy, dead0man, PiT, Tmthforu, JCL, TJ in Cleve, Bmotley, Fuzzybigfoot, Altsomn Stmarken)

MAXWELL 7 (Maxwell, Ebowed, Dallasfan65, Turkisblau, Talleyrand, Clyde, bore)'

PIKACHU (write-in) 2 (Pikachu, Poirot)

EXHAUSTED 2 (Hawk, Badger)

SECOND BALLOT: Distribution of Truman and Yankee's surpluses

HARRY S TRUMAN 13 ELECTED

NC YANKEE 13 ELECTED

CRIS 12.14 (Rpryor, dkrolga, JonathanSwift, IndyRep, TexasGurl, Rfayette, Smoltchanov, Wulfric, Angus, Cris, 1184AZ, Marokai, Barnes, VPH, Goldwater, Torie, Small L, Miles, Duke, Benconstine)

CLARK KENT 11.83 (Clark Kent, Riley, Kingpoleon, Enduro, DC al Fine, Cinyc, Classic Conservative, Roguebeaver, Zuwo, Gass, Leinad, Blair, Truman, Higgs, Thomas from NJ, RR1997, sbane, Haslam)

ALTSOMN STMARKEN 10.38 (RGN08, ElectionsGuy, dead0man, PiT, Tmthforu, JCL, TJ in Cleve, Bmotley, Fuzzybigfoot, Altsomn Stmarken, Adam Griffin, Pingvin, NCYankee)

MAXWELL 8.25 (Maxwell, Ebowed, Dallasfan65, Turkisblau, Talleyrand, Clyde, bore, Alfred F Jones, Snowguy, Flo, tara gilesbie, NeverAgain, Shua)

PIKACHU (write-in) 2.47 (Pikachu, Poirot, New Canadaland, DemPGH)

EXHAUSTED 2.94 (Hawk, Badger, Hatman, Steelers, Ebsy, TDAS04)

THIRD BALLOT: Elimination of Pikachu

HARRY S TRUMAN 13 ELECTED

NC YANKEE 13 ELECTED

CRIS 14.14 (Rpryor, dkrolga, JonathanSwift, IndyRep, TexasGurl, Rfayette, Smoltchanov, Wulfric, Angus, Cris, 1184AZ, Marokai, Barnes, VPH, Goldwater, Torie, Small L, Miles, Duke, Benconstine, Pikachu, Poirot) ELECTED

CLARK KENT 11.83 (Clark Kent, Riley, Kingpoleon, Enduro, DC al Fine, Cinyc, Classic Conservative, Roguebeaver, Zuwo, Gass, Leinad, Blair, Truman, Higgs, Thomas from NJ, RR1997, sbane, Haslam)

ALTSOMN STMARKEN 10.38 (RGN08, ElectionsGuy, dead0man, PiT, Tmthforu, JCL, TJ in Cleve, Bmotley, Fuzzybigfoot, Altsomn Stmarken, Adam Griffin, Pingvin, NCYankee)

MAXWELL 8.49 (Maxwell, Ebowed, Dallasfan65, Turkisblau, Talleyrand, Clyde, bore, Alfred F Jones, Snowguy, Flo, tara gilesbie, NeverAgain, Shua, New Canadaland)

EXHAUSTED 3.18 (Hawk, Badger, Hatman, Steelers, Ebsy, TDAS04, DemPGH)

FOURTH BALLOT: Cris' surplus being insufficient to elect Maxwell, Maxwell is eliminated. Clark Kent and Altsomn Stmarken are elected without quota.



HARRY S TRUMAN is elected At-Large Senator.
CRIS is elected At-Large Senator.
NCYANKEE is elected At-Large Senator.
CLARK KENT is elected At-Large Senator.
ALTSOMN STMARKEN is elected At-Large Senator.

There was a total turnout of 74 voters, with 0 ballot papers being rejected.

I, Homelycooking, Secretary of Federal Elections, declare the above results to be a complete and accurate summary of the votes cast.

24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / December 2015 At-large Senate Election on: December 10, 2015, 09:45:57 pm
WARNING! Do not vote until 0:00 EST! You will have 72 hours in which to vote - there's no rush!


REPUBLIC OF ATLASIA - In Dave We Trust
Official Ballot




READ THIS FIRST

1. The election will last 72 hours, starting at 0:00 EST Friday December 11 and ending 0:00 EST Monday December 14.

2. You are eligible to vote in this election if you have made 10 posts on the Atlas Forum in the past 8 weeks, have registered as a voter with the Registrar General more than 7 days before the start of the election, and have not had your voting rights stripped as a result of deregistration or a court verdict.

3. You must vote by ranking your choices in the order of your preference: 1 for your first preference, 2 for your second preference, and so on. You may write in preferences for candidates not on the ballot. If you only wish to preference one candidate, marking an X next to the candidate's name or simply writing the candidate's name is sufficient, provided that you do not wish your vote to transfer to other candidates.

4. If you do not wish to vote for any candidate on the ballot nor to write in a candidate, you may vote for None of the Above as your first preference. All candidates ranked under None of the Above will not receive those preferences during the counting of the votes.

5. You are permitted, but not advised, to edit your ballot within 20 minutes of posting it within this thread. Deleting your ballot at any time or editing it after 20 minutes will result in the invalidation of your vote.

6. Please check over your ballot thoroughly before you click "Post". You have no excuse for casting a ballot which contains errors or does not accurately reflect your preferences. Failure to correct errors in your ballot may result in its disqualification. While the alphabetically-ordered ballot below is provided for your convenience should you wish to quote this post, you may order the candidates on your ballot however you would like.



AT-LARGE SENATE


[  ] Altsomn Stmarken (JoMCaR) of Maine
Federalist Party



[  ] ClarkKent of Connecticut
Independent



[  ] Cris of Kansas
Civic Renewal



[  ] Harry S Truman of Indiana
Labor Party



[  ] Maxwell of California
Radical Islamic Terror



[  ] NC Yankee of North Carolina
Federalist Party



[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________



[  ] None of the above
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: December 09, 2015, 09:20:17 pm
I will put them on the ballot. This is the way I've always done it and it's what people expect: inclusion over exclusion.
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