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101  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Why do hipster Christians like Upworthy more than most people? on: March 06, 2015, 08:49:28 pm
mood affiliation
102  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 06, 2015, 08:45:39 pm
So, the Northeast is a bit inflated here.

Or our perceptions of our own generosity are more skewed in our own favor. (I would be shocked if any of those estimates were not at least slightly exaggerated.) Case in point:

Yes, the Northeast is far more generous, progressive, enlightened, understanding, and overall better than the rest of this country.  Tell me something I don't know.   
103  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rep. Don Young (R-AK): Wolves could be used to solve homelessness on: March 06, 2015, 08:30:32 pm
Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms.
104  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best New Deal Program? on: March 06, 2015, 07:08:11 pm
The one that continues to keep tens of millions of Americans out of poverty, of course.
105  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Per SCOTUS, initiative created redistricting commissions may be l'histoire on: March 06, 2015, 03:11:21 pm
Hey Torie, what does the map in your signature represent? Is it median income or per-capita GDP? If so, it's pretty interesting.

I'll answer on Torie's behalf since I recognize the image: It's from an article published to The Upshot earlier this year called Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.? (An unfortunate title, but I digress.)

The choropleth map is based on a ranking of all US counties by adult educational attainment, median household income, life expectancy, disability rate, and obesity rate - each equally weighted, IIRC.
106  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris and Windjammer Senate tracker (now a more qualitative analysis of activity) on: March 06, 2015, 02:53:02 pm
Word counts of debate

My inner pedant compels me point out that word counts are also a quantitative measure! But providing two performance metrics is almost always better than providing one, so well done.

I should also point out that there's nothing wrong with tracking missed votes. That's valuable information to have, and I'm glad that you and Cris are providing it as I have in the past.

The only problem here is in interpretation: No one should judge another person's job performance on the basis of a single performance measure. The point of performance measurement is to provide objective context for our judgments, not to substitute for it. Since my preference is for having more information, my advice to you is that you keep your tracker open. If doing that provokes debate about what it means to be a good Senator... then so much the better for all of us.

By the way, if I did have to judge a Senator based on a single number, it would be the number of amendments that Senator had sponsored in the most recent session. This is a number that I have tracked in the past and if you have time I hope that you'll report it here too. Smiley
107  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Convention, February and also March 2015 - Senate primary on: March 05, 2015, 11:49:33 am
Senate endorsement

[ ] DKrol
[ x ] Foucaulf
108  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Izvestia Survey: Vice Presidency on: March 04, 2015, 03:00:04 pm
No, and I don't see how anyone who has ever served as President could think differently. Even if the Vice President does nothing in public, the President needs a loyal partner who will at all times have his or her back. This has always been the foremost duty of the Vice President.

When the office isn't serving a purpose, it's only because either the President or the Vice-President has failed to put it to one.
109  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Senator Cris's Survey on Secret Balloting. on: March 04, 2015, 08:41:38 am
I'll just say it in public: Secret balloting might be the worst game reform idea in Atlasia's entire history.
110  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Can Communism work? on: March 04, 2015, 07:58:34 am
Communism - or something not far removed from it, at any rate - has been a somewhat successful mode of organization in the post-scarcity realm of intellectual property: wikis, free and open source software, etc.

The lesson that I'd draw from this is that a minimum precondition for communism's success is that all or most goods be effectively both non-rival and non-excludable. And even then a clear social hierarchy remains that gives certain people higher status than others on the basis of longevity, relationships, contributions, talents, or some other factor aside from material wealth.
111  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: House of Cards on: March 04, 2015, 02:36:20 am
My thoughts after episode four:

  • The Stamper arc is boring and a waste of time. I sort of enjoyed the character prior to this season but this one would have been better if he and Mr. Deep Web were left out entirely. I know how this wraps up in the season finale, and that only strengthens my conviction that it was pointless. Half of what I've watched so far has been boring filler.
  • The show is at its best when it sticks with dark, goofy humor. Watching the weight of the presidency bear down on Frank Underwood isn't any fun. He's not a developed enough character for me to have any care or interest in seeing him as a tortured soul. He's just a hammy, gloating villain. And it's not as if there's anyone else on the show who isn't a cardboard cutout.
  • "America Works" sounds like something that an Atlas poster would come up with, and by that I mean both the name and the idea. Also, while I doubt that the proposal was itself meant as a joke, I find it pretty hilarious that the show is about a total sociopath who become president and whose defining ambition is cutting Social Security under the pretense of JOBS JOBS JOBS.

I don't know if I'll continue through the rest of the season. The biggest payoff to these episodes was reading the discussion on the symbolic meaning of eggs in the comments on the AV Club's review.
112  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Getting old........ on: March 04, 2015, 01:15:44 am
I hope that you'll remain with us for as long as you enjoy spending time here, Clarence, but whatever happens, I'm grateful for the time that we've had with you over the past several yeras. You won't be forgotten here.
113  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 03, 2015, 10:35:34 pm
An employer checking job applicant credit scores seems less objectionable than requiring that employees take drug tests. I heard a lecture not long ago that brought up that one of the best predictors of good credit is having bought those little fuzzy pads that you attach to the bottom of pieces of furniture so that it doesn't scrape the floor. If good credit correlates that highly with general conscientiousness, then it is probably high predictive of job performance, especially in entry-level positions that don't assume prior training or experience. It's certainly more relevant to the job than whether or not someone is having fun in a company-approved manner on the weekends.
114  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What are Donald Trump's qualifications? on: March 03, 2015, 10:25:10 pm
Republican politics are something of a refuge for the dregs of the rich and famous
115  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Walmart Giving All Employees a Raise to $10/Hour on: March 03, 2015, 01:20:37 pm
High rates of turnover do not imply that work - even the worst sort of work - is easy to find.
To the contrary, high turnover does imply that work is easy to find. When lots of people leave their jobs, employers need to find somebody else to cover those shifts. Fast food and retailers have enormous turnover and, so, are just about always hiring lots of people. That constant churn makes these jobs very easy to get.

This is not a true statement, which most readers would realize had you quoted my entire post. People who leave their jobs frequently move to new ones, and the stock of job-seekers isn't static either (i.e. people are constantly moving in and out of it for a wide variety of reasons).
116  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Walmart Giving All Employees a Raise to $10/Hour on: March 03, 2015, 12:41:24 pm
Even a fast food restaurant will take a pass on some applicants. (I even remember this happening to friends of mine in high school before the recession.) Moreover, employers on the bottom tier of the service sector tend to hire on a rolling basis because turnover is so high. A "now hiring" sign frequently means nothing more than that the employer is accepting applications. This is especially likely to be true if the sign is kept posted for months at a time. It does not imply that there is a position open at that location at this moment. High rates of turnover do not imply that work - even the worst sort of work - is easy to find.
117  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Convention, February and also March 2015 - Senate primary on: March 03, 2015, 07:09:08 am
I think it's odd and suggestive of bad faith that Labor is even contesting this seat when it's being vacated by a Senator who agreed to join their presidential ticket. It's unfortunate that this wasn't discussed before our party agreed to back that ticket. The fact that Bacon King disappeared shortly before the election somewhat complicates this, as there would probably be a special election soon anyway, but the point ought to be acknowledged.
118  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Boston Citizens vs. Harvard Faculty on: March 02, 2015, 09:54:45 pm
George Papandreou was a visiting scholar at the Kennedy School of Government last fall. That is all.
119  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Red Pillite vs SJW on: March 02, 2015, 09:41:55 pm
SJW vs. MRA would probably be a better comparison. As far as I can tell, the Red Pill is really just a self-improvement cult with ties to the latter. It has its own vocabulary and method for making sense of the world, but it's more focused on the behavior of its members than it is on effecting any wider change in the style of a social movement.

One thought that occurs to me in response to this thread is that "game" makes more sense as a framework for dealing with voters than it does as applied by Red Pillers. Running a find+replace to this effect on any Red Pill screed about women yields amusing results:

You are hating voters because you have the wrong expectations for them. Don't hate someone for something they CANNOT be. Voters are, by nature, manipulative, attention-seeking, inconsistent, emotional, and hypergamous. Accept this truth. Once you do, you can game voters for what they are ... not what you want them to be.
120  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Florida Law Banning Cohabitation Still Being Enforced on: March 02, 2015, 11:43:14 am
How would "lewd and lascivious" behavior be proven in these cases?
121  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What are Fiorina's Qualifications? on: March 02, 2015, 09:19:01 am
The traditional story goes like this: She's essentially been expelled from whatever circles she ran in prior to her time at HP. Republican politics are something of a refuge for the dregs of the rich and famous, so Fiorina saw an opportunity and, to put it in her own vernacular, "pivoted." It's comparable to a formerly successful band finding Jesus so that they can get another recording contract.
122  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Which Party Should I Join? on: March 02, 2015, 09:10:53 am
Be grateful that you were caught so early. Another member got away with having half a dozen accounts active in Atlasia not long ago, and the charade literally drove him insane.
123  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Polnut - Running for reelection. on: March 02, 2015, 09:03:07 am
124  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 01, 2015, 05:47:07 pm
You can't smoke indoors now, Bushie! Even at bars!

That's news to me.  I knew you couldn't smoke indoors at restaurants, but I didn't know that applied to bars, as well.  Still, the aroma of alcoholic beverages in bars is sickening.  I do not like the smell of booze.  It literally makes me sick to my stomach.

You can smell booze? I didn't realize they gave off that much of an odor unless it's on your breath or someone throws up.

Wait, you can't? I love the smell that beer gives off at bars and various alcohol-soaked events, and I don't even need to be drinking to notice it. The scent is usually apparent the moment that I walk into the room or area where drinks are being served.
125  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: In general (not just dating), do nice guys finish last? on: March 01, 2015, 11:17:32 am
"Nice guys" aren't keeping score.
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