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1726  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: do you support any abortion restrictions? on: April 13, 2014, 10:24:27 am
No, I categorically reject both the idea that the "unborn" have rights and the idea that those rights would trump those of the mother even if they did exist.
1727  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to free King on: April 13, 2014, 10:18:25 am
I saw his drunk posting. It wasn't funny.

It was like a third-rate t_host1 impression.
1728  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Mean Girls on: April 12, 2014, 09:02:00 pm
Watch Heathers.
1729  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: SirNick for President - People Over Politics - Ask Me Anything! on: April 12, 2014, 08:58:23 pm
Legally? Yes, it does matter. Which is why we keep track in the first place.
1730  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: SirNick for President - People Over Politics - Ask Me Anything! on: April 12, 2014, 07:18:00 pm
Living in one state rather than another does have an effect on the game's mechanics, although it's not one that often comes into play.
1731  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does this forum have a tendency to feign outrage over trivial things? on: April 12, 2014, 10:30:03 am
Has new 538 remained as bad as it was during its first couple of weeks? I've seen them called out for their sloppy use of data a few times since then, but I haven't bothered checking back.
1732  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: opinion of political correctness on: April 12, 2014, 10:18:33 am
I mostly agree with Mecha. Political correctness doesn't have anything even approaching a shared definition that would make giving an opinion on it as a concept possible.
1733  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted on the preceding legislation? on: April 12, 2014, 10:13:42 am

1734  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban Krazen on: April 12, 2014, 10:09:35 am
It's difficult enough to read someone's heart in person, let alone over the internet. Yet even if you could demonstrate that Krazen is a sadist, how would that justify banning him?
1735  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why has the Middle Class so declined? on: April 12, 2014, 09:58:34 am
A broad middle class is the historical exception, not the norm.

Have you been reading your Piketty?
1736  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Why was my post deleted? on: April 12, 2014, 09:57:42 am
All I did was make one joke, it isn't as if I made 25 different posts all about it, I mean, was it trolling? Like, at all?

As Oakvale said, the answer is that Ernest (a.k.a. True Federalist) moderates that board, and he believes that his mandate includes deleting bad jokes, among many other things.
1737  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Most expensive restaurant meal you've had on: April 12, 2014, 09:44:02 am
I can't enjoy any entree that costs more than about $25. I'll pay more only if I'm treating someone else, so the most expensive meal I've ever covered was probably my parent's anniversary dinner a couple of years ago. Both of their entrees were in the $40-$50 range.

My uncle once took me to a place in San Francisco where the cheapest meal on the menu was close to $100. I do not remember the food being especially good, but I was also nine years old.

More recently, I've decided that restaurants are horribly overrated. I don't go often and when I do I order the cheapest dish that looks appetizing and stay for as long as I can. (I don't skimp on the tip, however.)
1738  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever boycotted any company, product, or service on: April 11, 2014, 07:39:23 pm
why Wegmans?

I echo angus' question. I've been to places where they'd rough you up for even airing a negative thought about these stores.
1739  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Health Care System Options for the United States on: April 11, 2014, 12:52:35 pm
Something along the lines of what Bedstuy suggests. Voted "other."
1740  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the United States join the Commonwealth of Nations? on: April 11, 2014, 12:35:35 pm
What would be the point?
1741  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Dropbox facing boycotts after naming Condolezza Rice to Board of Directors on: April 11, 2014, 12:30:58 pm
I'm just glad to see her doing something other than running for public office.
1742  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Lil Wayne on: April 11, 2014, 12:16:56 pm
I don't know what to make of him... but I'm inclined to agree with Simfan.
1743  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever boycotted any company, product, or service on: April 11, 2014, 12:13:17 pm
If I'm aware that a company is doing things that I don't like, that becomes a factor in my consumption decisions. Almost everyone must do this to some extent, even if not deliberately.
1744  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oldiesfreak Deluge of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: April 11, 2014, 12:05:22 pm
I thought it was obvious that Antonio meant to direct his post toward people who oppose foreign aid in principle. (Or the kind of people who think that foreign aid consumes significantly more than the ~1% of the federal budget that it actually comprises... which is almost everyone.)
1745  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban Krazen on: April 11, 2014, 11:58:19 am
I pay him no mind whatsoever, neither a second nor a glance of attention. Nevertheless, if he were escorted out, I wouldn't mind one bit. I think he's aiming for reactions and shock value a lot of the time.

We allow left-wing posters to spew similar bile about executing the rich or whatever on a regular basis, so I don't see that krazen's especially deserving of banning.

To be honest, I like having him around as a living, breathing example of the moral bankruptcy of certain strains of movement conservatism.  His viewpoints exist in the world, and have a scarily large amount of influence, and our analysis and perspective will be better for having to confront that fact.

These guys know what they're talking about. Krazen is easily ignored and not especially unusual. He hasn't even been especially nasty in the couple of exchanges that I've had with him. As far as I'm concerned, this would be the clearest instance in the forum's history of banning someone just because they are widely disliked.
1746  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Al Realpolitik Institute of Sulfur Mining & Extraction on: April 09, 2014, 09:45:15 pm
I actually prefer Inksquisitor's moderation style to that of True Curator, but maybe that's just me.
1747  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Standing Committee on: April 09, 2014, 09:24:42 pm
1748  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Based God Polling: At-Large Senate Possibilities on: April 09, 2014, 09:14:35 pm
Among those listed, excluding Talleyrand:

1. Alfred
2. Simfan
3. Shua
4. Deus
5. Flo

I won't vote for JCL because he's JCL, I won't vote for Lumine because he first-preferenced JCL in the special Senate election, and I won't for Goldwater because he's been insufficiently active while in office.
1749  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Standing Committee on: April 09, 2014, 09:11:31 pm

Flo, I'm not trying to be a jerk (although, perhaps more importantly, I'm not trying not to be a jerk), but this question needs to be asked: Why did you contest our primary if you weren't prepared to accept its result?
1750  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: A debate on Car Control on: April 09, 2014, 09:01:41 pm
This argument isn't nearly as crazy as everyone seems to assume, although I'm not sure why anyone would use it to argue that firearms aren't a problem. Both cars and guns rack up gruesome body counts in the US every year. To wit:

  • In 2010, there were 33,000 motor vehicle deaths and well over 2,000,000 injuries.1
  • In the same year, we used firearms to commit 20,000 suicides and 10,000 homicides.2 Another 70,000 people were treated for non-fatal gunshot wounds.1

Driving a vehicle (or riding in one) is by far the most dangerous activity that most of us engage in regularly. Yet fatal car crashes are so mundane to most Americans that they're mentioned here in an attempt to trivialize gun violence. Maybe there would be more debate over whether the standard of living that we're accustomed to requires that we all do so much driving if more people were conscious of the level of risk involved.

Rates of automobile deaths and violent crime have been in a state of gradual decline for decades now, but both remain much higher than in other wealthy countries. We'd be better off with fewer cars and fewer guns on our streets.
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