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1726  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jeb Bush: "Traditional marriage" can fight poverty better than government aid on: May 14, 2014, 12:30:08 pm
Marriage is at least in part a form of  government aid.
1727  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Was the American Revolution Justified on: May 14, 2014, 12:26:41 pm
Justified how? Morally? Politically? Economically? Or in some other sense?
1728  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should prescription drug advertising be legal? on: May 14, 2014, 12:22:45 pm
What do insurance companies think about it?
1729  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Political Compass: Question #50 on: May 13, 2014, 05:15:03 pm
I've never understood what this question is getting it.
1730  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: May 13, 2014, 05:02:50 pm
Animals regularly kill each other, too, but I'd like to think that humanity's a tad more evolved than to think wanton murder and anarchy should be legal.

But precisely, we devised the principles of civilization to suit the specific nature of humanity. It is pointless to apply the same logic to creatures which aren't in any way concerned by civilization.

...which leads to the disturbing implication that  'uncivilized' humans have no moral standing.

The most generous possible reading of Sanchez is that he's making an appeal to nature. But that's still not a cogent argument.
1731  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office Of Rep. Dr. Cynic - I wanna be a Senator At-Large Yay! Boo! Yay! on: May 13, 2014, 04:46:31 pm
I didn't lose interest in any of those jobs. Real life sometimes interferes. Except for my last tenure as SOIA, when there was no communication from the White House at the time. So then, yes, I got fed up and quit.

Shots fired.

It's true that there wasn't really any communication between us. That's as much my fault as it is yours Tongue But yes, I got frustrated and decided that it'd probably be better for someone else to do it since I wasn't doing a great job. It was probably just a bit of burnout as well. It all worked out ok for the both of us though.

You're referring to a different administration. Superique was Secretary of Internal Affairs for the duration of my presidency.

But I was kidding, in any case. That was a long time ago.
1732  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office Of Rep. Dr. Cynic - I wanna be a Senator At-Large Yay! Boo! Yay! on: May 13, 2014, 04:34:20 pm
I didn't lose interest in any of those jobs. Real life sometimes interferes. Except for my last tenure as SOIA, when there was no communication from the White House at the time. So then, yes, I got fed up and quit.

Shots fired.
1733  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Game of Thrones on: May 13, 2014, 10:50:09 am
Yeah, I might enjoy AFFC and ADWD as a part of the series after I've read the next book, but as if now it's a couple thousand pages of plodding travelogues and new character bingo with no payoff.

The combined reading order helps, but it still feels like I'm missing the last few hundred pages of the book. Which makes sense, because that is exactly what happened. The intended conclusion of the series' second third had been planned for ADWD, but was left out because of its length. (It may also have had something to do with rushing the release to synchronize it with the first season of the show.)
1734  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield for President, the rise of the Grass Roots on: May 12, 2014, 11:25:24 pm
That image is how I imagined "Dudefest."
1735  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you live in the preceding place? on: May 12, 2014, 02:24:34 pm
Decent buildings, but the place clearly has at least one foot in the grave. I wouldn't be surprised if residents had to drive 10-20 miles for basic amenities. No way.



1736  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: If marijuana is legal, what should be the minimum age for smoking it? on: May 12, 2014, 07:27:12 am
6 people believe kids under 13 deserve to smoke marijuana? Sickening. Sad

Opposing a statutory minimum doesn't imply that it's a good thing for children to use marijuana, and it's telling that you jump to that assumption.
1737  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Turkish guy admits on TV datingshow that he killed 2 of his previous girlfriends on: May 11, 2014, 06:19:50 pm
Isn't this exactly the kind of person you'd want to put on a reality television show?
1738  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Fast-Food Restaurants from Most R to Most D on: May 11, 2014, 06:18:25 pm
My guess is that the answers to these three questions explain almost all of the partisan variability among fast food chain customers:

1. Where in the country are the restaurants located?
2. How urban or rural are its locations?
3. How white are its customers?
1739  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your current level of education? on: May 11, 2014, 06:07:41 pm
Working on my MPA. Meh.
1740  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: If marijuana is legal, what should be the minimum age for smoking it? on: May 11, 2014, 06:06:00 pm
Legal, with no minimum age defined by statute.
1741  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Republican criticism on unemployment on: May 11, 2014, 06:01:28 pm
Because "jobs created" has become the currency of virtually every political debate, whether it's an appropriate metric or not.
1742  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Drinking Age on: May 11, 2014, 05:49:19 pm
No minimum age for consumption or purchase. Telling teenagers that they can't drink does not achieve the intended result, and substituting law enforcement for discipline is about as stupid as policy-making can get.

I've been able to acquire whatever alcohol I can afford since I was 15, and I don't even have an older sibling. I would guess that the same holds true for most teenagers.

On the other hand, I've seen plenty of lives thrown off the rails by the ham-fisted and selective enforcement of anti-alcohol laws. As with other anti-drug laws, the actual effect is to alienate large parts of the public and to place more arbitrary power in the hands of cops.

They don't ID-check you where you live?

Not often. The only places where I've ever been carded are chain supermarkets (where it's required of every customer as a matter of policy) or bars frequented by college students.

But that even then it doesn't matter. There's always someone older who's willing to buy. If not for free, then for a small tip.
1743  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Drinking Age on: May 11, 2014, 05:28:46 pm
No minimum age for consumption or purchase. Telling teenagers that they can't drink does not achieve the intended result, and substituting law enforcement for discipline is about as stupid as policy-making can get.

I've been able to acquire whatever alcohol I can afford since I was 15, and I don't even have an older sibling. I would guess that the same holds true for most teenagers.

On the other hand, I've seen plenty of lives thrown off the rails by the ham-fisted and selective enforcement of anti-alcohol laws. As with other anti-drug laws, the actual effect is to alienate large parts of the public and to place more arbitrary power in the hands of cops.
1744  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Bore for Northeast (Campaign Update) on: May 11, 2014, 04:45:53 pm
In terms of ideas and activity, Deus is the strongest opponent who you've faced yet. Nevertheless, I can't imagine endorsing anyone else after your strong performance over the most recent couple of sessions. (At this point, you may be responsible for repealing more laws than any other Senator in Atlasian history.) Endorsed!
1745  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Do you ethusiastically support any candidate at this stage? on: May 10, 2014, 07:40:57 pm
I'm as ready for Hillary as I am for a root canal.
1746  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which President left the US in better condition? on: May 10, 2014, 07:38:31 pm
Probably Reagan, but for reasons largely unrelated to their respective actions.

This is the correct answer.

Obviously, given that Carter left office with double-digit unemployment and rampant inflation.

Not to mention with Ronald Reagan as President.
1747  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Prequel Trilogy Obi-Wan Kenobi on: May 10, 2014, 11:42:32 am
You probably enjoyed Ewan McGregor's performance because A) virtually all of the characters that he acted against were even worse and B) audiences had already been introduced to his character, and in a far more competent fashion than the people behind prequels were capable of. (Obi-Wan gets more characterization in his first scene in a A New Hope than he does in the entire prequel series.)

Lucas wanted the Jedi to seem stoic, I guess, but his attempt to project that made all of those characters come across as dull and lazy. How amazing is it for a Samuel L. Jackson performance to put people to sleep?
1748  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: best year for albums/music in general? on: May 10, 2014, 11:00:16 am
I don't know. The music critic in me says 1977, but my music library doesn't agree. Here's its number of songs by year (in rock and pop genres only):



There's an obvious bias toward recent years because that music is easier to find and easier to hear about in the first place. Plus I've had less time to sour on it. I'm sure that I'll have fewer songs from 2013 one year from today. But with that in mind, it does have a few obvious peaks: 1973, 1977, 1981, 1987, 1996, 2005 (huh?), and 2010.
1749  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Martin O'Malley bombs on reddit has one of worst AMA's in history on: May 09, 2014, 09:59:34 am
I don't think Reddit was the problem here. Read a few of O'Malley's responses; it's as if he doesn't realize that he's talking to human beings. He'd have been ripped apart for this lame performance in plenty of venues.
1750  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Cats or dogs? on: May 09, 2014, 09:43:53 am
Cats aren't bad, but I don't know why anyone who could have a dog instead wouldn't get a dog instead.
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