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1701  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What kind of smartphone do you possess? on: May 06, 2013, 09:38:45 pm
Just my iPhone 4. I like the iPhone, but there's no need to obsessively buy each time a new one is made; the improvements are always minuscule.
1702  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Link on: May 06, 2013, 06:42:18 pm
Basically another pbrower, except he prefers to demean people who disagree with him instead of ignoring them.
1703  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Marokai vs Koenkai on: May 05, 2013, 05:44:53 pm
Koenkai (insane)

1704  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Ayaan Hirsi Ali on: May 05, 2013, 04:49:52 pm
Very brave FF.
1705  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: So, I attempted suicide last week and just spent six days in a mental hospital. on: May 05, 2013, 02:54:05 pm
You have the forum's sincerest sympathy, Bacon Smiley

Hope you get better.
1706  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Malaysia election 2013 on: May 05, 2013, 02:30:24 pm
One thing I did notice looking at the results that close elections are won by BN by a ratio or something like 4 to 1 when in theory it should be 1 to 1. 

Not necessarily -- it could just be a sign of better-allocated resources. In the 2012 presidential election in the US Romney won just 2 states by less than 9% (NC, GA) while Obama won 10 states by less than 9% (FL, OH, VA, CO, PA, NH, IA, NV, WI, MN). That's a 5:1 ratio, even greater than that you're noticing, but all it demonstrates is that Obama allocated resources better, not that he cheated.

On the other hand, Malaysia's democracy has clearly been dominated by the BN to an unhealthy degree for much of its history; I doubt the BN is a fair player. But ratio of close races isn't proof that one party or another cheated.
1707  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Arizona GOP blocks gun buyback programs, because neener neener. on: May 05, 2013, 01:55:34 pm
Isn't that an infringment of cities' rights?

The powers (and lack thereof) of local government in the United States are governed by state constitutions, so it would depend on what the Arizona Constitution has to say on the matter. If this was a matter of dispute I think we would've already heard about it, though; most criticisms from Democrats are about the effects of the policy itself, not its legality. (And legality is a much easier thing to attack, so...)
1708  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MI-Sen: Peters in on: May 05, 2013, 01:48:35 pm
I highly doubt either Amash or Rogers run, because both aren't nobodies in the House (Rogers is a committee chairman; Amash is one of the leaders of the House Paulists, which are small now, but are expanding and may within a few cycles hold the balance of power in the House) and neither has shown much interest in risky statewide promotion before.

It's interesting how both parties seem to have profoundly weak benches in Michigan (a pretty big, pretty swingy state). Republicans have no obvious candidate for the Senate (Terri Lynn Land's name has been bandied about a lot, but has she actually ever said anything on the topic? The likeliest candidate in my mind is St. Sen. Roger Kahn, who represents Gratiot and Saginaw counties in the north and wanted to be the sacrificial lamb against Levin) and Democrats have no obvious candidate for Governor since Whitmer declined (somebody, I think Triple P, did a poll of the various possible no-names recently and the best-performing Democrat was Fmr. Rep. Mark Schauer, who was a one-term wonder in the 111th Congress).

The Senate race is basically Likely D until it's clear who the Republican candidate is; if they get a self-funder or somebody whose held state office, it becomes Leans D, I suppose. This one is winnable under the right circumstances, but those seem doubtful.
1709  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Arizona GOP blocks gun buyback programs, because neener neener. on: May 05, 2013, 11:12:41 am
Welcome back to the Forum, koenkai!!!
1710  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: possible Israeli airstrike on Syria on: May 04, 2013, 10:33:48 pm
Hey sounds like a win-win...gets bad publicity for Israel and Netanyahu.

That's a win?

You think I'd ever vote for Netanyahu and Likud?

Admittedly not, but I still think cheering bad publicity for a whole country isn't something you would do for most states and is a bit difficult to understand. Not unexpected -- many people have a double standard for the Israeli state -- but it's still difficult to understand. (I can explain why many people have such negative opinions with a word that starts with 'a', ends with 'm', and has a dash in the middle, but I rather doubt that applies to your opinions.)

On the other hand, Netanyahu is clearly not a politician you would approve of for numerous reasons.
1711  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Board Proposal: Science on: May 04, 2013, 04:33:23 pm
Boards that are used in basically exactly the same ways ("Election What-ifs" and "Alternate History"; "Individual Politics" and "Political Debate") can be merged to make room for a specifically Science board, which I think is necessary, as it is a topic that does get discussed every so often, most frequently in Off-Topic but spread out through all the boards. What we don't need is multiple boards for the exact same thing (see above) which in many circumstances is what we have. Some sub-boards (Past Election What-ifs/Alternate Elections/2000-2004 US Presidential Election Results) can be merged with the 'main' boards without too much trouble, and 'Town Hall', which consists mostly of threads started by Al in 2009 which nobody ever replied to, can just be axed entirely, with the records kept in Election & History Games. Also the spelling for 'Mock Parliment' can be fixed.

And we can make a 'Science' board under General Discussion. All the reforms I've listed above would make up for it.
1712  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is the preceding poster a FF or HP? on: May 04, 2013, 04:21:22 pm
Pretty FF. Nice guy with nice views.
1713  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Which is more disturbing? on: May 04, 2013, 04:18:50 pm
Clearly the first. Cigarettes have a negative health impact on every single person who uses them. With proper supervision and monitoring in a controlled environment (like a shooting range), there's no reason children shouldn't be able to use guns (I know I did, though admittedly not at the age of 5).

You are insane.

Why? In contrast to guns, no truly legitimate use of cigarettes exists. There's a lot wrong with poisoning yourself, but there's a strong argument to be made to start teaching how to safely handle and use guns at an early age.
1714  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Principal fires security guards to hire art teachers, transforms elem. school on: May 04, 2013, 04:12:21 pm
Would be very interesting to see some statistics, on how much test-scores/grades/behavior have improved. And what those who graduate go on to do, though that'll take time.
1715  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: possible Israeli airstrike on Syria on: May 04, 2013, 02:10:32 pm
Hey sounds like a win-win...gets bad publicity for Israel and Netanyahu.

That's a win?

I don't see how it does that, though, so it's OK.
1716  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Steve King is out on: May 04, 2013, 01:55:35 pm
Matt Schultz (state Secretary of State of Iowa, elected very narrowly, 49-47, in 2010) seems to be the fellow the Republicans are trying to get next. He's, interestingly enough, a Mormon. Braley is more experienced and more entrenched, but Schultz has run a successful statewide campaign before, whereas Braley has not. We'll see how it goes, but Braley is probably initially favored.

Maybe Latham will reconsider now that he has a free path to the nomination.

There's been some rumors of this, yes...
1717  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Which of these two countries is more liveable? on: May 04, 2013, 01:53:10 pm
For specifically me, as a member of a religious minority which would probably be repressed in Jesusland, probably Aynrandland; at least there I'm as bad off as everyone else. It's more difficult to judge (would need more detail) what it would be like to a member of the dominant ethnicity, which is presumably the same in both countries. From your description for someone of this ethnicity Jesusland sounds better, but only as a 'lesser of two very evils' type choice and more details are necessary.

Aynrandland sounds like I'd get cancer within a week, and me and any children would condemned as poor workers forever (especially without public education). Though would Ayn Rand and other "libertarians" really approve of corporations censoring the Internet?

His description of the environmental situation in Aynrandland reminded me to a great extent of Soviet environmental policy, ironically enough. I would agree that it doesn't sound like a state Ayn Rand would approve of -- calling it 'Corporateland' or 'Fordland' sounds more accurate.
1718  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Genetically Modified Kids on: May 04, 2013, 11:08:38 am
While this is a field with so much potential for abuse it's scary, ultimately once modification of children (probably prenatally) can be made safe and predictable I see no reason it should be prevented.
1719  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Santorum actually garner the GOP nomination? on: May 04, 2013, 11:07:08 am
Sure, he could.
1720  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: If Hillary Clinton runs, which Republican has the best chance of beating her? on: May 04, 2013, 10:55:51 am
A governor from a left-leaning state. Christie is the obvious answer, but Sandoval/Martinez/I think even Walker would all have at least a shot. Most of the Senators who are possibilities (Rubio/Ryan/Ayotte?) are too fresh to have a chance without something going very wrong. Corbett, lePage, and Snyder I exclude; Corbett will probably lose, lePage seems likely to get a second term now but only due to the divisions of the left in Maine, and Snyder's future remains quite murky -- I think some of our Michigan members have speculated he may not seek reelection.

But it's important to keep in mind that a week is an eternity in politics, and there are (rounding up) 184 weeks left until the election. Everything can change in 184 eternities -- for all we know, Ryan/Snyder will be beating Clinton by double-digits.
1721  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Conservatives and climate change on: May 04, 2013, 10:46:56 am
Denial of climate change is one of the most vile positions held by anyone in American politics.
1722  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Which is more disturbing? on: May 04, 2013, 10:43:50 am
Clearly the first. Cigarettes have a negative health impact on every single person who uses them. With proper supervision and monitoring in a controlled environment (like a shooting range), there's no reason children shouldn't be able to use guns (I know I did, though admittedly not at the age of 5).
1723  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Fraken gets first challenger on: May 03, 2013, 04:08:03 pm
Seems alright -- certainly somebody who can self-fund like McFadden will draw Democratic money here.
1724  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your religion? on: April 30, 2013, 06:53:58 pm
I identify my religion as Judaism, not because I practice the religion, but out of a general belief that "my ancestors were clearly right". Which I believe has its own name.
1725  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you pronounce the preceding poster's user name? on: April 30, 2013, 06:52:13 pm
The word 'grumpy', except removing the /i/ and adding a /s/.
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