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1701  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: What about "death"? on: June 18, 2015, 12:08:52 am
I didn't vote. "Only my own and others I care about" should be an option; unlike afleitch, the fact that I wasn't around to experience 1982 does bother me when I consider all the possible missed experiences, and the fact that I may not experience 2082 also bothers me (and for the same reason).
1702  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you become more liberal or conservative over time? on: June 15, 2015, 09:56:52 pm
Socially much more liberal (though I don't quite know what is meant by 'steadily'); economically perhaps a little, but no significant difference.
1703  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Bad news for lovers of cartographic historical border whimsy on: June 15, 2015, 09:31:35 pm
RIP to the world's only enclave-in-an-enclave-in-an-enclave



Google Earth shows that it's basically just a field.

Some reporter actually went there and found that the field is owned by a Bangladeshi guy and it's already de facto Bangladesh.
1704  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: June 14, 2015, 12:46:06 pm
Although the Tories have never won a majority in the years in which the Bloc won Quebec (1993-2008)

The Tories won 10 Quebec seats in both of their minority governments (2006 & 2008), but only 6 when they won a majority in 2011. In none of those elections was Quebec particularly decisive. What matters for the Tories isn't receiving a great deal of support from Quebec, but rather stopping their opponents from doing so -- either through disunity or through a strong Bloc performance. Right now there seems like a solid chance of both events happening.
1705  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Harry S. Truman on: June 11, 2015, 01:34:51 pm
- used nuclear weapons against noncombatants not once, but twice, in spite of the fact that it was clear the Japanese were ready to surrender
- purged civil society and the trade unions of the left, getting the ball rolling for McCarthyism
- plunged the U.S. into an utterly pointless global conflict with the USSR, PRC, and the rest of the Eastern bloc in spite of the fact that the latter group was not ever interested in 'world domination' by the time that the Stalinist counterrevolution had taken root
- fought a pointless war in Korea that killed hundreds of thousands of people
- pretended to oppose the Taft-Hartley Act (in reality, he'd have signed it if it had given him more discretion in terms of settling strikes by force) then used it repeatedly to force workers back to work, including drafting steelworkers into the army, etc
- incredibly corrupt
- allowed Israel to be a thing

Striking the unsupported, vague assertion of being "incredibly corrupt", every other thing on this list is why Truman was a massive FF and one of the best Presidents America's ever had.
1706  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: GOP congressman: My kids won't be a drain to society like disabled people on: June 11, 2015, 12:48:19 pm
...that's not at all what he said.
1707  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: 1996 Georgia Senate election on: June 11, 2015, 12:43:06 pm
The runoff was repealed in '95 and then reintroduced, I think, whenever it was the GOP took control of the Georgia legislature in the early 2000s. This was because the runoff had the property of reversing narrow Democratic victories and giving them to the GOP (this took place in '92, and would have in '96 had there been a runoff).
1708  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Kirk: Lndsey Graham is a "bro with no ho" on: June 11, 2015, 12:41:50 pm
That's hilarious and in an ideal world would improve Kirk's reelection chances. Alas, in the world we live in it'll simply have no effect.
1709  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did You Have a Course On Your State's History In School? on: June 08, 2015, 12:29:39 am
We spent a good chunk of time in the fourth grade studying the history of Ohio.
1710  Forum Community / Forum Community / I graduated high school today on: June 06, 2015, 11:54:49 pm
So, yeah. This morning, I walked across the stage at the Westlake High School graduation, was handed a diploma, and departed high school for better climes. Then I attended three graduation parties in the afternoon.

One chapter ends, a new chapter begins.
1711  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which political group of the European Parliament would you join? on: June 04, 2015, 09:28:43 pm
I suppose the ECR, but it would depend on what country I'm from, realistically. My allegiances would be different in different European countries, corresponding to different parliamentary groups.
1712  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Least favorite year in school, K-12 on: June 04, 2015, 09:16:36 pm
Difficult to say between grades 5-6 and grade 9, which were all very sucky and horrible. I was probably bullied harder in grades 5-6, while in grade 9 I wasn't bullied so much as friendless and extremely unmotivated (I had the easiest schedule but the worst grades of my whole time in high school). I'll say grade 9, since the problems there are both fresher in my mind and had more lasting consequences than the ones in grades 5-6.

Grades 7 & 8 were actually OK; they were both bordered by periods of suckiness, though.
1713  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Would you allow a cop to search your car without a warrant? on: June 04, 2015, 10:30:27 am
I've allowed an assistant principal to search my car without a warrant. Mercifully the day they chose to spring that surprise on me there was nothing objectionable in there.
1714  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How did you first hear of Jack Kerouac? on: May 28, 2015, 10:06:33 pm
1715  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Which Senators would you really like to see lose next year? on: May 28, 2015, 04:17:18 pm
Democrats: The two really terrible Democrats up this year, Boxer and Reid, are both retiring, so the Senate is very likely to improve next year. I suppose of the remainder I'd like Leahy and Murray to go.

Republicans: Shelby is undoubtedly the worst of this year's crop.
1716  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: In the U.S. of Voronoi, which state do you live in? on: May 25, 2015, 05:09:56 pm
I stay in Ohio on the US states map, and I barely stay in the US over Canada on the world map as well.
1717  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ethiopian electoral-type event, 24 May 2015 on: May 24, 2015, 11:44:39 am
This is tomorrow.

So...any update on which of the three now seems likeliest to succeed Meles?
1718  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Democrats Face a Grim Future -National Journal on: May 24, 2015, 11:33:26 am
but muh demographics
1719  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Palestinian national football team detained by Israel on: May 23, 2015, 11:07:38 pm
The real story here is that 2 of the players are wearing socks with sandals in the photograph. What poor taste.
1720  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: You know what this burrito needs? on: May 23, 2015, 10:51:22 pm
Olives are nasty
1721  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the 7 Medieval Personality Types is the Previous Poster? on: May 23, 2015, 10:50:28 pm
7 - Sage
6 - Scholar, Warrior
5 - King, Artisan
2 - Server, Priest

Only Sage got 7/7, but all of them basically work except Server and Priest.
1722  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Contras on: May 21, 2015, 11:01:11 pm
Freedom Fighters. That they abused human rights is undeniable, of course, but so is the fact that the regime they were fighting was much worse. There would not be many (certainly not a majority of people) people arguing that mass rapes that took place when the Red Army drove back Nazi Germany makes the force and their struggle as a whole HPs, since the alternative was so much clearly even worse; this is a comparable, if smaller-scale, example.

Are you fucking insane?
Not insane. Just madly in love with Ronald Reagan.

Or at least Violeta Chamorro.
1723  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What's the best thing that Israel has done for America? on: May 21, 2015, 10:58:28 pm


Ah. Otherwise, the statement doesn't make sense, as no states classically defined as "Western" besides Israel are in a geopolitical situation where one of their neighbors is a threat (or is perceived as a threat) to the state's existence. If you're going to interpret that word literally, his post makes no sense whatsoever.



Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Norway all border on Russia: arguably a state less civilized and more threatening to their neighbors than anything Palestinians can ever hope to be.

The size differential makes this example not particularly relevant to Israel v. Palestine; those countries cannot collectively hope to subdue Russia.

Bhutan is neither Western, nor even borders on Nepal - I have no clue how that example is relevant.

Yeah, that was a bad example. Strike it.



How many of those articles about other countries are about public transportation policy, though? Try again.



Quite a few: China is building Brazilian roads you see.

This is indeed quite significant news, but I have seen very little discussion of it and what it entails, especially as compared with this issue.

In any case, none of the articles about Israel were about a "public transportation policy". Indeed, only a shameless racist extremist would even consider describing it thus.

You are, really, giving a bad name to our fellow tribesemen here.

But it is. The reason for this law being passed is very simple, which is that because of the nature of Jewish settlement in the West Bank, where Jews go in and form new communities rather than joining the existing ones, because of those residents being hostile to their presence, Jews and Palestinians live in separate communities in the West Bank, so buses carrying just Jews or just Palestinians would travel to fewer destinations and be more convenient for both groups, while buses carrying both groups would increase the length of the typical trip. It's not about being unwilling to share a bus with the other group (indeed, sharing buses among different groups of Jews within Israel has proven to be much more contentious).
1724  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Contras on: May 21, 2015, 07:59:12 pm
Freedom Fighters. That they abused human rights is undeniable, of course, but so is the fact that the regime they were fighting was much worse. There would not be many (certainly not a majority of people) people arguing that mass rapes that took place when the Red Army drove back Nazi Germany makes the force and their struggle as a whole HPs, since the alternative was so much clearly even worse; this is a comparable, if smaller-scale, example.

Are you fucking insane?

I'm definitely going against a much more overwhelming forum consensus than I'm used to this time, at the least Tongue
1725  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Contras on: May 21, 2015, 07:20:14 pm
Freedom Fighters. That they abused human rights is undeniable, of course, but so is the fact that the regime they were fighting was much worse. There would not be many (certainly not a majority of people) people arguing that mass rapes that took place when the Red Army drove back Nazi Germany makes the force and their struggle as a whole HPs, since the alternative was so much clearly even worse; this is a comparable, if smaller-scale, example.
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