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51  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: looks like Tsipras has folded on: July 14, 2015, 12:17:45 pm
Selling Parthenon hurts exactly nobody. It is an expensive heirloom, that could fetch a good load of cash. You are out of cash. Why not sell it?

You know, I think this is probably one of those 'if you don't get it, there's no way to explain it to you' sorts of things.

I'm pretty sure he grew up in the USSR, then made a career for himself in the West.  probably has a nice portfolio and everything.  such people hold "property rights" sacrosanct above all other rights.  the post-Castro Cuban emigres are horrible too.  I went to college with one -- she was really hot, but both of us saw fate pass us by as I apologized for Castro.

Way to characterize hundreds of thousands of people in five sentences.

National pride, though, is not a human right Smiley

Perhaps not, but it is a fact in most countries around the world, and you must agree that a blow to national pride as severe as selling symbols of the country (like the Parthenon for Greece) would cause would create a much more powerful, and possibly violent, backlash than raising the same amount of money from slightly higher taxes or spending slightly less money on public services, even if a robot might calculate that the people would be better off in the first case. Note that no European leaders have demanded Greece sell off national heirlooms.


There will not be a successful left-wing uprising in Greece in the immediate future. The best you can hope for is the next elections being won by a left-wing SYRIZA breakaway group, though I'm inclined to believe they would turn Tsipras themselves out of fear of the consequences of breaking off of the Eurozone.

I understand that. But there should have been some limit, some point beyond which people started to realize that debt forgiveness would help Greece vastly more than it would hurt Germany, some point at which the insistence on taking the harshest imaginable line gave way to, if nothing else, pity. The fact that this didn't even come close to happening puts one in mind more of the attitudes that people have towards enemy Others than towards European partners, and I'm honestly outright repulsed by the nature and tone of political discourse within Germany. Again, maybe I'm too softhearted.

In the history of interactions between creditors and debtors, even when forgiving debt would help the debtor far more than it would hurt the creditor (as you say), normally the creditor does not forgive the debt, and in fact normally no one even expects him to. Germany is behaving the same way people have behaved basically since the invention of money.
52  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you have any CLOSE friends that are ethnic minorities (white people only)? on: July 13, 2015, 10:23:39 pm
My closest friend is an Indian (as in, from India). My own qualification in the poll might be disputed by some, too.
53  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: FL: Rereredistricting on: July 13, 2015, 12:20:14 am
So in the end, are FL democrats going to pick up new seats?

Not really clear. The court's ruling basically sacrifices Gwen Graham and David Jolly, who are both put in districts that are too far right and left, respectively, to be held. That is a trade. Daniel Webster's district shifts from a leans Republican district to a pure tossup. Changes in the south are likely to be minimal in terms of political effect, so there will still be an open Democratic-held Republican-leaning seat (FL-18, Patrick Murphy's seat), and a Republican-held tossup seat (FL-26, Carlos Curbelo's seat) that might shift slightly in favor of the Democrats, but not so far that it is unholdable for Curbelo in a neutral year.

In conclusion: Republicans look likelier than not under the new map to gain 2 seats next year, FL-2 and FL-18, while Democrats seem likelier than not to gain FL-13. Two seats -- Daniel Webster's (currently FL-10, but I think its successor is numbered FL-9 on Muon's map) and FL-26 are Democratic targets, while Republicans essentially have nowhere further to expand beyond the 2 seats they are likelier than not to gain. Somewhere between D+1 and R+1 seems like the likeliest result, therefore; not too big of a deal in terms of overall House control.
54  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are/were you and your family's college majors? on: July 12, 2015, 11:53:52 pm
Soviet Union:
Paternal Grandfather: Electrical Engineering
Paternal Grandmother: Economics
Father: Pre-Medicine (didn't have a major; enrolled in a program where he was able to go directly to medical school after two years of college)

America:
Uncle (father's brother): Business
Mother (first in her family to go to college): Computer Science
Me (about to start college in a bit more than a month; this is my intention): Biochemistry
55  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: AlternateHistory.com on: July 12, 2015, 09:59:52 pm
Rumsfeldia has been updated, finally!

Eh. I was really into that timeline's '70s, but he's really laying it on hot and heavy with the dystopia in the '80s and it feels overdone to me. I'll go check out this update, though.
56  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What AP classes/tests have you taken? on: July 12, 2015, 09:55:35 pm
I'm a bit weirded out by you kids taking 10+ AP tests. At that point it feels like you're cheapening college.

With costs for college rising as precipitously as they are, that is exactly what we are trying to do Smiley
57  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What AP classes/tests have you taken? on: July 12, 2015, 01:56:45 pm
Senior Year:
Intend to take, with the school, Calculus AB, English Literature, Environmental Science, Physics 1, Spanish Language. Intend to take, online, Macroeconomics & Microeconomics. Intend to self-study Comparative Government, Human Geography, and U.S. History. Not sure how I intend to survive taking 10 AP tests in a year.

Only voted for the ones I've taken, since the senior year itinerary is still kind of flexible.

So, yeah. I did that, exactly as I described in the post. It involved a great many sleepless nights and a good deal of stress. I did not manage to pass 10 AP tests in a single year, but I did get through 8 of those, which combined with the ones I took earlier means this August I will start at OSU with 60 credits, or as a junior (Rank 3).

These were my scores (just from senior year):
Calculus AB - 3
English Literature - 5
Environmental Science - 4
Physics 1 - 2 Sad
Spanish Language - 5
Macroeconomics - 2 Sad cue the jokes about my political views making this result inevitable
Microeconomics - 3
Comparative Government - 5
Human Geography - 5
U.S. History - 5
58  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: TNF vs Bibi Netenyahu on: July 12, 2015, 01:47:38 pm
Netanyahu enthusiastically. Not even as a vote against TNF (though I'd enjoy casting one of those), but as a vote explicitly in favor of Netanyahu and what he represents.
59  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The paradox of Vladimir Putin on: July 10, 2015, 02:05:48 am
There is a great deal of total bullsh**t in this thread, but by far the most bizarre thing was whoever called Pussy Riot religious and anti-socialist. They are anti-religious and socialist, in fact.
60  General Discussion / History / Re: Opinion of Jack London? on: July 09, 2015, 04:53:44 pm
Terrible political views, but a fantastic author nonetheless. Voted FF.
61  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is conservatism the root cause of nearly all of our problems? on: July 09, 2015, 04:41:37 pm
I misread the question and voted 'yes' -- count me as a 'no'.

The more interesting question is why some people come to this website and their political beliefs instantly start shifting.
62  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Forum Democrats Rejoice: Alan Grayson Running for Senate in Florida on: July 09, 2015, 01:29:06 pm
This'll be fun.
63  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Foreign Languages Taught in US Public Schools on: July 09, 2015, 01:26:41 pm
My high school offered Spanish, French, German, and Latin, and there was a great deal of activity and interest in all four. Beyond that, some ambitious students undertook to study Mandarin Chinese and Russian at a nearby college (Kent State offers a summer program for high schoolers; originally, Arabic was also offered, but it was dropped because of a lack of interest). So, those are the six I voted for.

EDIT: So, you can only vote for 5? Dammit. Not really sure which of those should go. Didn't vote.
64  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which Romance language would you rather learn? on: July 06, 2015, 03:59:59 pm
I took high-school level Spanish for 5 years, culminating with my receiving a 5 on the AP Spanish Language test and receiving 15 credits, making me half-way to a Spanish language minor at OSU, which I intend to complete. Voted Spanish. (I also took Latin for two years, but that was mainly to be active in my high school's Latin Club, which many of my friends were/are part of and which is a fantastic organization).

Beyond that, probably French, as I have some friends who speak it, or maybe Portuguese, since it's a pretty widely used language.
65  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).
66  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.
67  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.
68  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.
69  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.
70  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.
71  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).
72  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.
73  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.
74  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.
75  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.
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