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1  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? on: October 02, 2015, 05:02:53 pm
-snip-

Pretty boring, yeah?

I'm underwater with readings. Here's my list:

The Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update by Dennis Meadows et al

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter planet by Mark Lynas

After Capitalism by David Schweickart

A History of The Cuban Revolution by Aviva Chomsky

An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Power by John Gordon Steele

A Most Magnificent Machine: America Adopts the Railroad, 1825-1862 by Craig Miner

American Railroads by John F. Stover

Andrew Carnegie and the Rise of Big Business by Harold C. Livesay

Acts by Luke

Galatians by Paul

I recently finished:

The 1812 Aponte Rebellion in Cuba and the Struggle Against Atlantic Slavery by Matt Childs

Biography of a Runaway Slave by Miguel Barnet

The Gospel of Mark by John Mark
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Arne Duncan stepping down. on: October 02, 2015, 04:48:15 pm
I was wondering when somebody would post this thread...

Praise Jesus!!!!!!!

Why do you care? It's not like a Republican will take his place.
I know but still Duncan was pretty bad.

Yeah, especially his decision to force high-schoolers to read Alinsky's memoirs.

Isn't Rules for Radicals the scary book?

For the record, it's some pretty blah organizing tips. The kind of thing you might assume to a grad student in a Non-Profit Management masters' program.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which of these two statements about foreign policy do you agree with more? on: October 02, 2015, 04:46:25 pm
Option 1 would lead to less bloodshed.

Why is that? Realpolitik concerns prompted the development of the Central and Entente alliances.

Crab, I cannot think of an example in which ideology was ever completely removed from the equation. The way states and their leaders frame "the nation's interests and aims" inevitable occurs through an ideological filter. Bismarck's Realpolitik operated to unify the Germanies into a Prussian-led Empire and sought to position that Empire atop Europe. That aim of national predominance is absolutely ideological. So too were Kissinger's diplomatic gymnastics, designed as they were to maintain US hegemony in an environment of multiple crises.

"Realism" in international relations theory aggravates me in the same way that people describing their beliefs as "rational" drives me up a wall. Advocates of a particular theory of statecraft, a theory naturally built on an underlying set of assumptions which can be traced to a particular ideology, have cornered the market on a word which suggests that all alternatives are "unrealistic." In the same way, people who describe their beliefs as "rational" imply that anyone who disagree within is irrational, or in other words, insane.

A much more intriguing question would be, "which ideological assumptions should form the basis of [US] foreign policy?" Then we could really figure out what people believe.

Realpolitik would probably mean that America wouldn't do nation building in the Middle East.  Spreading Democracy should never be part of our foreign policy.

Are you a robot?
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you vote in the following upcoming election? on: October 02, 2015, 04:22:52 pm
HDP (People's Democratic Party)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian_legislative_election,_2016
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Hillary calls for no-fly zone in Syria on: October 02, 2015, 04:21:10 pm
Warmonger.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which regime would you rather live under? on: October 02, 2015, 04:20:12 pm
Of course the problem with the liberal autarky is the freedoms you enjoy are entirely at the whims of your autocrat. At least in a democracy there is a way to escape, convoluted though it may be. Democracy is always better than no democracy.

In a majoritarian democracy without a "liberal" culture or constitutional checks, being a minority can suck. A lot.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: SJWs - Freedom Fighters or Horrible People? on: October 02, 2015, 04:16:20 pm
At this point "SJW's" are basically just a meme.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Say something kind about a voting bloc you don't like. on: October 02, 2015, 04:15:25 pm
Liberals mean well.
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Could you support a military takeover of the US government? on: October 02, 2015, 04:15:00 pm
Well yes, depressingly enough I can envision a regime taking over the US to which military rule would be preferable.

Right? Imagine Carly gets elected, start WWIII with Russia and China, and, after suffering early reversals, orders her Chiefs of Staffs to go nuclear. Even I'd be praying the generals revolted, locked her in a closet, and sued for peace (and I'm an anarchist!).
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Are you anticommunist/anti-Marxist? on: October 02, 2015, 04:13:05 pm
TNF, please exit whatever ML cult you've joined. I'm seriously concerned for you.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which of these two statements about foreign policy do you agree with more? on: October 02, 2015, 04:06:53 pm
Option 1 would lead to less bloodshed.

Why is that? Realpolitik concerns prompted the development of the Central and Entente alliances.

Crab, I cannot think of an example in which ideology was ever completely removed from the equation. The way states and their leaders frame "the nation's interests and aims" inevitable occurs through an ideological filter. Bismarck's Realpolitik operated to unify the Germanies into a Prussian-led Empire and sought to position that Empire atop Europe. That aim of national predominance is absolutely ideological. So too were Kissinger's diplomatic gymnastics, designed as they were to maintain US hegemony in an environment of multiple crises.

"Realism" in international relations theory aggravates me in the same way that people describing their beliefs as "rational" drives me up a wall. Advocates of a particular theory of statecraft, a theory naturally built on an underlying set of assumptions which can be traced to a particular ideology, have cornered the market on a word which suggests that all alternatives are "unrealistic." In the same way, people who describe their beliefs as "rational" imply that anyone who disagree within is irrational, or in other words, insane.

A much more intriguing question would be, "which ideological assumptions should form the basis of [US] foreign policy?" Then we could really figure out what people believe.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How well-informed is this person? on: October 02, 2015, 03:56:11 pm
I disagree with the above posters. Most people absorb the week's news story from twitter, reddit, forums, facebook, or wherever else they spend their internet time. The main difference here is ideological orientation of the news content. This person is almost certainly a liberal and proud of it.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Bernie Sanders too liberal for the Democratic party? on: October 02, 2015, 02:46:21 pm
He's keeping the dream of post-war liberalism alive in a neoliberal era.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination Poll - October 2015 on: October 02, 2015, 09:00:47 am
Still Cruz.

Aye, when Trump finally crashes, Cruz is perfectly positioned to pick up his support.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: POLL: Will Biden Run? - October 2015 on: October 01, 2015, 11:01:09 pm
I leaned yes all summer, but, I can't see him entering without participating in the first debate.

He'll make his decision "in the second half of October." The first debate is Oct. 28, and he's already met the polling standard. If he decides to jump him, he'll be at that debate.

I had been leaning no, but Hillary's incredibly weak fundraising numbers (she was almost beaten by a Socialist, for Christ's sake) should be tempting to old Joe. I voted yes, though I think the odds are about 50-50.

EDIT: I hadn't seen that CNN story. If that's true then yeah, that casts a different light on it. But just the other day, the story was that his deadline was mid October. The CNN story, like all bullsh**t "journalism" quotes "unnamed sources," so it could definitely be BS. We'll see.

First debate is on the 13th, but I agree with most of this post.

Oh sh!t you're right. I got it confused with the Republican CNBC debate. I am all kinds of off today. But yeah, that definitely makes sense for him to skip the first debate and see how Hillary does. If Bernie eviscerates her, like I expect him to, then that would be the bell for Biden to jump in.
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: If/When Donald Drops Out, Who Will Absorb His Support? on: October 01, 2015, 10:58:15 pm
Cruz has positioned himself to benefit the most.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Which Republican from Florida would make the worst President? on: October 01, 2015, 10:08:57 pm
Each has obvious problems.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Donald Trump says he'll drop out if he falls in the polls on: October 01, 2015, 10:07:49 pm
According to Donald Trump's horoscope, the period of July-September (2015) was supposed to be very great for him (and it was).

Donald Trump is actually at a somewhat negative phase of his life right now tho. It started in mid-September and will end somewhere around mid-November. His horoscope says that he will lose support and drop in the polls during this period, but this phase is not negative enough for him to drop-out of the race completely. This has been shockingly accurate so far.

At the end of the year, Donald Trump is supposed to enter a wonderful phase in his life. He will experience a huge increase in support and will start to do significantly better in the polls. January might be the peak of his campaign. This phase will only last until February tho. It will end just before the first primaries in Iowa/New Hampshire. The month of Feburary looks average to above-average for him (Feb is the month of the IA cau. and NH pri.), and March/April looks awful for him. He could win Iowa/New Hampshire, but his horoscope becomes negative after those primaries. If astrology is accurate, he should drop out during the months of March/April.

I know that astrology is considered to be pseudoscientific garbage by most Atlasians, but this is still interesting nevertheless. I don't believe in astrology, but the horoscope of DT has been shockingly accurate thus far.

Keep us updated, Brosef.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: POLL: Will Biden Run? - October 2015 on: October 01, 2015, 10:05:34 pm
I leaned yes all summer, but, I can't see him entering without participating in the first debate.

He'll make his decision "in the second half of October." The first debate is Oct. 28, and he's already met the polling standard. If he decides to jump him, he'll be at that debate.

I had been leaning no, but Hillary's incredibly weak fundraising numbers (she was almost beaten by a Socialist, for Christ's sake) should be tempting to old Joe. I voted yes, though I think the odds are about 50-50.

EDIT: I hadn't seen that CNN story. If that's true then yeah, that casts a different light on it. But just the other day, the story was that his deadline was mid October. The CNN story, like all bullsh**t "journalism" quotes "unnamed sources," so it could definitely be BS. We'll see.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is the GOP a white nationalist party? on: October 01, 2015, 10:03:58 pm
No - otherwise they wouldn't be universally supportive of Israel when it comes to foreign policy.

Jews have by and large been assimilated into what it means to be "white" in America. See all the references to the US as a Judeo-Christian nation.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Huckabee trolls BRTD with latest campaign ad title on: October 01, 2015, 10:02:44 pm
Who the finks crumples up dollars like that when throwing them at a stripper? That's never how I've done it.

How do you do it? Do you stick them in their g-string? Or just hurl floppy bills at them?

Asking for a friend?
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Short Rubio on: October 01, 2015, 10:36:15 am
Yelnoc, do you by any chance have a financial interest involved here?

I've divested, no worries.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 3rd quarter fundraising megathread on: September 30, 2015, 04:29:22 pm
The Sanders campaign pulled it off. Here's part of a mass email sent out around 2:30 PP.

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I wanted you to hear it from me first: a short while ago, we flew past our goal of 1 million online contributions to our campaign.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Game changer: How should candidates respond to news of flowing water on Mars? on: September 30, 2015, 11:35:31 am
In case anyone curious, Limbaugh's position is that this "discovery" that Mars once had a thicker atmosphere and even more water, before much of it bled away into space, is questionable science being used by the "mainstream media" as propaganda to scare us into action on climate change ahead of the Paris summit. Here's the relevant portion of yesterday's transcript (I was listening in the car):

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So yesterday we have this big announcement that they've found flowing water on Mars and that two-thirds of the planet used to be an ocean, two-thirds of the northern hemisphere used to be an ocean, it was a mile deep.  I raised a question.  How do we know this?  Have we probed a mile deep?  We know that there's always been water on Mars because they have ice caps on the poles.  So it's not news that there's water.  That's why they said free flowing water.  But that wasn't the big deal.  The big deal was that some scientist -- and it was important to call the guy a scientist -- some scientist said that a catastrophic event probably related to climate change on Mars, resulted in this.

I'm sorry, folks, but that's not science, and that's not even a good wild guess.  How can there be a catastrophic event on Mars when there is nobody there to experience the catastrophe?  How can there be a catastrophe on Mars when we can't even prove it?  All we can do is wild guess it?  And the very fact that my objection to this is being noted is proof positive that there is an agenda attached to this, otherwise they would leave my comments alone.  There is an agenda attached to it and they've got to try to discredit anyone -- in this case, me -- who is attempting to attach whatever they're doing with Mars and the news they're reporting to the Democrat leftist agenda, which of course is climate change.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How powerful would Rubio's Vice President be? on: September 30, 2015, 11:22:55 am
But anyway, is Rubio an empty suit or what?
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