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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: Today at 02:11:50 am
Bushie style morbid obesity is just a few percent of the population in any state. I live in a high fat part of the country, and, I do see people Bushie's size here and there, but it isn't like these folks are a substantial part of the population.

Yes. 5'7" 300 lbs is 47.1 BMI and classified as Class III Super Obesity. Bushie is the 99th percentile of fattest asses in America. He is the 1%.

I'm more or less the same height as Our Dear Friend and he weighs 2.5 times more than me...

I eat junk food on a regular basis and don't exercise much.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: ObamaCare cost expectation drops 7% on: January 31, 2015, 10:08:48 pm
I know people that would rather pay the fine than go through the crap that is filing through the site. We can't force people to buy anything. Why should it be required if people don't want it?

The individual mandate does not "require" people to buy health insurance. It penalizes people who don't purchase health insurance, which is entirely fair. The uninsured create externalities for taxpayers and health care providers. There is an ethical argument for penalizing people who refuse to buy health insurance when they have access to substantial subsidies and a functional market that offers health insurance that is very cheap.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Texas shows its ever-true colors on Muslim Capitol Day on: January 29, 2015, 10:57:36 pm
The uniquely American phenomenon of anti-Semitic Zionism is bizarre.
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which European Green/Hard Left/Handwringing Liberal party is the most pathetic? on: January 29, 2015, 09:12:27 pm
The Liberal Democrats, of course.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 29, 2015, 10:23:30 am
Good Thursday Morning.  Even though I have an interview tomorrow, naturally I'm going to continue the job search today.  An interview is not a job.  In about 10 minutes, I'm going to drive to find the company before I have to find it tomorrow.  Yes, I have my GPS and I have always been very good with maps, but I am a visual learner and I do better when I've been to the actual location before I have to go there.  It may seem like a waste of money and time, but I've found this is something that works for me.

6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Do you think democracy can actually work in China? on: January 27, 2015, 09:10:02 pm
The idea that China would not work as a democracy simply because they have no "democratic tradition" is one of the most ridiculous things I've read on this forum... guess what neither did most of Western Europe 100 years ago.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 27, 2015, 09:03:30 pm
TheDeadFlagBlues curse is still in effect. Notice that Bushie's job search went terribly today. More bad things are in store for Bushie until he repents and starts loving undocumented immigrants lik3 they're his children.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: your favorite npr program? on: January 27, 2015, 01:16:43 pm
Radiolab and All Things Considered

9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 26, 2015, 12:18:45 am
Reverend Bushie, in his infinite Christ-loving wisdom, wants immigrant families to be separated because dey our err jerbs!!!! The lazy man, who takes naps all day, is scared that his job has been taken by hard-working Mexican or Guatemalan immigrants.

As of today, TheDeadFlagBlues curse is in effect. From here on out, Bushie will plagued by unforeseen events that detrimentally effect his life until he pledges to support immigrant and gay rights. Bushie will never get a job or find a woman or a child to love on until he loves immigrants like they're his brothers. I'm calling on the powers of Tonantzin to ensure that this curse is carried out.

10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which European Social Democratic party is the most pathetic? on: January 25, 2015, 09:50:19 pm
PASOK isn't a Social Democratic party.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why all the Castro hype? on: January 23, 2015, 10:38:22 pm
The Castro brothers aren't hyped because they're Mexican-American. There are many Mexican-American politicians in the US. They're hyped because they come from an impoverished community and have attained elite pedigrees by attending elite universities. Julian and Joaquin have the additional advantage of being young and fairly charismatic.

The Castros are hyped because they're ideal politicians. The Democratic Party wants to advance them because they have tremendous potential. I think it's shameful that party elites tend to privilege "good" Black or Latino politicians, who successfully rose through the ranks in the meritocracy by getting into an Ivy, and tend to avoid Black or Latino politicians who maintain close connections to their community, "act" Black or Latino etc. Nevertheless, it's a fact that the most successful Black/Latino politicians are situated in the Ivory Tower. It shouldn't surprise anyone that they're hyped.

Mexican-American politicians who should receive more hype than the Castros from an electoral standpoint:
Raul Ruiz
Hilda Solis

On another note, the casual dismissal of the Castros by posters on this site is rather telling. It's an implicit admonishment of racial minorities for supporting politicians who share their experience. I think they're over-hyped but it's a good thing that the Democratic Party tries to appeal to ethnic minorities by promoting "star" candidates. Is it self-interested? Sure but this is how democracy is supposed to work. One of the virtues of our political system is its inclusivity. Nothing embodies "e pluribus unum" more than crass ethnic politics. We may speak different tongues, eat different foods but come November, we all practice the sacred rites of the American civic religion. It's beautiful.

In practice, an ethnic or racial criterion in voting preferences yields results. Latino politicians tend to prioritize immigration, advocate for small reforms to streamline the process and advance a more radical philosophy. White progressive politicians might support the liberalization of immigration restrictions but they're certainly not champions of immigration reform. This is merely one example, there are countless others. In short: I think the Castros are overrated but I think they're overrated for all of the right reasons.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Has anyone in your family talked to you about their 2016 election preferences? on: January 23, 2015, 04:44:52 pm
My mom is an enthusiastic Elizabeth Warren fan who will vote for the Democratic nominee. My dad doesn't have a preference yet but will vote for the Democratic nominee.

My parents were Obama supporters in 08 but didn't participate in the Idaho caucus because they don't understand the caucus process and have no desire to spend hours in a cramped room. This one of the many reasons that I think caucuses should be scrapped.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: GOP Senate sort of says climate change is real sort of on: January 22, 2015, 06:01:43 pm
The classic conservative talking point is that climate change is real but that it's not man-made.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which Economic Sytem ? on: January 22, 2015, 05:57:28 pm
These categories only exist in the realm of social studies textbooks read by 4th graders. What academic ever utters the term "command economy"?
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Idaho Senate votes down state amphibian bill due to federal govt and "eww icky" on: January 22, 2015, 05:32:54 pm
How dare these cretins insult the integrity of the best amphibian species in the world! Angry
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Mexico June 7th 2015 elections on: January 22, 2015, 03:05:07 pm
ag, "the lunch table around your office" is filled with highly educated, relatively affluent Mexican nationals who want to believe that any left-wing politician who doesn't adhere to the dictates of serious people is an "potential dictator" or "fascist" . I'm pretty aware of this perspective because it's one shared by my mother. Nevertheless, it has always struck me as a bit delusional.

That's not to say that I support the PRD or Obrador or "Bolivarianism" but don't act like your insights have merit because they're shared by accountants, economists and HR reps in DF or Monterrey.

For what it's worth, I tend to agree that the history of the PRI shares many similarities with fascism in Europe and that these similarities shouldn't be overlooked. It's no coincidence that a former PRI stooge disrespected the foundations of Mexican democracy after he lost an election. Obrador's megalomaniacal paranoia is partially a reflection of the worst qualities of the PRI.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Where you personally offended by Charlie Hebdo's anti-religious satire? on: January 19, 2015, 10:39:20 pm
I was not personally offended, but obviously a lot of the cartoons were some combination of gross, racist and/or unfunny.

This doesn't mean that I dislike Charlie Hebdo's political orientation.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Wearing Old Campaign Buttons on: January 19, 2015, 07:44:21 pm
A piece of advice: Don't wear things that make people afraid you might talk to them.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Pancho Villa stole my grandpa's grandpa's cow. on: January 18, 2015, 06:08:52 pm
My Iowan grandpa, who became a foreman at the age of 13 before becoming a contractor, was a drunkard hedonist musician during the 1930s. He played in Count Bassie's band more than a few times and was exposed to marijuana as a result. I have no idea if he ever smoked it but he thought it was benign and never had a "Greatest Generation" mentality about it.

I'm bummed that my grandpa died before I was born Sad . Apparently, he was a really esoteric guy who loved arguing about politics, flying gargantuan model airplanes and jazz.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 16, 2015, 02:37:16 pm
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 15, 2015, 10:27:47 pm
Talking of which, what have you been eating lately? Still doing the turkey wraps/carrots etc? Have there been any Big Mac Attacks?

To be honest, I haven't been eating well at all.  We've settled for Braum's and Little Caesar's Pizza way too often.  I've kept up with the carrots, but not so much the turkey wraps.  Now that I don't have a job, who knows what lunches will look like and if they will even happen.  I am going to try my best to eat all three meals everyday, but we'll see.

Bushie, I'm not sure if you're a real person but you should seriously consider seeing a mental professional for the purpose of getting on a prescription medication that would help you get motivated and lose weight. I'm talking about Vyvanse or Adderall, of course.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: January 15, 2015, 10:25:14 pm

me in rl
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 15, 2015, 10:20:49 pm
Conspiracy Theory #1: The Update Thread as an exhaustive psychological study designed to measure the mood/psychological states of Atlas posters based on how we react to Bushie.

Our Dear Friend is a Rorschach test: how you interpret his failings says more about you than him.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Was unbanning Libertas the correct decision? on: January 15, 2015, 10:13:46 pm

Not because I care about the sex stories or whatever. Libertas needs to get a Xanax prescription and relax. He defends himself against his detractors like he's on trial or something.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: January 13, 2015, 10:50:21 pm
Literally loling
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