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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who would you vote for? on: Today at 12:27:48 am
I'd abstain from voting, of course.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: vandals destroy michael brown memorial less than 24 hours after it is dedicated on: April 25, 2015, 10:23:33 pm
Most of the posts in this thread are disgusting.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: I see the GOP being the dominant Party in the US for decades to come on: April 25, 2015, 07:47:36 pm


4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you have voted for the Iraq War? on: April 25, 2015, 12:04:43 am
I can't say one way or the other because my opinion on war and the use of US ground troops was so profoundly shaped by Iraq. 
5  General Politics / Economics / Re: For Leftists mainly: Guaranteed Income vs Guaranteed Employment on: April 24, 2015, 01:18:12 pm
Guaranteed income, because not everyone wants or is able to work.

People who are not able to work or able to get a job are people society should care for.

People who don't want to work, but want money from somebody else are worthless parasites, who should be beaten until they get a job or stop asking from money from somebody else.

As for the question; I'm most favourable toward guaranteed income following Franzl's model.

Are students and single mothers "worthless parasites"? Typically, both of these groups don't want to work but could work. I don't have to point out why it would be idiotic to expect them to work.
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Pat Roberts' "Frozen" Ringtone Interrupts Senate Hearing. on: April 23, 2015, 10:39:49 pm
There's an a homophobic slur that sums up my initial reaction to this.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If Hillary Clinton ran against the previous poster, who would you vote for? on: April 23, 2015, 10:36:21 pm
Hillary
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What Is the Above Poster's "Type"? on: April 23, 2015, 10:35:40 pm
A white woman with dreads who wears birkenstocks and has a large garden with chickens.
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of 'Safe Space' policies on: April 23, 2015, 10:28:31 pm
I understand why people have the desire to create groups which exclude people who hold particular views. Frankly, it's none of my concern that some feminists desire feminist organizations that exclude men. Women have women's groups in churches and other social organizations that function in a similar manner.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of 'Safe Space' policies on: April 23, 2015, 07:24:46 pm
Seeing as I'm cosmopolitan degenerate, I approve of "Safe Spaces".

I mean, if the options are cookies and coloring books for rape victims or these bizarre slippery slope conspiracy theories where teenagers on tumblr are somehow going to mandate that all males are castrated at birth, then I think the answer is obvious.

u feminazi, i bet u support the war on whites as well!!! why can't white people join black student groups? sounds like #whitegenocide! Angry
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of 'Safe Space' policies on: April 23, 2015, 05:45:24 pm
Seeing as I'm cosmopolitan degenerate, I approve of "Safe Spaces".
12  General Politics / Economics / Re: People: Market liberalism's achilles heel? on: April 22, 2015, 07:10:56 pm
I feel quite similarly about neoclassical economics, Simfan. I, too, used to be quite enamored with neoclassical economics. My perspective changed quite drastically when I began reading more development literature, which was largely empirical. Because I'm a mere undergraduate, I can't say much more than this. I don't understand the mathematics of economic theory, which makes it difficult to decipher the details of models, economic arguments and the like. However, my understanding is that even within the limited framework of neoclassical economics, there's no particular reason why economics "should" come to liberal conclusions regarding trade restrictions or rent control or state-directed investment in non-public goods.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: April 21, 2015, 04:02:11 pm

I have a confession to make: I'm a #milifan.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Hammurabi on: April 21, 2015, 11:48:24 am
Fiscally liberal, socially conservative.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: PPP to poll NH this weekend; guess the results on: April 21, 2015, 11:29:38 am
Democratic Primary:
Clinton - ~45%
Warren - ~20
Sanders - ~12%
Biden - ~10%
O'Malley - ~5%
Webb - ~2%

I got it right, "IndyRep"".
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your number on the Kinsey Scale? on: April 21, 2015, 12:52:53 am
Almost anyone with any knowledge of the study of gender and sexuality knows that the Kinsey scale is bunk.

Even a rudimentary knowledge of statistical methods should allow people to see that the Kinsey scale is junk pseudo-science.
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Muslims on refugee boat throw Christians overboard for being non-Muslims on: April 21, 2015, 12:49:19 am
I agree with your positive analysis of migration flows and I think that your assessment of the preferences of the European public are accurate. I just can't help but think that we live in a bleak world when guest worker programs embody humane migration policy and liberals demand that refugees, whether economic or war-torn, simply be deported rather than left to drown in the ocean.

The German experience with immigration in the 1960s and 1970s provides a solid rationale for a guest worker program in the vein of what you've outlined. I shudder to think why anyone would look up to Germany as a model of immigration policy but, from the perspective of xenophobes, they've done a good job of limiting migration while allowing for large labor flows.
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Muslims on refugee boat throw Christians overboard for being non-Muslims on: April 20, 2015, 06:36:42 pm
ag, why don't you support something closer to a "open borders" policy rather than a guest worker program? Frankly, I'm uncomfortable with the idea of millions of Africans living in Europe for 7-10 years without the ability to vote or organize themselves for the purpose of collective action. Your proposal strikes me as being a bit too potentially Gulf Arab for my tastes.

19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: UK General Election, 2015, in St. Ives on: April 20, 2015, 06:22:19 pm
Andrew George is actually one of the best/most progressive Lib Dem MPs, from what I've read. He'd have my vote.
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Finally, a heart-warming story out of Zimbabwe on: April 19, 2015, 11:25:26 pm
Good, good.

The comments on this story are scary though. My least favorite people are ignorant "green" types who implicitly support killing poors to protect ecosystems.
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: political views tied towards hobbies on: April 19, 2015, 06:18:28 pm
I'd argue that niche subcultures can have a pretty profound impact on people's political views. I don't think liberals necessarily gravitate towards film or art or music but when people do gravitate towards these hobbies, they become surrounded by leftists and liberals, which influences how they think about politics.  I'd argue that the more specific, niche and tight-knit subcultures exert a stronger influence on political views. It's also worth noting that hobbies are often politicized: hunting, fishing, "shooting" and other outdoor activities are regulated by the state. Attending "punk" house shows places interested listeners in opposition to the police, even if they're white and otherwise privileged. Fans of EDM or psychedelic music tend to be comfortable with drug use or partake in drug use, which places them in opposition to the police and mainstream political rhetoric.

I'd wager that Baseball is less right-wing than people would imagine: it's highly popular in rural areas of "blue" states in the Midwest and New England. There are also many avid Latino baseball fans in cities like New York and LA. Chicanos had a brief love affair with the Dodgers; Puerto Ricans and Dominicans love Baseball. Arguably, Puerto Ricans, Cubans and Dominicans are demographics most interested in baseball.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2015 At-large Senate Election on: April 19, 2015, 05:49:31 pm
1. Lief
2. Polnut
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the estate tax on: April 19, 2015, 12:07:49 am
The estate tax is my favorite tax.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The last year in California was 4.5 degrees warmer than normal on: April 18, 2015, 02:44:47 pm
Not that I'm denying the importance of this story, but that graph is highly misleading.

The scale of the graph is appropriate because there's no need to represent temperatures above 65 or below 50 degrees. Those temperatures have not been recorded in human history in California. I don't expect graphs of human heights to be on a scale that includes people who are 50 inches tall...
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The last year in California was 4.5 degrees warmer than normal on: April 18, 2015, 02:42:37 pm
How exactly is this the fault of "climate-change deniers"? You guys are simpletons.

It may not be the fault of "climate-change deniers" just yet but I'm going to hold the ignoramuses responsible in two or three decades when my hometown's biome is quickly reduced to scrub and farming becomes increasingly costly as snowpack lessens with each coming year.
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