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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Stranger: More Than 1,000 People Moving to Seattle a Week (Census Report) on: Today at 12:01:38 am
There go my dreams of getting an MA from UW. Tongue (#RIP)
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone V: Born Under A Bad Sign on: March 28, 2017, 11:57:03 pm
-It looks like I'm wearing corduroys, a flannel shirt, and a gray jacket I bought from Salvation Army for $2.50 my freshman year to my last undergraduate formal. The last suit I was bought was for a funeral in 2010, when I was shaped differently, and my tux last year was rented. I have no reason to expect anything from my date, so I might as well be comfortable and have fun.
-My thesis defense went well; I can't think of any particularly important details regarding it.
-Saturday was my last time going through composite pictures.
-Sunday I received two undergraduate awards, but nothing particularly spectacular; basically just celebrations of my cumulative GPA. The award for either of my majors eluded me until the end.
-It appears I've been accepted to my graduate program.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Eharding Landfill for Absurd, Ignorant, and Deplorable Posts VI on: March 28, 2017, 09:37:14 pm
Name it after this loser.
This link randomly brought me to Cathcon's page and I have absolutely no idea how that happened and it really confused me for a minute.

SWE confirmed as Cathcon sock.

Strange. It of course linked me to my profile, but the url indicates that it assuredly would. I was unaware that either A) I had a sock; or B) was so hated by TN Volunteer.
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Liberal Richard Nixon revisionism vs. liberal Alexander Hamilton revisionism on: March 27, 2017, 07:30:38 am
An examination of the national political campaigns in which Jefferson participated in might shed some light on his "affiliation", and, in doing so, on that position occupied by his opposites. The Republicans firmly positioned themselves as the people's party (for better or worse), and the Federalists were certainly never going to do that. Similarly, it was the Frderalists that championed the first Alien & Sedition Acts, and the party even received defections among those wary of Revolution in France. It was the liberal spirit of Republican intellectuals (or at least Jefferson) that had no problem fantasizing about bloody revolution. In the 1800 campaign, Jefferson was the candidate accused of wanting to legalize rape, and upon his victory, a Connecticut woman rushed to her friend's house with a Bible, shouting "you're a Democrat, they'll never look hear!" apparently under the assumption that Jefferson would ban religion. If the Federalists were to be decried as quasi-monarchists and mercantilists, the Republicans were imagined as atheists and anarchists.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Post your college education (or lack thereof) and classes you've taken on: March 26, 2017, 10:52:17 pm
Assuming the paperwork goes through, I'll have a BA in Political Science and Criminal Justice Studies, Honors Program in May. Owing to my double major and decision to use up 9 of my credits on graduate classes, I have few super-interesting electives.

Among my more interesting classes:
-Sociology of Deviant Behavior
-Criminology & Penology
-International Relations
-Violence, Justice, & Reconciliation (political theory class that touched on the role of violence; introduced me to Hegel)
-Political Radicalism (I'm actually taking this as a 2-credit directed study under a cockamamie title I made up)
-Honors Thesis (just completed my defense, it was an intense and immersive experience)

-Roots of 21st Century Conflict (my first graduate class was sadly a directed study owing to a scheduling conflict)
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Frank Rich: "No Sympathy for the Hillbilly" on: March 26, 2017, 10:39:12 pm
I don't have the statistics on me, but I recall hearing that, despite the attempt by the Clinton campaign to win due to a combination of urban and suburban voters, it was not only the latter that failed her. At the anecdotal level, I recall seeing someone on here or the other forum repost the story of an African-American woman who asked for Hillary signs in one of the postindustrial urban Hellholes our resident bourgeois liberals loved to despise (nearly as much as they despise postindustrial rural Hellholes!) who was promptly turned away, being informed that, demographically, the campaign didn't need to devote resources to her area. Where are the articles from the "appropriate groups" condemning minority groups from failing to be appropriately enthusiastic?
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Was the 1850s Democratic Party conservative/right-wing by 1850s standards? on: March 26, 2017, 10:25:37 pm
Of course they were. Just take a look at the platform. Extremely conservative, very right-wing.
http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=29576

"That Congress has no power to charter a national bank; that we believe such an institution one of deadly hostility to the best interests of the country, dangerous to our republican institutions and the liberties of the people, and calculated to place the business of the country within the control of a concentrated money power, and above the laws and the will of the people."

"That the separation of the moneys of the Government from banking institutions is indispensable for the safety of the funds of the Government and the rights of the people."

"That the liberal principles embodied by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, and sanctioned by the Constitution, which makes ours the land of liberty and the asylum of the oppressed of every nation, have ever been cardinal principles in the Democratic faith, and every attempt to abridge the privilege of becoming citizens and the owners of soil among us, ought to be resisted with the same spirit which swept the alien and sedition laws from our statute-books."

Whatever you want to call those views, very few would classify them as "right-wing."

Yes you would, liberalism in that context, was liberalism for slave owners, this historical revisionism needs to be stopped. The democrats argued for the tradition, and state's rights to preserve slavery. It's platform would be irrelevant to that.

You're ideology is same to the republicans of 1860's, liberalism, so I don't know why you're complaining.

At least one of the quotes Mr. RINO posted refers pretty explicitly to the rights of immigrants.
8  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Use of the Phrase "American Empire" on: March 26, 2017, 07:19:02 pm
I think the term American Empire is best used as a historical one about the early 20th century and the Philippines. The Philippines had a third as many people as the US itself and was a hugely significant colonial holding.

I was unaware of the population numbers at the time- that makes acquisition of the Philippines sound much more dramatic!
9  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Recent bans on: March 25, 2017, 04:33:35 pm
How do you A) type so much; B) assign any prism of "justice" to an online message board?
10  General Politics / Political Debate / Use of the Phrase "American Empire" on: March 25, 2017, 09:00:57 am
This has always irked me, at some points more than others. The irony is that, despite the historical perception of imperial aspirations as something to be avoided, the phrase is often used by the conservatively-minded to bemoan a perceived decline in the United States' power and influence. Regardless, I tend to think of it as an attempt to sound "cool" by imposing a sense of grandeur and majesty on the subject discussed. Perhaps it's my own aversion to modernity- it doesn't seem appropriate to saddle the events of the last 25 years with an aura that would be appropriate for civilization-making phenomena.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which historical era(s) best represents your politics? on: March 25, 2017, 07:26:52 am
1933-1941

why stop at 1941, and not the whole period from 1933-1953.
I'm not a fan of the shift towards a larger defense budget and more militarist economy.

It's the single most important aspect of our nation's social safety net.
12  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: How to Assert Meaning and Dignity in the Context of Reality? on: March 24, 2017, 09:30:36 pm
That's the point of an assertion: you don't have to justify it. People have intrinsic value because I say they do.

Interesting assertion.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone V: Born Under A Bad Sign on: March 24, 2017, 01:54:30 pm
It's done.
14  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Difference between a Cult and a Religion on: March 23, 2017, 11:12:32 pm
Religion: Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Judaism, Islam.
Cult: All those other things.

How is Hinduism a cult?

I'm not particularly prone to consideration of polytheistic perpsectives, but I'll make an allowance for it as an "organic religion".
15  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / How to Assert Meaning and Dignity in the Context of Reality? on: March 23, 2017, 10:36:24 pm
When you take account of the holocausts that have preceded Present ManTM, the idea of instilling in any particular human a certain amount of intrinsic value, let alone purpose, appears futile--if not an outright lie. How do we reconcile the real and ideal?
16  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Difference between a Cult and a Religion on: March 23, 2017, 10:27:51 pm
Religion: Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Judaism, Islam.
Cult: All those other things.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: a thread for ranting about minor annoyances on: March 23, 2017, 10:23:41 pm
People that wear sweats or otherwise look entirely un-maintained. The fatter, the worse.

EDIT: Also, "snacks". Like, eat real food, dude. Empty calories. Am I referring to a particular housemate? Perhaps.

EDIT2: People who don't read. Like, c'mon.

Someone at work said my unborn daughter "is not a baby yet" Angry

Angry
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which historical era(s) best represents your politics? on: March 23, 2017, 10:02:14 pm

I'm afraid I'm afflicted with some sort of appreciation for the entirety of the historical aesthetic (as I understand it). Horrifying, really.

In any case, obviously the Grant, McKinley, T. Roosevelt, and Eisenhower presidencies.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone V: Born Under A Bad Sign on: March 23, 2017, 08:12:44 pm
Thesis defense tomorrow.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone V: Born Under A Bad Sign on: March 23, 2017, 04:36:20 pm
The chair of the CJ department just told me that he thought I was a far-leftist. What have I done!?
Believe in facts? Grin
That is literally the exact opposite of Cathcon's ideology.

Please, explain my worldview to me.
Careful apathy cultivate with denial of factual evidence based on some apathetic sincerity.

Example?
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone V: Born Under A Bad Sign on: March 23, 2017, 02:35:28 pm
The chair of the CJ department just told me that he thought I was a far-leftist. What have I done!?
Believe in facts? Grin
That is literally the exact opposite of Cathcon's ideology.

Please, explain my worldview to me.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Woodrow Wilson vs Richard Nixon on: March 23, 2017, 08:55:01 am
Yes. I wonder if he still supports Scott Walker as well. (I don't know why an SPD member would endorse a man whose only major political belief is that union members should be set on fire, but such is atlas).

the truth lies somewhere in the center imo
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support impeaching Donald Trump? on: March 23, 2017, 08:53:04 am
It's a television reference, kids.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which office in the US Government would you rather hold? on: March 22, 2017, 10:10:32 pm
The Vice Presidency would give me ample time to work on my studies and also expand my international resume in anticipation of my post-undergraduate/post-graduate job search! Smiley
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is the Earth flat? on: March 22, 2017, 08:23:16 pm
Honestly expected a majority of the vote to be sarcastic 'yes', considering the forum I'm on

The fact that they didn't speaks to the insufferable pre-post-modernity of the Forum Community. #RIP
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