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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Barack Obama changed my life on: Today at 12:08:38 am
BRTD, just be a nicer person.

Are Tony and jfern being nice people?

I haven't seen most of Tony's meltdown, but, whatever. Jfern is better left ignored anyway. Point being, you rant about a lot of different people in ALL CAPS and repeatedly try to call them out for violating your precious little norms. Obsessively. And it's not jfern who starts thread after thread after thread about what personally annoys him, and when he does it, it's not on my board, and it's usually "actually a news story", not reposting someone else's claim and complaining about it. As a Canadian might say, "chill oot".
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Barack Obama changed my life on: February 25, 2017, 11:17:43 pm
BRTD, just be a nicer person.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Unfortunate Son on: February 25, 2017, 11:16:31 pm
Bump. May be an update at some point since I'm about to finish a huge assignment in a few days.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Antonio V on: February 25, 2017, 11:00:33 pm
Can- can- can't we all just calm down? Too much hate here.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone V: Born Under A Bad Sign on: February 25, 2017, 10:43:13 pm
The windows in my room are very damaged. This came to a head today when one blew out of the frame. I lifted up my left arm to hold it up, in the process inadvertently pouring half of my beer on the the floor and some on my desk. That was when I decided to stop being productive for the day. On the other hand, I may be only a few paragraphs away from finishing my thesis.

Also, this "Bob's Burgers" episodes involved someone singing "Venite Adoremus" in Latin, reminding me that I actually like some Christmas music. Too bad it's February. Beginning to think I should start enjoying things more.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Kalwejt Foundation for the Promotion of Atlas Hilarity on: February 25, 2017, 10:37:56 pm
Context:
Yes. For everyone but myself, of course.


Can we please have a higher standard for "hilarity"?
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Over 70% of young people view NAFTA as good for the U.S. on: February 25, 2017, 10:24:42 pm
Honestly surprising, though perhaps this is selection bias since I'm from Michigan.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Battle of the Coasts on: February 25, 2017, 10:08:40 pm
Living on Lake Michigan would be a dream come true. As for my professed love for the Pacific North-West, that has much more to do with the mountains, though the surf was (literally) breath-taking. New England would be fantastic as well, maybe somewhere on the coast of Maine, or in Aroostook. I can't find utility in the Gulf Coast. Voted Third.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Policical Tribe quiz on: February 25, 2017, 10:05:39 pm
1. Prudent Traditionalist
2. Anti-Establishment Firebrand
3. Disillusioned Pessimist

I got nothing for "Activist Egalitarian" and "Progressive Cosmopolitan".
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Why have I never seen a male keyboardist in a church band? on: February 25, 2017, 08:37:23 pm
Because most men prefer to play pipe organs.

My father was a church organist probably from the 1980's, if not earlier, up until 2010 (not that this is of any relevance at all).
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Antonio V on: February 25, 2017, 08:23:05 pm
I love how all the red avatars are turning on one another.

Reds devouring each other is the key to Western history, 1900-present.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Averroes Nix Center for Burn Victims on: February 25, 2017, 07:20:23 pm
"Gnostic" is a useless catch-all label that encompasses many wildly different and contradictory schools of thought and Gnosticism is usually loved by contrarians who love the losing side of history.

In a Gnostic world, Greatest I Am: "Today's Christianity has an elitist focus on secret knowledge and that only a select few can receive salvation through gnosis. The early Christian heresy of "Chalcedonianism" was far more progressive and extended salvation to all without access to special knowledge or study and lacks the elitist class bias of our inferior Gnostic form of Christianity."
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Bill Clinton in 1988 on: February 25, 2017, 07:16:27 pm
Depends on if he has someone to conveniently execute around election season.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Oh No! Not another VP speculation! Yup! Biden steps down after first term. on: February 25, 2017, 07:15:10 pm
Evan Bayh or Howard Dean seem most likely to me.

What is this, 2007?
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Liberty vs Equality on: February 25, 2017, 06:39:27 pm
Neither?
16  General Politics / Economics / Re: Is bitcoin a global currency? on: February 25, 2017, 02:34:09 am
More important: is this a question that needs asking?
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of interpreting all political issues through the lens of Harry Potter? on: February 25, 2017, 02:31:55 am
I'm all right with politics-pop culture analogy, as long as it's done in good fun and not under the pretense of #analysis.

My preference is imposition of history on pop culture--referring to stormtroopers as Nazis or Soviets; calling the rebels the VC or mujahideen, etc. For whatever reason, the reverse comes off as smarmy and demeaning ("to understand Trump, just look at Voldemort!").
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of interpreting all political issues through the lens of Harry Potter? on: February 25, 2017, 02:06:23 am
I don't know... ISN'T ALL POLITICS NOW GAME OF THRONES. OMG #Bannon is #VARYS ell o ell.

"All politics is Game of Thrones" and "all politics is Harry Potter" seem to be different crowds. The Harry Potter crowd seems more left-wing, which is why I can tolerate it even though I think it's annoying and voted for the second option.

I guess. I just find the prevalence of pop culture analogy to be annoying as a general phenomenon.

Oh, so do I.

It is a toxin.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If you could learn one of these languages, which would you choose? on: February 24, 2017, 11:24:30 pm
In real life, I chose Русский язык (only my second semester), but German, Latin, Hebrew, and Greek are all on the bucket list.

-👍👍👏

As a history buff, the languages that fascinate me are the "civilizational" ones (Greek/Hebrew/Latin), and those of our most recent major villains! In searching for one that might be useful in terms of crime or international issues, I obviously wasn't going to learn Arabic or Chinese, so Russian checked all the boxes.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: February 24, 2017, 08:06:53 pm
I'd submit that suburban and small-city voters who identify themselves with classically "rural" attitudes and economic/cultural interests make up a sizable chunk of the electorate, even though "rural voters" proper don't.

Needed to be said.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pat Buchanan: Is secession the solution? on: February 24, 2017, 04:43:34 pm
Pat Buchanan is at the top of every "boomers that need to kick the bucket already" list

Not a Boomer.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CPAC scrambles to control damage after attendees wave Russian flags on: February 24, 2017, 04:42:18 pm
It's official: the GOP is the party of treason.

Using "official" a bit loosely, no?
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Adam Ruins Everything on: February 24, 2017, 04:27:41 pm
I saw my boss and a coworker watch a clip earlier today. He looks disgusting.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If you could learn one of these languages, which would you choose? on: February 24, 2017, 02:16:37 pm
In real life, I chose Русский язык (only my second semester), but German, Latin, Hebrew, and Greek are all on the bucket list.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Could a post-2020 Republican presidential candidate win Virginia? on: February 24, 2017, 11:00:55 am
I dunno, why don't we wait and find out?
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