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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1972 Primaries (The Hearse at Monticello) on: July 31, 2015, 09:39:25 pm
Agnew!
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The Big City Areas vs The Rest of the State Round 2: Illinois on: July 31, 2015, 02:59:32 pm
My dad's father, mother, and brother are buried next to each other in Springfield, IL, and the corn dog (apparently) was originally pioneered in that same city as the Cozy Dog, which is a great restaurant. As well, Lincoln's from that area.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: How did your grandparents vote? on: July 31, 2015, 12:41:31 pm
Paternal Grandfather: Republican
Paternal Grandmother: Democrat

Maternal Grandfather: Probably Republican these days, probably Democrat previously. He's made reference to how he "never liked Nixon", but I'm quite sure from the 1980's-present he'd be a Republican.
Maternal Grandmother: A bit more Democratic, but probably still overall Republican recently. I have a feeling she's the type that has voted for a lot of winning candidates, though I may be mistaken.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Antonio Archive of Old Atlas Superiority on: July 30, 2015, 10:10:00 pm
No. Just stop this effing nonsense. Please effing stop. There are two forums. Do what you want to on ADD. If there's nothing you want to do here, don't be here. Why is this so effing ideological to you people? Both forums are cesspools. Guess why! Just effing guess! Because we post on them! We, us, humanity, in all our glorious imperfection! "Oh, here's a stupid thread!" If the mods on this forum are so awful, or the posts are, or what have you, then why be here? Are you getting effing ideological about an effing Internet forum? I'm sure you have a job. Maybe you have friends, even! Focus on those, not this! If I were a praying man these days, I'd pray for your soul. But yours is too trivial a matter to bother taking to God. Peace.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: POST HERE IF YOU WANT TO BE CONSIDERED AS A MOD on: July 30, 2015, 09:28:07 pm
Let's be real here: there is an obvious and correct answer, and it is to add Cathcon and Crabcake.  Turkisblau would also be a strong choice.

No, there isn't. It is just your opinion. Why would Cathcon and Turkisblau be good mods?

Not that I have anything against crabcake, but why are mine and Turkisblau's credentials so much more suspect? If I recall correctly, I possess membership seniority over crabcake, so the most obvious possibility is out. Please elaborate!
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Jimmy Hoffa on: July 30, 2015, 06:21:13 pm
FF. (pro-worker, Michiganian, Republican, American, normal)
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rubio compares the killing of Cecil the lion to abortion on: July 29, 2015, 10:16:41 pm
Do you really think the life of a lion in Zimbabwe is more relevant than the dignity of the lives of aborted children? Really? Really?

I certainly don't think so.

Ditto.  Society's morality is so twisted that it's hard to make heads or tails of it, with each person doing what is right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25).

Luckily, Isaiah 53:6:  We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.


Making me sentimental for the Stations of the Cross.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should wild animals be banned from circuses? on: July 29, 2015, 09:36:00 pm
They shouldn't be banned, but no one should attend them. "Ooh, look, animals are doing things!" Like, really? Insert some absurd comment about bread and circuses.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Would the preceding poster carry their state in a Presidential election? on: July 29, 2015, 09:32:44 pm
Prolly nah.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of liberals bashing conservatives as "stupid" on: July 29, 2015, 08:59:32 pm
In the sense that conservatives are humans, obviously very correct (much to my chagrin). Nevertheless, it's inherently a "pot calling the kettle black" sorta deal since liberals as well are human.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Real Life Picture Thread (PAPOY Creepfest 2015) on: July 28, 2015, 07:43:36 pm

Your Term I 4th Counselor and your Term II 1st Counselor, ladies and gentlemen.

EDIT: Legally obligated to state "Work of AJP Photography".
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Sanders and Academia on: July 27, 2015, 10:10:36 pm
The former director of my school's honors program is a Bernie fan. I'm Facebook friends with him, so I have the displeasure of seeing him share stuff about The Bern. The head of the Philosophy Department is some nutcase who has magazine pictures and anti-Bush stuff taped up outside his office to the point of obscuring the fact that it's an office in a cinder block building as opposed to the unfortunate target of some sort of vandalism. Given how he has quotes from "1984" in that mess, he'll probably hop on the Bernwagon in opposition to Hill's previous votes on surveillance.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Türkisblau on: July 27, 2015, 08:59:49 pm
He started out as some random kid, but I've grown to appreciate his hostility toward the neoliberal hegemony.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of "Project Socrates" on: July 26, 2015, 04:36:30 pm
Seems like a sensible program to me. What is controversial about it?

Well it got shut down, so someone must've not liked it. I was more asking to see if other posters might contribute knowledge about it and related issues.
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of 1986 Libya Bombing on: July 26, 2015, 01:45:59 pm
Justified retaliation or another example of American imperialist aggression?

Can't we have both?
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Opinion of "Project Socrates" on: July 26, 2015, 01:35:33 pm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Socrates
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Jonathan Pollard? on: July 26, 2015, 12:44:50 pm
Also, considering that the U.S. spies on allies consistently, I think that it's hypocritical to completely play the victim card. In 1987, I believe a year after Pollard was arrested, Israel arrested an American spy in Haifa.

States also kill people all the time and oppress their own citizens. The nature of the state is to define what it does in terms of its interests, and what other states do as against the aforementioned interests. In the anarchic international system that at points mirrors Hobbes' state of nature, we have every right to act in a rational manner.
Your third sentence doesn't logically follow your first two sentences. A realist view on the way states act (in a descriptive sense; "is") doesn't imply that the perceived reality is necessarily "moral" or "good" (in a prescriptive sense; "ought to be").

That's why I factored in Hobbes as well, so as to add the moral facet.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Your Ideal Tax Code on: July 26, 2015, 12:40:54 pm
Nonexistent.
19  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Are you a "moderate hero" on any issues? on: July 26, 2015, 12:38:09 pm
Humanity. Not a huge fan of it right now, but thanks to my own self-interest, I can't bring myself to support its abolition. Same thing with the existence of the U.S. government.
20  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: uber vs taxis on: July 26, 2015, 12:36:53 pm
Indeed, though with added context. But you need to understand that the business model of companies like this = 100% reliant on exploiting loopholes in regulations. It's the same with parcel deliver services and so on.

Sorry, I somehow interpreted "bullsh*t" as referring to my post above rather than as an adjective.

Anyway, I tend to think that a system akin to Uber could very well work even if they had employees instead of "contractors". Didn't a ruling in California recently make them into employees?

While I sympathize with the plight of workers improperly classified as contractors, Uber seems like a poor test case for the larger issue. Uber's case is not nearly as clear cut as some of the more prolific abusers of the system.

There are no hard and fast rules on this issue, but courts look at issues like who is bearing financial risk, who decides when and how the work is done, and who provides the equipment and training to decide whether a worker is an employee or not.

e.g.

a) Antonio V hires DC to do accounting for company. He buys DC's computer, accounting and tax software, tells DC when to work, and Antonio bears all the financial risk of DC's decisions. Clearly DC is an employee.

b) Antonio V hires Cathcon to keep the yard and parking lot around his office building clean and tidy. Cathcon has to mow the lawn weekly but he decides when. Cathcon provides the lawnmower and hedge trimmers, and Cathcon can hire other people to do the work if he wants. Clearly Cathcon is a contractor.

In the case of Uber, the driver provides their own car and chooses when they work. At first glance they appear to be contractors. Of course I don't know all the details of Uber and the California ruling, so that's certainly not my professional opinion, but you can see how this issue is fuzzy and how Uber may not be "bullsh!t self-employment".

As much as I enjoy my sporadic appearances in people's examples, I do hope that people perceive my skill set beyond being a janitor and a landscaper. Do I at least get to dig ditches or use chipping hammers?
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Jonathan Pollard? on: July 26, 2015, 12:15:54 pm
Also, considering that the U.S. spies on allies consistently, I think that it's hypocritical to completely play the victim card. In 1987, I believe a year after Pollard was arrested, Israel arrested an American spy in Haifa.

States also kill people all the time and oppress their own citizens. The nature of the state is to define what it does in terms of its interests, and what other states do as against the aforementioned interests. In the anarchic international system that at points mirrors Hobbes' state of nature, we have every right to act in a rational manner.
22  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of "family values" on: July 26, 2015, 12:12:54 pm
You can define the phrase in any way you want to, but most people/politicians use the phrase "family values" to defend the traditional family, which is what I hate.

You hate my family? I'll have to tell mother about this.
23  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of "family values" on: July 26, 2015, 08:24:49 am
Like, how are people supposed to respond to this? They can either be rude and lay you to waste, or treat you like a child. Neither is particularly fun or desirable to be on the receiving end of, but you're not really giving the community an actual choice. God help you, son.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Gallup: Trump now has highest name recognition among GOP voters, Kasich lowest on: July 25, 2015, 09:15:01 pm
Sad considering we've had two Presidents named Bush.
- Signed NAFTA into law

That should be the blackest of  marks on any man's presidency.
25  General Discussion / History / Re: Which party was more dead:Democrats in the late 1860s or GOP in mid 1930s on: July 25, 2015, 09:03:10 pm
It's really sad that, after being associated with secession, the Democrats still held the party of the Union to a meager 55% until 1920.
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