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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How would you describe the previous poster's ideology? on: May 26, 2017, 09:52:23 pm
Hawkish right-liberal. Democracy, neoliberalism, and Americanism in terms of a governmental sense, though not necessarily a cultural one.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favourite Prominent Slovenian on: May 26, 2017, 09:22:29 pm
Important question: is there any other country whose most prominent citizen has the same last three letters as the country besides Slovenia and Melania?

The US needs a famous "Erica". Tongue
3  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: How often do you pray? (Christians) on: May 26, 2017, 08:58:18 pm
Rarely.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Kingpoleon on: May 26, 2017, 07:06:26 pm
Who!?
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone V: Born Under A Bad Sign on: May 26, 2017, 07:02:48 pm
Started the day relatively well off, but ended it poor; waiting for my paycheck to clear--this is ridiculous. Going to a music festival tomorrow and the ticket price is going to take my available balance incredibly low while my "present balance" is fantastic.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Crumpets's two-year AMA on: May 26, 2017, 12:57:27 pm
Radnitz? I cited him in my thesis. And I may have cited Ellison himself (I think I only read him and cited him in an earlier draft)!

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1) I myself would at some point love to grab an MA from UW, but if I seek a graduate degree outside of Detroit, it would likely be for a PhD owing to the funding options. Regardless, both UW's (Washington & Wisconsin) have what appear to be attractive programs (where a doctoral "minor" or specialized field could concentrate around the work of their CREECA's).
2) What specific positions are open to someone of your qualifications?

Yep, Radnitz! That's awesome that you cited him. What was the topic?

I cited his "Color of Money" article, which associated post-Soviet privatization in Ukraine, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan with the success of the "Color Revolutions"; his point of comparison was Belarus, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan, each of which underwent substantially less privatization and did not see those same stirrings in response to fraudulent elections and the like. My thesis was, summarily, on post-Soviet democratization and how economic development and religious affiliation influenced such. I can PM a link if you'd like (though I can't guarantee it's any good).

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In terms of what kind of positions I'm looking for, my main asset is probably my languages, since I speak French, Spanish, and Russian as well as elementary Romanian and Arabic. So, I've been looking at a lot of translation-heavy open-source intelligence analyst positions and assistant research positions at consulting firms and think tanks. A lot of people I know with a similar background as me that have graduated in the past few years are working as global security analysts, which also sounds like a great job as well.

That sounds awesome. My aim is somewhat similar, though I'm looking to stay in the Detroit area until after I acquire my MS.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Would you like to have the job as the "Booze Traveler"? on: May 26, 2017, 11:29:51 am
More interesting, I think, is whether you would accept, Winfield.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump ideology post-Trump on: May 26, 2017, 07:27:42 am
Economic nihilism has been the only real platform of the GOP has existed since Goldwater at least.

Nixon never ran a campaign on dismantling the New Deal. And he didn't govern with the intent of ever taking out the New Deal.

In fact he pushed hard for a lot of new regulations. Hardly an economic nhilist in even a similar mold as Goldwater ever was.

But it was also Nixon that enacted the earliest deregulation measures, eliminated industrial subsidies (thus getting the outsourcing ball rolling), and generally watered-down whatever social expansions he did agree to enact. Besides, Nixon was a bit on the left of the GOP as a whole in the 1970s, but conservatives barely noticed because they were too busy obsessively hating the New Left.

He instituted the EPA and proposed an individual mandate healthcare system. Goldwater's GOP would call him a socialist today.

So...? A Republican President that followed the popular tide in a number of issues and was even willing to try to "beat" the Democrats at their own game, but nevertheless worked to bring working-class voters into the GOP for cultural reasons to create a new majority that, yes, would push for liberalization in some aspects, segued into the more overtly ideological Reagan.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: N truths and a lie (N>=2) on: May 25, 2017, 10:36:00 pm
Nobody cares.

Philistine!

That said, I don't see why any sane person would get through all of an Ayn Rand book. I'll guess that's a lie.

It's called I had eleven-hour security shifts every weekend of the 2015 Summer, so I guess that would be insane. So yes.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Ben Carson - Poverty is a state of mind ! on: May 25, 2017, 09:57:28 pm
For the record, I agree with Carson's statements only in a context that he did not likely think to specify. I simply say that it is self-evident that the permanent or seemingly-permanent lack of dependable, sustainable income--income that you can build upon--is going to change your way of thinking in a way that is perhaps not constructive to eventually escaping poverty. It may affect your willingness to address other aspects of your life and create a certain amount of short-sightedness. At the same time, if one maintained those habits even after a windfall of income, it is unlikely that they would stay wealthy. Now, does this mean that middle-class, "striver" spending habits are always the best? Sometimes, after all, you simply can't save. Does this mean that poverty is simply a mental function either? I disagree there as well. But we shouldn't deny the interplay of material circumstances and mental orientation that produces our reality.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pope Francis with Obama vs Pope Francis with Trump on: May 25, 2017, 06:19:28 pm

Jesus f#ck, what's with you guys.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Gym Goers! What Gym do you go to? on: May 25, 2017, 05:39:42 pm
My school but our gym is pretty crappy for all the money my parents spend on tuition. Thankfully we are opening a new sports complex in September with an indoor track, pool and a good weight room. So I can Crossfit there instead of the crappy gym.

Don't do crossfit.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump in Brussels:'The Germans are evil.' Vows to stop trade of German cars on: May 25, 2017, 04:13:32 pm
Lol lieberals, you would'a been eating this stuff up 75 years ago, but now that they all of a sudden reject National Socialism, they're OK in your book!
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite AltLeft figure? on: May 25, 2017, 04:11:34 pm
Tulsi Gabbard.
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite AltRight figure? on: May 25, 2017, 04:09:48 pm
Tulsi Gabbard.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone V: Born Under A Bad Sign on: May 25, 2017, 04:05:50 pm
I have the opportunity, should the job be posted, to work for my school at some laborer position full-time. While hardly glamorous, it would pay enough and allow me to go to graduate school for at least 50% off. I could also drop the job at any point for greener pastures.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Winthrop Rockefeller on: May 25, 2017, 12:41:11 pm
Control of the media by a cosmopolitan elite (not to sound like a conspiracy theorist) is likely an easy thing to attribute that to.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WaPo: Trump campaign vetting and Russia - " ‘Anyone . . . with a pulse’ on: May 25, 2017, 11:38:18 am
Here I am using usajobs.gov when that's clearly the wrong way to get federal employment!
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Winthrop Rockefeller on: May 25, 2017, 10:38:10 am
Massive FF like all Rockefeller politicans. But not as good as Nelson.

What do you like so much about Nelson? The mass incarceration, absurd spending increases, or his affairs? I think ol' Winny only comes close to him on one of those.

Your hatred of Nelson REALLY seems to go beyond ... Nelson.

I find the adoration of him hard to comprehend. There are far cleaner liberal Republicans to fawn over as paragons of muh progressive good government (my own preferences on the GOP left would be for, say, Mark Hatfield, Silvio Conte, even--for a later example--John Heinz, III). He offers little to either a legitimate leftist, or to someone who actually desires "fiscal responsibility". The 1970's under him would have been just as disastrous as, if not worse than, the dystopian decade this country actually experienced.

What I meant to say - and which now seems offbase, given your response, so I'm sorry - is that your hatred of him seems to go beyond the legitimate gripes you might have with some of his policies or specific decisions and seemed more to do with hating what he came to represent: the "Rockefeller Republican," which has come to symbolize elitism to some on "the right" of the GOP.

I mean, that's undoubtedly a part of it as well, the same way some might despise certain other elected officials for what they represent--Reagan and Nixon being other obvious GOP examples.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Ben Carson - Poverty is a state of mind ! on: May 25, 2017, 09:12:55 am
To some extent, of course.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Winthrop Rockefeller on: May 25, 2017, 09:07:48 am
Massive FF like all Rockefeller politicans. But not as good as Nelson.

What do you like so much about Nelson? The mass incarceration, absurd spending increases, or his affairs? I think ol' Winny only comes close to him on one of those.

Your hatred of Nelson REALLY seems to go beyond ... Nelson.

I find the adoration of him hard to comprehend. There are far cleaner liberal Republicans to fawn over as paragons of muh progressive good government (my own preferences on the GOP left would be for, say, Mark Hatfield, Silvio Conte, even--for a later example--John Heinz, III). He offers little to either a legitimate leftist, or to someone who actually desires "fiscal responsibility". The 1970's under him would have been just as disastrous as, if not worse than, the dystopian decade this country actually experienced.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The ExtremeRepublican Landfill for Absurd, Ignorant, and Deplorable Posts VI on: May 24, 2017, 09:29:05 pm
So? The Pope sucks.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How would you describe the previous poster's ideology? on: May 24, 2017, 07:05:04 pm
Misanthropic, reactionary leftism. His hatred for life extends to his hatred for the living.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: If a candidate running in your area happened to be a nudist stoner... on: May 24, 2017, 04:35:55 pm
A nudist stoner would already likely hold political views contrary to mine, so I'm not sure if it would be able to affect my voter.
25  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Essence of Christianity on: May 24, 2017, 11:33:10 am
Who!?
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