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1  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Are the progressives on the correct side of the history? on: Today at 03:57:48 pm
Where does this notion that eugenics were a "progressive" idea come from? Sure, a terrifyingly high number of left-wing figures embraced it, but just as many people from the right did. And unless its most "successful" application didn't take place under a progressive regime (I hope you wouldn't try to claim that Nazism was progressive, because that's just plain ridiculous). The idea that there's a clear-cut divide here is ludicrous.

I mean, it's a somewhat disingenuous characterization, but less so than, for example, the idea that you find in Robert J.C. Young--in other respects a very good historian--that people who advanced ideas like polygenesis were 'extreme right'. The historiography of post-Darwin pre-Holocaust 'biopolitics' (for lack of a better, less Foucauldian word) is a hyperpoliticized mess in general.

Regardless, even if eugenics wasn't 'a progressive idea', it was certainly a future-oriented, as opposed to past-oriented and thus as opposed to small-c conservative, one.
2  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Opinion on 'burkini' ban? on: Today at 03:50:55 pm
I sincerely hope that anybody who was supporting this on 'liberal values' grounds has been or is open to being disabused of that by what ought to be the viscerally horrifying image of groups of armed men descending upon women in public and forcing them to take their clothes off. You know--for feminism!
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Nicholas Sarkozy on: Today at 01:08:20 pm
Massive HP.

He says burkinis are a provocation. He is right. They provoke dimwit politicians to pass laws against them, which provokes greater antagonism in the society and threatens to become a recruiting tool for militants. Therefore we must stand with the dimwit politicians in their fight to stop them.

Sarkozy is an FF for standing up to the menace of supererogatory fabric against French values of Continental philosophy, smelly cheese, and ennui.

Best use of the word 'supererogatory' in a sentence I've ever seen.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The CrabCake Bureau of Funny Post Archival on: Today at 01:07:56 pm
He says burkinis are a provocation. He is right. They provoke dimwit politicians to pass laws against them, which provokes greater antagonism in the society and threatens to become a recruiting tool for militants. Therefore we must stand with the dimwit politicians in their fight to stop them.

Sarkozy is an FF for standing up to the menace of supererogatory fabric against French values of Continental philosophy, smelly cheese, and ennui.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Was Hillary Clinton involved in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping? on: Today at 01:05:23 pm
Weren't the Lindberghs fascist sympathizers or something? I vaguely recall something of the sort.

Lindbergh was one of the leaders of the America First movement, along with Lillian Gish (and, of course, some less-famous people). Gish seems to have just been a terminally naive Old Rightist; Lindbergh was by most accounts a bit, uh, nastier.
6  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Timmy's States on: Today at 12:56:08 pm
Again, I'd move Saratoga/Schenectady/Montgomery/Fulton to Hudson.
Again, adopted.

Sorry, not trying to be pissy; it's just that when I suggested this above I did it as an edit to a post that you'd already read and quoted. Not trying to come off as pompous or bossy.
You didn't come across as that. No apologies needed.
Do you suggest any more changes at all to the New England states here? Checking to be sure.

Nope! Just move those four counties into Hudson and I think you're good.

Oh, and possibly rename the state 'Taconic' because the Taconic Mountains are a more geographically central feature and the New Englander side of the state would be happier with that name (since they're not uniquely associated with either New York or New England).
7  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Timmy's States on: Today at 01:38:34 am
Again, I'd move Saratoga/Schenectady/Montgomery/Fulton to Hudson.
Again, adopted.

Sorry, not trying to be pissy; it's just that when I suggested this above I did it as an edit to a post that you'd already read and quoted. Not trying to come off as pompous or bossy.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Santander on: August 24, 2016, 09:20:55 pm
Actually nowhere in this thread or that long empty quote chain did you explain WHY.

The onus is on you to explain why people should care about AAD's opinion.
9  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Timmy's States on: August 24, 2016, 09:04:17 pm
Again, I'd move Saratoga/Schenectady/Montgomery/Fulton to Hudson.
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Almost 1,800 People Have Died in Seven Weeks in the Philippines’ War on Drugs on: August 24, 2016, 05:50:00 pm
Time for EDSA IV, methinks.

Sadly, his approval rating is through the roof.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Former FNC host sues; claims sexual harassment by Ailes, O'Reilly, Scott Brown on: August 24, 2016, 01:54:11 pm
To think these people wanted Bill Clinton's head on a platter because of a blowjob.
I don't get what Bill Clinton has to do with this. I would agree with you though if Bill Clinton wasn't married to Hillary in 1998 who would care about a blowjob that he was getting at the White House but he is/was married to Hillary.

I mean, I'd care that the most powerful man in the world was in a sexual relationship with an intern decades younger than him.
12  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Describe the political views of the previous hypothetical person - Int'l Edition on: August 24, 2016, 01:50:22 pm
Either Afek Tounes or Ennahda, depending on the reason why she's divorced.

Age: 35
Gender: Female
Ethnicity: German
Education: PhD in political philosophy
Occupation: Diplomat
Location: Frankfurt, Germany (but travels a lot)
Family: Single but has been carrying a torch for somebody for years
Religion: Lutheran
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should Hillary renominate Garland on: August 24, 2016, 01:43:06 pm
voted yes, because we need a Jewish majority on the supreme court

What the Court really needs is a good, Bible-believing Baptist.

What the Court really needs is a mandatory retirement age.

This is one of my least favorite ideas in political reform discourse. It's worse than term limits.
14  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Timmy's States on: August 24, 2016, 01:36:40 pm
As a Western Mass native, I actually really like the concept of a Connecticut Valley-to-Hudson Valley state--perhaps with Springfield and Albany as joint capitals, if you wanted to go really outside the box--but I agree that Hudson as you have it extends too far south.
Hmm, so keep it the way it is and put Westchester, Rockland, and possibly Fairfield in New York?

That'd be my vote, yeah.
With Fairfield? Gotcha.

Fairfield definitely belongs in New York.
Ok. Thanks for your input.
What do you think about Adams and Kennebec?

Adams and Kennebec work very well as they are, actually.
Do you think Susquehanna extends too far east? Should Hudson pick up Pike County and Sussex County?

I think the Susquehanna-Hudson border is fine as it is.
15  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Timmy's States on: August 24, 2016, 01:11:00 pm
As a Western Mass native, I actually really like the concept of a Connecticut Valley-to-Hudson Valley state--perhaps with Springfield and Albany as joint capitals, if you wanted to go really outside the box--but I agree that Hudson as you have it extends too far south.
Hmm, so keep it the way it is and put Westchester, Rockland, and possibly Fairfield in New York?

That'd be my vote, yeah.
With Fairfield? Gotcha.

Fairfield definitely belongs in New York.
Ok. Thanks for your input.
What do you think about Adams and Kennebec?

Adams and Kennebec work well as they are, actually. Thinking further, though, yeah, maybe move Saratoga, Schenectady, Montgomery, and Fulton from Kennebec to Hudson.
16  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Timmy's States on: August 24, 2016, 01:08:41 pm
As a Western Mass native, I actually really like the concept of a Connecticut Valley-to-Hudson Valley state--perhaps with Springfield and Albany as joint capitals, if you wanted to go really outside the box--but I agree that Hudson as you have it extends too far south.
Hmm, so keep it the way it is and put Westchester, Rockland, and possibly Fairfield in New York?

That'd be my vote, yeah.
With Fairfield? Gotcha.

Fairfield definitely belongs in New York.
17  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Timmy's States on: August 24, 2016, 01:06:49 pm
As a Western Mass native, I actually really like the concept of a Connecticut Valley-to-Hudson Valley state--perhaps with Springfield and Albany as joint capitals, if you wanted to go really outside the box--but I agree that Hudson as you have it extends too far south.
Hmm, so keep it the way it is and put Westchester, Rockland, and possibly Fairfield in New York?

That'd be my vote, yeah. Maybe extend the western part of it a little further north to take in Saratoga and the Mohawk Valley.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Thoughts on MA Governor Charlie Baker? on: August 24, 2016, 01:04:04 pm
No.
19  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Timmy's States on: August 24, 2016, 12:58:11 pm
As a Western Mass native, I actually really like the concept of a Connecticut Valley-to-Hudson Valley state--perhaps with Springfield and Albany as joint capitals, if you wanted to go really outside the box--but I agree that Hudson as you have it extends too far south.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Daughter of Sen. Manchin raises EpiPen price 400% on: August 24, 2016, 12:54:57 pm
Maybe somebody is close to developing a generic and Mylan has gone into "take the money and run" mode.

This was my first thought too.

Obviously despicable any way you slice it.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Japan 2016 - July 10 on: August 23, 2016, 11:19:11 pm
Logical move in both stories, in my opinion.

Agreed, actually.

Also, jaichind, can you explain how 'de facto making Osaka a second capital' would work?
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The CrabCake Bureau of Funny Post Archival on: August 23, 2016, 11:10:01 pm
I try, as best as possible, to reflect the opinions of whomever I happen to be talking to at the time (fortunately I rarely get put in a position where I have to discuss politics) - ie I'm very measured and moderately supportive (although not to the extent where my comments are memorable) when I'm around friends who are involved in campus liberation stuff (anti-sexism and Pride and the like), whereas when I'm with friends from my home town I'm comfortably (although again, not excessively) on the casual bigotry banterbus.

Very good.

I myself ran into a spot of trouble on Friday night when a few friends stopped by and one srat chick I don't know that well started talking politics. Having already begun drinking, I was reasonably distraught that someone would wish to take me from my happy place to even talk about Donald Trump outside the sarcastic. This resulted in an "exchange of ideas" where I exposed my neo-fascistic/Stalinist sentiments to those assembled; at least one person was there who I'd rather have not know my actual viewpoints. Still a bit angry at myself for this.

Haha, of course, it's always problematic when you combine drinking and being around people who have strong political opinions - if I ever do say anything slightly off-colour I just pin on the alcohol or say it was humour.

I tend to dislike people casually discussing political views as if they're entitled to an audience that agrees with them. I also don't like to employ logic to solve the "problem" because I view modern political stances as being... "inadequate" and would rather just go the point of full absurdity rather than say something that sounded vaguely sincere. In this case, it resulted in me commenting on how I longed for the day when the working man got home from the steel mill and read his state-owned newspaper or listened to his state-owned radio, and how, while presidential candidates idiotically talked about increasing our freedom, they should instead be telling us how they'd make us work more. I can't remember what the chick was arguing, but it was something vaguely liberal, at the very least. Anything "political" at an alcohol-infused social event ought to consist of semi-sarcastic slogans, shouted. This was a wreck.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: August 23, 2016, 11:03:07 pm
fckit

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24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is Cracked basically an SJW site? on: August 23, 2016, 11:02:02 pm
Reflexively voted no.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump Campaign Manager's History of Anti-Catholic Rhetoric on: August 23, 2016, 09:27:00 pm
How is this anti-Catholic?

Yeah I don't get it either. As for the second one, how is it any different than saying "I'm so sick of Mike Pence rubbing his social conservative evangelicalism in my nose every second"?

I mean, it's definitely a little disconcerting that this guy is so off-the-reservation hard-right that he considers Paul Ryan an avatar of bleeding-heart Catholic social teaching, even if Ryan has disavowed Randianism in recent years.
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