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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The last movie you've seen thread 2014 and 2015 on: Today at 07:03:46 am
I'm under the impression it's very much in the "Crosses The Line Twice" style of Kick-Ass.

That's an unusual way to describe Kick-Ass. And yes, I'm aware of what the term means.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the following citrus fruits do you like most? on: Today at 01:27:11 am
I like eating oranges the most, but I like lime the most as an ingredient in a dish.
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What color is this dress? on: February 26, 2015, 10:56:07 pm
Oh for [Inks]'s sake I've gotten enough of this sh**t on tumblr.

The correct answer is 'blue and black but hanging in a really weirdly lit room', by the way.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 26, 2015, 10:48:56 pm
I'm amazed that somebody who's been to college can be as downright uncomfortable with pot smokers as Bushie apparently is, regardless of whether he personally approves of it or not.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Round 1: "Best" of Atlas Forum Series on: February 26, 2015, 09:06:18 pm
Are we voting for 'best of a bad lot' or 'worst of the worst'?
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Andrew Cuomo vs. PASOK on: February 26, 2015, 07:31:50 pm
Write-in: Francois Hollande
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Death Penalty Support Poll on: February 26, 2015, 05:35:47 am
Only for sickly teenagers whose parents and ancestors were bad people (D).
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which band is more metal? on: February 26, 2015, 12:10:26 am
Write-in: They're both so completely un-metal and diverge from metal in such completely different ways that making the comparison is an exercise in futility (literally normal).
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you concerned for Joe Republic? on: February 25, 2015, 05:44:01 pm
I'll keep him in my thoughts. (I doubt he'd want my prayers.)
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favourite latest post by previous poster on: February 25, 2015, 05:42:33 pm
Republicans look to have a better chance taking a Senate seat in Colorado than defending Pat Toomey.

I'm pretty sure people have already explained this, but for Senators who are mostly anonymous, that approval rating metric doesn't work. It might work for Senators who have very high name recognition.

11  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: A statement I made tonight in a political discussion. Your feelings? on: February 25, 2015, 05:40:04 pm
"Society" is just the sum total of individuals interacting with one another. It has no "point" or "goal" at all because it isn't a conscious entity, just the sum total of the independent actions of many different conscious actors (individuals).

You don't think societies have any kind of gestalt or emergent properties? Seriously? Well, I guess you are a libertarian with an H.L. Mencken quote in your signature...
Societies do exist and they can be described. But, my point is that they don't have any conscious "goal", they are just the spontaneous result of many independent actors pursuing different goals.

Even assuming the last part is true, being a spontaneous result of something and developing a purpose and character and yes, goals of one's own are hardly mutually exclusive.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did you like middle school? on: February 25, 2015, 05:35:51 pm
Option 5 (normal)
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this image on: February 25, 2015, 05:34:16 pm
The use of this particular 'art style' and the 4chan/Reddit format with the 'tiers' and whatnot make it a Horrible Image irrespective of its content.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the execution of the Romanovs on: February 25, 2015, 05:19:41 pm
It's worth noting that even the people who actually killed the Romanovs weren't as uncritically thrilled about it as TNF and, apparently, oakvale seem to be...
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Republicans to cede on Net Neutrality on: February 25, 2015, 05:37:04 am
The responses to the FCC were over 99% in favor of net neutrality, so I imagine even among non-politician Republicans, it had to be completely overwhelming support.

Yeah, this is a pretty undeniable example of 'opposing it just because Obama's for it' from the Republican political classes.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the execution of the Romanovs on: February 25, 2015, 04:49:12 am
The executions of Nicholas and Alexandra were lean FEs (I mean, not really, since they're still executions, but within that context); the executions of their children and several of their servants--somehow that part gets left out of most of the more tendentious narratives surrounding the event, of all ideological stripes--were massive HEs. The idea that children deserve to be killed because of who their parents are, and servants because of who their employers are, comes from a profoundly, terribly atavistic thought process, even if one does try to rationalize it on leftist grounds.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 25, 2015, 02:17:34 am
In other news, I think I found someone who is more energetic about Christmas than I am.  The City of Tulsa.  We are still 10 months from Christmas 2015, but the City is already planning the 2015 Christmas Parade going so far as to setting a date - December 12.  I'm early, but I'm still at least 3-4 months from starting Christmas, but these guys take the cake...

Uh no, for a large city that kind of municipal event planning so far ahead is necessary.

I guess it is.  Still, though, even the thought of Christmas in late February seems awfully early.  As an individual with no big event to plan for, I start Christmas between Mother's Day and Memorial Day.  Usually around graduation season in Oklahoma.

They are not 'thinking of Christmas' in the same sense that you do. They are thinking of schedules, of timetables, of logistics, of balance sheets, of a multitude of other things of that sort that many high school students understand better than you do.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you guys have a feeling that Bushie and Allison will be back together... on: February 24, 2015, 08:02:14 pm
It's up to Aliison. It's clear she has two choices for life - marry Bushie or die a spinster. Period.

The choice is obvious.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 24, 2015, 07:31:03 pm
He also views divorce as more immoral and unforgivable as a sin than premartial sex, which is still sinful but redeemable.

Guess which of those two sins Bushie accidentally committed.

Wait wait wait, I guess this was before my time: How did Bushie accidentally have sex?
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Zapatistas on: February 24, 2015, 04:45:14 pm
So there was no Subcomandante Marcos? Just a collective acting in the name of one person??

There might have been a specific 'actor' 'playing' him but basically, yeah.
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Iggy Azalea on: February 24, 2015, 04:40:34 pm
ingemann, this is admittedly not directly comparable but I'm going to submit that what Iggy Azalea is all about is a sort of distinctly uncomfortable middle ground between this and the sort of good-faith cultural exchange that you seem to assume it is: Do you understand what the problem with minstrel shows is?

Yes I do, the fact that they ridiculed Black people and portraited them as buffoons.

Here's the thing, you can't say that Iggy act is a ministel show and say that she copy them at the same time. Unless you want to say that modern African-American musicians run their own ministrel show for the benefit of White Americans, and if you believe that's the case, Iggy is really the least problem.

Yes, the fact that it can be argued to be mimicry rather than cruel parody is why I conceded that the comparison isn't direct. But the issue is that it's chimerical to claim that mimicry can't be mocking unless the thing being mimicked is itself flawed. I know I characterized this in terms of 'airlifting things wholesale' earlier; the thing about airlifting things wholesale is that it entails not adjusting for context. As any artist familiar with color wheels and mixing pigments will tell you, if you copy something from one context to another without adjusting for the new context, the whole image ends up clashing badly.

Besides, the 'cultural appropriation' talk is kind of losing the plot in that what's so terrible about Iggy Azalea specifically isn't so much the music as the defensive, lashing-back, wounded-gazelle nature of the way she responds to being criticized for it. That, and her Twittter feed, just in general.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gallup national poll: widening partisan gap on Israel/Palestine on: February 24, 2015, 04:24:10 pm
One thing I notice on all Gallup historical trends is that in late 2000/early 2001 we were pretty much on the cusp of Americans having FF opinions on everything, and then 9/11 came and turned everyone into a HP.
I saw a study that suggested feeling of fear increased conservatism, it might have some truth to it?

I always thought that this was kind of the obvious interpretation of that period.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Iggy Azalea on: February 24, 2015, 04:12:53 pm
ingemann, this is admittedly not directly comparable but I'm going to submit that what Iggy Azalea is all about is a sort of distinctly uncomfortable middle ground between this and the sort of good-faith cultural exchange that you seem to assume it is: Do you understand what the problem with minstrel shows is?
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather watch Fly Me To The Moon or Fifty Shades of Grey? on: February 24, 2015, 04:03:09 pm
Fly Me to the Moon I could drink through.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's your French Revolutionary Calendar birthday? on: February 24, 2015, 03:59:52 pm
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