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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: Today at 01:06:04 am

Yeah, that sucks... I hope getting new lenses will not be too expensive.

The lenses are fine, it's the frames that broke. One of the temples came off and it's not easily fixable because the plastic warped.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: GOPers: Would you Support Trump's POLICIES on: Today at 12:43:36 am
End the Departments of Education, Housing & Urban Development, Agriculture, Labor, Interior, and the EPA.

Holy sh**t.

Quote
Trump says: The Supreme Court rules on what is the "law of the land"
I say: Most power is with states, the Supreme Court issues opinions

Holy sh**t.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Gov. LePage "very strongly" considering US Senate run in 2018 on: August 31, 2015, 11:44:14 pm
My concern is that SCOTUS in its infinite wisdom might decide that IRV violates OMOV somehow.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Donald Trump supports negotiating with terrorists on: August 31, 2015, 07:23:45 pm
they should not be considered a sovereign state

Holy sh**t.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: August 31, 2015, 06:59:07 pm
I broke my glasses.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum update: Are you a virgin? on: August 31, 2015, 06:58:05 pm
The first, last, and only time I was kissed, I was thirteen and it was horrible.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The topless parade. Pride or Shame? on: August 31, 2015, 12:37:10 am
A woman having a generalized dislike for men is, at worst, an undesirable but understandable inconvenience to men who aren't terribles and, at best, a deliciously frustrating encumbrance to men who are terribles.

But said women can also make men 'terribles.'

...
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The topless parade. Pride or Shame? on: August 31, 2015, 12:21:33 am
A woman having a generalized dislike for men is, at worst, an undesirable but understandable inconvenience to men who aren't terribles and, at best, a deliciously frustrating encumbrance to men who are terribles.
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: How similar are Germany and Austria? How different are they? on: August 29, 2015, 10:34:50 pm
As nations do - since nationalism, which itself was a clandestine internationalism - not exist any longer, we can say objectively, that Austria was german: FAUST's pantheism (deifying hic et nunc) and romanticism (disdaining hic et nunc) was present in the austrian SubSubStyle of the southgerman BaroqueSubStyle, in GRILLPARZER or v.HOFMANNSTHAL. (But perhaps Austria was some kind of "Germany's EmergencyExit"?)

jao
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Mexico warns Texas not to refuse its immigrants' babies U.S. birth certificates on: August 29, 2015, 10:26:24 pm
Why are all these unreconstructed nativists crawling out of the woodwork on the forum all of a sudden? Is this because of Trump?

There aren't that many 'unreconstructed nativists' but most of people railing against illegal immigration probably already held that view before Trump, albeit more quietly. What Trump did was move the overton window such that these things are much more acceptable to say in public. He also did convince a decent number of people who were ambivalent about this before. I keep hearing working class union types coming out hard against illegal immigration, campaigning for mass deportation, saying it has destroyed the middle class. That and free trade. People are fed up that politicians have ignored them for decades while their livelihoods declined; both parties giving lip service but doing nothing.

What people fail to see is that deporting 11 million illegal immigrants won't save the middle class. What it will do is rip apart families and create economic destruction. Neighborhoods will be turned into ghost towns. Demand will tank for all kinds of products. It will make large parts of the southwest look like East Cleveland. But no one wants to think about that. People want to close their eyes and wake up in 1995 with the last 20 years all some kind of bad dream. But we aren't able to go back even if we wanted to. Life's not a computer game; you can't reload from the last saved version.

I meant on Atlas Forum, specifically. I know all of this about the country at large.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The topless parade. Pride or Shame? on: August 29, 2015, 10:20:54 pm
Also:

the girls who hate all boys

1. You say that like it's a bad thing.
2. band name
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Carson: There's no war on women - just what is inside women on: August 29, 2015, 10:16:05 pm
There's a Japanese feminist called Tanaka Mitsu who spent a lot of the late 1960s and early 1970s fighting for access to birth control and abortion for Japanese women. One thing that's notable about her, however, is that unlike almost any Western feminists, she believes strongly that abortion is murder...and then asks what is it that makes society such that women are forced to become killers. The contemporary Japanese philosopher and sociologist Morioka Masahiro describes Tanaka's views on this as 'tracing backwards from evil'.

If more people in the United States thought like Tanaka, I would find both 'sides' of this debate a lot easier to take seriously.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Mexico warns Texas not to refuse its immigrants' babies U.S. birth certificates on: August 29, 2015, 11:10:04 am
Why are all these unreconstructed nativists crawling out of the woodwork on the forum all of a sudden? Is this because of Trump?
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of extreme 'sensitivity' measures taken by academia on: August 28, 2015, 05:06:20 pm
As is so often the case, Marokai has it about right.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: August 28, 2015, 11:39:27 am
Where is this place?
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK MPs - 2015 Parliament on: August 27, 2015, 05:03:31 pm
The answer to that conundrum is that Bottomley is a deeply weird man with many contrary tendencies. Like Jeremy Corbyn he hails from Newport in Shropshire.

Is he any relation to Horatio Bottomley?
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Japan General Discussion on: August 27, 2015, 04:09:33 pm
Hashimoto sent an email to JIP resigning from the role of "Supreme Adviser" and from the JIP party.  He said that he still wants his supporters to stay in JIP and that he was leaving as he feels the JIP leadership was to focused on Tokyo based political maneuvering as opposed to true reform at the local level.  He said he and  Osaka governor Matsui Ichiro (松井一郎) will resign from JIP to focus on Osaka local politics and the upcoming elections for Osaka mayor and governor in November.   In a reversal from Matsui's position Hashimoto indicated that Kakizawa Mito (柿沢未途) should not resign as General Secretary of JIP and that he wanted JIP to stay united.


Kakizawa (the one bowing while standing) and  JIP leader Matsuno Yorihisa  (松野頼久) (sitting) at the meeting with JIP MPs announcing Hashimoto's email.

Assuming Hashimoto is sincere, this is a refreshingly gracious course of action for him.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: Reuters/Ipsos: Trump still ahead, Huckabee moves to 2nd. on: August 27, 2015, 03:11:44 pm
30% Trump
10% Huckabee

What the...?
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Greece parliamentary election - September 20, 2015 (well, maybe...) on: August 27, 2015, 02:22:46 pm
For what it's worth, one poll has the following results :

Syriza 24
ND 22
XA 6
Potami 5.5
Pasok, KKE, LAE 4.5
EK 4
Anel 3.5
Others 5

That would put Syriza around 110-115 seats, not anywhere near a majority, and in need for probably 2, possibly 3, coalition partners, if we exclude ND.



Is there any possibility that--God forbid--ND could be the plurality party?
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Greece parliamentary election - September 20, 2015 (well, maybe...) on: August 26, 2015, 06:23:55 pm
Also Konstantopoulou is forming her own party.

What does she think is wrong with Popular Unity?
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Two TV journalists shot dead live on air on: August 26, 2015, 05:47:57 pm
The man used to be a reporter here in Tallahassee, where he was fired. He seems to have been quite a loose cannon.

And yet he was still able to get a gun.

Do you think a stricter gun law would have stopped this?  Sorry, but I think that's completely emotion-based and naive.

Of course there are types of stricter gun laws that would have stopped this.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Log Cabin Republicans on: August 26, 2015, 05:04:44 pm
'Socially liberal but fiscally conservative' types are some of the worst.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: August 26, 2015, 02:37:41 pm
Oh, I'll definitely have a bicycle for when the T won't avail me.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: August 26, 2015, 12:45:30 pm
muon, it is in fact at the main campus. I'm taking the T, so it's ten to fifteen minutes on foot from the apartment where I'm staying my friends to Porter Square, then about twenty minutes from Porter Square to Park Street, then waiting in Park Street for a few minutes, then about fifteen or twenty minutes from Park Street to BU.

Starting on Saturday though I'll be living in my permanent place for the next year or two and I'll have a much easier commute, Newton Center to Fenway and then to BU on foot. That'll be about half an hour.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which of these people is the most likely to gain a lot of support? on: August 26, 2015, 12:19:30 pm
Gilmore's coming groundswell of support from women, the famed 'Gilmore girls', will push him over the top (normal).
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