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751  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act on: October 30, 2013, 11:32:31 am
Yay (I/O) - though it doesn't go nearly far enough.
752  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: William Shatner has too much time on his hands on: October 29, 2013, 06:09:56 pm
Much better than the original story. There should be a picture book.
753  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What should the minimum age requirement be? on: October 29, 2013, 10:46:46 am
754  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should Homeschooling Be Banned? on: October 29, 2013, 10:44:55 am
I am fine with homeschooling and think there should be just enough regulation to avoid parents indoctrinating their children or giving them a generally terrible education that stunts their future potential for personal development and pursuits of fulfillment.
755  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Political Quiz List. Are you a Quiz Whiz? on: October 28, 2013, 08:13:20 pm

1. Liberal feminist (100%)
2. Socialist feminist (92%)
3. Radical feminist (37%)
4. Anti-feminist (0%)
756  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Which of these Atheist types best describes you? on: October 28, 2013, 07:51:02 pm
It is the intellectual atheist/agnostic type for me, with seeker agnostic as the next best fit.
757  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Size of your home county on: October 28, 2013, 07:21:19 pm
Flathead County, MT (~92,000)
758  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you own a car? on: October 28, 2013, 07:19:45 pm
No, and in all likelihood I will never own a car.
759  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of voting Positive/FF on Opinion of Adolf Hitler Polls on: October 28, 2013, 07:10:20 pm
Negative - even the worst polls deserve honest responses.
760  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this leaflet on: October 28, 2013, 09:20:57 am
FL, though its content is antiquated if taken out of historical context.
761  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Battle of the East Asian Countries: Round 3 on: October 28, 2013, 09:14:52 am
Japan and Mongolia.
762  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1824 Party Caucuses on: October 27, 2013, 11:31:13 pm
Okay, I need to be honest with ya'll here. I recognize a few of those names but have no [Inks]ing clue where they stand on enough issues to choose from among them. I do not even know whether I could vote for any of them in good conscience, as opposed to offering a protest vote. D:
763  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should all yellow avatars be banned? on: October 27, 2013, 12:48:02 pm
The libertarians and young folk on the forum are comrades of mine no less than the rest of you, and it would be a loathsome shame to be deprived of their company here. I value their input and contributions to the community, respect them as fellow people, am glad they are exploring their interests in politics and choosing to interact with people who think differently than themselves, and find this thread quite disturbing - even if it is only really meant halfheartedly as some kind of joke.
764  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Reparations on: October 27, 2013, 12:06:37 pm

Acknowledge the fundamental injustice of the enslavement of those of African ancestry prior to the Civil War. (Agree)

Apologize on behalf of the people of the United States for the enslavement of those of African ancestry prior to the Civil War. (Agree)

Provide a public education fund to inform our country about slavery. (Disagree)

Financially provide $20,000 of reparations for direct descendants of slaves within the next two years. (Strongly Disagree)

Set an example of the United States as honoring human rights. (Strongly Agree)

Slavery is already discussed in public education curricula so far as I'm aware; reparation payments generations removed from the severest injustices sought to be rectified provides us an example of how liberal welfare policies draw attention to social statuses by extending preferential treatment to one group while harming others - generating some degree of resentment and making it harder to maintain solidarity; and all Americans should receive a tax-free, basic livable income. The U.S. should be exemplary in honoring human rights but, in my opinion, is not doing so very well these days relative to what it could be doing.

Other Agendas:

Prohibit sexual identity discrimination at schools. (Strongly Agree)
No need to add sexual orientation to hate crimes. (Disagree)
Leave gay marriage up to the states. (Strongly Disagree)
Don't make the Patriot Act Permanent. (Strongly Agree)
Protect Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. (Strongly Disagree)
Continue and advocate affirmative action programs in colleges, but not the workforce. (Disagree)
Recognize and celebrate the historical anniversary of ending slavery. (Disagree)
Constitutional Amendment for equal women's rights. (Disagree)
Constitutional Amendment banning flag desecration. (Strongly Disagree)
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Agree)
Honor 100th anniversary of NAACP. (Disagree)
Allow for gay adoptions. (Strongly Agree)
Support principles embodied in equal rights amendment. (Strongly Agree)
Loosen restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Strongly Disagree)
Provide special funding for minority and women owned businesses. (Disagree)
Keep Rosa Parks stamp. (Indifferent)

I am on the fence when it comes to whether "hate crimes" should be aggressively pursued, consider gender identity pertinent to the ongoing movement to achieve better civil rights; I consider the Pledge of Allegiance a horrible ritual, care more about civil liberties than whether the U.S. is attacked by terrorists, think affirmative action is okay on the whole but not exactly the best policy for us in the long run, and I do not believe the state should intervene in the economy to give money - whether available to anyone or a particular group - for starting up businesses. The stamp matter is trivial to me, honestly, and in regards to the NAACP I fell like we already have too many Congressionally rubber-stamped holiday and recognition ideas for recognizing and/or pandering to various segments of the population as it is. Flag desecration is completely fine, though a bit distasteful, and I don't want constitutional amendments; I want a new constitution altogether.
765  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why the backlash against Theodore Roosevelt & Woodrow Wilson in recent years? on: October 27, 2013, 11:41:18 am
Unless you were an anti-war supporter

In that case your constitutionally guaranteed rights were destroyed and you were probably thrown in jail.

This extended to anarchists, communists, socialists, and anyone who otherwise did not like the established form of government, or expressed criticism of state policy during wartime. Wilson gives FDR a run for his money when it comes to being the most authoritarian U.S. president of the 20th century.
766  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Creepy signs the radiation from Fukushima is contaminating the West Coast on: October 26, 2013, 09:25:54 am
. . . Spiders can be quite helpful and won't usually harm humans. Wasps, on the other hand...

My opinion of Republitarian seems to go up nearly every time I read one of his posts. Grin
767  General Politics / Economics / Re: Opinion of Switzerland's "minimum income" proposal on: October 25, 2013, 11:42:49 pm
I understand what they're proposing, but it's going to put them very far in debt. If our country provided everyone with a livable income, then it would no longer be a livable income because inflation would skyrocket. It's not literally the same as minimum wage, but it's the same concept which would kill our dollar and cause prices to go up. Now a country like Switzerland might be able to get away with such a thing. I'm not sure. Basically, the idea is the exact opposite of my economic philosophy. This isn't to say we should end programs of benefit such as social security, Medicare, unemployment benefits, and even some entitlements such as food stamps and WIC. Just giving people money is another story.

I suppose it depends on how one implements it. I don't think it necessitates an increase to the debt or even more printing of money, however, if implemented wisely in concert with reforms to other policies. The liberal welfare regime the U.S. already has is very unattractive to me for several reasons, though I suppose to be fair there are much worse ways to go.
768  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: How long is your commute? on: October 25, 2013, 09:25:19 pm
The commute to work is 3.2 miles for me. The average travel times - counting traffic and stop lights - are about 70 minutes on foot, 50 minutes by bus, 20 minutes if cycling (preferred), and 8 minutes carpooling.
769  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What State's Residents Are You Most Similar To? on: October 25, 2013, 09:08:25 pm
My results were:

E(xtraversion): 0th
A(greeableness): 96th
C(onscientiousness): 2nd
N(euroticism): 97th
O(penness): 84th

I have lived in MN and MT.

770  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Battle of the East Asian Countries: Round 2 on: October 25, 2013, 08:45:34 pm
Mongolia, Japan, and the PRC
771  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What is your overall PM Score? on: October 25, 2013, 08:42:52 pm
772  General Politics / Economics / Re: Opinion of Switzerland's "minimum income" proposal on: October 25, 2013, 08:31:40 pm
Details matter. Generally speaking, yes.

This, basically. In a country the size of Switzerland I suppose one could get away with a uniform level of basic income delivered but in the U.S. things would need to be a bit more complicated for it to work well.

Most in the private sector wouldn't like this. Minimal income proposals actually hurt the economy because the more money a company has to pay an employee, the less they have for further employment.

I think you are confusing this with the minimum wage. A basic minimum income is basically a government check one gets regardless of whether they are poor. Income from work would be in addition to this sum from the state. Businesses would not be paying workers more than they already do.
773  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: YourMorals.org on: October 24, 2013, 07:27:09 pm

1. ". . . reliance on and endorsement of five psychological foundations of morality that seem to be found across cultures."

2. ". . . the degree to which you value each of ten domains that Schwartz has found across many cultures [power/status, achievement/success, hedonism/pleasure, stimulation/challenge, self-direction/independence, universalism/welfare, benevolence/kindness, tradition, conformity, security/harmony]"

3. ". . . the extent to which participants view various kinds of statements . . . as true, false, or as opinions."

4. ". . . how central a role religion plays in your life"

5. ". . . measure of people's beliefs about the six most commonly endorsed principles of distributive justice: distribution based on what will lead to the greatest good for the world as a whole (utilitarianism), market-based distribution (libertarianism), equal distribution (egalitarianism), merit based distribution (equity), distribution according to people's personal needs (no more and no less), and distribution that at the very least satisfies each person's basic needs."
774  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Creepy signs the radiation from Fukushima is contaminating the West Coast on: October 24, 2013, 06:55:04 pm
I'm not sure if this is just incidental, but:


Weird stuff going on with orcas too.

I don't know really, but pollutants tend to get more dangerously concentrated in predators up the food-chain (which may in turn be why sea lions and polar bears are effected, if the radiation is in fact what is harming them?). Even without consuming prey with radioactive materials in them I think orcas are already considered hazardous material if they wash up on shore.

This thread makes me wonder how the release of radioactive material from Fukushima will end up comparing to the long-standing Cold War practice of the Soviets disposing of nuclear waste and at times even entire reactor cores off the Arctic coasts of Novaya Zemliya. The radiation from those waters eventually contaminated much of the North Pacific, getting into things like salmon. Over the long run I don't really know how much of this radioactive material it takes for it to actually have a meaningful health impact on life thousands of miles away.

Either way, I'm curious to better understand the subject.
775  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Obamacare on: October 23, 2013, 07:08:51 pm
Horrible policy if one looks at the big picture, but otherwise mostly a FP shift in policy compared to what there was before. I am still a bit on the fence here trying to decide whether France or Germany has the better alternative to alter somewhat and then implement.
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