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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: "Tetris: The Movie" in the works on: Today at 01:02:54 am
Hopefully Pink Floyd songs will provide the soundtrack.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: IHOP vs Waffle House on: Today at 12:44:24 am
Waffle House

IHOP was always overpriced and pretentious, but at least they had boysenberry syrup, but they no longer do, so there really is no reason to go there any longer.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Arkansas Firing Range Declared 'Muslim-Free' by Owner on: Today at 12:38:37 am
It's called freedom of association.  You can't have freedom of association without having the freedom to not associate, and that also includes the freedom to disassociate with those a group had formerly welcomed.  So yeah, freedom can be dangerous and it can cause problems, yet it is generally better than the alternative.

Agreed, and if enough people think this owner is an idiot they won't support by associating with em, then this business will have to close or reopen under new management.  Sadly, that probably won't happen.

I saw what you did here, but this is a subject area where I let my inner libertarian roam free.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: Today at 12:28:07 am
For the record I would never buy a Mountain Dew 12-pack or wear a Slayer shirt.
I was merely assuming BRTD had hacked your account.
5  General Politics / Economics / Re: which should be the primary strategy for tackling sovereign debt? on: October 01, 2014, 11:08:08 pm
Inflation of course is only feasible if the sovereign debt is denominated in the country's own currency.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: what should be the burden of proof for campus justice system sexual assaults? on: October 01, 2014, 11:02:13 pm
Okay, organizations with independent executive authority like marching band can basically determine their own membership standards as much as they want, right? I see no problem for them to exclude a person based on the fact that other members of the organization don't feel comfortable around him due to allegations made against him. It's their own call.
So if they (or some small set of them, or even just one of them) doesn't feel comfortable around the new AltoSax player because they're Muslim, they should have the ability to exclude them?  That seems like a dangerous road to go down.
It's called freedom of association.  You can't have freedom of association without having the freedom to not associate, and that also includes the freedom to disassociate with those a group had formerly welcomed.  So yeah, freedom can be dangerous and it can cause problems, yet it is generally better than the alternative.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: FCC considering banning Redskins name on: October 01, 2014, 02:47:30 pm
I suspect that this will prove like Keystone XL and a number of other things of late, something that for political reasons, the administration would take under advisement until after an election and then finally decide.  In this case, they might go as far as a moderate hero position of not banning the name, but banning the use of the logo in TV generated graphics when reporting scores and the like.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: what should be the burden of proof for campus justice system sexual assaults? on: October 01, 2014, 02:33:40 pm

The Community Standards Agreement treats all allegations of assault as truth, and stipulates that Bored members must take steps against any member reported as an alleged assailant.

“We don't care if something is not confirmed, we aren't interested in having alleged perpetrators in our group,” CUMB Head Manager Edith Lerner, BC ’16, said in an official statement. “We recognize that there could be problems with the policy, but we wanted it implement it [sic] right away so that our new members this year knew right off the bat what our values are and how serious we are about our community.”

These people can't possibly be serious. In what universe is this idea anything other than patently retarded? Basically they are making a rule that if you decide you don't like someone you can instantly destroy them at one's own whim. Wow.

Ugh. Why does everybody have to be so stupid about everything?

Yeah, this goes too far, but I have no problem with tertiary education institutions deciding to use something lower than the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard when it come deciding whether to kick people out of student housing, to restrict access to extracurricular activities, or to simply expel.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: October 01, 2014, 08:43:37 am
Looks like I may have damaged a very crucial organ. Ugh, this is just terrible.
Cirrhosis of the liver or something else?
10  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK comments, questions and feedback on: October 01, 2014, 12:45:14 am
While it no doubt would be a good bit of work, would it be possible to use a different map?  Europe would make a much better RISK map than the US simply because there would be chokepoints creating more potentially defensible regions than the singular New England of the US map.

Of course, I doubt you could make the necessary preparations for Euro-RISK to be the next game unless you used someone else's work to be able to do it.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California Adopts 'Yes Means Yes' Sexual Assault Rule on: September 30, 2014, 10:33:48 pm
Haha, a girl coming up for a drink after a date is definitely implied consent.

If you legitimately disagree, you don't live in the real world.

I live in the world, and I definitely disagree with that revolting concept.  Sex is a wonderful thing, but because of that, it shouldn't be so trivially treated as you apparently do.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California Adopts 'Yes Means Yes' Sexual Assault Rule on: September 30, 2014, 02:11:43 pm
At the risk of sounding like a religious prude, let me point out that this sort of bill would not be needed if our culture did not merely tolerate, but encourage casual sex.  If at the very least, the expectation for both men and women would be that they would at the least be "going steady" before visiting a certain village in Pennsylvania, the number of conflicting accounts (whether from differing interpretations or outright lying) of whether sex was consensual would be considerably reduced.

I tend to think that the issue isn't the prevalence of casual sex. The issue is (some) men feeling entitled to sex with any woman they want, regardless of the woman's feelings or if there's any chemistry between them (or in some cases, if the woman even knows the man exists). The days of female sexuality being controlled by men are over, and thank Zeus for that. Yet some jealous, resentful, misogynistic men apparently haven't gotten over that development.

And there really aren't many cases of outright lying by survivors of sexual assault.

I wasn't specifying who the potential liar might be.  While there are occasional examples of alleged victims doing so, I agree that it's far more common for accused perpetrators to lie.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your favorite berry? on: September 30, 2014, 12:52:03 pm
Strawberry, but not the kind picked green to be shipped long distances.
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Emma Watson-speech about women's rights in front of UN on: September 30, 2014, 12:14:18 pm
Ernest is being ironic. How is that not obvious?

You say that, but his coma-rape apologism suggests otherwise.

I suppose I should expect that a proponent of totalitarianism would continue distort my position in that thread.  Granted because I failed to consider the possibility that anyone would want to have sex with a comatose person, I failed to initially foreclose that possibility when I suggested that someone who has become not legally competent to consent might wish to be able to do so in advance.  Foolish me.  I was thinking of the case where a person would still be able to enjoy sex, but not legally able to give consent.  Snowstalker, I'll leave to you any fantasies you might have of enjoying The Bride before she woke up in Kill Bill, because they certainly aren't mine.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California Adopts 'Yes Means Yes' Sexual Assault Rule on: September 30, 2014, 11:35:12 am
Sorry, but let me add my voice to the skepticism here.  Sexual assault is a serious crime that should be investigated by the authorities in the criminal justice system.  If the authorities are dropping the ball on their investigations and prosecutions of this crime within the criminal justice system, such that they'd be better served by changing the consent rules to this new standard, then the state government should just go ahead and make that change.

Yes, one of the problematic aspects here is that colleges, campus police and campus tribunals etc are involved in this at all. Sexual assault is not something that should be judged by a code of conduct or anyone associated with the university, its much too grave for that. It should always be investigated and prosecuted by normal law enforcement officers with the proper training and knowledge to handle this (and if they don't have enough of those California should do something about that). This whole internal system vs. state responsibility aspect looks like a blind spot in the debate.

In America, we still have the tradition of colleges acting in loco parentis even if for the most part they no longer do.  That tradition is where the idea that colleges should concern themselves with the non-academic aspects of collegiate life comes from here in the States.  Whether higher education should even be in the business of offering food and board to their students is something that doesn't come up as much as it probably ought to.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California Adopts 'Yes Means Yes' Sexual Assault Rule on: September 30, 2014, 11:02:04 am
At the risk of sounding like a religious prude, let me point out that this sort of bill would not be needed if our culture did not merely tolerate, but encourage casual sex.  If at the very least, the expectation for both men and women would be that they would at the least be "going steady" before visiting a certain village in Pennsylvania, the number of conflicting accounts (whether from differing interpretations or outright lying) of whether sex was consensual would be considerably reduced.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Previous Poster's Signature: The Wrath of Khan on: September 30, 2014, 10:49:58 am
Where's the link to the online casino you're obviously trying to promote?
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: September 30, 2014, 10:47:13 am
We have a third party in the U.S. It's called "not voting."
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: bananas on: September 30, 2014, 10:46:01 am
Yellow, of course.  When they start to go brown I make banana bread, and that's one of my favs.
20  Questions and Answers / How To / Re: Attn Dave: Defunct Counties, Maps, and Old Boundaries on: September 29, 2014, 11:59:54 pm
Two questions:

1. How would you go about uploading data for defunct counties that never had a FIPS code?
2. Would it be at all possible to add historical county-level shapefiles that don't already exist?

Depending on how recently it went defunct, it may have had a FIPS code.  For example  Nansemond County, Virginia which got swallowed up by the City of Suffolk in the 70's had the FIPS code of 51-123.

In theory you could insert defunct counties into the gaps that had been intended for new counties, for example Elk County, Alabama could sensibly be assigned 01-050, but that would not work in all cases.  (South Carolina being a prime example because of our funky governmental structure in the antebellum period in which we had districts, counties, and parishes.  Every place was part of a district, but there were also counties and parishes which largely didn't overlap, but there were places that were part of both a county and a parish.)
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Beheading in Oklahoma plant on: September 29, 2014, 10:40:26 pm
It's a great thing that there was a good guy with a gun to shoot this rogue jihadist before more Americans were butchered.

In liberal Chicago, the bad guys have the guns while the good guys have baseball bats.

Reserve police in Chicago only have baseball bats?
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Polls on Same-Sex Marriage State Laws on: September 28, 2014, 05:23:42 pm
I expect tho that they'll not explicitly announce they're denying cert.  AFAIK, they can just sit on a cert petition, and if they think they may have split circuits soon, they might well wish to wait for that to decide.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which X-Men are You? on: September 28, 2014, 05:06:14 pm
Cyclops

You are a true leader at heart. You are not quick to judge, you can make hard decisions when needed, and you will always fight for a better world where humans and mutants can live together in peace. Try to keep your glasses on, it's very important
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Video of the old garage coming down on: September 28, 2014, 04:56:21 pm
Would have been more fun no doubt if you could have done the bashing yourself, but they probably couldn't have let you without exposing themselves to more liability than they would have been willing to accept.
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What was your favorite childhood book? on: September 28, 2014, 04:50:41 pm
A tossup between The Train to Timbuctoo and The Velveteen Rabbit.
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