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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Eurozone citizens: Did any one of you already withdraw cash from your accounts ? on: July 01, 2015, 08:00:22 am
Yeah, I don't get it. Why would your money be more secure in cash than in an account? If the euro collapses (which isn't very likely) you'll take a hit either way.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: July 01, 2015, 07:58:58 am
DISCLAIMER: I'm making this post more as an apologetic for certain members of my extended family than anything else.

It's possible, probable even, that at some point in the relatively near future the principle that couples should have access to civil marriage regardless of the combination of their sexes will be widely understood to be grounded on first principles in such a way that nobody can argue otherwise in good faith. At that point we'll indeed be able to say that people who oppose same-sex marriage are a distasteful fringe and can't possibly hold their position for well-intentioned reasons. I don't think we've yet reached the point where that grounding on first principles is self-evident or self-explanatory. I kind of hope we do (mostly because I think that if opposition to same-sex marriage becomes completely socially unacceptable then there are people whose opinions and morals I otherwise respect who will feel obliged to come around on it), but I don't think we have. It's still possible for somebody to oppose same-sex marriage and not be a generally bad person.

This is hardly a "one-liner" Tongue
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What makes a country support/oppose nuclear? on: June 29, 2015, 05:38:34 am
Hysteria over nuclear power kills a lot more people than nuclear power itself.
4  General Politics / Economics / Re: Greece to Leave the Euro Zone on: June 29, 2015, 04:11:49 am
Sorry, but can someone explain…if there is default, does that mean a literal "Grexit", both from the Eurozone and the EU itself the next day?  Or will some kind of legal fiction be created for an interim period, to smooth things over?  For example, with strict capital controls, could the Euros in Greek banks still be considered "Euros" in some fake legal sense, while TPTB figure out what to do, even though it's understood by all that that "Greek Euros" are treated differently from "real Euros"?

Or are we really going to see Greece formally leave the Eurozone (and the EU?) as early as this week?  Huh


With capital controls already in place they kind of are separate right now anyway. Assuming we don't delve into civil war or something ( Tongue ) I expect there will be some time of setting up the new currency.
5  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban CountryClassSF on: June 29, 2015, 03:54:30 am
Yeah the fact that this guy is still posting and has not been banned just speaks to the utter incompetence of the moderator team on here. You guys are increasingly a bad joke and have to be held responsible for a lot of the decline in quality at this forum.

You are all over the map on bannings Lief.

I'm really not. I support banning people who are obvious trolls who consistently degrade the quality of discussion on this forum and drag threads off topic with their single-issue nonsense rants. I don't support banning people because they waste the moderator's precious times by making a second account or because they say naughty words sometimes. Not that complicated.

Kindly take your fascist attitude to banning posters to your own forum, Lief.

PS: I know that truth does not matter to the whiner faction but I can't recall anyone ever being banned for using naughty words.

On the other hand, both BRTD and Opebo would be obvious candidates for banning under his stated policy.

Dude I know you think you sound sooo intelligent and witty but you're really just embarrassing yourself at this point. Jesus christ.

You think inserting the word fascism into every post about moderation is tedious? I'd be inclined to agree.

Fortunately, having a coherent thinking process I'm not as reliant on a cool image as you are so I'm fine with your little crowd feeling embarrassed. If you ever come up with a substantial argument for anything you posit it'd be interesting to hear though. It's amazing how someone can be so opinionated for years and never go beyond ad hominems on any issue.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Greek Referendum on IMF/Troika deal on: June 29, 2015, 03:42:10 am
It's a sad indictment of the competence of European politicians (within and outside of Greece) that THIS fcking mess is what we ended up with.

An orderly Grexit 4 years ago would have been infinitely better.
7  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban CountryClassSF on: June 28, 2015, 05:35:49 pm
Yeah the fact that this guy is still posting and has not been banned just speaks to the utter incompetence of the moderator team on here. You guys are increasingly a bad joke and have to be held responsible for a lot of the decline in quality at this forum.

You are all over the map on bannings Lief.

I'm really not. I support banning people who are obvious trolls who consistently degrade the quality of discussion on this forum and drag threads off topic with their single-issue nonsense rants. I don't support banning people because they waste the moderator's precious times by making a second account or because they say naughty words sometimes. Not that complicated.

Kindly take your fascist attitude to banning posters to your own forum, Lief.

PS: I know that truth does not matter to the whiner faction but I can't recall anyone ever being banned for using naughty words.

On the other hand, both BRTD and Opebo would be obvious candidates for banning under his stated policy.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do a majority of white posters on here have any idea what poverty is like? on: June 28, 2015, 10:17:47 am
We have more than a handful of non-white posters? In any case poverty is a curious thing; you and I may well disagree on what it means and in what context, and I myself might disagree with myself on what it means intellectually and personally. Surely you can't have been poor if people weren't out picking coal off slag heaps to survive, right? I maintain, of course, that you have no right to think such thoughts unless they do directly relate to personal experience in some way.

What I will note is that there is a significant difference between short-term problems caused by having no money (which is bitter but usually resolves itself fairly quickly) and the grinding horror of having not quite enough over an extended (and quite possibly permanent) period of time. The two things can be related but are ultimately not the same thing. I would also note that having been poor (no matter how defined) does not confer nobility of spirit or make you a better person.

Just wanted to express agreement with all of the above.
9  General Politics / Economics / Re: How economists think differently from other humans on: June 28, 2015, 10:12:23 am
It's a bit dishonest. Firstly, behavioural economics is not a one-man crusade it's a large field in economics.

Secondly, no economist ever believed everyone was a perfectly rational machine or whatever. The question, which is still an open one, is to what extent these individual idiosyncracies must be taken into account in order for aggregate predictions to work.

1.Richard Thaler said exactly that.  They said he founded the field, not that he's the only person in it.

2.There were all sorts of economic theory that came out of the 'rational person' hypothesis though that behavioral economists are showing don't stand up to scrutiny. This piece mentions a couple of them, especially the 'sunk cost' one.

I'm doing a PhD mostly about behavioural econ - I'm well aware. Tongue


Here may go our anonymity Smiley Our profession is far too small a town for this to be preserved on any forum less inane than the econjobrumors Smiley  

Still, just out of curiosity, are you doing it in Europe or in the US?

Haha, I've stayed away from that one, because every time a friend referenced it, it sounded awful.

I'm in Europe, not the US.
10  General Politics / Economics / Re: How economists think differently from other humans on: June 27, 2015, 03:30:19 am
It's a bit dishonest. Firstly, behavioural economics is not a one-man crusade it's a large field in economics.

Secondly, no economist ever believed everyone was a perfectly rational machine or whatever. The question, which is still an open one, is to what extent these individual idiosyncracies must be taken into account in order for aggregate predictions to work.

1.Richard Thaler said exactly that.  They said he founded the field, not that he's the only person in it.

2.There were all sorts of economic theory that came out of the 'rational person' hypothesis though that behavioral economists are showing don't stand up to scrutiny. This piece mentions a couple of them, especially the 'sunk cost' one.

I'm doing a PhD mostly about behavioural econ - I'm well aware. Tongue

My point is that there is a difference between the behavioural lab experiments and transferring that to aggregate macro variables.

And as AG points out I think Thaler's importance is being a bit inflated in this video.
11  General Politics / Economics / Re: How economists think differently from other humans on: June 26, 2015, 05:08:30 pm
It's a bit dishonest. Firstly, behavioural economics is not a one-man crusade it's a large field in economics.

Secondly, no economist ever believed everyone was a perfectly rational machine or whatever. The question, which is still an open one, is to what extent these individual idiosyncracies must be taken into account in order for aggregate predictions to work.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Breaking: Supreme Court rules SSM a legal right on: June 26, 2015, 11:25:05 am
I encourage everyone to read Scalia's dissent. Hilarious stuff.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Breaking: Supreme Court rules SSM a legal right on: June 26, 2015, 09:17:15 am
Where can one see the actual decision?
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you more Liberal or Conservative then your parents and grandparents on: June 25, 2015, 06:43:37 pm
I'm a bit to the left of my parents on social issues, although that is more in rhetoric and attitudes than in substance.

My grandparents I don't really know. They were probably all more socially conservative.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do a majority of white posters on here have any idea what poverty is like? on: June 25, 2015, 06:39:57 pm
Knowing what it's like is not particularly difficult if one has empathy and isn't ignorant. Of course, experiencing something is a different thing but I don't that is required for basic understanding.
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The polls getting it wrong - post notable examples on: June 25, 2015, 05:57:55 pm
In the Swedish euro referendum a couple of polls showed a tie right before it happened. The actual result was a 14% landslide for no. I suspect those polls were basically bought though. Tongue
17  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Let's talk about Deus Naturae on: June 24, 2015, 03:29:18 am
The Opebo Truther movement has really become a weird phenomenon. It's been fun to follow this conspiracy theory develop.

Also, shut up BRTD.
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Big Bad Swedish Politics & News Thread on: June 23, 2015, 02:41:04 pm
I assume the Conservative Parties are going to uphold the current government rather than bring it down and spark another election which would lead to SD increasing in votes?

They already pledged not to, but opinion polls show support for the deal keeping the Red-Greens in power  has shrunk to nothing among Alliance voters. Also, polls now indicate the Alliance might win a rematch. I still think they'll stay on and keep this and hope for a proper win next time around but there is growing dissent within the parties.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is There Any Hope for A Re-Unification of Atlas? on: June 23, 2015, 08:52:39 am
Gustaf's comments are hilarious considering both that he not only registered but posted on AAD, and that HockeyDude and Eraserhead have stated before they don't wish to replace or kill Atlas Prime with it, and that that isn't the intention has been stated many times there.

But anyway I'm sure Dave couldn't care less about AAD. The fact that he likely doesn't even know about it is testament to this.

As usual you don't seem to understand what sort of things actually contradict each other. How is it hilarious that I made a few posts there but so far don't see much point to the forum? How is it hilarious that I said that some want Atlas dead just because others do not?

Well 37 posts is quite a bit for something that's a complete waste of time. And the people saying this isn't to get Atlas dead are the founders of it.

I should also note the only people posting exclusively over there are either banned from here or ceased posting here before AAD was a thing.

That's an average of less than 1 post per day. Besides, I don't live in this black and white world you are in where one must HATE or LOVE things. I checked out this forum to see what it was about, made a few posts, got into a couple of arguments. Then I came to a conclusion. Not the one that you falsely attribute "a complete waste of time" but rather "not much need". Which means that I've made only 10 posts in the 23 days of June compared to 27 during the 18 days of my membership in May.

Firstly, I never claimed the founders were saying it only that some people were. And secondly, I thought the whole point of this forum was that the founders were not going to exercise much extra power over it.

So, will you admit that your attack on me had no grounds or are you going to persist?
20  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Alexis Tsipras on: June 23, 2015, 08:39:57 am
I don't like charlatans. For once I find myself agreeing with px on something.

Greece should have left the euro long ago. Things will now be painful for the Greek population (even more so than it already is) but that's unavoidable by now I think.
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Big Bad Swedish Politics & News Thread on: June 23, 2015, 08:19:54 am
The Sweden Democrats are rising fast in the polls: 20% in YouGov and 22% in Sentio. Not far behind S and M.

Fuck.

The only way to stop them is to increase immigration levels. What do you think of my plan?

That sound like something the mainstream Swedish parties would suggest.



I assume the joke is that this is what the Swedish government actually did when SD first got into parliament.

Interestingly, apart from 1998 when they increased their vote total by 50% they've been at least doubling their votes in every election they've run in since the party foundation in 1988. Pretty remarkable.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Denmark Parliamentary Election - June 18, 2015 on: June 22, 2015, 04:48:00 am
From figures I saw before it seemed as if the class dimension was shockingly lacking in Denmark, at least as compared to Sweden, due to both Venstre and Dansk Folkeparti having such strong support among workers.

I still don't get the proliferation of left-wing parties in Denmark. If the Redgreens are the traditional far left and Alternativet is the alternative green left then what purpose does the SPP have?
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is There Any Hope for A Re-Unification of Atlas? on: June 22, 2015, 03:48:18 am
Gustaf's comments are hilarious considering both that he not only registered but posted on AAD, and that HockeyDude and Eraserhead have stated before they don't wish to replace or kill Atlas Prime with it, and that that isn't the intention has been stated many times there.

But anyway I'm sure Dave couldn't care less about AAD. The fact that he likely doesn't even know about it is testament to this.

As usual you don't seem to understand what sort of things actually contradict each other. How is it hilarious that I made a few posts there but so far don't see much point to the forum? How is it hilarious that I said that some want Atlas dead just because others do not?
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How much do you share about your previous relationships with significant others? on: June 22, 2015, 03:45:44 am
In my experience most women ask about these things eventually. I try to be open without making them feel bad.

I do sometimes obscure it a bit if it seems unnecessary and could be upsetting. I've realized that people often get the idea that you're obsessed with an ex or hasn't moved on if you mention them too often so I try avoiding that.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of ag on: June 22, 2015, 03:34:38 am
Apart from when he obsessed about calling me a Nazi I generally appreciate his posts a lot.
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