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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Agatha Christie on: October 30, 2014, 12:38:44 pm
I did a search and got some examples. Thing is, most of them are pretty benign. As in, yes, they're orientalist and in the modern era we would criticize it of course. But most of it isn't hateful. Even today, I'd think of someone saying this as naive rather than evil. But I may have missed the worst examples. 
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is Cheerleading a Sport? on: October 28, 2014, 04:38:47 am
As I said before I don't get the idea of "objective scoring" here. I don't think football (soccer as you people say) has an objective scoring system exactly.
3  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban Gully Foyle on: October 28, 2014, 03:33:35 am
Pretty lame by BRTD to recycle a joke already made by Morden.
4  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Am I the only one? on: October 28, 2014, 03:32:26 am
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betteridge%27s_law_of_headlines
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NH GOPer says Kuster will lose because she's "very ugly", calls GOP opponent hot on: October 27, 2014, 03:09:05 am
I see a grand total of one poster (DeadPrez) defending his comments. Try again.

About half are about the looks of the candidates involved, which is basically buying his narrative.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 27, 2014, 03:03:45 am
See, here is the problem. You say you know your flaws and want to work on them, etc. But then you characterize as insults and attacks people pointing these things out. Your life is getting worse, not better because you continue to act the same way. A lot of people here derive entertainment from your failures so they continue to encourage it. Others are saintly enough to actually try and give you constructive advice on how to improve. This latter group tends to be the most critical of you, which should tell you something.

Whether your job pays well is irrelevant, firstly because you'll soon lose it like you lose every other job. That's not due to bad luck it's because of who you are and you clearly won't change. Secondly, your lifestyle is so irresponsible I doubt any income could sustain you.

Lastly, your blasphemous abuse of God's name is a shame on Christianity. You use it for selfish and manipulative purposes and as an excuse to continue your behaviour. It's frankly offensive to real Christians and would probably be sufficient for sending you to hell even without all your other countless sins.

To be honest, I am actually excited where my life is right now.  Sure, its not where I had hoped it would be, but I can see good things in the very near future.

Why don't you give me a chance to prove myself on this job instead of already writing me off before I even begin?  Sound like a good idea?

Thank goodness for grace.  God's grace is all I need to cover EVERY sin I commit past, present, and future.  It is by God's grace that I will enter heaven.  I know for an absolute certainty that my home and my destination is heaven.  I do not have to worry about being separated from God for eternity in hell.  There's nothing, absolutely nothing, that can change that, because I can never lose my salvation no matter what I do.  The same goes for anyone who accepts Christ as their personal Savior and Lord.  The Baptist phrase "once saved, always saved" is guaranteed fact.  You can take it to the bank.

I'm not in a position to give you chances. I don't affect your life one way or the other. Given that you've failed every past job and refuse to change I can predict the same thing will happen now, but my opinion makes no difference to the outcome.

And you're not getting God's grace. You're following false prophets and you know how that ends!
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is Cheerleading a Sport? on: October 27, 2014, 02:53:13 am
Using the term white knight shows you're a misogynist similar to how saying "I'm not a racist, but..." shows you're a racist.

Perhaps my bias comes from the fact that the cheerleaders at my school are the most narcissistic, hive minded, self-centered, attention seeking, self-gratifying pieces of filth I have ever witnessed.

Well, that was hilariously predictable. Maybe you should spend less time resenting women and more time on being the kind of person whom they may find attractive. Tongue
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is Cheerleading a Sport? on: October 26, 2014, 06:27:53 pm
I don't get why subjective scoring would disqualify something as a sport. It's clearly not a mainstream definition since several olympic sports have this feature. Arguably, most sports involve elements of subjective judging too. Football is infamous for this, to give an obvious example.
Sure, a foul being called or not can be subjective and can be the difference in a win and a loss, but those are the exception.  Cheerleading, synchronized swimming and such are completely judged.  It's a dog show.


(ok, really, it is a sport, by definition.  I just don't like athletic competition that must be judged, it seems silly to my inner self.  To win or lose you must accomplish something obvious, move a ball to a certain point on the play surface or your body from one place to another faster than the others, throw a thing further than the other guy throwing things.  Landing "better" is meaningless to me.  I can understand people enjoying watching somebody doing a really "clean" cartwheel, but it all seems so.....pointless to me.)

Oh, I agree in that I personally find judged sports to be not very interesting. That doesn't make them not sports, only makes them bad sports. Tongue
9  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Is there a list of Mods along with their tenure anywhere? on: October 26, 2014, 06:19:31 pm
The fact that some mods are bad goes the other way around. It's hard to find enough good people, as evidenced by some not having been that good. Higher turnover would therefore be a problem.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 26, 2014, 05:42:30 pm
See, here is the problem. You say you know your flaws and want to work on them, etc. But then you characterize as insults and attacks people pointing these things out. Your life is getting worse, not better because you continue to act the same way. A lot of people here derive entertainment from your failures so they continue to encourage it. Others are saintly enough to actually try and give you constructive advice on how to improve. This latter group tends to be the most critical of you, which should tell you something.

Whether your job pays well is irrelevant, firstly because you'll soon lose it like you lose every other job. That's not due to bad luck it's because of who you are and you clearly won't change. Secondly, your lifestyle is so irresponsible I doubt any income could sustain you.

Lastly, your blasphemous abuse of God's name is a shame on Christianity. You use it for selfish and manipulative purposes and as an excuse to continue your behaviour. It's frankly offensive to real Christians and would probably be sufficient for sending you to hell even without all your other countless sins.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 26, 2014, 04:17:45 pm
Gustaf buys heavily into just-world theory: value as human is ultimately determined by net worth, and he derives his superiority complex by the fact he is employed (in an area requiring technical knowledge, no doubt) without regards to the inputs that may have placed him there.

Huh? Basically none of that is true of me. I am well aware that I'm an extremely privileged person and I have no doubt that those privileges have been a great aid in bringing me to where I am.

Of course value is not determined by net worth either. The point is rather that Bushie, as shown, is not trying to make the best of his situation. He doesn't have a particularly tough background. Of course he can't hold a real job due to all his issues but he doesn't even try to ease things for his family and at least part of the reason he can't have a job is that he's selfish and lazy.
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is Cheerleading a Sport? on: October 26, 2014, 03:48:47 pm
Using the term white knight shows you're a misogynist similar to how saying "I'm not a racist, but..." shows you're a racist. In this context it is especially bizarre since it's not even directly related to feminism or sexism (and indeed no one has brought up any such issues in the thread yet). Also, Lief makes a good point on how the term makes even less sense than usual on the Atlas. Tongue

I don't get why subjective scoring would disqualify something as a sport. It's clearly not a mainstream definition since several olympic sports have this feature. Arguably, most sports involve elements of subjective judging too. Football is infamous for this, to give an obvious example.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 26, 2014, 02:47:24 pm
I don't care what Gustaf has to say.  His accusations are completely false and inaccurate.  He has his right to live in fantasyland and he has his right to hate me.  The fact is that nobody is better than anybody else.  To say otherwise is prideful and utterly false.  I guess he not only does not wish I succeed, but he probably is rooting for me to fail.  What a guy!

The fact is I am trying my best to right the ship.  I've got a job, a good job, and I'm working to get out of my parents' checkbook.  Just because they are helping me out does not mean I am a horrible person or not as good as those who are self-sufficient.  I am a very prideful man and it is clear that Gustaf is a very prideful and angry child.

Wow, you have issues. Of course some people are better than others. People who care for their loved ones instead of being a burden to them, for example.

It's pretty rich that you think you can call yourself a man and me a child. I actually have a job and contribute to society. And my parents hardly ever pay anything for me. Which isn't a great achievement but it certainly makes me more of an adult than you.

This reflex of blaming other people and trying to take them down with your hate and anger instead of changing all your own flaws is very harmful for you. And it is decidedly un-Christian too.

I'm certainly not angry at you, because I don't care about you. I do find it perplexing that so many other people on here try to help and support someone even to the extent of offering to buy you things when you've done nothing to earn that.

Now, please name any false accusation I've made. The only one to do that here is you who out of the blue claim that I root for you to fail. And resorted to some weird name-calling on top of that.

On a final note, I find it amusing how quickly Bushie turns from sucking up to seething anger. That's a clear sign of a manipulative personality.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 26, 2014, 10:07:35 am
Good to see some people are finally waking up to the reality here. The excuses are utterly pathetic. He doesn't have time? He's unemployed and does nothing for himself. He has eons of time, he just chooses to spend it doing nothing.

The notion that most of us are not better than Bushie are plain insulting. Most of us aren't using our family in a cynical and selfish way, most of us have jobs or careers of some sort, etc. Short of actual criminals I can think of few people who are as bad as Bushie.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2014 General Election - President and Regional Senators on: October 26, 2014, 09:05:19 am


PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT


[1  ] Al Sibboleth of West Virginia and Hashemite of Oklahoma
All Atlasia Progressive Rashtriya Janata Dal - Verenigde Gesuiwerde Atlasianer Volksfront



[ 3 ] Lumine von Reuental of Utah and SJoyceFla of North Carolina
Federalist Party - The People's Party



[4  ] Marokai Blue of Iowa and Antonio V of Hawaii
Labor Party



[ 2 ] Poirot of New York and Shua of Nunavut
Independent - Democratic-Republican Party






MIDWEST SENATE


[ 1 ] Cris of Colorado
Federalist Party



[ 2 ] TNF of Montana
Labor Party


16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: MW: October 2014 Gubernatorial Election on: October 26, 2014, 09:02:27 am
write-in: Charles Darwin
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 23, 2014, 06:13:21 pm
I really don't see why anyone would want to offer advice to Bushie. Apart from the fact that it clearly has no effect he doesn't deserve it.

Why not put energy into helping someone who is trying to be a good person?
18  General Politics / Economics / Re: "expectations" question on: October 20, 2014, 07:50:33 pm
It's all contagion and stock demand trading. No real returns to speak of, which means expectations and hype must be satisfied.

Thanks for the whole explanation, AD.  It's the latter part that always left me puzzled.  Even when the companies themselves provide numbers and speculation about the near future, the expectations and hype among investors become a sort of system unto itself. 

Anvi, the basic reason is that the value of a stock depends on future profits of the company. If it's earning less than expected it can be seen as evidence that future profits will be lower than expected. Then the stock is worth less than before.

Note that it isn't binary. There is nothing contradictory in a company being profitable and its stock falling, since it isn't falling to 0. It's still worth something just not as much as you thought before.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 20, 2014, 07:41:05 pm
I can't say that I want Bushie to succeed. He has done nothing to deserve success and isn't a particularly good person. If I had time or money to spend on helping someone it would be a person who was working hard under difficult circumstances and deserved a break.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 20, 2014, 03:36:46 pm
In other news, the Onion guy who reads Update continues to deliver:

"Snowy Conditions Proving Hazardous For Nation's Idiots"

http://v.theonion.com/onionmedia/videos/videometa/391/zen_mp4.mp4
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which comedian would you most like to see as president? on: October 20, 2014, 02:35:04 pm
I suppose this thread was moved to individual politics? But the post still doesn't make any sense.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NH GOPer says Kuster will lose because she's "very ugly", calls GOP opponent hot on: October 15, 2014, 07:10:51 am
Classic Atlas that most comments here go along with the misogynist. Tongue
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State vs. The World (except Canada) on: October 14, 2014, 07:30:36 am
So why doesn't Turkey want to help this Kurd village?

They are afraid of their own Muslims (which are strong Erdogan voters, too).

More likely because they dislike their own Kurds (who certainly don't vote for Erdogan).

Actually the Erdogan majority depends on at least passive support from Kurds who prefer AKP over the CHP.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 14, 2014, 07:01:20 am
As a pastor he would help ruining other lives beyond his own. That seems a bit cruel.
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Agatha Christie on: October 13, 2014, 01:02:47 pm
I like Christie. I remember there are some politically unpleasant things in the earlier novels but I can't help being a little charmed by the old school-conservatism. I think accusing her of racism is a tad anachronistic and not something I'd hold against the books.
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