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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Darth Vader more popular than all of the likely 2016 presidential candidates on: July 26, 2014, 04:21:25 pm
Why do people approve of Emperor Palpatine?
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: An open letter to Benjamin Netanyahu on: July 26, 2014, 04:18:08 pm
long life to you.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What would be the experiences of the best-experienced candidate of all time? on: July 26, 2014, 03:42:30 pm
How old is this person? 260?
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If California were to spilt, who would be the governor in each state? on: July 25, 2014, 03:53:58 pm
How is she too conservative??
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Man Accidentally Killed by Police Choke Hold in Staten Island on: July 25, 2014, 03:23:25 pm
The only thing that caused his death was the chokehold. Why did they have to be brutal on some guy who's 400 pounds? What can he really do?
He resisted arrest.  Cops can't let people go that physically resist arrest.

I agree that the law is dumb and the cop(s) acted poorly, but Mr Garner instigated the actions by resisting.

This sounds right. Also, cigarettes are expensive for a reason. AggregateDemand is on to something in pointing out that he would have had an untimely death one way or another.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: Merger Referendum on: July 25, 2014, 07:57:04 am
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC approves apartment building with separate entrance for poor people on: July 24, 2014, 05:06:29 pm
In other news, a 1100ft, 106-story, 1400 unit skyscraper at 520 West 41st St. demonstrates that "supertall" buildings are no longer the preserve of the extraordinarily wealthy (but also the merely very wealthy)

8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Pew polls the world on opinions of the US, China, etc. on: July 24, 2014, 02:09:19 pm
Putin's numbers in Venezuela are interestingly high.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Arizona execution lasts almost 2 hours on: July 24, 2014, 02:05:16 pm
This doesn't really bother me. I think capital punishment is immoral and flatly wrong, But attempting to garner sympathy for the poor unfortunate murderers isn't going to be attracting any supporters to the anti-death penalty crowd. I mean TDAS says he "shouldn't have been tortured", but as I've said before, I'd prefer torture (which I don't have any moral objection to as a form of punishment, at least) over execution. But then again, such "torture" isn't really torture per se as opposed to physical punishment.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Working Class Holidays Act of 2014 (Debating) on: July 24, 2014, 12:44:00 pm
Out of curiosity, how many holidays do we have at the moment?
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC approves apartment building with separate entrance for poor people on: July 23, 2014, 11:18:26 pm
You call that giant? That's an average house, maybe a little above average. Even in NYC, the average four bedroom apartment is 2,700 sq ft- not that much smaller.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Fmr. President Duke on: July 23, 2014, 11:10:53 pm
I am glad this office has re-opened.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Simfan v. Windjammer on: July 23, 2014, 11:09:11 pm
I assume the court has declined to grant this case certiorari?
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: July 23, 2014, 10:44:31 pm
Putin Recalls State Duma From Vacation, "Planning Something" On Ukraine Situation

In a somewhat disconcerting move, Russian President Vladimir Putin has recalled The State Duma from a planned vacation to participate in an unscheduled meeting because of the situation in eastern Ukraine. As Ukrinform reports, sources confirm "Something is being planned, because many deputies come, probably for a quorum." Rumors are spreading that Putin is set to issue Kiev an ultimatum over recognizing separatists or face military intervention.

Russian attempt to legalize the terrorists as a political entity


15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC approves apartment building with separate entrance for poor people on: July 23, 2014, 10:42:42 pm
I wish I had air conditioning. Just saying.

However, I think many Americans have just become accustomed to a giant home.  You don't need 800 sq ft of space per person.

800 sq ft = giant home?!
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the Selective Service System be abolished? on: July 23, 2014, 06:20:52 pm
How were either of those caused by Wall Street?
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Russia General Discussion on: July 23, 2014, 06:16:25 pm
Amid of flurry of new laws announced Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin signed legislation bolstering punishments for unruly protesters.

Repeat violations of the law governing public rallies can now warrant fines ranging between 600,000 and 1 million rubles ($30,000), or up to five years in prison.

The new fines impact recidivists, defined under the amended legislation as those who are caught violating the law's terms more than once within a 180-day period.

The law also increases the amount of time detained protesters can spend in police custody to 30 days, double the former limit of 15 days.

Source: The Moscow Times
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Russia General Discussion on: July 23, 2014, 06:12:06 pm
Among about 40 bills signed by President Vladimir Putin in a marathon session on Tuesday was a widely lambasted law that will strip hundreds of independent Russian television channels of a basic source of income: advertising.

The law, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, bans advertising on all subscription channels as well as on channels that can only be viewed with a decoding device. Excluded from the ban are all "national, compulsory, universally accessible" channels and those conveyed by terrestrial broadcasting — in other words, all the leading state-run channels that dominate Russia's airwaves.

Bundled together in a packet with two other amendments to Russia's advertising law, the bill raced through the State Duma and the Federation Council earlier this month just weeks after reports of it first surfaced in the Russian media.

Source: the Moscow Times
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: July 23, 2014, 03:38:15 pm

You're pathetic.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Taiwanese independence on: July 23, 2014, 12:19:00 pm
So Lee Teng-Hui is all over the place?

Personally I support reunification... under the ROC. The point the right-unification side makes, that the ideology of the CCP today is virtually indistinguishable from that of the KMT c. 1950, 60, or even 70, is apt.

I mean, in 1946? or so the KMT was conducting raids on Shanghai businesses they accused of being "bourgeois profiteers". In a few decades they were promoting nationalist authoritarian developmentalism, and while they were obviously boasting of their anti-communist credentials, whereas the CCP boasts of it's legacy of liberation in the Civil War, that's nothing the KMT didn't like to remind people about their doing in the Xinhai Revolution.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of conservatives parroting this quote on: July 23, 2014, 12:14:35 pm
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted on United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379? on: July 23, 2014, 12:09:55 pm
Nay, I'm anti the current Israeli government, but not an anti-semite.

Acknowledging the elementary fact that Zionism = racism =/= anti-semitism

Define Zionism as you here interpret it.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Council on Foreign Relations on: July 23, 2014, 12:07:32 pm
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the Selective Service System be abolished? on: July 23, 2014, 12:06:47 pm
Yes. Working class kids should not have the possibility of being forced to murder for Wall Street hanging over their heads most of their lives.

Roll Eyes

There's literally no example of this. There's also no harm in keeping it in the case things were to go pear shaped.
25  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Religiosity and economic development on: July 23, 2014, 12:04:35 pm
You seem to be implying that economic development is caused by irreligion, and not the other way around, if at all.
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