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1  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Women ministers and religion on: Today at 12:34:32 am
No, and my grappling with this issue has made me far less respectful of women's ordination and its proponents. Most of the ones I meet want to throw out half the New Testament to support their view and/or are apostate in all but name.

Yes, this is my problem with most "reformists". Their views on the issues concerned are not particularly objectionable, but their broader view of the faith is rather disconcerting.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Jewish Student Posts Hindu Symbol, is Investigated for Anti-Semitic Hate Crime on: Today at 12:24:53 am
Nice completely misleading title you have there.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: George W. Bush Bashes Obama on Middle East on: Today at 12:23:33 am
Just because we are now six years removed from his disastrous presidency doesn't mean his gag order is now lifted.

The entire Republican Party basically has no room to criticize anyone else's foreign policy for a generation. They lost their credibility with Dubya's Iraq Adventure just as LBJ threw away the Democrats' credibility by going into Vietnam.

These weren't public comments.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hi all... on: April 26, 2015, 11:41:45 pm
Hello once again! Wow, the year has gone by quickly.

Unfortunately, I still haven't found that word you were looking for to describe the tonal qualities of Berg's and Schoenberg's work.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Speaker Türkisblau - Press Release: Whereabouts Unknown on: April 26, 2015, 11:36:25 pm
I would like to express my deep concern over this latest development and authorise the Special Anti-terrorism Operations Command to take all necessary measures within the limits of the law to locate and ensure the safety of the Speaker of the Legislative Council.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: April 26, 2015, 07:02:58 pm
In its manifesto the SNP calls for Proportional Representation.  I wonder if the huge SNP delegation about to come in will still be in favor of PR with many of the new MP's only elected because of FPTP.  Also, would they insist on some type of Labour move toward it as a price for their support? 

Ahhh... no they'd no longer do that I think.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: If the GOP keeps losing, when would a viable replacement party emerge? on: April 26, 2015, 07:01:26 pm
Yes, but what if they didn't change?
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / If the GOP keeps losing, when would a viable replacement party emerge? on: April 26, 2015, 05:29:05 pm
Let us assume the GOP keeps on losing presidential elections. By which point would a third party come along that can seriously replace the GOP as the main right-of-center party? Or is it more likely that a new party would come along to challenge the Democrats from the left, making them the main right-wing party?
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Impact of a Clinton victory in 2016 on: April 26, 2015, 05:02:13 pm
TL;DR - Democrats become the GOP establishment and the GOP becomes a South-only party that's locked-out of the White House for another generation or two. 

You consider it possible for the GOP to lose another 4-10 presidential elections?
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Are almost all states just going to eventually vote Democratic at some point? on: April 26, 2015, 04:47:26 pm
Because reading this forum it seems like this is what you all think the map will look like in 2040:



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11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasians for Rounding-up and Executing "Separatists" without Trial on: April 26, 2015, 04:25:53 pm
Why don't you call yourselves Atlasian Radicals/Reformists/Revolutionaries/Realists or something?
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Izvestia: Official Atlasian News Service (CRISIS) on: April 26, 2015, 04:24:18 pm
Damn it, I don't get to invade anything. Sad
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you hate Black people? on: April 26, 2015, 02:14:04 pm
no, as long as they are the good kind of black people who don't infringe on my free speech rights when I say the n-word while rapping along to my favorite rap songs.

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14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you watching the WHCD? on: April 26, 2015, 01:30:19 pm
Had I known Cecily Strong was headlining, I would've!
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you hate Black people? on: April 26, 2015, 01:28:31 pm
Yes.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your politics and stance on equal rights for women? on: April 26, 2015, 08:06:15 am
This is such a bizarre question. I mean, who's going to admit to not supporting equal rights for women.

People who oppose abortion?
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: GAME CHANGE: Dog the Bounty Hunter endorses Clinton on: April 25, 2015, 06:32:01 pm
What the hell was that show? FOX News may be going a little too far with the hot women dropping conservative talking points strategy.

"This is making me sadder than The Notebook!"

smh fox news, that lady is basically a feminist uncle tom.

Huh
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Have people forgotten about Rick Perry? on: April 25, 2015, 05:25:23 pm
I feel like they have.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Snyder set to announce soon. on: April 25, 2015, 05:23:34 pm
How is Santorum second tier after 2012?
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: April 25, 2015, 04:32:27 pm
What's the important thing: May or the free* chicken from Marks and Spencer?
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather visit Barbados or Bhutan? on: April 25, 2015, 04:31:01 pm
Barbados (sympathizes with the Lhotshampas).

Tell that to the Sikkimese.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Mississippi vs. Alabama on: April 25, 2015, 04:29:21 pm
Anyway, the whites in Alabama and Mississippi are the same. The blacks in Alabama and Mississippi are the same. The only difference in the two states is the racial ratio.

With that in mind, I am immediately suspicious of anyone who would prefer Alabama.

Maybe we judge states based off more than race?

As I already said, there is no difference in the states that can't be completely explained by the different racial mix.

So what you're saying is that the reason Mississippi is worse than Alabama is because they have more black people? Uh-huh.
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: 7.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal on: April 25, 2015, 03:32:04 pm
This really doesn't sound good:

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As news reports filtered in, experts predicted the death toll will mount steadily into the many tens of thousands as the extent of the devastation reveals itself. Previous studies that modeled the consequences of a hypothetical, very powerful earthquake had estimated death tolls between 125,000 and 250,000, Bilham said.

“I expect that there’s devastation scattered all around Nepal that we’re not even glimpsing at this point,” said Susan Hough, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey who has made multiple trips to Nepal.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/experts-had-warned-for-decades-that-nepal-was-vulnerable-to-a-killer-quake/2015/04/25/0275959e-eb78-11e4-9a6a-c1ab95a0600b_story.html
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: 7.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal on: April 25, 2015, 01:09:15 pm
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The National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET), established after a 6.5-magnitude tremor killed more than 700 people in eastern Nepal in 1988, has launched a program to make school buildings more quake-resistant.

According to NSET, if a 7.0-magnitude quake hit Kathmandu, 200,000 people would die, another 200,000 would be severely injured, 1.5 million would be made homeless and 60 per cent of homes would be destroyed.

http://www.lebret-irfed.org/spip.php?article787

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25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: 7.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal on: April 25, 2015, 12:31:05 pm
According to a 1990s study I found an earthquake around the level of the 1934 quake could be expected to have a death toll of 18,000-20,000. So this is what we could expect, although I worry it will be far higher. I don't know how many buildings there are in Kathmandu but they estimated 53k would be destroyed while reports are saying half have been.

Meanwhile an advocacy group cites a study that claims:

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A survey by KVERMP (Kathmandu Valley Earthquake Risk Management Project) in 2003/2004 warned that around 40.000 people might die and nearly 100.000 might suffer injury requiring hospital services when another earthquake measuring around 8.4 on the Richter scale (like the one in 1934) would hit the country.

The survey also estimated that six out of ten buildings would collapse. On top of that KVERMP also warns that 95 percent of water supply pipes might explode and 50 percent of bridges and 10 percent of roads could collapse in the valley.

In the face of such a calamity people would need prompt hospital services. But the major hospitals in Kathmandu are poorly built so most of them would be non-operational and the remaining ones will also see services disrupted.

Sounds disturbingly close to what has happened.
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