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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which posters do you most admire? on: Today at 12:42:49 pm

lol
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: Today at 03:38:05 am
There's a chain called  Spaghetti Warehouse? Sounds disgusting.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: December 18, 2014, 10:57:16 am
Oh God. I figured Braum's was like an Arby's. Instead, it's much, much worse. I guess the silver lining is that they didn't try to pass it off offensively by calling it "Alfredo's" or "Mama DiRosa's" or something.

It's not an Italian place. Huh
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of "SJW and porn" blogs on Tumblr on: December 17, 2014, 11:34:59 pm
SOMEONE SAID MISANDRY

*takes a shot and crosses out the corresponding square on his RedPiller Fedora BINGO board*

...it's just an antonym.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: New York To Ban Fracking on: December 17, 2014, 11:29:24 pm
Fracking is one of the worst practices in the world. Thank god.

Long live Mother Russia and the Islamic Republic!
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sony hackers threaten 9/11 style attacks on theaters that show "The Interview". on: December 17, 2014, 09:44:53 pm
Time to start bombing Pyongyang...They've crossed several "Red Lines" here.

As for shutting the movie down, it doesn't look like it would've been good anyways, so no loss there.

Erm, no.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Will Kim Jong-un ever watch "The Interview"? on: December 17, 2014, 02:26:52 pm
Also the actual answer is "probably, yes":

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The North Korean regime has attacked a Hollywood comedy about the assassination of Kim Jong-un, saying it shows the "desperation" of American society.

A spokesman for Mr Kim said the dictator would probably watch the film, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, which is due to be released in October.

Kim Myong-chol, executive director of The Centre for North Korea-US Peace and an unofficial spokesman for the regime in Pyongyang, was dismissive.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10914088/North-Korea-slams-US-film-The-Interview-about-Kim-Jong-un.html
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Article of Impeachment Against President Lumine on: December 17, 2014, 02:08:58 pm
Seven people who decide, like you, that the letter of the law must be followed and would vote in favor.
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Greece General Discussion on: December 17, 2014, 02:06:51 pm
Oh dear- this doesn't look good.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama to announce sweeping changes in Cuba policy today! on: December 17, 2014, 01:56:55 pm
All I'll say is that I hope this doesn't end up being the proverbial thrust that undoes the advances of the socialist revolution in Cuba in the realm of property relations.

One hopes it will. But the best news of all:

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The Obama administration's changes in Cuban policy now mean visitors to the island nation can bring up to $100 in Cuban cigars back to the US. But, officials note, the cigars must be for personal use and not re-sale.

Cheesy
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama to announce sweeping changes in Cuba policy today! on: December 17, 2014, 01:42:10 pm
As they say, "Only Obama could go to Cuba."

I'm not sure they would say that, and he hasn't been there... yet. Hopefully the things normalisation advocates say will happen- that trade and economic changes will comple political change- are correct, because they've won the day it seems, according to the BBC:

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US President Barack Obama has hailed a "new chapter" in US relations with Cuba, announcing moves to normalise diplomatic and economic ties.

Mr Obama said the plans represented the "most significant changes in US policy towards Cuba in 50 years".

Mr Obama announced measures that he said would end an "outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests".

The US is looking to open an embassy in Havana in the coming months, he said.

Also, the embargo has apparently cost the Cuban economy $1.1 trillion since 1960. That's an enormous sum considering it's such a small country.
12  General Politics / Economics / Re: The ruble is collapsing on: December 17, 2014, 01:30:02 pm
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The ruble is collapsing

Further proof communism doesn't work

You are certainly not familiar with today's Russia.

Yes, this automatic equation of something Russia does with communism is rather grating.

What's happening is rather further proof that failure to diversify your economy is likely to result in consequences later, and that in the modern, globalized economy, a cavalier foreign policy that raises the ire of a bloc of nations that account for over half of world GDP is likewise bound to result in sanctions that do nothing to help your economy.

It's all about the timeframe. Putin can point out that the rouble has gained over 12% against the USD since this morning. Sanctions have kickstarted Russia's economy.  

It fell 19% today. The economy is going to contract even more sharply now. He can make no such claim unless he is to blatantly lie. But they can not mention it on the media, which is what they have been doing.

Hasn't he been doing this for quite a while ("no Russian soldiers in UA" and so forth). I was just making the point that it would be quite appropriate for Putin to frame the issue in such a manner ("What ruble collapse? The dollar has lost 12% since this morning.").

I see what you mean, and I suppose you're right. But that's a bit more obvious, isn't it, though?
Anyone with a computer can clearly see that the dollar hasn't fallen, while the location of Russian soldiers is something one has to rely on the word of others for. You can't prevent people from seeing prices are going up if they are going up.

However, Putin can say that the ruble is up 9% so far today, which it indeed is. But the uptick is in part due to exporters selling to meet their monthly tax obligations, and some traders said that "exporters were having their arms twisted to sell their foreign-currency earnings." Either way, the ruble has lost nearly half its value this year.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: December 2014 At-Large Senate Election: Winner/Loser on: December 16, 2014, 11:32:02 pm
I think you have my S score and my E score mixed up, but huh. Interesting.
14  General Politics / Economics / Re: The ruble is collapsing on: December 16, 2014, 11:20:36 pm
Yet another Obama foreign policy success!

Yes, his conquest of Ukraine has been a roaring success. From the $5 billion spent to destabilize an elected government, whose opposition then removed an elected (albeit a rather awful) president in a manner illegal under Ukraine's constitution, to securing a job for Joe Biden's son on the board of Ukraine's biggest gas company.

Remember, imperialism is okay as long as it's led by the Washington-Brussels axis!

Indeed, which is why we need revolutionary socialism, which will unfailingly follow laws and abide by consitituons!

Revolutionary socialists can and should use bourgeois laws to our advantage when they either constrain the actions of the ruling class or can otherwise be used to further our cause. I don't care about the U.S. Constitution per se, but it can be a useful tool.

So are they the only ones who are allowed to break laws as they please?

What matters is not what is law, but what is right.

Then why did you bring laws up in the first place? Roll Eyes
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: December 2014 At-Large Senate Election: Winner/Loser on: December 16, 2014, 10:44:03 pm
What's all this rubbish about TPP being a "left-wing" party?

As I said, if you have to characterize TPP, it's more of a leftist party than a right wing party.

It's a centrist party. Easy as that.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Oval Office (Lumine/SJoyce Administration) (Syria/Iraq, Budget and so on) on: December 16, 2014, 10:41:37 pm
I like this change. Cheesy
17  General Politics / Economics / Re: The ruble is collapsing on: December 16, 2014, 10:35:17 pm
Yet another Obama foreign policy success!

Yes, his conquest of Ukraine has been a roaring success. From the $5 billion spent to destabilize an elected government, whose opposition then removed an elected (albeit a rather awful) president in a manner illegal under Ukraine's constitution, to securing a job for Joe Biden's son on the board of Ukraine's biggest gas company.

Remember, imperialism is okay as long as it's led by the Washington-Brussels axis!

Indeed, which is why we need revolutionary socialism, which will unfailingly follow laws and abide by consitituons!

Revolutionary socialists can and should use bourgeois laws to our advantage when they either constrain the actions of the ruling class or can otherwise be used to further our cause. I don't care about the U.S. Constitution per se, but it can be a useful tool.

So are they the only ones who are allowed to break laws as they please?
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: December 16, 2014, 10:33:29 pm
Nathan, do you search for any uses of the word 'religion' used since the last time you logged on?  Just curious.

Har har har. No, I do not. The intolerably smug and simplistic nonsense that certain posters spew on this subject crosses my radar more than frequently enough as it is without actively looking for even more of it.

That was a quick and tone changing edit there...

Well, yes, because I realized quickly that my original tone was uncalled for.

In any case, I think I've earned the right to be smug about having a better grasp of my own field of study than, well, people whose field of study it incredibly obviously isn't.

You don't have a particularly good grasp of non-religious belief however it presents itself to you, which has came across particularly when I have discussed secular morality (there is a post on the atlas ether somewhere in which you said that secular ethics and the reason for unbelief didn't even concern you)

What is there to grasp?
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: December 2014 At-Large Senate Election: Winner/Loser on: December 16, 2014, 10:28:03 pm
What's all this rubbish about TPP being a "left-wing" party?
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Varavour - election upcoming! on: December 16, 2014, 10:26:47 pm
I sign the aforestated bill.

x Varavour
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sony hackers threaten 9/11 style attacks on theaters that show "The Interview". on: December 16, 2014, 10:25:31 pm
What are the chances that someone inside Sony hacked themselves in order to gin up publicity for this?

They've released some pretty embarrassing, not to mention privacy violating (SSNs, medical records), things that I doubt they'd want out there.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Ted Cruz will win the Republican primary- My prediction on: December 16, 2014, 10:23:42 pm
It's a very tall order, but if, for once, it's the Democrats that fall in line (Clinton), maybe this time the Republicans will fall in love.

Correction, Democrats have fallen both in line and in love. Wink

Nope.

Though you're free to speak for yourself, Hillary's favorability ratings among Democrats beg to differ.

CNN: 93-6 favorability among Democrats.

Quinnipiac: 92-4 favorability among Democrats.

Monmouth: 82-11 favorability among Democrats.


That doesn't mean they are "in love" with her. Why do you feel the need to argue about such a thing as if it was a hard facts at all, for that matter?
23  General Politics / Economics / Re: The ruble is collapsing on: December 16, 2014, 08:19:50 pm
Yet another Obama foreign policy success!

Yes, his conquest of Ukraine has been a roaring success. From the $5 billion spent to destabilize an elected government, whose opposition then removed an elected (albeit a rather awful) president in a manner illegal under Ukraine's constitution, to securing a job for Joe Biden's son on the board of Ukraine's biggest gas company.

Remember, imperialism is okay as long as it's led by the Washington-Brussels axis!

Indeed, which is why we need revolutionary socialism, which will unfailingly follow laws and abide by consitituons!
24  General Politics / Economics / Re: The ruble is collapsing on: December 16, 2014, 08:17:56 pm
It's all about the timeframe. Putin can point out that the rouble has gained over 12% against the USD since this morning. Sanctions have kickstarted Russia's economy. 

It fell 19% today. The economy is going to contract even more sharply now. He can make no such claim unless he is to blatantly lie. But they can not mention it on the media, which is what they have been doing.
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: 100 children killed in a school attack in Pakistan on: December 16, 2014, 07:57:32 pm
I'm challenged to think of anything so close to truly being evil than this. It's one thing when children are killed by accident, even when they are killed deliberately. But to target children intentionally, to be killed for something they are by nature not responsible for, is beyond anyone's understanding of morality.

I read they claimed this was in retaliation for their children being killed by the Pakistani military... but the Pakistani military wasn't planning to kill their children in particular, now were they? They're not the same thing- and this is why this attack is so... evil, yes. I keep on reading this will change views in Pakistan, and I really hope so.
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