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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Taiwanese independence on: Today at 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.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of conservatives parroting this quote on: Today at 12:14:35 pm
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted on United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379? on: Today at 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.
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Council on Foreign Relations on: Today at 12:07:32 pm
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the Selective Service System be abolished? on: Today at 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.
6  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Religiosity and economic development on: Today at 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.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: Today at 12:00:16 pm
France's Jews Flee As Rioters Burn Paris Shops, Attack Synagogue

France's politicians and community leaders have criticised the "intolerable" violence against Paris' Jewish community, after a pro-Palestinian rally led to the vandalizing and looting of Jewish businesses and the burning of cars.

It is the third time in a week where pro-Palestinian activists have clashed with the city's Jewish residents. On Sunday, locals reported chats of "Gas the Jews" and "Kill the Jews", as rioters attacked businesses in the Sarcelles district, known as "little Jerusalem".

Manuel Valls, France's prime minister said: “What happened in Sarcelles is intolerable. An attack on a synagogue and on a kosher shop is simply anti-Semitism. Nothing in France can justify this violence.”


One must take care in calling such things "understandable".
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: do you consider Nicki Minaj to be representative of black femininity? on: Today at 11:56:50 am
Nicki Minaj is a cartoon character.

She's as real a person as one, I'd say.
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Old Glenn Beck vs. New Glenn Beck on: Today at 11:45:40 am

Write in: Older CNN Glenn Beck

He looks like a more interesting person with a bear, gray hair, and glasses. NGB FTW.

He looks like a New England liberal.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: New York City mayoral election, 1993 on: Today at 11:42:51 am
Dinkins, one of our better mayors.

You probably wouldn't be here if Dinkins was re-elected.


I'm fairly certain Columbia Law School would still exist if Dinkins were re-elected.

In 1988, US News ranked Columbia 18th. Today, it's 4th. This didn't happen in a vacuum, efforts of Sovern, Rupp, et al aside. NYU went from 43 to 30 (again, giving Sexton his due). In contrast, UMich went from 8th to 25th. Ok, CLS was ranked fifth back then, but even if you went to CLS... I probably would have gone to UChicago rather than where I am today. The fortunes of universities are linked with the fortunes of where they are.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC approves apartment building with separate entrance for poor people on: Today at 11:23:24 am
<now waiting for actual new yorkers to scoff>

No, you're right.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC approves apartment building with separate entrance for poor people on: Today at 09:06:52 am
I suppose I missed that point, obviously ownership doesn't preclude equal treatment, you're right about that. I thought it was a bit hyperbolic, but I get what you mean.

Also realise said "poor" people could be making close to $200,000 a year with a middle income housing program such as what is in this building. At another time these would be the very same people many of you would call parasites, needing to be guillotined, etc. It's the 5% as opposed to the 1%.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC approves apartment building with separate entrance for poor people on: Today at 08:43:28 am
Of course, this wouldn't be a problem if we weren't so overly intent on sticking "affordable" apartments in every new project and just rolled back rent control. You get what you pay for. I believe the building in question is on Riverside Drive. One entrance is on Riverside, the other is on the side street.

Paul Kemp's surprising comparison with the Woolworth's counter is quite off. It's as if I was to insist upon access to the gym because my neighbor has access. Or the fact that since people were in first class on a plane got to board first, I deserved to board at the same time. It's not at all the same. I'm surprised he made it. I mean really, I wasn't expecting such a thing from Kemp.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: New York City mayoral election, 1993 on: July 22, 2014, 05:31:06 pm
Dinkins, one of our better mayors.

You probably wouldn't be here if Dinkins was re-elected.

15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever been to a KZ (concentration camp) ? on: July 22, 2014, 01:27:13 am
Have I been to one or have I been in one?
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Long time, no see. on: July 22, 2014, 01:25:48 am
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: July 22, 2014, 12:06:51 am
I'm sure they could take over the whole tthing and nothing would change.
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: July 21, 2014, 06:25:12 pm
I'm not.sure how weak they are with nuclear weapons, thousands of Tanks, hundreds of billionaires with expropriable assets, public opinion by all measures supporting the regime... sure, they might have poor foreign relations but both their capability to do harm is quite high and our capability (or willingness) to retaliate still seems to be limited. The USSR was a far poorer and smaller economy than the US. That did not mean they were able to pose a major threat.

The fact that only ~52% of the member states of the UN voted yes to condemn a blatantly fraudulent, deceptive, forceful, and illegal annexation of another country, which pretty much threatens every country that prefers not to be invaded by a neighbour, is proof of how much clout Russia can wield.
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Malaysian Airlines 777 shot down over Ukraine, 295 people on board. on: July 21, 2014, 06:19:44 pm
The Russian government is trying to edit wikipedia articles on the incident.


That's very Stalinist of them.

I mean this doesn't prove the government as an entity is trying to edit the article, for all we know it could be some random pencil pusher acting on his own accord. If there were waves of edits coming from government IPs that might be different, but the Russian media is quite consistent in blaming Ukraine for this, so it's hardly peculiar.
20  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: July 21, 2014, 06:14:13 pm
The number of Israeli children killed vs. the number of Palestinian children killed:

I presume it's no less topical for me to bring up the fact that there have been many more Palestinians who could be considered war criminals than Israelis?
21  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Reforming the Electoral College.... Calculator Page on: July 20, 2014, 11:08:55 am
20% shades need to be available.

There are some very close elections (like the NJ GOP Senate primary) that needs to have 20% shading

The Atlas has primaries? Huh
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Willard "Mitt" Romney 2016 megathread on: July 20, 2014, 10:45:43 am
Maybe he should run with Sarah Palin, who predicted Russia could invade Ukraine.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this quote on: July 20, 2014, 10:35:53 am
And how would you go about maintaining these protections of civil rights?
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Wages for Housework Act on: July 20, 2014, 10:30:32 am
Okay, but $31,200 a year seems a bit much, yes? In addition this also applies to children over the age of 16, so in a family like mine were talking $62,400 a year! Surely you recognise this is a lot of money?
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Benjamin Netanyahu on: July 20, 2014, 02:54:10 am
Please explain how an assertion that one group of Orthodox Slavs are better than another group of Orthodox Slavs constitutes racism. It might be something, but I don't see how it's racist.
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