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1  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Boyd K. Packer, the highest-ranking Mormon apostle, is dead at 90 on: July 04, 2015, 10:16:48 pm
What happened to Dieter Uchtdorf? Isn't he third in line?
2  General Politics / Economics / Re: Greece to Leave the Euro Zone on: July 04, 2015, 03:05:14 pm
But what would happen? Yes wins, Tspiras resigns, new elections are held, Syriza wins again... and then what?
I assume a different Syriza leader takes office?

Yanis takes over as PM.  brilliant.

That would be interesting. But Varoufakis is a bit of a political outsider, no? He was teaching at UT Austin until just this year.

Never fully got his appeal, anyway. He gives off an odd vibe... and looks a bit too much like Voldemort with a nose for comfort.
3  General Politics / Economics / Re: Greece to Leave the Euro Zone on: July 04, 2015, 12:39:59 pm
But what would happen? Yes wins, Tspiras resigns, new elections are held, Syriza wins again... and then what?
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: July 2015 Federal Special Election - At-large Senate on: July 04, 2015, 09:48:36 am
[ 2 ] Dkrolga of Massachusetts
Civic Renewal

[ 1 ] Harry S Truman of Indiana
The People's Party

[ 4 ] Kalwejt of Ohio
Labor Party

[ 3 ] Poirot of Quebec
Independent
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: July 03, 2015, 09:12:57 am
Who came before?
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Cuba becomes first country to end Mother-to-Child HIV Transmissions on: July 03, 2015, 09:11:34 am
Yet more proof of the 'failure' of state-run, centrally planned economies! Roll Eyes

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7  General Politics / Economics / Re: Greece to Leave the Euro Zone on: July 02, 2015, 03:14:14 pm
City College is not what it once was, I'm afraid. That is in a good way- it no longer has open admissions, for example.- but it is mostly in a bad way.

It is a lot better than quite a few private (and, especially, for profit schools). If you cannot get into Stony Brook, tell me, which school is going to be a better deal than City or Hunter?

Fair point.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Al Realpolitik Institute of Sulfur Mining & Extraction on: July 02, 2015, 12:38:25 pm
A different shade of the same horrible grey.

That is exactly what I think about Limas and Hakud, or whatever they are called.

Such a slick drive-by acid-throwing as to be criminal- even if I don't agree!
9  General Politics / Economics / Re: Greece to Leave the Euro Zone on: July 01, 2015, 09:42:20 pm
City College is not what it once was, I'm afraid. That is in a good way- it no longer has open admissions, for example- but it is mostly in a bad way.

Edit: incorrectly placed period.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Leave of Absence - Getting Married on: July 01, 2015, 03:25:23 pm
Congrats! Save us some cake?
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Alexander Hamilton vs. Andrew Jackson on: July 01, 2015, 01:16:22 pm
Really says a lot that "libertarians" are supporting a racist maniac over Hamilton just because Hamilton supported big government/central banking.
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Russia publically wonders if it legally still owns Baltics on: July 01, 2015, 12:32:16 am
I saw this earlier today. I agree with the Lithuanian foreign minister: this is "legally, morally and politically absurd".
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Eurozone citizens: Did any one of you already withdraw cash from your accounts ? on: June 30, 2015, 08:21:10 pm
Do you mean withdraw cash as in empty a bank account? Or just take out some money? I wouldn't see the point of the former, unless your particular bank was highly exposed to Greek debt.

Now, closing your account and swapping your euros for dollars might be a good idea, considering that the euro is expected to fall quite a bit once this has all played out. But just taking out the money will not help you; falling exchange rates would affect hard cash no differently than they would money in banks.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How has Atlas Forum destroyed your life? on: June 30, 2015, 08:13:59 pm
Hagrid, the process you've described quite literally was my childhood. When you're a black Republican, you figure out pretty quickly that you have to justify your beliefs...
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should churches that don't perform gay marriages lose their tax-exempt status? on: June 30, 2015, 08:10:34 pm
This is a silly question, but even sillier is the fact we've spent three pages discussing it.
16  General Politics / Economics / Re: Greece to Leave the Euro Zone on: June 30, 2015, 08:07:19 pm
That wouldn't have been a bailout. That would have been unconditional debt forgiveness. And that is a desirable thing because... how, again?
Because a default/Grexit will be way more expensive than debt forgiveness would have been back in 2010. Whatever you think should happen now, Merkel's original strategy has been proven a total disaster in that it only made the crisis worse and cost Europeans much more money.

And Grexit in 2010 even cheaper.

Merkel's strategy was dependent on the Greek government acting in the long-term interests of the country. The flaw of that, of course, was that such action was electorally harmful in the short term. Now the Greeks have gotten themselves a government that pledged the wonderful but impossible... and here we are.

Perhaps she was unwise to expect more from the Greeks. People anywhere rarely vote in line with their long-term interests when they're at odds with want they want in the short term. But simply writing off all their debt without any kind of consequences would have been the worst possible thing to do.
17  General Politics / Economics / Re: Greece to Leave the Euro Zone on: June 30, 2015, 07:48:56 pm
That wouldn't have been a bailout. That would have been unconditional debt forgiveness. And that is a desirable thing because... how, again?
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of The Guardian on: June 29, 2015, 10:23:03 pm
From my experience, publishes, by far, the greatest amount of utterly nonsensical content than any other "respectable" English-language broadsheet. In terms of quantity and degree of absurdity, the Grauniad is unmatched amongst its notional peers in that regard. Give me the New York Times any day of the week.

Horrible paper.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Taking a break. on: June 29, 2015, 07:23:46 am
CCSF.
20  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What makes a country support/oppose nuclear? on: June 29, 2015, 07:19:01 am
Nuclear weapons =/= Nuclear power plants
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of church sermons that resemble Upworthy videos on: June 28, 2015, 10:54:16 pm
Again, reference LXXXVIII to "The Group"! Doesn't it get old? "Hacking the church portal in Ingress"? Same old same old? Hipsterism is dead.
22  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: How soon will Houston pass Chicago? on: June 28, 2015, 05:17:48 pm
Chicago is a city. Los Angeles is a culture.
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Greece General Discussion on: June 28, 2015, 03:59:46 pm
It's pretty clear one of 3 things has to happen.

1. The banks compromise some
2. Greece declares bankruptcy
3. Greece exits the euro

What the heck is 1 supposed to mean?

Probably something like the GREEDY BANKERS submit to the RADICAL DEMOCRATIC WILL of the PLUCKY GREEK PEOPLE.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Supreme Court Issues Ruling On Same Sex Marriage Legalizing Marriage Nat. on: June 28, 2015, 03:57:25 pm
Actually lots of Polynesian societies include a "third gender" of effeminate males who marry other men. I wonder why you never hear the "bbbbut EVERY SOCIETY has always said marriage is man-woman!!!" crowd address that fact?

Yes, but we're not a Polynesian society.
25  General Discussion / History / Re: Surreal moments in political history on: June 28, 2015, 03:56:41 pm
I'd take Mummar Qaddafi and the Kim dynasty as living embodiments of surrealism.

I would imagine that at least in the case of Qaddafi it was some kind of political surrealism. It can be easier to get away with things if you are an absurd dictator rather than just a dictator.

Idi Amin being the textbook case.
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