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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: The Politics of Urbanism and Transit on: Today at 10:27:16 am
Trains, townhouses, more trains... and tyranny!
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA: The Second amendment act. on: September 29, 2014, 09:21:06 pm
You are too late, I'm afraid, it has been a week, as per the Rules of Order the speakership has fallen vacant.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Downsize the Debt Act (Debating) on: September 29, 2014, 05:22:45 pm
This is idiotic. The fact Senators TNF and Cassius are in agreement is proof enough.

Don't you have a Region to ruin?

This bill would do that for me, so I think I have a stake in this.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Downsize the Debt Act (Debating) on: September 29, 2014, 02:53:18 pm
This is idiotic. The fact Senators TNF and Cassius are in agreement is proof enough.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should texting while driving be banned? on: September 29, 2014, 02:30:03 pm
Yes (prefer being alive)
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California Adopts 'Yes Means Yes' Sexual Assault Rule on: September 29, 2014, 01:26:33 pm
This thread became very terrible very quickly.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How do you plan to vote? on: September 29, 2014, 11:13:16 am
Cory Booker (D) for US Senate
Roy Cho (D) for US House (NJ-5)

YES on Public Question #1 (Allowing a court to order pretrial detention of a person in a criminal case?)
NO on Public Question #2 ([increasing the amount of] certain State revenues each year allocated for environmental programs?)

I vote for Cho because Garrett is essentially a Tea Partier- for Christ's sake, he consistently blocked Sandy aid! He was one of the biggest voices against DP World being awarded port management contracts, which was a disgustingly xenophobic episode. I look at his website and I see his proposals and go, "No! These are bad ideas!"

I hardly agree with Cho on everything, but he went to Brown and got a JD from Georgetown, and I see he supports the ARC tunnel, the EXIM Bank, and apparently believes that "believes the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires fixing and significant improvement". He even praises Marge Roukema; in a saner world he'd be a Republican, so I'll vote for him.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Jennifer Lawrence and many other celebrities... on: September 28, 2014, 08:20:35 pm
I always thought she had a weird midsection....

She is a bit boxy yes but obviously attractive. If Im to engage in lookism, Id say at 22 years old I could see her going an Anna Nicole Smith route.

I took excess another way... so ah great, I get to be the sexist jerk to point out that Upton is on her way to having weight problems for her profession.

This is just not right.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 28, 2014, 07:30:47 pm
Maybe we're going in the wrong direction here. None of these job ideas seem to be working, minimum wage grunt work is beneath Bushie and going on disability probably is too.

That leaves an option that many men in his situation have pursued: find a reasonably industrious woman who is stably employed and also suffers from low self-esteem; convince her she needs you and you're the best thing that ever happened to her even though you're a broke, overweight, unemployed schmuck, and let her go out and bring home the bacon while you sit around the house all day doing whatever the hell you want. Dump some of your seed in her, make her have a kid by you and you two will officially be irreversibly entangled.

Poor black and white men with few skills or ambitions all across the country have gotten the steady income and roof over their head that they need by becoming Common-Law Husbands/Baby Daddies to women who deserve better but lack the self-respect to actually dump those losers and find someone else.

Jeff would do well to find a woman who is a nurse's aide or has some other comparable stable, working class job, who came from a broken home and has daddy issues. They tend to set their standards lower than they should and the fact that Jeff has no priors and doesn't use weed/meth/etc already puts him at the top of the heap. She'll pay the rent, cook and clean while you sit around all day. 'Tis the white trash way of doing things.

This is perhaps the most awful post I have read on the forum. It makes sense, yes, but it is a truly terrible proposition. To ever sentence a woman to such a fate would be utterly tragic.

I'm pretty sure it was a joke

I would think so too, but the ideal was just so myopic, so miserable...
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who should be the next Attorney General? on: September 28, 2014, 07:23:12 pm
Susan Collins

Actually Yeah, so that the Congress could finally get rid of such a lousy Senator. If there's ONE single Senator right now who is hindering radical and truely progressive change in the Senate/US for the better, that person is not Mark Pryor, that person is most definitely Susan Collins. For two very obvious reasons. 1) She is so much more of partisan than all of you figureheads try to claim. In more than 80% of all cases, she sides with the extremely conservative tea party members. 2) Because of her, we cannot have Shenna Bellows for Senate, who would make even Bernie Sanders blush for being way to centrist, coward and insipide. Bellows would for sure become the most European-like Senator the US had ever seen, and in comparison truely make Susan Collins seem like the Ted Cruz of Maine politics. To be quite frank, I'm quite disgusted by the Human Rights Campaign endorsing Collins instead of the most LGBTIQ friendly candidate the American election system has ever seen to date.

My logic was this:
  • She would have no trouble getting confirmed, since all of the Democrats would back her and most of the Republicans.
  • She wouldn't get Landrieu, Hagan, Pryor, etc., in any trouble with their voters.
  • She still might inspire a sexist remark or otherwise stupid remark from a far-right Republican, hurting the entire Republican Party.
  • Republican Senate candidates would have a tough time praising Obama's pick but not praising Obama himself, and one of them might screw that up. If they praise the pick too much, Tea Partiers may stay home.
  • Obama and the Democrats would have a concrete example of "Look how bipartisan we are!" to attract Independent voters.
  • Maine would probably replace her with a Democrat.
  • Having her out of the Senate pulls the "average Republican Senator" in to more conservative, more hackish, less likable territory.
  • She'd probably be fine at the job -- she's not bad for a Republican.

For these very reasons, she'd likely turn down an offer. Or so I would hope.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 28, 2014, 07:16:01 pm
Maybe we're going in the wrong direction here. None of these job ideas seem to be working, minimum wage grunt work is beneath Bushie and going on disability probably is too.

That leaves an option that many men in his situation have pursued: find a reasonably industrious woman who is stably employed and also suffers from low self-esteem; convince her she needs you and you're the best thing that ever happened to her even though you're a broke, overweight, unemployed schmuck, and let her go out and bring home the bacon while you sit around the house all day doing whatever the hell you want. Dump some of your seed in her, make her have a kid by you and you two will officially be irreversibly entangled.

Poor black and white men with few skills or ambitions all across the country have gotten the steady income and roof over their head that they need by becoming Common-Law Husbands/Baby Daddies to women who deserve better but lack the self-respect to actually dump those losers and find someone else.

Jeff would do well to find a woman who is a nurse's aide or has some other comparable stable, working class job, who came from a broken home and has daddy issues. They tend to set their standards lower than they should and the fact that Jeff has no priors and doesn't use weed/meth/etc already puts him at the top of the heap. She'll pay the rent, cook and clean while you sit around all day. 'Tis the white trash way of doing things.

This is perhaps the most awful post I have read on the forum. It makes sense, yes, but it is a truly terrible proposition. To ever sentence a woman to such a fate would be utterly tragic.
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: China General Discussion on: September 28, 2014, 07:12:20 pm
50 people were killed in Xinjiang the other day- as per state news!
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Protests in Hong Kong on: September 28, 2014, 07:10:25 pm
Well, more control relative to what had been expected. The people will get to directly elect the Chief Executive for the first time, as was agreed on before the handover. The problem is Beijing insisting upon approving the candidates beforehand- which makes the whole exercise essentially moot.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 28, 2014, 04:20:09 pm
Bushie, why don't you try to get a pizza delivery job? It's the easiest $12/hour ever. Plus you get to eat garbage for free. And you can still watch all the tv you want on your own time. No boring personal development required. It's perfect.

What about rain and snow?
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 28, 2014, 12:58:10 pm
The BK post was the best of all of them, but how do I start at the management position?  I refuse to make minimum wage on my way to success that may or may not happen.

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16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What will have happened on The Update by 2024? on: September 28, 2014, 11:13:31 am

17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 28, 2014, 11:08:48 am
I see you guys have been busy trashing my abilities overnight.  Am I listening?  Absolutely not!  I don't listen to trash.  You guys expect me to continue the update even when I get trashed and insulted.  Again, I can do drafting.  My skills are not poor.  I'm taking another break.

This post is offensive.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2014 Brazil Election on: September 27, 2014, 10:06:38 pm
Well the PMDB is just supposed to be... there. That is its job. It would be antithetical to its purpose, that being taking as much as a share a of the trough of governance as is possible. Nothing that cannot be done as part of a coalition, at this point.

In a country of amorphous parties, the PMDB excels in having as little as a cohesive ideology as possible; it is a different thing with every candidate, not to mention every state. To run a candidate would would almost certainly be disastrous, and probably precipitate its breakup. But, of course, that doesn't exclude them from trying.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Catalan Independence Referendum (with FREE constitutional crisis!) on: September 27, 2014, 09:07:45 pm

Very nifty!  I suppose we're on the Option 3 track now.  Now let's see where we go next.

The author says the probabilities of more sh-t hitting the fan as opposed to less have gone up:

20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Catalan Independence Referendum (with FREE constitutional crisis!) on: September 27, 2014, 08:07:31 pm
This calls for flowcharts!
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: September 27, 2014, 06:06:33 pm
CNN BREAKING NEWS: UNCONFIRMED REPORTS THAT SAWX GOT LAID; HEAVY CELEBRATIONS REPORTED IN FORUM COMMUNITY BOARD; PRESIDENT OBAMA TO MAKE STATEMENT AT 5:45 PM EST.

Cringe, and I mean literally, I cringed at that.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC General Discussion - You Hear That Giant Sucking Sound? on: September 27, 2014, 05:50:52 pm

I don't get the "fresh-cut" fad.  Either way you are eating fried starch with little to no nutritional value.  Just make 'em crispy and tasty. 

I went there a week ago, but they did not have the old ones...
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Catalan Independence Referendum (with FREE constitutional crisis!) on: September 27, 2014, 03:35:46 pm
See, this was what I was wondering: as to how Madrid could physically stop the referendum from taking place. Could the regional government seize ballot boxes by force? What would the police do if given contradictory orders?
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Catalan Independence Referendum (with FREE constitutional crisis!) on: September 27, 2014, 02:45:48 pm

Rajoy could just symbolically call the ''No'' voters to boycott the referendum and it effectively becomes a joke. That didn't stop Bosnia from declaring independence from Yugoslavia, but Catalonia won't have the same issue with Bosnian Serbs, would it?


Also, will the old Paises Catalans not be involved? Seems like their giving up their claim to them.

If a majority of registered (or qualified, whatever) voters voted "Yes", I have difficulty seeing such a tactic working.

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risking arrest and the suspension of Catalonia's autonomy

Is this something they'd really want to do? Wouldn't the... effects of this be, well, uh...

The question was on the Catalan speaking regions outside Catalonia. Qualified voters have to vote "Yes-Yes", "Yes-No" or just "No". Voters are qualified to answer the second question if they have voted "yes" to the first question. As for the suspension of the autonomy, the effects would be... well, I agree with you.

Ah, I see. Do you think "Yes-Yes" could get an outright majority of the electorate? 

Either way this is all very exciting. I cannot wait to hear what my professor thinks of this, he is Catalonian and a big pro-independence guy...
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Catalan Independence Referendum (with FREE constitutional crisis!) on: September 27, 2014, 02:26:59 pm
Don't rule out the intervention of the military if it all goes pot. Actually they are certainly intervening already.

Tell me more.

Rajoy could just symbolically call the ''No'' voters to boycott the referendum and it effectively becomes a joke. That didn't stop Bosnia from declaring independence from Yugoslavia, but Catalonia won't have the same issue with Bosnian Serbs, would it?


Also, will the old Paises Catalans not be involved? Seems like their giving up their claim to them.

If a majority of registered (or qualified, whatever) voters voted "Yes", I have difficulty seeing such a tactic working.

Quote
risking arrest and the suspension of Catalonia's autonomy

Is this something they'd really want to do? Wouldn't the... effects of this be, well, uh...
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