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1  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Opinion of the 12 steps on: December 26, 2014, 03:53:18 pm
You can change your vote.
Although a lot of good can come from twelve step groups, finding someone that will listen to you, the emphasis on 'God' and religious themes is more than a little problematic.
My thumbs are down; atheists are people too.
If you are an addict and a an atheist, maybe you can make them work for you, but I find them too much like a cult. Having said that I might go to one anyway, to help me quit smoking. The worse the group, the more motivated I will be to quit, ironically. But I am not asking you if these groups are bad, just what you think of the 12 steps as a religion.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Missoula, Montana or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania? on: December 24, 2014, 01:10:59 pm
I don't know. I do live in a suburb of Philadelphia, but I hate the cold and I like the West. I have been to Wyoming, climbed a mountain there. I have never been to Montana, but I am sure I would like it in the summer.
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: How do you feel when you're in a large crowd? on: December 24, 2014, 01:07:31 pm
A crowd is whenever more than one person is talking at a time. It's not about the number of people who are there. It's not about large vs big. It's about being an introvert. I enjoy my own company. I enjoy it when I feel listened to and heard. One on one is usually better than more than two. However, a group of people getting together in silence or to listen to everyone is very nice.
4  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Here's a challenge. on: December 23, 2014, 09:02:37 pm
What NBC now considers swing states (and I throw in NE-02):
    
FL OH  GA  NC VA  AZ  WI  CO  NV  IA  NM  NH  NE-02

There are 51 possible ties. Take your pick.

OH/WI/CO makes the most sense to me. NH, NM, and NV go R, though.


24 involve NE-02 making the tie for the Democrat.

Yes, I wonder if the candidates will include Nebraska. What do you think?

Nobody will want to lose for neglecting Omaha. Really, southwestern and west-central Iowa  are in the Omaha TV and radio markets.  If Iowa is at all close, then NE-02 could be connected. Omaha may be one of the more conservative large cities in America, but NE-02 voted out a Republican incumbent from the House in a disastrous wave election for Democrats in general.
Do you have a map of a likely 269-269 where NE-02 would break the tie, making it 270-268 for any Democrat?
5  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Here's a challenge. on: December 23, 2014, 06:54:15 pm
Washington is the answer, although this thread is obviously a bomb.
6  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Atheists' Ten Commandments Revealed. on: December 23, 2014, 03:00:22 pm
These 21st c. secular values, if you will, are far more reflective of what we actually know at this point in our evolution.
No, they aren't. These are the values of whoever made this list, who is selfishly trying to define "atheism" in accordance with his own value system.

You shouldn't stereotype atheists. Atheists are as diverse as any other group of people. People are atheists for different reasons: science, anger at religion, and humility in admiting that we can't grasp the god concept fully, to name a few reasons.

Or you know, simply not believing in someone's god.

That someone, more often than not, being a person's parents.
7  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Atheists' Ten Commandments Revealed. on: December 23, 2014, 02:45:31 pm
These 21st c. secular values, if you will, are far more reflective of what we actually know at this point in our evolution.
No, they aren't. These are the values of whoever made this list, who is selfishly trying to define "atheism" in accordance with his own value system.

You shouldn't stereotype atheists. Atheists are as diverse as any other group of people. People are atheists for different reasons: science, anger at religion, and humility in admiting that we can't grasp the god concept fully, to name a few reasons. edit: I am not refering to anyone specifically, except the author of the link.
8  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Here's a challenge. on: December 23, 2014, 02:38:07 pm


If this had been the results in 2008, Ne 02 would have been a tie breaker. I think that is why Obama made it a battleground district.
9  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Here's a challenge. on: December 23, 2014, 02:23:20 pm
My map is based on 2008, by the way. Obama won all the swing states on it and Indiana, as well. I don't think that Indiana is a likely swing state in 2016 or 2020.

He also every state that Lincoln won in 1860:

http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/national.php?year=1860&off=0&f=1
10  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Here's a challenge. on: December 23, 2014, 02:19:12 pm
What NBC now considers swing states (and I throw in NE-02):
    
FL OH  GA  NC VA  AZ  WI  CO  NV  IA  NM  NH  NE-02

There are 51 possible ties. Take your pick.

OH/WI/CO makes the most sense to me. NH, NM, and NV go R, though.


24 involve NE-02 making the tie for the Democrat.

Yes, I wonder if the candidates will include Nebraska. What do you think?
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have a Holly Jolly (insert early winter festival here)! on: December 23, 2014, 01:55:40 pm
with maps.


Nobody has done this. Would you like to elaborate on this? maybe maybe not?
12  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Here's a challenge. on: December 23, 2014, 12:28:34 pm
I don't know if this was the best forum, since this map would work in 2020 as well.

OK, now I know where this thread belongs.
13  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Here's a challenge. on: December 23, 2014, 12:12:24 pm
By the way, I didn't think of that option. Splitting Maine is another one.
I will modify the rules to change those two states however you like, but you
can still only change one state.
14  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Here's a challenge. on: December 23, 2014, 12:03:47 pm
I recall seeing scenarios in which Nebraska's Second District made a difference from 2012.

That would create tie scenarios. Is that your guess? You only get one.
15  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Here's a challenge. on: December 23, 2014, 11:57:35 am
I don't know if this was the best forum, since this map would work in 2020 as well.
16  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Here's a challenge. on: December 23, 2014, 11:57:07 am
(edit:)YOU ONLY GET ONE TRY, by the way. (end of edit)
Although a 269-269 is unlikely, there are many maps, albeit unlikely, that you can come up with.
Here's the challenge:
The following map has zero tie scenarios. Come up with a map from this one, by changing
a red state to a blue state or a blue state to a red state to come up with the map that
has the most possible tie scenarios. Since the idea is to get the highest number of tie scenarios, the state's likelyhood of flipping is irrelevant. The highest number wins.
I have one in mind which I think is the correct answer, if you surprise me and come up with a better one, you get bonus points.
You don't have to post a map. Just post the name of the state:

17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have a Holly Jolly (insert early winter festival here)! on: December 23, 2014, 11:11:13 am
Are you ready for April fools day?
Have you got your April shopping done by the way?
I don't know what else to say.
I'm not cheerful, bright and gay.
I'm not feeling so great, ok?
Don't say can but you may say may.
Never say yes always say nay.
Well at least I have my pay.
You can't say no but you may say yay.
I voted NOTA, hey.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: In your Christmas traditions, do you include.... KRAMPUS? on: December 23, 2014, 10:26:16 am
Not everyone celebrates Christmas.
19  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Atheists' Ten Commandments Revealed. on: December 22, 2014, 12:06:15 pm
Christmas is a holiday for Christians. Should atheists be celebrating it?
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Personal news... death of a friend on: December 19, 2014, 10:41:12 am
Winter is early this year. It is difficult to sort out my feelings, with all the 'holiday stress', brutal cold on top of dealing with loss.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you openly and aggressively support gay marriage? on: December 18, 2014, 11:46:46 am
I openly and aggresively support civil unions, but not gay marriage.

Is there a difference? Other than semantics?
Glad to hear you support the right of two people to love each other.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Hanukkah on: December 17, 2014, 04:57:32 pm
Not a fan of any holidays, but Hanukkah is as good as Christmas if not better.
It's a shame that it doesn't get as much attention.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinions on the following issues on: December 16, 2014, 09:17:46 am
Abortion is a Women's Right..... I wouldn't call it a right.
Gay Marriage..... what do you think?
Affirmative Action .....maybe
Absolute Right to Gun Ownership..... get rid of all guns
Capital Punishment ..... generaly oppose, strongly pro-life
Prayer in Schools..... silent prayer/meditation only
Make Taxes more Progressive..... 100% support
Privatize Social Security..... depends
Government playing a stronger role in Healthcare..... support especially for mentally ill
School Vouchers ..... depends
Legalize Marijuana ..... county by county only
Stimulus Better than Market Recovery..... don't know
Expand Drilling..... don't know
Prioritize Green Energy ..... depends
Animal Rights ..... depends on what rights
Expand the power of Unions .....support
Pathway to citizenship for Illegal Immigrants .....one world government would
make us all world citizens
Protectionism in trade..... don't know
Increase military spending .... I am a pacifist
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: some thoughts on homosexuality on: December 16, 2014, 09:10:46 am
You're right I don't have to.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / some thoughts on homosexuality on: December 16, 2014, 09:05:12 am
You know, I am still very uncomfortable telling people that I am homosexual.

I wonder about how others feel telling people about your feelings on the issue, and
if you are homosexual, telling others. If not, telling people your opinion on the topic.
No, not on the internet, where you are anonymous, relatively anyway, but in "real" life.

If you are pro homosexual but not yourself homosexual, does the topic make you uncomfortable?
If you think that homosexuality is wrong are you uncomfortable telling people with different views? Afraid that in stating a controversial opinion will get your face "bitten off" (figuratively speaking of course)
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