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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: hearts vs spades on: September 19, 2014, 05:17:55 pm
If you like spades, why not go all the way and graduate to bridge?

I prefer "Magic, the Gathering" personally.

Huh.  I would not have pegged you for a Magic player.

Played it twice. A friend of mine in college and a bunch of our mutual friends apparently play it (it's rather strange that these are guys who are quite adept, socially, but who nevertheless harbor a semi-closeted affinity for sh#t like this), and taught me somewhat how to play. Rather interesting.

MtG was an obsession of mine in middle school.  I've long since quit the cardboard crack, but it is a really engrossing game if you don't let it bankrupt you. 

I suppose this is the point at which I admit that my card game of choice these days is Dominion.  I wonder how well-known it is in the wider world.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of this Gordon Brown speech on: September 19, 2014, 05:07:16 pm
So you're going to spam us with your new-found Britannia obsession for like two weeks?

I'd rather Albion Triumphans than Ingress O'Toole.  And I suspect that even you'd rather, too.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If you could bring one former poster, who would that be? on: September 19, 2014, 05:04:32 pm
Lewis is an obvious choice, but I think I gotta spread the love and nominate Franknburger here.
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rank the states based on where you'd want to live on: September 19, 2014, 10:49:34 am
Would love:
1. Pennsylvania (Philly)
2. New York (NYC)
3. Massachusetts (Camberville or North Adams)

Would like:
4. New Jersey (Hoboken/Jersey City)
5. Oregon (Portland)
6. Washington (Seattle)
7. Maryland (Baltimore)
8. Illinois (Chicago)
9. Minnesota (Twin Cities)

Would tolerate:
10. Vermont (Bennington)
11. California (Oakland)
12. Rhode Island (Providence)
13. Maine (Portland)
14. Virginia (Alexandria)
15. DC
16. Louisiana (N’awlins)

Would get by if I had to:
17. Ohio (Cleveland)
18. Wisconsin (Madison)
19. Missouri (St. Louis)
20. Connecticut (New Haven)
21. North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
22. New Hampshire (…Portsmouth? Maybe somewhere in the rural western half instead.)
23. Kentucky (Louisville)
24. Utah (SLC)

Would refuse:
Everything else  

Would extra-special double claw out my eyeballs refuse:
5,001: Arizona (no)
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Scottish independence - The Official Atlas Forum mock referendum on: September 18, 2014, 01:09:52 pm
You damn know it. Anyone identifying this as simply nationalistic (calling it that doesn't mean much without the context) is missing the strong political reasons for doing this, mainly that Scotland has been under the grip of conservative England while its citizens are significantly more socialist. Scotland ought to be able to chart its own path on these issues.

The most unfortunate part about this is the boost that it will give to the Tories.

And when is Manchester going to get their independence vote?
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Scottish independence/opebo's banning correlation on: September 18, 2014, 09:08:31 am
No/No, though the latter is a very technical no as opebo was a thorough HP and overrated poster, and I merely prefer to keep the bar for banning very high.  So I wouldn't say that my vote ought to count in favor of BRTD's expected correlation, even if it seems to.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Pick a Winner Week #3 on: September 18, 2014, 12:09:30 am
Patriots
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Quebec referendum, 1995 on: September 17, 2014, 11:38:36 pm
No.  Bad for Francophones in the rest of Canada (which there are plenty of), worse for Anglophones in Quebec (again, more than you would expect), and I can't even imagine how isolated the Atlantic provinces would have become. 
9  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: What Made You Change Politically? on: September 17, 2014, 11:27:01 pm
While I've changed viewpoints on various issues here and there as I've been exposed to better facts and methodologies, I wouldn't really count that as major shifts, really they were refinements more than anything.  But there have been two big things:

a) when I was a little kid, I held several Catholic socon views, like being pro-life and anti-premarital sex and such...

and b) when I was young I preferred stand-on-principle radical tactics to working "within the system", and now I am by and large the opposite.

Changing A was a long, slow transition, which began when I started questioning why women couldn't be priests, and didn't really end until I was in college.  It was an accretion of many things which I couldn't really enumerate if I tried.

Changing B happened a lot quicker, and was the inevitable result of seeing what this caused:

10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: hearts vs spades on: September 17, 2014, 10:11:40 am
If you like spades, why not go all the way and graduate to bridge?

I prefer "Magic, the Gathering" personally.

Huh.  I would not have pegged you for a Magic player.
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Best Cities for Millennials on: September 16, 2014, 05:43:45 pm
Well, maybe Baltimore in 5-10 years.

Haven't people been saying that for about three decades now?

People doubted Pittsburgh for a long time, too. Baltimore has further to climb, but climb it is beginning to do... and given how close it is to the overheated, under-zoned DC area, some sort of climb is a 100 percent inevitability at this point.
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Best Cities for Millennials on: September 16, 2014, 05:06:53 pm
I've said it before, I'll say it again: Philly, Pittsburgh, Baltimore.  Well, maybe Baltimore in 5-10 years.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Opinion of CrabCake on: September 15, 2014, 02:01:37 pm
Because I don't think he's gotten a poll yet.

FF, one of my favorite posters right now. 
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of KCDem on: September 15, 2014, 10:18:40 am
HP bigot and hack.

I don't believe in hair-trigger bans, but he sure does need a sabbatical of some sort.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What type of climate do you live in? on: September 15, 2014, 10:17:32 am
According to Wikipedia, NYC is actually the northernmost outpost of humid subtropical.  I feel like we get (or at least used to get) enough snow to be continental, and I grew up thinking we were continental, but guess not.  Learn something new every day.

This is easily resolved by hypothesizing that we used to be continental, will be subtropical by the time I'm dead, and are in the midst of transitioning right now.  (Cue Bacon King.)
16  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban KCDem. on: September 14, 2014, 09:21:34 pm
^^^yeah. If Al had made half of these posts, you people would have put it in the sulfur mine and circlejerked endlessly about how great it was.

Uh no. For all of Al's caustic putdowns, he has the good sense (and good morality) to not be a flaming bigot.  (Or a Bandit/JJ-level hack, for that matter.)
I didn't see any bigotry in the quoted stuff by the OP.  (that's not to say he isn't or hasn't shown it, but I ain't seen it)

Plus, if bigotry should get somebody banned (and it probably should) then we've got a few others that need the ban hammer dropped on them too.


...but the point was, if we're going to start petitions to ban people for being dicks, we probably shouldn't have several mods being the biggest dicks here....kind of hypocritical.

Well, yes, the OP missed this "greatest hit":

As expected the wop won.

Like... really... not even coded or anything.  Just a straight up slur.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: KCDem vs Freedomhawk on: September 14, 2014, 07:49:44 pm
KCDem's use of "Dold!"*, with the exclamation point, marks him as quite obviously not just a transplant from the most hackish quarters of DailyKos, but a transplant who's been in suspended animation, with no contact whatsoever from the outside world, for at least two years. 

FreedomHawk is not somebody who I can agree with on much, but come on he is the obvious choice here.

*Among other shibboleths, but this is the most obvious one.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: September 14, 2014, 07:44:00 pm
I love KCDem just for his avatar.
19  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban KCDem. on: September 14, 2014, 07:12:13 pm
^^^yeah. If Al had made half of these posts, you people would have put it in the sulfur mine and circlejerked endlessly about how great it was.

Uh no. For all of Al's caustic putdowns, he has the good sense (and good morality) to not be a flaming bigot.  (Or a Bandit/JJ-level hack, for that matter.)
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Scottish independence - The Official Atlas Forum mock referendum on: September 14, 2014, 02:45:00 pm
I mostly agree with Foucaulf; though I'd replace his worry about right-wing populism (not really much of an issue there I'd think) with a worry about how Scottish independence would be a pro-Tory gerrymander in the rest of the UK.  And, yes, that is a legitimate thing to care about.

No it's not. The Scottish don't owe the rest of Britain a Labour government.

Not to mention that the importance of Labour's Scottish seats are overrated but that's not particularly relevant in this context.

Well "owe" is not the sort of framing I'd use, but as someone who is not a Scot or an Englander, but who does care about the well-being of people who live in all parts of the island, it's obviously a perfectly legitimate concern to have. And it's a perfectly legitimate reason to favor one side or another, keeping in mind of course that it's not actually my decision to make.

Scotland has had remarkable growth rates in recent years in sectors like farmed salmonds,

Nice Freudian typo there. Tongue

I mostly agree with Foucaulf; though I'd replace his worry about right-wing populism (not really much of an issue there I'd think) with a worry about how Scottish independence would be a pro-Tory gerrymander in the rest of the UK.  And, yes, that is a legitimate thing to care about.

If Scotland was proposing to have its own currency (and would be allowed to have one by the EU they would like to be a part of) then I would look more favorably upon the "Yes" crew.  But their current "solution" to the currency issue is obviously bad, and obviously looms large.

England has in several post-war elections produced a Labour majority of its own and can do so again.

Its not up to the EU to decide whether Scotland should have its own currency. But I agree its a mistake not to create one, even if its understandable from a tactical POV.They can, however, decide to create one at a later date, so I think there is far too much emphasis on the currency question.

The EU requires new members to join the Euro.  Scotland would be a new member.  So, even if it shouldn't be, it is. Unless Scotland wants to stay outside of the EU?
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Scottish independence - The Official Atlas Forum mock referendum on: September 14, 2014, 12:47:45 pm
Scotland has had remarkable growth rates in recent years in sectors like farmed salmonds,

Nice Freudian typo there. Tongue

I mostly agree with Foucaulf; though I'd replace his worry about right-wing populism (not really much of an issue there I'd think) with a worry about how Scottish independence would be a pro-Tory gerrymander in the rest of the UK.  And, yes, that is a legitimate thing to care about.

If Scotland was proposing to have its own currency (and would be allowed to have one by the EU they would like to be a part of) then I would look more favorably upon the "Yes" crew.  But their current "solution" to the currency issue is obviously bad, and obviously looms large.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: September 14, 2014, 10:55:47 am
I saw John Adams take a selfie earlier tonight.

The ghost of the former president, or the composer of Nixon In China?

The latter of course, though I figured this site might enjoy the ambiguity.

I was at a concert entirely of his work and he showed up (which was a surprise since he lives in the Bay Area).  I think the selfie was for the benefit of the sound techs he was sitting with in the back of the orchestra.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Americans: if your state... on: September 13, 2014, 12:30:45 pm
Yes, of course. (Social Democratic People's Republic of) Texas Forever.

lol, that'll happen.  Also, Texas delenda est.

Anyway, of course not (D).  Though I would not necessarily be opposed to efforts by cities and close-in-metro areas to redraw state and regional boundaries to better reflect reality.  States are largely artificial anachronisms (with the obvious exceptions of Alaska and Hawaii, where the geography of distance forces their relevance) and should cede most of their powers either up or down, depending on the situation.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: September 12, 2014, 11:42:17 pm
I saw John Adams take a selfie earlier tonight.
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Your Party ID Through the Years on: September 12, 2014, 03:05:06 pm
Democratic-Republican 1791-1824
National Republican 1824-1832
Whig 1832-1848

Free Soil 1848-1856
Republican 1856-1884
Democrat 1884-1888
Republican 1888-1912
Progressive 1912-1916
Republican 1916-1924
Progressive 1924-1928
Democrat 1928-1948
Republican 1948-1960
Democrat 1960-present

I changed more than I thought I would.

I must admit I am kind of surprised to see that someone who has hinted at being an Irish Catholic would go near the National Republican and Whig parties.  I guess that when it comes to one or two issues (slavery and Indians) where those parties on the whole were at best barely more tolerable than Democrats has more weight than the vicious racism and Catholicphobia being waged by said parties to defend voting privileges for a "purer" and "harder working" land owning elite not that supported them.

Some of you really need to learn your history.

What's your opinion of the Specie Circular and the Panic of 1837, Mecha?
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