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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this quote on: Today at 09:22:27 pm
The rockets, as you know, kill very few people. They're not designed to kill people. They're designed to scare people and make their lives stressful and unpleasant so that they will pressure their government to pursue a different set of policies. Of course it could just as easily have the opposite effect - emboldening them to vote for politicians who will be even more hardline and uncompromising.

The problem, of course, is that it empirically does have that opposite effect, and pushes the Israeli public to the right.

Yet another failure of the strategy of "heighten the contradictions".  Not that I am defending the Israeli right, which is at least as much in the wrong as Hamas is.  (Yeah, yeah, call me a moderate hero.  On this issue, at least, I am willing to wear that cape.)
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Andrew Cuomo or Pope Francis on: Today at 09:06:36 pm
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: opinion of "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" on: Today at 09:03:53 pm
It's a great shame of mine that I've never actually listened to this album.  It's the sort of thing I probably should like, I guess.

Eh, I think Floyd's best song was "Wish You Were Here" (which was a Syd Barrett descended-into-madness tribute), and I don't really care if that makes me look like a noob or whatever.  It was their most human moment, and I have a soft spot for the Tchaikovsky sample.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hey on: Today at 08:55:32 pm
Hi!  Welcome back.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: Today at 08:53:29 pm
The Love Song of Jay Street-MetroTech has won yet another season of pub quiz.  Woot!

Probably time to retire this name.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your Forum Cabinet on: Today at 06:42:03 pm
President: traininthedistance (D-NY)
Vice President: Nathan (D-MA)

Secretary of State: politicus(I-DK)
Secretary of Defense: General Mung Beans (D-CA)
Secretary of the Treasury: Averroes Nix (G-NY)
Attorney General: bedstuy (D-NY)
Secretary of the Interior: Tender Branson (G-AT)
Secretary of Agriculture: Sibboleth (O-UK)
Secretary of Commerce: muon2 (R-IL)*
Secretary of Labor: DeadFlagBlues (D-ID)
Secretary of Education: Gully Foyle (G-IE)
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Franzl (D-DE)
Secretary of Transportation: Simfan (R-NY)
Secretary of Energy: dingojoe (??-LA)
Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Clarence (D-FL)
Secretary of Homeland Security: Mechaman (G-OK)
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Antonio V (D-IT)
EPA Administrator (raised to Secretary level, of course): Harry (D-MS)

Chief of Staff: Napoleon (D-NY)
Press Secretary: Bacon King (D-GA)
Campaign Manager: Miles (I-LA)
Ambassador to the UN: windjammer (D-FR)
US Trade Representative: Torie (R-CA)

*A note on Commerce: that's the department that runs the Census Bureau.  Hard to pick anybody but Muon for that task, no matter what other differences we may have.

EDIT: Thought better of some things vis-a-vis people's temperaments rather than just their viewpoints; also added a few more minor offices.  There's a bunch of folks I'd like to find space for but can't think of the best slot; may do a Westminster-style list to rectify that at some point.

You know, at this rate you might as well abolish the Homeland Security Office.  Unless you like the idea of me sitting on my ass watching Netflix all day and earning six figures.  Because that is exactly what would happen.

Well yes that is precisely the point.  It was a stupid reshuffling for the sake of security theater, and I'm happy to have you draw a paycheck for the purpose of kicking back, pontificating about history on the government dime, and demonstrating how silly it all was.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favourite latest post by previous poster on: Today at 12:04:35 pm
Pope Francis. 
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your Forum Cabinet on: Today at 11:56:53 am
President: traininthedistance (D-NY)
Vice President: Nathan (D-MA)

Secretary of State: politicus(I-DK)
Secretary of Defense: General Mung Beans (D-CA)
Secretary of the Treasury: Averroes Nix (G-NY)
Attorney General: bedstuy (D-NY)
Secretary of the Interior: Tender Branson (G-AT)
Secretary of Agriculture: Sibboleth (O-UK)
Secretary of Commerce: muon2 (R-IL)*
Secretary of Labor: DeadFlagBlues (D-ID)
Secretary of Education: Gully Foyle (G-IE)
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Franzl (D-DE)
Secretary of Transportation: Simfan (R-NY)
Secretary of Energy: dingojoe (??-LA)
Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Clarence (D-FL)
Secretary of Homeland Security: Mechaman (G-OK)
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Antonio V (D-IT)
EPA Administrator (raised to Secretary level, of course): Harry (D-MS)

Chief of Staff: Napoleon (D-NY)
Press Secretary: Bacon King (D-GA)
Campaign Manager: Miles (I-LA)
Ambassador to the UN: windjammer (D-FR)
US Trade Representative: Torie (R-CA)

*A note on Commerce: that's the department that runs the Census Bureau.  Hard to pick anybody but Muon for that task, no matter what other differences we may have.

EDIT: Thought better of some things vis-a-vis people's temperaments rather than just their viewpoints; also added a few more minor offices.  There's a bunch of folks I'd like to find space for but can't think of the best slot; may do a Westminster-style list to rectify that at some point.
9  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Weighted Voting For Congress on: July 26, 2014, 11:54:16 pm
So I think I can stipulate the following:

Avoiding the cross-peninsula district and preserving the Tampa UCC would justify a district at 1.35 of the quota, but no more.

Polk is sufficiently independent of both Tampa and Orlando that there is no compelling reason to place it with either.

The Hispanic CoI does not require a stand-alone district for Miami.

The revised guidelines suggest that some consideration be given to population equality, so why not keep M-D with Broward, and place Polk and the other inland counties in the Okeechobee district. The result reduces the difference in population between the largest and smallest districts.



Appalachicola, 3467K, O'08 41.8%
Tampa Bay, 4586K, O'08 49.7%
Cape Canaveral, 3693K, O'08 51.0%
Okeechobee, 2738K, O'08 54.1%
Everglades, 4317K, O'08 62.1%

What are the Hispanic #s on the Everglades district?  I assume it's plurality but not majority?
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Stella Artois on: July 26, 2014, 10:18:29 pm
It's obviously a pretty bad example of the rich and varied Belgian brewing tradition, given that it's a pale pilsner and all.

But there's nothing inherently wrong with being a pale pilsner, and it's better than average for its style.  As long as you get it on tap rather than in a bottle, of course, given the skunk-prone green bottles.

And, yes, what everyone else has said about the marketing.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What do you call this ideology? on: July 25, 2014, 11:27:50 pm
Cogendism.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: July 25, 2014, 07:24:26 pm
Oh well, might as well come clean. I was indeed trying to stir up trouble by saying that.

Oh, because that totally makes it better.

Bears repeating:

Quit the trolling snowstalker. Internet 'debate' on this topic is noxious and obnoxious enough; it does not also need to provide the backdrop for one of your ridiculous onanistic cabarets.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favourite latest post by previous poster on: July 25, 2014, 03:55:41 pm
I sympathize with the man who died in custody. Police brutality is not something we can casually gloss over, but I'm not sure how we can make the police responsible for preserving the life of a man who was effectively committing suicide via gluttony.

If the suspect lacks the instinct of self-preservation, it seems a bit absurd to make law enforcement responsible for keeping him alive.

Your "sympathy" is underwhelming, even appalling.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: July 25, 2014, 01:35:06 pm
Most D-NY avatars tend to be apologists for authoritarianism and imperialism, perhaps moreso than any other avatar. A few are cool though.

oh my God are you actually going there

?

Don't play dumb unless you want to be thought of as dumb.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: July 25, 2014, 01:20:50 pm
I've noticed that most of the red New York avatars have something in common. What could it be?

A critical lack of sage, methinks.
16  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Weighted Voting For Congress on: July 24, 2014, 09:57:11 pm
Of course Monroe would best fit with Collier geographically, but that would add further to the Tampa overpopulation. That leaves it going with the east side counties.

Does the Hispanic CoI in Miami-Dade justify overpopulation of the Tampa district?

Does it?  Monroe really only has road connections to Miami-Dade; the border with Collier is unpopulated Everglades.

I suspect that I'd prefer an overpopulated Tampa district (or chopping off Hernando) in this case, not just because of the Hispanic CoI but also because of the dichotomy in FL between the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which version of "Whole Lotta Love" is better? on: July 24, 2014, 07:20:23 pm
Having actually wasted a minute and half of my life listening to this:

Oh, god, emoviolence is even worse than I imagined it would be.

Emoviolence is a pretty extreme example of "acquired taste", I didn't like it at all the first time I heard it either. This kind of makes sense considering it's an offshoot of an offshoot of an offshoot and often makes use of techniques that would simply be considered objectively bad in most mainstream musical genres, such as intentionally playing out of tune or using more distorted recording.

But Orchid is probably one of the most accessible bands of the genre. On the other end of the spectrum you have this.

The main problem is the death-metal-esque vocals, of course.
18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which version of "Whole Lotta Love" is better? on: July 24, 2014, 06:06:46 pm
For the record "Whole Lotta Love" is one of the worst songs Led Zeppelin ever recorded, and I'm a fan of them generally.  I guess I probably ought to like that they were experimenting with the weirdness of theremin, but it doesn't really mesh with the riff-heavy nature of the rest of the song, and said rest of the song is just a little too inane and dumb (not that a little bit of inanity is a bad thing in the context of Led Zeppelin, but they way overdo it here).
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which version of "Whole Lotta Love" is better? on: July 24, 2014, 06:02:48 pm
Having actually wasted a minute and half of my life listening to this:

Oh, god, emoviolence is even worse than I imagined it would be.
20  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Weighted Voting For Congress on: July 24, 2014, 04:49:21 pm
Here's version 2 of my draft plan. In addition to the population I have included the PVI of each district in square brackets, with positive values for D PVIs and negative numbers for R PVIs.



Looks quite nice.

I guess my remaining quibbles would be:

1) I prefer jimrtex's Florida; crossing the Everglades like you do in the Fort Lauderdale-Naples district seems like a poor idea, and I like that he keeps Miami-Dade mostly by itself (obviously Monroe is stuck behind it) on VRA grounds.
2) Virginia still rankles.  Whatever problems one has in splitting Roanoke from the Shenandoahs pales in comparison to the silliness that is mashing the southwest and NoVA together.
3) What I said about PA, though that is much more minor than the issues with FL and VA.

FTR I agree with your rationale in putting Calvert with the DC district rather than the Baltimore one.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What would you pick as your campaign theme song? on: July 24, 2014, 02:04:43 pm
The National- Mr. November

Though of course this is kinda cheating, as the song is in large part "about" (to the extent that you can really ever pin Matt Berninger's lyrics down to anything specific) Kerry's run in 2004.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How Americans Feel About Religious Groups: The Jews Rated the Highest on: July 24, 2014, 02:00:06 pm
Kind of surprised that Mormonism is viewed more negatively than Evangelicalism by Democrats. Would've figured they'd be about the same, especially with Romney's recent run.

If anything, Romney's run should cause Dems to have lower views of Mormonism, because partisanship.  This is exactly what one would expect.  FWIW I actually have substantially higher views of Mormons than I do of Evangelicals, but I'm aware this is mildly atypical.

Judaism does not proselytize. It is no obvious threat to the religious beliefs of anyone else.
Hinduism and Buddhism do not proselytize either, so I don't think that is why the Jews are the highest rated religious group. I think it's because of the pro-Israel views of most Americans.

I love that Evangelical Protestants apparently love Jewish people leaps and bounds more than Jews like Evangelical Protestants. That looks to be the most lopsided pairing in that table.

And the Jews are entirely right to be skeptical.  Tongue  Not just because of the whole creepy "Christian Zionism" thing, but because a lot of American Jews are functionally non-religious and/or hold values opposed to right-wing Christianity.

What part of the US is having problems with Buddhists and Hindus?

The part of the US that doesn't like brown people (or, possibly in the case of Buddhism, yuppie poseurs).
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Your favorite kind of pie on: July 23, 2014, 09:15:09 pm
Pumpkin is the best, of course, with key lime a close second. 
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Sister cities on: July 23, 2014, 09:10:07 pm
As I mentioned back when I visited SF, San Francisco and DC have way more similarities than either of them would really care to admit.

I feel like SF would have more in common with either Boston or Seattle than DC.





Just for starters.  You've also got all the other ways in which BART and Metro are exactly alike; how the city boundaries are a similar small size, in all three dimensions (yay NIMBYism); how said NIMBYism combined with one particular booming industry (tech/gov't) leads both to picturesque affluence, as well as crushing unaffordability and (in many areas) an artificial feel... etc. etc. etc.

I guess San Fran has hills and DC has swamps.  That's a minor, cosmetic difference.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: Sheer speculation, but how would a President McCain.......... on: July 23, 2014, 08:42:43 pm
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