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101  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The abductions in Nigeria on: May 21, 2014, 04:09:24 pm
Are you able to comment on any issue without somehow mentioning how horrible Obama is?

True Leftists are required by a law of the universe to disagree with every foreign action taken by the US Government ever. They are like a left-wing version of Alex Jones truther types. Literally everything has to be a conspiracy.
102  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is the World Getting Better Overall on: May 21, 2014, 01:43:52 pm
103  General Discussion / History / Re: Was World War II a societal decision point? on: May 19, 2014, 10:23:00 am
The lack of major wars comparability has much more to do with the invention of the Atomic bomb then anything else. If not for nuclear weapons we would almost certainly have faced WWIII between the Soviets and NATO. The incentive for not invading Western Europe is much, much lower for the Soviets in a world without nuclear weapons. Matter of fact without nukes there is a damn good chance the Soviets could even win a WWIII scenario if they invade in the 1950's.
104  General Politics / Economics / Re: Will we have to reform our whole system of economics once robots do everything? on: May 19, 2014, 10:05:28 am
I've always though about this concept. I think in the future automation and advanced AI will do almost everything for us but the transition will be tough.

Eventually as this goes on we will enter into the "20/80" society (as per The Global Trap). What happens when not only are 80% of people permanently employed, but only 20% of the population is physically needed and thus capable of getting a job? The fact is we will have to institute a guaranteed income, and most of the population will be on it. Perceptions about the inherent morality of "earning your keep" will fade as work itself as we know it becomes increasingly a thing of the past.

The problem isn't necessarily when we enter a 20/80 society, but when we enter in a "80/20" society. Meaning that although about 80% of society still is needed to work but 20% or so are unemployed. The problem is that the "80%" may come to resent the unemployed 20% and smugly not realize that they will be next to be replaced soon. These people will vote against the institution of social-democratic reforms need to stabilize this situation because they stupidly view the unemployed as "freeloaders".

And then there will be the "machine-breakers". The people who think we should ban or restrict this new technology because it increases unemployment. This would be the "left" of the reaction to this development. This is a foolish position as the technology is objectively good, and they should the social system that makes it necessary for increases in productivity to be matched by increases in poverty.

I don't think capitalism as we know it can survive this, as wage labor becomes a thing of the past and incomes level out and people have unlimited free time the profit motive will dissipate.
105  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What is Hillary Clinton's Floor? on: May 16, 2014, 10:29:04 pm


106  General Discussion / History / Re: Opinion of Operation Unthinkable on: May 16, 2014, 01:36:44 pm
Silly Operation that would have almost certainly failed and possibly even given the Soviets control of all mainland Europe. But then again if the Soviets take over Europe "who will feed them"? Not to mention the public in the UK and America would be massively opposed to such a thing.

That's why it was called "Unthinkable" after all.
107  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which GOP candidates run only if another doesn't? on: May 16, 2014, 01:31:49 pm
Why would Bush not run in favor of Rubio, who is clearly (I think) doomed? I understand they are both from Florida but I would think Bush is the "Senior Partner" of the two, and is the one who actually has a chance of winning.
108  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Forsyth County, GA gets back in touch with its roots on: May 15, 2014, 09:00:04 am
Not a big deal, move on.
109  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should prescription drug advertising be legal? on: May 14, 2014, 12:59:50 pm
You know, those, "Ask your doctor about blah blah blah" ads, which then go on in the long narration quickly about all the potential side effects.

There's actually only two countries in the world where this is legal: The US and New Zealand. Has always struck me as kind of pointless. I really hope doctors aren't being swayed by ads or patients asking about things because of ads. I doubt that's the case so I don't see it as a huge deal, but I really don't see much of a purpose for this.

This is the case, and it's a huge deal. The drug companies even send salespeople to tell doctors how much more money they make if the prescribe such-and-such drug.
110  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Was the American Revolution Justified on: May 14, 2014, 12:56:21 pm
We would only become the powerhouse if we united and didn't remain separate colonies. Considering how effective the British were at divide and rule and keeping nations apart, (Sudan, India, etc.) I doubt we would have united and I doubt we would have controlled anything.

That's the thing, the American Colonists would have to be granted seats in Parliament and the "White" Colonies would be incorporated into the British Federal Government. India and Sudan I don't think are good examples in regards to the American Colonies. It's unfortunate but the fact that the Americans are White English-speaking Protestants would go a long way. It's different.

The idea is that this would only work if the British were willing to incorporate the American Colonies as part of the British "mainland", politically speaking.
111  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Was the American Revolution Justified on: May 14, 2014, 12:14:58 pm
In hindsight it might have been better if the British Empire gave the colonists in America seats in Parliament and America never rebelled. It would only be a matter of time before a version of expansion to the West began and America would eventually become the economic powerhouse of the British Empire.

There is the possibility that the British Empire would be a massive "superstate" of sorts that would be practically unbeatable by any other power by 1850. By 1900 it would take an alliance of France, Germany, and Russia to even stand up to the British Empire, butterflies permitting.

The only downside I can see is that it might take the British longer to ban slavery considering the economic interests in the Southeastern American Colonies but it probably would be banned before 1865. Also consider the Southerners are less likely to rebel against a massive British Empire in this scenario.
112  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: John Boehner Implies He May Step Down As House Speaker on: May 13, 2014, 02:50:22 am
Well we all know Cantor will make a play for the Speakership.
113  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Biden at SC fundraiser: middle class has been hit hard since Clinton years on: May 12, 2014, 09:02:24 am
114  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Compliment the perceding poster on: May 11, 2014, 08:37:55 pm
ASTV is very well-read and posses a nuanced worldview and has a sense of sympathy and understanding about him

I guess the next poster is playing this game on hard mode.
115  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ever posted while drunk? on: May 11, 2014, 08:32:58 pm
Yes, frequently. Much to my post-facto dismay.
116  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Israel might be spying on the US, Al Gore a target on: May 11, 2014, 08:02:26 pm
That article was a disgusting hit piece of vague accusations with little to no proof. Like was said, allies spy on each other. But the first to get outed is the one who gets blamed. We see you, Newsweek.

What the f[inks] does that mean?

It's like when someone is trying to get attention. Like if a girl is dressing sexily people will say "Girl I see you". It's a colloquialism.
117  General Discussion / History / Re: Opinion of this image on: May 09, 2014, 02:23:10 pm
That's a major and lasting subject of political and cultural debate within Japan, you know.

Yes, but that doesn't make the whitewashing and denial any less annoying.
118  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: China and Vietnam discuss getting on the war bandwagon that Russia started on: May 09, 2014, 02:17:43 pm
Communism equals nationalism.

No it doesn't.
119  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: China and Vietnam discuss getting on the war bandwagon that Russia started on: May 09, 2014, 12:17:58 pm
Aren't they both communists though ? They should be getting along well. I don't get it.

North Vietnam was allies with the Soviets during the Cold War. They were just as worried about China as America and after the Vietnam War China was their main national security threat. Vietnam and China even went to war in 1979, never mind the Vietnamese intervention against Chinese-backed Cambodia under Pol Pot.
120  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Palin: Chelsea pregnancy might cause Hillary to "open her eyes" on abortion on: May 08, 2014, 11:05:56 am
Revolting. Let's review...

Chelsea Clinton: excellent student who finished college at Stanford and did graduate work at Oxford and Columbia; accomplished career as a management and public health consultant and working with her parents' non-profit organizations; married a successful banker and is having a child with him.

Bristol Palin: got knocked up as an unmarried teenager by a dropout whose mother is a drug dealer with a criminal record; never finished college and it's not clear she has any serious career prospects

The Red State Model of child rearing is showing itself to be a real success.
121  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should porn be legal? on: May 08, 2014, 12:51:41 am
Should it be legal, in an absolute normative sense? Hell no. Is there any workable way to ban it in the remotely foreseeable future? Also hell no.

Ugh. You are like the exact stereotype of an Ivory Tower liberal. The worst.
122  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Irate Maine doctor writes his senator about Obamacare on: May 08, 2014, 12:12:46 am
He's right. It's high time for single-payer.
123  General Discussion / History / Re: Opinion of this image on: May 07, 2014, 10:23:22 pm
Speaking of this topic, is anyone else here annoyed about how Japanese people like to act all butthurt and pretend they didn't do anything to deserve it?

Culturally speaking Japan more or less "got away" with WWII and it's utterly annoying. And to think they wonder why the Chinese still hate them so much.
124  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should job required drug testing be illegal? on: May 07, 2014, 10:15:57 pm
I would be better if "drug testing" wasn't code word for "weed testing".
125  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What is the reasoning behind the republican plan to push the convention to June? on: May 07, 2014, 10:03:48 pm
Fundraising. That is all.
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