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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Should Minneapolis' Museum of Russian Art be closed? on: January 15, 2017, 02:00:35 pm
Well no. Firstly because Russian Art is great and seems as if the museum has an interesting selection of it and from a wide variety of periods. Secondly because... this is verging on racist bigotry and you really are better than that.
2  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: This isn't okay on: January 15, 2017, 12:16:11 pm
I wonder why this board is so pro-religious/anti-atheist?

It isn't. But there's a diversity of people here and most are quite belligerent, particularly at defending their own positions.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The US liberal establishment promoting left wing ideology yet again on: January 15, 2017, 10:25:56 am
Kids: don't do drugs.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Parliamentary by-elections, 2015-2020 on: January 15, 2017, 10:24:47 am
The sad part is that he's become very unpopular without being hated. I think people just see him as pathetic.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Parliamentary by-elections, 2015-2020 on: January 14, 2017, 07:25:54 pm
Anyway, this is a three-way marginal

No it's not; Hunt's majority is/was 17% and the second placed candidate polled 23%. Obviously the circumstances of the by-election and the poor national polling position means that caution and care is nevertheless required, but that's a different matter.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is dyeing your hair morally acceptable on: January 14, 2017, 11:59:14 am
Why?
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is dyeing your hair morally acceptable on: January 14, 2017, 11:45:27 am
Why wouldn't it be?
8  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Which religions seek to actively convert people (besides Christianity & Islam)? on: January 14, 2017, 10:59:50 am
Maybe around you, but presumably not around their mothers. People are complex and multifaceted...
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you have health insurance? on: January 14, 2017, 10:57:22 am
No. I have full access to healthcare services as a right of citizenship.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favorite Poster: Best of the Best on: January 14, 2017, 09:38:53 am
Mik was freaking out about Trump when almost everyone else was relishing the prospect of him getting Goldwatered. We had quite a few chats on the IRC about this last year; he was particularly alarmed at the general tone of the Democratic Convention as well. Quite correctly. Anyway the odd thing is that this meant that when the asteroid struck on that November night he was one of the calmer people online.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How can progressives enthusiastically support Booker in a Dem primary? on: January 13, 2017, 04:53:59 pm
https://twitter.com/CoryBooker/status/276852185512411136

Tory
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Booker joins GOP maj in voting down Klobucha amdt on importing cheaper drugs on: January 13, 2017, 04:29:08 pm
Tory Dem.
13  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Controversial position: There's nothing wrong with corruption in politics on: January 13, 2017, 04:28:32 pm
...a candidate who lost to a Reality TV star who was not particularly popular with the people who voted for him.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: In an academic context, which is a "higher" title: "Professor" or "Dr."? on: January 13, 2017, 04:26:52 pm
It is different in Europe. I recall going to a conference in Switzerland and at my hotel they seemed very impressed that I was both a PhD and professor (even at a rank below full) and took to calling me Herr Doktor Professor. So context is everything with titles.

I suspect they were just being formal, as is the norm in the German university tradition.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK local by-elections, 2017 on: January 13, 2017, 03:02:08 pm
Mostly it just tells us that truly we have returned to normal; that the LibDems are distant enough from government that they can once again randomly win local polls all over the place based on anti dogsh!t campaigns or whatever. This was very common before 2010.
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: In an academic context, which is a "higher" title: "Professor" or "Dr."? on: January 13, 2017, 02:20:38 pm
In most countries the title 'Doctor' applies to anyone who earns a Doctorate, while the title 'Professor' is a matter of rank and is given to senior academics. It's American usage is very unusual.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Atlas Moral Acceptability Poll on: January 13, 2017, 12:21:07 pm
The funny one is always sealing in the Canadian Arctic: the Newfie is far more endangered than the Harp Seal.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Atlas Moral Acceptability Poll on: January 13, 2017, 12:19:48 pm
You can get at least a few leather jackets out of one cow. You can only get one stole out of quite a few mink.

On the other hand mink are kind of unsympathetic as animals go. Not that there's any doubt that industrial mink production is bleak as f. This reminds me: one reason why we have American Mink here out in the wild (not welcome at all!) is because idiot animal rights protesters used to break into fur farms and release them.
19  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Which religions seek to actively convert people (besides Christianity & Islam)? on: January 13, 2017, 08:54:28 am
I mean, to a significant extent, that's sort of the history of Christianity BRTD. Reformed and Dissenting (these two categories don't entirely overlap but do partially and absolutely are as one on this matter) Protestant churches historically placed a particularly heavy emphasis on the OT for more or less this reason though from a different perspective. Like it's no coincidence that it was under Cromwell that Jews were allowed back into England.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Parliamentary by-elections, 2015-2020 on: January 13, 2017, 07:22:56 am
It's a safe seat and if Hunt had a personal vote it was strictly negative, though these aren't good circumstances with which to trigger a by-election so to be wary is natural.
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Charlie Hebdo journalist quits after magazine 'goes soft' on: January 11, 2017, 12:55:15 pm
The argument is an odd one: i.e. it is necessary for a satirical publication to endlessly re-use material whether there is any satirical point in doing so or not because publishing that material in the past resulted in the murder of many of its staff.* Effectively it's an argument for ossification, to turn the publication into a permanent memorial. Which does not really sit well with satire.

*There's also the difficult matter that some of the people who were murdered did not agree with publishing the cartoons in the first place o/c.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: January 10, 2017, 06:40:51 pm
France should really think about introducing IRV.

France should really think about its life choices and whether they are good ones tbh.
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which country has the best and worst Green Party? on: January 10, 2017, 06:39:58 pm
Surely the Mexican Greens manage to hit that SO BAD ITS GOOD sweet spot?!?!
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which European country has a political divide most similar to the US? on: January 10, 2017, 06:38:00 pm
Norway

*dies*
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which of these best describes your views regarding transgender individuals? on: January 10, 2017, 04:17:50 pm
I've literally never come across a unisex public toilet in this country other than 'this cafe is a small cafe it has one toilet' and that doesn't really count.
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