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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Hillary Still Our Best Bet on: September 02, 2015, 11:26:21 pm
In many ways, I think Joe Biden may actually be the better bet.

But I actually would prefer Hillary as a candidate. She almost always performs well at the job she does, and is an effective bureaucrat whether you like it or not. Plus, I actually do find her warm and likable? I know that will go down poorly here, but whatever.

I could settle on Joe, but I really want Hillary to be the president.

2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: September 02, 2015, 03:37:55 pm
Sh!t in my family keeps getting more and more real. I'd appreciate prayers, thoughts, whatever. I'm feeling pretty down in the dumps. Also... I could use a friend, as pathetic as that sounds, so if anyone ever wants to shoot me a message... that'd be nice.
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Have you ever had non-grape wine? on: September 02, 2015, 01:42:04 pm
My boyfriend and I just cracked open a bottle of plum wine last night! Cheesy
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Your opinion on common core on: September 01, 2015, 02:52:07 pm
Can't the country have a common core of standards without running children and teachers through the hoops of continuous exams and standardized tests? I support regulating the content and quality of curricica objectives across the country—it makes sense that all Americans should receive the same standard of education and have a similar basic skill set coming out of school. But why the tests after tests?

In the Ontario public school system we had the following standardized tests:

EQAO Grade 3: Math, Language Arts (no link with final grades)
CCAT Grade 4: Cognitive Abilities (?) (basically to identify gifted students) (no link with final grades)
EQAO Grade 6: Math, Language Arts (no link with final grades)
EQAO Grade 9: Math (score was partly tied with final math mark)
EQAO Grade 10: Literacy (required for graduation)

Teachers even argue that these tests are excessive. I certainly see no reason why any school system would want to have kids do more.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bush campaign releases devastating web ad against Trump on: September 01, 2015, 11:24:47 am
I maintain that Trump's appeal rests way more in his attitude than in his stance on issues. It's identity politics to the extreme. Trump will call these shallow attacks, they'll be dismissed with the wave of a hand, and, in the end, they will have only fed into his image and narrative.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum update: Are you a virgin? on: August 31, 2015, 04:57:13 pm
I'm married so...

So you lost the v-card, like, a month ago?
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which Posters Should Change Their Political Party and Avatar? on: August 31, 2015, 02:37:50 am
I would say a country with food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid, and unemployment insurance is already a socialist country to a large degree. So this obsession with likening socialism to extremism always baffles me. Democrats are socialists, and I don't say that in the hyperbolic contemptuous way that many others do.

Maybe I've gone off on a tangent, but yeah—not sure why socialism is such a dirty word.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - October 19, 2015 (Official Campaign Thread) on: August 30, 2015, 02:46:43 pm
Vancouver Centre has the possibility of being a close race, especially if the NDP is 15-20% ahead in BC on election day. I'll be requesting a special ballot for Timmins-James Bay since I'm living in California now.

Close between the two leftist parties. That's not a horserace I have much interest in haha.
9  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Atlas Forum: Respond to this Image on: August 30, 2015, 01:47:54 pm
I particularly hate these stats because we're counting growth since the beginning of his presidency, which is like, the bottom of a fiery pit. We should not measure growth; we should measure raw numbers. And compared to what's "normal," the indicators don't paint as much of a glowing picture.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - October 19, 2015 (Official Campaign Thread) on: August 30, 2015, 01:32:32 pm
I will be ordering a special ballot for Mississauga—Lakeshore since my vote will be wasted in Vancouver Centre. Is that bad? I mean, I do feel like Mississauga is more my home than here, and I actually know Stella Ambler and care about local issues back home (not that local issues really matter in an election that's basically just about Harper fatigue, but still). I just kinda feel bad. But I guess when you have two homes it's your prerogative to choose where you vote.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Donald Trump supports negotiating with terrorists on: August 30, 2015, 01:24:45 pm
After reading this article, I am even more convinced that Trump is the best Republican for the job.



More proof Trump hates this country. I find it surprising, to be quite honest, that someone who claims to be pro-life would actually support negotiating with people who are responsible for countless murders.

You'd do well to cut the hyperbolic BS. Just because someone has different ideas on policy doesn't mean they hate America. You really ought to be more introspective about how you're coming across these days. Seriously. It's a piece of honest, friendly advice.
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Good Meals for People Living Alone (Leftovers +++) on: August 30, 2015, 07:58:35 am
If I take my time I can pretty much follow any recipe and be successful. I've made chicken marsala and things like that, but it does tend to stress me out. Cooking fish on the stovetop is somewhere I haven't gone yet, mostly because I've heard it's notoriously hard to cook to the proper doneness without over-cooking.

Dishes where is all one pot, or like, a casserole over noodles, are probably best for me. Can't go wrong. I've made lamb stew, an apple pork thing, pulled pork, chilli...

So to summarize, my skills are rudimentary, but with patience and the crux of a recipe, I'm comfortable enough to proceed with the dish to completion. If you ask me to cook without a recipe, well... that's another story.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on: August 30, 2015, 12:24:41 am
HP/FF. PUMA 'til the end. <3
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Good Meals for People Living Alone (Leftovers +++) on: August 30, 2015, 12:13:52 am
Thanks guys, keep 'em coming. Right now I'm basically sustaining myself on canned meals, smoothies, and spoonfuls of peanut butter (skewed towards the spoonfuls of peanut butter... it's dire, but oh so good). Your help is appreciated.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Gilmore upset that Trump won’t agree to 1-on-1 debate with him on citizenship on: August 29, 2015, 10:46:22 pm
Lol
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Where are you on the Kinsey scale? on: August 29, 2015, 08:44:56 pm
4.9, maybe? Which is why having to put it in a box sucks.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Good Meals for People Living Alone (Leftovers +++) on: August 29, 2015, 08:27:39 pm
Maybe this is an absurd thread, but ever since leaving home for university five years ago, I've been pretty bad at cooking things for myself. I've spent way too much money going out to eat, and now that I'm living in Vancouver, one of the most expensive cities in Canada, reality is hitting me over the head a bit. Plus, some people actually enjoy cooking, so maybe I'll surprise myself...

SO! Do any of you know any good recipes/dishes that I could make for myself? Simple and tasty is best. Something with a large yield for leftovers would also be awesome. I might try my hand at making chilli sometime soon. Anything ideas along those lines?

Thanks! Cheesy
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of buying cell phones with 2-year contracts on: August 27, 2015, 10:57:46 pm
I know you're *right,* but I think it sort of misses the point. It's like if you cost out geothermal power at your home vs. the status quo. Of course the geothermal option will pay off down the line, but it requires that you have a large sum available up front. It's an extreme comparison, but I'm not sitting on a pile of $800 for a new iPhone. I may be sitting on $400 though, and the slightly more expensive monthly bill to finance the rest of the cost of the device could be more manageable than buying the whole phone outright and paying slightly less month to month.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Beginning a New Life on: August 27, 2015, 10:51:25 pm
Actually, Vancouver is much higher on the livability index... Cheesy
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Post photos of typical supporters of the candidates on: August 26, 2015, 05:51:28 pm
What a stupid, thoughtless thread.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Watch Trump imitate asian negotiators broken english on: August 26, 2015, 05:48:28 pm
More racism from Trump, who would have guessed? He'll probably jump up in the polls because of this. Republicans need to WAKE UP and STOP supporting this RACIST, MEAN-SPIRITED man. His campaign LACKS SPECIFICS and is JUST a bunch of EMPTY RHETORIC. We don't need a PRESIDENT with SOLUTIONS NOT ONE WHO JUST BLOWS SMOKE!!!!!!!!!!

This is what the Republican Party is, Isaac. If you don't want to be associated with it, there are other options.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: August 24, 2015, 07:57:56 pm
I had fish and chips for the first time in ages. Enough calories for the whole day in one meal, ugh. But they were so good...
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: August 23, 2015, 06:28:36 pm
IKEA adventures yesterday. <3
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Vote no, but read the opening post on: August 23, 2015, 06:21:02 pm
Cruz
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rasmussen: 57% of Republicans think Trump will be the nominee on: August 21, 2015, 01:06:38 pm
I think there's a distinct possibility he does hold onto his support through the primaries. It's definitely a scary thought, but the man seems untouchable. He's a brand the GOP is hungry for. He doesn't play the game that everyone else does. So how can we possibly apply the same rules?
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