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101  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Polnut for Senate HQ - Experience with Purpose - Ending gay-conversion therapy on: August 18, 2014, 09:20:38 pm
Yes, we did. And I cast a reprehensible vote on the issue. One of the few I regret.
102  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: August 18, 2014, 06:14:45 pm
Mark Gerretsen is running for the Liberal nod in Kingston and the Islands. We're losing a good MP in Ted Hsu, but, alas, he supported the wrong candidate for leader.

Gerretsen is objectively terrible. As mayor, he has consistently antagonized students. If the student vote carries any weight, the dynamic could be interesting in October 2015. We hate him, and if he's the Liberal candidate, a lot of young people could go NDP and hand the Conservative the win.
103  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Public Fuel and Power Act of 2014 (Final vote) on: August 18, 2014, 05:47:00 pm
Of course it will, oakvale. You know the playbook.
104  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: U.S. Presidential Election, 2008 Runoff on: August 18, 2014, 03:41:11 pm
These are not real choices.
105  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is Family Guy basically just an animated Whose Line Is It Anyway? on: August 18, 2014, 03:35:53 pm
lol @ the poll results.
106  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS Voting Booth: The Candidacy Withdrawal Amendment on: August 18, 2014, 01:24:11 pm
Aye
107  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 7 (HagridOfTheDeep) on: August 18, 2014, 02:45:16 am
Let's just say there's a lot I can do. Or, at least, a lot I can try for. I'm really trying to sort out my thoughts here...
108  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton Vs. Paul on: August 18, 2014, 01:49:47 am
I've never seen a poll like this before.
109  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gay Teen Commits Suicide due to bullying; his donated eyes are rejected. on: August 17, 2014, 10:43:49 pm
Sad
110  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Meetup 2014 on: August 17, 2014, 10:40:49 pm
I would go to the next one, but I'm moving into my apartment for school that weekend. Have fun!
111  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: PM Series: Question 12 on: August 17, 2014, 09:57:30 pm
Disagree. Not a critical issue.
112  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the 10 largest US cities would you rather live in? on: August 17, 2014, 08:54:34 pm
New York, but San Diego is a fantastic city.
113  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: RC Poll: Regional Consolidation Poll on: August 17, 2014, 06:20:53 pm
I think it's laughable that double jeopardy is the only way some folks can get what they want in this game. Regional erosion was basically already voted down.
114  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Sexual Morality Poll on: August 17, 2014, 03:02:22 pm
The Bible also talks about stoning disobedient women, so I err on the side of using a critical lens.

And I never said it's not possible that people continue to masturbate despite believing its a sin. In fact, I conceded that a significant number of people probably do. But I also qualified it by saying it's a shame that they're jeopardizing their mental health with such a contradiction between their actions and "morals," especially when I think, in the end, there's nothing particularly corrupt about fondling your junk. The only reason it's wrong is because a bunch of puritans wrote it in scripture thousands of years ago and people still use "rigid obedience" as a criterion for superiority.

And you know, you talk about "feeling better about oneself" like it's some superficial thing, but I think a positive image of (and relationship with) "self" is extremely important. I'm not saying you must masturbate to feel good about yourself; I'm saying that willfully denying yourself pleasure and ignoring the things that make you feel good do not equal righteousness. And if they do, it's not a righteousness I want any part of. I want to be happy. If that means jacking off every night and falling in love with a man, so be it.
115  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Sexual Morality Poll on: August 17, 2014, 05:45:13 am
Because to consistently engage in something that you legitimately believe is wrong is unhealthy and destructive. I'm sure you're describing a significant number of people, and it's frankly a shame that they've been guilted into thinking that something as innocent as porn is "morally bankrupt," but, more often than not, I don't think someone who faps to porn everyday could truly believe it's immoral. I do think, though, that many people who enjoy porn are brought up in socially-conservative environments where the only right answer to the question is "yes, porn's bad."

I think what it comes down to is that a good number of them actually believe in Christianity and have not discarded the aspects of sexual morality that come with it (barring liberal Christianity of course), including believing masturbation is a sin. A lot of them don't have the strength to actually stop. So they can go a couple directions from there, either continue in a state of internal conflict, find the strength to stop, or take the standard narcissistic modern approach and redefine their moral beliefs to fit their lifestyle. I know we live in an era where nothing is ever supposed to hurt our self-esteem, or heaven forbid require us to make any difficult changes to our lifestyle, but perhaps not everyone believes they're God's gift to the world and never do anything wrong. Some people recognize that they are sinners even if they don't stop.

Why is "redefining your moral beliefs" so wrong? I'd rather live my life exploring the world and reaching my own conclusions about morality than unquestioningly accept someone else's moral code. There's no standard here. These are difficult questions for a reason, and if they're not difficult I kind of question whether you're doing it right. There's more to the world than rules and baseless self-restraint.
116  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Public Fuel and Power Act of 2014 (Final vote) on: August 16, 2014, 11:41:51 pm
And if we admit that we'd be operating at a loss, we circle back to the previous concern regarding innovation in the energy sector. What drive will there be to invest in R&D for new projects? Where will the money for those investments come from?
117  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 16, 2014, 11:32:22 pm
Just watched Fargo. That movie was incredible. Best I've seen since Llewlyn Davis earlier this year, proving the Coen brothers are amazing.

Creepy, I just watched Fargo a couple nights ago with my mom. It totally went over her lol, but I love the artistry of Indie films.
118  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did your mother keep or change her name when she got married? on: August 16, 2014, 11:01:50 pm
She changed it.
119  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 6 (Matt from VT) on: August 16, 2014, 10:37:27 pm
A little thinly spread there, eh? Wink
120  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What avatar color and state would best fit the preceding poster? on: August 16, 2014, 09:00:56 pm


Although I was considering maybe picking a state that was a bit more socially-conservative. Utah?
121  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 6 (Matt from VT) on: August 16, 2014, 08:29:21 pm
So falls the last redoubt of Hagrid's Plains empire.

I mean, I still think it's impressive that I held onto it as long as I did. Tongue
122  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Opinion of Forced Savings/Insurance Schemes on: August 16, 2014, 06:30:24 pm
I'm okay with them if I'm guaranteed that I or my family will get back every penny that I put in. This has less to do with something like Obamacare and more to do with something like the Canada Pension Plan.
123  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday Gully on: August 16, 2014, 03:44:58 pm
Happy birthday!
124  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday Homely! on: August 16, 2014, 03:44:32 pm
Holy, it really is birthday week. I guess there's not much to do in November.

Anyway, happy birthday! Have a good one!
125  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS Voting Booth: The Candidacy Withdrawal Amendment on: August 16, 2014, 06:07:18 am
Aye
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