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by Steroid
Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 76684

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

So the better we make the world, the more likely you are to go out, do something insane to someone, and get locked up somewhere without internet access? Hm. Oh, I don't mean violence. I just mean, like, not tipping waiters, cutting people off on the highway, and biting insults. The way I see it, if...
by Steroid
Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 76684

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

At this point, with this government? Anarchy would be better. Because clearly we're in such a state of decay and ravaged by such totalitarianism that we're not at all better off as a civilization than at almost any point in history prior to anything before ten years ago, and we should just scrap ev...
by Steroid
Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 76684

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

iamspen wrote:
No, that only allowed income taxes. I'm saying we need to remove all power to tax. They're too dangerous with it.


So you want government to be completely abolished? GOOD PLAN!

At this point, with this government? Anarchy would be better.
by Steroid
Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 76684

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

Then we need an amendment removing the power to tax. Really, we need to pass a "Congress shall pass no law affecting the economy of the country" amendment. You mean, we need to repeal the 16th Amendment, since the Constitution itself significantly limits Congress's abilities to levy taxes...
by Steroid
Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 76684

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

As was pointed out on a blog, since this was ruled a tax, that makes Obama's promise not to raise taxes on people making under $250,000 officially a lie.
by Steroid
Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 76684

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

I do not fucking believe this. Well, that's it for freedom. We should have launched the nukes during the cold war. Fuck Obama the communist. I hope he gets some disease we can't cure. As people have been saying since day one, the court ruled the mandate is effectively a tax which is offset with a c...
by Steroid
Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 76684

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

I do not fucking believe this. Well, that's it for freedom. We should have launched the nukes during the cold war. Fuck Obama the communist. I hope he gets some disease we can't cure.
by Steroid
Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 66697

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

We could, but that's still forcing our view of another person's religious text on them.
by Steroid
Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 66697

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

Genesis 17:12 says it has to be done within eight days of birth.
by Steroid
Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 66697

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

I didn't know that. That's probably something someone should work on. As to the actual topic, if the belief is that the covenant with God requires the circumcision at birth (or if it's just insurance against a child's death), then it's a question of permanent mutilation of the body versus permanent ...
by Steroid
Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 66697

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

If a circumcision on an infant is forcing religion, isn't banning circumcision on infants equally forcing? The only difference is that one is the status quo. Circumcision is not debilitating. Nor, strictly speaking, is it permanent. (Link NSFW) Also, I'm sorry, but I have to do this: What's really f...
by Steroid
Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cities: Screw the Homeless!
Replies: 34
Views: 6651

Re: Cities: Screw the Homeless!

Basically, bunch of cities are making it de facto illegal to be homeless, but unless I'm missing something, they aren't simultaneously stepping up social welfare programs. So, basically, screw the poor. Are the programs below quality, or is there not enough incentive for the homeless to enter the p...
by Steroid
Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

You didn't learn your history then. WW1 was debated about hugely ; . . . Beyond that, you're confusing 'support for the war' with 'support for the military'. . . . No, that's what I'm saying. Whether or not we should go to war has always been debated. Whether or not we should win has not. A German ...
by Steroid
Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Fair enough, so non-sarcastically, I think that the money constraints above would still be enough for the infrastructure necessary for elections, and if it meant that political parties were not viable, that would not be a fatal blow to the system itself. Candidates would just have to make themselves...
by Steroid
Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Can you clarify what you meant by saying "[...] and a popular reluctance to completely support the military." then? I honestly have no clue how to interpret how you meant it if you would (potentially) be willing to accept massive cuts to the military. This is what I mean. In 1991 when the...
by Steroid
Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

For the purposes of protecting the "lives and rights of the people from enemies" the military is far, far, far larger than it needs to be. Due to geographical and geopolitical factors, the US could get away with very tiny military if the only concern was direct defense from external force...
by Steroid
Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

My position supporting the military is less about it being governmentally effective as it is about proper roles. The military is the means to the end of protecting the lives and rights of the people from enemies, which is a governmental function. I want a robust, well-funded military for the same re...
by Steroid
Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Steroid, there is one thing you are very distinctly missing with your analysis: we aren't moving to the left. We haven't been moving to the left. The US has been moving rightwards since the 80s, and there was only a brief reversion to the mean in the 2006 and 2008 elections. If things continue on t...
by Steroid
Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Since you are trying to abuse statistics in a forum full of mathematicians, alright, let's play. You are using regressions when it should be a time series. So let's use a time series. The political landscape will be an infinite line going from negative infinity to positive infinity, left-right bein...
by Steroid
Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Which is entirely possible. We may be in a permanently mixed economy, and we may have enough political disagreement with my position so that I am forever doomed to frustration. But I'm not completely sure of that. So, in deciding whether or not to support the Republican candidate, I throw out those ...
by Steroid
Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Well, regression toward the mean suggests that it is nominally true. In practical terms, there's no guarantee it will get closer to his position than it is now if it goes farther away first, which is what he would presumably really care about. I mean, if he wants us at x = 0, we're at x = 10, then ...
by Steroid
Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I came into this thread to contend a conditional. The conditional is this: if the political landscape of the country goes far enough away from my position, it will inevitably move back toward my position. Now, let's go back to 7th grade logic. A conditional is If p, then q. The conditional is true u...
by Steroid
Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

What I want is for a complete eradication of freedom which will hopefully lead to the world going to hell. If that happens, can we THEN all agree that we will need more freedom, more individuality, and more of what I want now? Is that possible? Can we get so far from the direction I want to go that...
by Steroid
Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

O.M.G. Stop arguing. Stop trying to prove me wrong. Forget the label. What I want is for a complete eradication of freedom which will hopefully lead to the world going to hell. If that happens, can we THEN all agree that we will need more freedom, more individuality, and more of what I want now? Is ...
by Steroid
Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Great, so now I'm nobody. Seriously, fuck you. OK, let's assume that Obama isn't a leftist. Is there anything in the US that IS leftist? Because that's what I want, then. I want the fucking communist ultra left to take over, destroy all property rights, disband the military, enforce atheism, and ens...
by Steroid
Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

It was. Hyperbole or wishful thinking. Let the Democrats take the country so far left that the right-wing gets militant and takes over. But Ghostbear is doing his best to convince me that it's Romney who'll be increasing the size of government. He must really want me to vote Republican. What I want...
by Steroid
Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

He wants to seize assets of the rich (it's neither more nor less legal than seizing the assets of unions). False. It is 100% legal to tax people on income . It is 100% illegal to seize assets without compensation or due process . You're confusing your beliefs with reality. In other words, it would ...
by Steroid
Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 33004

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

But there are other options. Let's work on shifting the paradigm away from thinking of soda and fast food as everyday alternatives to more healthy options. Fast food should be considered a.) a special treat for one's kids, or b.) a quick option when one's schedule otherwise disallows anything else....
by Steroid
Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Let me start with this: the only point I am trying to make here is that because of the complexities of the economic and political interactions we have in place today, Garm's program to reduce the deficit is not an automatically viable plan. As far as an overall economic strategy, I contend that it i...
by Steroid
Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Just because a bunch of people come out and disagree with something doesn't make them right . Whether it's an easy solution depends on how you are applying "easy" to the statement. If it was meant as "easy to figure out what we need to do" (which is how I understood it) then it ...
by Steroid
Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

@Garm You can rely on/point to any evidence you like, and weigh it, draw conclusions, and form opinions based on it. We can do the same. But for your solution to be easy (not correct if applied, but easy), you must convince the other side to get on board. You can not take it as a given. The Obama ad...
by Steroid
Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

One of those options, though, has the advantage of not collapsing our economy and spinning the majority of our population into a black hole of poverty and illness. But again, half the country disagrees. Of course, it's not so stark as to which one to do, and there are lots of people who think we sh...
by Steroid
Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311704

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Federal spending leveled off but our population continues to grow. I'm not saying that we shouldn't be concerned about the deficit. It's an important thing to worry about. It's an easy fix, however. Allow the Bush tax cuts to sunset and cut our trillion plus dollar military budget. Stop fighting wa...
by Steroid
Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 33004

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

Aspertame tastes like ass to a lot of us (although, frankly, pop in general tastes like ass to me). Oh, I'm sure. Aspartame is a partial solution to the full problem, which is something that tastes as good or better than sugar/HFCS without the calories. But the proper comparison is an aspartame sod...
by Steroid
Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 33004

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

Ok, so given that consequence, we can work on it by -trying to find a method that will enable people to drink all the soda they can without getting fat. -trying to stop people from drinking all the soda they can. Hence why I suggested standardizing the aspartame sodas, because it's closer to the fir...
by Steroid
Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Recall Election, Walker vs. Barrett
Replies: 59
Views: 7059

Re: Wisconsin Recall Election, Walker vs. Barrett

Perhaps I misspoke; 9:1 is the popularity, not the betting odds on winning. Ah, that makes a lot more sense. That sounds about how it works out as well. I can't remember ever seeing a report where our western (for lack of a better term) allies didn't prefer the democrat in a presidential election. ...
by Steroid
Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 33004

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

How easy or instinctive it is has no bearing on whether its purpose is pleasure. Everything you used to defend eating as such could be said about breathing as well (hell, it's so cheap it's free!). I don't breath for pleasure, nor have I ever met anyone who does. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxygen...
by Steroid
Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 33004

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

No. Eating is about taking food and turning it into vital nutrients and energy for body processes so that we don't die. Pleasure is good, but trying to act like it's the purpose of essential "do this or you will die" actions is ridiculous. You can enjoy eating food, but that's not why we ...
by Steroid
Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 33004

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

One thing that occurs to me as a possible aid (even though I genuinely don't think there's a problem), is what if, instead of calling them Coke and Diet Coke, we called the sugar-free one Coke and Coke Classic "Sweet Coke" or some such (And Pepsi, Sprite, etc.)? If people thought of the a...
by Steroid
Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Recall Election, Walker vs. Barrett
Replies: 59
Views: 7059

Re: Wisconsin Recall Election, Walker vs. Barrett

Does anyone here really think Romney is going to beat Obama? According to the news this morning, here (Australia) Obama is preferred to Romney 9 : 1. Just as an interesting bit of side information. That sounds about right to me. And Pauline Kael didn't know a single person who voted for Nixon. I do...

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