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Infinitus CorsairAn electoral college with proportional voting would also make a lot more sense. In 2016 Clinton won New York and Trump canceled that by winning Florida--29 EVs each. But Clinton won New York by almost 25 points and Trump won Florida by barely 1 point. This makes no sense as a representation of the will of either the people voting in those states or the states themselves. Again, we don't require, as a matter of federalism, that the Florida congressional delegation vote as a bloc. If New York goes something 18/11 for Clinton and Florida is 15/14 for Trump, that's a much more reasonable system.

I would accept this as a compromise.

How do you feel about the way Maine and Nebraska divide their electoral votes?
Sep 22, 2017 8:29 PM
Esoteric AllusionThe electoral college serves two distinct purposes...

...The second was to allow low population states to have some measure of disproportionate influence over the election of a president so that state interests were represented in addition to individual voter interests so the most populous states could not simply subsume the will of the least populous. The desire to protect slavery played a major role in this, as IC correctly points out, but the principle is one of federalism and isn't corrupt merely because people wanted to use federalism to protect slave state interests. It was a necessary compromise in transitioning from the articles of confederation.

Tangent: NAACP Backs Marijuana Federalism
Sep 22, 2017 8:20 PM
Detrimental
Paquito
DetrimentalMan leave Bigwig alone. I chat with him in chat sometimes and it's apparent he's banging 7's and above consistently. I don't know who I would like to be more like on this site.

DetrimentalJean might come in second.

"Wants you to know that Jean gets laid" should be next to Det's name on the ROLL CALL list.

He gets laid AND watched anime. Do you know how rare that is? That's rarer than you getting the contextual humor in a post.

You're certainly adept at thrusting Jean's prowess into just about any context you come across; I still think he's paying you for that.
Sep 22, 2017 12:18 PM
Paris the Goat
PaquitoThe Republicans could easily kill off the ACA if they allowed for a government program that covered the costs of treatments for pre-existing conditions. That's literally the only issue that makes their repeal attempts politically toxic. There's a wealth of other free-market & regulatory reforms that could bring down other costs of healthcare, but without dealing with pre-existing conditions, those proposals are dead in the water.

It's depressing to see Washington's attitude towards healthcare to be "all or nothing", with regards to government involvement.

The Republicans would have to craft such a program, which they're literally incapable of doing or passing.

A silver-lining to Trump's election victory is seeing the Republicans called out on their lies. There's absolutely no way they could blame Democrats for their inability to deliver on campaign promises they've been making for the past 8 years.

Even more amusing is their genuine bafflement as to why they can't seem to get an ACA repeal passed. This is the most glaring example of the Dunning-Kruger effect I've ever seen.
Sep 20, 2017 5:52 PM
DetrimentalMan leave Bigwig alone. I chat with him in chat sometimes and it's apparent he's banging 7's and above consistently. I don't know who I would like to be more like on this site.

DetrimentalJean might come in second.

"Wants you to know that Jean gets laid" should be next to Det's name on the ROLL CALL list.
Sep 20, 2017 5:43 PM
The Republicans could easily kill off the ACA if they allowed for a government program that covered the costs of treatments for pre-existing conditions. That's literally the only issue that makes their repeal attempts politically toxic. There's a wealth of other free-market & regulatory reforms that could bring down other costs of healthcare, but without dealing with pre-existing conditions, those proposals are dead in the water.

It's depressing to see Washington's attitude towards healthcare to be "all or nothing", with regards to government involvement.
Sep 20, 2017 5:23 PM
King Elessar 8
NimChimpskyGood for you, KE8. It is becoming increasingly common for people with depression and anxiety to take such medication and get "rebalanced." In any case, it takes a lot of courage to finally admit you're no longer mentally capable of being moderator and to turn over the reins to a trusted, longtime associate.


Yes, wirthling would be a fine moderator I'm sure.

Seriously, I can't quit being a moderator even I wanted to, other than by not posting at all or deleting my own account. And there is no one left to make a new mod. It's me or nothing.

wtf, we're really going by next-fattest?
Sep 19, 2017 10:29 AM
Meow
whathaveicreated
wirthlingCannabis helps some folks with depression and anxiety but for some it makes things worse. I am fortunately in the former camp.


Do you stick to specific strains?

High CBD, very low THC strains have helped me with anxiety without actually getting me high. In fact, you can buy pure CBD online and put it in a vape pen. To me it's like a low dose of klonopin.

One of the things I most look forward to, after legalization, will be having the ability to pick a strain with the exact balance of attributes I want. Right now, it's a grab bag. The most I can do is tell a dealer if I prefer Indica or Sativa, get handed something they call neon purple goobly gloop, and smoke it to see how it feels.
Sep 19, 2017 10:22 AM
I'm sort of relieved to see this thread, because I thought you might be dying of some physical affliction, KE8. Not that depression isn't a severe condition, it is, but I'm glad to hear your treatment is helping. And that you're still losing weight! At this rate, you'll definitely outlive Booze!
Sep 19, 2017 10:14 AM
NimChimpsky
PaquitoWhen I see rules this stupid and arbitrary, it's always been the case that the country that implemented it did so in retribution for the U.S. doing it to their citizens first. Without having looked it up, I'd bet Canadian citizens traveling to the E.U. aren't subject to this 3 month rule.

Dozens of countries have an even longer six month rule. It might be stupid, but it's not arbitrary--it's tied to the length of visa time limits.

I still wonder if that's the case for non-US western countries. This ABC article claims:

The policy is technically a matter of reciprocity: The United States requires foreign visitors to have six months validity on their passports when they travel to America, and now many of those countries have returned the favor to American travelers. Recent changes to requirements for countries in the European Union's Schengen area, which includes tourist-heavy countries like France, Italy and Spain, have caused some travel heartache.
Sep 17, 2017 7:59 PM
Meow
PaquitoDo you know what airline, and if they gave him any credit for that flight he couldn't take? Given American Airlines asked for my passport information when I bought the ticket, I'm pretty peeved that they didn't check the return date against my passport expiration, selling me a ticket they should have known they couldn't honor.

I don't know what airline but no, he didn't get his money back, I remember that very well because it gave me sympathy anxiety.

So that wasn't as painful as I thought. I called AA reservations, and the agent put in a claim for me with their customer relations department. I should get reimbursed with AA credit that lasts one year for the flight to and from Athens. While I'd prefer cash, I have plenty of people I want to visit around the country, and I'll be glad not to have to spend time and energy trying to fight the airline.
Sep 17, 2017 7:55 PM
Quite-Gone Genie
MellowAfternooncould of

Bannable offense.

Hey, while you're here, would you mind blasting away Kevin for spam? Also, do you know KE8 IRL? I'd like to know if he has a GoFundMe page up to help pay for whatever medical ailment is keeping him from the forum.
Sep 17, 2017 5:59 PM
Zuben
PaquitoOK, I'm satiated. It's been fun Zuben!

Yeah, that's not what happened. You ran out of rope.?

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Sep 17, 2017 2:06 PM
OK, I'm satiated. It's been fun, Zuben!
Sep 17, 2017 2:02 PM
Paquito
Paquito
ZubenYeah, I didn't make an assumption about what your argument is. This:?No, I assumed that's what you took me and Nim to be saying, is not an assumption about what the thesis of your argument with WHIC is, or what you yourself believe about the content of Game of Thrones, both of which are what you are claiming in relation to your strawman flailing. I know you think that's what it is, but it, quite objectively, is not. Sorry.

As for Game of Thrones not having themes, and me being "too stubborn to admit that isn't your thesis, I've repeatedly said i don't make any claim as to what your thesis actually is. So no, I'm not clinging to a misreading of your argument. ?

Zuben: "When I said 'I assumed', I was not saying I made an assumption"

Again, what is it with you, Zuben? Brain damage or substance abuse?

Zuben's retort to this is going to be about how I missed the equivocatory nuance of his post, thus demonstrating my stupidity. lol

ZubenI did assume. I absolutely did make an assumption. I just didn't assume anything about whether or not you think Game of Thrones has themes or doesn't have themes. Which is what you claim. It's very simple.

I nailed it.
Sep 17, 2017 1:59 PM
Paquito
ZubenYeah, I didn't make an assumption about what your argument is. This:?No, I assumed that's what you took me and Nim to be saying, is not an assumption about what the thesis of your argument with WHIC is, or what you yourself believe about the content of Game of Thrones, both of which are what you are claiming in relation to your strawman flailing. I know you think that's what it is, but it, quite objectively, is not. Sorry.

As for Game of Thrones not having themes, and me being "too stubborn to admit that isn't your thesis, I've repeatedly said i don't make any claim as to what your thesis actually is. So no, I'm not clinging to a misreading of your argument. ?

Zuben: "When I said 'I assumed', I was not saying I made an assumption"

Again, what is it with you, Zuben? Brain damage or substance abuse?

Zuben's retort to this is going to be about how I missed the equivocatory nuance of his post, thus demonstrating my stupidity. lol
Sep 17, 2017 1:55 PM
ZubenYeah, I didn't make an assumption about what your argument is. This:?No, I assumed that's what you took me and Nim to be saying, is not an assumption about what the thesis of your argument with WHIC is, or what you yourself believe about the content of Game of Thrones, both of which are what you are claiming in relation to your strawman flailing. I know you think that's what it is, but it, quite objectively, is not. Sorry.

As for Game of Thrones not having themes, and me being "too stubborn to admit that isn't your thesis, I've repeatedly said i don't make any claim as to what your thesis actually is. So no, I'm not clinging to a misreading of your argument. ?

Zuben: "When I said 'I assumed', I was not saying I made an assumption"

Again, what is it with you, Zuben? Brain damage or substance abuse?
Sep 17, 2017 1:52 PM
Zuben
"No, I assumed that's what you took me and Nim to be saying because otherwise my post doesn't intersect with WHIC's argument. I haven't read your own argument so I don't know what it is and make no claim to know. I did not say that you yourself thought that there were no themes in GoT, explicitly or otherwise. Of course, this is an objective fact, but that won't matter, because you have a fundamentally broken mind."


Bahahha wow. You are being sincere. FYI: when you make a false assumption about what my argument is, and proceed to argue against that assumption, you're making a strawman argument. You seem to think there's a a lack-of-intent loophole. There isn't.

Anyway, I'm going to reread this and have a good laugh:


ZubenYou're just someone who can't read and then makes up arguments and argues against those instead of what people are actually saying, and have the added characteristic of being too stubborn to figure out that you've done so.

Sep 17, 2017 1:44 PM
Meow
Paquito
neumdaddy
PaquitoI'll be in Greece (Athens and Santorini) for the next week or so. Any things-you-should-do tips?

It's not close, but getting up to Meteora in Greece (of which there are overnight options from Athens) ended up being very cool. Also, go to Gods' Restaurant (yes, that's what it's called) near the Acropolis Museum. The baklava there is, erm, heavenly? But yeah, it's way above some of the standard offerings in most places in town.

Santorini: just stay in Oia. It's a fucking incredible little town and worth whatever to stay there. Drink plenty of assyrtiko, their local wine, which is terrific.

Have fun!

Soo, I got turned away at the gate before my flight. Fun fact: The EU has a fun little rule that your passport must be valid for three months past the date of your return flight. My passport expires in early December, so I wouldn't be allowed in.

I'm usually pretty good about looking for quirky rules like these when I travel to a non-western country, but I never imagined an issue like this would pop up traveling between the U.S. and Europe. Per usual, this rule is retribution for the U.S. imposing a rule like this on EU citizens.

I was headed there for a wedding on Monday, so even if I somehow got an expedited passport renewal, there's no way I'd make the wedding in time. Trying to get any sort of compensation from American Airlines is going to be terrible.

This exact thing happened to a friend of mine last year when he tried to go to Budapest. He showed up at the airport and they told him because his passport was going to expire within three months, he couldn't get on the flight. That's gotta suuuuuuuuuuuuck.

Do you know what airline, and if they gave him any credit for that flight he couldn't take? Given American Airlines asked for my passport information when I bought the ticket, I'm pretty peeved that they didn't check the return date against my passport expiration, selling me a ticket they should have known they couldn't honor.
Sep 17, 2017 1:29 PM
Zuben
Meow
Zuben
Meow
Paquito
neumdaddy
PaquitoI'll be in Greece (Athens and Santorini) for the next week or so. Any things-you-should-do tips?

It's not close, but getting up to Meteora in Greece (of which there are overnight options from Athens) ended up being very cool. Also, go to Gods' Restaurant (yes, that's what it's called) near the Acropolis Museum. The baklava there is, erm, heavenly? But yeah, it's way above some of the standard offerings in most places in town.

Santorini: just stay in Oia. It's a fucking incredible little town and worth whatever to stay there. Drink plenty of assyrtiko, their local wine, which is terrific.

Have fun!

Soo, I got turned away at the gate before my flight. Fun fact: The EU has a fun little rule that your passport must be valid for three months past the date of your return flight. My passport expires in early December, so I wouldn't be allowed in.

I'm usually pretty good about looking for quirky rules like these when I travel to a non-western country, but I never imagined an issue like this would pop up traveling between the U.S. and Europe. Per usual, this rule is retribution for the U.S. imposing a rule like this on EU citizens.

I was headed there for a wedding on Monday, so even if I somehow got an expedited passport renewal, there's no way I'd make the wedding in time. Trying to get any sort of compensation from American Airlines is going to be terrible.

This exact thing happened to a friend of mine last year when he tried to go to Budapest. He showed up at the airport and they told him because his passport was going to expire within three months, he couldn't get on the flight. That's gotta suuuuuuuuuuuuck.

It's like they don't know how expiry dates work.?

My friend not knowing this rule was pretty predictable for him. And yes, I made fun of him for spending thousands on a trip and not, like, knowing this requirement.

I know that requirement, but to be fair, it is super stupid.

When I see rules this stupid and arbitrary, it's always been the case that the country that implemented it did so in retribution for the U.S. doing it to their citizens first. Without having looked it up, I'd bet Canadian citizens traveling to the E.U. aren't subject to this 3 month rule.
Sep 17, 2017 1:24 PM