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  Economic Vampirism--how the boomers are robbing GenX (and Millenials)
Posted by: Kinser79 - 05-07-2016, 10:48 PM - Forum: Generation X - Replies (18)





An interesting take on how one generation is seeking to drain other generations so they can hopefully coast to retirement before civilization collapses.

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  Marxism and its influence
Posted by: TnT - 05-07-2016, 08:11 PM - Forum: General Political Discussion - Replies (10)

Kinser,

I have to thank you.  You and your eclectic perspectives on things always make for an interesting read.

Further, you inspired me to break out some reading that I've not looked at for over fifty years, back when I was an undergraduate.  And even then, I think I wasn't up to the material, or mature enough to really consider it, or still too unsophisticated and too much of a backwoods boy to think about it.

I've both skimmed and carefully re-read all or part of The Communist Manifesto, Wage-Labour and Capital, Value Price and Profit, and The Poverty of Philosopy.

As a side-study I've also been reading the biography of Jean Jaures, the brilliant French socialist whose life ended all too soon, to an assassin's bullet.  One can only wonder if Jaures and his fellows could have made their influence more felt, that WW-I might have even been avoided?

Back to Marx - I'm sure that I'm not the advocate of Marx that you are, but I've found that my re-reading his stuff is fascinating.  He got a lot of it right in my opinion.  And the general theory pans out occasionally.  Of course, it seems to me that it falls way short in other areas.

In any case thanks.  I've enjoyed this detour in my reading.  Re-reading is often an excellent diversion!

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  What's going on with you, part II...
Posted by: Danilynn - 05-07-2016, 10:34 AM - Forum: Special Topics/G-T Lounge - Replies (402)

what's going on with you?

I got offered that other job. After reviewing all the pros and cons about it balanced against health concerns, I have ended up staying where I am. For now, I may or may not regret my decision, but ultimately I can't do a lot of things requiring me in full sunlight for numerous hours of the day. On the personal front, I have gotten business cards and a website beyond Facebook up and running for my sewing. April was my best month ever for personal sales. I was really grateful for this since right after all that my rescue kitty was determined to be a diabetic, a week at the veterinarian clinic later and a shot a day of insulin, he is on the mend. I'm just really grateful my beloved kitty is going to be ok.

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  How Birth Year Influences Political Views
Posted by: Dan '82 - 05-07-2016, 04:07 AM - Forum: Theory Related Political Discussions - Replies (13)

I want to make sure this is posted here.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/...pshot&_r=0

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  Who are you voting for in 2016?
Posted by: MillsT_98 - 05-07-2016, 12:15 AM - Forum: General Political Discussion - Replies (108)

Assuming Trump and Clinton will be the nominees, I am interested in who everyone would vote for during the U.S. presidential election in 2016. I'm only including 3 options, with two of the options being the two main candidates and the other being a third party or write-in candidate. If you're planning to vote third party/write-in please post who you're voting for in the thread. I'm not going to include an option for not voting at all because some people can't vote in the U.S. election (that doesn't count as people choosing consciously not to vote) and I only want to see who people would vote for if they did.

Update: I set the poll results to public, so users can see who's voting for who.

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  Top U.S. baby names continue to be Emma, Noah
Posted by: Dan '82 - 05-07-2016, 12:08 AM - Forum: Special Topics/G-T Lounge - No Replies

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/top-us-baby-...istration/

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  Presidential election, 2016
Posted by: pbrower2a - 05-06-2016, 05:36 PM - Forum: General Political Discussion - Replies (1355)

With the departures of Ted Cruz and John Kasich from the Presidential race, we are down to this:

Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump

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Bernie Sanders vs. Donald Trump

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30% -- lead with 40-49% but a margin of 3% or less
40% -- lead with 40-49% but a margin of 4% or more
60% -- lead with 50-54%
70% -- lead with 55-59%
90% -- lead with 60% or more

White -- tie or  someone leading with less than 40%.

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  Where to post political topics
Posted by: Webmaster - 05-06-2016, 01:16 PM - Forum: General Political Discussion - No Replies

In order to make it easier for people who are primarily interested the theory to avoid general political discussion I’ve created forums for theory and non theory political discussion.  Topics such as “is Trump the Grey Champion” and “is Trump the start of a realignment” go in the Theory Related Political Discussions forum, while topics about the horse race and the merits or lack thereof of each candidate go in the General Political Discussion forum. If theory related political threads drift into general political debate they will be split and/or moved to the General Politics forum.

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  Where to post political topics
Posted by: Webmaster - 05-06-2016, 01:15 PM - Forum: Theory Related Political Discussions - No Replies

In order to make it easier for people who are primarily interested the theory to avoid general political discussion I’ve created forums for theory and non theory political discussion.  Topics such as “is Trump the Grey Champion” and “is Trump the start of a realignment” go in the Theory Related Political Discussions forum, while topics about the horse race and the merits or lack thereof of each candidate go in the General Political Discussion forum. If theory related political threads drift into general political debate they will be split and/or moved to the General Politics forum.

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  Discussion of moderation policy
Posted by: Kinser79 - 05-06-2016, 01:04 PM - Forum: Forum feedback - Replies (15)

Quote:When the thread contains personal attacks.

This needs to be defined otherwise it will be abused.  People like Eric (and a few others) confuse ad hominum arguments and insults on a daily basis.

There is a difference between someone posting the following: "You are wrong because of X, Y, and Z.  Also you are an idiot.", and someone posting "You are an idiot and are therefore wrong."

I would consider that the concept of personal attacks be strictly limited to libelous speech.

Quote:When the thread has drifted from the original topic, this can happen without anyone doing anything wrong conversation naturally drifts, however thread drift makes it difficult for readers to follow the discussion, when there a posts in thread on a different topic the thread can be split.

Again this needs to be defined.  A discussion of say Musician A turning into a conversation of Musician B probably should not be split if there is a clear indication of when the discussion shifted.  A discussion on the theoretical implications of the rise of nationalism would obviously need to have a split--or perhaps even a post deletion when someone starts bringing up the Holocaust as part of their argumentation that nationalism is evil/immoral/etc.

In both examples we can see that the progression of one is natural and remains on topic.  In the other it only serves to derail the conversation.

Quote:When a thread is posted in the wrong forum, mistakes happen and they can be corrected in about 30 seconds.

Not a problem, but this assumes that there will be more than one moderator with the authority to move threads to the proper forums.  I would also suggest that descriptions be added to the main forums to prevent unnecessary reporting.  Thread reports can get tiresome as I know from experience.

Finally...

Quote:I plan on moderating this forum a bit more than the old forum was moderated, as the lack of moderation was turning people off.

The total lack of any moderation except in the most extreme cases was a problem with the old forum.  Moderation ideally should tackle those extreme cases before they get out of hand.  At the same time over moderation will turn off far more people, and turn the forum into an echo chamber.  In truth the lack of moderation on the old forum was both a weakness and a strength.

As I've said in other posts here, I think that we should maintain a policy of absolute free speech excepting in cases where said speech is clearly illegal (and using US law here) or is libelous.

Overall the moderation team, which this forum will eventually need should permit all expression excepting those which promote criminal activity, or are themselves criminal actions.  As such community guidelines should be clearly and explicitly written.  An echo chamber turns more people off than the chaos of the old forum ever could.

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