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by Tanras
Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:54 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Moment of Zen: This War Is Lost
Replies: 10
Views: 604

Re: Moment of Zen: This War Is Lost

I believe that it is almost impossible to win a war if leadership shows any sign of weakness. . .it emboldens the enemy to wait us out and it hurts morale of our own trooops. I believe that is why the Bush administration always refused to talk about timetables for withdrawl - it gives the enemy a cl...
by Tanras
Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:32 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

70% of the population has an automatic negative association with black people. At least when I took it, it was something like 27% extremely negative, 23% moderately negative and 14% slightly negative. I took the test again Sarvis just to confirm what I had said before. There is no negative associat...
by Tanras
Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:21 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

The need for Affirmative Action has NOTHING to do with the merits of the group, and EVERYTHING to do with the inability of people in power to realize that people should be judged as individuals. Then why not treat cases of possible racism as such; as individual cases. Instead, AA is treating all em...
by Tanras
Sun Jun 20, 2010 3:05 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

The race one is the "famous" one, you should try it. The rest are more experimental.
by Tanras
Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:56 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

I really don't conser myself overly sensitive about this stuff, but you really shouldn't use the n word even in a forum like this. It makes you come off like a 12 year old. I used it for a reason. That word is still used by racists today. It's still part of how many white people view black people. ...
by Tanras
Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

lol hillarious website corth. The best argument for quotas at colleges is a few studies that claimed that the student body overall achieved better when more diverse. I don't know how valid those studies are. The best argument against affirmative action and also the best case of discrimination is as...
by Tanras
Sat Jun 19, 2010 1:55 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

If you believe that you have no preconcieved notions about skin color, do this:

https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/Study?tid=-1
by Tanras
Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:06 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

Prove it?! It's self evident! If merit (GPA, SAT etc) was the sole basis for admission to college then why would that college need an affirmative action policy?! Affirmative action EXPLICITLY seeks to prioritize racial or ethnic quotas over other factors such as merit. The issue is that minorities ...
by Tanras
Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:26 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

I actually think that if you really look at the data, we can say pretty unequivocally that affirmative action has absolutely succeeded in its goal. You might not agree with the goal, but it has not been a failure.
by Tanras
Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:32 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: how would you address unemployment in america?
Replies: 18
Views: 861

Re: how would you address unemployment in america?

Obama is trying to push a 30 billion dollar bill that would eliminate capital gains taxes on small business among other things, but I know a lot of people exist on the right end of the spectrum who do not think of that as a solution. With unemployment being the epidemic that it is, do any of you kn...
by Tanras
Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:57 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

I believe in a strong military (I don't believe in having so many bases all over the world) I believe in a strong foreign policy (to protect our interests, not to tell everyone else what to do and pay them to do it) I'd prefer to allow people to choose drugs for themselves (I don't want to be respo...
by Tanras
Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:44 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

I have considered libertarianism in the past, but while I believe in small government, I do not believe in no government, so I have never been able to align with those issues. here is a longer list of where I stand: I believe in a strong military I believe in strong foreign policy I do not want drug...
by Tanras
Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:01 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

I hope you are wrong, but time will tell.

You can consider me an energized moderate who is sick of having to vote for polar candidates.
by Tanras
Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:17 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

You can only win primaries (this is especially true in California) by pandering to the extremes because independants are not allowed to vote in republican or democratic primaries and you cannot cross over if you wanted. This means that extreme candidates tend to win party tied primaries in a big way...
by Tanras
Sat Jun 12, 2010 5:06 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

There is always compromise. Some cuts, some taxes is a compromise. I think more moderate candidates will be able to get along with each other better than polar opposites. I believe, eventually, that will help stop the complete political gridlock that has existed for a decade in California. See, I am...
by Tanras
Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:56 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

What isn't caused by partisanship? The budget impasse was caused by neither side being willing to compromise due to political ideaology. This happens every single freaking year and is far and away the biggest issue facing the state. Republicans will not tax and Democrats will not cut. There is no mi...
by Tanras
Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

The only legitimate argument against the proposition is the 3rd party argument made in this article:

http://cbs2.com/local/prop.14.primary.2.1740659.html

In my opinion, the upside far outweighs the downside.
by Tanras
Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

I think you are buying into a bad argument in california... partsianship is not the problem with the elections and certainly not the budget. I've heard that line used to justify a repeal of the anti tax measures/amendments, saying that it makes california ungovernable ect... The problem is very sim...
by Tanras
Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:48 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

The problem in California is not simple. One big problem is that there are almost no moderates in office. I would argue that is a problem the entire country has right now, but today, it is virtually impossible to get elected as a pro choice fiscal republican or as a democrat who might be against gay...
by Tanras
Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:08 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

I hear that, but you have to understand how bad partisanship is in California. It is literally impossible for moderates to get elected here unless you are Arnold in a special election that has no primary. If there had been a primary, he would not have won because you have to pander completely to the...
by Tanras
Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:36 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Re: Voted this morning

Im not registered in a party. I am excited about prop 14 because it will mean there will be only one primary going forward. This means that you will not have Republican and Democratic primaries, but instead just one. The pandering to the far right and far left in order to win a polarized primary wil...
by Tanras
Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:56 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Voted this morning
Replies: 90
Views: 3428

Voted this morning

Won't bore people with my Governor / Senator selections, but I am excited about voting yes for prop 14: If approved by voters, the proposal will require that candidates run in a single primary open to all registered voters, with the top two vote-getters meeting in a runoff. The new system would take...
by Tanras
Fri May 28, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The Game
Replies: 436
Views: 27722

Re: The Game

I gotta say. . .of all the dudes I know who engage in casual sex (I know a lot), you are BY FAR the most emotional. I am not really sure it fits you. The guys I know would just shrug this thing off and move on. If you cannot do that, you should burn the book and find someone looking for something a ...
by Tanras
Wed May 26, 2010 7:02 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The Game
Replies: 436
Views: 27722

Re: The Game

You are the milk.

Why buy it?
by Tanras
Mon May 17, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: T2 Gameplay Discussion Archive
Topic: Memorial Day - Multiplay weekend?
Replies: 6
Views: 1216

Memorial Day - Multiplay weekend?

*twirl*
by Tanras
Thu May 13, 2010 4:54 pm
Forum: T2 Gameplay Discussion Archive
Topic: Mud down?
Replies: 50
Views: 5989

Re: Mud down?

I think it got fixed :)
by Tanras
Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:01 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: No One's Raising Taxes Right Now
Replies: 12
Views: 1105

Re: No One's Raising Taxes Right Now

The average age where I work is 50; there's got to be a bunch of 70+ to offset new hires. From the premiums I linked above, the most popular plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield Standard) costs the government $363 for one person and $815 for family coverage per month. I'm not sure how that compares to the ...
by Tanras
Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:06 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Greece
Replies: 74
Views: 4532

Re: Greece

Silicon Valley thrives despite the California State government, not because of it. Frankly, it is sort of an enigma in my opinion.

That said. . .the valley is the valley. There is a ton of investment money here and there is a ton of high end talent. That may or may not change over time, hard to say.
by Tanras
Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:44 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Greece
Replies: 74
Views: 4532

Re: Greece

If you are planning to leave California in 5 to 10 years you probably shouldn't buy a house. Certainly not if you are leaving in 5 years. The transactional costs alone would probably make it a poor economic decision. You couldn't expect to break even in such a short period of time. 10 years is deba...
by Tanras
Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Greece
Replies: 74
Views: 4532

Re: Greece

I'm a Texan who has lived in Northern California for ~14 years. I expect to move back in the next five to ten years once my current gig has run its course.
by Tanras
Fri Apr 16, 2010 4:14 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Greece
Replies: 74
Views: 4532

Re: Greece

As someone who has been sitting on the sidelines for 7 years wanting to buy a house, but thinking the economics did not make sense (I live in Palo Alto, look it up), is it wrong to hope for a complete and total crash of the housing system so I can buy a nice 3-2 on the cheap?
by Tanras
Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:00 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Greece
Replies: 74
Views: 4532

Re: Greece

Jaime Dimon, CEO of Chase made an excellent point a few days ago. California is a much larger systemic threat to the global economy than Greece. I agree entirely. And now that I think of it, California and Greece are in trouble for pretty much the same reasons. This is actually keeping me from buyi...
by Tanras
Wed Apr 07, 2010 3:23 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: taking up the slack
Replies: 49
Views: 3661

Re: taking up the slack

Great article Corth. I never really thought about the whole aspect of "students who cannot follow complex arguments accurately are not really learning economics. They are taking away a mishmash of half-understood information and outright misunderstandings that probably leave them under the ill...
by Tanras
Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:49 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: taking up the slack
Replies: 49
Views: 3661

Re: taking up the slack

I did BS/MS in computer science followed by an MBA after 5 years of work experience. The MBA helped me transition my career into management and strategy. I am all about the rubber stamps.
by Tanras
Tue Apr 06, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: taking up the slack
Replies: 49
Views: 3661

Re: taking up the slack

Sarvis wrote:They could have all taken an MBA program and been useless corporate shills?


I have an MBA :) and it wasn't that bad. Doing a corporate shill puts the caviar on the table.
by Tanras
Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: T2 Gameplay Discussion Archive
Topic: Hi from years ago
Replies: 7
Views: 1089

Re: Hi from years ago

I was actually surprised at how quickly necro soloing enters back into the brain. I do miss vampires.
by Tanras
Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:58 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: taking up the slack
Replies: 49
Views: 3661

Re: taking up the slack

I agree with you. We need a return of trade schools. Unfortunately, the social stigma associated with not attending a 4 year completely academic institution is going to make this difficult to achieve. Do we really have any trades in America anymore? How many welding jobs are there these days? The c...
by Tanras
Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:28 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: taking up the slack
Replies: 49
Views: 3661

Re: taking up the slack

I agree with you. We need a return of trade schools. Unfortunately, the social stigma associated with not attending a 4 year completely academic institution is going to make this difficult to achieve.
by Tanras
Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:16 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: taking up the slack
Replies: 49
Views: 3661

Re: taking up the slack

I would actually argue that GPA is even more important to Liberal Arts majors for exactly the reason you mentioned :) It is not too hard to make a 3.5 GPA in a liberal arts major at most schools, but I find that getting a 3.7+ is actually still a good indicator of a hard worker which is the only thi...
by Tanras
Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:39 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Politicans to American people, calm down?
Replies: 80
Views: 7281

Re: Politicans to American people, calm down?

yeah, I'll buy that.

Obama is not responsible for it, but he is smart enough to know it was coming. No huge surprises here.
by Tanras
Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: HFCS
Replies: 31
Views: 2372

Re: HFCS

Todrael wrote:Jones Soda uses real cane sugar, though it's a bit more expensive, and of course not the same taste as the major brands.


And also bankrupt and being sold to the highest bidder right now (not very high numbers I might add)

ps. hi Tod - go liches
by Tanras
Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:24 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: HFCS
Replies: 31
Views: 2372

Re: HFCS

"Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same. " Yeah, I didn't actually read it :) calories = more weight. True of sugar. . .I guess a little more true of high fruc...
by Tanras
Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:23 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Politicans to American people, calm down?
Replies: 80
Views: 7281

Re: Politicans to American people, calm down?

Yes, if I punch you in the face, Americans agree that you have the right to beat the living shit out of me. If I beat the shit out of you, I'm looked down upon for an unprovoked attack. So yes. Obama is responsible for it especially since it wasn't some surprise reaction (except in his own personal...
by Tanras
Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:32 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Politicans to American people, calm down?
Replies: 80
Views: 7281

Re: Politicans to American people, calm down?

Sarvis wrote:
kiryan wrote:He's responsible for it.


Really? If someone makes a controversial decision he is responsible for the reaction to it?



I would say he is partially responsible for it, yeah. If you punch someone in the face, it is your fault if you get kicked in the balls in retalliation. . .at least partially.
by Tanras
Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:36 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: HFCS
Replies: 31
Views: 2372

Re: HFCS

stop the presses. calories lead to obesity?
by Tanras
Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:11 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Politicans to American people, calm down?
Replies: 80
Views: 7281

Re: Politicans to American people, calm down?

From my perspective, all three of you are about equally nutjob but in different directions. Srsly :)
by Tanras
Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:18 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: taking up the slack
Replies: 49
Views: 3661

Re: taking up the slack

Our company will no longer interview people for non-administrative, entry level jobs unless they graduated from one of 12 schools or have GPA's above 3.75. Ideally, they have both. Just going to college is not enough anymore. What are your thoughts regarding whether a college degree is actually nec...
by Tanras
Thu Apr 01, 2010 5:46 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: taking up the slack
Replies: 49
Views: 3661

Re: taking up the slack

Our company will no longer interview people for non-administrative, entry level jobs unless they graduated from one of 12 schools or have GPA's above 3.75. Ideally, they have both. Just going to college is not enough anymore.
by Tanras
Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:19 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Politicans to American people, calm down?
Replies: 80
Views: 7281

Re: Politicans to American people, calm down?

I don't think it is a question of how often. Reconcilliation is a budgetary measure and was never meant to be used to pass an agenda as broad as health care. That said, because the House passed the Senate bill, dems are now trying to use reconcilliation on things that are more narrowly defined as bu...
by Tanras
Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:57 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Price Discrimination
Replies: 25
Views: 1820

Re: Price Discrimination

The other form of "evil" price discrimination you enjoy every day are coupons. Do you think the wealthy clip coupons? No. . .that is the point. It allows retailers to give lower prices to those who are not willing to pay "book" value. In this case, it is based on behavior instead...

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