Topic Why Democrats Lost the Presidency
15 Nov 2016 21:09
"The Electoral College is not a good system for the twenty first century. For one thing, states with high population are penalized by the system, while small states have their votes count out of proportion to their population. California, because of it's large population should have a bigger impact on the Electoral College than it does, but it is actually last in it's votes impact. "
OMG you do not understand the way america is suppose to work? There was a debate in the 1780s about this very same thing. Large urban areas having a bigger say in politics. That body created the constitution with compromise that allows bigger states to not overpower the little states. That same compromise was carried in to the electoral college.
California with it's large population has a big influence, but it should not be the only influence. The president has to deal with the entire country and therefore needs to work with all states.
This is an interesting perspective on the history of the electoral college:
At the time the design had a distinctively pro-slavery impact.
If the idea is only to allow rural areas/small states more say in the outcome of the elections (sparsely populated states have a higher weighting in the electoral count than their population would allow), at least let the electoral votes within a state reflect voting results proportionally, and not in a winner-take-all fashion.
Winner-take-all policies tilt the scales even further against the popular vote. A very narrow victory in a state with a large number of electors and a winner-take-all policy eliminates the voting power of a large number of people. It's not anywhere near a one-person-one-vote impact.
Topic Size Matters....
28 Oct 2016 21:16
As a short woman who is short inside as well, I find those long monster cocks in porn scary-looking. Average or larger circumference would be a plus, though.
Topic Why the big hate on for ladies hosiery?
16 Oct 2016 21:21
Dark tights are good with boots in the winter (especially with a shortish skirt). Nude-colored or tan hose just seems weird, and hose is too hot in the summer.
Topic Post a random fact
16 Oct 2016 20:59
More than half of the Snapple Facts are untrue.
Topic Think you can take me?
05 Oct 2016 21:05
I'm only a first Dan in Taekwondo, but since I'm bigger than you you at 5'2" and 116, we might make it to 5 minutes before you flatten me.
Then we'll have to kiss and make up.
Topic The story you wish more people had read?
28 Sep 2016 22:21
I wrote this one when I was pretty new to the site. It's not as polished as some others, but I like it. This was before the site started using the recommended read flag.
Topic The rich don't spend proportionally
25 Sep 2016 22:31
Looking back at this thread there is a lot of debate about minimum wage, and socialism. That's wasn't the intention of my post.
For the post at the beginning of the thread, I looked into some research and found that increasing the minimum wage was pretty much as wash for the general economy, although it might give the very poor a lift, and make it difficult for small business owners who use mostly minimum wage workers. (The large businesses owners who use minimum wage workers can well afford to raise prices a tiny bit. We'll still eat the hamburgers if they cost 10 cents more.)
What I was mostly debating was the relative benefits of more tax cuts which go dis-proportionally to very wealthy people, vs. infrastructure spending which directly improves employment and gives us some bridges which are not falling down. I'm still on the stimulus side of the argument rather than the tax-cutting side. We've tried the tax-cutting and all it does is increase the deficit without improving the overall economy. These Trumpian tax cut plans are a disaster IMO.
Topic Woman claims she can't get a job because she is overweight.
25 Sep 2016 22:05
Good-looking people have an advantage in employment. Tall men have a particular advantage. Being overweight is definitely a disadvantage because people are visually prejudiced and because being fat implies (to some) a lack of self-discipline.
It is not fair to say, however, that everyone who is overweight is overweight because they do not have enough self-control. There are genetic predispositions to being overweight, and some prescription medications have the side effect of increasing appetite or slowing metabolism. Also. someone can be undisciplined about healthy eating and still be very disciplined about their work.
I know a woman who was quite overweight and applied for many jobs. She would get very good feedback on her resume and phone interviews, but would not get through the in-person interview. She was unemployed for almost a year. I really do think her appearance held her back. Employers should check their reactions to appearance and consider whether a particular appearance is really necessary for a job. You don't need to be particularly attractive to be very effective in most jobs, especially when it is not a job with implicit physical requirements (like being a waitress at hooters).
Topic are human beings natural monogamist or just a social imposition?
25 Sep 2016 21:34
Monogamy is not natural, especially not for women. Read up on it. The tendency is for women to stop being sexually attracted to their partners in monogamy even before the attraction wears out on the other side. Monogamy is a choice. It requires a lot of effort to make monogamy successful.
Topic Long Hair?
12 Sep 2016 21:16
Short hair. Only the most beautiful woman can rock the short hair. Beautiful face, sexy neck. Observe women with short hair. The most confident, sexiest, fiestiest, hottest, desirable women have a cute short haircuts.
Ding ding ding!
Topic Older men or younger men?
06 Sep 2016 20:11
Psychologically mature and in just as good shape as I am physically. (That usually means younger than me but not by a great deal!)
Topic Contact after date
17 Aug 2016 19:41
It could be that he's rather busy or absentminded. If you really liked him and don't mind that he's not the assertive type it may work out fine. On the other hand, if he is really hot for you, and not playing games, he would probably have called or texted by the next day.
10 Aug 2016 21:01
I have expensive taste in jeans. Paige Premium Denim. These are still made in the USA. The company was founded by a former fit model, and you can tell. I only have 2 pairs but will save for more.
Topic Who should be the next US president?
11 Jul 2016 21:13
Bernie will be making appearances with Hillary shortly. He got a lot of his priorities a prominent place in the Democratic party platform. He is having more influence than he every thought he would when he started his run.
Topic Which Game of Thrones character would you like to have sex with?
28 Apr 2016 20:42
1. Ser Jorah (pre greyscale). There's something about his perseverance which is very sexy.
2. Daario Naharis (Kahleesi gets all the hot guys)
3. Oberyn Martell (but he's dead now :-() A guy that good with a spear probably has other talents.
I'd add Jaime Lannister, but he only has eyes for his sister.
Topic Recreational Drugs
06 Apr 2016 20:59
I tried to smoke cigarettes and threw up. So I kept passing the joint when it came to me in college because I didn't want to embarrass myself. The pot cookies put me to sleep.
That's about the extent of it. I did get a morphine drip once in the hospital. That stuff was *sooo* good.
Topic The rich don't spend proportionally
06 Apr 2016 20:36
Trickle down (continuously reducing taxes on the very rich) doesn't work. It's very simple.
If you give a very rich guy (top 0.1%) another tax break there's only a small chance he will invest in in a place which will create jobs for Americans. It's much more likely he will
a) Buy some imported luxury goods with a small percentage of his windfall
b) Buy back some stock in his own company to increase the stock price rather than buy capital equipment or hire people.
c) Put some money in a menbers-only hedge fund
c) Make some foreign investments
d) Put some money in a tax shelter in the Cayman Islands
Any of these activities only puts a small percentage of the money given to the rich person back into the economy, stimulating growth.
Conversely. if you give a poor or middle class person a wage increase, they are very likely to spend most of all of it to pay debts or else buy food, clothes or a washing machine, which pumps money directly back into the economy. A much larger percentage of the money is then stimulating growth.
Supply-side-only stimulation is bunk. Economies are consumer-driven. A small businessman or woman is not going to hire more folks or invest in more capacity in a stagnant economy when he gets a tax break. He's only going to do that if there is demand. Demand is consumer-driven. You have to get the consumers more money first.
The best thing the government can do with a tax increase on the rich is to fix the broken highways and bridges and other infrastructure. Not only does this create construction jobs for people who will go out and spend a much greater percentage of the money than the very rich (and thus stimulate the economy), it will also fix the damm things.
As for increasing the minimum wage, it's inconclusive statistically as to whether it really causes overall job growth or loss (sorry your singular case based on your particular situation doesn't count as data). The worst one can say is that it doesn't make that much difference.
As a matter of economic fairness, the minimum wage should at least keep up with the costs of living, and it has not. Having no minimum wage at all (as some libertarians propose) is a route back to the gilded age.
Topic No French kissing!
06 Feb 2016 21:20
Thanks for the advice folks, and for the history lessons.