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by Ratateague
Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:03 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: How do you feel about breakfast?
Replies: 45
Views: 943

How does NSG feel about these limitations? How do you feel about the dawn's tyranny, a tyranny of mind, body, and nation? Are you complacent in the uniform eradication of our control over our own diets? Complacent? Nay, enthusiastic! I hate to echo cliché, but breakfast is my most important meal of...
by Ratateague
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:32 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 10740

I recently came across someone who insisted that Madhyamaka Buddhism and Maha Madhyamaka Buddhism were two different traditions. I pointed out that maha is simply a Sanskrit word for great . Weird. You'd think there'd be less insistence and stubborness in the tradition and more openness and willing...
by Ratateague
Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:59 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 10740

Ignosticism / Religious Naturalism / Madhyamaka Buddhism
by Ratateague
Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:35 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Explain Socialism to a Libertarian
Replies: 60
Views: 1529

Trotskylvania wrote: -snip-

I'm a big fan of most of your posts, and this one was no exception in its insight. It was wonderful and I'll be saving it in a text file for future reference. However, knowing our audience on NS, and the usual age, I can imagine their eyes glazing over with some of these paragraphs.
by Ratateague
Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:00 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Explain Socialism to a Libertarian
Replies: 60
Views: 1529

As a proud Socialist, I'll try to explain neutrally: Socialism is an economic (NOT government type) system where private ownership is allowed but limited, although private enterprise does make significant contributions, and where wealth is distributed amongst the populace through social programs. I...
by Ratateague
Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:50 pm
 
Forum: Gameplay
Topic: How to stop Black market rising
Replies: 16
Views: 1867

I hate to be contrarian, but much of the advice offered is simply not true. Many of those providing advice might feel like they understand what's going on, but since these nations are relatively new, this is just confirmation bias. I'll explain why in a second. For someone who's been around a while,...
by Ratateague
Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:55 am
 
Forum: Technical
Topic: Android App: NSDroid
Replies: 99
Views: 10073

Due to the recent change in the Issues interface, NSDroid no longer registers that we have any issues.
by Ratateague
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:58 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Bernie 2020 - Keith 2017
Replies: 368
Views: 6654

Decreased income for the rich, lowered rich-poor divide, state-owned companies, etc. You'll find that socialists don't advocate for state ownership of the means of production (though some may support it transitionally) because the fundamental relationship of employer and employed stays in place. Yo...
by Ratateague
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:56 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Bernie 2020 - Keith 2017
Replies: 368
Views: 6654

... What the hell do taxes have to do with who owns the workplace? Decreased income for the rich, lowered rich-poor divide, state-owned companies, etc. :rofl: Okay, it's good to know that Anarcho-syndicalism is functionally the same as Fascism Since when has it actually been put into practice? Actu...
by Ratateague
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:49 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Bernie 2020 - Keith 2017
Replies: 368
Views: 6654

That's not socialism, that's basic populism. Hell, you can implement all of what you advocated by nationalizing the economy instead of socializing it. The difference being that the former is not explicitly left-wing. Nationalization and Socialization are functionally the same. The only difference i...
by Ratateague
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:46 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Bernie 2020 - Keith 2017
Replies: 368
Views: 6654

What "socialist policies"? The whole anti-rich thing. Extreme levels of taxation and an obsession with achieving equality through social policies might not be a strictly Socialist approach, but it's by no means highly dissimilar from it. That's not socialism, that's basic populism. Hell, ...
by Ratateague
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:38 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Bernie 2020 - Keith 2017
Replies: 368
Views: 6654

Not even Robert Owen? Utopian Socialism and Ethical Socialism are things. Both still advocate Communism (or something almost identical to it) as the end-goal. The only difference is the suggested means of achieving it. Uh, no they don't. Especially considering communism wasn't even a thing until af...
by Ratateague
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:32 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Bernie 2020 - Keith 2017
Replies: 368
Views: 6654

I wouldn't say we come that close to socialism. I freely admit that perspectives from other ends of the ideological scale might group is together, but there are some pretty fundamental differences. By and large they do. It's only communists who consider socialism a transitional ideology. Perhaps yo...
by Ratateague
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:37 am
 
Forum: Gameplay
Topic: Is it possible to make my cheerfullness go up again?
Replies: 21
Views: 829

I'm pretty sure cheerfulness is one of the few stats which isn't dependent on anything else, i.e a change in cheerfulness must have been coded into the issue, it won't change as a knock-on effect of anything else. This means that there isn't really any formula for cheerfulness, as it's up to the is...
by Ratateague
Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:22 am
 
Forum: Technical
Topic: New Mobile Layout Bug
Replies: 26
Views: 1386

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by Ratateague
Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:15 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: Voluntarism Index
Replies: 222
Views: 5561

Is the head of state elected democratically? Yes Does the head of state hold executive authority? Yes, but we have multiple heads of state Is the head of government elected democratically? Yes Is the legislature elected democratically?   Yes Is the legislature independent? Yes Are all hereditary ti...
by Ratateague
Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:00 pm
 
Forum: Technical
Topic: Wrong outcome for issue option
Replies: 14
Views: 639

There's nothing wrong here, except for a mis-click being incorrectly extrapolated into a bug in the hope that we'll reverse an unwanted stat change. Except that's not at all what happened. I'm thinking it's a problem with NSDroid not being able to handle certain types of issues, but thanks for misc...
by Ratateague
Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:48 am
 
Forum: Technical
Topic: Wrong outcome for issue option
Replies: 14
Views: 639

I did see both, though. And option 2b was being displayed as option 4.
by Ratateague
Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:10 am
 
Forum: Technical
Topic: Wrong outcome for issue option
Replies: 14
Views: 639

Except I'm absolutely sure I didn't. I had triple checked before clicking. However, I was accessing NS through the NSDroid app and four (4) options were being displayed. Could this be the issue? I mean, I'd rather not suffer when it wasn't a user error. :blush: If I had accessed Nationstates through...
by Ratateague
Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:47 am
 
Forum: Technical
Topic: Wrong outcome for issue option
Replies: 14
Views: 639

Wrong outcome for issue option

I recently answered the Not Another Teen Pregnancy issue (#358) and received a bunch of disappointing drops in my stats and this in my happenings: "the youth of today are literally shaped by big business." That doesn't sound like option 4 at all, which I'm 110% positive I chose, but rather...
by Ratateague
Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:13 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Is being an enemy dangerous?
Replies: 29
Views: 653

I said something in another thread that got me thinking, do people who define themselves by what they oppose naturally gravitate towards opposition to the entirety of their, well, opposition? Does someone who defines themselves as anti-Democrat or anti-Republican find their views change to oppose t...
by Ratateague
Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:12 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: What's your favorite type of pizza?
Replies: 181
Views: 2280

As long as it has at least two from this list, I approve:
-mushrooms not from a can
-caramelized onions
-toasted garlic flakes
-fresh basil
-gorgonzola chunks
by Ratateague
Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:00 pm
 
Forum: Moderation
Topic: [Formal Petition] Proposal For Rules Changes
Replies: 317
Views: 7121

I simply want a rule-set that permits a level playing field between liberals and conservatives (which currently does not exist). I fully agree that people shouldn't go around insulting each other, calling each other vulgar names, spamming, etc (though, in fact, liberals already do this with impunit...
by Ratateague
Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:38 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Newt Gingrich: Revive "Un-American Activities Committee"
Replies: 210
Views: 3872

"We originally created the House Un-American Activities Committee to go after Nazis ," he said during an appearance on "Fox and Friends" this week. "We passed several laws in 1938 and 1939 to go after Nazis and we made it illegal to help the Nazis. We're going to presently ...
by Ratateague
Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:41 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Orlando Nightclub Shooting
Replies: 2544
Views: 31524

Not quite true. In most countries islamic religious courses are not allowed in schools also France banned head scarfced which is not respecting the dignity of muslim females. You can't even get religious schooling in the U.S. anymore, they want transgender bath rooms laws enforced even in private s...
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