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  1. Chou Toshio

    Serious Never Again

    I’m sure that there is a gun control thread somewhere but what’s going on is so incredible I thought that this merits its own thread. These kids are just so incredible. It’s terrible what’s happened to them but these kids are exactly the voices the American people needed right now. This is the...
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    Does a Nanny State make one more or less free? [Liberal / Left Libertarianism Thread]

    I believe the answer is: not always, but it is requisite to freedom, and in western liberal countries-- is often a force for it. So I touched on this in the Marxism/Socialism/Leftism thread when discussing liberalism (as opposed to leftism). Probably the key value difference there is that...
  3. Chou Toshio

    Brown Jesus for Kids

    Does anyone know of a children-friendly bible that depicts Jesus as a middle easterner? That has no western Europeans inextricably living in the middle east BC? To be perfectly honest, I have incredibly mixed feelings about my faith and my children-- Christianity, spirituality, and grappling...
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    Your Name [Anime -> Live Action]

    http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/891261-j-j-abrams-takes-on-live-action-version-of-your-name-anime So JJ Abrams is going to direct a live action version of "Your Name". Oh man my brain was running off in a hundred directions at once (as a Japanese American, anime lover, and fan of the...
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    Serious What to do with the rural West

    So in previous posts/threads, I've mentioned my appreciation of JD Vance's Hillbilly Elegy-- a book that tells the grim reality of poor, rural America. Vance, a Scott's Irish Hillbilly made Silicon CEO, has made brilliant comments about how "his people" became Trump's America...
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    Return to Kanto - RBY in 7th Gen

    RBY, the very first gen-- it presents a completely unique OU environment where there were less than 20 viable Pokemon. Pretty extreme when later statistically built OU gens would have an average of over 50 mons, and a gen like 7th has more like 80 that are good, and maybe over 100 with viable...
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    Serious Is there such thing as legitimate immigration control?

    Simple, open-ended question: Is there such a thing as justifiable immigration control? Or, should all countries have completely permeable borders? Alternatively: Should all documentable immigration be seen as legitimate? Sorry to make the OP so open ended-- but this thread is touching the core...
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    Health Care: Cruz vs. Sanders Debate

    So yesterday CNN hosted a debate on the fate of Obama care between Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz: http://digg.com/2017/sanders-cruz-obamacare-debate-cnn-full-video An oasis of intelligence and candor, a reprieve from the shit fest of idiocy that otherwise is the news. You couldn't help but...
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    Different litters

    This is a simple topic but one surprisingly ungoogle-able. Anyone think of how novel it is how humans raise siblings? It's much more common in the animal kingdom for siblings to literally try to kill each other than for parents to simultaneously raise offspring from different age litters. So...
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    How much longer until the next big market bust?

    So let me note that I'm a big free market guy-- I believe in economics, and that value is created when people make economic decisions. Keep in mind that economic decisions are logical ones-- and economics assumes things like "perfect information" where all people participating in markets are...
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    Climate Change in the Trump Era

    So, given how urgent global warming has become, what do you guys think the prognosis is for humanity now with Trump and his new EPA pick? Are we fucked? Are we majorly fucked? GG humanity? Or is there actually a fare shot of technology and the renewables private sector literally pulling our...
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    Serious Political Correctness and Race

    This subject is closely related to this one: http://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/are-social-justice-warriors-sjws-ruining-society.3587546/ But the topic more specifically pointed at race. Today, I watched an incredibly enlightening documentary: Trevor Phillips, former head of Britain's...
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    Serious Corporate Pressure on States for Progressive Stances

    So people who watched the development of so-called "religious freedom" state laws are probably aware that corporate America really threw its weight behind the LGBT community. Companies like Disney, Coca-Cola, IBM, Apple, Twitter, etc. stopped or threatened to stop operations, closed down...
  14. Chou Toshio

    Serious Healthcare Systems & Technology/Innovation

    So in the midst of this election year, it's no surprise that health care is once again a central topic in American politics. But this thread is about a topic that concerns more than the US. Now, I'll comment that I'm bringing up this topic without being an expert, and an outsider to health...
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    Serious Automation/mechanization, Efficiency, and People

    Big question of this thread: At what point do we people stop working, and let machines make the pie to which all of humanity should get a piece of? Is that even a possible reality? So most people who know me in Cong, know that I am solidly "right" in economic views-- in other words, I...
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    Serious Greeks essentially declare themselves Bankrupt-- where do they and Europe go from here?

    So it's a new day for Athens and for Europe, with a resounding NO vote from the Greek people against austerity measures demanded by their creditors. While Greek policy makers lead by Prime Minister Tsipras flood their victory cries and calls to resume negotiation, and Germans voice their...
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    Just When the Heck was Kenshin a Hitokiri?

    WARNING: This is an exercise in thinking WAY too hard about fantasy manga and real history. So, for whatever reason (maybe filling a void with my list of followed Jump series going form 4 -> 2, I stopped Bleach again), I ended up going back and reading bits of Rurouni Kenshin again. I've...
  18. Chou Toshio

    Serious Questions on Evolution

    UNDERSTAND: The following thread is not meant to be a place to attack the theory of evolution or fuel any sort of Creationist v. Darwinist debate. Please check your religious questions at the door. This thread is meant to answer earnest, honest, and scientifically-minded questions about...
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    Other Pokemon: Smogon Version OU [Route 4]

    ^Hilarious, but what if it were real? Approved By Haunter, Alexwolf, and Me Co-managed by Salemance "Hello, my name is Professor Chou. In this world, there are numerous mysterious creatures called Pokemon. "Pokemon come in all shapes and sizes, and people around the world enjoy their...
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    Survey Discussing Future Tiering Policy

    Hi everyone, Chou here with another survey to help us (The OU community administration as well as the OU Tiering Council) understand how the community feels about the current state of the metagame, and about the tiering process in general. As many of you may have noticed, we have not recently...
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