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What I hate about being a Southerner

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    BitFlipper

    Wow, are there actually people that think Faux News isn't heavily biased towards the right? Either you haven't actually watched it or you have a defective view of what "balanced" is.

    On election night they even said at one point "We will need to analyze why "we" [Faux News] lost the presidential election".

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    SteveRichter

    , BitFlipper wrote

    Wow, are there actually people that think Faux News isn't heavily biased towards the right? Either you haven't actually watched it or you have a defective view of what "balanced" is.

    I don't think it is so much being biased towards the right. The problem I see is it presents only 1 version of conservatism.  For example, I have always voted republican but was reluctant to vote for Romney. I saw him as too much for an assertive US military and too much involvement in the Mideast.  On the tax debate Fox will provide no voice to conservatives who want a balanced budget ahead of anything else. Raise taxes. If the economy tanks then conservatives have a great argument for lowering taxes and spending. If it does not, then we have to change the laws of economics.

     

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    SheldonS

    @ScanIAm:  See, that is why I don't get into political stuff.  That and multi-tasking and political stuff is a recipe for foot in mouth pie.

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    ScanIAm

    @SheldonS:I tend to try more for humor than clarity, so you can assume that if you misunderstand me, it's my fault, not yours.

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    Maddus Mattus

    I'm going to steer clear of this one, as it can only end in tears.

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    JohnAskew

    , Maddus Mattus wrote

    I'm going to steer clear of this one, as it can only end in tears.

    I cannot have a very relevant opinion about sub-cultures in other countries, either. I'm uninformed.

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    DeathBy​VisualStudio

    Great map of the educated vs. ignorant. No need to guess the color tile that you live in...

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    Bas

    I love maps like those. They're completely pointless if you don't take population density of each of those areas into account.

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    cbae

    , Bas wrote

    I love maps like those. They're completely pointless if you don't take population density of each of those areas into account.

    You should see what that map would have looked like had Alaska been drawn to scale and filled with the proper color.

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    evildictait​or

    , Bas wrote

    I love maps like those. They're completely pointless if you don't take population density of each of those areas into account.

    County elections, skewed for population.

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    @Proton: In terms of raw numbers

    Obama: 61 944 375
    Romney: 58 659 578

    So no matter how many pictures you show showing mainly red, the fact is that more people voted Obama than voted Romney. 

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    BitFlipper

    Ugh, hate discussing politics online (it never ends well), but since we are posting pictures, how about this one:

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    Maddus Mattus

    @BitFlipper: I knew it! Government uses schools to brainwash you!

     

    Thanks for posting!

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    cbae

    , Maddus Mattus wrote

    @BitFlipper: I knew it! Government uses schools to brainwash you!

     

    Thanks for posting!

    The government brainwashes people into getting a college degree and finding a well-paying job? At least those dirt-poor people in those red states can be thankful that they're still free-thinkers and can choose to be dumb as a box of rocks if they want.

     

     

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    Dr Herbie

    @cbae: If I was a conspiracy theorist, I would use this to explain why the UK governments from both main parties seem hell-bent on running down the UK University systems; they're no longer about learning to think for yourself, and are now just degree factories  that 'equip students for the job market' (presumably so they can pay off their massive debts).

    Herbie

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    Maddus Mattus

    @cbae: Why does government have to push you into a college degree? Why does a government have to push into anything?

    It should be your own free choice to get a college degree.

    What you end up with now is people with fancy college degrees that serve hamburgers and with a massive debt. Next stop; student loan crisis!

    And maybe the reds are the free thinkers? Have you considered that? Maybe they think they can make up their own minds, instead of some college professor telling them how the world works?

    You make an awful amount of assumptions for one that claims to be a member of 'the only party that can think free'.

    @Dr Herbie: It's all well intended, just badly thought trough. So I for one don't think it's a conspiracy.

    And the reply to BitFlipper was meant very sarcastically.

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    Dr Herbie

    @Maddus Mattus: I don't really think it's a conspiracy either, just the standard short-term thinking that comes from our free market oriented politicians.

    Herbie

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    Maddus Mattus

    , Dr Herbie wrote

    @Maddus Mattus: I don't really think it's a conspiracy either, just the standard short-term thinking that comes from our free market oriented politicians.

    Herbie

    That's a contradiction. A government official has no power over a free market.

    So if a government official is telling a school to adhere to a certain curriculum, you have a regulated market. In a free market the school could make up its own mind what to teach. It then would be up to the students to see if the curriculum meets their demands and it would not be up to the government official.

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    Dr Herbie

    @Maddus Mattus: In a sense that's what is happening with the UK universities -- the government does not dictate the curriculum, but does set laws that (indirectly) favour certain aspects of the curriculum (like making them more business oriented so that students think they'll earn a lot of money when they graduate and won't mind taking out huge loans for their degree). 

    Herbie

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