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  1. Hardly exaggerating when I say that they all...

    Hardly exaggerating when I say that they all think this way, that the country has some giant conspiracy to keep them down. In some respect I can't blame them given what their role started out as...
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    You shouldn't underestimate the contribution of...

    You shouldn't underestimate the contribution of the initial colonists to the current ancestral makeup of the country, though. It's not like they settled on the East coast and just stayed there for...
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    Yeah, I think the test is too American-centric to...

    Yeah, I think the test is too American-centric to give useful results to Europeans. A more rigorous questionnaire would probably reveal some slight similarities between German and Midwestern...
  4. Most people I know would outwardly, if pressed,...

    Most people I know would outwardly, if pressed, say that increasing diversity is a good thing. A good portion of these people would secretly feel otherwise, but still I'd guess most would really...
  5. Personally it's my impression that Reich believes...

    Personally it's my impression that Reich believes in the credibility of race more than he lets on in the article (even if it may be just some Jewish superiority thrill). Despite all of his qualifiers...
  6. It's not a claim, it's a fact. Again, my point...

    It's not a claim, it's a fact. Again, my point was that despite its being true, it says nothing about the significance of that 0.1%. Yes, it's an annoying statement used by race deniers to...
  7. Read this last week. It's refreshing to see an...

    Read this last week. It's refreshing to see an article with these ideas in the mainstream media, and the NY Times of all places, when the the prevailing discussion on race to this point has all been...
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    What is Your American Dialect? (Quiz & Map)

    The New York Times published this 25-question quiz that predicts where in the country your dialect likely comes from.



    Link:...
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    I'll use Wikipedia's list of American...

    I'll use Wikipedia's list of American stereotypes.


    I suppose so.


    I don't see myself as particularly optimistic--I'm certainly pessimistic about the future of the world, but in an actual...
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    Poll! My opinion hasn't changed much from my first post...

    My opinion hasn't changed much from my first post in this thread (that is, that hyphenated Americanism is, for the most part, invalid). But there is a caveat I'd like to add.

    The problem with most...
  11. No, I haven't encountered anything I'd consider...

    No, I haven't encountered anything I'd consider supernatural. I'm skeptical of all claims to the contrary and think every one is born out of some emotional interpretation, or various other form of...
  12. Thread: Stay or Flee ?

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    Important! Poll! If the part of the world I call home stopped...

    If the part of the world I call home stopped resembling home, I would have little issue moving somewhere else. Ideally I would like to stay in my state, and if not my state then some other part of...
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    Here's the map: ...

    Here's the map:

    https://static.businessinsider.com/image/55b273a2371d2211008b9793/image.jpg

    It's an interesting idea, and seems somewhat accurate, but anything like this is bound to be...
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    Important!  A couple of quotes I like. They aren't overtly...

    A couple of quotes I like. They aren't overtly ideological (first one's from an undergraduate commencement speech given by David Foster Wallace and the second's a quote from a character in a short...
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    The central question you seem to want an answer...

    The central question you seem to want an answer to is whether you should be considered a "blood traitor" and your children "mongrels." As Elessar already pointed out, that's ultimately up to the...
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    I'd be curious to hear you elaborate on this. ...

    I'd be curious to hear you elaborate on this.

    The way I see it, psychedelic trips are just a derivation of our natural neural physiology and so are limited by the same human constraints that...
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    How does that work? It seems rather arbitrary to...

    How does that work? It seems rather arbitrary to use this logic in deciding your ethnic relationship with the non-English British Islanders while refraining from doing the same with the Germans. To...
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    Poll! I took the "so called 'culture'" phrase from the...

    I took the "so called 'culture'" phrase from the Wiki article as referring to the disconnect between the alleged "American culture" perceived by anti-Americanists and genuine American, or regional...
  19. I don't know to what degree, if at all, your post...

    I don't know to what degree, if at all, your post was written in reaction to anything I posted, but I'll act as if it was because I want to make a couple points.


    I didn't get the impression that...
  20. I differentiate between US-bashing and the...

    I differentiate between US-bashing and the categorical bashing of the individuals within it, and, as this thread was never about the US government, the bashing here has been expressly of the latter...
  21. This would be akin to Germanics embracing their...

    This would be akin to Germanics embracing their Slavic roots because an ancestral group (proto-Indo-Europeans) inhabited the area occupied today by Eastern Europeans. 'Scandinavian' has come to refer...
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    The utter impossibility of maintaing a singular...

    The utter impossibility of maintaing a singular identity.

    I unconsciously tailor my personality to whomever it is I happen to be interacting with in a given moment. The very person I feel I am is...
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    I've recently stopped identifying explicitly as...

    I've recently stopped identifying explicitly as an American. Well, I can't say stopped, since the truth is I never really have. In the past on Skadi, I've tended towards passionate defense of America...
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    Poll! Maybe you're right, and I do regret opting to use...

    Maybe you're right, and I do regret opting to use that tone, but being pigeon-holed into whatever caricature fits one's fancy (loser virgin, saving-myself-for-marriage prude, or something more...
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    Poll! Don't worry, I'm not offended. It's foolish to be...

    Don't worry, I'm not offended. It's foolish to be offended by anything.




    Lame.

    But you've basically proven my point beyond a shadow of a doubt. You can't present your case without...
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