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 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 268 (view)
 
Decision On Keystone XL Pipeline Delayed
Posted: 11/26/2014 4:12:14 AM
I would think that with the price of oil at where it is now, the fact that the USA is a net exporter of oil and the cost of processing alberta oil, the point of the pipeline would not make sense at this point.

Now if Americans could build a pipeline to carry all that water in Buffalo or Washington state to water parched California, thats a project worth doing!
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 60 (view)
 
Same depressing story of no replies
Posted: 11/21/2014 5:37:51 AM
Op, I've done much better on tinder than on pof. For me, pof isnt the place to be, other than for the forums that is. ...lol.
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 43 (view)
 
Tinder app
Posted: 11/21/2014 5:17:31 AM
I've said in another post, I've had more success on tinder than pof. Went on three dates on four months of tinder (I'm on a fourth date scenario with one lass) and only a few on the years I've been here on pof.

Tinder is like a bar scene. When you to a bar, you don't know much of the person you may meet there, but you do see what they look like and te vibe they give off. The one thing tinder has that pof doesn't is that women have to participate and if they want something out of the site, they can't just do nothing, no matter how "hot" they are. Btw, many of the profiles I see on pof nowadays have just as much content as a tinder profile (read: one liners)

On pof, these "hot" women aren't required to do anything, they are bombarded with mail. On tinder, both have to match. On the flipside, on tinder, you are also not bombarded with mail from people you aren't intersted in.

So here is my point of view. Try it I say, it doesn't do a person harm.
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 55 (view)
 
When women say there are no decent guys is what they really mean...
Posted: 11/10/2014 3:40:02 AM
For sure on the first part op, with one caveat.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I have a lot of female friends (as well as seeing this with couples on the street) where I would not see the guy as handsome, but the woman does. Women are a lot more complication lot than what most men would have u believe. For women , it isnt all what they see with their eyes, but what they hear with their ears.

Thats why I have better luck in the real world than I have here (not my looks but I have good conversationalist skills and a pretty good sense of humor).
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 51 (view)
 
Superficial POF Men!!! Urghh!!!
Posted: 11/10/2014 3:25:46 AM
Superficial? Yes. But out of the ordinary? No.

Your argument is your version of the argument that short guys give on not getting responses because women want guys over 6 feet tall. Or not getting a resposne because the people your are interested in dont date outside their race. Or people who post pictures when they were thinner dont get responses when they post pictures of their new, more rounded self.

It is what it is because people have preferences.
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 1 (view)
 
can pof auto-delete forums.....
Posted: 11/10/2014 3:21:25 AM
That have no repsonse after a year or so? Not sure why pof needs to keep around a conversation that has been killed off a while ago. probably would have u save on the server space as well.

Just sayin'
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 111 (view)
 
Men, beware of ...
Posted: 11/10/2014 3:14:41 AM
Op, while your jokes are lame and inappropriate to people you just met, the thing that makes it even worse is the delivery. If a Robin Williams kind of a guy said that, they may get away with it, but if a guy that looked like a grumpy old man said it....well no wonder WOMEN were uncomfortable with an old guy making sexualized jokes about women.
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 30 (view)
 
Which state will be the last to legalize gay marriage?
Posted: 11/9/2014 5:23:24 AM
Kansas...after they lose in the supreme court(and it will go all the way there), plan b is to barricade the highways and secede from the united states of america.

Missouri is not that far behind.
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 333 (view)
 
Election 2014: Karma is a b!tch
Posted: 11/9/2014 5:13:22 AM
Actually its not op. I only see career politicians who care about their own power through self preservation. So whether a dem or a repub wins, it makes little impact on my life, especially my finances.

The one thing I was a little sad to see was Greg Orman losing in Kansas (where I live). I would have loved to see an independent in office.

The big problem in us politics in my opinion is that the two party system restricts choice and any semblance of finding compromise. When that changes, karma will be that.....especially for the establishment politicians.
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 31 (view)
 
What do you think about PoF forums?
Posted: 11/9/2014 5:07:45 AM
I one thing I would like is for pof to tie this site to their dating site (especially their mobile site) to show in one's profile what they like to talk about. Not sure why I can't access it from their app. Showing what they post on pof forums would give me more insight into their (and my) persona.

And get more posters on these forums.
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 357 (view)
 
Are you willing to relocate for LOVE? How far would you go for LOVE?
Posted: 11/9/2014 4:56:45 AM
I was asked to, and I've regretted ever since. The one woman I wanted to marry, graduated 2 years before me and got a job in Austria. Asked me to move with her and finish my education there. I was asked to take a risk and in the end told her that a two year long distance relationship (in our early 20s nonetheless) would make our bond even stronger.....well it had the opposite reaction, and by the end of the second year she was seeing someone else, I had been sporadically dating a few women and when I got a job offer to work in hong kong and seoul, south korea, it didnt seem like a hard choice.

We met each other once since our breakup, and let me tell you, the embers were still burning bright and we realized it was our immaturity and long distance that killed the relationship, not the love we had for each other. But she was married (albeit unhappily) with 2 kids and I was with a girlfriend at the time.
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
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What's the WORST way that you have ever been fired from a job?
Posted: 11/9/2014 4:43:16 AM
I was laid off from a company with a boss who was trying to praise me and trying to get off the phone as soon as possible (we work in differnt towns) at the same time. At the end she was like "any questions?.. (1 second pause), okay here's hr).....click....

I guess it would have bothered me more if I didn't have a higher paying job already lined up and I was one day of giving my notice to my boss, who everyone in the company was surprised to see NOT get laid off, let alone fired.

Got 3 months salary and started a new job 2 weeks later. Can't complain, but was definitely awkward. Mercifully, it was only a 45 second conversation. But this was a case where I think I would've wanted an email notice, rather than a live call .... : )
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 727 (view)
 
Single (never married at all) men over 45
Posted: 11/9/2014 4:33:38 AM
I wonder op, if that could possibly be the case. Went out on a boys night out for a pal who just got divorced. For fun, I asked to wear his wedding ring as a joke (as I've never been married....inside joke). Kid you not, I had more flirty conversations with women than I've had in long time, so much so I actually was thinking of buying it off him!
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 58 (view)
 
do non Smokers get more replies than Smokers?
Posted: 11/8/2014 5:58:01 AM
As a prior smoker, If I met a woman who was a ten but smoked, I would move on. The smell, the butts that are left around, the discoloration it leaves on one's fingers, the hacking and coughing associated with it, the taste of it on a girls lips. I now frankly find it disgusting.

Quitting was the best decision I have ever made. And the truth is, I won't get a smoker to quit unless they want to, so with dating a non smoker, this never becomes an issue
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 27 (view)
 
Do you read profiles (fellas)?
Posted: 11/7/2014 5:14:29 AM
A profile for me is more of a confirmation to contact someone I'm already attracted to. A great profile will rarely cause me to become interested in a person I'm not attracted to.
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 86 (view)
 
Has anyone had success on here?
Posted: 11/7/2014 5:05:21 AM
I admit,I've had alot more success on Tinder than I had on POF. The one good thing is that on Tinder, women have to actually participate actively, they cannot wait until all the offers come in. Alot of women I've talked to on pof tell me they only accept messages from men, never looking for what they want.

I find tinder to be more realistic in the dating scene in a social setting. Think about it, I go to a bar, I tend to start conversations with women who I make good eye contact with, with tinder you already have some kind of interest before you message someone. With pof, often I feel like im talking to a non responsive wall (because most women just arent interested and will never respond). Imagine going to a bar and just randomly talking to a woman who wont make eye contact, speak to you, pretend you arent there. Thats what I get with pof.

So while some people claim tinder to be a cattle call, I find it to be better because I dont spend time on people who arent interested in me.
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
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What political things makes Canada and the US much different countries?
Posted: 5/24/2014 11:18:46 AM
So a friend of mine from the Netherlands comes to North America for the first time. First, she and her husband travel to Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, then to Seattle, LA and we meet in Miami (these Europeans and their month long holidays!).

Anyway, when we meet, they tell me that they were so surprised how different the US is to Canada. Not in the culture (obviously, living in Europe, they are used to different cultures in nearby geographic areas...Don't get me started when I asked the difference between the Dutch and the Danish!) but in how a political system can shape countries differently. They asked me what the key differences were (being a Canadian living in America).

At the time (we had been drinking more than a couple of Coronas) the answer didn't come to me easily, but now that I have a clear head and thinking about the topic, I think there are three major differences.

1. Americans see Capitalism and the Free Open Market system as a good thing. Canadians, not as much.

Canadians see complete capitalism as something that leads to inequality, to the rich getting richer and the rest getting the short end of the stick. That is why Canadians are okay with their level of regulations, the amount of taxes they pay (redistribution of wealth), forced Universal Health Care (they want that as much as Americans want guns) and have this feeling that they are all in it together.

Americans see this as something that stunts exceptional individualism, taxes are nothing but giving what hard working people make to people who may not deserve it and that the Canadian System takes away from personal responsibility (the welfare of fellow man is not the responsibility of government but personal responsibility).

Having said that:

2. Canadians see federal government as a political body that propels a society forward while Americans see federal government as something to be weary of.

American's always talk about two things (at least from the Midwest where I am from). Power should be provided to government bodies that are as local as possible (states vs Federal rights) and that people should be weary of their government (hence the second amendment which is there to "protect the people from the tyranny of their government"). Many people in the US see the Federal Government as an entity that has long overstepped its bounds. Some states even challenge the powers of the Federal government (ie: Immigration). Many people also do not take well having their taxes to pay for things that they feel could be done better by the private world because its a personal responsibility.

Canada seems like they have much more faith in Federal government than Americans. In fact, the Provincial governments (except for that in Quebec), I think are fairly weak and many people look to the federal government to be the ones shaping the social and financial future of the country. Most of the major social programs have been created and administered by Federal Government and the Canadian people (who grumble like all citizen of any country) seem to be more Federalists than Provincialists.

3. Canada's Defence stops at their borders (usually) while the US' Defence doesn't.

Canada has a modest army and is often the butt of jokes. However, Canada doesn't see itself as the policemen of the world and rarely initiates any military action, like most countries in the world. Canada doesn't see itself committing large number of troops to any conflict in the world, nor do they believe they need bases in other countries. Hence their faith in NATO as a collaborative military collective.

America outspends more in defence than the next 17 countries combined. The truth is if they were ever only look after their own borders their military would be much smaller. However, the one thing that the US Constitution requires of the Feds is that they maintain the military, and in this case it is a monster.

If you think there are other difference, I'd like to hear it. Maybe it's Canada's policy of Multiculturalism, Official Bi-lingualism, etc. I think these fall into one of the three points above, but I am just stating my opinion.
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
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anyone ever considered traveling the country as a homeless person?
Posted: 11/19/2012 5:53:58 AM
I was once considering to travel across country in beat up RV that a friend of mine owned for a year. I would stay in KOA campgrounds and trailer parks. I would live a very modest life. I would then return the RV and then backpack across the world (no planes, other than the first plane to get me to Europe and the last plane that left Asia).

There is something about that that just appeals to me.
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
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What is it about the iPhone?
Posted: 11/19/2012 5:43:49 AM
I am looking to buy a new smartphone and while I think I am certain of my choice, I am finding that many people are recommending the iPhone. Being in marketing, I would admit that I would say 70% of my friends in the industry carry one.

My question is why? IMO the iPhone 5 (and other iPhone models) is:

1. Overpriced at the $199/299/399 price point of the device.
2. Underspeced compared to other devices
3. Have a tendency to become a cracked screen device (alot of my friends have a iPhone with a cracked screen)
4. Looked nice, but the iPhone 5 I don't find all that pretty.
5. Call Quality is average, reception is less than averagte
6. The screen is small.
7. I've been told product quality isn't that much better than companies like Samsung and HTC (from Carrier friends I have).
8. Doesn't have a good Navigation feature (Which is the feature I use the most).

So, in my opinion, there is a lot of things going against it. But anyone I talk to recommends it without question. The reason I hear is that it just works really well. But the truth is, Android works really well too, as does Windows Phone (which does lack the apps though....that, and turn by turn navigation).

So my inquiry is: What is it about iPhone that are driving everyone to buy one? Is there technology inside the phone that I am missing? Is it the apps (although both iPhone and Android have hundreds of thousands of apps)? Is it the cool factor? Or is there just some je ne sais quoi? factor that I will not see until I own one?
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 265 (view)
 
Vegans
Posted: 11/17/2012 8:01:50 AM
have it quite entertaining to find that most "vegetarians/vegans" that I meet are grossly overweight/obese. But like a friend said to me once after I commented on how shocked I was that this obese woman in our class was a vegetarian :
" there's no meat in ice cream, is there?"




BTW: Many Vegans avoid dairy as well.
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 264 (view)
 
Vegans
Posted: 11/17/2012 7:56:09 AM
"I tried the raw vegan thing for a week.. I felt great for the first few days, and then the dreams started.. by the last day I was jonesing like a crack addict for chips, ready to rip someone's head off until I got them. It was a bit scary, lol...

It's been almost a year for me on a vegetarian diet, and it pretty much chose itself. My body simply couldn't tolerate meat anymore after a month in India without it. I eat salmon/seafood on occasion when I'm craving it though. It's been quite an adjustment. Sometimes a pain in the ass to be honest, and at other times exciting to experiment with new grains/recipes, etc..

I really can't imagine being all holier than thou about what I am choosing to ingest. I mean, it's your body and you will decide what goes in it. Why would I get all parental about it? Seems weird to me. And really, if you are wanting to influence others, the best way to do so is to BE a positive example. Not get all preachy and controlling. "

I couldn't agree with you more. I find the OP post to be weird, because most Vegans/Vegetarians on on this path for their own health, not on everyone else's path. But of course, I've never met someone from PETA either, so maybe my view would change. I consider myself a Flexitarian as well but stay 95% with Fish.

Wish you well on your path.
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 263 (view)
 
Vegans
Posted: 11/17/2012 7:52:29 AM
"Wow, you've nailed almost all of the popular fads from recent memory. Without trying to be too abrasive, you sound like a victim to me. I'm sorry to hear that you spend so much of your energy on this stuff but that is entirely your choice.

Also, having suffered a heart attack at such an early age means that you were probably counselled by nutritionists and dietitians for good reason. There are very important steps that someone in your special circumstances needs to be mindful of. Good for you for taking these proactive steps towards better health.

The point at which your efforts become the justification to judge others is where we part ways however."


Sorry, I don't get where you think I was a victim, other than being a victim of a heart attack for my poor eating habits in the first 40 years of my life. My problem was not spending enough energy on "this stuff". As for Fads, I never read a book, other than the "China Diet" which I found boring but insightful. And nor have I ever been on a diet before. I am not on a diet now, I just eat healthier.

I find it funny that you consider my eating healthier (Fish, Egg white, less fat, less white carbs, less sugar and salt and less meat (yes I do break down because I live in KC after all) a FAD, while the typical American diet of eating processed foods, fatty fast foods, high percentage of white carbs, sugar and salt is considered "Regular eating"?

As for judging others, the only jugding I see is from you. The only thing I said was show me the proof that Vegans on a macro scale are what the previous poster said they are. Prove to me that they are weaker, more frail, and that many of them are morbidly obese. The previous poster says she has this data because she worked at a co-op, but shopping at a co-op doesn't automatcially mean you are a non-meat eater. I go everyweek to a food co-op and a farmers market and I could use my observation that they all are thinner and healthier than those I see when I go to Price Chopper as well, but the fact is:

1. I don't know if these people at these places are actually Vegan/VEgeatarian or Meat Eaters.
2. I don't know if these people are actually healthy, just because you are not overweight, doesn't mean you are healthy.
3. And I don't know how often they go elsewhere and eat a 72 ounce Porterhouse.
4. Maybe ppl who go to farmer's markets are richer than those people who go to a price chopper (if they aren't like me and go to both place). Many studies have shown that Richer people have, on average, a lower BMI than a lower class person.

hence I didn't bring it up. I only gave my experience. What you do with your health is up to you. And to tell you the truth, I've never met a Vegetarian/Vegan who have "condemned the rest of the world for not following their example" as you put it. Bit of Drama in your argument, don't you say?
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 262 (view)
 
Vegans
Posted: 11/17/2012 7:37:42 AM
"your strawman arguments about macro-studies following vegetarians and vegans around like they're fundamentally superior to everyone else."


First off, I never said that looking at Macrostudies are pro-or-con to the vegetarian lifestyle. I merely represented the fact that I will never take the advice or wisdom or someone who said "All my friends are meat eaters and they are healthy and all my vegan friends are sickly" over a study that looked at 20, 30 THOUSAND member over a long period of time.

Mainly because there is often an agenda and secondly making assumptions based on a sample size of 1, 2 or 5 people is not representative.


"it's unusual to make yourself sick or malnourished on a vegetarian diet, because most vegetarians are more health conscious than other people, but it can be done. for example, weighing 280 pounds when you are a 5'7" woman is not healthy no matter how ultra-orthodox of a vegetarian you are (the "proud" vegetarian i mentioned earlier.) this is a women who was sure of everything to the point of keeping chickens in her kitchen for the winter because it was too cold for them to be outside, but she couldn't figure out why she needed a tommy lift to get in and out of her van."


Again, strawman. This woman's experience may or may not be the norm. The only thing that provides any sway with me is either a personal experience that provides context or a macrostudy that is more definitive than what happened someone else.


"just because *you* had a heart attack and went on a strict diet, that doesn't mean everybody else should give up eggs and red meat. "


I've never asked anyone to give up eggs yolks and red meat. I find your comment funny because I am a liberatarian politically. All I can do is give my experience and my results (THIS IS A FORUM AFTER ALL) and ask people to look at Macro studies when making up their mind to go Flexitarian, Pescatarian, Vegetarian, Vegan or stay a meat eater.

What I am not a fan of (but will block ridicule one's right to say it) are people who make up assumptions, make up stories, make up statistics to make a point.
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 256 (view)
 
Vegans
Posted: 11/13/2012 8:14:33 AM
"being a vegetarian can work against you or for you depending on other factors. it's not a panacea for good health by any stretch of the imagination. i've known vegetarians who took great pride in being vegetarians but they were also morbidly obese. whoa something doesn't add up... pass the macaroni & cheese lol. i've known other vegetarians who looked frail and weak. I used to work at a food co-op just to get the discounts, and the guy who managed the place liked to crow about following a strict macrobiotic diet. but if anyone ever got around to slugging him for being such a blowhard, they would have broken his jaw."

All straw man arguments. The truth is that many people can point out a smoker who lived til 90 and never got cancer, or someone who never ate a vegetable in their lives and had perfectly good health at 40.

The way to get to the truth is to look at macro-studies following Vegetarian, Vegans and those eating a healthy diet and those eating a bad diet and compare results. If I were to pick my friends, my healthiest looking friends drink too much, smoke pot and don't eat regularly (at least they look the healthiest on the outside). But they are are all under 30, so who knows what they will look like when they are 50.

I am under 40 and have given up red meat, dairy, reduced oils and egg yolks, on top of the fact I reduced Sugar, no Soda and lowered my white carb intake. My Cholesterol is now low, my blood pressure is good and I have lost 20 pounds. Is it due to me not eating red meat? Not sure, but I am sure that my current diet is better for me than what happened to me before (I had a heart attack) I made the change.

In actuality, my diet is so good that I am reducing the number of heart health related pills I took before I had my heart attack. My only wish was not adopting this diet 10 years ago.
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 80 (view)
 
Are you surprised on any of the election results? Why? What are they? What do you feel are the main
Posted: 11/13/2012 8:02:55 AM
"I actually believe that many ppl are from the middle...they want fiscal responsibility...the issues arise in where to cut the budget and whether or not to raise revenue. The extreme right has many GOP legislator's hand-cuffed with the contract they signed with Grover Nordquist...The GOP is afraid the Nordquist is so powerful that any vote to raise revenue would be met with a Nordquist move to have them ostrasized out of office. The democrats aren't so far to the left...there is no contract with anyone to do anything, other than their constituent's....and it is their constituencies that hold the power for re-election or not"

I agree with you on that. That is why Bush 2 and Ronald Reagan won twice. They won the middle. No matter how stupid people thought GWB was, or how right wing the far left thought he was, he had moderate immigration policies and his tax cuts and financial failing didn't come until the end of his term. If he could have managed the housing market better (yes, with more regulations, not less regulations) as a moderate republican, people would have forgiven him on the debacle that was Iraq/Afghanistan. He would have a more popular president.

And with Reagan, while the far right love him, the far left tolerated him and those in the middle liked him. There is no candidate or incumbent that will meet our complex needs as a people, but Ronald Regaan was a President you could support, even if you believed in his policies. He was a good speaker, good hearted person and under his watch, the Soviet Union, a source of consistent worry for the past 30 years, went away. Whether he had direct impact or not, he deserved the credit.
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 74 (view)
 
Are you surprised on any of the election results? Why? What are they? What do you feel are the main
Posted: 11/12/2012 8:05:00 PM
I think it is simple. Romney lost because of three things.

1. He didn't defend himself. Whether true or not, Romney came off looking like a person who had no personal convictions, not only was he wishy washy and flip floppy, but his original "moderate republican" view turned very right wing when the tea party and conservatives got ahold of him. As he suddenly turned to move back to the center, it was too late. He came off looking he was promising everything to everybody and no one took him to heart. Military spending for Virginia, lower taxes for the rich, not touching social security and medicare for the elderly, turning against abortion and anti universal medicare for the conservative. Heck, he says that he even saved the car industry.

So not having convictions, the election became more about "get rid of Obama" than "Elect Romney". And with the storm, alot of the focus of the election dissapated, and those who really weren't for Romney did not show at the polls as much as should have. Alot of the loss wasn't from voters who came out and voted AGAINST Romney, but moderate Republicans who didn't show up FOR him either because there was no passion for him.

2. He catered to the Tea Party and the craziness of their candidates did him in. The truth is the race was his to lose, there are more conservatives and republicans than liberals and democrats. He was winning the undecideds after the first debate. But then he did things to satisfy those who wanted him to take a far right approach. He pandered to the people who hated the "47%". He suddenly wanted Mexican's to "Self-deport" themselves. A whole bunch of things to satisfy the far right and the people closer to the middle saw the craziness and left him. It didn't help that he had idiots like Todd Akin and Richard Murdock associated with his party, or conspiracy nuts like Michelle Bachman or pundits like Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, who are a turnoff to many thinking Americans who can vote either Red or Blue. And that leads me to the last point.

3. He seemed out of touch to most people: He comes from a pure background, his sons all are perfectly coiffed and wear white shirts and khaki's. He owns multiple houses and has the great American lifestyle. HE is a mormon, so he doesn't really swear, drink or party (opposite of the Clinton's that for sure). But that was the problem.

He came off looking like he had never had one gay friend, with the 13% taxes he paid, he sounded like he had no idea what working class families went through, his party snarkily (even many posters here) have this hatred of the President that is so deep, with their comments where they emphasize his middle name, or claim he is not from the USA, that is offputting to many moderates. His party is the party that claims they hate illegals, but seemed like they were picking on Mexicans and other Latinos. Also, many women, not only with people like Akin, were uncomfortable with Romney's seeminly 1950's views of women in the work place.

There was so much he and his party could have done, but instead polarized many of the people he was hoping to serve.

But I think that Republican's have a choice. To be more viable they need to:

1. Cast off the Tea Party. Show moderates and undecideds that those who have a hate for anyone supporting the far right has no place in their party.

2. Not make it about social issues. But if social issues take center stage, take a moderate TONE, rather than try to inflame.

3. Have a game plan and stick to it. Flip Flopping is not going to get votes from people looking for leadership.

4. Do not let pundits and contributors control the party. It is the party of Republicans, not that of the Koch Brothers or Sean Hannity. All these people do is make noise and polarize.

If Mitt Romney had been just more plain spoken and to the point, someone like a Harry Truman, he would have handily won the race because while I reject the far right notion that Obama has done great harm to the nation, I do feel he was not effective in handling this crisis, from either a policy or PR standpoint and people were actually HUNGRY for a change, for someone who could lead America out of this darkness. Romney had it for 90% of the way there, but he was hamstrung and eventually crippled by the elements of his party that are not liked by the more moderate undecideds.
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 57 (view)
 
horror films, what are the best?
Posted: 11/6/2012 5:16:08 AM
"It seems to me that Argento's time has passed. His recent movies have been very weak in my opinion. "

I agree, I recently saw Mother of Tears, which was the third in the Mother's trilogy (Suspiria and Inferno begin the other two). It was so generic and flatly directed, I wondered the same thing.

Other directors I liked in the past, such as John Carpenter also lost their way.

Another movie I should recommend is Guillermo Del Toro's Devil's Backbone. Something must be in the water source there, they are creating some wonderful movies.

And while I am not sure it is a horror movie is the movie Old Boy from Korea. It is a tremendously well written, even epic, thriller.
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Msg: 56 (view)
 
horror films, what are the best?
Posted: 11/6/2012 5:10:10 AM
The other thing about The Mist is the controversial ending as well. Some really liked it, because it comes out of the blue, while others thought it was unnecessary.

The outstanding character in this movie is Marcia Gay Harden's bible thumping Mrs. Carmody, whom I hated (in a good way). Of course, two Walking Dead players (JEffrey DeMunn and Laurie Holden) are also in the movie, which gets a kudos for me. Not surprising, since Director Darabont created that show as well.
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Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 53 (view)
 
horror films, what are the best?
Posted: 11/5/2012 6:47:27 PM
When I was a kid, it was about T&A and the ability to gross me out. Nowadays, movies like Hostel and ones that are even worse (Torture Porn or Sexploitation films) make me sick (not physically), even though I still watch them.

I love a horror movie that can create a fascinating, atmospheric, eco-system (an example is Evil Dead or Silent Hill) or has a good story with engaging characters, even if the story is outrageous. However, it needs to be well-crafted movie. Directors like John Carpenter is a master of isolation (The Fog, the Thing), has presented us with some intriguing characters (anything with Kurt Russell) and his movies are so very well made and atmospheric (I even love Prince of Darkness, which tried to create an alternate mythos of Satan, wrapped in Science).

One example is a vampire movie I LOVE, it is called Stakeland. IT is a low budget vampire apolcalypse movie that has good character development and it is tragic as many of the characters you love, don't make it through the end of the movie. The Walking Dead is a series where I love many of the characters.

Some movies are achieve both and is just very well crafted. The Exorcist is one of them. The mythos around the devil and Linda Blair's innocent Regan is an example of evil personified makes it one of my most favorite movies.

Another is the directing of Dario Argento movies, especially from the mid 1970's to early 1980's. Deep Red is one of my favorite movies of all time, as is Suspiria.

Other movies I thought were very well made were:

- The Decent: A claustophobic, nail-biting, depressing movie that has a nice twist at the end.
- The Mist: The best Stephen King movie (even better than the Stand IMHO) where Frank Darabont creates a world where a supermarket maybe the last refuge on Earth.
- The Keep: A flawed movie but the idea of a castle holding a demon let loose by unsuspecting Nazi soldier was an idea that was worked for me (it was a crazy idea, but a GOOD crazy idea).
- Shock Waves: The movie isn't that great, or gory. But the directing is something else. I never thought I would be interested in a horror zombie nazi movie (starring sexy Brooke Adams is a plus) that takes place in the bright sunshine of a carribean island.
- [Rec] 1 and 2: The first one of this Spanish duology was made into Quarantine, which is not as good. This movie terrified me, which a horror movie should do.
- The Abandoned: Directed by notorious director Nacho Cerda, this movie I found to be fascinating about a brother and sister who go to Russia, which they inherited. Unfortunately, the house is haunted...but ghosts that look just like them.
- Brotherhood of the Wolf : A conspiracy film around the Catholic Church. IT is a well directed movie with a interesting premise, even though a martial arts Native American running around mideval France was a little much (Especially that he is also the host of Iron Chef America).
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Msg: 34 (view)
 
Wearing Suits in Casual Settings: Attractive or Overkill?
Posted: 11/5/2012 6:02:36 PM
Depends on location and setting.

Two weeks ago I was at the W Hotel bar in Union Square, NYC. I wore a navy suit (no tie) and I was well dressed. A guy showed up in Jeans and a T-shirt and he looked out of place.

Then last week I was at a Bar in KC called Kelly's Westport with some friends and I was in Jeans and a sweatshirt (a nice one, not a dirty old one) and I felt perfectly normal.
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Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 220 (view)
 
The bathroom mirror pic; why so bad?
Posted: 11/5/2012 5:57:04 PM
The funny thing is that the photo I get the most compliments on, from this site is my profile pic.....which is a bathroom mirror pic.

It's all about presentation. I notice that many people on POF just don't care about how they present themselves, whether it is looking awful (or even scowling) in their picture, a rant filled profile about "no drama" and not talking positively about themselves or thinking showing kids or cats will attract many guys or gals(it doesn't, we want to know more about YOU, not your pets and not your kids...not yet).
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Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 328 (view)
 
How much of a difference does 20 pounds REALLY make?
Posted: 11/5/2012 5:45:00 PM
It's not about the number of pounds, its about % of weight lost. A person who goes from 200 to 180 would be more noticeable than a person going from 400 to 380.
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Msg: 314 (view)
 
What women really look at on your profile...
Posted: 10/29/2012 7:25:42 PM
OP just proved that Women are no better than Men and that one's eyes often over-ride one's brain in the decision making process when it comes to a desirable mate.

Having read more than a few pages of posts, the funny thing I see is the ASSUMPTION that these women who would respond to the fake profile are somehow DAMAGED or have ZERO SELF ESTEEM. They must be because they are responding to this jerk's posts right? I mean a normal woman with normal self esteem would NEVER think with their nether regions because they are too smart for that superficiality right?

I mean, a real women would never stoop to the level of the average man (who often admit to judging a woman's attractiveness by their picture) would they?

I think there is more than enough stereotyping on both sides of this argument.
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Msg: 98 (view)
 
I'm 25 yrs old, He is 50 yrs old....can it work???
Posted: 9/19/2012 7:33:55 AM

I tell you what, we'll make a trade

Date men your same height, and old men will date women their same age

Even Stevens



It's funny you are making trades with an aspect (age) that doesn't apply to you. I guess win-win for you!
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Msg: 15 (view)
 
Simpsons,Family guy, Aquateen Hungerforce, Adult Swim
Posted: 8/1/2012 5:45:02 PM
I got to admit. I find Squidbillies one funny show. Also Robot Chicken.

One show I found twisted but fun was Superjail! But I don't see it anymore, wonder if it was cancelled.
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Msg: 1 (view)
 
A few changes to my profile made all the difference.
Posted: 7/30/2012 8:12:07 PM
Just a couple things have made a difference for me.

1. Changed my picture to that is more light hearted and more flattening, but it isn't a lie (like me taking a picture and photoshopping out 20 lbs). My original picture, I am barely smiling and looking way too somber.

I am always surprised by the picture many people take, including a picture of a woman who messaged me, she looked like she was either dead or sleeping in her picture. If you are trying to make an impression, I guess that does make one, but just not a positive one (I love Zombies, just not in a sexual way).

It is also amazing to see the number of shots from ppl that :
a) Don't mind that they are out of Focus
b) Love Taking pictures in bathrooms
c) Have hair that looks like they just stepped out of a shower.
d) Obviously from more than 10 years ago (unless Bell Bottoms are in again).
e) don't know the first thing about lighting
f) Have their face so close to the lens that it takes up the whole shot.
g) Wonder why having their picture with 10 of cats or with your half drunk "friend" in a pickup bar doesn't illicit responses from people who want a long term relationship.
h) Think that if they look Angry, Bored, Unhappy, Offended or Sick will definitely impress us.

2. Injected some of my self-deprecating humor without being sarcastic. I noticed I was being too serious in my post.

3. Don't share too much. No one wants to know small details in my life. They just want to know that I'm not some a creepy unibomber type but I...

4. ...became more personal in my profile, including the fact that I had a heart attack this year. However, I don't linger on my attack and use it as a lesson learned (I list three things).

5. I remove all the things "I don't want in a woman". I found that women consider that to be a turnoff. If someone has the things I don't want in my life, I can usually find it in THEIR profile and our interaction doesn't go beyond that. I would also recommend women would also remove that (Women are more guilty of it than men are). It creates a wall and is a turnoff for me.

Anyway, I went from a few looks a month to roughly 5~10 views every couple of days (I don't look as often as I should) and I am talking to several women who have caught my eye.

You don't have to be a cassanova or look like <insert hot actor here>, you just have put your best foot forward (unlike my old profile which I obviously didn't much thought into). I will revise it again because, like fine wine, my profile just get better with age.
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Msg: 131 (view)
 
Would you date a man/woman who doesnt have money?
Posted: 7/30/2012 7:42:09 PM
I don't find a woman who has little money outside of necessities to be an issue. But I find a woman who thinks they should live a JLO lifestyle off my money to be a problem.
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Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 193 (view)
 
Has anyone had a good relationship with someone on POF?
Posted: 7/30/2012 7:02:41 PM
I've become friends with 2 women on POF but have never met them. We are facebook friends.
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Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 175 (view)
 
Friends after a break up. Is it possible?
Posted: 7/30/2012 7:01:51 PM
Yes. All but one girlfriends have remained friends (or at least amiable). But close friends? None but 2.
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Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 41 (view)
 
Why is the min wage so low in the US??
Posted: 7/24/2012 11:00:30 PM
The minimum wage is seen in two ways. Those who support it often see it as a living wage for long term employment meant to provide a minimum standard of living to all citizens of the country, if they choose to work.

Meanwhile other people see these jobs as unskilled labor not meant for long term employment and hence do not agree with a minimum wage because they see minimum wage as a inhibitor for future personal growth and development, as well as a limiter of low end job creation (a job they feel is worth $4 hour will only create half the amount of employees if the minimum wage is set at $8).

I don't believe that without a minimum wage, that wages would suddenly go down to $1/hour as some here have suggested. The fact is that supply and demand that makes up the employment market would limit $1/hour jobs (as no one would ever take it due to the availabilty of other jobs paying more).

I fall a little more on the latter as well. I feel that a minimum wage is not needed because many unskilled jobs are often temporary (such as in the service industry) and with people right to job mobility (get educated or trained and get a better job) and collectively bargain, I feel that the market tends to work itself out.

Then again. I am a bit of a libertarian.
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Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 185 (view)
 
Would you date someone 20 years older than you?
Posted: 7/24/2012 7:16:14 AM
Date, sure, marry not so sure.

Right now, I have a FWB who is 15 years younger than me and met a woman that I really was attracted to who was 22 years older than I am.

The 62 year old woman, who is an amateur triathlete has a body that a 24 year old would love to have. I know because my friend has told me that.

People often don't look their age. I've been told that I looked 30 recently. However, I feel that a 20 year age gap would defintely matter down the line. When I am 60, the same tri-athlete woman would be 82. Would she even be alive by the time I reached retirement age.

No one knows (she's more athletic than I am now, and in better health), but I would always keep that in mind.
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Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 1 (view)
 
Seattle Freeze: Question...
Posted: 7/24/2012 6:55:12 AM
For all you folks who answered my original thread. Thanks for the conversation.

I wanted to know, as a followup question.

Does Portland (which is 2.5 hours away) have the same Freeze syndrome as Seattle or do you think it is a "friendlier" town?

The reason I am asking is that I am actively trying to move away from Seattle and my employer asked me if I would move to Portland. I don't want to move to a place that is the same but just smaller (and cheaper).
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Msg: 22 (view)
 
Why girls love Seattle
Posted: 7/24/2012 6:50:53 AM
One additional thing I've been told from alot of female friends (from Seattle and friends who have viisted me in Seattle).

The man pool is pretty lackluster here as well. If you like wimpy looking geeks, then Seattle is the place for you. If you like Athletic, strong featured men, look elsewhere. Male passive-agressiveness that Seattle is known for drives women who like take charge guys crazy (that's crazy in a bad way).

Us men don't seem like we get a pass either.
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Msg: 65 (view)
 
This extreame heat
Posted: 7/8/2012 10:09:50 PM
I feel for my friends in KC, where it has been sweltering.

On the opposite side, I find it humorous that my Seattlites complaining that it hit 85 degrees (no humid) in our Emerald city.
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Msg: 87 (view)
 
Numbers of men vs women on here
Posted: 7/1/2012 10:48:25 PM
Within 5 miles, ages 30~33 of 98004.

Men: 600+
Women: 378
Men looking for men: 58
Women looking for women: 37.

Hope that helps!
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Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 115 (view)
 
What do women think of men who are not into sports AT ALL?
Posted: 7/1/2012 10:28:49 PM
Watching or playing?

I find watching sports, whether you are with friends or at a game is more of a social thing. I don't know football worth crap, but I LOVE going to the game (go Chiefs!) and cheering for my city. When you and 60000 fans root for the same team, it can be exhilarating, whether you know the game well or not. I would also watch sports on TV with a girlfriend if it was something she was passionate about. If not, I'm sure she would be just as happy if we went out and took a walk instead. The thing isn't the sports, it's spending time in each others company that's important.

As for playing, I think most women probably don't care, unless it is their passion and they want someone to share the same passions with them. I had an ex who was hardcore into "guy" sports such as motocross, surfing, skateboarding. I didn't do any of these things (at least well) and we had a solid relationship as she separated that part of her life from our relationship.
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Msg: 56 (view)
 
Anyone else notice that Canadians are starting to revolt?
Posted: 7/1/2012 9:39:40 PM
"the cost of one F35 could pay to hire 1,400 nurses in Canada for a year. A contribution of 1/6th of the cost of the F35s or 1/5th of the annual defence budget could provide free tuition to all post secondary students across the country for a year. $2 Billion alone would retrofit all homes in Alberta needing energy efficiency upgrades, lowering emissions, and creating up to 22,000 direct and indirect jobs."


I didn't know that nurses were federal employees or that the government is responsible for giving free tuition or retrofitting homes. I would have thought that fell on Universities or Utilities to do.

Governments are responsible to many things and one of them is for the defense of their borders, with a capable military. As for your comment on jobs, the last I saw, the Canadian unemployment rate of 7.3% is much lower than the American rate of 8.2%. That switch of Canada having a lower unemployement rate happened under Harper's watch and it is the lowest in the G8, so I guess he has been doing something right.
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Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 54 (view)
 
Anyone else notice that Canadians are starting to revolt?
Posted: 7/1/2012 9:23:07 PM

Many Canadians are comparing their PM to Hitler


You realize that Harper would be considered a Liberal Democrat in the US right?

Conservative policies aren't that far right of Obama's policies. Actually, many of them are still to the left.
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Msg: 1 (view)
 
Moving to the mid-west. Where?
Posted: 7/1/2012 9:17:57 PM
I am potentially moving back to the mid-west from Seattle. My company is letting me move where I want, since I will be remote.

I've given myself four choices. Three are where my customers are and the other is where I moved from.

I love a lively city, fully of restaurants, bars and live entertainment. Having living in Seattle, I realized looking a beautiful lakes and hiking mountain are nice to do once in a while, but not a lifestyle for me (other than really liking skiing). Being single, I am hoping to pick a city that has a vibrant single scene. I have dated the spectrum on race, age and personality.

I'm not much of a hipster so an alternative culture doesn't work for me anymore, I like watching ball games (soccer, baseball, football) and for me, it has always been friends that make a city worth living in.

Anyway, I moved from KC so that is a choice. I loved KC and still have many friends there. KC would be the easy choice. The BBQ, the bar scene as well as the friendliness of the people was something I didn't get in Seattle (I have a thread on the Seattle freeze). For me, I would love to move back (had good dating luck there), but I am wondering if the other cities are even better.

The other choices are Denver, Dallas or Chicago. I have been to all of them, but I only have visited Dallas socially.

I like downtown Dallas and the cost of living is cheap (cost of living is important to me), but I find the city to be alittle too spread out. I'm not sure of the people there either, but the few I've met I liked. The problem with Dallas to a certain degree is that it is further away from my hometown of Toronto.

Denver and Chicago I am not too certain about and I like 4 seasons. I think both cities are more expensive than KC or Dallas.

Anyone like to make a suggestion?
 usernonymous
Joined: 8/18/2011
Msg: 11 (view)
 
?4Ladies, Where is a good place for GUYS to MEET you?
Posted: 7/1/2012 8:46:59 PM
Starbucks. Most women want to meet for coffee anyways....
 
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