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    How to make sense of the graphical user interface?



    I've never seen a forum with quite as many bells and whistles going on around my username. Needless to say, I am totally lost on this, can't make heads or tails of it all - I'm very overwhelmed. i usually see something like a username, a post count and total likes. Here, I am seeing more than six independent "statistics" going on in addition to my username and post count. Is there a link or thread I can check to begin the process of decoding all of these "vital" statistics?

    Karma?
    Points?
    Level?

    What do all these mean?

    I also see three distinct progress bars at the top above my avatar and below my username. I see a red bar, a blue bar and a green bar. What are these for?

    You will have to forgive me, I've only been debating online like this for three months so I'm not super familiar with forums and their inner workings.
    dem·o·crat: one who subverts authority; unpleasant, destructive, hateful, vile, malicious, vicious, heinous, ugly, bad, nefarious, villainous, corrupt, malevolent, hideous, wicked, harm, pain, catastrophe, calamity, ill willed, a reviler; a defamer; a slanderer; a detractor; a carper; a calumniator; a muckraker; a vilifier; a disparager; a slanderer; a maligner; a detractor; a denigrator; a traducer; a vituperator; a castigator; a libeler; a defiler; a traitor; a debaser;

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron-Merc View Post


    I've never seen a forum with quite as many bells and whistles going on around my username. Needless to say, I am totally lost on this, can't make heads or tails of it all - I'm very overwhelmed. i usually see something like a username, a post count and total likes. Here, I am seeing more than six independent "statistics" going on in addition to my username and post count. Is there a link or thread I can check to begin the process of decoding all of these "vital" statistics?

    Karma?
    Points?
    Level?

    What do all these mean?

    I also see three distinct progress bars at the top above my avatar and below my username. I see a red bar, a blue bar and a green bar. What are these for?

    You will have to forgive me, I've only been debating online like this for three months so I'm not super familiar with forums and their inner workings.
    Hover your mouse over the bars and their description pops up. Otherwise go to the Community link and select Experience. It should give you insight into all of these measures and achievements.
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    Just asking .... but what is the significance or meaning of Iron / Mercury. I assume that has some meaning aside from the technical metallurgy. Also your definition of democrat needs work, as America is a democracy even though we call it a republic. There is a difference of course. And most of our elections are democratic.


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    "Assuming a posture of helplessness before the Republicans’ fraudulent Populism, the Democrats acquiesced to and assisted in bundling up the nation’s industrial base and shipping it overseas—a policy that shut down the working class escalator to a better life, gutted the unions, and deprived liberals of their main source of political power." Kevin Baker in 'The Vanishing Liberal'

    "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist....We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together." Dwight D. Eisenhower

    "So how do the vast majority of voters change their minds? Not by taking each issue, deciding what is important to them, determining which candidate is closer to their preferences and then voting accordingly. In “Democracy for Realists”, the most influential recent book on voting, Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels show that the opposite often happens: people may well decide which candidate they like and then ascribe policies they approve of to him or her, often incorrectly. Each presidential-election year the ANES (American National Election Study) asks voters to place themselves on a spectrum with “many more services” on the left to “reduce spending a lot” on the right, and then to place the two main political parties somewhere on that spectrum. About 15% decline, or say they have not thought about it. The same number, more or less, will place themselves but cannot place the parties, meaning that 30% of the electorate does not have a good sense of where Republicans and Democrats stand on the most fundamental question about the role of the state." John Prideaux

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    Quote Originally Posted by DGUtley View Post
    We are a Republic.
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    Back at ya Doc. (Beat Clemson..)
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    We probably feel the same about this whole program. I think going two for two ends any doubt. Long a UD basketball fan, this year is looking especially good. Only loss was to Kansas in OT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midcan5 View Post
    Just asking .... but what is the significance or meaning of Iron / Mercury. I assume that has some meaning aside from the technical metallurgy. Also your definition of democrat needs work, as America is a democracy even though we call it a republic. There is a difference of course. And most of our elections are democratic.
    "There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party ... and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt — until recently ... and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties." Gore Vidal
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    -My name was chosen for the elements themselves, yes, but also for Donald Trumps victory over the establishment in 2016, that one could liken to a two minute beat down administered by an IRON Mike Tyson. So it is with that spirit that I go forth and wage war against my enemy. But I also pray for my enemy, and want them to see the truth that is so hidden from plain view; and many have lost all sense of direction and are now completely disoriented.

    The democratic party is now run by globalists and socialists who seek the destruction of America, there is honestly nothing more to say on the matter. Most democrats harbor resentments towards America and they want something big and revolutionary, a total and complete overhaul, at which point they will deploy socialism from coast to coast. This is really the fight for America's soul. Trump's win in 2016 kept the forces of evil at bay for the time being, and he is working desperately to right the ship. But I am afraid the pumps simply cannot keep up anymore. America is floundering. She will be nothing more than a husk of her former self, because something big and something bad is coming our way. And the time for radical change is close at hand.

    We do not live in a democracy we live in a constitutional representative republic - this isn't mob rule. This is protection and rights of the minority placed before the greater community at large. In protecting the most vulnerable people groups first, we show a moral responsibility to take care of the weak and the wounded and the oppressed before moving on to community as a whole. This individualistic approach allows one total freedom under the law to write one's own destiny and one's own script - through the power of capitalism we have made that dream a reality for many hundreds of millions of law abiding citizens who believe and embrace the American dream through self determination, education, faith in God, patriotism, strong work ethic and love for our brothers and sisters.

    In terms of there only being one party in the United States, yeah, that's nonsensical. There is a political spectrum and the liberal left is at one end and the conservative right is at the other. The mentality and goals of each party are radically different (diametrically opposed). Conservatives have always pushed for less government, more jobs, less taxes, faith in God, intellectual honesty and embrace the protections afforded to us by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Conservative republicans seek to uphold the rule of law, respect and honor the constitution and protect our marvelous freedoms from the grubby little hands of their liberal left wing counterparts.

    Liberal democrats, on the other hand, are typically morally bankrupt right out of the gate. They believe that America is a disgrace to the world and our government is the bane of existence on planet earth. They lie to the black community to get their vote and then turn their backs on them. They promise the world and they deliver on nothing. They lie constantly to cover prior lies. There is no denying their hatred for the American dream and their desire to see her burned to the ground. Liberals have no code of morals, so morality becomes subjective. They hate God and want to remove him from the whole of society. They want higher taxes, bigger government, rights for the majority and not the minority. They are vicious and they stick together. Even now as I type, democrats are no doubt planning a scheme to forcefully remove president Trump from office and destroy his legacy and the people who support him. In recent weeks the democrats have made some serious moves that violate the constitution in ways that will damage the party so badly that it will go under. And that's okay, because Nancy knows there is a revolution close at hand. Ironically, it's the democrats who have immunity here. These people are plotting and planning some very bad things for America and no doubt about it, Obama is the man behind the iron curtain. Obama is the most evil president in United States history. His legacy was blatantly anti American and he used all the tools at his disposal to destroy us. And he is just about there. We wont have to wait long, the fall of America is close at hand, curtesy of the democrats, drunk on the ideals of globalism and socialism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midcan5 View Post
    Just asking .... but what is the significance or meaning of Iron / Mercury. I assume that has some meaning aside from the technical metallurgy. Also your definition of democrat needs work, as America is a democracy even though we call it a republic. There is a difference of course. And most of our elections are democratic.


    "There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party ... and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt — until recently ... and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties." Gore Vidal


    "Assuming a posture of helplessness before the Republicans’ fraudulent Populism, the Democrats acquiesced to and assisted in bundling up the nation’s industrial base and shipping it overseas—a policy that shut down the working class escalator to a better life, gutted the unions, and deprived liberals of their main source of political power." Kevin Baker in 'The Vanishing Liberal'

    "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist....We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together." Dwight D. Eisenhower

    "So how do the vast majority of voters change their minds? Not by taking each issue, deciding what is important to them, determining which candidate is closer to their preferences and then voting accordingly. In “Democracy for Realists”, the most influential recent book on voting, Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels show that the opposite often happens: people may well decide which candidate they like and then ascribe policies they approve of to him or her, often incorrectly. Each presidential-election year the ANES (American National Election Study) asks voters to place themselves on a spectrum with “many more services” on the left to “reduce spending a lot” on the right, and then to place the two main political parties somewhere on that spectrum. About 15% decline, or say they have not thought about it. The same number, more or less, will place themselves but cannot place the parties, meaning that 30% of the electorate does not have a good sense of where Republicans and Democrats stand on the most fundamental question about the role of the state." John Prideaux

    Link here but requires sign-in http://www.economist.com/news/specia...ntually-return

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    PS Should anyone wonder, I add quotes as food for thought as thought is often missing in our too partisan America and word nutrition can or could help some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DGUtley View Post
    We are a Republic.
    DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC! Lets' not leave that out! A DEMOCRACY!!

    Not so sure anymore with Trump defying the law. SAD!

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