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Postby Justin » Thu Nov 27, 2008 2:05 am

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Postby TED BUNDY » Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:10 am

I didn't do too good. Got 20 out of 33. Thought maybe some of the questions were too easy. They are easy don't think it's a trick. THAT'S HOW THEY GET YA!
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Postby thedancer37 » Fri Nov 28, 2008 3:50 pm

I got 24 out of 33. It's been while since I learned that stuff.
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Postby brandon » Fri Nov 28, 2008 11:07 pm

The last, purely economic questions, have much to do with ideology and not so much with Civics.
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Postby Chad » Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:20 am

25 out of 33. So much for college. I thought those economic questions were strange but I also thought that maybe I was just dumb.
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Postby Silverfox » Sat Nov 29, 2008 5:40 am

I did OK but, I contend that the ones I did get wrong are liberal lies!
I: He loses, but goes the distance.
II: He wins.
III: He loses. Mick dies. He wins.
IV: Apollo dies. He wins.
V: He "wins".
VI: Adrian dies. He loses, but goes the distance.
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Postby brandon » Sat Nov 29, 2008 6:31 am

Questions 25 through 33 (save for a few basic questions) are economic theory questions that imply that the support of pure, unfettered "free markets" is an inherent component of American civics; that the existence of unfettered "free markets" is quintessentially American.

Of course, such an unfettered free market has never existed in this country. But...isn't harkening back to an imaginary time of purity also an intrinsic part of being American?
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Postby Silverfox » Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:09 pm

brandon wrote:Of course, such an unfettered free market has never existed in this country. But...isn't harkening back to an imaginary time of purity also an intrinsic part of being American?


Of course it is. Haven't you ever read any of the magazines at Pat & Roses?
I: He loses, but goes the distance.
II: He wins.
III: He loses. Mick dies. He wins.
IV: Apollo dies. He wins.
V: He "wins".
VI: Adrian dies. He loses, but goes the distance.
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Postby Silverfox » Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:21 pm

Ha! After a little sleuthing...

The domain belongs to The Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

According to a whois:
http://www.whois.net/whois_new.cgi?d=am ... cy&tld=com

Which accordning to Wikipedia :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intercolle ... _Institute

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Inc., or (ISI), is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1953 as the Intercollegiate Society of Individualists. Its members, over 50,000 college students and faculty across the United States, take advantage of programs designed to supplement a collegiate education and to provide access to resources that will help one achieve a genuine liberal arts education, which the organization defines as an education based primarily on the works of influential men and women in the European and Christian traditions. The group is known for having distinctly American Conservative views.


I guess I was wrong about the liberal bias thing... It's crazy conservative.

The founding president of ISI.

This test is a pretty good example of subtle propaganda.
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Postby Justin » Sat Nov 29, 2008 5:34 pm

Yeah, Brandon told me a couple days ago that the website was run by right wing group.
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Postby Chad » Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:03 am

Well done Shawn good detective work but Brandon how did you know that?
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Postby brandon » Sun Nov 30, 2008 2:05 pm

I knew about ISI only because of a writer named Bill Kauffmann. He wrote a book about The Taint of WNY called "Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette." I liked it well enough and I thought it was interesting that he was a local writer (living in Elba), so I looked into other books he wrote. I discovered that he was considered a prominent and prolific 'paleoconservative' and that one of the several publishers for his books was something called ISI (Intercollegiate Studies Institute). So I looked into them.

ISI is a conservative publisher whose aim seems to be to lay the intellectual undergirding for conservative ideology. They seemed to be of a relatively decent paleoconservative (as opposed to the so-called neo-conservative) bent, but I discovered that they published books espousing Intelligent Design...so fuck them.
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Postby Chad » Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:45 pm

Brandon was Randy Newman your inspiration?
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