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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Look and Layout Preferences #4: Don't show users' avatars. on: October 03, 2014, 08:20:07 am
Turned them off many years ago, around the same time I abandoned signatures.

To a certain extent the national flags have replaced the avatars in my mind in their association with certain posters.
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Northern Ireland General Discussion on: September 30, 2014, 01:47:47 am
Fleg-gate of the day
3  General Politics / Economics / Re: Research shows every 2nd job might disappear within 2035 on: September 18, 2014, 01:54:04 am
Humans Need Not Apply, CGP Grey [youtube]
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Maps. All the maps. on: September 15, 2014, 08:56:46 am
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 - Results Thread on: September 10, 2014, 09:45:23 am
6  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: US States Flags Survivor on: September 08, 2014, 04:42:08 am
3 Arizona
2 Texas
1 California
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 08, 2014, 04:18:58 am
I suppose it would be a bit of a bugger for the town's football club (who play in the Scottish system), mind.

Shouldn't be insurmountable though...

8  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: US States Flags Survivor on: September 05, 2014, 07:56:51 am
3 Delaware
2 Indiana
1 Massachusetts
9  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 3 (Polnut) on: August 02, 2014, 01:57:13 am
In my experience, the person who goes for the South region from the start is almost always one of the first to effectively lose

I felt I had no real choice in the matter given the initial draw, and subsequent troop placements.
In the end, I didn't properly account for just how strongly intent Tyrion was for war with me. I still don't really understand it. Oh well.
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: July 31, 2014, 10:53:21 am
Quote from: UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon
The terrible conflict in Gaza has now entered into its fourth week. Despite repeated appeals, violence, destruction and human suffering show no signs of abating.

 Over 1,200 Palestinians have been killed – the vast majority of them civilians, including hundreds of children. Thousands more have been injured. Nearly 220,000 have fled their homes to UNRWA shelters.

 The last 48 hours have brought even more suffering.

 Just this morning, a UN shelter, the Jabalia Elementary Girls School, was repeatedly shelled by – from all accounts – Israeli artillery.

 Women and children were asleep in what they had been assured was the safest place.

 Reports indicate at least 16 civilians were killed and many more injured.

 I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms. Nothing – nothing – justifies such horror.

 The coordinates of the school, like all UN facilities, were repeatedly communicated to the Israeli Defence Forces.

 Yesterday we also saw, for the third time during the conflict, the discovery of munitions at an abandoned UNRWA school. I want to stress those were abandoned facilities.

 Today also witnessed an unconscionable attack on a market reportedly killing another 17 people during a so-called four-hour humanitarian pause.

 I demand that all parties immediately respect UN premises.

 These are serious violations of international law; the perpetrators of these violations must be held to account. United Nations shelters must be safe zones not combat zones.

I am also deeply troubled by the targeting of the Gaza power station which supplies electricity and water. This attack raises deep concerns about sanitation conditions and possible spread of disease on a massive scale.

 I repeat my urgent call for an unconditional and extendable humanitarian ceasefire. In the name of our common humanity the fighting must stop now.


Quote from: UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon
As we speak, rockets from Hamas and Islamic Jihad continue to be fired on Israel. I have just seen myself with the Prime Minister all kinds of rockets fired by Hamas on to the heads of all of these people and the neighbourhoods where many people are living.

This is quite shocking. And I have seen all the photos and videos and evidence myself.

The United Nations position is clear: We condemn strongly the rocket attacks. These must stop immediately.

We condemn the use of civilian sites – schools, hospitals and other civilian facilities - for military purposes.

No country would accept rockets raining down on its territory – and all countries and parties have an international obligation to protect civilians.

I extend my deep condolences to the Prime Minister and to the people of Israel on the fatalities from the recent escalation.

11  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: July 31, 2014, 02:41:18 am

Owl hurt by Hamas fire recovering - Times of Israel
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: twilight: astronomical, nautical and civil on: July 29, 2014, 03:38:41 pm
04:53 Astronomical   
05:19 Nautical    
05:45 Civil    
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What percentage of your posts are topics started? on: July 29, 2014, 11:24:24 am
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International What-ifs / Re: How would you have voted? Ireland edition on: July 29, 2014, 11:10:00 am
Basing it on the choices within my home constituency (2011 and 2007 reflect my actual votes) - it's as much a reflection of the choice, or lack thereof, on those ballot papers as anything else. (Of course it's also possible that my political views are just as incoherent as the below list might suggest.)

2011: Independent (Duffy)
2007: Independent (Connolly)
2002: Independent (Martin)
1997: Labour
1992: Labour
1989: Independent (Duffy)
1987: Workers
1982N: Fine Gael
1982F: Fine Gael
1981: Fine Gael
1977: Fianna Fáil
1973: Fine Gael
1969: Labour
1965: Fianna Fáil
1961: Fianna Fáil
1957: Fianna Fáil
1954: Clann an Poblachta
1951: Independent (Dillon)
1948: Clann na Poblachta
1944: Clann na Talmhan
1943: Labour
1938: Fianna Fáil
1937: Fianna Fáil
1933: Fianna Fáil
1932: Fianna Fáil
1927S: Independent (Haslett)
1927J: Independent (Haslett)
1923: Cumann na nGaedheal
1922: Pro-Treaty Sinn Féin
1921: [Constituency Unopposed]
1918: Irish Parliamentary Party
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Spatial Skills Test on: July 26, 2014, 10:51:11 am
24 (6,8,5,5)
16  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 2 (Jas) on: July 26, 2014, 02:06:15 am
Thanks Joe

Please tactical move 6 Arkansans to Oklahoma

End turn
17  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 2 (Jas) on: July 25, 2014, 04:46:33 pm
Thanks Joe

4 in NM please.

Attack New Mexico to Arizona
Ceasefire after the first attack/roll of the dice.
18  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 2 (Jas) on: July 25, 2014, 08:26:42 am
Thanks Joe. Hope the trip went well.

Please resume the Texas-New Mexico assault.
Ceasefire on loss of 3 of my units.

If NM is taken, please pause for further commands on how to split the battalions between NM and TX.
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: July 25, 2014, 08:10:48 am
Altho, WHO is merely the continuation of the Health Organisation of the League of Nations, so should anything it does really be credited to the UN per se?

You propose the credit go to the League of Nations instead?
20  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: ISIS orders female genital mutilation in Iraq on: July 25, 2014, 01:56:05 am
Looks like this is another ISIS story that may also be untrue.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: July 25, 2014, 01:21:09 am
It also shows what a pointless joke the UN has become.

Please stop talking and come back when you figure out what the United Nations actually does.
In my lifetime, the only thing I have seen the UN "do" is make itself a forum for third world crackpots and tyrants to blame the west for their problems.

Here, I'll help you out. Have you noticed that smallpox isn't a thing anymore? Who do you think is responsible for that?
Seriously?  Not the UN.

Who, then?
22  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 2 (Jas) on: July 22, 2014, 07:12:20 am
Thanks Joe

All 6 reinforcements to Texas

Launch persistent attacks of 3 battalions from Texas to New Mexico
Ceasefire as and when my losses are 4 or greater.

If NM is taken, please pause for further commands on how to split the battalions between NM and TX.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 22, 2014, 02:44:34 am
Don't sweat our ramblings hugh. Sepp Blatter is on your side - and he's not interested in quality football, only votes. And there are plenty of votes in Africa and Asia - and precious few for him in Europe. That's the single biggest reason why there's really no chance - whatever the results or data - that AFC or CAF will lose slots.

I presume we might get the new allocation data on Friday at the qualification draw in St Petersburg.

If it comes to taking European slots in favour of Africa and Asia - I'd be surprised if that actually makes things any better for anyone though. My instinct is that things in fact only get worse as CAF and AFC sides will get fewer real chances of winning games - given the absence of the more marginal European sides.

Would the WC have been better this year with Uzbekistan and Jordan (the marginal AFC sides on this occasion) in place of Portugal, France, Greece or Croatia (the marginally qualified UEFA sides)?

I don't buy the population should get you representation argument for the WC - and if I did, I'd sooner set aside a slot for an India v China play-off, than make the argument that their combined population merits adding a slot for the marginal AFC sides (again: Uzbekistan and Jordan) at the WC.
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 21, 2014, 01:28:48 pm
There isn't really an argument to claim that UEFA is underrepresented at the world cup now. Anyway, in all likelihood they will have 14 teams next time.

For want of an argument...

i. The ELO rankings place 19 UEFA sides within the top 32 in the world.
(with 6 CONMEBOL, 3 CONCACAF, 2 CAF, and 1 AFC)

ii. A reasonable determination of the sides that are presumably least deserving of their spots might be those that come bottom of their groups. In this WC, only 1 UEFA side (England) came bottom. (4 were Asian, 2 African, 1 North American.)

iii. You noted UEFA's group stage record as 45%. But only CONMEBOL did better (72%). (Asia 0%, Africa 20%, North America 36%)

I think that the case for greater CONMEBOL representation is not unreasonable (presuming one wants a tournament of the best teams). But based on this data, it's the AFC and CAF that would be called on first to yield space.

It seems to me that UEFA's number of places is about right (but in the binary, more likely slightly under-, rather than over-represented).
25  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 1 (Tyrion) on: July 19, 2014, 05:38:25 pm
If anyone was going to deprive Hagrid of the Plains, Jas was the most likely suspect all along.

I did not assess such a move to be in my interest.
And, not that it matters much, I still don't.
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