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1  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    
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What percentage of your posts are topics started? on: July 29, 2014, 11:24:24 am
2.3%
3  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
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Spatial Skills Test on: July 26, 2014, 10:51:11 am
24 (6,8,5,5)
5  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
6  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.
7  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.
8  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?
9  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.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28466434
10  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?
11  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.
12  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.
13  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).
14  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.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 18, 2014, 03:37:26 pm
Were I to set the criteria for confederation allocations, I'd probably do something like:
a base of 1 slot per confederation (6 slots);
1 slot for each confederation team that finished in the top 3 of the previous WC Group Stage (24);
1 additional slot for the confederation of the defending champion (1);
plus the host (1)


If rearranging confederations was on the table, I'd want to merge CONCACAF and CONMEBOL.
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 18, 2014, 07:38:46 am
FIFA rankings are generally worse than ELO rankings, as I recall.

Agreed


Also, some of the hate comes from the fact that FIFA used to be really, really horrible. I think the classic example is Honduras being ranked number 1 about a decade ago.

Honduras's highest ever FIFA ranking was 20 (Sept 2001).

The list of #1 ranked sides is limited to Germany, Brazil, Italy, France, Argentina, Spain, and the Netherlands.
17  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 1 (Jas) on: July 17, 2014, 04:12:54 pm
OK, thanks again Joe

Tactical move 2 from Missouri to Arkansas

18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 17, 2014, 02:29:18 pm
Costa Rica was moved up 12 ranks (and surpassed Mexico), for obvious reasons I think.

England fell 10 ranks and is now significantly behind the US *lol*

The US has performed more strongly than England recently. Seems reasonable.

Agreed. Away from Wembley, England have been having a pretty tough time for a while now.

The persistent idea that the Americans are some sort of joke side hasn't been true for a long time. (The rankings will always struggle to accurately place them though given that it's almost only at World Cups that they can be seriously judged.)
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 17, 2014, 09:23:29 am
No need for the hate on Cape Verde hugh - they're a perfectly decent footballing side who were one of the most watchable teams at last year's Cup of Nations, and were unfortunate not to go further in their World Cup qualification. Their only real competitive losses in the last 2 years have been to Ghana and Cameroon.
20  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 1 (Jas) on: July 17, 2014, 06:52:23 am
Thanks Joe

With apologies for the iterative process, the same attack order again please:

Attack Tennessee with 3 battalions from Arkansas.

Cease fire on the loss of any Arkansans.
21  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 1 (Jas) on: July 17, 2014, 02:08:39 am
Thanks Joe

Attack Tennessee with 3 battalions from Arkansas.

Cease fire on the loss of any Arkansans.
22  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 1 (Jas) on: July 17, 2014, 01:13:18 am
Thanks Joe

Action:
Persistently attack Tennessee with 3 battalions from Arkansas.

Cease fire as and when Arkansas's force drops to 9 or fewer personnel.
23  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Ask Oakvale on: July 16, 2014, 03:14:53 pm
Irish is a national language in name only - really it's the domain of a few smug hicks and pandering politicians who like to trumpet their Irishness by adding a few words in the language to a street sign occasionally.

If only it was just street signs...
24  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 1 (Jas) on: July 16, 2014, 02:55:23 pm
3 reinforcements to Oklahoma

Attack Oklahoma to Arkansas
Cease fire if:
i. Oklahoma's force level falls to level, or below, that of Arkansas
or ii. Oklahoma's force numbers fall to 8 or fewer personnel
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favorite Place You've Visited on: July 15, 2014, 01:28:51 am
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