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1  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Countries of Africa on: October 31, 2014, 08:37:05 am
3 Kenya
2 Cameroon
1 South Africa
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Zambia presidential by-election - no later than January 26 on: October 30, 2014, 01:24:56 am
2) at 70 he is rather old. Two of five Zambian Presidents have now died in office of natural causes and I think the major parties will go for someone younger,

I don't think this is as much an issue as you might think.
A 70 year old would still be younger than most of his southern African colleagues.

Birth Year - Head of Govt (State)
1924   Mugabe   (Zimbabwe)
1935   Pohamba   (Namibia)
1939   Thabane   (Lesotho)
1940   Mutharika   (Malawi)
1942   Zuma   (South Africa)
1942   Dlamini   (Swaziland)
1942   dos Santos  (Angola)
1943   Guebeza   (Mozambique)
1944   Michel   (Seychelles)
1944   Scott   (Zambia)
----------------------------------------
1947   Ramgoolam  (Mauritius)
1950   Kikwete   (Tanzania)
1953   Khama   (Botswana)
1958   Rajaonarimampianina  (Madagascar)
1971   Kabila   (DR Congo)
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Gully Foyle's African News Thread on: October 29, 2014, 09:05:03 am
Quote from: The Daily Telegraph
Mr Lungu confirmed Mr Scott's appointment on Wednesday: "Dr Scott will act as president of the Republic of Zambia until the country goes for a presidential by election".

Under a clause in the constitution which dictates that only those whose parents were born in Zambia can be president, Mr Scott's promotion is expected to last no longer than 90 days. "I won't run for the presidency at the election because constitutionally, I can't," he said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/zambia/11195196/I-am-Africas-first-white-democratic-leader-says-Zambian-vice-president.html
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion II on: October 23, 2014, 01:45:10 am
MORI poll on Britain's EU membership:

"If there were a referendum now on whether Britain should stay in or get out of the European Union, how would you vote?"

Stay in: 56%
Get out: 36%

I suspect the large margin is a bit of a fluke, but still this is encouraging.

Probably not a fluke - their poll from May had much the same result 54-37.

Their numbers are quite different from the other pollsters though - nobody else has had 'In' above, or even near to, 50%.
5  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.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Northern Ireland General Discussion on: September 30, 2014, 01:47:47 am
Fleg-gate of the day
7  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]
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Maps. All the maps. on: September 15, 2014, 08:56:46 am
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 - Results Thread on: September 10, 2014, 09:45:23 am
10  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: US States Flags Survivor on: September 08, 2014, 04:42:08 am
3 Arizona
2 Texas
1 California
11  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...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_association_football_clubs_playing_in_the_league_of_another_country
12  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: US States Flags Survivor on: September 05, 2014, 07:56:51 am
3 Delaware
2 Indiana
1 Massachusetts
13  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.
14  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.

http://www.un.org/sg/offthecuff/index.asp?nid=3504



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.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/infocus/sgspeeches/statments_full.asp?statID=2299#.U9pmiMmJkRY
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: July 31, 2014, 02:41:18 am
Meanwhile...

Owl hurt by Hamas fire recovering - Times of Israel
16  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    
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What percentage of your posts are topics started? on: July 29, 2014, 11:24:24 am
2.3%
18  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
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Spatial Skills Test on: July 26, 2014, 10:51:11 am
24 (6,8,5,5)
20  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
21  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.
22  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.
23  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?
24  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
25  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?
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