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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish independence referendum results thread (Sept 18, 2014) on: Today at 06:37:23 pm
Ballots all over the heath!

"Caithness ballot boxes held up by 1.5 hours because of an accident on the A9 at Berriedale Braes blackspot."

I await the allegations of MI5 involvement shortly...
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish independence referendum results thread (Sept 18, 2014) on: Today at 06:09:28 pm
Scattered reports of what the postal votes look like are coming through from parts of central Scotland. No idea about the accuracy, but the rumours are No-ish. Take with as much salt as is consumed in the average bowl of porage.

That's what I've read as well.  The Daily Record cites Yes supporters saying that those are mostly Tory voters.  I'm not sure about that, though.
How in the world would that happen!?

Well, to be fair, there's probably only about 32 Tory voters.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: Today at 05:14:27 am
The Scots
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: Today at 02:36:21 am
The fundamental thing is that no polling company has got a true hold on how this thing is going to turn out...

Which makes it, at the very least, an adventure in psephology.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: TyriontheImperialist for Vice President (Questioning) on: Today at 02:11:59 am
AYE
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Polnut on: Today at 02:11:19 am
PRESS RELEASE


I wish to confirm that I will be voting to confirm Senator Tryion to serve as Vice President for the remainder of this term.

This is not a vote of confidence in the Labor Party nor in the Administration, but one in Senator Tryion who I believe will do a good job in the role and consider the fundamental importance of his role in the care and concern of the Atlasian people.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: Today at 01:43:20 am
Meh, I go for the Prego every now and then. They have a really good red wine sauce, actually. That's not the issue.

The real problem here is he's eating carbs and no veggies. He's never going to lose weight doing that and he just can't accept it. Burgers and fries, spaghetti, mac and cheese, ramen, Dinty Moore stew, ham and cheese sandwiches, pizza, none of it is weight loss food. None are particularly better than the other. They're all equally bad as long as no vegetables are being eaten. That's the bottom line.

When I cook spaghetti I always up the veggie content, with carrot, broccoli and sometimes capsicum.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 17, 2014, 11:51:53 pm
My lord ... making fresh sauce with tomatoes, tomato paste, red wine and little stock is NOT hard.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Capital Freedom Act (Debating) on: September 17, 2014, 10:37:15 pm
It's awesome to see JCL v TNF... basically one extreme to the other.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 17, 2014, 10:35:36 pm
Oh my goodness, Mr Moderate.  Did you really have to condemn my food choice for tomorrow night?  At least it's not a large burger and large fries.  I see nothing wrong with spaghetti.

As long as the meat is lean and the sauce is based on actual real tomatoes....
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 17, 2014, 10:18:42 pm
Okay, I'll say it: Spaghetti, laden with quickly digested carbs, and in the quantity you no doubt eat as part of a meal, is a particularly unhealthy choice. Your body (especially your body)will readily convert it into body fat.

Source: Myself, as a morbidly obese youth who ate copious amounts of spaghetti

Yes, we all wanted to say it, but I just didn't have the heart to say it. I am a softy sometimes.

Look, his entire culture is unhealthy, his parents, his friends, his social circle, his church. He isn't going to change. Eating healthy is just elitist to these good people and they won't be bothered with eating green food or things that are not red meat, potatoes, beans, cheese, pasta, rice or anything else.

Indeed, note the response to our issues with his family meals - we were called 'spoiled rich-kids'... says it all really.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Scottish independence/opebo's banning correlation on: September 17, 2014, 08:55:33 pm
No/Yes
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 17, 2014, 08:54:52 pm
Mind you... your version of 'attack' is pretty mild.

Just do it... not everyone gets it right all the time. It takes experimenting and time. Just decide to cook for yourself one night... enjoy it. Don't see it as a chore.

14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Support for Carers Bill 2014 (Debating) on: September 17, 2014, 07:49:05 pm
I can appoint SirNick, who is eager and willing to be GM, on the 19th - not today (17th). So that's the update there. Aside from cost issues, some measures to prevent abuse of this would be needed (because it's pretty broad), but we can worry about that once we get some cost figures.

Let's wait until we have a GM, then can add details ...
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 17, 2014, 07:43:56 pm
I wanted to cook and was allowed to cook family meals from the time I was 10...

I just don't understand how anyone at his age is sooo helpless and doesn't actually try to do anything about it?
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 17, 2014, 07:22:02 pm
I'm disappointed. 538 has some coverage of this, but not forecast or projection.

Because the polling is still kind of screwed, there's no benchmarks... you can't really draw a forecast when you only have stand-alone data.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New Zealand general election, 20th September 2014 on: September 17, 2014, 07:20:55 pm
So are we going to start thinking about predictions?

PM Key will win a third term, and the Nats will continue to control Parliament.  That much is clear.  The question rather should be whether they can win enough seats such that they can govern without coalition partners. 

I don't believe they will govern in their own right. The polling I've seen is quite odd - I had a look at Napier. Which is  NAT held seat on a margin of about 11%. I have no idea about the kind of seat... so who knows what it means.

However, the 2011 Result saw the Nats win 52% of the electorate votes and 48% of the party votes. But the polling I've seen has the LAB candidate winning 39% of the electorate vote (this is an open seat and the NAT candidate is at 33%) and the NAT party vote at 44% with Labor down 4% and the Greens up 3%

Frankly, it's going to be interesting. I expect swings against the NATS, swings to the Greens and probably a hold steady for Labour.
18  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 10 (Matt from VT) on: September 17, 2014, 06:45:30 pm
Surely there should be a rule about forfeiting a round if you take too long without notice. 
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: WI-Marquette: Walker+3 on: September 17, 2014, 06:44:31 pm
That's within the margin of error... but I really would get too excited GOPers. Walker is still very vulnerable. I don't have Burke winning, but it will be close.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: CO-Quinnipiac: Hick down 10 on: September 17, 2014, 06:42:56 pm
Down by 10%? Bull****.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: CO-Suffolk: Gardner +1 on: September 17, 2014, 06:40:11 pm
Really? We're putting our faith in Suffolk?

Udall was NEVER a lock, this is CO in a mid-term.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: LA: Fox News: Cassidy leads primary, up 13 (!) in runoff on: September 17, 2014, 06:36:40 pm
Seriously? Let's step back... Landrieu is not getting that low a number in the first round.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 17, 2014, 01:52:43 am
It appears the true sign of panic has emerged... allegations of vote-rigging, in advance of the vote being rigged, are starting to trickle out. I've been perusing hardcore 'Yes' forums and blogs.... it's a bit scary.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New Zealand general election, 20th September 2014 on: September 17, 2014, 01:15:07 am
So are we going to start thinking about predictions?
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 17, 2014, 01:04:22 am
ICM: No 45, Yes 41
Survation: No 48, Yes 44
Opinium: No 47, Yes 43

So it's over.

Even if it is (which I think it is) - it'll make sure that next time, the Yes campaign will have more to campaign on besides sentiment... such as concrete plans for the transition and implementation of the post-UK systems. Including plans to retain English based businesses. Which is where they fell down spectacularly. Saying "eh, we'll sort it out later... " isn't good enough.

But considering how much ground they made up... it shows there's a decent appetite out there.
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