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1  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Flags of Russian Subdivisions - ROUND 9 on: December 19, 2014, 11:33:17 pm
5 Oryol
4 Kaliningrad
3 Irkutsk
2 Novosibirsk
1 N Novgorod

Nizhny Novogorod has already been eliminated. Unless you mean Novgorod?
2  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Flags of Russian Subdivisions - ROUND 9 on: December 19, 2014, 11:21:52 pm
5 Irkutsk
4 Novosibirsk
3 Khakassia
2 Kaliningrad
1 Stavropol
3  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Flags of Russian Subdivisions - ROUND 8 on: December 19, 2014, 11:16:41 pm
Round 8 Results -
Magadan - 10
Volgograd - 9
Ulyanovsk - 8
Lipetsk - 8
Perm - 8

Irkutsk - 7
Karelia - 6
Novosibirsk - 6
Adygea - 5
Astrakhan - 5
Mari El - 4
Chelyabinsk - 4
Oryol - 3
Kaliningrad - 2
Tver - 1
Stavropol - 1
Kaluga - 1
Tambov - 1

Eliminated:
Magadan


Volgograd


Ulyanovsk


Lipetsk


Perm


Round 9
As in previous rounds, five flags will be eliminated. Please vote to eliminate five flags using the 5-4-3-2-1 format. The five flags with most 'vote points' at the end of the round will be eliminated.
4  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Asia-Pacific on: December 19, 2014, 11:06:00 pm
Eliminate Thailand
5  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Asia-Pacific on: December 18, 2014, 10:18:09 pm
Eliminate Thailand
6  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Flags of Russian Subdivisions - ROUND 8 on: December 18, 2014, 07:50:33 pm
5 Perm
4 Irkutsk
3 Novosibirsk
2 Kaliningrad
1 Stavropol
7  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Flags of Russian Subdivisions - ROUND 7 on: December 18, 2014, 07:42:42 pm
Round 7 Results -
Karachay-Cherkess - 11
Rostov - 6
Ryazan - 6
Smolensk - 6
Jewish Autonomous Oblast - 5
(TIEBREAK: More votes in previous rounds - Congrats Earl, the effort finally paid off Tongue)
Volgograd - 5
Lipetsk - 5
Ulyanovsk - 4
Karelia - 4
Adygea - 4
Kurgan - 3
Perm - 3
Samara - 3
Mari El - 2
Saratov - 2
Oryol - 2
Magadan - 1
Stavropol - 1

Eliminated:
Karachay-Cherkess


Rostov


Ryazan


Smolensk


Jewish Autonomous Oblast


Round 8
As in previous rounds, five flags will be eliminated. Please vote to eliminate five flags using the 5-4-3-2-1 format. The five flags with most 'vote points' at the end of the round will be eliminated.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: BRTD's Obessions on: December 18, 2014, 07:04:49 pm
no mention of little old me here Sad
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA2: Promote Marriage Diversity Act on: December 18, 2014, 06:58:31 pm
Those who criticize this bill on the basis of human rights, must remember all those people who are being denied their rights to live in matrimony with the people they choose. Why such fixation on the number two?
10  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Flags of Russian Subdivisions - ROUND 7 on: December 17, 2014, 07:58:48 pm
5 Karachay-Cherkess
4 Rostov
3 Perm
2 Irkutsk
1 Stavropol
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA2: Promote Marriage Diversity Act on: December 17, 2014, 07:55:17 pm
A morally bankrupt piece of legislation that would open the door to having brothers and sisters marrying.

I feel, as sponsor of this bill, that this attitude, as inscribed in current law, attacks the right of couples regardless of biological origin to sexual and emotional freedom. Such attitudes are restrictive and are in no way the proper path of love and harmony that we in Transcendental Democrats are trying to build in the Pacific Region.
12  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Flags of Russian Subdivisions - ROUND 6 on: December 17, 2014, 07:52:25 pm
Round 6 Results:
Kemerovo - 11
Dagestan - 8
Kostroma - 8
Primorsky - 7
Tyumen - 6
(TIEBREAK: More '5' votes)
Rostov - 6
Jewish Autonomous Oblast - 5
Volgograd - 5
Ulyanovsk - 4
Adygea - 4
Karelia - 3
Kurgan - 3
Lipetsk - 2
Astrakhan - 2
Karachay - Cherkees 1

Eliminated:
Kemerovo


Dagestan


Kostroma


Primorsky


Tyumen


Round 7
As in previous rounds, five flags will be eliminated. Please vote to eliminate five flags using the 5-4-3-2-1 format. The five flags with most 'vote points' at the end of the round will be eliminated.
13  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Asia-Pacific on: December 17, 2014, 09:29:12 am
3 Bangladesh
2 Vietnam
1 Papua New Guinea
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Thirteenth Pacific Legislative Council on: December 16, 2014, 08:11:46 pm
Promote Marriage Diversity Act

1. All acts and relevant sections of acts prohibiting the entry of more than two people into a marriage contract shall be repealed
15  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Flags of Russian Subdivisions - ROUND 6 on: December 16, 2014, 07:33:56 pm
5 Kemerovo
4 Kostroma
3 Rostov
2 Primorsky
1 Dagestan
16  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Flags of Russian Subdivisions - ROUND 5 on: December 16, 2014, 07:29:00 pm
Round 5 Results:
St Petersburg - 14
Zabaykalsky - 7
Belgorod - 7
Krasnodar - 6
Ivanovo - 6
(TIEBREAK: More votes in previous rounds)
Dagestan - 6
Volgograd - 5
Kostroma - 5
Jewish Autonomous Oblast - 4
Kurgan - 4
Ulyanovsk - 3
Karelia - 3
Adygea - 3
Kursk - 2

Eliminated:
St Petersburg


Zabaykalsky


Belgorod


Krasnodar


Ivanovo


Round 6
As in previous rounds, five flags will be eliminated. Please vote to eliminate five flags using the 5-4-3-2-1 format. The five flags with most 'vote points' at the end of the round will be eliminated.
17  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Asia-Pacific on: December 15, 2014, 10:34:34 pm
3 Timor-Leste
2 Iran
1 Cambodia
18  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Flags of Russian Subdivisions - ROUND 5 on: December 15, 2014, 07:39:39 pm
5 Zabaykalsky
4 St Petersburg
3 Belgorod
2 Kostroma
1 Dagestan
19  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Flags of Russian Subdivisions - ROUND 4 on: December 15, 2014, 07:35:42 pm
Round 4 Results -
Vologda - 13
Orenberg - 11
Tula - 10
Amur - 10
Moscow City - 6

Zabaykalsky - 5
St Petersburg - 5
Krasnodar - 5
Jewish Autonomous - 4
Volgograd - 3
Ivanovo - 3
Dagestan - 3
Adygea - 3
Ulyanovsk - 2
Kursk - 2
Karelia - 2
Belgorod - 1
Tver - 1
Magadan - 1

Eliminated:
Vologda


Orenberg


Tula


Amur


Moscow City


Round 5
As in previous rounds, five flags will be eliminated. Please vote to eliminate five flags using the 5-4-3-2-1 format. The five flags with most 'vote points' at the end of the round will be eliminated.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Irish immersion on: December 15, 2014, 06:45:39 pm
Irish independence happened a century too late to save the language from anything other than utter marginality.

The victorious nationalists never made a full commitment to the language cause, it was always very half hearted and symbolic. If they had gone all in with in the 20s and 30s and de facto mad Irish the sole official language of their new nation state there would have been a (slim) chance.

This would have meant, in effect, firing and replacing the whole root and branch of the civil service (which went mostly unchanged after independence) and the professions, including teachers, in the name of linguistic preference. This would have been a massively unpopular policy whose main obvious goal would be convincing the skeptics that the Irish free state was a plot to transform Ireland into a Gaelic, Catholic, Romantic nationalist state... and for what?

But no, you repeat hoary nationalist tropes that a moment's reflection would have revealed the fallacy. As it happened the Irish Free State cut funding for many areas on the Irish west coast where Irish was spoken because it could no longer afford the expense that the British state put into it.

I never claimed it would have been a good thing, just that there would have been a small chance to do it if they had went all in. Status is crucial for language survival and if it had been clearly marked that to get to the top you would need to be proficient in Irish that would have made a difference. Most of the leaders weren't fluent (or even proficient ) Irish speakers themselves and had an ambivalent attitude towards gaelisation of the civil service and educational system.
It would have taken a different level of radicalism, almost fanaticism, to accomplish it. Irish nationalism has a reputation of radicalism, but in reality the Free State leaders were fairly pragmatic on language issues. With the widespread apathy in the general population (incl. the Gaeltacht) regarding language revival it would likely have taken an authoritarian government to accomplish a language change.

So why not talk about something which actually had a chance of happening?
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Irish immersion on: December 15, 2014, 01:58:30 pm
As it happened the Irish Free State cut funding for many areas on the Irish west coast where Irish was spoken because it could no longer afford the expense that the British state put into it.

That's being uncharacteristically kind towards De Valera et al given that one of the main reasons they couldn't afford to keep up the previous levels of state spending in such areas was their own exceedingly conservative attitude towards economic policy and the role of the state; are you feeling alright? Tongue

But, yes, the big killer of minority languages is often rural depopulation. One reason why government programmes aimed at saving or preserving minority languages (nearly?) always fail (and so turn into employment rackets for middle class speakers of said minority language with depressing regularity) is because this is rarely taken into account or even really understood.

Well, yes, although the real blame goes on Cosgrave and Ernest 'not at all a fascist sympathizer' Blythe not De Valera, who at least encouraged industrial development (lol) in such areas.

Completely agree on the second bit, of course. EDIT: I should add that the free state were often all in favour of rural depopulation despite a lot of rhetoric in opposition. Especially under Cosgrave, emigration was accepted as the only solution to rural Ireland's economic woes. And lets not mention certain things which were done in the name of 'economic development'. What's interesting is that the government seemed barely aware of the contradictions between the goal of 'developing a modern economy' and the 'Irish Ireland' of their rhetoric. I blame romanticism.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you fluent in at least 2 languages? on: December 15, 2014, 01:33:44 pm
Fluent English, conversational fluency in Spanish.

^

One day it will get better
23  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Flags of Russian Subdivisions - ROUND 4 on: December 15, 2014, 01:32:56 pm
6 Amur Oblast
5 Vologda Oblast
4 Zabaykalsky Krai
3 Tula Oblast
2 Magadan Oblast
1 Kurgan Oblast


Voting is only 5-4-3-2-1

I will take those votes as Amur 5, Vologda 4... Magadan 1 and exclude Kurgan unless you change it.

I admire your brains...........but don't you all have more interesting things to talk about?HuhHuhHuh??

No, no we do not
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: opinion of the following definition of rape on: December 15, 2014, 12:04:49 pm
Well, housekeeper Consuela is clearly a terrible human being and a bad parent

It's a film?

Worse: A Todd 'uber-edgy' Solondz film.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rudy 9/11: Eric Garner death caused by teachers' unions on: December 15, 2014, 12:03:21 pm
Terrible, Terrible thread

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