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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Best Sci-Fi universe/story (new poll) on: May 24, 2017, 08:04:42 pm
Star Wars and Star Trek are objectively the best. Neither are my favorites.

Because they made the most money? Go boil your head.

Because they are the most famous. Yeah, that tends to correlate with making money, so what? There is no other objective way to measure 'best'.

Beet destroying whole traditions of art criticism in one sentence here.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: "Who would fictional characters vote for?" omnibus thread on: May 24, 2017, 08:27:31 am
The Donkey in Au Hasard Balthazar would 100% be a Clinton voter imo
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Non alcoholic beer with a craft beer taste. Let's replace alcoholic beer. on: May 21, 2017, 10:49:09 am
And now for my moment of chauvinism: Bud is inoffensive compared with the skunk-anodized-with-aluminum taste of Heineken.

This is ftr an 100% correct opinion.
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Non alcoholic beer with a craft beer taste. Let's replace alcoholic beer. on: May 20, 2017, 08:44:19 pm
Yes 'Craft Beer' is a bullsh-t marketing term. Stop using it.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Why there are so few female customers of male sex workers? on: May 20, 2017, 08:43:26 pm
You know, despite what our contemporary postmodern aesthetics may indicate, sometimes the most obvious answer is, indeed, the correct one, as William of Ockham would know.

By stating this though, I do not wish to deny that humanity contains multitudes. Just that it is what it is.
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Non alcoholic beer with a craft beer taste. Let's replace alcoholic beer. on: May 20, 2017, 08:26:31 pm
You will take my 7-11% Belgian Dark Ales out of my cold, dead (enjoyably slightly drunk) hands.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Process / Re: EC supporters: Do you think any other place should have an "electoral college"? on: May 18, 2017, 12:21:35 pm
Electoral College was a sordid compromise to solve a series of issues most of which no longer exist (and some no longer existed very quickly in the history of the United States) and were unique to Early America.

It's not a model you can export, even if you wanted to (and note that America when imposing democracy abroad a la Iraq plumbs for a parliamentary system).

America no longer has small, rural states?

(yes I'm aware of the current fad about claiming that the EC was about slavery, and I plain disagree)

No, the main issue was that there was no history of central government between the colonies and so had to share power to a degree between them - local identities being much more important than national ones.

It's a long time since anyone could reasonably claim that was true for most of the United States.
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Process / Re: EC supporters: Do you think any other place should have an "electoral college"? on: May 14, 2017, 10:05:18 pm
Electoral College was a sordid compromise to solve a series of issues most of which no longer exist (and some no longer existed very quickly in the history of the United States) and were unique to Early America.

It's not a model you can export, even if you wanted to (and note that America when imposing democracy abroad a la Iraq plumbs for a parliamentary system).
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Best Sci-Fi universe/story (new poll) on: May 10, 2017, 10:29:10 pm
Why so many votes for Hitchhiker's Guide?

Because it's not rubbish unlike at least three of the other poll options.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What on earth are people on about Le Pen? on: May 10, 2017, 10:28:06 pm
A few weeks on, I repeat myself
You people do understand the difference between a 3-point difference in the polls and a 20-point difference, right?
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What on earth are people on about Le Pen? on: April 22, 2017, 05:38:43 pm
You people do understand the difference between a 3-point difference in the polls and a 20-point difference, right?
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2017 French Presidential Election - Predictions Thread on: April 21, 2017, 06:56:16 pm
I'm going with Macron and Fillon based on no reason other than I think Fillon is probably underpolling because a) he's become one of those candidates and b) his voters are most likely to vote (Contrast to JPM).
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2017 French Presidential Election on: April 20, 2017, 01:47:39 pm
Macron's strength - and Le Pen's weakness - in the North West of France is very interesting imo. Shows the ways in which Macron is the most 'traditional right' of all the candidates.

What is the traditional Right for you? More Giscard or more Chirac?

It means it likes the Pope and doesn't like Parisians telling them what to do. Which makes Fillon's failure more interesting...
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2017 French Presidential Election on: April 20, 2017, 01:46:55 pm
Macron's strength - and Le Pen's weakness - in the North West of France is very interesting imo. Shows the ways in which Macron is the most 'traditional right' of all the candidates.

Or demographic change - the North West has secularised dramatically; and Rennes and Nantes are almost the two most obvious examples of socially liberal, prosperous, bobo cities in the country.

Although the region has always been politically moderate, a friendly country for centrists.

Ah, but if the North West had become like the rest of France then it wouldn't stand out in elections.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Best Sci-Fi universe/story (new poll) on: April 20, 2017, 01:34:47 pm
By some criteria nothing listed in the poll is 'science fiction'
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2017 French Presidential Election on: April 20, 2017, 01:31:05 pm
Macron's strength - and Le Pen's weakness - in the North West of France is very interesting imo. Shows the ways in which Macron is the most 'traditional right' of all the candidates.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Best Sci-Fi universe/story (new poll) on: April 18, 2017, 11:17:30 pm
The Stars My Destination for best story

As for best Universe/World, most Jack Vance novels have a claim
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of this map on: April 16, 2017, 09:37:45 pm
If you think that this map is bad, you should read Colin Woodward's book.

Posters on this site could pick apart Albion's Seed or Joel Garreau's Nine Nations of North America at length, but both offer better analysis, more nuance, and more thoroughly researched versions of what Woodward attempts in American Nations.

Question: Should I read Albion's Seed? I have it on my 'to read' list but haven't bought it yet.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do Millennial Men Want Stay-at-Home Wives? on: March 31, 2017, 10:12:12 pm
No, I like women who talk to me.

What's that supposed to imply?

It speaks for itself.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do Millennial Men Want Stay-at-Home Wives? on: March 31, 2017, 10:10:39 pm
No, I like women who talk to me.
21  General Discussion / History / Re: Why Boston/New England Irish identity is so pronounced on: March 31, 2017, 05:31:26 pm
The issue here is that Irish controlled the local RC churches in the Northeast for a very long period, which meant is more likely for Southern Europeans, French Canadians, etc (and there are quite a lot of those in the NE) mix with Irish people, have half-Irish children, and identify with Irishness.
22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite tiny mainland European country on: March 31, 2017, 05:24:12 pm
San Marino is the only one there whose existence isn't totally objectionable.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Finnish local elections, 9th April 2017 on: March 31, 2017, 10:54:51 am
Who would be the audience of an English language debate in Finland?
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Grover Cleveland vs. Woodrow Wilson on: March 31, 2017, 10:38:19 am
Both were disasters marred by totally incoherent policies, especially in their second terms. Despite (or because of?) this, Wilson is one of the most important presidents in American History yet there is something deeply political yet intellectually incredulous about appointing both James Clark McReynolds and Louis Brandeis to the Supreme Court.
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion Thread: mayy lmao on: March 31, 2017, 10:31:56 am
Sturgeon ought to wait and see if it'll be a hard Brexit or a soft Brexit.  A hard Brexit would make Scottish independence more likely.

You would think so, but note that a hard Brexit + Scottish Independence = a 'hard border' at Berwick.
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