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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2786 days ago on: May 27, 2016, 09:27:39 pm
God, I've been on this forum far too long.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Would Cruz/Fiorina be the most hideous ticket in the history of the Republic? on: May 24, 2016, 10:03:57 pm


Ooooooohhh... I want your explanation for this.
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ban, ban, ta-taliban. Needs a new master, needs a new man. on: May 23, 2016, 05:21:09 pm
I have nothing to say on the issue other than 'good' but I do want to say that this must be the greatest thread title in Atlas history and should be appreciated as such.
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Fans of Star Wars! What's your favorite movie in the franchise so far? on: May 21, 2016, 06:09:54 pm
My answer is basically the critical consensus: Empire and Hope are good, Return and Awakens are at least okay despite some flaws, and the prequels are garbage.

My only contrarian take is that The Phantom Menace, while still pretty bad, is a whole lot better than either of the other prequel films. I'm pretty sure that it was someone here - maybe Gully? - who helped to convince me of this.

Ftr it wasn't me. I would never make such an argument - because that would require me to think about the prequels more than I would want to.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Greater London Assembly and Mayor elections - 5 May 2016 on: May 21, 2016, 06:00:19 pm
Where did the Green\Libdem\Ukip (I assume Romford) do best?

Berry (Green) - Herne Hill (Lambeth) 15.3%, Pidgeon (LibDem) - Surrey Docks (Southwark; yuppie flats) 17.3%, Whittle (UKIP) - Heaton (Havering; one of the Harold Hill wards so what most people would think of as Romford even if not in the parliamentary constituency) 19.5%.

The candidate of the Women's Equality Party polled best in (looooool) Crouch End (5.4%), George Galloway in one of the North Kensington wards (Golborne) 5.7% which was not expected and Prince Zylinski in Greenford Green (5.1%) which absolutely was.

Mind clarifying that comment on Prince Zylinski?
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ireland General Discussion on: May 20, 2016, 10:54:35 am
lawd

My reaction exactly.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ireland General Discussion on: May 20, 2016, 09:27:20 am
Brendan Howlin is the new leader of the Labour Party
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: Reuters junk poll: Clinton up 4, too many undecideds on: May 15, 2016, 11:48:06 am
I don't think we should take national polls seriously until Sanders drops out
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: National Assembly of Wales Elections 2016 on: May 11, 2016, 10:39:57 am
Classic example here of a political party being sacrificed in the name of personal ambition.
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Why are the spanish soccer teams so rich? on: May 09, 2016, 07:10:53 am
Spanish teams which aren't the top three are basically economically ruined and this close to bankruptcy these days. All of them. A major part of the reason for this is that TV rights are negotiated by club, rather than shared collectively which is what happens in the Premier League and, I think, the Bundesliga. This means the huge bulk of TV rights money goes to Real and Barcelona and crumbs to the rest.

Also, what Al said.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: NC-Civitas: Clinton +12, Sanders +19 (!) on: May 07, 2016, 07:06:52 pm
I would absolutely count Oklahoma as southern.

I wouldn't. Too few blacks, never a slave state, a repository for various American Indian groups (as opposed to places they were dramatically expelled from or just wiped off the map). Perhaps the southeast corner could count though: 'Little Dixie'.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Irish general election, 26th Feb 2016 on: May 06, 2016, 05:10:57 pm
Is that a demotion for Varadkar? He was at Health before no? and being talked up as a future leader

This is generally seen as a demotion for Vardakar. But OTOH it might be an indication that the government is about to get 'tough(er than it already is)' on welfare spending.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: English local elections, 5 May 2016 on: May 06, 2016, 05:06:32 pm
STOP THE PRESSES

LABOUR HAVE OPPOSITION ON MANCHESTER CITY COUNCIL

now:
Lab 95 (-1)
Lib Dems 1 (+1)
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Irish general election, 26th Feb 2016 on: May 06, 2016, 01:23:15 pm
Cabinet

15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: CNN releases first battleground map for Clinton vs. Trump on: May 05, 2016, 03:35:21 pm
I do wonder how much of New Hampshire's 'libertarian' reputation owes itself to its ridiculous system of state government rather than anything really due to the state's inhabitants.

Anyway, as already reported by all, this is far too optimistic for Trump.
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Paul Ryan Not Ready to Endorse/Support Donald Trump on: May 05, 2016, 03:05:32 pm
ayy lmao
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever submitted a BS assignment because you knew you'd pass the class? on: May 03, 2016, 02:40:41 pm
If you get a liberal arts degree in America, you really should be BSing all your papers. If you have to put in effort, college isn't for you. Go be a welder or something. You'll make more money anyway.

Have you taken a liberal arts class? Beyond, say, the 100 level or whatever it is called in the United States?
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Will Hillary reach 55% in the upcoming general election against Trump? on: May 02, 2016, 10:53:25 pm
I think so, Republicans are at their lowest approval ratings since 1992.
So is Hillary, ironically. And for good reason. This is the nth election in a row where 10% on the right and 10% on the left decide the possible presidents for the 100%. And just now, the American people are beginning to realize the severity of the situation.

lol, have you been paying attention at all?

Anyway, to answer this question you must note that pretty much everything between now and November will be about one man - even more so than already - and next to nothing about the other person in the race. Thus her result could swing wildly depending on absolutely nothing at all she does - anything from 48% to 60% or above. What is more likely? Well, little has been more unlikely than what has actually happened so far, so I don't think any prediction based on 'reasonable assumptions' is worth much. If they were, we would be discussing nominee Rubio's chances in Virginia and Pennsylvania instead.

Although if must ask for a prediction, I'd say there is a good chance of that. And there's a small but far-from-zero of it being a 20-point blowout a la 1984. The map isn't as solid as people think, especially when 'generic candidates' aren't running.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: College Students Are Ridiculously Infuriating Safe-Space/Mega-thread on: May 02, 2016, 02:18:27 pm
Dude the student radicals of the late 1960s were infinitely more violent than those of today. As you'd know if you'd actually read those history books rather than just looked at the pictures.

They were also far more numerous and far more relevant.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Age That You First Got Drunk on: May 01, 2016, 07:43:55 am
Define 'Got Drunk'
21  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? on: May 01, 2016, 07:42:25 am


Read that ages ago. Thoughts?
22  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Which country would be better for American progressives? (UK, AU, NZ, CA, IR) on: May 01, 2016, 07:42:02 am
You people are very silly.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is the Republican party a racist party? on: April 30, 2016, 05:05:39 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O6Nmx_kZMQ

EDIT: also this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROQlAFYSvro
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: India 1977-present on: April 29, 2016, 11:15:28 am
What was going on in Assam exactly during this period?
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Since joining the Atlas Forum, have you moved more leftward or rightward? on: April 24, 2016, 07:15:20 pm
I don't believe in this dichotomy but as I realised with horror that each generation has been worse than the last I suppose I've become more conservative in general.

e: In particular watching deranged college students attempting to ban free speech has been a revelatory experience and convinced me of the very real danger of ideological indoctrination in education.

e2: Probably the most important factor in any political shift in my own life has been a growing sense of very real disgust with the professional left. Whether it's the extreme of equivocating on the Soviet Union or the no less disgraceful cult around the criminal PSUV ransacking of Venezuela you don't have to look far to find people hemming and hawing, outright lying and deflecting while they sing the praises of Socialism. Sad!

I'm tempted to do a long effort post here and maybe I will later but I just want to say that e2 here is pretty important to me, as is the general superficiality of the Irish 'left' in general. For all the problems of our political class, it is a good thing the Irish left have no real power or responsibility. Yet I can't really identify with the 'right' - the parties of property and finance - and even less with 'professional centrists' a la the Blairites and the Clintonistas. Oh well.
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