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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The five worst banned/no longer posting posters in Atlas history on: April 23, 2015, 10:01:06 pm
Sam Spade was really awful. He liked to play Nostradamus, making posts that were so vague that they could mean anything in an attempt to prove that he knew things after they happened. The one time he was explicit was predicting the Dow would hit 3,000 during the financial crisis. And he always thought calling people "faggot" was the height of wit. Truly terrible in every conceivable way.

But he did predict the Euro crisis- he said in early 2009 that Europe had it worse than America. He also said that Germany would be fine, however. In November 2009, he correctly predicted that the "Dubai crash" was a tempest in a teapot while the Greek budgeting revelations were big news.

He was wrong about Keynesian economics, but not the Euro.

He did, however, also predict that in Ireland soon the only worthwhile investment would be tinned food... Now, granted he was being expressive and metaphoric but... that's not even wrong.
2  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: World Religion Map by National Subdivision on: April 23, 2015, 09:41:58 pm
What are the Protestant divisions in the Republic of Ireland?

Remnants of old settlement.

Realisticidealist, may I ask what units you used to draw Ireland? I note that the Shannon Estuary and Loch Neagh have been 'eaten' by the surrounding places, so to speak.

Also, this is fantastic work. Well done.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: April 22, 2015, 11:37:33 am
I imagine those that do care very strongly about this are rather unlikely to be Labour voters anyway.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you know what country your grandparents were born in? on: April 22, 2015, 11:36:02 am
Three of my grandparents were born in the UK although all four were born in Ireland. My maternal grandparents were born in Ireland when it was still part of the UK and my paternal grandmother (who is the only one still living) in the UK but on the island of Ireland (but after independence). My paternal grandfather was the only one born in the Republic of Ireland. 

This thread would be more interesting if it were about great grandparents. All of mine were born in the UK o/c, but afaik seven of them were born on the island of Ireland (the other was from Yorkshire).

5  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Banzilla #2 - The Ban Boy Returns - Petition to ban Solarstorm on: April 21, 2015, 07:16:06 pm
I think it's time we discuss this.

x Gully
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: April 21, 2015, 04:36:10 pm
Prediction: Yougov's poll tomorrow will show a 3 point Labour lead, thus returning us back to the beginning.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The new Atlas forum: is this really acceptable now? on: April 21, 2015, 12:22:07 pm
The people whining about oakvale and Xahar are infinitely worse, as a general rule, than either of them.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Swearing in of New Officeholders on: April 20, 2015, 08:33:23 pm

I, Gully Foyle, do solemnly affirm that I will faithfully execute the office of Pacific Councilor, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution of Atlasia and of the Pacific Region, so help me Dave.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: April 20, 2015, 10:29:01 am
These national polls are resolutely refusing to give us a coherent narrative.
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Finally, a heart-warming story out of Zimbabwe on: April 20, 2015, 08:53:46 am
Elephant = FF
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Inappropriate content on the forum on: April 18, 2015, 01:22:30 pm
Yes, Snowguy, my observation that this forum could do with fewer teenage boys analyzing the women with whom they would have sex is in fact evidence of my deep-seated homophobia.
I was referring to "homosexuals trawling for sex".  Is that supposed to be evidence of your acceptance of gays?

If you insist on 'decency', then you should start by using decent terms and decent, truthful assessments of your fellow LGBTQIA posters.

Kthx

I take it you are not familiar with PAPOY

Kthx bai.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: April 18, 2015, 09:25:51 am
Given the polling and the fact that it seems to be more in line with the referendum result than the Hollyrood elections I wouldn't be surprised if the SNP actually did better in Glasgow than in Edinburgh. In which case, I'd say there is a good chance of Labour holding Edinburgh North and Leith.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2015 At-large Senate Election on: April 17, 2015, 09:52:46 pm


AT-LARGE SENATE


[ 3 ] Blair2015 of Massachusetts
Labor Party



[ 2 ] Cris of Kansas
Civic Renewal



[ 4 ] Lief of Vermont
Labor Party



[ 6 ] North Carolina Yankee of North Carolina
Federalist Party



[ 5 ] Poirot of Quebec
Independent



[ 1 ] Polnut of Massachusetts
The People's Party



14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Muslims on refugee boat throw Christians overboard for being non-Muslims on: April 17, 2015, 07:07:08 pm
Staying in the UK and from the distant time of 2013, Here is an overview of some facts relating to migrants and state expenditure in the UK. It includes this graph below on comparing UK and non-UK residents number on state benefits.

15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Muslims on refugee boat throw Christians overboard for being non-Muslims on: April 17, 2015, 07:01:15 pm
Here from the UK is a study which shows that between 1995 and 2010 migrants to the UK gave a 'positive fiscal contribution' to the UK treasury. That is, they gave more in taxes than received in benefits. This is just one of a large academic literature.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: April 17, 2015, 10:34:19 am
New Ashcroft Scotland polls



All I can say is wow.
17  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / SSH #16: Praxeology on: April 13, 2015, 07:30:36 pm
This, an essential theory of this

Discuss with much laughter.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: April 13, 2015, 10:10:24 am
An important article here from the Grauniad on different methods of polling this election and their accuracy.

En fin: I don't even know what is going on any more.


One can speculate about different polling methods all day long, but the ICM poll showed a five point move to the Tories from their last poll, presumably using the same polling methods. Odds are some of the move is just statistical noise within the margin of error.

Everything I read indicates it is a rogue poll (look at subsamples)

In contrast here is Ashcroft's poll: CON 33 LAB 33 LD 9 UKIP 13 GP 6
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: April 13, 2015, 08:58:40 am
An important article here from the Grauniad on different methods of polling this election and their accuracy.

En fin: I don't even know what is going on any more.
20  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / SSH #15: Malcolm Gladwell on: April 12, 2015, 06:37:38 pm
Discuss our guru of the present age here.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: April 2015 Gubernatorial and Legislative Council Elections on: April 11, 2015, 08:28:26 pm
Governor:

1. Simfan34 

Council:

1. Gully Foyle
2. Türkisblau
22  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / SSH #14: Oswald Spengler on: April 11, 2015, 07:23:58 pm
The Man and His Opus

This poll was made on request.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Texas approves textbooks with Moses as Founding Father on: April 11, 2015, 05:59:26 pm
I'm not opposed to discussing America's Judeo-Christian roots, but it means nothing if you ignore the effect of the Enlightenment as well. 

Judeo?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judeo-Christian

First became common as a PC term in the 1940s to explicitly include Judaism as part of the tapestry of American faiths.  Since the 1990s has tended to be used as a dog whistle to exclude other faiths, especially Islam. In a historical context, I have no problem with that term as while there were some Jewish congregations in the US from the beginning.

Oh I know what it means, but it is plain idiocy.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of rent control on: April 11, 2015, 01:47:14 pm
It says something of the intellectual bankruptcy of our 'left' that they continue to support rent control (and in Dublin this is a city which actually has - despite the property bubble - a shortage of rentable property both residential and commercial in the city centre).

However, I voted option 3 in the poll.

does Dublin have rent controls on new properties?  if so, that is dumb.

anyway, "band-aid solution" is the right term -- any major City should have a chunk of viable public housing stock.

No, but some on the Alphabet soup left want them.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Texas approves textbooks with Moses as Founding Father on: April 11, 2015, 12:05:04 pm
Moses is preferable to John bloody Locke.

LOL!  Cassius posts need a smiley attached or something.

I'm not opposed to discussing America's Judeo-Christian roots, but it means nothing if you ignore the effect of the Enlightenment as well. 

Judeo?
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