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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Religion in Latin America 2014 on: August 20, 2014, 02:11:02 pm
What is with 'modern religious movements' (I'm using a nice PC term Smiley ) and utterly pretentious architecture?

"Pretentious" is very much not the word I'd use to describe that sort of architecture.

Does 'vulgar' (very much as opposed to 'vernacular') come to mind for you? Because it does for me.

I prefer hollowed.

All three will do.
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Religion in Latin America 2014 on: August 20, 2014, 12:19:37 pm
I'd discount the 79% figure in Mexico. Mexico is overwhelmingly Catholic but the Catholic church has an increasingly tenuous hold on its followers. Mexico would have likely gone down the same path as Guatemala if aggressive anti-clerical reforms weren't instituted and the Virgin of Guadalupe wasn't vigorously promoted as a national symbol. Because Catholicism isn't tarnished with right-wing politics and oppression in Mexico, it has escaped the rapid decline experienced in other Latin American countries. Nevertheless, Catholicism is very weak among the indigenous and is becoming a more nominal faith outside of the Bajo. Census statistics and surveys can't capture this because lapsed Catholics (there are many of them) are still recorded as Catholics. Mexico is similar to Ireland in this regard.

Ah, but as in Ireland, self-identification can be rather important and telling. Not that I disagree with what you say.

What is with 'modern religious movements' (I'm using a nice PC term Smiley ) and utterly pretentious architecture?
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 2014 on: August 20, 2014, 09:51:01 am
edit by el caudillo: please post in English


Hash is this some joke I didn't get? There has never been a requirement in the ToS to write in English and we have had plenty of posts in German and Spanish + comments/sentences in a multitude of others languages.

No, I don't mind posts in foreign languages (to a limited extent) but people need to make an effort to post in at least intelligible English. I don't think this is an unreasonable request to make out of people.

That's terrible news for Ed Miliband
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Religion in Latin America 2014 on: August 20, 2014, 07:36:57 am
Protestants are almost a plurality in Guatemala and Honduras? Now I knew that the Evangelicals were big there, but....

Interesting that the Protestant population is still so low for Mexico in comparison.

Any info for Colombia, Bolivia or Peru?
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: SHARKS ARE ATTACKING THE INTERNET. GET AWAY FROM YOUR COMPUTER on: August 20, 2014, 07:30:39 am
OH NO NOT THE INTERNET
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Opinion of Clive James on: August 19, 2014, 10:12:33 am
Inspired by the Bloom thread.

Cultural Amnesia is perhaps the most ridiculous book I've ever read.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Noam Chomsky on: August 19, 2014, 09:41:58 am
Would those who consider Chomsky an HP on linguistics care to say why?

The God of Linguistics is of course an FF for founding one of the fields I hold most dear to my heart.

Isn't the father of Linguistics one of the Grimm brothers?

It would be more accurate to say that he's the founder of contemporary linguistics and the person most central in contemporary disputes in the discipline.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Associate an abstract concept with the preceding poster on: August 18, 2014, 09:18:08 am
Intuitions
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: St Louis police murder scandal (PLUS: riots, idiotic press conferences, etc.) on: August 17, 2014, 03:20:50 pm
Oh so he may have guilty of a crime albeit not found as such under a court of law.

Ok then agreed, nothing to see here. Fuss about nothing, etc.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday Gully on: August 16, 2014, 05:15:53 pm
Thanks everyone Smiley
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Turkish Presidential Election: August 10, 2014 on: August 16, 2014, 02:16:43 pm
Question to those who know these things:

Why did the MHP back Ihsanoglu? Is Kemalism really that transparently a defense of elite groups that the fascists prefer it to Erdogan?

Also can anyone explain Demirtas' pattern in the west of the country? Urban areas?
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favourite latest post by previous poster on: August 16, 2014, 01:26:17 pm
There is no optimum amount of social equality. In fact, given that markets are in a constant state of disequilibrium, there can never be an optimum amount of social equality.

lolmarkets
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official 2014-15 Club Soccer/Football Discussion Thread on: August 16, 2014, 12:31:36 pm
Yeah Arsenal are loveable underdogs.

lolno.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official 2014-15 Club Soccer/Football Discussion Thread on: August 16, 2014, 12:24:46 pm
Today will be complete (in a Soccer sense) when ArsenaLOL lose.

Crystal Palace was ahead but Arseanal just evened it up right before half time Sad

If there's one thing everyone can agree on in Football/Soccer, it's that the English BigBux Megabastard teams are terrible

Arsenal are the least bad of those though...
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: GOP is making fake news sites to fool low-information voters on: August 16, 2014, 05:20:43 am
Meanwhile respected news sites, in order to get ad revenue, link to fake news stories that attempt to fool low-information consumers.  A larger trend where so much is being passed for journalism that isn't makes this possible.

Let's not forget the world's least lovely trend - journalists copying their stories from f'cking twatter.
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: August 15, 2014, 11:17:34 am
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/dow-chief-andrew-liveris-australian-politics-an-embarrassment-on-world-stage/story-fn59niix-1227024928077

Australian politics is terrible because - er, Labor won't back their opponents, the coalition, in the Senate; Liberals and Labor use nasty words against each other; apparently as Labor have more Senate votes than Palmer the coalition should hook up with Labor not rely on Palmer & Co......

I don't know really. The criticism appears to be that Australian politics isn't dumbly bi-partisan after the American model, basically. This may have something to do with party members pre-select party candidates in the standard Anglosphere way rather than have anyone who cares to do it as in the US.

Australian politics have been like this for approx 90 years. British politics isn't that far off. Needless to say I don't care two straws for Liveris' stupid position.

Ah I see this isn't just the wish of the UK and Irish media (although I can't say I'm surprised).
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: GOP is making fake news sites to fool low-information voters on: August 14, 2014, 05:08:20 am
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When DCCC spokesman Josh Schwerin bashed the approach as "deception," Bozek responded that Democrats are just jealous.

I'm not sure how any adult with an ounce of self-respect can still be a Republican at this point. What an embarrassment.

At this point? Is this 2005?
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of this chart on: August 14, 2014, 04:53:05 am
They need to have a 'friendly but pretends to be hostile for public consumption' face for cases like Israel and Egypt.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: St Louis police murder scandal (PLUS: riots, idiotic press conferences, etc.) on: August 14, 2014, 04:51:16 am
Why do you arm your police again?
20  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What should we do with ISIS? on: August 12, 2014, 01:05:48 pm
At this point I wonder if 'permanently occupy the region' is the only 'solution' here.
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: American forces bomb ISIS targets in Iraq on: August 12, 2014, 01:04:36 pm
So then.... is there a plan to where this all leads to?
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election 2015 on: August 12, 2014, 12:41:45 pm
Polls like that are trash. You people all read too many newspaper columns.

That equally applies to posters here as it does to UKIP.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Paul Simon vs Billy Joel on: August 12, 2014, 05:33:22 am
Is this a serious question?
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Threads that just scream NO on: August 10, 2014, 12:46:20 pm
History threads covering any of the following: why the south went to war, the holocaust, whether the nazis were right wing.

Don't forget nearly any thread with the word 'Jews' in the title which is in the International General Discussion board.
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official 2014-15 Club Soccer/Football Discussion Thread on: August 10, 2014, 12:03:58 pm
Given that we were talking about Scottish football here I also want to say lolrangers.
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