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8926  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING NEWS: Up to 5 shot in possible sniper attack at Omaha mall, WOWT TV on: December 10, 2007, 09:45:40 am
Of course there is a matter of Free will here. Hawkins is responsible is actions I didn't say otherwise...

But why in that case do more people America like Hawkins direct their free will towards violence than in European countries, where more often they don't?
8927  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: is Rudy Giuliani a fascist? on: December 10, 2007, 09:43:29 am
He's too much of a wannabe to be an actual fascist.
8928  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ireland General Discussion on: December 09, 2007, 04:58:47 pm
Unfortunely the Computers at NUIM shut down at 10.. which gives me 3 minutes to post a reply.

At this stage Harney and Grealish are de facto FF TDs. Grealish has made it perfectly clear that he is more than willing to sign up - the absence of any PD leadership makes that all the easier. The question for him is simply when it becomes official.

It's clear now that barring something unforseen, Harney will be Minister for Health as long as Bertie remains at the top. Will be interesting to see if Cowen would be willing to move her should he become Taoiseach before the end of this term. Looks increasingly unlikely that she'll run for election again.

Can't disagree with that.

Haven't seen the Sundays today, but the coverage generally has been remarkable. I was only vaguely aware of this woman up until she died. I really don't understand the interest. It eludes me how people seem to be so fascinated.

Actually I'm very aware (I think) of what lies behind all this.. but in order to explain what see me consuming more time than I already have.
8929  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ireland General Discussion on: December 09, 2007, 04:46:30 pm
The PDs will merge will Fianna Fail before the next election, so it is written. (Except that maybe one or two of them will go over to Fine Gael... but who out of the decimated Parliamentary party would do that now like Parlon and O'Donnell (thankfully!) are gone.)

Meanwhile having looked over some the Sunday papers down here in Kildare in the Local Dunnes, did you know OMG SOME WOMAN DIED!1111?
8930  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Australian Election Results Thread on: December 09, 2007, 04:31:44 pm
I'm quite sure that the result in McEwen is the closest victory in Australian Political history. Well that's what I heard on ABC News last night. The winning candidate used one of the worst puns ever, "I can't believe I won by 7 votes, when Kevin was running as Kevin07". Or it was something very familar to that.


Seemingly, the second closest. Election expert Malcome Mackerras says that, in 1919, Ballarat was won by a single vote


In the 2002 Irish election in Limerick West the final seat was contested between two members of Fine Gael and was won by a single vote (after days and days of recounting).

Of course given the size of both division's respective electorates this is nothing in comparsion.
8931  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Top Ten Most Liberal Colleges and Universities in America on: December 08, 2007, 04:54:00 pm
Well.. That's 9 extra places I put onto my list of colleges to a postgrad in.. (I was already thinking about  Reed for various reasons.. though I'm assuming all of these places offer a (post)graduate course in the humanities? Drat, at my lack of knowledge in the US university system..)

8932  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Your top 10 and bottom 10 senators on: December 08, 2007, 04:26:24 pm
Most of the questions I wasn't happy with any of the options so I selected nothing... but I got Jeff Sessions at 3% (lowest), 9 of my lowest 10 were republicans (including a certain R.S from PA) and Zell Miller - all my top 10 were democrats with Feingold at 35% (highest) with Kerry equal with him; apart from that disturbing last factoid pretty much what I would have guessed.

(Enter BRTD to point out that Santorum is no longer a senator)
8933  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING NEWS: Up to 5 shot in possible sniper attack at Omaha mall, WOWT TV on: December 08, 2007, 04:22:30 pm
No - I'm not endorsing the punishment just because I say it works.  If we killed off everybody over 12, we probably wouldn't have very many rapes, so that would "work" to stop rapes, but i don't advocate it.

If we killed everyone over 12, there would be no "we" to speak of. But anyway all this is irrelevant (though I doubt that Saudi punishments are actually that effective but anyway..) to the topic at hand, you still haven't told me what an "evil" person and why there seems to be more "evil people" in the US than anywhere else? If these types of shootings are to go by...

Not to mention that pretty much everywhere Europe nowadays has a more liberal sentencing regime than the US so punishment can't be the ONLY factor.. if it is even a factor at all.
8934  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING NEWS: Up to 5 shot in possible sniper attack at Omaha mall, WOWT TV on: December 08, 2007, 04:16:08 pm
Are AK-47s legally obtainable (to an individual matching Hawkins' despriction) in Nebraska?

No - I think other countries manage their evil people better - put them in jail or other correctional facility sooner - such as Saudi Arabia - you steal, you lose your hand (NOT that I'm advocating this, but hey - it works for them.  Again - I think their punishments are extreme, but extreme punishments work)

Apart from that you ARE endorsing such punishments by saying so as they stop "evil people" whoever they are. You haven't why people become "evil" in first place.

(Worth noting the almost always constant in these shootings: The shooter is a male, is involved in a major institution (Schooling, Post Office being the two obvious example) and has recently lost his job\girlfriend.)
8935  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is the individual pictured in the preceding post closer to fascist or commun on: December 08, 2007, 04:11:01 pm
Fascist. Easy Question. Easy Answer.

8936  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post your zip code on: December 08, 2007, 04:06:54 pm
We have no need for such things here.

Postcode maybe? Especially given that you are now living in Dublin (some of the time anyway)? (I'm D18 btw.)
8937  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many accounts have ignored you? on: December 08, 2007, 03:22:05 pm

I have no idea who it is. Can someone just PM me about it?
8938  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING NEWS: Up to 5 shot in possible sniper attack at Omaha mall, WOWT TV on: December 08, 2007, 03:20:58 pm
We may not have had a gun massacre in the UK since Dunblane, but gun crime still remains.

I'm well aware of that; what I was referring to the sort of deliberate pre-mediated random massarce as seen here in Omaha. When is the last time that happened in the UK - apart from Dunblane?

The kid was evil.  He said he was sorry for what he was about to do, yet did it anyway.  He said "Now I'll be famous" - he's an evil freak that left his poor family the legacy that he was a murderer.

Does the United States have a higher quota of "evil" genes than the Rest of the world?

(Note: This should note by read that I think what he did could be excused, rather I think is what is why he did in the first place. In this regard Gun control is about as useful as plucking the teeth out of crocodiles. It is a dangerous knee-jerk reaction which may save lives of a couple of unfortunate bystanders but it is a crocodile and a crocodile is dangerous teeth or no teeth.)

The language this debate is done in the US is a sick joke, as if people on both sides of the political spectrum wish to avoid difficult questions with even more difficult answers.
8939  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you more conservative or more liberal than your parents? on: December 08, 2007, 01:25:54 pm
I have no idea what my father's views are.... on anything, never mind politics.

My mother on the other hand was an ex-feminist sociology lecturer; so I can't really say with much certainly whether I am more liberal or conservative than her.
8940  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What would be the preceding poster's best state in a presidential contest? on: December 08, 2007, 01:22:03 pm
Rhode Island.
8941  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING NEWS: Up to 5 shot in possible sniper attack at Omaha mall, WOWT TV on: December 08, 2007, 01:21:32 pm
Thank you dear Second Amendment.

Yeah, it's the gun's fault, and not the work of an evil human being. Roll Eyes

Was he really evil though?

Why does this stuff seem to always happen in America but is quite uncommon everywhere else (I can think of only three of this types of incidents happening in Europe since I learnt to read - The recent massarce in Finland, That school shooting in Germany a few years back and Dunblane. And in the latter case it wasn't a teenager doing the shooting. This seems too great in the States in comparsion; and certainly too great to be blamed on "evil" people, whoever they are.)
8942  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Thomas Friedman Gets Something Right on: December 08, 2007, 01:17:45 pm
Friedman is\was in general a right-wing hack; once claimed that the free market needed "a hidden fist" (ie. A big army\invasion force) so that people (damn foreignors) who didn't want McDonalds would be subjected to it anyway.

Good Article though but not entirely accurate:

Third, all the U.S. presidential candidates are distancing themselves from the core values that made America such a great power and so different from us — in particular America’s long commitment to free trade, open immigration and a reverence for scientific enquiry wherever it leads.

This is nothing new; look at the 1992 campaign and the likes of Harkin (and Buchanan and David Duke; but that's expected) tried to scare American consumers about the rise of Japan. It always seems to occur whenever American politics and society is in some kind of inertia.

8943  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori on: December 08, 2007, 01:12:48 pm
No thanks. There are very few things I would die for. A political entity doesn't even bear consideration.

^^^^^ (normal)

Great Poem though.
8944  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should foreign films be banned if they aren't dubbed? on: December 08, 2007, 01:10:31 pm
I've pretty much refused to see Amelie since it looks like a total chick flick.

I hate chick flicks in general, but I loved Amelie.

And I don't really care about Chick Flicks, and I hated HATED Amelie

*shrugs* I suppose this will still confirm some part of the BRTD universe.
8945  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Name the ideology of the preceding poster... on: December 06, 2007, 04:47:49 pm
Manic-depressive left-winger.

That's actually very close to being accurate.

<Skip me>
8946  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Presidential candidate match up test on: December 06, 2007, 04:40:04 pm
Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel (D)
84.31% match

You are number 1,648,789 to use the Candidate Calculator.
Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel (D)

Your Other Top Matches
Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich (D) - 82.35%
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) - 64.71%
Texas Representative Ron Paul (R) - 63.73%

Middle of the Pack
Delaware Senator Joseph Biden (D) - 56.86%
Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D) - 50.00%
Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards (D) - 49.02%
Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd (D) - 46.08%
New York Senator Hillary Clinton (D) - 45.10%
Arizona Senator John McCain (R) - 37.25%
Businessman John Cox (R) - 28.43%
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R) - 28.43%
Kansas Senator Sam Brownback (R) - 27.45%
Colorado Representative Tom Tancredo (R) - 25.49%

Bottom of the Barrel
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) - 20.59%
Former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson (R) - 12.75%
California Representative Duncan Hunter (R) - 7.84%
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) - 7.84%

That is at least 7.85% too high for Romney.

While I prefer Gravel; this test was highly scewed towards Foreign policy issues.
8947  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Name the ideology of the preceding poster... on: December 06, 2007, 04:24:47 pm
Fashionable (In certain urban intellectual circles at least) Liberalism.
8948  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Are these the comments of a bigot? on: December 06, 2007, 04:23:04 pm
I don't think most liberals nowadays care much about what Sanger said.

Though you could hear similar-ish views of still some widely respected 'left-wing' intellectuals at the time - such as the aforementioned H.G Wells.
8949  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Christopher Hitchens on: December 06, 2007, 04:17:44 pm
Neither here nor there, he's interesting for sure.

His brother is nuts though.

Well Pretty much.

Though I often find with Christopher that what he likes to do is to find a fashionable POV in certain popular circles (The war in Iraq was for oil, Mother Theresa was a saint...) and then try and to demolish it to show what an iconoclast he is. I don't know much about his militant Atheism; other than expressing such a view puts him way down on my pedestal of writers and thinkers I care about.
8950  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the two preceding posters is more like Barry Goldwater? on: December 06, 2007, 12:37:58 pm

3001 Posts! I'm not sure whether to be happy or sad.
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