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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Turkish Presidential Election: August 10, 2014 on: August 18, 2014, 02:35:27 pm
The far north-east (Kars, Ardahan, Artvin, Iğdır) seems to be leaning more to the CHP (also MHP and in the past DSP and DYP) than neighboring regions. Any reason for that? Armenia?

Yeah, that's a strange one. Iğdır at least is pretty heavily Azeri, so maybe that's a factor?

It seems like there are a lot of ethnic minorities up there.
Nah, it's the others. The settlers replacing the driven-out minorities (who usually were driven out from elsewhere themselves). Exactly as on the west coast. Much as these kinds of peoples vote in most other countries in the world. Shrug.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: August 06, 2014, 11:13:14 am
Logging in specifically to share this...

Desperate times, desperate measures.



This is a real FDP campaign poster from Brandenburg. For once, a political poster that does not lie.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 - Results Thread on: July 17, 2014, 03:41:27 am
Re PARTEI

http://www.taz.de/Martin-Sonneborn-ueber-seinen-neuen-Job/!141709/
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 15, 2014, 12:29:23 pm
LOL @ the user-picked all-star team this year:



You prefer this one? Based on some (too narrow) statistics gizmo.


5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 13, 2014, 04:45:05 pm
The only downside is that I have to go to work tomorrow Tongue
You and me both. Sad
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The FIFA World Cup tipping competition on: July 13, 2014, 04:44:11 pm
And the final score

1 Cris 170
2 Icehand Gino 168
3 Snowstalker 167
4 Gass 164
5 Lief 161
6 bore 157
7 Gmantis 155
8 New York Express 145
9 Franzl 141
   Hughento 141
   Jas 141
   Keystone Phil 141
13 Minion of Midas 140
14 Tender Branson 135
15 morgieb 134
16 Edu 130
17 Gully Foyle 126
18 a person 122
19 Goodwin 122
20 Arturo Belano 121
21 Simfan 67
22 Rod President 35
23 Nagas 24
24 Bacon King 18
25 Hamster 16
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 13, 2014, 04:39:13 pm
Great match of two great teams, but if you look at the whole 120 minutes, I think, the German Mannschaft really was better, if only slightly.
I'd agree with that.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 13, 2014, 03:58:51 pm
One more goal would mean 2014 draws 1998's record in terms of goals scored. 4 (yeah, right) to beat 1994's goal average (fewer games before 1998) and be the most high-scoring tournament since 1982.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The FIFA World Cup tipping competition on: July 13, 2014, 03:57:06 pm
And no matter what happens during overtime, we have a winner!

10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 13, 2014, 03:54:19 pm
Well, neither side is looking very much like World Cup champions... but this game is significantly better than the 2010 final.
World Cup finals are not supposed to be good. They're not supposed to be anywhere near this good. Tongue
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 13, 2014, 03:51:13 pm
How was that Neuer thing not a penalty?
Neuer was clearly playing the ball. Of course, this was no free kick for Germany, as well.
That was textbook dangerous play and thus a penalty.

Wouldn't that be an indirect free kick?
Only if you miss the man. (Is it officially "rough play" if you don't? Can't get the terms straight right now. Smiley )
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 13, 2014, 03:36:08 pm
How was that Neuer thing not a penalty?
Neuer was clearly playing the ball. Of course, this was no free kick for Germany, as well.
That was textbook dangerous play and thus a penalty.

Meh. I only came to that conclusion on the closeup replays, not on the live image. Bit unfair to criticize the ref over that.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 13, 2014, 03:08:33 pm
What the hell? Lavezzi was playing pretty well.
Some kind of injury I suppose?
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The FIFA World Cup tipping competition on: July 13, 2014, 03:06:41 pm
Anyways you did the right thing... you've won, the worst thing that can happen is having to share the title with Icehand Gino at 174 each if Germany win 2-0.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The FIFA World Cup tipping competition on: July 13, 2014, 02:55:54 pm
A question: we have double points for the final?
Maximun 5 --> Maximum 10

Exactly?
Yes. 10 points for being exactly right if there's a winner after 90 minutes.
Sorry but If I, for example, say "Germany 2-0" and the Germany wins 2-0 at the 90 minute, I have 10 points. I have also 10 points if Germany wins 2-0 at the end of the extra-time. Is right?
No. If Germany play 0-0 over 90 minutes and end up winning the tournament like you predicted, that's 4 points (2 for the winner, 2 for Argentina's 0 goals.)
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Judge invalidates Florida's congressional districts, appeal is likely on: July 13, 2014, 02:54:39 pm
I agree that that is much more reasonable, and that such a map should have been drawn under a fair interpretation of the law.

And yet, have you had a look at Pinellas County's racial population distribution? That Black enclave in Petersburg is incredibly contained, and (I forget who... the state NAACP? The area's local representative)'s proposed map included the area in CD-14.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The FIFA World Cup tipping competition on: July 13, 2014, 11:22:48 am
A question: we have double points for the final?
Maximun 5 --> Maximum 10

Exactly?
Yes. 10 points for being exactly right if there's a winner after 90 minutes.
18  General Discussion / History / Re: How many SS veterans went on to be part of the Stasi? on: July 13, 2014, 10:42:37 am
Quote
In the late 40s / very early 50s? The regular course of action for a detected SS man would be deportation to Russia
They had their own "special camps" for this purpose (and some others) on SOZ/GDR soil.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NKVD_special_camps_in_Germany_1945%E2%80%9349
Those were for the NSDAP's civilian members (of prewar vintage), mostly.

But just as deadly (in part because the average inmate was older, and thus quicker to die from starvation and exposure.)

They were also closed slightly before the practice of hunting SS men ended.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Indonesian presidential election on: July 13, 2014, 09:53:11 am
Woah. Talk about a close election.
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The FIFA World Cup tipping competition on: July 13, 2014, 09:10:06 am
Cris 168
Snowstalker 165
Icehand Gino 164
Gass 162
Lief 159
bore 153
Gmantis 151
Keystone Phil 141
New York Express 141
Hughento 139
Franzl 137
Jas 137
Minion of Midas 136
morgieb 134
Tender Branson 133
Edu 128
a person 122
Goodwin 122
Arturo Belano 121
Simfan 67
Rod President 35
Nagas 22
Bacon King 18
Hamster 16


This is amazing... Italy, Spain/Cuba, France and the USA still in the running...
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Judge invalidates Florida's congressional districts, appeal is likely on: July 12, 2014, 07:28:44 am
So FL-14 is fine, but FL-10 is too gerrymandered?  Seriously?
There are no arguments (outside incumbent protection, including in primaries) for the shape of FL-10. There are for FL-14 and FL-5. Not great ones necessarily, but they're there.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Nebraska 2nd: Chip Maxwell's "true" Tea Party conservative independent campaign on: July 12, 2014, 07:22:37 am
...and lose to, basically, a Republican plant.
23  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Draw the most heavily-Latino CD for your state on: July 12, 2014, 07:20:53 am
What's the maximum percentage you can achieve on a congressional district level in terms of Latino population?
TX-34 is 82.7% Hispanic.
That's the maximum the state GOP chose to achieve. Maximum possible, VRA case law be damned, is something like

24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 12, 2014, 04:56:02 am
Argentines tend to be a relatively unfriendly people (sorry Edu), especially in comparison to the Uruguayans
Let me guess: You liked getting bitten a lot? Grin



Anyways, Germany are favorites in this but Argentina is going to be a very tough nut to crack. Tougher than France and our strongest opponent so far. (Note that in the early games, Germany weren't playing at their best with Khedira and Schweinsteiger both still very much recuperating.) And should they win, they will deserve the title.
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The FIFA World Cup tipping competition on: July 12, 2014, 04:48:58 am
Netherlands 3, Brazil 1
Germany 1, Argentina 1, Germany winning
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