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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Irish general election on: February 04, 2016, 11:29:34 am
I picked Dublin South Rathdown because I felt like it best represented my demographic profile.

Green 37
Fine Gael (Madigan) 35
Sinn Féin 35
Mathews (ex-FG) 34
Fine Gael (Shatter) 29
Labour 29
Fianna Fáil 25
Shane Ross 8
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: DWPERRYWATCH on: February 04, 2016, 11:13:24 am
Okay. I've been bouncing around the idea of asking him to have a Q&A here for a while, and if it's okay with the higher-ups around here I might actually go through with it.

EDIT: I will actually go through with it, if no one has any problems. Perry is a busy [sic] man, and I'm not sure he would have time for some internet forum.

lol you know he posted on this forum for years right
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: From which states have you driven vehicles? on: February 03, 2016, 11:32:56 am
I've driven cars with Maryland and California plates.

Also Pennsylvania now! What a world we live in.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which National Parks have you been to? on: February 03, 2016, 11:22:17 am
Crater Lake
Grand Teton
Kings Canyon
Pinnacles
Sequoia
Yellowstone
Yosemite
5  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Why did monotheism supplant polytheism so dramatically? on: February 02, 2016, 05:16:07 pm
ouside the subcontinent

I know you're not referencing Hinduism specifically, but I think it's important to point out that Hinduism started out as polytheistic, as seen early on in the Rigveda, where they just assigned gods to everything that existed in nature, but as time went on it has become more monotheistic as generally accepted religous philosophy (AFAIK) says all these gods are merely expression of one true God.

So while the polytheistic cultural and worship traditions are kept alive, it's not 100% accurate to describe Hinduism as polytheistic. Panentheism is probably a better term to encapsulate it, but polytheistic and atheistic interpretations are not unheard of.

Why did Hinduism go from polytheism to more monotheistic teachings, as the world in general did? I have no idea. Sorry! I read a totally unsupported claim somewhere else that it might be because people are lazy as hell and monotheism is "easier".

The notion of Hinduism as fundamentally monotheistic is, basically, a response to Western religion.
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Who are you rooting for in the Super Bowl? on: February 02, 2016, 12:00:42 pm
I suppose I'm rooting for the Broncos because they have noted Terrapin legend Vernon Davis, but I like that Cam Newton makes white America mad.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Your favorite NFL team on: February 02, 2016, 11:58:37 am
I'd rather not talk about it.

Greatest team of all time


lmao
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Political Writing Jobs for Students on: February 02, 2016, 11:52:39 am
There aren't any because nobody wants to pay for that. There are ways to make money online writing (Adam knows about this, although I don't), but not writing about the things you want to write. Otherwise, if you want money, you need to get a real job.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: MLB possibly adding the DH to the National League on: January 25, 2016, 02:25:29 am
Interleague is garbage, expanded playoffs are awful, but this would make me stop watching baseball.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's the closest to the Equator that you have been on land? on: January 21, 2016, 01:53:43 pm
Changi Airport (1°21′33″N) and environs
11  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Mapping the Chicago area on: January 15, 2016, 08:49:11 pm
Whenever I'm in Chicago, even if it's just passing through O'Hare or Midway, I always marvel at all the people wearing shirts from all the different (mostly Big Ten) schools. In turn I always try to have a Maryland shirt handy.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of ag? on: January 14, 2016, 10:18:52 pm
He antagonizes the right people.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Where would you rather live? on: January 14, 2016, 01:53:41 am
I don't think it's unreasonable to not want to live in a neighborhood where almost everyone is a member of a very conservative religious group if you are not a member of that group. Living in a community where you are a small minority can be uncomfortable.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of the Rams moving back to LA? on: January 13, 2016, 05:26:29 pm
I've always thought it admirable that the good people of St. Louis don't care about professional football even a little bit.
15  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Are you a Muslim? on: January 13, 2016, 05:15:07 pm
Why, yes, I am.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: White South African Vote on: January 11, 2016, 04:32:10 pm
There's also Derek Hanekom.

I'd say ANC does not enjoy much white support at all. A few percent at most, and the support they do get is probably from the english whites.

As earlier mentioned, the Democratic Alliance totally dominates the white voter base, and has done so at least since the 2004 election. The right wing VF+ is in a distant second place (among Afrikaners only). Probably the religious ACDP following after that.

The only places that differ are a few small towns in the Free State and Limpopo where VF+ enjoys fairly substantial support. They are even bigger than the DA in the town of Wesselbron. But this is to be considered a rare exception.

So VF+ is only backed by the Afrikaners? There is much English descendant support for it?

Slightly off topic, but do English descendants and Afrikaners live in the same general area usually? Are they included in whatever sort of "White state" that VF+ proposes?

Given that openly supporting white supremacy is not acceptable in South African politics today, the Volkstaat concept is not officially explicitly white, but it is explicitly Afrikaans-speaking. Coloured people are included, in other words, but anglophone whites are excluded.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of _________s band names on: January 11, 2016, 04:22:13 pm
I like Chvrches and Stars. I suppose the biggest effect is to create a sense of abstraction, where the name doesn't refer directly to the members of the band. I think it fits best for groups with ethereal lyrics.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hello on: January 11, 2016, 04:08:36 pm
I'm not answering any more trolley problem questions because they're stupid.

why isnt Erdogan an enlightened/secular/liberal/progressive/Westernized/democratic leader?? (cc: Tender Branson)

It turns out that sometimes democracy doesn't lead to foreigners electing the atheists we want.

What would be one thing you would change about your city, state and country?

I'd build more housing; this applies equally to Cupertino and College Park. Beyond that, I'd end racism and get some more rain, I guess?
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hello on: January 08, 2016, 02:31:28 pm
What kind of mental disease do you have that made you decide to return to hell?  Wink

I just realized I know a lot less about the world when I don't spend time on International Elections, to be honest. Hopefully there are fewer racists now.

i made a poll on Khaleda Zia vs Sheikh Hasina and it got no responses; and i thought "if only xahar were here Cry ". thought u shud no

Gun to my head, I'd take the bullet.

Which Bengal is the fiscally conservative one and which is the socially conservative one?



imo west is fiscally conservative and east is socially

I mean, sure, yeah.

Why does the media think Maryland is a top 3 team still? Are they unaware of KenPom?

Well, after SMU barely beat Cincinnati at home yesterday, Maryland's at 14, which is the highest ranking yet. As you may know, Ken Pomeroy has actually talked about this, sort of; Maryland was ranked #3 entering the season, and being ranked that high correlates very strongly with success. I'm willing to accept that they've lagged behind their ranking because three of the five starters are new to the program and it took some time to integrate them into the system; now that Diamond Stone in particular knows what he's doing, I feel like the tide is going to turn. This was clearly the best team in the Big Ten entering the season, and I think they've still got that in them. I think they'll handle Wisconsin in Madison tomorrow.

My personal hope for this season (apart from tournament success, obviously) is a #1 AP ranking, since the Terps have never had that in the history of the program.

Are you a fan of artisan wells?

You mean like the Sunol Water Temple? I guess I am, yes. I don't have any opinion about artesian wells, though.

How have your poops been lately?

Not great; last night I had one that was mostly liquid.

Also, how do you defend x while condemning y etc etc

Well, I'm a bad person.

You are on a platform at a train station. A few hundred yards away from the station, five people are tied up on the tracks. A train is on the tracks, barreling towards those five people. The brakes do not work. However, you see a switch. If you flip the switch, the train will go towards another track. However, that track has one person tied up on the tracks. Would you flip the switch and have to live with the guilt of murdering somebody with your own hands, but saving five people, or would you not touch the switch and let the train run over the five people?

Of course I'd flip the switch. I've never understood where the moral dilemma lies in the trolley problem.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Irish general election on: January 07, 2016, 01:30:15 am
I am unconvinced that independents will not form the largest group in the next Dáil.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hello on: January 06, 2016, 02:23:53 am
WHY DID YOU STOP POSTING BETWEEN OCTOBER AND NOW?!?

I hope you're planning to stay for a while!

I had other things going on in my life, but much as swallows return to Capistrano, rest assured that I will always return here, at least until I don't.

Best non-political book you read in 2015?

When Prophecy Fails is wonderful and the sort of thing that a literate person should know about.

Follow up question:

Why do people (Europeans in particular) clap when their plane lands?

I couldn't possibly tell you, as I'm not European, but presumably the pilot and co-pilot can hear the applause for their having successfully completed the flight.

How do I get the CTRL key on my keyboard to stop making a funny sound every time I click it?

I hear compressed air can help keyboard problems.

Will my parents get back together?

No, and if you cared about them you wouldn't want them to.

Why is a raven like a writing desk?

The Ravens are repulsive and their fans are subhuman cretins, but I'm not sure what that has to do with writing desks.

do you like butt stuff

Jake Butt is good, obviously, but I'm not into Michigan.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hello on: January 05, 2016, 08:39:23 pm
Honestly, I can't tell you. My position has always been that I wouldn't get the clap at a movie theater, so why would I clap at a movie theater?

I saw Star Wars the day after it came out and was worried that people would applaud whenever a character entered on screen and thereby ruin any chance I had of actually seeing the movie. Fortunately that didn't happen; one or two doofuses clapped at the opening titles, but the deafening silence with which they were met must have chastened them, since they were quiet the rest of the way.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Hello on: January 05, 2016, 08:32:53 pm
hi, ask me anything
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What states have you been to? on: October 13, 2015, 11:25:12 pm


Lived in: California, Maryland
Visited many times: District of Columbia, Virginia
Visited fewer times than the above: Nevada
Visited thrice: Delaware, Pennsylvania
Visited twice: Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming
Visited once: Illinois, Kentucky, Texas, Washington, West Virginia
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which states (and/or DC) are in the Midwest? on: October 12, 2015, 02:39:44 pm
My definition is basically hydrological. I'd define it as the portion of the United States draining to the Great Lakes (with the possible exception of the Lake Ontario drainage basin), all of the Ohio River valley north of the Ohio or east of the Guyandotte, all of the Mississippi valley north of the Ohio, and all of the American portion of the Missouri valley contained in the Central Time Zone, along with the portions of Minnesota and the Dakotas within the Central Time Zone that are not otherwise included in this definition.



Green: Entirely included
Blue: Partially included
Red: Very small portion included
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