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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of American posters who post in British English on: Today at 02:09:37 pm
British English is British, not European. I certainly recognize that the pedagogical norm in Europe is to use British English, but that does not make it native to the continent. Antonio's experience with English-speaking societies tends unusually to the American for a European, and furthermore he is posting on an American forum. As I have said, it makes no difference to me what language a non-native speaker chooses if they are not part of an anglophone society.

As for my parents, obviously they received their secondary and tertiary education (through their Bachelor's degree) in Indian English using non-American spelling. Since they both have technical jobs, they rarely write in English, but when they do, it is American English because they have chosen to live and work in America.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What makes you Identify with the Party you do? on: Today at 10:53:59 am
I am not white, you see.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of American posters who post in British English on: Today at 10:53:27 am
I fail to see why Antonio would be expected to write in anything but American English, seeing as that he has no native dialect of English and that he has lived in America in the past and will again in the future. Obviously I have no problem with foreigners using whatever version of English they feel most comfortable with.

Obviously for Americans to type in non-American English is a hideous affectation. I have made my feelings on this very clear in the past. If Americans hate their own native culture so much that they are unwilling to use its language, they are free to find some other place to live.
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Die Antwoord on: Today at 10:47:19 am
I like the idea of Die Antwoord significantly more than I actually like Die Antwoord.

FFs. Currently my favorite musical group. But I agree with the sentiment that to enjoy Die Antwoord, one must have an acquired taste for them.

Not at all.  I hate most rap but I find their songs to be instantly entertaining.  Certainly they are loads more creative than your average hip-hop troupe. 

Leaving aside the question of the quality of Die Antwoord's music, saying something like this is clear evidence that the speaker has never made any effort to understand hip-hop.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Where would you rather live? on: March 27, 2015, 09:39:12 am
Australia (not insane)
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: California v. New York; which state would you rather live in? on: March 27, 2015, 09:38:43 am
I can't think of any place I'd rather live than San Francisco.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of a person/butafly? on: March 25, 2015, 03:54:33 pm
Seems to have (or, at least, had) a weird vendetta against me, but is at this point just white noise. Or, in other words, what Joe said.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 25, 2015, 12:37:13 pm
Bushie was on the V8 fusions years ago and Inks lectured him for spending money when plain tap water is (nearly) free.

Sure, but Inks was terrible.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Who do you support in Georgia Tech vs. University of Georgia? on: March 24, 2015, 12:52:08 pm
I have no inherent rooting interest, obviously. As far as football goes, Mark Richt is unjustly put upon because Georgia fans are insane, while I like what Paul Johnson does with his triple option. In terms of basketball, Charles Mitchell is at Georgia Tech, and I appreciated him when he was at Maryland. So I guess the answer is Tech?

UGA of course. Because:

-Bacon King, and I don't know anyone who goes to Georgia Tech and...
-UGA seems to be mostly Resistance, while Georgia Tech is overran by the Enlightened and is their main stronghold in metro Atlanta.

My understanding is that Bacon King is affiliated with Georgia State. Georgia is way out in Athens.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 23, 2015, 01:42:43 pm
Stop, HockeyDude. Nobody cares.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who has better taste in music? on: March 23, 2015, 01:08:42 pm
Prussian Blue's "Skinhead Boy" is a catchy tune

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS0Q8lc0d24

RIP my youtube recommended videos

This is why you open up links like this in porn mode. What do you think it's on your browser for?
12  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Help me teach my boss about Hinduism on: March 22, 2015, 11:51:19 pm
The issue, to put it succinctly, is that there's no way to define "Hinduism" such that you can state Hindu religious beliefs in even a general sense. Hinduism really isn't anything except indigenous Indian religion. One might define it as the religious tradition descended from the Vedas, but that would be overly reductive, as there are significant non-Vedic strains of Hindu thought as well. You can write about what Muslims believe or what Jews believe because Islam and Judaism are religions in a way that Hinduism fundamentally is not.

You could if you wished write about general Indian religious belief, but my feeling is that that would have to focus on ritual practice to the exclusion of theology.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did Harold and the Purple Crayon blow your mind as a kid? on: March 21, 2015, 06:51:22 pm
It really did, actually.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Kanye West on: March 21, 2015, 03:21:58 pm
The next question is favorite Ye track. I have to go with "Flashing Lights", although "Mercy" is always fun.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Five favorite albums on: March 21, 2015, 12:16:12 am
If we're just listing albums, some of my favorites from the last few years:

Arcade Fire—Reflektor (2013)
Chvrches—The Bones of What You Believe (2013)
Cœur de pirate—Blonde (2011)
Purity Ring—Shrines (2012)
Sky Ferreira—Night Time, My Time (2013)
Sleigh Bells—Reign of Terror (2012)
Tegan and Sara—Heartthrob (2013)
Vampire Weekend—Modern Vampires of the City (2013)

Wow, 2013 was a really good year.
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Natalia Kills on: March 21, 2015, 12:11:32 am
Naturally when I clicked on this thread I did so hoping that it would be about Natalia Kuchinskaya.
17  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Help me teach my boss about Hinduism on: March 21, 2015, 12:05:15 am
This is a well-meaning effort, but basically futile because one cannot explain what Hindus believe when there is no one single thing Hindus believe. Passages like this one smack of orientalism, and they might as well be descriptions of Native American religious practices:

The Hindu looks at nothing as intrinsically evil. To him the ground is sacred. The sky is sacred. The sun is sacred. His wife is a goddess. Her husband is a god. Their children are devas. Their home is a shrine.
18  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Why do Bushie-style Christians not accept LGBT Christians? on: March 20, 2015, 11:50:12 pm
Me being who I am, I can't help but notice that this sort of fundamentalist Protestant thinking is weirdly similar to Japanese patterns of thought in this respect (pace Nakane Chie), except without the saving grace of Shinto cosmology implying a sort of softcore moral relativism wherein things that would be unacceptable deviations for a Japanese person might just be normal and expected and the way things are for a foreigner.

You can't just throw out words like that without explaining them. In this case, I am interested in elaboration.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Norway or Tennessee? on: March 20, 2015, 11:47:07 pm
Certainly Tennessee. Even leaving aside concerns of weather and culture (both of which would be strong points in Tennessee's favor), as someone who is not white and belongs to a minority religion I would feel much more comfortable in Tennessee than in Norway.

Why would Tennessee be better for someone who belongs to a minority religion?  TN is heavily conservative Christian, while Norwegians are not very religious.

Because American culture is significantly more tolerant of religious diversity than Scandinavian culture.

No it isn't. Especially not compared to mainstream Southern culture.

Where do you have all your prejudices about Scandinavian culture?

(and there isn't really one Scandinavian culture)

Oh, I don't have anything against Scandinavia in particular. I have a great deal against Europe.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are your Romantic Inclinations? on: March 20, 2015, 11:46:07 pm
Gray-asexual (normal)
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of DeadFlagBlues on: March 20, 2015, 11:45:20 pm
I appreciate that he talks about race. I know it can be an unpleasant subject for white people to handle, though.
22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Kanye West on: March 20, 2015, 07:17:26 pm
The most important artist of our times.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Design your own political party on: March 20, 2015, 10:58:34 am
NAME OF PARTY: বাঙালি রাষ্ট্রীয় দল (Bangali rashṭriyo dôl)
AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS: None, probably, since depillarization is to be hoped for
IDEOLOGY: Democratic socialism, conservatism
INTERNATIONAL AFFILIATION: None
OFFICIAL COLOR(S): Red
OFFICIAL MOTTO: জাগে আকাশ, ছোটে বাতাস, হাসে সকল ধরা॥ (Jage akash, choṭe batash, hashe shôkol dhôra.)
OFFICIAL PUBLICATIONS: See affiliated organizations
POLITICAL POSITION: Left
POLITICAL PROGRAM:
  • Removal of military intervention from politics
  • Free elections held in accordance with constitution
  • Eradication of bribery and corruption
  • Protection of workers, particularly in garment industry
  • Massive growth in infrastructure and education, with goal of 90% literacy
  • Closer ties with India
  • Maintenance of existing legalized abortion and prohibition on alcohol
  • Illegalization of prostitution along Swedish model
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Norway or Tennessee? on: March 20, 2015, 10:32:43 am
Coming from northern MN, which with the exception of rural eastern North Dakota, Is as close to Scandinavia as it gets in the US I can tell you many would struggle much more to get along in Norway than in Tennessee.

You would NEVER be fully accepted in Norway.  You are once and forever an outsider. 

Many codes of conduct in different cultures are established as unspoken rules.  Scandinavians, however, are masters of the unspoken rule and you just plowed haphazardly through ten of them which is why all of the sudden they seem standoffish and cold.  Insular cultures are always like this.  Japan is an extreme example.

In other words...a black lesbian communist will be accepted in TN before even a Minnesotan with Norwegian cousins would be accepted in Norway.

Keep that in mind. 


On the other hand a black lesbian communist would be much better received and experience less discrimination in Norway than in Tennessee.

Black people are oddities in Norway in a way that they are not in Tennessee.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Norway or Tennessee? on: March 19, 2015, 09:32:52 pm
Certainly Tennessee. Even leaving aside concerns of weather and culture (both of which would be strong points in Tennessee's favor), as someone who is not white and belongs to a minority religion I would feel much more comfortable in Tennessee than in Norway.

Why would Tennessee be better for someone who belongs to a minority religion?  TN is heavily conservative Christian, while Norwegians are not very religious.

Because American culture is significantly more tolerant of religious diversity than Scandinavian culture.
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