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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you know Spanish? on: February 24, 2015, 12:37:41 pm
Más o menos.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: February 23, 2015, 02:19:53 pm
Who knows? Respect have (already!) fallen apart in Bradford somewhat (for the usual reasons), but the so-called party is rather less important to Galloway's appeal than the loathsome half-genius himself.

Is it too cynical to assume that the biraderi element in the local party, faced with an all-woman shortlist imposed from Head Office, decided to make the choice most likely to give them the chance to choose a favourite son in 2020?

Is there any evidence to that effect?
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Poor democracy (India) vs. Wealthier dictatorship (China)? on: February 23, 2015, 12:56:34 pm
Obviously the current government is deplorable, but there are very few things in which I believe more strongly than I believe in India.

Brunei vs. Bangladesh would be the purest match between rich dictatorship (absolute somewhat-islamic monarchy style) and a poor democracy (one that has competitive elections) that I can think of.

This isn't the sort of thing that would be visible to a foreigner, but despite appearances, Bangladesh is not a democracy. Elections in Bangladesh involve multiple parties but they are not competitive.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Best year of high school on: February 23, 2015, 10:06:34 am
Senior (2011–12), Freshman (2008–09), Junior (2010–11), Sophomore (2009–10)

I wouldn't go back, but high school was a lot of fun.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2015 Cricket World Cup on: February 21, 2015, 07:52:03 am
Obviously stealing a point against Australia is a wonderful result; what this means is that Bangladesh will likely be in with a victory over England.
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / 2015 Cricket World Cup on: February 20, 2015, 12:45:40 pm
It's silly that we don't have a thread for this already. Since Bangladesh avoided losing to Afghanistan as I had feared, now we can laugh at England losing to New Zealand by eight wickets (!) after 12.2 overs (!!!).
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: do you think George Galloway is a Muslim? on: February 19, 2015, 01:53:54 am
The proper term would probably be "crypto-Muslim".
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: How bad has Parks and Rec gotten? on: February 19, 2015, 12:37:06 am
I don't know, I gave up halfway through Season 5. At that point it had been pretty bad for a year, as morgieb says.
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hypocritical Germans refuse to aid the countries that aided them on: February 16, 2015, 11:11:37 pm
And Denmark is not the least of the Scandinavian nations. It is the largest by territory and the second largest by population and GDP.

10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Where is Iran? on: February 16, 2015, 05:24:04 pm
In college the impression I got was that Iran is culturally tied in with Southwest Asia whereas Pakistan is the one country in the region that is most controversial to lump in with others in any direction. Without digging up some human geography sources I don't recall what all the relevant connections happen to be. Religious views matter, for instance, but so too do patterns in ethnic backgrounds, trading partnerships, strategic alliances, language, and historic influences exerted by foreign interests.

Labeling Pakistan doesn't strike me as controversial at all. Pakistan is straightforwardly part of India.
11  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Antifascism amendment on: February 16, 2015, 05:21:40 pm
Fascism is capitalism in decay.

More precisely, fascism is an attempt by reactionary interest to salvage their class privilege (including not only wealth but also bureaucratic power) with Bolshevik methods of terror, media control, and regimentation.
Right, which in why monarchists were often fascists and heavily supported Hitler.

Oh wait.

Hitler's government did receive the support of the German monarchist movement, yes.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Death penalty halted in PA on: February 16, 2015, 02:46:02 pm
I think that more discussions of the death penalty should invoke the sons of Fëanor.
13  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Asian majority municipalities on: February 16, 2015, 02:16:49 pm
My guess would be Edison, New Jersey, but apparently it is only 43% Asian.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What Language Should I learn? on: February 16, 2015, 02:12:24 pm
Malay is easy to learn; my neighbor was in Malaysia for a few years many decades ago and still remembers it well. I've considered trying to learn Serbo-Croatian; Cyrillic is not difficult to learn at all, so that shouldn't be a barrier.

Why those languages in particular?
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery was deleted? on: February 15, 2015, 08:24:09 pm

He made some cringe inducing post that was full of casual racism (he was complain about the use of the word 'nigger' by his (black) roommate, who he described in rather stereotypical terms IIRC) and when Xahar pointed this out, he threw his toys of the pram and left the forum.

in other words, he admitted to having a hard time adjusting to a situation where we was constantly exposed to a word he'd learned to consider offensive his entire life, and he clumsily described his roommate with words his roommate would have used to describe himself.  Which makes him an irredeemable racist. 

in other words, DIAF haters.

While that is a fine strawman, if you actually look at the thread in question you will find that what was irredeemable was not what he said (and, indeed, I went well out of my way to be understanding about that) but rather the way he reacted to it being pointed out that what he said was offensive.

Yes, you attempted to be understanding of where he was coming from for exactly one post, until he continued to have a different perspective than you.

The perspective being that I was the real racist, yes.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery was deleted? on: February 15, 2015, 06:51:42 pm

He made some cringe inducing post that was full of casual racism (he was complain about the use of the word 'nigger' by his (black) roommate, who he described in rather stereotypical terms IIRC) and when Xahar pointed this out, he threw his toys of the pram and left the forum.

in other words, he admitted to having a hard time adjusting to a situation where we was constantly exposed to a word he'd learned to consider offensive his entire life, and he clumsily described his roommate with words his roommate would have used to describe himself.  Which makes him an irredeemable racist. 

in other words, DIAF haters.

While that is a fine strawman, if you actually look at the thread in question you will find that what was irredeemable was not what he said (and, indeed, I went well out of my way to be understanding about that) but rather the way he reacted to it being pointed out that what he said was offensive.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Scott on: February 15, 2015, 06:46:44 pm
Lest we forget that Scott left the forum in a tiff when he was unable to cope with people pointing out that calling his roommate "a gangsta from some hood" was kind of racist, here is one of his last posts:

Oh yes, and I fully expect the 'racist' accusations to pop up any minute now.

I'm not trying to be antagonistic at all here, but if your roommate is black, please say it directly. There's nothing wrong with pointing it out; black people and white people are different culturally. On the other hand, it is wrong to use racially coded language to imply that he's black ("gangsta", "hood"), so don't do that. If he's not black, then it just sounds odd to use those words.

I take issue with your statement that "black people and white people are different culturally."  That's a broad generalization.  Yes, he happens to be black.  Yes, he happens to enjoy rap and hip hop.  We'd be just as different from each other if he were white or I were black.  And for the record, I would've used the same language despite his race -- it doesn't sound odd to me if used in that context, personally.

No, you would not ever describe a white neighborhood as a "hood". Don't lie. I made an effort to assume good faith, but it's clear that you don't even understand what the problem is.

None of us are perfect in the language that we use, but thoughtful people pay attention when they use offensive language and agree not to use offensive language in the future. Don't pretend that what you said wasn't racist. You clearly anticipated the fact that people would call you out on it:

Oh yes, and I fully expect the 'racist' accusations to pop up any minute now.

Maybe instead of being preemptively defensive about the racist things you said, you could try not saying racist things. If for whatever reason you can't understand why it's not okay to describe black people or their communities with the terms "gangsta" or "hood", then don't worry about it. You don't need to understand if it's too difficult. Just don't use those words.

And here you continue to operate under the assumption that the objective of my comments was to illustrate my dorm mate's race rather than his own personality and individual sense of style.  What's truly racist is that you apparently like to project this standard for "white neighborhoods" versus "black neighborhoods" even though nothing in my post inferred anything about that.  Remember, it is you who specifically expressed that "black people and white people are different culturally."  You choose to view society through that set of lens.  I don't.

I would ask you to just stop interjecting race into the conversation in what I see as a pathetic attempt to veil your own racism, but then that would defeat the point of your accusations entirely.  So I'll leave you to wallow in your own delusions and think what ever you want about me until you come to realize the irony in your words.  Sound good?

Unfortunately, Scott's prophesy has not yet come to pass and I have not seen the light and realized that I was the real racist or whatever. As a result, I have no choice but to make the conclusion that I did then, which is that he was a pretty useless poster.

I know that he thinks that I'm a racist because I'm aware that racially coded language is a thing that exists, but I don't bear him any ill will. I hope he figures things out and I hope Jesus is good for him and most of all I hope that he never becomes a minister of any sort, because that would end poorly for everyone involved.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 15, 2015, 06:25:21 pm
Well here's the facts: There are plenty of high level IT workers who wear band shirts and sports jerseys with torn jeans to work and make six figures. And if you want to avoid people getting high, that is definitely NOT your field either, it's more of a question of if people are at least waiting until they get home to get high or are secretly doing it at work as well.

I'm not denying that there are people like this, but both my parents' careers are in this field and I've worked in it as well and that hasn't been my experience at all. There tends to be a large population of foreign-born workers at every office; while they dress casually for work, they are generally conservative in their lifestyle, and that sets the tone for the rest of the office. It might be different in more Internet- and consumer-oriented businesses, but in general Silicon Valley does not look like Silicon Valley.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: February 2014 Legislative Council Elections on: February 15, 2015, 12:34:38 pm
             

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20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2015 Major League Baseball Predictions and Discussion on: February 14, 2015, 10:53:23 pm
NL Wild Card: Cincinnati Reds over San Francisco Giants

This is absurd, seeing as that the Reds are very openly rebuilding.

Nationals over Dodgers in 5
Padres over Cardinals in 6

Red Sox over Tigers in 7
Athletics over Orioles in 6

The Division Series are best-of-five.
21  General Discussion / History / Re: Ben Franklin on the Property Ownership Prerequisite for Voting on: February 14, 2015, 05:38:42 pm
This is a deeply relevant quote to our present times, in which property-based suffrage is widespread.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 13, 2015, 02:18:42 pm
Have you considered Bakersfield? I think you would like it there.

Cost of living is way too high.  Plus Oklahoma > California.

I ask because Bakersfield is just like Oklahoma, but far enough away that it would be a different experience.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Voting pattern determinants on: February 13, 2015, 02:02:59 am
Of course, as has been mentioned time and time again, the religious divide in Newfoundland is opposite that of Canada.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Israel General Election Thread: March 17 2015 on: February 13, 2015, 02:02:04 am
The two sides hate each other, but that hasn't precluded Likud-Labor coalitions in the past...

If I were deciding for Labor, and such a coalition were for some reason desirable, I would propose, as a compromise, that the PM be anybody other than the two leaders. Netaniyahu as the PM has broken too many partners.  Make him the tourism minister.

To what extent is Likud governed by Netanyahu's personality? I would imagine that that might pose a problem.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: February 13, 2015, 01:58:59 am
Bradford West will be the most interesting result in England, at least for me.
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