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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Alberta General Election - May 5th, 2015 on: April 24, 2015, 01:43:30 pm
In a scenario where the Liberals are polling 8%, it seems likelier that the Liberal share of the vote will actually be 4% than it is that Liberal candidates will poll 16% in the ridings that they contest.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite Pac 12 Football Team on: April 24, 2015, 11:29:01 am
I was agnostic on the Stanford Band until I saw them in person when Stanford and Maryland played in Santa Clara in December. Being bad at being a band on purpose isn't edgy or subversive or cool or interesting; it's just terrible. Scatter bands are a plague on our tertiary educational system that in a just world would be rooted out mercilessly.
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite Pac 12 Football Team on: April 24, 2015, 11:11:24 am
I grew up rooting for some miserable Stanford teams, and then Jim Harbaugh came along and made it worthwhile for a time. It's too bad David Shaw is committed to making Stanford unwatchable and unlikable.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Alberta General Election - May 5th, 2015 on: April 24, 2015, 10:39:11 am
I didn't want to consider the possibility at the beginning of the campaign because I figured I'd just end up disappointed, but now it looks like the NDP has a real chance of winning and may even be favored. How would an NDP victory affect the coming federal campaign? Would the NDP see a boost after toppling a longstanding government in the most conservative province? Would it have any affect on Trudeau?

In general, the NDP holding government at the provincial level tends to hurt the party in that province at the federal level. In 2011, the two provinces where the NDP did not improve on their 2008 vote share were Manitoba and Nova Scotia, the two provinces with NDP governments. That said, the federal election may be too close to this election for people to vote against the federal NDP.
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The fall of Lutfur Rahman on: April 24, 2015, 10:34:14 am
Lutfur Rahman a crook? I for one am shocked.
6  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: World Religion Map by National Subdivision on: April 23, 2015, 04:32:24 pm
What are the Protestant divisions in the Republic of Ireland?
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Inappropriate content on the forum on: April 23, 2015, 11:46:02 am
If you're wondering...I enjoy the PAPOY thread.  I relish in the fact that you're offended because it makes it easier to tell who you people really are.  If Dave decides it's no good...that's his right.  My only advice to Dave?  Keep Xahar and Gully away from mod positions. 

I wouldn't have a problem with Gully as a moderator, but Xahar's desire to become one is so transparent he should be kept away from this.

What? If you're going to spread libelous claims about me, please point to one instance anywhere where I expressed a desire to become a moderator. You couldn't pay me to do that.

Xahar what's your opinion of the propriety of what PAPOY has become? 

It's not a matter of "become", because it's been that way for the better part of a decade. I think that because of PAPOY's reputation it actually gets pretty well-monitored; when content crosses the line there everyone points that out.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of cheerleaders on: April 22, 2015, 04:55:37 pm
FF. An integral part of the atmosphere of sports. They also go through drills, auditions, practices, etc.

Only really necessary in American sport, where the fans aren't allowed to make noise or be expressive on their own.

American sports
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Liberland on: April 22, 2015, 02:13:25 pm
Is there a better set of words in the English language than "self-declared libertarian micronation"?
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Would California still have a Republican Senator today if... on: April 22, 2015, 12:49:58 pm
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you know what country your grandparents were born in? on: April 22, 2015, 11:46:10 am
It depends on what you mean by "country". All my grandparents were born in India, of course. I don't know for sure, but I think two were born in the Sylhet area and one near Feni. Today both are part of Bangladesh, but at the time of their births Sylhet was part of Assam province while Feni was part of Bengal province. As for my father's father, my understanding (which could well be completely mistaken) is that he was born around Karimganj, which despite being a Bengali community was at that time and is still today part of Assam. Nowadays Karimganj is on the Indian side of the border, but obviously I have no way of being completely sure which side of the contemporary border my grandfather was born on.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Ike vs. JFK on: April 22, 2015, 11:24:20 am
On the issue of Ike's party identification, I remember Cathcon quoting a book called The President's Club along the lines of "Truman was good personal friends with Eisenhower and lobbied him to be the Democratic nominee, to which Ike responded, 'But I'm a Republican.'"

I thought this was very interesting, so I started reading the book while in Barnes and Noble the other weekend, and I will vouch for Ike being a lifelong Republican.  One memorable line during the section on when Truman's and Ike's friendship started to fall apart was Eisenhower writing to a friend, "He (Truman) had never even considered the possibility that I didn't share his political view, and let me tell you I didn't; I have been a Republican my whole life."

It should be noted that this has nothing in particular to do with ideology.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Canadian provinces on: April 22, 2015, 11:22:44 am
I've only ever been to BC, which I notice is missing from the poll.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Major League Baseball Question on: April 21, 2015, 08:48:57 pm
The official scorer chooses the relief pitcher whom he deems to have pitched most effectively.

Rule 10.17(b):

(b) If the pitcher whose team assumes a lead while such pitcher is in the game, or during the inning on offense in which such pitcher is removed from the game, and does not relinquish such lead, is a starting pitcher who has not completed
 (1) five innings of a game that lasts six or more innings on defense, or
 (2) four innings of a game that lasts five innings on defense, then the official scorer shall credit as the winning pitcher the relief pitcher, if there is only one relief pitcher, or the relief pitcher who, in the official scorer’s judgment was the most effective, if there is more than one relief pitcher.

Emphasis mine.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NBA vs. NHL on: April 21, 2015, 06:54:40 pm
This argument is always kind of dumb, and it can end up having pretty strong classist overtones. I won't make any value judgments because that's pointless. I closely follow the NBA and not the NHL for a few reasons, including that I grew up in a part of the world where it doesn't snow and that I was exposed to basketball (both as a player and a fan) at an early age and that I now attend a basketball school without an ice hockey team. Other people follow the NHL and not the NBA for analogous reasons, and that's good for them. I enjoy when the Sharks are good and it frustrates me that they're not good now and that management is dicking around with Joe Thornton, but it means much more to me that the Warriors are the best team in the NBA.

However, I have come to this thread because of King's comments:

Both are committing the heinous crimes of winter sport playoffs that last until the summer, 7 game series that really should only be 3 games, and teams with losing records consistently getting wild card spots.

Again, I won't comment about the NHL because I don't feel qualified. It's easy to make fun of the NBA playoffs for a whole host of reasons. I did it for a long time. As someone who is a baseball fan first and foremost I always look back with approval on the 1993 season, when San Francisco finished 103-59 but missed the postseason because Atlanta was 104-58. With that in mind, the NBA's system of letting more than half the teams in seems scandalously permissive.

However, I've come around to the NBA playoffs as something that works really well for basketball. One obvious complaint is the length, which obviously isn't ideal, but it's not like there's anything else going on in the early summer except baseball games that don't really mean a whole lot. I can forgive that.

As for the number of teams that get in, it gives opportunities for really good matchups. All eight teams in the Western Conference this year are both good and fun to watch; the worst team of the bunch is New Orleans, which has the man who will soon be the best player in the world. The Warriors have been a #6 seed the last two years, but they were certainly good enough to be competitive in the postseason, and it would have been a shame if they had been left out. The philosophy that basketball uses is that every team that might have a shot should get a chance to prove it in the playoffs, which isn't necessarily the same as other sports but has its own internal logic. If bad teams get in, they are quickly dispatched without any particular harm done; the flip side is that sometimes we get #1 Dallas getting bounced in the first round in 2007, which people who weren't even fans of either team still remember as among their favorite basketball memories of the last decade.

The broader point is that, unlike in other sports, the postseason in basketball is not just a proper but a necessary way of picking the best team. In fact, it's better than the regular season in terms of doing that. There aren't ever any mediocre, unsatisfying champions in basketball. When a higher-ranked team falls to a lower-ranked team, most of the time it's because the lower-ranked team was actually better. Miami with LeBron was always the best team in the Eastern Conference; they didn't always have the best regular-season record, but they always won the Eastern Conference in the playoffs. Long series are an important part of that, because a bad team can get lucky in a best-of-5 series, but that almost never happens in a best-of-7 series. Other sports' postseasons are meant to entertain, but the NBA postseason finds the best team.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Inappropriate content on the forum on: April 20, 2015, 07:39:39 pm
Xahar what's your opinion of the propriety of what PAPOY has become? 

I don't think "has become" really enters into the equation, since it's been like that for the better part of a decade. It's always strange, but usually it doesn't veer into outright inappropriate content, although that does happen.

At this point it's clear that the reason you made this thread is because you personally dislike this sort of content, not because you actually believe that it could realistically result in the forum being blocked (a ridiculous suggestion). You should've just said that from the beginning instead of being disingenuous.

Dave Leip has made his opinions very clear on this matter.
17  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Do you prefer the lyrical style of classic hymns or Christian hardcore? on: April 20, 2015, 07:02:06 pm
As far as relatively contemporary music with an openly Christian message, I prefer the simplicity, self-reflection, and honesty of a Chris Bell.  No agenda, no pretensions, just the sound of a lonely man struggling with his homosexuality and faith.  Better Save Yourself is a good example of what Christian rock should sound like; dark, dirgey, depressing, and lots of organ.

Of course nobody would ever refer to "Neon Bible" as Christian music, but it is very obviously inspired by religion in general and Christianity in particular, and it is my favorite Arcade Fire album.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Finnish parliamentary election April 19th 2015 on: April 20, 2015, 12:21:29 pm
I do wonder if I would be a "moderate" Muslim.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Ike vs. JFK on: April 19, 2015, 01:38:18 pm
Eisenhower, obviously.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this Image on: April 19, 2015, 12:53:06 pm
Um... no one is going to buy food at this restaurant if its that expensive. Its supply/demand economics. They are losing customers with these prices (and therefore losing profit), just as people are losing money buying here. That said, it sounds like a typical snobby restaurant you would find in the upper east side of Manhattan.

We're freaking out about nothing.

Please see original post for proof that someone is dumb enough to buy food at this place.

I was using no one in a figurative way. If someone wants to buy something at that price, that's on them, but they have every right not to, and considering the ratings as well as the price, they would be dumb to dine there.

Are you familiar with Veblen goods?
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Inappropriate content on the forum on: April 18, 2015, 05:48:27 pm
Obviously that would remove the offensive and misogynistic content from public view, but it is not clear to me why you find it so important to have offensive and misogynistic content at all. If you don't understand the problem with talking about whom you would bang on this site, I'm not going to spell it out for you.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Inappropriate content on the forum on: April 18, 2015, 02:09:53 am
Yes, Snowguy, my observation that this forum could do with fewer teenage boys analyzing the women with whom they would have sex is in fact evidence of my deep-seated homophobia.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Inappropriate content on the forum on: April 18, 2015, 12:13:15 am
I wonder what motive Gustaf has in forcing my religion on the forum.

When did Gustaf do such a thing? Do you mean Snowguy? Or MaxQue?

But this isn't even a religious matter- it's a "basic standards of decorum" matter or a "let's not embarrass ourselves and the website completely" matter.

Gustaf agreed with my point in this thread, and given that I am pushing my religion on everyone surely he must also be pushing my religion. It can't be that there would be any other reasoning involved.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Inappropriate content on the forum on: April 17, 2015, 11:59:27 pm
I wonder what motive Gustaf has in forcing my religion on the forum.
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What kind of sports tournment do you prefer: round-robin or playoff format? on: April 17, 2015, 11:53:30 pm
Oh, no, I disagree entirely! Obviously Alabama and Florida State should not have been in the championship game, since there should be no such thing. I can think of no higher honor than to play for the Rose Bowl. I would sooner Stanford, my childhood team, win a single Rose Bowl than a thousand mythical national championships.
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