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4676  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Agree or Disagree: Day 6: McDonalds is disgusting on: October 13, 2008, 07:55:34 pm
I rise to speak from the crossbenches.

If I've been out for a few, Maccas tastes great - especially a quarterpounder with fries put right in the burger! Their breakfast menu is also pretty delicious.

I don't know if you have it over there, but McDonalds in Australia has a few additions which I'll mention in case it's something they've done here but not in the US. Firstly, McCafe - basically a Starbucks in the McDonalds restaurant building thing except called "McCafe" instead of Starbucks.

Secondly, deli choices rolls - more like Subway. Some of those are delicious, and also quite healthy.

Thirdly, heart tick meals - the Heart Foundation has approved certain meals (typically those aforementioned Deli Choices rolls, with juice or water) to carry the Heart Tick for meeting certain fat and sugar content requirements.

Generally speaking, I avoid Maccas because my metabolism isn't what it was when I was in uni... but I'm not going to put it in the disgusting category because of those healthier options they provide, and I actually prefer McCafe coffee to Starbucks.

I am therefore choosing to abstain from this vote.

Don't have them. Not 'round these parts, at least.

http://www.mcdonalds.com.au/ - it's got icons on their for the heart tick, McCafe (in case I wasn't clear earlier, it's not a Starbucks, it's just a cafe like that but owned and operated by Maccas), Deli Choice rolls (they differ from Subway in that you don't choose what goes on them - I probably should have said that earlier), the Lean Beef Burger is pretty nice, too (I've just decided to have one for lunch).
4677  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What you liked best about: Hubert H. Humphrey on: October 13, 2008, 07:32:14 pm
Humphrey is one of my political heroes.  An ardent Cold-Warrior, he was also a strong supporter of civil rights at home, and an economic liberal - being a strong supporter of the farners.  As JSojourner said, his speech at the 1948 DNC was one of the greatest ever given, and he deserves a lot of credit for that.

In all, one of the great American politicians of the 20th century.
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It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.

^^^Said at the dedication of the building in Washington that bears his name, 4 November 1977.

The 1948 speech was also good.
4678  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canada 2008: Official Thread on: October 13, 2008, 07:10:17 pm
i just noticed, nunavut has really horrible turnout.

I noticed the same thing about Labrador the other week - a 10.86% margin sounds great, but it's really just 1240 voters. At those levels, 620 people change their minds or the Tories GOTV an extra 1250 people and you have a new MP. Of course, that's all easier said then done, but the turnout is obviously horrendous.
4679  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: My latest poem on: October 13, 2008, 06:23:57 pm
what's the point of creative writing if you're a conservative?

what does creative writing have to do with being a conservative?

art is a revolutionary action.  conservatism is reaction to preserve the status quo.

So the roof of the Sistine Chapel is not artwork?
4680  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Agree or Disagree: Day 6: McDonalds is disgusting on: October 13, 2008, 06:21:51 pm
I rise to speak from the crossbenches.

If I've been out for a few, Maccas tastes great - especially a quarterpounder with fries put right in the burger! Their breakfast menu is also pretty delicious.

I don't know if you have it over there, but McDonalds in Australia has a few additions which I'll mention in case it's something they've done here but not in the US. Firstly, McCafe - basically a Starbucks in the McDonalds restaurant building thing except called "McCafe" instead of Starbucks.

Secondly, deli choices rolls - more like Subway. Some of those are delicious, and also quite healthy.

Thirdly, heart tick meals - the Heart Foundation has approved certain meals (typically those aforementioned Deli Choices rolls, with juice or water) to carry the Heart Tick for meeting certain fat and sugar content requirements.

Generally speaking, I avoid Maccas because my metabolism isn't what it was when I was in uni... but I'm not going to put it in the disgusting category because of those healthier options they provide, and I actually prefer McCafe coffee to Starbucks.

I am therefore choosing to abstain from this vote.
4681  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canada 2008: Official Thread on: October 13, 2008, 05:51:09 pm
At least I can say I did my part to get rid of Gary Lunn.

Good work. I hope you're successful in that endeavour.
4682  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What do I need to know about Australia? on: October 13, 2008, 06:44:58 am
On the plus side, we DID invent vegemite.

Even if Kraft now owns it.

My dirty little secret that will get me hauled before the un-Australian Activities Committee is that I've never liked vegemite...
4683  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: My latest poem on: October 13, 2008, 06:43:33 am
I really liked it. I opened the thread to read it, but figured I wouldn't post because I try to only post positive comments, but then was pleased to find I really liked it. Really good!
4684  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Online Bible Commentaries on: October 12, 2008, 11:43:23 pm
Not a commentary, but if I'm looking for a verse, I use www.biblegateway.com - it gives you a vast array of translations to use and allows either a keyword search or a passage lookup. Anyway, that's what I use if I'm looking up a verse to use on here.

No Catholic Bibles on there, I see.

Really? Sorry about that. As a protestant, I never checked for that. Sorry.
4685  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: When people say that they're "praying for you..." on: October 12, 2008, 08:37:11 pm
I think JSojourner hit it right on the head.   It's all about context.

In a positive context it's no worse than being told that someone cares, or hopes things turn out alright, or sends 'good vibes'.  Hey - may the force be with you.  Can't hurt, so no problem.

In a negative, it's about the same as an explicative.  (I suppose people who use it that way could be considered to be using the Lord's name in vain).   I get that some from a local cultlike group which solicits funds right by the exit of various grocery store.  The phrase "no thanks" often gets responded to with a really sarcastic "God bless you".

I think the question is - is it edifying to the person for you to tell them? A sincere prayer may be a way of caring for someone, but sometimes it's more caring to pray quietly for them without telling them that's what you're doing. Of course, there are times when someone's going through a rough patch, that it might help them to know that you're thinking of them and praying for them. It's a matter of context, not just the reason you prayed for them, but also how they will feel about that.
4686  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canada 2008: Official Thread on: October 12, 2008, 08:28:19 pm
Any base to this?

The Bourque article has links to a couple of the comments made in the article.
4687  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Diplomacy Game Thread on: October 12, 2008, 08:21:19 pm
There is a slight mistake in the first map that is corrected in the second...
Finally found it!

I was going to correct it - but then thought that you might want to see if you can spot it. Although corrected in map 2, it doesn't alter the result in map 3.

Anyway, the build orders are in. I'll update the map tonight.

England
Build F Edinburgh

Russia
Build A Warsaw
Build A St Petersburg

Italy
Disband F Aegean
Disband F Greece

Thus, at the conclusion of Winter 1905, the map appears thus:

4688  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canada 2008: Official Thread on: October 12, 2008, 07:24:27 pm
Elizabeth May's hidden agenda:

GREEN SUPPORTER: ELIZABETH MAY HAS SOLD US OUT !
SENATOR MAY ? ENVIRONMENT MINISTER MAY ?
Where does Green Party leader Elizabeth May get her marching orders ? Increasingly it is becoming clear that it is not from her party members. With less than 48 hours to go before voters go to the polls across Canada, emotions are running high inside campaigns faltering within sight of the finish line. 50 so-called 'close ridings', in particular, are being pitched to May as do-or-die ridings where she can 'lead Greens to make a difference', presumably by inciting Green supporters to not vote Green, the idea being to support your party by not voting for it, a novel concept to say the least. In recent hours, Bourque has heard from a number of senior political operatives, notably a very senior Liberal organizer who admittedly worked on the leadership bid of one of Stephane Dion's rivals, in other words someone who has much to gain if Dion and his Green Shift are soundly defeated Tuesday. Yet, this still-very-active politico tells Bourque he fears a secret deal has been cooked between Dion and Elizabeth May (both unabashed disciples of ex-pat Kyoto godfather Maurice Strong, and both currently immersed in a vociferous round of 'doth protest too much' denial about a secret deal) which may explain why she has been meeting with "key Liberal organizers" and is now actively telling Green Party supporters to vote Liberal, of all things. This, according to our Liberal insider, in exchange for a possible Senate seat and a place as Environment Minister in a Dion-led government. To be clear, Ms May's curious strategy of backing Dion is creating ill-will within her own party to the point that "a lot of Green candidates are upset", according to one national news report this morning. Add to that the fact Dion himself is urging Greenies to go red and join the Liberals. As one of Canada's top media personalities told Bourque tonight, "if i were a member of the Greens, if i were a candidate for the Greens, I would see her as a traitor, how could i possibly think of her as someone who wants to grow the Greens. She is simply behaving as an agent for the liberals". Surprisingly, top Green Party representatives are refusing to respond to a query from this organ as to what is the Party's current position on the Senate. Meanwhile, and fresh on the heels of Stephane Dion's Air Dud carbon-spewing campaign jet, now shocking news of the World Wildlife Fund's "25-day journey around the world by private jet", a $65,000 extravagance in "19 rows of spacious leather seats with full ergonomic support" enjoying "gourmet meals, chilled champagne [and] your own chef." All of which makes one wonder as to what lunacy is fueling the environmental set these days.

Source: http://www.bourque.com/
4689  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Online Bible Commentaries on: October 12, 2008, 05:46:19 pm
Not a commentary, but if I'm looking for a verse, I use www.biblegateway.com - it gives you a vast array of translations to use and allows either a keyword search or a passage lookup. Anyway, that's what I use if I'm looking up a verse to use on here.
4690  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Diplomacy Registration and Administration Thread on: October 12, 2008, 05:41:32 pm
ilikeverin is stepping in to take over from Germany's civil disorder.
4691  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Diplomacy Game Thread on: October 12, 2008, 02:29:26 am
Who shall take Berlin?

I would take over for Germany! Smiley

I hereby decree that ilikeverin is now leader of Germany.
4692  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canada 2008: Official Thread on: October 12, 2008, 02:23:05 am
how are you making these, anyways?

Basically they're sketches from other maps stiched together. Or something like that. Programme used is Paint, because I'm cheap.

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Like Ottawa... Wink

Yeah, that one's awful...

I use paint, too. I usually highlight from a PDF using the snapshot tool and paste it into paint and then take it from there.
4693  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Diplomacy Game Thread on: October 11, 2008, 04:22:29 pm
I probably should have given the numbers:

England
Build 1

Russia
Build 2

Italy
Remove 2
4694  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Diplomacy Game Thread on: October 11, 2008, 10:01:56 am
How are the builds affected by the retreats? The Italian fleet can't retreat to Bulgaria, there was fighting (ie a bounce) there, right? It can only retreat to either Albania or the Ionian (or dissolve).
And the Russian Army can retreat only to Vienna (or dissolve), as Albania is where its supplanter came from.



Hmmm... yes... looking at the map, I see you're quite right. I guess there's no reason to hold up builds in that case, so I should be able to post them at the same time as retreats.
4695  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Diplomacy Game Thread on: October 11, 2008, 08:59:56 am
There is a slight mistake in the first map that is corrected in the second...
4696  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Diplomacy Game Thread on: October 11, 2008, 08:53:33 am
Move orders were thus:



France
A Burgundy - Munich
F Gulf of Lyon - Piedmont (*Fails*)
A Munich - Bohemia
A Piedmont - Venice (*Fails*)
A Tyrolia Supports A Albania - Trieste
F Western Mediterranean - Gulf of Lyon (*Fails*)

Russia
F Baltic Sea - Kiel (*Fails*)
A Bulgaria - Greece
F Constantinople - Bulgaria (sc) (*Bounce*)
F Gulf of Bothnia Convoys A Livonia - Finland
A Livonia - Finland
A Moscow - St Petersburg (*Bounce*)
A Rumania - Budapest
A Serbia Supports A Bulgaria - Greece
A Smyrna Hold
F Sweden - Norway (*Disbanded*)
A Trieste Supports A Venice (*Dislodged*)

Italy
F Aegean Sea - Bulgaria (sc) (*Bounce*)
A Albania - Trieste
F Greece Supports F Aegean Sea - Bulgaria (sc) (*Dislodged*)
F Ionian Sea - Apulia
A Rome, Supports A Piedmont - Venice (*Cut*)

Germany
A Berlin NMR

Austria-Hungary


Turkey
F Apulia - Naples
F Tuscany - Rome (*Fails*)
A Venice Supports F Tuscany - Rome (*Cut*)

England
F Barents Sea - St Petersburg (nc) (*Bounce*)
F Belgium - North Sea
F Helgoland Bight Supports F North Sea - Denmark
F Holland Supports A Kiel
A Kiel Supports F North Sea - Denmark (*Cut*)
F North Sea - Denmark
A Norway Supports F Skagerrak - Sweden
F Skagerrak - Sweden

The moves were resolved thus:



Russia's fleet in Sweden was disbanded as it was dislodged and there were no provinces to which it could retreat.

There are two retreats required:

The Russian army in Trieste and the Italian fleet in Greece.

The map shows the current status of the game:



I'll sort out retreats, and possibly builds in the evening (Sunday evening, my time), and builds if I have everyone's. Since there'll probably be some builds that will be based on the outcome of the retreats, I suspect I won't end up posting them at the same time. I'll advise of builds when I have them all in, but the map probably won't be able to be uploaded until Monday evening (my time) since I don't have Realpolitik on my work computer.
4697  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Diplomacy Game Thread on: October 11, 2008, 08:25:02 am
It is presently 12:22 Melbourne time (daylight savings), so I'm now in the process of adjudicating Fall 1905 moves, because I'll be out for most of tomorrow. I'll post it here as soon as I finish, and I'll do all the retreats tomorrow afternoon/evening when I'm home. If possible, I'll do builds then, too, but as it looks like there'll be some retreats which may affect number of builds and so on, they may need to be tied over. I'll advise on that shortly.
4698  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Supreme Soviet on: October 11, 2008, 02:34:44 am
Sounds good, very good infact. If you want any help Xahar, I'd be more than happy to do so Smiley

Happy to help with game development, probably a tad busy at this stage to play, though.
4699  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Display names on: October 11, 2008, 12:49:20 am
Rin-chan - Until you posted your photo in the post-a-picture thread the other day, I'd always thought you were of east asian origin.

lol Most people here thought that until I first posted a picture years ago Tongue  I thought that was hilarious. Tongue

I really like manga and Japanese culture, though. Tongue

Rin-chan

The picture in your signature line probably contributed to it somewhat, too.

lol Why?  Stick Stickly isn't at ALL Asian lol

Rin-chan

I know, but the colours and everything seemed to make me think of Hello Kitty, even though they are unrelated. Coupled with your display name, and, well...
4700  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Display names on: October 11, 2008, 12:02:28 am
Rin-chan - Until you posted your photo in the post-a-picture thread the other day, I'd always thought you were of east asian origin.

lol Most people here thought that until I first posted a picture years ago Tongue  I thought that was hilarious. Tongue

I really like manga and Japanese culture, though. Tongue

Rin-chan

The picture in your signature line probably contributed to it somewhat, too.
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