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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: A history lesson on the continuing development of the Republican party on: Today at 12:42:57 am
The world changed in the late 1970s. Democrats still don't get it.

It changed again in 2008.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do You Live in an Urban, Suburban, Exurban, or Rural Area? on: Today at 12:38:51 am
Other: Regional center.

A 35k city in the middle of nowhere. Clearly not rural.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New Zealand general election, 20th September 2014 on: September 20, 2014, 05:03:02 am
Here's hoping that New Zealand breaks MMP.

MMP is going nowhere. Government tried to remove it in 2011, population voted to keep it (referendum held at the same time than 2011 elections).
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New Zealand general election, 20th September 2014 on: September 20, 2014, 04:58:31 am
There is also ACT New Zealand and United Future with one seat each.

There is a 5% threshold, but it doesn't apply to parties winning an electorate (through doesn't really apply to ACT and United Future because .66% and .21% doesn't gave any proportionnal list seats anyways, even without a threshold).
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: How would a Free Scotland be politically different from the UK? on: September 20, 2014, 04:25:56 am
So, Scotland would be the fiscal conservatives, and Britain would be the social conservatives right??? amirite???

Twenty years ago it would actually be the other way round. Now Scotland is mostly Liberal in the US sense.

(or: "lame joke is lame", to quote Kitteh)

It's a reference to a now-infamous post from outofbox6, who claimed that "Western Ukraine is more fiscally conservative while Eastern Ukraine is more socially conservative"

Exactly, and it is a lame joke.

What? It's some of the funniest nonsense ever posted here.

It was very funny in the Ukraine context, I just think the whole Atlas meme-culture is a bit annoying.

Isn't that true of all memes?
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: September 20, 2014, 03:28:24 am
I rushed that post because someone seemingly came through so I went to talk to him. I'd say he was way too high to provide meaningful insights but his constant intonation of "just relax" was not terribly different from what anyone else would have been able to tell me, I think...

Again no one should feel obligated to read any of this.

We are all surprised you didn't denounced him to the police.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish independence referendum results thread (Sept 18, 2014) on: September 19, 2014, 05:23:43 am
It's in fact a big victory for the Yes. They never planned or wished winning, the whole purpose was to put pressure on London to get Devo-Max. They reached that goal.

That's quite some spin.

That's not spin, I had no opinion on the referendum. But, look back at the beginning of the campaign. Nobody thought Yes could win. No didn't took the campaign seriously until two weeks ago (it was led by some Brown-era Labour minister).

Nobody thought it was serious, because it wasn't. It was a plot.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish independence referendum results thread (Sept 18, 2014) on: September 19, 2014, 04:46:09 am
With a 10 points victory, do you think Westminster leaders are going to regret their promises about further devolution now?

Good luck to Scotland and the UK.

No, since it would have been smaller if not.

It's in fact a big victory for the Yes. They never planned or wished winning, the whole purpose was to put pressure on London to get Devo-Max. They reached that goal.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Standing Committee - VOTE OF CONFIDENCE on: September 18, 2014, 11:51:01 pm
OFFICIAL BALLOT:

Should the Labor Party of Atlasia continue to exist, or should it dissolve?

[X] Continuation
[  ] Dissolution
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 18, 2014, 04:15:32 am
Thanks, MaxQue and politicus.
According to the Oxford dictionary, Scotch can also refer to the Scottish people, but it seems to be old-fashioned.
So, "the Scottish" is the common term, right?

Yes.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 18, 2014, 03:56:22 am

Or rather a set changer?
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 18, 2014, 03:55:47 am
I've got a question:

One person from Britain is called a Briton.
If you refer to the whole nation you say "the British".

What about Scotland?
One person is a Scot.
But what do you call the whole nation?
The Scottish? The Scots? The Scotch?

Scottish. Scots is the old language. Scotch is alcohol.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 18, 2014, 03:34:28 am
When do the polls close?

10PM in UK, so, 5PM Eastern.

That means 23:00 o'clock CEST? Wow, that's late...

UK polls are always open between 7:00-22:00.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish independence referendum prediction thread on: September 18, 2014, 03:21:19 am
I have no clue, so let's try:

NO: 50.6%
YES: 49.4%

Turnout: 93.5%

Not very original, if you know what I mean....
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 18, 2014, 03:00:04 am
When do the polls close?

10PM in UK, so, 5PM Eastern.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: September 17, 2014, 06:39:44 pm
Is Gandalf gay???

The actor in the movies is.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2014 on: September 17, 2014, 03:40:21 pm
LÚvis by-election will be on October 20.
18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Boeing and SpaceX win latest space race...race on: September 17, 2014, 01:17:22 am
Does it count as a campaign donation?
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Unofficial Atlas Census on: September 16, 2014, 08:51:50 pm
So cis is... I was born a male and I consider myself male?  That's it?

Yes. The opposite of trans.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 16, 2014, 04:44:26 am
The most important question that we, the Atlas Forum, should be asking is... What kind of detail of results maps can we expect to see?  By Westminster/Holyrood constituency?  By council ward??  Cheesy

By council.
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Crime in the NFL on: September 15, 2014, 12:36:02 am
How is this even a question? Football requires an extremely aggressive personality in a way that basketball does not. The only other mainstream pro sport in the same league for violence is hockey.

Hockey? How many NHL players got arrested?
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: September 14, 2014, 04:52:25 am
At which hour polls close and at which hour shall we have a good idea of the result?
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Rory McIlroy on: September 13, 2014, 11:29:00 pm
As a close-ish follower of tennis I believe I am obliged to say that he is a rat.

Quite surprised by that. Wasn't thinking you were into that.

I have to concur. Given the whole Wozniacki-McIlroy "scandal", he seems really a bad person.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pueblo County Commission Candidate Tom Ready (R) goes truther on school shooting on: September 13, 2014, 09:07:20 pm
Yeah f[inks] off NYE. You're doing nothing but helping the Republican hacks.

Did the other Republican candidates condemned what he said? If they didn't, that's an endorsement.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WSJ now openly calling for plutocratic oligarchy on: September 13, 2014, 08:55:00 pm
The ramblings of noted loon Peter Thiel that happened to be published in the WSJ do not == the WSJ.

This is a recurring issue on the forum (thinking that opinion pieces in a newspaper represent the paper's actual position).

They decided to publish it. Nobody forced them. They could decline.
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