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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: what separates the U.S. from Britain linguistically? on: July 24, 2014, 03:14:08 pm
False.  Mass media is not accelerating linguistic convergence.  Regional dialects may be getting somewhat less apparent in the UK, but that's largely a result of increased geographic mobility.  Meanwhile, dialects are becoming increasingly more distinct in the US, by and large, with the continued decrease in speakers of some East Coast dialects (e.g., Charleston) being more than balanced by large changes in the Rust Belt and California.
I was under the impression that TV (and to a lesser extent, films) desire to have most "normal" characters speak with a flat, midwestern accent was having a rather large impact on our "lesser" accents.  Hence why people in California and the Rust Belt now sound like they just got off the bus from Des Moines.

Accents in the western part of the country are just less distinct because those areas are more recently settled and have fewer natives.

2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: I think there is a candidate everyone is forgetting on: July 05, 2014, 04:58:33 pm
My guess is that you're all being trolled Tongue

3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: I think there is a candidate everyone is forgetting on: July 05, 2014, 02:23:55 pm

Lmao. Barack Hussein Obama jr. is not getting anywhere close to the White House.

This is stupid, just tell us.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: I think there is a candidate everyone is forgetting on: July 05, 2014, 02:08:52 pm
Hmm...Likely a mayor, since Rendell and Booker were mayors, and likely of a large Northeastern city, so perhaps...

Newly elected Mayor of Newark Ras Baraka?

Just read up on him; he's  the son of a prominent radical activist and poet, and he has a lot of support from a diverse group of people. He's also made some gestures toward Wall Street and courting their support-much like Obama did leading up to 2008.

Not sure if this is correct, but that's my guess for now.

Alternately, it could be Shavar Jeffries, who lost to Baraka. Tongue
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Would Carly Fiorina (R-California) win a rematch in 2016 against Barbara Boxer? on: July 04, 2014, 04:43:15 pm
6  General Politics / Political Debate / NYT: A Period Is Questioned in the Declaration of Independence on: July 04, 2014, 04:17:00 pm
The error, according to Danielle Allen, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., concerns a period that appears right after the phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in the transcript, but almost certainly not, she maintains, on the badly faded parchment original.

That errant spot of ink, she believes, makes a difference, contributing to what she calls a “routine but serious misunderstanding” of the document.

The period creates the impression that the list of self-evident truths ends with the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” she says. But as intended by Thomas Jefferson, she argues, what comes next is just as important: the essential role of governments — “instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” — in securing those rights.

“The logic of the sentence moves from the value of individual rights to the importance of government as a tool for protecting those rights,” Ms. Allen said. “You lose that connection when the period gets added.”

Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/03/us/politics/a-period-is-questioned-in-the-declaration-of-independence.html

Even though the US Constitution is the actual basis of law in the United States, the Declaration-especially "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"-arguably holds a considerably larger role in American cultural mythology.

What do you think? If the period was not intended, and Ms. Allen is correct, would that be significant?  
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: How did Carter lose OK? on: July 04, 2014, 03:08:40 pm
In addition to what others have said, northern Oklahoma (especially near the Panhandle) is more ancestrally Republican (and a lot less Southern) than the rest of the state, and when combined with the votes of (white) conservatives from the growing OKC and Tulsa metros in 1976...well, Ford's victory is fairly easy to explain.

Note that Carter still won many of the more Southern/Dixiecratic counties of southeast OK in 1980 while losing the rest of the state.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Jimmy Carter (by party) on: July 04, 2014, 02:52:40 pm
A good example of how being an exceptionally smart and morally upstanding person is a liability in politics.
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is this video proof that poor whites have too much money and time? on: July 04, 2014, 02:43:42 pm
Also I'd just like to add that there are a fair number of rich "rednecks".
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Paul Krugman on: July 04, 2014, 02:42:29 pm
Mixed, lean FF. He gets annoying at times though.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is this video proof that poor whites have too much money and time? on: July 04, 2014, 02:41:59 pm
Poor whites have too much money and time

Does not compute.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Richard Mellon Scaife dead at 82 on: July 04, 2014, 01:31:16 pm
Richard Mellon Scaife, a billionaire publisher whose philanthropy helped redefine the American right-wing in the 1980s and 1990s and who helped underwrite a range of anti-liberal causes, most famously his political attacks against President Bill Clinton, died July 4 a day after his 82nd birthday.

His newspaper, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, announced the death but did not disclose the cause. In May, Mr. Scaife wrote in the newspaper that he had “an untreatable form of cancer.”

An heir to the Mellon banking, oil and aluminum fortunes, the Pittsburgh-based Scaife spent hundreds of millions of dollars of his estimated net worth of $1.4 billion to counteract what he called “the liberal slant to American society.”

He threw his financial support behind conservative newspapers and magazines, including the American Spectator and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Through those organs, his family-based funding entities and his presence on the boards of conservative and libertarian citadels such as the Heritage Foundation and the Hoover Institution, he championed small government, fewer regulations on business, low taxes and a strong national defense.

13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is it easy or hard to live in your county? on: July 04, 2014, 12:39:21 pm
The vast majority of people in Manhattan do not earn >$100,000 year.

But enough of them do to contribute to the insane cost of living there. Same deal with SF.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: I think there is a candidate everyone is forgetting on: July 04, 2014, 12:25:11 pm
Mike Doyle?
Michael Nutter (Mayor of Philadelphia)?

15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Carly Fiorina on: July 04, 2014, 12:15:05 pm
I like failed candidates too.
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Could Thomas Friedman run for President? on: July 04, 2014, 11:59:43 am
Because why the hell not.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What do hardline right-wingers and death metal bands have in common? on: July 03, 2014, 01:49:55 pm
inb4 BRTD

18  General Politics / Individual Politics / What do hardline right-wingers and death metal bands have in common? on: July 03, 2014, 01:47:39 pm
Answer: They each have to be more hardcore than the last one to have credibility with the fanbase.

I guess this also applies to TRUE LEFTISTs. Tongue
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who is the worst President, of these six? on: July 03, 2014, 11:42:18 am
Bush 43, followed closely by Nixon, followed a little less closely by Reagan.
20  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Map: Poverty by County in Appalachia on: July 02, 2014, 04:37:43 pm
Of course U.S.A statistical poverty is a joke that grossly underestimates the scale of the problem.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Immigrant influences in New England culture today on: July 01, 2014, 07:27:51 pm
This is something that has intrigued me. New England was very heavily Protestant for a long time (apart from the French Canadians in the North, of course) and had a very high percentage of colonial English ancestry, but from the mid-19th century into the 20th century the culture was transformed by the millions of Irish Catholics who came over. Additional groups came over as well in the latter part of that period-Italians, Poles, people from all over Southern and Eastern Europe who were of Jewish, Catholic, or Orthodox faith backgrounds. In other words, New England became much more religiously and culturally/ethnically diverse.

Today, New England's demographics continue to shift, as an even broader array of immigrants from Latin America and parts of Asia and Africa are now represented in New England, and growing rapidly in numbers in many cases. My question is: Out of all these influences, which (if any) has more influence on the overall culture of New England than the others, and if so, why?
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rank these Republican Presidents on the basis of their *social* conservatism on: July 01, 2014, 06:40:30 pm
Reagan's social conservatism is quite overrated. He was right-wing, but with a heavily neoliberal flavor. I don't think he cared much for religious fundamentalists besides having them as political allies.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Tea Partiers for Childers vs. African-Americans for Cochran? on: July 01, 2014, 06:36:15 pm
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the United States Constitution on: July 01, 2014, 06:35:39 pm
very progressive for its time on civil rights

25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pew late update **60% of todays Liberals are not American.** on: July 01, 2014, 06:27:50 pm
Because modern American patriotism is increasingly inseparable from conservative political mythology, it's no surprise that many liberals would distance themselves from it.

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