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76  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: January 06, 2014, 03:18:51 am
People take this forum way too seriously.
77  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you a virgin? on: January 05, 2014, 08:33:07 am
I've had about 80. Is that actually seriously weird for here?

That's seriously weird for everywhere. Tongue
(Though if you're a hot gay Scot why not. I couldn't say no to one of those)

Most people my age I know IRL, including myself, gay and straight seem to have had between 10-20. Anyway, the number of persons isn't really relevant, the amount and quality is far more important.

I'd prefer really great sex with one person on several occasions, than to one-night stands with 10 average to bad persons.

78  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Horses on: January 04, 2014, 05:44:31 pm
Um, obviously freedom animals, anyone who says otherwise is ignorant of human history in general. Without horses, we would still be cavemen. Literally.

Human development is just enabling of Capitalism anyway. 
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you a virgin? on: January 03, 2014, 05:24:40 pm
This is more of a nail-biter than Florida in 2000.
80  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: January 03, 2014, 05:20:11 pm
Latest picture of me:



Isaac, I think someone has cut your niece/nephew in half. Tongue
81  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever been in -30C or lower temperatures? on: January 03, 2014, 11:15:21 am
Yes, I live in Sweden. Tongue

Oh and my opinion of BRTD increased tremendasly seing him use celsius. Wonderful. Now we just have to convert the rest of the US.
82  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Comedy Goldmine on: January 03, 2014, 11:04:05 am
There is no way this thread will go well.

How would you define 'not well', prude?- if there are any non-virgins?

The prospect of "this thread not ending well" certainly included you making a moronic comment involving the word "prude".
83  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Horses on: January 02, 2014, 05:59:07 pm
Have any of you been near them? I visited my Aunts neighbor's property in Vero and saw them up close. Their huge, and I rather not get kicked to death by one of them. Freedom animals, but I keep my distance from them.

Yes, I used to ride them. (Well actually still do now and then) ^^ My dad comes from a long line of horse breeders, and two of his uncle still breed horses. Actually my parents met in the stable, so I own my whole excistence to horses. Smiley

Also Sanchez, you should know better. They're huge, not their huge. Tongue (Teens these days)

 
84  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Horses on: January 02, 2014, 04:25:17 pm
Freedom animal.



Majestic, loyal, strong, an essential part of human development through history.
What would we have done with-out them. 
85  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Opinion of Horses on: January 02, 2014, 04:20:53 pm
In light of this post, we were in need of this poll.

Horses are horrible creatures and should be wiped out. I support anything that will make their presence less felt.
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Meat and vegetables poll on: January 02, 2014, 04:16:54 pm
Option 1 (normal).

What?!

Really Antonio? I never thought you'd be one of those people... <.<





Option 3, I couldn't live with-out neither bacon nor asparagus. 
87  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: De Blasio seeks to ban Horse-Drawn Carriage rides in Central Park on: January 02, 2014, 03:32:27 pm
The horses are inspected regularly and treated well, so it's only hardcore animal activists who have a real problem with it. The one legit problem is that horses have been hit by cars on the outskirts of park, and a few have died. It just seems common sense to me to keep them off the streets. It's a disaster to have large animals that can be spooked in one of the busiest cities in the country. The park is an ideal place for them.

So as I suspected, your solution is the sensible one.
Alas, too bad common sense rarely ever prevails in politics these days.
88  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: January 02, 2014, 03:29:52 pm
Yeah, I also think a S+MP minority coalition working across the aisle would be the most likely out-come if the left doesn't have its own majority, and in my view I actually wouldn't mind that so much. I could live with a wing-clipped compromising left government.

 
89  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: De Blasio seeks to ban Horse-Drawn Carriage rides in Central Park on: January 02, 2014, 03:24:46 pm
I don't really understand why people are so animated about this.  But, I suppose anything involving animals gets yuppies into a frenzy. 

I'm not really sure who you are, but this statement might jus have made you one of my favourite posters. Wink

This is obvious pandering to vegetarian latte-liberals who know nothing about horses.
The horses who draw these carriages have been bred and trained to do this, and get no harm from it.

Now Rays proposal to give them a more limited area to be in, would probably be a good idea, mostly for traffic reason.

Could someone who knows a bit about NYC local politics give a prediction on how the council will vote on this?

90  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Heartwarming video on: December 28, 2013, 10:28:45 pm

Wonderful! Almost as good as when he was humiliated on Have I Got News for You. 
91  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: December 28, 2013, 06:14:45 pm
Where in Sweden are your parents fom KingSweden?

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To vote in a Swedish general election, one must be:

* a Swedish citizen,
* at least 18 years of age on election day,
* and have at some point been a registered resident of Sweden (thus excluding foreign-born Swedes who have never lived in Sweden)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elections_in_Sweden#Voter_eligibility
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Tender, didn't you read the stuff in Swedish I quoted. It says that exactly the same you're saying now. Tongue I'm of course joking, I know you don't speak Swedish.
92  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: December 28, 2013, 01:43:39 pm
I wonder how I can participate in this election next year. I have dual American and Swedish citizenship, but I've never lived in Sweden. I should probably contact my nearest consulate...

I just checked Valmyndigheten's webpage for info, and the bolded part seems like it might be a problem.

http://www.val.se/det_svenska_valsystemet/rostratt/utlandssvenskar/index.html

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Rösträtt för utlandssvenskar

En utlandssvensk är en svensk medborgare som har utvandrat från Sverige. För att betraktas som utlandssvensk måste du någon gång ha varit folkbokförd i Sverige.

Som svensk bosatt i utlandet har du rösträtt i riksdagsvalet och valet till Europaparlamentet men däremot inte i valen till landstings- och kommunfullmäktige. Du behåller rösträtten automatiskt i tio år efter det att du flyttade utomlands. Därefter måste du själv anmäla dig för en ny tioårsperiod.

För att anmäla dig till röstlängden måste du fylla i blanketten "Ny adress/röstlängd för utvandrad" och skicka in den till Skatteverket. Adressen står på blanketten.

Även en inkommen röst från utlandet vid ett val räknas som en anmälan till röstlängden. Dessutom räknas rösten i det aktuella valet om den inkommer dagen innan valdagen.

So it seems you might not be allowed to vote.
You should definatley double check with the consulate though.
93  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: December 27, 2013, 04:21:39 pm
Anton Abele, 21, Stockholm City - The Riksdag's youngest member, became

There is a merciful God after all.

We'll see where he ends up... Tongue

What is the issue with Mr. Abele?

He is a very upper class kid that became famous thanks to the Facebook page "Stop street violence now" which is slacktivism at its worst, somehow got onto the Moderates' Riksdag list as number 15, at only 18 years old, and barely got in thanks to the Moderates performing very well and a large number of ministers being picked from the Stockholm party list. Basically, he's very unqualified and represents many things that people don't like, especially the slacktivism part.

I don't mind him being young and upper-class us much as I mind him being a freaking idiot.
We had a debate here in Lund in '11 where the youngest MP's from each of the parties where represented. Abele was miles below any of the other MPs. Maria Ferm, William Petzäll, Emil Källström, might have been almost as young, but they knew what they were doing, Abele, not so much.   
94  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: December 27, 2013, 11:59:33 am
Anton Abele, 21, Stockholm City - The Riksdag's youngest member, became

There is a merciful God after all.
95  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: December 27, 2013, 11:47:22 am
I see the north is the leftiest area in all of Sweden, but it's also sparsely populated and "rural". what makes such an area that should be by all accounts conservative so left?

Sweden, Norway, and Finland are the main exceptions to the general pattern that Left=Urban, Right=Rural.From what I have researched  This is apparently because small towns are industrialized and proletarian, less wealthy, while the cities are bourgeoisie, academic, professional and wealthier. Denmark for some reason, does follow the general pattern.

I KNEW that this question/discussion would come up! (As it always does) So I've already prepared an answer for it! Cheesy

"In Sweden (or Scandinavia) cities vote for the right while rural areas vote for the left!"
   - Common statement both on and out-side of this board.

Yes to a certain extent… but it’s far from the entire truth, and all in all a gruesome oversimplification.

What is more correct is, that Swedes mostly vote based on their economic class. If you are a well-off lawyer you will most likely be a right-winger, and if you’re lower-class and unemployed you’ll vote for the left. This means that well-off urban areas are center-right, while poor small towns and villages are center-left.

Still there are plenty of poor center-left bastions in the cities, as well as some very right-wing rural areas. So if America was like Sweden, San Francisco and Manhattan would certainly not be left-wing, but Detroit still would, so it doesn’t really matter if a place is urban or not wether it'll be centre-left or centre-right. It does have some relevance, but on the party level, not on the left vs. right level. 

To make an example, take this extraimly rural precinct not far from where I grew up. It doesn't contain a single village with a population over 150. A majority of the inhabitants live on farms.     

The left doesn't even break 20%. Clearly rural does not mean left.

And to compare, let's take this urban precinct in central Malmö. The right doesn't even break 20%.

So why do we think that in Sweden, rural areas vote left, and urban areas vote right?
Well two reasons really. The Swedish north and Stockholm.



The north of Sweden isn't like the rest of the country. It's huge, but with a very small population to fill out it's seize. It's like Alaska, but unlike Alaska it's really really left-wing. Why? It actually has nothing to do with being rural. Most of the north isn't actually more rural than the rest of Sweden. Once again the answer is economics. The northern cities, are old industrial cities. The people who live there today mostly come from blue-collar backgrounds. The same goes for the country side.

The rural north's economy isn't based on agriculture, as most other rural places in the world. It's based on mining, forestry and other similar blue-collar labour work, and that is why the country-side there votes like industrial cities.


   
Stockholm on the other hand isn't industrialized. The city has never been dominated by blue-collar voters, but white-collar voters. White-collar in Sweden is much more well off, and thus much more inclined to vote for the right. This combined with Stockholm's ridiculous expensive housing-costs, and being the seat of the power elite for 700 years, has made it a right-wing strong-hold.

But if you look at Gothenburg, and Malmö none of those cities are strongly right-wing. Gothenburg actually tends to be bellwether, while Malmö historically has been a Socialist strong-hold.



So in conclusion:

Yes, some rural areas in Sweden vote strongly for the left, but far from all.
Yes, some urban areas in Sweden vote strongly for the right, but far from all.

If a rural area's economy is based on agriculture, it'll be centre-right, if it's based on industry it's centre-left.

If an urban area's economy is based on industry, it'll be centre-left, but if it's based on services it'll vote for the centre-right. 

To illustrate my point, here's a map of the Gotland constituency:


Gotland - The right map is left vs right.



 
96  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: December 26, 2013, 08:12:21 pm
Approval numbers for the party leaders have been released by SIFO.

Aftonbladet/SIFO:
Fredrik Reinfeldt (Moderate) 56% (-7)
Stefan Löfven (Social Democrat) 55% (+9)
Gustav Fridolin (Green) 49% (+9)
Åsa Romson (Green) 29% (+7)
Jonas Sjöstedt (Left) 29% (+8)
Jan Björklund (Liberal) 28% (-4)
Göran Hägglund (Christian Democrat) 27% (-1)
Annie Lööf (Centre) 19% (+3)
Jimmie Åkesson (Sweden Democrat) 10% (-3)


All the left-wing leaders are getting a bump, while Reinfeldt, Björklund, and Åkesson lose.

Björklund, who is Minister of Education, probably because of the recent PISA evaluation that claimed the Swedish school system is doing horrible.

Åkesson might be an effect due to the recent Nazi violence.
97  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Could the United States conquer/unify the world? on: December 25, 2013, 07:40:50 pm
Lol... no.

What are some of you guys smoking?

98  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: December 25, 2013, 05:49:41 pm
Excellent stuff. One question: You said Reinfeldt took the Moderates from their worst defeat to one of their biggest successes. The defeat was the 2002 election I presume? There was a 7-8% swing from the Moderates to the Liberals. What happened?

How to not suck at elections in Sweden:

1) Don't campaign on drastically lower taxes without being able to articulate why they are needed and that the social services won't be completely destroyed when most people are doing fine as is and there is a remarkably energetic Liberal Party showing initiative and shifting towards tough-on-immigration policies.

2) Don't have pretty much every foot soldier from your party interviewed with a hidden camera express racist views.

Basicly this, and the Moderate leader Bo Lundgren being a terrible terrible leader.

The Moderates ran a campaign that basicly was, we're gonna lower taxes a bunch with-out any plans on how to finance said tax-cuts, wheras the People's Party ran an offesive campaign with new ideas, such as being tougher on immigration.

The Christian Democrats and the Centre Party also ran decent campaigns, while the Social Democrats were soaring. There weren't much room for M to move but down.

Add to this Lundgren's impopularity. He was seen as an uncharismatic rich guy. Only 12% wanted to see him as PM. Devestating numbers. Both the People's Party leader and the Christian Democratic leader was openly aiming to take his place as leader of the right.


As for the racist scandal...  it's hotly debated if it did actually have any major effect. Personally I don't believe that people are going to be so offended by local politicians expressing racist views on hidden camera they go and vote for the party who's openly demanding a tougher immigration policy. And the Moderates were already going down in the polls when it happened. Although it might have had some effect by accelerating their fall by show-ing what an utter mess the party was in at the time .     
99  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: December 25, 2013, 12:20:54 pm
Nice work! A couple of questions.

1. What are the most important positions where SAP view the Left Party as "too radical"?

2. The academics voting for the Danish Unity List are not especially poor (they mostly work in the public sector, so they make less than average for that reason, but not otherwise). So I got curious: When you say "poor" academics do you just mean "public sector" or are there a systematic tendency that succesful academics drop out of the Left Party?

3. If the Greens want a shorter workday are they going for a steady state/no growth economy where the workers will have to accept a lower standard of living (ie no compensation for the shorter work day and lower welfare because the tax base will be lower)  or are they in the populist mold of enviromentalism, where they just pretend public welfare and standard of living can go on at the same level?

Thank you. Smiley

1. A lot of it has to do with responsible economic governing. S think its important with balanced budgets while V wants to spend with-out thinking about how to finance the spending. But foreign policy is also a touchy subject, especially when it comes to the EU and America, as well as education.

EDIT: It should also be pointed out that pre-1989, the then Left Communist Party, had very close ties to the Eastern block, and a somewhat undemocratic view on democracy, which was the major problem back then. 

2. With poor academics I meant people with an education with-in the cultural field. People that've studied art and literatture and genus science and queer theory. (Stuff like that) A lot of them work in the public sector if employed at all, so you're partly right, but many of the better paid public employed academics tend to be Social Democrats instead.

3. The latter populist kind. According to them corporate profits will pay for it.   
100  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: December 25, 2013, 11:54:22 am
What are your thoughts on the Swedish Resistance Movement that's quite active in the recent weeks, attacking various anti-racism groups and smeared Nazi-symbols (or the Nordic equivalents of it) on public buildings ?

What are the main parties positions on this problem ? Also, will the SRM launch a party for the elections as well (or did they already ?), or are they already to some extent in the SD or ND ?

It's actually not that new of a thing. Groups of Swedish neonazis were very violent and active during the 90's, as was the radical left being violent back towards the xenophobic groups. It calmed down a lot in the late 90's, and has not been that much of a problem for years, but have started a new in the last years.

It's quite clearly tied to the economic situation. Lots of unemployed angry youth looking for something to do and something to get their frustration out on. Unfortuantley the only way to contain the situation will probably be to see a better economy, as with many problems.

I think all the major parties (except SD) have condemmed the last periods violence, and there have been several marches against far-right violence which I'm almost sure all the left party leaders walked in.   

Swedish neonazis probably votes either for ND or SvP. SvP is another openly national socialist minor party. Some probably for SD as well, although most really radical people accuse SD of having sold out and become to politically correct. 
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