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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: IDS: Petition to Recall Legislator Ben Kenobi on: December 06, 2012, 12:15:40 pm
I've been told to sign this
2  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Map: Apportionment of the House using the Cube Root Rule (675 members) on: December 04, 2012, 08:05:59 pm
Woohoo.  So you have 778 Electoral Votes, meaning you need 390 EVs to win.  I wonder if that might have flipped the results of any close elections?
3  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Gustaf vs. The Professor on: December 04, 2012, 05:14:11 pm
Gustaf's actually one of the funnier members of the forum, though he doesn't necessarily show it a lot of the time.

It's just as well he doesn't try.  People like BRTD wouldn't get it.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Which opposing party nominee would the preceding poster run best against? on: December 04, 2012, 05:12:05 pm
Tip: Don't post in these sorts of threads until you've been around for a little while.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The New Atlas Deluge of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts on: December 04, 2012, 05:10:22 pm
Click for context.

Well, for many of the reasons stated by others, I would have opposed it. With the removal of a couple sections, though, I would be an enthusiastic supporter.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Census Bureau of Atlasia: Homelycooking, Registrar General on: December 01, 2012, 11:40:52 am
Wow, looks like the IDS has really taken off.

     That we have. It's been a while since I last saw you around these parts. Tongue

Yeah, I've had fantasyland minimized since, like, July, but I'm bored as hell.  No job, you see Sad
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: November 30, 2012, 06:52:33 pm
Just popping back in, hi guys.

How exactly do we have co-speakers?
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Census Bureau of Atlasia: Homelycooking, Registrar General on: November 30, 2012, 06:01:00 pm
Wow, looks like the IDS has really taken off.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Results of IDS private poll on: November 30, 2012, 05:57:51 pm
This can't be accurate. I'm a PiT man given our long love affair but it will be a close election.

Your'e cheating on Andrew?!

Anyway, PiT's not gonna win with 67 percent of the vote. The Election could very well come down to less than 5 ballots.

What?  We used to only have about 5 voters.  I un-minimize Fantasyland for God knows what reason and the IDS is active again?
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why Are Americans So Supportive of Israel? on: November 21, 2012, 09:46:55 am
I think we need to consult Snowstalker on this issue.

Wink Wink
11  General Politics / International General Discussion / How much do you know about Ethiopia? on: November 20, 2012, 09:13:50 pm
Try one from outside the Anglosphere.  As always no Googling, scrolling down to see what other people guessed, or anything like that.  Credit to Simfan for some of the questions.


1. What is the capital city of Ethiopia?

2. What is the name of the last Emperor?

3. What is the official language of Ethiopia?

4. What is the longest river in Ethiopia?

5. Which European country briefly occupied Ethiopia?

Fairly Easy

1. What country separated from Ethiopia after a three decade civil war which ended in 1991?

2. What was the name of Ethiopia's Prime Minister from 1995 until his death this past August?

3. This religion venerates an Ethiopian Emperor as the Messiah, even though Ethiopians have never considered the Emperors divine themselves.

4. Most Ethiopian Christians are members of this church.

5. This Ancient Ethiopian kindom was a contemporary of Rome and Sassanid Persia.


1. What was the name of the Marxist military regime which ruled Ethiopia from 1974 to 1987?

2.  This pancake-like flatbread is the mainstay of Ethiopian cuisine

3. This animal was the traditional symbol of Imperial Ethiopia but remains popular

4. Ancient Ethiopia appears in early Islamic history for what reason?

5. Who is the current Prime Minister of Ethiopia?


1. At this famous battle, Ethiopian forces annihilated an Ttalian army.

2. Name the script which is used to write the official spoken language of Ethiopia.

3. Christianity became the state religion of (ancient) Ethiopia in what century?

4. This musician is known as the “father of Ethiopian Jazz” and has been sampled by artists like K’Naan, Nas, and Kanye West

5.This Ethiopian lake provides up to 90% of the waters of the world's largest river. What is its native name?

Very Difficult

1. This singer, generally regarded as Ethiopia’s most well-known, was arrested in 2007 on charges of a hit-and-run accident that critics deemed was politically motivated.

2. What artist died in 2012, whose most famous work was the stained glass “Total Liberation of Africa” in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa building? This piece is so well-known it appears on the cover of a random textbook on a poster in the university.

3. This ancient Ethiopian kingdom is believed to have been strongly influenced, perhaps even colonized, by Sabaean (ancient Yemeni) civilization.

4.This politician, who served as Prime Minister from 1942 to 1957 and again in 1974, was considered for the post of UN Secretary General

5.This Ethiopian billionaire is the world’s richest black person.
12  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: religion "nothing-but" a commentary on fear of death? on: November 20, 2012, 01:18:13 pm
Pretty sure Tweed is just talking about religion in general.

Why do people to choose to believe?  Fear, yes, is certainly a component.  Fear of Hell maybe, but perhaps fear of judgement in a more broad sense.  Judgement by God, by community, by family.  A lot of religious people come from religious families and were raised in religious communities.  In those environments religion is the path of least resistance.
13  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Recommended religious/philosophical texts on: November 20, 2012, 01:15:31 pm
To the OP:

Definitely check out the Universal House of Justice's One Common Faith.  You can read it online here.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: Cheney vs. Obama 2008 on: November 20, 2012, 01:07:10 pm
Vice President recieves the nomination , a reward for his many years of service to the party however it almost certainly dooms the party to defeat. How badly does Cheney do against Obama.

You pick the VPs

The Financial crises does not happen

15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ending a sentence with "so" on: November 20, 2012, 12:57:59 pm
How does that work...?
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: How much do you know about the United Kingdom? on: November 19, 2012, 11:38:19 pm
How right am I?

Check the key, maybe?
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: How much do you know about Canada? on: November 19, 2012, 11:37:08 pm

1. What is the capital city of Canada? Ottowa City

2. What is the name of the first Prime Minister? ?

3. What is the name of the current Prime Minister? Stephen Harper

4. What's the most popular sport in Canada? Hockey

5. What are the the official languages of Canada? English and French

Fairly Easy

6. What are the names of the two Houses of Parliament? House of Commons and House of...Senators?  I have no idea, actually?

7. Who is Jean Charest? Dunno

8. This Canadian is regarded as the best hockey player ever. What is his name? Shit...Wayne Gretsky is the Canadian one...right?

9. Who succeeded Lester B Pearson as Prime Minister? ...?

10. This band from Toronto recorded hits such as Tom Sawyer and Spirit of the Radio. Who are they? I don't know.  What Canadian bands do I know...Rush?


11. Who is the current Premier of Quebec? Extra point for naming the party. dunno, but Bloc Quebecois, isn't it?

12. What tragic event caused the Prime Minister to invoke the War Measures Act in peacetime? um...Knight of the Long Knives...I don't know

13. What is Canada's official summer sport? Soccer?

14. On what day is Canada Day celebrated? ?

15. What is 'Poutine'? You know, that's a really good question.


16. Who was the only Canadian politician to have been assassinated? No idea

17. What is the big sports story in Canada right now? Really?

18. What are Canadian Members of Parliament addressed as? Mister?

19. This man was briefly Prime Minister and led the PC's in the 2000 election ...

20. This one legged Canadian ran a marathon per day across Canada to raise money for cancer research. Who is he? Hell, I've heard of him.  Can't remember his name, though.

Very difficult

21. Who led the Social Credit Party from 0 seats to a majority government in Alberta in 1935? ?

22. Who led the Red River Rebellion? ?

23. Rick Mercer rose to fame on this TV show? ?

24. What is the name of the Canadian territory that existed from 1876-1905? Rupert's Land?

25. This MP was the first Canadian in space. What is his name and riding? bah humbug
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Now... it's time for... How Much Do You Know About Australia! on: November 19, 2012, 11:31:28 pm
Yelnoc - ...5

I'm winning, right?  Lowest score...
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Now... it's time for... How Much Do You Know About Australia! on: November 19, 2012, 11:13:23 pm
How much do you know about Australia? (nothing)

Very easy
1. Who is the current Prime Minister? A woman...Julia Gillard?  Pretty sure about the last name,anyways.
2. What is the formal title of the Queen's representative in Australia? Governor-General?
3. What is Australia's oldest continually inhabited city? Sydney?
4. What two animals are on the Australian Coat of Arms? Oh I dunno...a kangaroo and a koala?

5. Sir Robert Menzies was Australia's longest serving Prime Minister, who is next on that list? Never heard of him, so I don't know...
6. What is the name of Australia's capital city? Canberra
7. Who is the current Federal Opposition Leader? ?
8. Australia is made of how many states and how many territories? Lessee... 4 states and...two territories?

Mildly tricky
9. In what year did European settlement begin in Australia? No idea, but 18th century, right?
10. If I said GABBA, WACCA and Subiaco - what would I be talking about? No idea
11. What is Australia's longest river? Australia has rivers?
12. Approximately what proportion of Australia's population reside in an area that is defined as 'urban' (I'll give points for 8% either side of the correct answer)? 54%?  Are we just doing urban vs. rural or is 'suburban' a category?

13. In what year was the Commonwealth of Australia formed? 18...21?
14. Who was the first sitting Australian/British Monarch to visit Australia? Queen Victoria?
15 What year did this occur? ?
16. Who is the coach of the Queensland State of Origin rugby league team? lol

Very tricky
17. What was the name of the event that is believed to have created the Labor movement in Australia? Knight of the Wallabies?
18. In Question 4, I asked what two animals are on the Coat of Arms... there is a very specific reason for these animals being chosen, what is it?  There probably isn't
19. Name the Prime Minister who disappeared off Cheviot Beach in December 1967? Oh, is he the guy i read about in a cracked article who was part of some mysterious case.  Did he have high calves?
20. What other country could join the Commonwealth of Australia if they passed a national referendum to do so... with very little Australia could do to stop it? New Zealand?

Downright mean...
21. There has only been one serious attempt on the life of a Federal politician, who? Well, you threw me a name up there earlier, so...Sir Robert Menzies?
22. Who was leader of the Federal Labor Party from December 1977 to February 1983? hum...
23. Name the large irrigation program that was built in North-West Western Australia? Grand Canal (generic)
24. Name the seminal Australian novel, written in the early 1870s about life in a penal colony in Tasmania? ...
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International What-ifs / Re: Collaborative Commonwealth Elections on: November 19, 2012, 10:51:45 pm
The fractious coalition survives until 1937, when the Conservatives leave following Empire Liberals and Nationalist agreement on a referendum in each nation on whether to remain in the United Commonwealth, and the same right extending to the greater Caribbean. In the election that ensues, the primary issue is whether or not to allow for the referendums, and the voters decide to get the rumblings over once and for all.

Labour 36%
Empire Liberal 25%
Conservative 18%
Nationalist Pact members 17%
others 4%

Following a few weeks of talks, the largest coalition that could be made was between the Empire Liberals and the Nationalist pact members, and all parties agreed that they would govern for 18 months whilst the referendums were held.

Mackenzie King maintained the Prime Ministership.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: FC Chess Tournament 2 on: November 19, 2012, 08:20:32 pm
Sorry to hear that, yelnoc.  Hope everything is ok.  If I can figure out how to run this thing through Gameknot, would you still want to play if you don't have to organize?  If you don't want to play, there are seven confirmed interested, and possibly eight with SPC, so I'll wait on word from SPC too.   

I'm doing ok, but I don't really have time for chess.  If you have any questions about setting the tournament up on Gameknot though, please PM me.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Issues Where You are Totally Out of the Mainstream in America on: November 18, 2012, 06:28:03 pm
I oppose the exploitation of the working class by capitalist vultures.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: FC Chess Tournament 2 on: November 18, 2012, 06:18:24 pm
Life threw me a curveball today, and I don't really have time for chess right now.  So someone else will need to organize this.

24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: FC Chess Tournament 2 on: November 17, 2012, 05:34:47 pm
You really ought to play, Anvi, no reason to sit it out as far as I can see.

I suppose I could run another tournament.  I remember format changes were discussed, was the consensus for a round-robin of some sort?
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: How much do you know about the United Kingdom? on: November 15, 2012, 03:47:31 pm
Oh wait, who succeeded Chamberlain?

Churchill, duh.

Now I feel like an idiot.  I'm ok with not knowing the others, though.
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