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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: May 02, 2015, 03:31:51 pm
Didn't the last Survation poll have Labour on 29?
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: April 10, 2015, 09:18:45 am
The new conservative line on Miliband is a bit mystifying to me: do they want people to think Miliband is a charmless North London nerd or do they want them to think of him as a slick operator without principles?
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Spelling-Reform on: April 09, 2015, 06:04:21 pm
Fact: noone now reads Dutch literature prior to the Havelaar (and very few people read any pre-WWII literature at all.)
4  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: SSH #12: Judith Butler on: April 09, 2015, 05:13:08 pm
Famously earns a fairly obscene percentage of the budget Berkeley reserves for salaries to its humanities faculty.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of G.K. Chesterton on: March 14, 2015, 06:11:52 pm
As does Zizek.

I really love Chesterton, I must admit, and I do feel that to pretend he isn't a better writer than Shaw is a bit silly.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What did/do your parents do for a living? on: March 14, 2015, 06:03:37 pm
Teachers, although I don't think my father's seen the inside of a classroom in the past 20 years.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Brussels Sprouts on: March 14, 2015, 05:00:49 pm
Like them.

They're perfectly fine if you roast or fry them.  Boiling brussels sprouts is the absolute worst way to prepare them and I'm sure is the reason they have a bad reputation.

Very true.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: March 14, 2015, 12:10:22 pm
UKPR weekly average now stands at LAB 32 (-2), CON 33 (-), LIB 7 (-), UKIP 15 (-), GRN 6 (-).
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 08, 2015, 11:54:55 am
Americans tip a lot don't they? It's less formal here.

(Yes, I know why as well).

I tip 25-30% base unless I'm literally told to go **** myself. 

10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Grade Tony Blair's performance as PM on: March 07, 2015, 03:29:07 pm
Low A, high B, depending on which day you ask me.

Ugh, grade inflation.
11  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: ISIS demolish ancient city of Nimrud on: March 07, 2015, 02:11:45 pm
The ray of hope in this miserable tale is that for now at least, we haven't seen video images of the alleged destructions at Nimrud and Hatra. ISIS is not usually reticent about its atrocities, so that the lack of hard evidence to back up these reports might mean things aren't quite as bad as we're being led to believe.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 06, 2015, 03:23:20 pm
So, I was troubled by a bit of a stomach bug today (vomiting, fever, the works), and weak-willed as I am, I've wound up reading substantial amounts of this whole saga. One thing I find myself wondering aboout is how it is possible for Bushie to be down with some sort of headache or a rumbling tummy or whatever, quite literally on a weekly basis and not lose weight over it. Whenever I'm sick for over 2-3 days, the results are quite noticeable on the scales. How can you be levelled by a migraine and still fail to lose weight, even if it's only water weight?
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Chomsky v. Zizek on: February 27, 2015, 01:36:39 pm
Chomsky is a boring hack, but you can't deny he's reasonably intelligent and generally knows what he's talking about. Zizek is a rambling buffoon.

Unless your grasp of Lacano-Hegelianism is substantially more elaborate than mine, you can't really be in a position to deny that Zizek knows what he's talking about most of the time.
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What Are the Best European News Sources? on: February 26, 2015, 03:45:16 pm
The Guardian site has a lot of worthless fluff, but The Independent has its moments where you think you've accidentally wound up on Upworthy.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: February 24, 2015, 05:55:22 pm
I seem to remember a similar effect last time out with 1 or 2 pollsters still insisting on a 10-15% Tory lead right up until the day of the 1st debate.

Funny that Angus Reid hasn't been heard of since the last election.

Last poll from them was from April 2013, but they do issues polls in Canada/USA/UK once in a while, last time in May about Ukraine crisis.

AngusReid's post-2010 polls had a tendency to show larger Labour leads than other polling companies, incidentally.
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favourite cue-sport on: February 21, 2015, 04:20:36 pm
Toppenbiljart is the only one, for sure.

(It would appear to be rather hideously called Bumper Pool in English)
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of this ruling on: February 21, 2015, 03:26:40 pm
Not a great fan of the policing of Facebook, especially when it comes to private profiles.

In as far as this specific case is concerned, the quotes from the article quite clearly do not constitute an incitation to violence and even constructing them as expressing approval of the Holocaust seems a bit arbitrary to me. (Well, the sentiment is certainly not in overly good taste, but what is literally being said is pretty clearly legal even when one accepts the premise that this sort of thing hate speech laws should be used to crack down on.)
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Bihar Assembly elections 2015 on: February 21, 2015, 03:18:53 pm
So, how realistic is it for the AAP to try to break into the Bihar Assembly? Is there any real chance of them campaigning hard here?
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 21, 2015, 08:50:15 am
I'm on my phone - but look into Abbott's discussions with military re: ISIS.


It's incredible.

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott suggested sending 3500 troops to Iraq so Australia could combat the Islamic State terrorist group alone, a new report has found.  A Weekend Australian investigation has found that Mr Abbott pitched the idea at a meeting attended by his chief of staff Peta Credlin in Canberra on November 25.

The paper says that after he received no resistance from Ms Credlin or other members of his staff, he raised the idea with Australia’s military officials.

The Weekend Australian report says that Mr Abbott was told that a unilateral push from Australia would make it the only country with troops on the ground in Iraq.



Incredible stuff. You guys should do this.
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which song would you prefer as the national anthem of Scotland on: February 20, 2015, 04:43:23 pm
A Man's a Man for A'that.
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Elections where the winning party lost the popular vote. on: February 18, 2015, 08:03:40 pm
Belgium 2010. Flemish nationalists N-VA got more popular vote but Walloon parties on average need less votes to gain a seat in the Belgian Federal government. This meant the Socialist ''family'' had more seats than N-VA despite less popular votes.

The comparison is a little disingenuous, since PS and sp.a combined outpolled N-VA by some 350,000 votes.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Utah's state House votes 39-34 to reinstitute execution by firing squad on: February 15, 2015, 04:08:15 pm
When firing squads were still fairly regular fixtures on the American execution scene, who did make up the squads? Were they employees of the penitentiary system or soldiers? Either would seem at least a little awkward to me.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Feb 7th Delhi Assembly elections on: February 07, 2015, 10:05:08 am
So, when do we get to see real results?
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: February 05, 2015, 04:12:48 pm
Bushie may be on to something. The cost of living in Kenya is probably far cheaper in Kenya than in Oklahoma. If he can offshore his mooching, he may be able to extend the duration.

African countries have higher living costs than Asian and the cheapest African countries are actually in North Africa. Having a Western lifestyle in Kenya is more expensive than you would think. He needs to go native, so a Kenyan wife is a must.


Does Bushie know there are tons of Molodovan orphans who could do with some loving?
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: The Asperger's Epidemic - not just restricted to Atlas anymore on: February 05, 2015, 01:28:10 pm
But, was Putin vaccinated?
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