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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What's the best thing that Israel has done for America? on: May 30, 2015, 04:11:30 pm
The thing that Israel did best for America is the one that she did best for all peoples. Being the people from whom the Messiah Jesus came. As much as many have avoided the Jesus card, it's one that can't be neglected.

Problem: Bethlehem is in the West Bank. Doesn't this mean the US ought to be all over the Security Council trying to cover Fatah's back?
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Breaking News: New forum is up and running - sign up now! on: May 29, 2015, 03:21:55 pm
Would anyone care to PM me a link to this Atlas After Dark situation?
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mass arrests at FIFA on: May 29, 2015, 12:32:51 pm
what % chance Blatter serves out his entire term?

You mean his jail term?
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Surinamese General Elections May 25, 2015 on: May 26, 2015, 04:15:22 am
Provisional(?) Results:

NDP          27 seats
V7            17 seats
A-Alliance   5 seats

Pretty major victory for Bouterse if true.

http://www.dwtonline.com/laatste-nieuws/2015/05/26/ndp-wint-verkiezingen/
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Palestinians banned from riding same buses as Israelis: official on: May 20, 2015, 05:27:04 pm
The head of FIFA has already explicitly said there are no grounds to suspend Israel - something they didn't even consider doing to Iran when they butchered hundreds of peaceful protestors in the streets and hung gay teenagers - so any further action on that front will only discredit FIFA, much like "Zionism is Racism" discredited the UN.


It isn't really Blatter's call, though.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Israel General Election Thread: March 17 2015 on: May 15, 2015, 07:18:47 am
How is the ZU holding up in opposition? No cracks as of yet?
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: NBC News: ISI knew where bin Laden was hiding on: May 12, 2015, 04:33:34 am
http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n10/seymour-m-hersh/the-killing-of-osama-bin-laden

The full story actually makes for pretty interesting reading. Highlights are Hersh alleging that the US government lied not only about the role of torture in the process of finding OBL, but also about the use of a fake vaccination campaign for getting a positive DNA-identification of him, with rather disastrous results for legitimate vaccination campaigns in Pakistan.
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion: Cameron 2.0 on: May 12, 2015, 04:30:18 am
Bring back badger baiting, surely?
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party leadership election 2015 on: May 08, 2015, 05:05:13 pm
Had he survived, would Douglas Alexander have been a serious contender for the leadership?
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 07, 2015, 07:10:10 pm
Have the polls ever been this wrong before?

1992, 1970...always against Labour.

2010
11  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?
12  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?
13  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.)
14  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.
15  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.
16  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.
17  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.
18  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 (-).
19  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. 

Stockbroker.
?!?
20  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.
21  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.
22  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?
23  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.
24  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.
25  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.
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