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1551  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: possible Pre-Tower of Babel language discovered on: May 09, 2013, 03:48:45 am
You rang?

I hate how this story has gotten so much press attention - not because I'm inherently predisposed against historical linguistics,

I sure hope so! Wink Historical linguistics is a lot of fun and studies in this field are still relevant. However, as a historical linguist you should be aware of the limitations of this field. Reconstructing older stages of a language group makes sense up to a certain point (when it comes to most of our Western and some Asian languages that point is "Proto-Indo-Germanic"), but everything which goes beyond that point is, to a large extent, pure speculation. 
1552  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: possible Pre-Tower of Babel language discovered on: May 08, 2013, 03:15:50 pm
In fact, languages evolved like species. Something became something that's no longer present, and which is usually more efficient / adaptable than what was before it.

That's a view of language change which resembles the Stammbaumtheorie, which was put forward by August Schleicher in the 19th century. Schleicher tried to apply scientific insights from biology, more specifically the field of botany, to linguistics. While his model is still considered influential, language change is much more complex than that. In fact, most of the changes that occur in languages have nothing to do with "efficiency" or "adaptibility". For example, the fact that the early speakers of Germanic began to realize Proto-Indo-Germanic plosives as fricatives cannot be explained by these terms at all. To put it in other words, we know that all languages change over time but we usually have no clue why this happens.
1553  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2013 Ice Hockey World Championship (Sweden and Finland) on: May 08, 2013, 01:13:16 pm
7-1 against Slovenia today. This is a very important win because the Swiss often play quite well against strong teams while they usually struggle against weaker squads. As a consequence, it looks like Slovenia will be relegated now.
In the Helsinki group, Germany beat Austria. Latvia is still waiting for the first win.
1554  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: May 08, 2013, 07:37:56 am
Thank you, oakvale! Good to see you back in the game! Wink
1555  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Governor's Debate on: May 08, 2013, 07:37:08 am
Thank you Assemblyman Gass for moderating this debate.

I am running for Governor of the Mideast with Lt. Governor candidate Cathcon because I believe that our ticket will have a positive impact on the region. If elected, Cathcon and I will focus on the Wiki and the budget and on keeping the Mideast an active and vibrant region by trying to find new channels of communication with our fellow citizens. Additionally, we will work closely with the Assembly on all bills and amendments.

While experience is not always tantamount to competence, we believe that our presidential campaigns, the numerous terms we served in the Assembly and the one term as Governor I had will be an asset for the Mideast. The Mideast is generally in good shape but there are various challenges with which we are confronted. I can assure all voters that Cathcon and I are aware of these challenges and are ready to act from day one.

Now I am looking forward to the debate and answering concrete questions. Smiley
1556  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Assembly Townhall Debate on: May 07, 2013, 02:47:39 pm
I would like to ask a broad question about the topic of game reform at the regional level. Are there, in your view, parts of the regional constitution which should be amended? Or more generally, are there any aspects of the game which we should change?
1557  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: May 07, 2013, 02:16:18 pm
I would like to thank my colleagues in the Mideast Assembly for having voted in support of the Wiki clarification amendment. With this amendment all future Governors and Lt. Governors will know much better what their duties regarding the Mideast Wiki are. However, this was only the first step in the amendment process since the amendment also needs the support of the people. Therefore, I ask the citizens of the Mideast to approve the proposal. It is a great help for the executive branch of the regional government! Smiley
1558  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What kind of smartphone do you possess? on: May 07, 2013, 01:58:46 pm
A five-year-old Nokia, and I am perfectly content with it. I only use my mobile phone for text messages, calls and as a calendar.
1559  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Federal Amendment Amendment (Final Vote) on: May 07, 2013, 01:53:15 am
1560  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Amendment to Article 1, Section 4 of the Mideast Constitution (Final Vote) on: May 07, 2013, 01:52:43 am
1561  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Power To The People Bill (Final Vote) on: May 07, 2013, 01:52:19 am
1562  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Mideast Budget: 2013 on: May 06, 2013, 03:24:44 pm
I am positively surprised at this budget. The projected surplus (I'm aware that we still have to check whether the bills we have passed during the last year will have any impact on the) gives us some leeway to tackle those parts of the high speed rail routes that are not covered by federal pork.
1563  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2013 Ice Hockey World Championship (Sweden and Finland) on: May 06, 2013, 03:00:37 pm
Did you start this thread to taunt us? Sad

No, after all it isn't the first time the Swiss were able to beat Canada in a big championship. Wink

Switzerland doing bizarrely well so far.

Yes, it's starting to become uncanny. I guess I'm going to enjoy it as long as it lasts. I'm certainly glad the Swiss ice hockey federation has been patient with coach Simpson since it seems that his system is working really well now.
1564  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / 2013 Ice Hockey World Championship (Sweden and Finland) on: May 05, 2013, 03:12:30 pm
Results can be accessed here:


I'm thrilled by the excellent first two games of the Swiss team. First they beat Sweden, and now the Canadians in a penalty shootout. Other teams that had a reasonable successful start to the tournament are Finland, Russia and the US.
1565  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: PPP: Supreme Court Justice Impeachment Poll on: May 05, 2013, 02:56:37 pm
A clear "yes" for all three.
1566  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Power To The People Amendment on: May 05, 2013, 08:40:08 am
1567  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Super Polling Center: IDS Senate Possibilities on: May 05, 2013, 05:52:32 am
I'm surprised at the Yankee/SJoyce result. It seems that in such a race the overwhelming majority of Labor members would back Yankee. I would have expected the opposite.
1568  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is the planet... on: May 04, 2013, 03:34:04 pm
Climate sciences is not my field of expertise so I admit I have no clue. One should be able to rely on experts when it comes to such questions, but for me as a layperson contradictory statements by climate experts have left me wondering whether it's really accurate to speak of man-made global warming. For example, not too long ago many climate scientists claimed that future Central European generations would hardly see snow anymore. Now, a couple of snowy winters later, most of these experts say that we are going to see increasing snowfall due to global warming. I'm simplifying things to a great extent but contradictions like these are the reason why many people doubt whether global warming is man-made. After all, it wouldn't be the first time in history that basically the entire scientific community is wrong.
1569  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: May 04, 2013, 12:56:50 pm
What it takes to be an effective governor

When I first ran for Mideast governor a year ago - I was the only candidate who was interested in the job - our region was in mediocre shape at best. As RG homelycooking's official census statistics show, the Mideast only had 24 citizens and ranked third behind the Northeast and the IDS when it came to the number of registered players. When I left office, the Mideast was the largest region with 37 citizens.

Now it would be presumptuous of me to claim that I am the only person who can take credit for this growth, but I have no doubts that the measures which have been taken during my term have contributed to making the Mideast a more active and vibrant region. I have already mentioned some of these measures which have proven very successful for the Mideast so I will simply restate my main point: Governors in Atlasia don't need to be supermen in order to have a tangible impact on the regions they govern. Quite on the contrary, Atlasian governors first and foremost have to make sure that the simple and unspectacular work is getting done. Among other things, this means that a governor has to make the necessary Wiki updates, be ready to work with the Assembly on a daily basis, and maintain and improve the communication with the citizens of his region. Indeed, I think that being governor in Atlasia primarily means that you are not so much a visionary as an effective administrator; because if you are not capable of doing the basic work, you will fail.

Vote ZuWo/Cathcon for active leadership - we have the experience to get the job done. Smiley
1570  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Amendment to Article 1, Section 4 of the Mideast Constitution (Vote.A,mend) on: May 04, 2013, 05:21:34 am
If it helps clarifying the duties of the Governor/Lt. Governor I have nothing against this amendment.

1571  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia: Supreme Court Justices Approval Ratings on: May 03, 2013, 03:41:53 pm
This is alarming. The best is to impeach the sitting justices and establish term limits for the next ones. Atlasia can't afford to have justices who stopped caring a long time ago about what's going on in the game.
1572  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: May 03, 2013, 11:12:32 am
Wiki Update

In order to support the governor (and to make my and Cathcon's life a bit easier if we are elected Tongue), I have started updating the list of Mideast citizens. If you notice any errors, feel free to point them out or correct them on your own. The work isn't complete so any kind of help is welcome! Smiley
1573  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A-Bob Research Center: Mideast Gubernatorial Poll on: May 03, 2013, 09:52:11 am

Clinton1996/Siren: 38.1%
ZuWo/Cathcon: 47.6%
undecided: 14.3%

This is the first A-Bob Research Center poll conducted entirely after Gass3268 has dropped out of the race, and it still predicts a close election. While most voters appear to have made up their minds, there are still a couple of Mideast citizens left who could be convinced to vote either way. Therefore, it seems that the gubernatorial debate which is scheduled for this weekend might play a crucial role in determining the outcome of the election.
1574  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favourite home country's region other than the one you live in on: May 01, 2013, 03:19:31 pm
Ticino, no question. It's basically Switzerland + mediterranean atmosphere, a combination which I find very charming.
1575  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you feel it ... on: May 01, 2013, 02:31:38 pm
No, at least I'm not aware of it. To be honest, I always thought this is something that only affects old people. Tongue
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