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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How Corpus Christi feast celebration looks in your country? on: Today at 12:50:47 am
It came from nowhere to become arguably the biggest Christian festival in late Mediaeval England before returning just as suddenly to obscurity.

Did it return to obscurity during Henry VIII's reign or before?
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Incels on: May 28, 2016, 05:09:12 pm
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of William Weld on: May 28, 2016, 02:12:46 pm
FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE...BUT SOCIALLY LIBERAL
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If you had to choose between these execution methods... on: May 28, 2016, 01:23:00 am
Hanging or firing squad. Classic.
5  General Discussion / History / Re: Most underrated evil person in history? on: May 28, 2016, 12:41:10 am
Enrico Dandolo

Now there's a good answer.
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which version of "Tomorrow belongs to me" do you prefer? on: May 27, 2016, 10:37:58 pm
An equally interesting question would be which is a more savage musical take-down of a sitting Tory Prime Minister, the Spitting Image 'Tomorrow Belongs to Me' or 'Gettin' Piggy with It'.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: May 27, 2016, 10:11:59 pm
I want to hear more about afleitch's kitten.

His name is Finn (we passed through the Finnieston area of Glasgow in the train and it stuck.) He's a 9 week old ginger tom who is nothing but energy. Though he's comfortable being picked up and his paws played with which is something! His nick name is 'puppy'...

This is him with me and a Celtic scarf.



He's adorable. I've never had a kitten that young--my first two cats were adopted from friends at seven and four months respectively, my third from a shelter at three years--and I've long kind of wanted to.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The SteveMcQueen Theatre of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts V on: May 27, 2016, 10:09:47 pm
Honestly not important. Asians are demographically moribund and not likely to become electorally relevant anytime soon.

Hispanic preferences might worry the GOP, but there's a lot of factors that are going to play into that (like assimilation) - and it's not clear that Trump will do worse than Romney.

Ok

It's really hard to express how badly Romney did with Hispanic voters. The vast majority of the small minority of Hispanics who stuck around to vote for Mitt Romney strongly strongly detest illegal immigration.

Hell, Romney probably lost many Hispanics who hated illegal immigration, because Obama didn't go totally pro-illegal until his 2nd term.

Wouldn't be surprised if Trump did BETTER than Romney just by consolidating the minority of Hispanic voters who hate illegal immigration.
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Shinzo Abe on: May 26, 2016, 09:38:08 pm
Massive HP.

Yet another PM who seems incapable of just apologizing for Japan's part in WW2 already.

KISHI NOBUSUKE DID NOTHING WRONG
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Rocky De La Fuente Guerra on: May 26, 2016, 09:37:24 pm
Honestly does seem pretty cool.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: May 26, 2016, 09:33:29 pm
I want to hear more about afleitch's kitten.
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Should Van der Bellen host a showing of Inglorious Basterds at his innaguration? on: May 26, 2016, 02:57:50 pm
You really have no even remote understanding of appropriate context.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which version of "Tomorrow belongs to me" do you prefer? on: May 26, 2016, 02:53:01 pm
Both are great but Option 2 by far.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Fatah on: May 25, 2016, 11:33:29 pm
Green line certainly has the right to think the way he does too though, so there's that.

He does, but having the right to think X and X being a cogent or correct or defensible belief are not always equivalent.
15  General Discussion / History / Re: Most underrated evil person in history? on: May 25, 2016, 03:09:10 pm
Another candidate for evil (and stupid) is Fernando lopez of Peru, who ended up sacrificing the majority of the population for his idiotic wars.

Surely you mean Francisco Solano Lpez of Paraguay?

Did history start in 1900? How about some variety here?

Tbf in Classical and medieval times most records are basically propoganda, and the standard was pretty low.

Maybe Pope Urban the Crusader?



Lots of Popes were pretty bad. Alexander VI and Leo X come to mind.

Leo X was an incompetent buffoon, not evil. Describing Urban II as 'evil' also strikes me as too simplistic a way of understanding the genesis of the Crusades, but admittedly Urban's foresight in his policy towards Campania and Sicily means that he probably does not have the excuse of not understanding the consequences of his actions. Alexander VI was absolutely vile, but not really 'underrated' for being so, since he's where most people's minds go when they think of disgusting Renaissance popes.
16  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? on: May 25, 2016, 01:57:31 am
Rereading Brideshead Revisited. It holds up to an extent.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support public smoking bans? on: May 25, 2016, 01:54:08 am
...oh, outdoor? No, that's silly.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support public smoking bans? on: May 25, 2016, 01:45:15 am
This isn't an issue I find it easy or worthwhile to get exercised about.

inb4 the 'muh freedoms' crowd.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Fatah on: May 25, 2016, 01:40:09 am
Considering that the Jewish people as a people has historically been constituted partially on the basis of shared memory of and hope of return to the land of Israel, and that Jews have (partially for this reason) been treated as suspicious alien outsiders and violently killed en masse at various points in the history of essentially every European country, exasperatedly insisting to a Dutch Jew (I mean, seriously!) that 'his land is in Europe' is in exceptionally bad taste.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of 49.8% of Austrian voters on: May 25, 2016, 01:32:38 am
HPs, but voted FFs to protest the jejune and frankly dangerous notion that only Bad People vote for bad candidates or bad parties.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Japan 2016 on: May 23, 2016, 09:23:03 pm
Who was the last Governor of Tokyo who wasn't completely terrible?
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Posters During the American Civil War on: May 22, 2016, 10:26:25 pm
The goal of reincorporating the South into a country

That goal didn't exist.  The only thing keeping it together was mutual animosity toward the Republicans.


By 'a country' I mean 'not the Confederacy'.
23  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Yes, prudery has ran amuck here on: May 22, 2016, 10:01:15 pm
Prudery is a horribly childish thing, and I would normally scoff at any instances thereof, but considering the disproportionate number of children on here and the moderators's precedence of solid rule enforcement, I understand the outrage.

My principles, on the other hand, tell me that censorship is a loathsome practice in any regard. Age limits on viewing of pornography are unconstitutional. I strongly disagree with SCOTUS's assertions that "obscene" speech is not protected. Such assertions are based off of religious grounds.

For prudery to run amok is truly sad.

What an absolutely incandescent take!
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: All the Way: HBO movie about LBJ on: May 22, 2016, 09:58:25 pm
I watched it with my dad. It was really good, with the obvious caveat that it does indeed make Johnson look better than he was.

Having said that, however,

I didn't hear much about it, except for the fact they tried to make it look like Johnson did the heavy lifting for the CRA instead of Dirksen.  Classic example of liberals rewriting history to make Dems look like the good guys and the GOP the bad guys in the fight for civil rights.

Amazingly, multiple people were involved in the Civil Rights Act.
25  General Discussion / History / Re: Most underrated evil person in history? on: May 22, 2016, 03:59:35 am
The Three Pashas are an excellent answer.

Also for non-government affiliated evil: John Brown.

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