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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 05, 2015, 01:07:04 pm
Does anyone still doubt that there is an Onion mole here?

http://www.theonion.com/articles/man-who-stopped-dieting-already-seeing-results,38144/
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Big Bad Swedish Politics & News Thread on: March 04, 2015, 09:23:00 am
Hmm... judging from that second picture Busch seems to have a bit of the same 'crazy eyes' issues as the Moderates' party secretary Tomas Tobé.

But yeah with her as leader the Christian Democrats would definitely strongly continue down the 'SD-light' path the party has taken recently. Although since Hägglund came third in district nominations back in 2004 but still became leader Forssmed could have a bigger chance than you'd think after purely looking at the numbers, since he seems to be the favored candidate of Göran Hägglund and the current leadership.

Big news today also as Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson came out and said that the government would be looking to abolish the current 1% budget surplus goal and replace it with a simple balanced budget goal.

This came not a second too late in my opinion since as many economists, Confed. of Swedish Enterprise, all major trade unions, etc. have said, the surplus goal is really no longer needed when we have a relatively low national debt of 30-40% compared to the 80% we had in the early 90s. Besides, we haven't run a budget surplus for several years and for the sake of all honesty none of the parties would've ran on billions and billions of austerity cuts and tax hikes in the next election just to reach the 1% surplus goal. Better to set the goal of a balanced budget now instead so we won't have to see lots of empty talk about reaching the 1% surplus in the coming years when in reality there's no true political will to do so.

Wasn't this because the favoured candidates stepped aside?
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you think the following sketch is offensive ? on: March 04, 2015, 08:40:23 am
This really isn't a difficult concept. Dave is a "prude" who wants this site to be accessible for people who are at work and people who are as young as 13. He's repeatedly stated that he wants it to be family friendly and for schools to want to use it as en educational resource.

Given the policies that most workplaces, parents and schools have in the world of today (particularly the US) that means images like that one are a no-no.

If you want to rail about prudishness take that crusade to, you know, the ENTIRE FCKING WORLD. But please, please, please stop this counter-productive, misplaced whining about the Atlas ToS.

Also, why anyone would think it important to view nudity on a forum about political maps is beyond me. There's a whole bloody internet full of nudity at your service.
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Nordic Thread on: March 03, 2015, 08:09:52 am
Cmon Johan, you are the one that wanted a separate Sweden thread. No need to answer him here.

Yes, but since Gustaf posted it here I assumed he'd be more likely to see my reply here. Wink


And, yeah, by Swedish standards I think she is. I've seen her speak live and was relatively impressed.

Well we'll have to disagree then I guess.

I'll admit that I'm basing my impression of her mostly from the documentary series Kommunpampar, were I really thought she came across as a stiff and cold careerist. But I've seen here preform decently in debates about affermative action since then, but not enough that I'd qualify her as charismatic.   

Oh, I haven't seen that. I'm sure she is a careerist. But that can be spun away. Tongue

Also, Sweden isn't exactly bathing in charisma when it comes to politics, so...
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is the highest ranking political figure(s) that you have shaken hands with? on: March 03, 2015, 05:29:10 am
Hm, depending on definitions I guess Rand Paul, the Swedish Crown Princess or the Swedish finance minister. Or the Austrian former finance minister. That last one I had a long, proper conversation with over wine.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Big Bad Swedish Politics & News Thread on: March 03, 2015, 05:21:43 am
Ah, there is a separate Swedish one I see. Chauvinist win for us I suppose.

Given her evangelical background, of course she will have a forced or awkward element to her cheeriness, that comes with the territory. Tongue

She caught some flak for having posed with an Israeli tank some years ago at some museum.

Anyway, I think her political orientation is the right one for KD, strategically speaking.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Nordic Thread on: March 03, 2015, 05:18:19 am
Busch is the charismatic leader of KD in Uppsala.  

Really... ?I will have to disagree with you here Gustaf.  If Busch seemed any more cold she'd be the ice queen from Narnia. Busch might be charismatic for KD, but really, that's not saying much.

Cmon Johan, you are the one that wanted a separate Sweden thread. No need to answer him here.

Is there still a separate Sweden thread?

And, yeah, by Swedish standards I think she is. I've seen her speak live and was relatively impressed.
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Nordic Thread on: March 02, 2015, 11:07:07 am
Battle for party leadership in KD in Sweden. Seems to be between Ebba Busch and Jacob Forssmed.

Busch is the charismatic leader of KD in Uppsala. She got more personal votes than any other candidate for the Uppsala local elections last year and has been a rising star for some time.

She is generally perceived as being on the right-wing of the party, emphasizing more secular conservatism than traditional religious ideas. She talks a lot about curbing the powers of the state. She seems smart and young, is a woman (pretty good looking too) and, IMO, has the right type of ideology to get some votes back to a party in deed crisis. The main drawbacks are I guess the same things, youth, might be seen as too radical a shift, etc. Also, she is not in parliament which is often seen as a drawback. Then again, it seemed to work fine for S with Löfven. She is also giving birth soon but she basically told the media to get over themselves with regards to that.

Forssmed I know little about, but he's apparently more to the left and a compassionate conservative. He also seems more linked to the party establishment and the current line. Not well known outside of the party.

So far, Busch has a clear lead in district nominations but most of the big districts are yet to declare.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Hot or not: Lily Allen on: March 02, 2015, 09:17:22 am
Not really "hot", but good looking.

I certainly wouldn't push her off the bed.

I hate it when I have to push women out of my bed, so can totally relate to that conundrum. When did it last happen to you?
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Red Pillite vs SJW on: March 02, 2015, 08:36:55 am
The Red Pill base by and large aren't old enough to vote.

I mean, you need to be an atheist misogynistic man whose main passion in life is hating women. It's a large thing on the internet but in the voter population that's not much.

An SJW could get all of the progressives and would stand a chance of being a normal human being. Easy win.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: In general (not just dating), do nice guys finish last? on: March 01, 2015, 08:24:48 pm
Someone who self-proclaims himself nice usually isn't.

Mikado is correct.

Anyone who thinks they're not getting laid (or promoted for that matter) because they're too nice is deluding themselves.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: In general (not just dating), do nice guys finish last? on: March 01, 2015, 04:59:22 pm
There is often conflating of terms. Confidence and some assertiveness tend to bring you success in dating and other areas too. But being a bad person generally does not, at least not in good societies.

And the MRA thing is vile.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Battle of the Moderators Round 3: Return of the Mikado on: March 01, 2015, 04:21:00 pm
I beat out all those guys? That's crazy.

You beating nym and AndrewCT is a disgrace.



I'm not sure why you felt the need to change to another synonym, but ok. :/

Disgrace is perhaps a strong word for a vote on internet forum moderators but I agree they're more likeable. Cheesy
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Iggy Azalea on: February 26, 2015, 10:15:18 am
I once met a guy who had a bin Laden t-shirt because "he is an important man of our time". I said "oh, so it's kind of like having a Hitler t-shirt around 1940 then?"

That was too provocative for him so he walked away. Sad
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 26, 2015, 10:06:17 am
It's old, but The Onion just decided that this was "In Focus"

http://www.theonion.com/articles/inclement-weather-prevents-liar-from-getting-to-wo,35028/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=LinkPreview:NA:InFocus
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: House of Cards on: February 26, 2015, 09:55:45 am
I felt it jumped the shark in season 2 so I'm not THAT hyped. I am watching the British original now though, which is fun.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does this forum have a tendency to feign outrage over trivial things? on: February 26, 2015, 09:53:09 am
BRTD called someone else pretentious? If I posted stuff in mines I'd post that one.
18  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? on: February 26, 2015, 09:48:16 am
The thing with prospect theory, as I recall, is that it adds a lot of complication without much extra predictive power. The classic model actually holds up pretty well when you test them against each other.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Nevermore shall we hear the plaintive call of 'Reluctant Nay' on: February 26, 2015, 09:37:07 am

Haven't seen that word in a while! Cheesy
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you guys have a feeling that Bushie and Allison will be back together... on: February 26, 2015, 07:38:50 am
Al is correct but I'm not shocked that no one gets it. Tongue

Most of us that "get it" prefer not to comment on these threads.

Yes, I am well aware, I meant no one more as in no one in the thread, not no one on the forum Wink
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Battle of the Moderators Round 3: Return of the Mikado on: February 26, 2015, 07:32:04 am
I beat out all those guys? That's cray.
22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Iggy Azalea on: February 25, 2015, 09:08:32 pm
Her music is god awful and I agree with what RR said about her having a weird face. I'd still hit it though.

Since this is Deus I'm not sure if "it" is a dehumanizing term for a woman or refers to his desire to punch a woman in the face.
This is a common expression among the youth. Lighten up, old man. Smiley

Not age related. It has been a common expression for decades. You saying "her having a weird face. I'd still hit it though" was either funny or disturbing (freudian slip) depending on how people view you.

Yeah, everyone knows the expression. I was poking fun at one of our worst misogynists phrasing his sentence in a way that sounded like domestic abuse (granted when I type it out...but I have a dark sense of humour) but I also wanted to take a swipe at the expression.

It's one of those things you shouldn't be saying without irony.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you guys have a feeling that Bushie and Allison will be back together... on: February 25, 2015, 09:04:09 pm
Al is correct but I'm not shocked that no one gets it. Tongue
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Behold: The Troll on: February 25, 2015, 07:33:51 pm
Instead of banning him, why don't all of us "fairies" send him lots of flirtatious PMs? I'd reckon he'd either be so disturbed he'd leave on his own or come to terms with his own internal repressed homosexuality and become a better person.

You might wanna check out American Beauty. Tongue
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Poor democracy (India) vs. Wealthier dictatorship (China)? on: February 23, 2015, 06:13:51 pm
I know it'll piss people off but the problem in India isn't so much democracy as it is the Gandhi legacy of being suspicious of markets. Tongue One can of course claim that this wouldn't have been in place without democracy but I doubt that that is particularly true, actually.

Having been to both I think I'd rather be in India.
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