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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this post racially insensitive? on: August 26, 2014, 10:17:27 am
Not to be too semantic but a lot of people here seem to be answering no saying things like "it's not racist" or defending it as not being intentional.

But the question is whether it's insensitive and to me that is almost by definition (no, not technically, but the way it is used) something that isn't racist and isn't intentionally offensive but comes off...wrong. And it clearly is precisely racially insensitive.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: August 24, 2014, 06:13:59 pm
OK, guys, stop this. Danish and Swedish media both love to score cheap points through demonizing the other country, which affects our relations negatively. No need to keep that demonization rolling. There are things both countries can learn from each other.

What are you, a Dane?
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in London or Stockholm? on: August 24, 2014, 06:02:16 pm
Definitely London -if I could afford it.  Stockholm would be nice as a vacation stop (especially during the winter), with some really good skiing resorts nearby. 

Huh? Going to Stockholm for skiing makes no sense. The closest halfway decent resort is still like 6 hours away. The time to be in Stockholm is the Summer!
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in London or Stockholm? on: August 24, 2014, 04:37:00 pm
Are the Americans aware that Stockholm means passport free travel in Europe? Wink
5  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (4) - A Dream of Spring) on: August 24, 2014, 04:35:08 pm
I will just make note of my acceptance of the marriage deal, so as to tie up the loose ends there.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in London or Stockholm? on: August 24, 2014, 12:16:40 pm
Yeah, basically everyone here speaks English. My Australian friend just received his citizenship but his girlfriend had to translate the letter for him. Tongue
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS goes awry; 2 injured, 4500 without power on: August 23, 2014, 12:47:36 pm
This of course assumes that donating money to ALS research is a good thing, which isn't given (though in this case I think it may be)
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in London or Stockholm? on: August 23, 2014, 12:44:36 pm
Obvious answer is obvious. Wink
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: August 2014 Federal Election - At-Large Senate on: August 22, 2014, 10:52:00 am


AT-LARGE SENATE


[ 9 ] Alfred F. Jones of Rhode Island
Labor Party



[ 2 ] Bacon King of Oceania
National Front to Restore Democracy



[ 5 ] Clarence of Florida
Federalist Party



[ 10 ] Deus naturae of New York
Democratic-Republican Party



[ 6 ] Dr Cynic of Pennsylvania
Labor Party



[ 8 ] GAworth of South Dakota
P.E.A.C.E. Party



[ 11 ] JohannesCalvinusLibertas (JCL) of Indiana
Federalist Party



[  3] LuminevonReuental of Utah
Federalist Party



[ 7 ] Mechaman of Indiana
Bad Party



[ 4 ] Poirot of New York
Independent



[ 1 ] Polnut of Massachusetts
The People's Party



10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: August 21, 2014, 02:30:38 pm
I don't think anyone genuinely doubts that S, V and MP could make a budget together. The question is what happens if they don't have a majority which is still a feasible scenario. A budget that V is on board with would probably be a hard sell to any of the other parties. This is why S keeps flirting with C/FP.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: August 21, 2014, 12:45:33 pm
The only crimes I've ever seen him allude to committing are marijuana use and not paying parking tickets or something like that (though he used the latter to try to sound badass by talking about how there was a warrant fir his arrest in NYC which is quite silly and amusing.)

it was a public drinking citation, but yeah, you have the right idea.  Antonio's post is borderline libel.

libel is a pretty bourgeois concept.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics (Next: Vorarlberg state election - Sept. 21) on: August 21, 2014, 10:33:43 am
I just met a girl from Vorarlberg.
13  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? on: August 21, 2014, 10:31:00 am
Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the 21st century".  Great book so far.

That's a waste of time. Tongue
14  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: Capital in the 21st Century on: August 21, 2014, 10:30:31 am
I was at a seminar about it the other day from some of the top economists in Sweden and it got resoundingly thrashed. The book is definitely very overhyped.

What where their main arguments against it?

1. He's invented his own theory for how savings worked which he gives no argument for and which has no support in any previous research. Use the standard theory and his theoretical predictions do not hold.

2. His own data gives no support for his theoretical claims.

3. His exclusion of pension claims is potentially very problematic for his data on wealth.

4. Large parts of his analysis is based on pure conjecture and fiction rather than any theoretical or empirical analysis.

Also, he's a bit of a douche. But really, 1 and 2 (especially 2) are sufficient to discard his argument.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: August 21, 2014, 10:18:19 am
I think the budget/government thing is mostly to make people concerned about what government will happen after the election. It makes sense from the right's perspective.

The immigration thing is I think a fairly logical move as well. Reinfeldt doesn't want to play the racist card and then this is probably the best course of action.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this Image XV on: August 21, 2014, 09:42:54 am
FF. If it is intended as a pickup line (which I think it is), then even more so.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Was Christopher Hitchens a right winger? on: August 21, 2014, 09:41:43 am
He was an awesome douche. BRTD reveals his stunning ignorance yet again.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which atheist do you have a more positive opinion of? on: August 21, 2014, 09:32:36 am
It's amusing that BRTD thinks he is worthy of having an opinion on Christopher Hitchens, a man way cooler than all this forum combined.

Not that I agreed much with the man on, well, anything really, but that's besides the point.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Family values Republican state rep. arrested for raping his wife on: August 21, 2014, 07:30:20 am
If you have advanced Alzheimer's or some other state of severe mental impairment, you basically are a living corpse. Sorry, but when you can no longer reason or communicate with others, you have ceased being human and started simply being a hunk of flesh that happens to be able to convert oxygen into carbon dioxide. The person you were before - the person your spouse married - is gone.

That seems like overkill.  You "have ceased being human"?  Is there really a bright line between being a competent adult and being a vegetable, or is there a continuum along that line?  Who decides when you've crossed it, and what criteria do they use?

Also, how is this handled in cases where people are mentally handicapped from birth?  Are they deemed not fit to consent to sex in their entire lives, and on what criteria is this judgment made?


I believe this is the case yes. There was a court case in Sweden where a man picked up a mentally handicapped women at a playground (she was above age of consent physically, like 17 or something, but mentally at the age of Cool and took her to an apartment where she was gangraped. They all got off though because the court said that since they never bothered to speak to her they couldn't be expected to have figured out she was mentally 8.

Just in case anyone was feeling too happy about having read this thread!
20  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: Capital in the 21st Century on: August 21, 2014, 03:12:48 am
I was at a seminar about it the other day from some of the top economists in Sweden and it got resoundingly thrashed. The book is definitely very overhyped.
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Religion in Latin America 2014 on: August 21, 2014, 02:59:27 am
Ah, never mind, now I spotted the little text at the top explaining that the graph is only about Guatemala!
22  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Religion in Latin America 2014 on: August 21, 2014, 02:58:39 am
1. Expect BRTD to turn a thread about Christianity in Latin America into gay marriage in Minnesota and his hatred of Catholics.

2. Aren't the numbers for protestants much lower in the countries than in the reported aggregate? Or am I misunderstanding something?

3. As R&P moderator my belief is this shouldn't go to that board. The religion part of that board I believe is intended for religious philosophy and theology, not demographic or political aspects of religion.
23  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 7 (HagridOfTheDeep) on: August 21, 2014, 02:54:07 am
This game is becoming pretty fascinating. Hagrid ought to be safe for a round now, because trying to wipe him out and failing means handing his cards to the other player, which in turn spells doom. His geographical position still sucks though.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Midwest Voting Booth: The Bicameral Birthing Amendment on: August 20, 2014, 04:22:14 am
Abstain
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Midwest Voting Booth: The Candidacy Withdrawal Amendment on: August 20, 2014, 04:20:45 am
Aye
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