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1  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: AggregateDemand on: Today at 09:40:44 am
Haha, what? From what I can see you were being an asshole and then played some victim card. If you want people to treat you with kids' gloves you need to make it known that you have issues and even so you might not want to interact with strangers on the internet if you have mental problems that makes the experience unpleasant.
Okay.

I have schizophrenia, major depression, and a variety of anxiety/panic disorders. I'm pretty heavily medicated, so I can handle people most of the time.

That being said, being online generally is not an unpleasant experience. However, when people make insensitive, ridiculous jokes about other people's mental states, I consider that bullying and I do not tolerate it. I don't expect to be handled with kids' gloves, but I do expect to be treated with a certain amount of respect.

AggregateDemand disrespects almost everybody on the forum. I'm gay, and he was disrespecting gays, and I felt the need to step out. Sorry for not being passive.

There. I've said my peace.

If you want to argue against someone opinions on homosexuality, of course you should. Look, I'm sorry if I also sounded harsh. I can't fully comprehend what it must be like to deal with all those problems.

However, you can't expect everyone to know these things about you and act accordingly. And even if decent people will be understanding about it, some people on the internet will always be a bit rude. If you suffer from mental problems that makes such a thing very difficult to handle it is something you may want to consider (this is not a very heavily moderated forum, for instance).

Anyway, I hope you will feel better and can find a way to cope with those issues.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 on: Today at 09:33:31 am
My top candidates:

Derek Roland CLARK
United Kingdom Independence Party
EFD 92%

Roger HELMER
United Kingdom Independence Party
EFD 92%

Top European Alliance:

EFD 63%
ECR 52%

Top Swedish MEP:
Corazza Bildt 61%

Top Swedish Party:
Sweden Democrats 85% (well that's depressing)
Moderate Party 60%
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: India 2014 on: Today at 08:55:39 am
Am I in correct in thinking that no results are released until all the country has voted? Or do we get piece-by-piece info? And in the former case, are there leaks?
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: Today at 08:52:07 am
So, no one is talking about the fact that Ukraine seems to be on the verge of civil war now?

Most of us don't speak Ukranian or Russian, so there's not really a whole lot in the way of discussion other than regurgitation of BBC News bulletins, mindless unfalsifiable speculation, or armchair sagery from our suburban homes.

If only there were people in the West who spoke Russian and could transmit such information. Dang.

I didn't know you were a fan of Russia Today, Gustaf.

They're sort of funny, I'll give them that. Wink
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you ever fix yourself non-meat dinners? on: Today at 08:36:51 am
It happens, but most of my meals include meat of some form. And most times when they don't, I have fish included. Tongue
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your alignment? on: April 15, 2014, 06:13:55 pm
True Neutral.
You are 27.8% Good.
You are 0% Lawful.

I am apparently as much of a moderate hero as BRTD, although more rebellious and more good.
7  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: AggregateDemand on: April 15, 2014, 08:02:34 am
Haha, what? From what I can see you were being an asshole and then played some victim card. If you want people to treat you with kids' gloves you need to make it known that you have issues and even so you might not want to interact with strangers on the internet if you have mental problems that makes the experience unpleasant.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Most expensive restaurant meal you've had on: April 14, 2014, 05:25:11 pm
Hard to tell, because most of my most expensive meals I didn't pay for. I'd guess when my family had Kobe beef in Japan. No idea what that cost though.
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: April 14, 2014, 04:22:10 pm
So, no one is talking about the fact that Ukraine seems to be on the verge of civil war now?

Most of us don't speak Ukranian or Russian, so there's not really a whole lot in the way of discussion other than regurgitation of BBC News bulletins, mindless unfalsifiable speculation, or armchair sagery from our suburban homes.

If only there were people in the West who spoke Russian and could transmit such information. Dang.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: In what decade were your parents born? on: April 14, 2014, 06:56:16 am
In different ones. Bit of a silly poll construction that way...
11  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: April 14, 2014, 06:33:34 am
So, no one is talking about the fact that Ukraine seems to be on the verge of civil war now?
12  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Do women have lower incomes (on average) because of discrimination? on: April 09, 2014, 07:32:50 am
It's a stupid question. Women have lower incomes for a number of reasons. One of those reasons is discrimination. It also seems like some people still haven't gotten the memo of the Lucas critique, i.e. peoples' behaviour depends on their expectations. So discrimination can have an indirect effect that is much larger than the direct one.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: India 2014 on: April 09, 2014, 07:07:45 am
Google is delivering more and more stuff like this, it seems:

http://www.google.co.in/elections/ed/in/districts
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: April 09, 2014, 06:33:29 am
Political superstar Margot Wallström, a former Social Affairs Minister and EU Commissioner who was approached for the Social Democratic party leadership several times but said no at every turn has today come out and said that she's interested in making a return to Swedish politics. A bit of a boon for Löfven who's frontbench isn't exactly filled to the brim with people who have previous cabinet-level experience. Wallström mentioned immigration and integration issues as something that was of interest to her, but IMO she would make a fantastic Minister of Foreign Affairs. With her 10 years as EU Commissioner and 2 years of working for the UN she is definitely the opposition candidate for the position with the most gravitas.

Well unless Deputy UN Secretary-General Jan Eliasson is interested of course (unlikely), but he may be seen as too old for the job anyways.

Jan Eliasson briefly held the post. I don't like Wallström myself (never understood her popularity) and I think her appeal is weaker now than back when people wanted her as leader. Still commands a lot of support though and one of few experienced SAP politicians who isn't tainted by previous failures or perceived as a has-been. So good news for them in that sense.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What general doctor do you have ? on: April 09, 2014, 02:44:02 am
I have a local "house doctor" at the clinic around the corner. She's a woman. Or at least she was. Tongue

I've only been there twice in the last 6 years. Now I have a private insurance so not really sure how that works.
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: April 09, 2014, 01:53:50 am
There's a significant number of Russian speakers who call themselves Ukrainians though. Isn't that more a political statement than something backed up by genetics?

I think you're missing AG's point that nationality in general isn't very well defined by genetics.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: controversial opinion: anyone think that the beatles on: April 08, 2014, 08:37:36 am
The later albums are generally better, yes. But I'd say even the early ones hold their own against most albums by other artists. With The Beatles is the weakest, imo, while Beatles for Sale is underrated. Help on the other hand is amazing and A Hard Day's Night is pure own material, which is generally what makes the difference on those albums.
18  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Is this proper behavior for a mod? on: April 05, 2014, 09:18:41 am
Sigh. Stop whining.
I don't really think people should call others morons, and especially in all caps.

I don't really think people should be morons, regardless of font size.
Yeah, but that was just mean spirited and rude.

I think it's rude by NYE to post here. Tongue

I think a good life rule if you don't want to be called a moron is to not be one. Rather than complaining about others pointing out your flaws.

You tend to consider a lot of behaviour moronic that other people wouldn't, so you are not the best judge of this.

Have you stopped ignoring me now? Tongue

I think that if you re-read your statement here and think about it you would realize it doesn't make much sense. By your logic the best judge of what is stupid would be the person who only understands what everyone else understands. So, for example the world's best mathematician would probably find many statements about math moronic that other people wouldn't. You seem to think that the world's stupidest people are the best judges of what is stupid but I'm afraid that doesn't hold.

In a forum where most people are like 16 a lot of things will not be properly judged. I vaguely recall your animosity here stems from a thread about economics where you got upset because me and ag pointed out that you didn't understand the necessary conditions for a market economy. But I think in general most people here would be better off if they tried to learn from those who know more than them on some topics. I learn a lot that way myself, at least. Especially from people like Al. Tongue
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Lief on: April 04, 2014, 05:24:02 am
Horrible political views and the American teen humour thing I'm not a big fan of.

Mostly, the anti-thinking culture he is a proponent of is a bit of a cancer.

I'd point out that he still hasn't apologized for his anti-semitic remarks but then he'd probably report my post for being a personal attack, as most anti-mod people do when anyone disagrees with them.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of James Joyce on: April 04, 2014, 04:58:25 am
It should be noted that BRTD is judging James Joyce as someone who basically doesn't read books. So we should take that even less seriously than his other nonsense.
21  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban BushOklahoma on: March 31, 2014, 05:48:09 pm
Yeah, exactly. I seriously doubt opebo would have been banned without the concerted campaign against him.

And even if it doesn't have any effect, it's still annoying to see people constantly calling for people they don't like to be banned.

Concerted campaign? This post has been reported for trolling.
22  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination X: Round 13 (Hagrid) on: March 31, 2014, 05:39:16 pm
Wow, the dice really keep conspiring against Hagrid. But it's over now anyway.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Oakvale on: March 30, 2014, 08:55:28 am
He's one of the good guys.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should I stop ... on: March 30, 2014, 08:53:07 am
MaxQue is lecturing Oakvale on humour?

To be fair, that is funnier than anything the latter has ever posted.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: March 29, 2014, 12:55:58 pm
Why was Centre the big party of the right in the 70's & why did the moderates overtake them?

I wouldn't say the Moderates moderated during that era. If anything, their rhetoric tacked to the right during the 70s and 80s as far as I know.

The Centre party was a rural party based on farmer interests originally. In the early 70s that became linked with the green wave and boosted them. Over time as Sweden urbanized their base just disappeared. They also were viewed as most likely to jump in bed with S and that tends to get punished by  centre-right voters.
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