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1  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 9 (Matt from VT) on: August 31, 2014, 08:49:50 pm
Well, that dice swing is keeping the game interesting. The right move from Matt now and he could actually have something of a shot at after all.
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: If USA/Russia/China are the 3 most powerful countries, who are 4,5,6,7,8,9,10 ? on: August 31, 2014, 02:47:53 pm
I would not put Italy in the top 10. They're politically paralyzed and a very long history of failing at everything they try politically.
3  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 8 (Snowstalker) on: August 31, 2014, 06:33:45 am
Why is Matt deliberately giving the game away. I don't get it. :/
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: August 31, 2014, 06:16:33 am
So...I heard there is a Swedish election going on, is there a thread about that somewhere? Tongue

5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: August 29, 2014, 03:47:53 pm
If those results were to be replicated in the election, what would happen. Would the Alliance stay in power with the support of the Sweden Democrats from outside the government, or might one of the Alliance parties cross the floor to support the centre-left instead? Or might Reinfeldt call another election (he's not very friendly to the Sweden Democrats I believe)?

An alliance government supported by the Sweden Democrats is not happening. At least not with this type of polling.

An Alliance party going over could happen, but then V would probably have to be out of the government. So it'd almost certainly be a minority government, but that'd be ok because they'd be unlikely to get a majority against themselves.
6  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (4) - A Dream of Spring) on: August 29, 2014, 04:16:44 am
I guess I'll have my son be my envoy!
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Do any regions in Estonia or Latvia want to break away and join Russia? on: August 28, 2014, 06:05:11 pm
Both have large groups of Russians (I recall numbers being roughly 1/3 in Estonia and 1/2 in Latvia, but those may be off). They also have a fair bit of tension between Russians and natives. And Russia has already hinted they may intervene. Not sure if many people want to break away though. My guess would be not - while the Ukraine is poor and sh*t, Estonia and Latvia are EU members which have in the long run done well economically.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many reported/moderated/infacted posts/points do you have? on: August 28, 2014, 07:03:09 am
I'm at

Reported:    60
Moderated: 16
Points:         0
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: How can anyone say the GOP isn't favored to win the Senate? on: August 27, 2014, 07:09:42 pm
The main thing that looks good for Republicans is obviously that almost every close race is in a Republican state.

My view is that Republicans are basically guaranteed 3 seats (WV, SD, MT). Then we have a bunch of close races: GA and KY for Republicans, NC, IA, CO, AK, AR and LA for Democrats. If the tossups split 50-50 Republicans get 4 seats which means a net gain of 2 for a total net gain of 5. So I keep the Democrats as narrow favourites to hold but it's sort of anyone's guess when you have this number of close races.
10  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 8 (Matt from VT) on: August 27, 2014, 07:01:38 pm
Well, that's the game I guess. Really unlucky for Hagrid with the dice there towards the end.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this ad on: August 27, 2014, 06:53:25 pm
I believe this is inspired by the much more creepy and scary French identitarian ad that I think has been posted before: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4e7n7g1xAM
12  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 7 (Snowstalker) on: August 27, 2014, 06:26:37 pm
Yeah, Matt should probably have been more defensive.
13  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.
14  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?
15  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!
16  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
17  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.
18  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
19  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)
20  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
21  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



22  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.
23  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.
24  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.
25  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
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