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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Orthodox Jew stabs six at Jerusalem Pride...again on: July 30, 2015, 02:19:08 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-33726634

Police have arrested a man after six people were wounded in a stabbing at the Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem.

A police spokesperson identified the suspect as the same man who stabbed three people at the parade in 2005.

Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for that attack and was released from prison three weeks ago.
2  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: draq queens vs trans people on: July 30, 2015, 11:30:53 am
Whu... ?
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / New Scottish Wards out to public consultation (5th Review) on: July 30, 2015, 06:20:47 am
Find it here.

I'll go through these by turn, but first up Glasgow



Wards 6,7,9 and 17 all gain councillors, while Wards 11,12,15,20 and 21 lose a councillor. Two new wards are created: Dennistoun with 3 and Dowanhill/Kelvindale with 4.

Drumchapel/Anniesland (4) – No change to boundary

Garscadden/Scotstounhill (4) – Minimal change to boundary

Partick West (3) is cut back losing Partick and Claythorn. It retains Jordanhill, Broomhill etc so actually becomes more ‘genteel’ than the old ward.
Hillhead (3) loses Dowanhill and Hyndland, but takes in a chunk of North Kelvin and Woodlands so demographically, exchanges like for like. Geographically it becomes more compact.

Anderston/City (4) loses Woodlands and has a small adjustment to the east and is now given the additional ‘Yorkhill’ moniker.

Maryhill (3) is created from Maryhill/Kelvin and loses Kelvinside/Kelvindale and Cadder. Maryhill/Kelvin was the most 50/50 in terms of a split in deprivation (some of the most and some of the least deprived areas in the city) but has now lost the more well to do areas to…

Dowanhill/Kelvindale (4) is new containing Dowanhill/Hyndland/Kelvinside, Claythorn, Partick and most of Kelvindale. It’s another genteel bolthole in the West End of the city.

Canal (4) remains broadly the same, but loses Cadder and most of North Kelvin

In terms of the north west of the city

Maryhill(without Kelvin) not only shrinks but loses one councillor. Without any boundary change that would be SNP, but with the changes in mind it’s more likely to be Labour. Partick West loses one which without any boundary change would be SNP, however with the change it’s more likely to be the Green councillor. Hillhead loses 1 councillor which is likely to be Labour.

The new ward of Dowanhill is likely to be a battle between Labour and SNP and the Greens. Looking at it’s political makeup in 2012 and the polling district results (which was a very, very long time ago), I’d go for SNP 2, Labour 1, Green 1


Springburn becomes Springburn/Robroyston (4) kicking out Sighthill, Royston and Germiston but gaining Wallacewell and Robroyston from North East
North East (3) loses some areas as described above
Calton (4) and Shettleston (4) have no change
East Centre (4) is carved up with the new ward of Dennistoun (3) composing Dennistoun, Sighthill, Royston and Germiston and the remainder forming the East Centre ward, taking in Springboig and Barlanark from…
Baillieston (3)

In terms of political makeup, North East loses a councillor. Party support there is even and Labour would lose 1. Baillieston also loses a councillor elected on the last count which would be an SNP councillor. Springburn gains a councillor, for the SNP. The new ward is Dennistoun, and you can’t model transfers here, but there’s every likelihood it would return 2 Labour and 1 SNP councillor on 2012 results. Calton also gains a councillor, for the SNP

Now onto the Southside

Govan (4) loses Craigton proper and Dumbrek to Pollokshields (4) There’s no change in Craigton (4) and minimal change in Greater Pollock (4). There are minor changes to Linn (4) and Newlands/Auldburn (3) with a more noticeable transferral of Toryglen from Southside Central (4) to Langside (4)

In terms of political makeup, the boundary changes are fairly minimal. Pollokshields gains a councillor which is likely to be SNP. Langside also gains a councillor which would also be SNP.

So, roughly speaking Labour would lose 3 and gain 3, the Greens would lose 1 and gain 1 and the SNP would lose 1 and gain 7.

So

LAB 44
SNP 33
LIB 1
CON 1
GRN 5
GF 1
4  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: draq queens vs trans people on: July 30, 2015, 05:35:20 am
Trans people demanding people conform to one gender expression if they aren't trans is both tragic and divisive.
5  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / National Party of Ecuador on: July 29, 2015, 06:08:01 am
(I now have more time to do this, now that 'the events' of last week are out of the way)

The NPE/PNE (Partido Nacional Ecuador) is a party dedicated to greater autonomy for Ecuador because reasons.

Basically, this is an emulation/parody of the SNP and other similar parties.
6  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Unofficial Name Poll on: July 29, 2015, 05:21:40 am
Gran Colombia. Just because I want to design the flag Cheesy
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do you support gay marriages? on: July 27, 2015, 04:24:15 pm
Basically, the Bible is for the Church to interpret, not a gaggle of random posters on an internet forum. Debate closed.

Uh, the Bible is for God's children, not a group of robed elitists in a dark room.

And with your logic we might as well shut down the whole forum.

Of course the Bible is for God's children... and being children, they lack the ability to interpret the Bible correctly by themselves.

So presumably I am just God's infant and the elites are his adult children. Even as a Catholic, that hierarchical metaphor is disturbing.

Well I'm not really a fan of the whole 'God's children' concept; I'm not the son of God, Jesus was the one and only son of God. My basic point is that individuals who are not priests and have no formal training or education in scripture have no right or competence in interpreting the Bible, in the same way as a person who has no medical training has no right or competence to make pronouncements upon medical issues.


I would question whether priests have enough life experience to interpret the breadth of human existence and therefore make pronouncement's on it.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How will the USA end? on: July 27, 2015, 04:22:21 pm
It will disappear up it's own arse. Naturally Cheesy
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do you support gay marriages? on: July 27, 2015, 04:21:35 pm
I'm having one in 25 days, so.

Congratulations Cheesy
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do you support gay marriages? on: July 27, 2015, 06:03:19 am
As for slavery in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, you're dealing with a society that had no coinage or money in the form we have it today.  As a result, labor contracts tended to be lengthy, the equivalent of what today we'd consider slavery or peonage.

They were not 'labour contracts'.

Leviticus states that slaves may be purchased, treated as property, their offspring treated as property and passed to your children as a 'permanent inheritance'

That is slavery.

On the matter of Hebrew slaves, the male slave may go free after seven, but his wife and children (if gained during that time) cannot go free. That is a forced choice. And no loving man would choose it, therefore he becomes his masters property forever and is branded.

That is slavery.

A female slave that does not 'please' the man that bought her can be bought back again.

That is sex slavery.

And that's before we get to Jesus.

Don't bullsh-t with the 'it's not really slavery' argument Smiley It is.

11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you a macho man? on: July 26, 2015, 05:33:35 pm
I lift Bro!

No I'm not. I'm pretty much as I am.
12  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Leip, one of your mods is encouraging people to kill themselves. on: July 26, 2015, 05:31:06 pm
Take this elsewhere guys. All of you Smiley

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13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Wow! So things got cray cray eh? on: July 26, 2015, 09:21:34 am
AAD must really suck if you guys are already posting here again.  It's bit what?  A month?  Three weeks?
AAD is doing just fine.  But your provocation was genuinely appreciated.

Provocation?  Will there now be a lengthy discussion at AAD about jdb and how misguided he is?  That seems to be a common response there whenever anyone here is critical.  Tongue


Yes. And people in their 30's will embarrass themselves.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party leadership election 2015 on: July 23, 2015, 12:34:01 pm
...and John Mann literally brings paedogeddon into this.

Scottish Labour must be advising the main party PR machine these days.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: POST HERE IF YOU WANT TO BE CONSIDERED AS A MOD on: July 23, 2015, 05:51:13 am
i'd be happy to help out as well. i don't really have any specific qualifications that other people haven't listed (a long and active posting history, a non-american timezone, the ability to be impartial when necessary, ...) but i have no life and therefore plenty of time to devote to moderatorly duties.

of the previous applicants i think crabcake, türkisblau and cathcon are the best choices. preferably crabcake, as the mod team in its current state is significantly to the right of the forum as a whole

The current mod team is significantly more British than the forum as a whole also.

Afleitch and Peter (who is inactive)?

I sometimes forget Al is no longer a mod.   

anyway, point is that such quotas are irrelevant as long as there is no threat of bias in moderation.  And I don't see any threat against left-wing posters expressing their views more than against right-wing views; if anything it is the opposite. 

The mod team is generally conservative.

Ernest is a conservative leaning independent
Dallasfan is a conservative leaning independent
Andrew CT is a Republican
Torie is Republican
Badger is Republican (sort of)
MasterJedi is a Republican (but has gone)
Muon is an elected Republican


That leaves Mr Morden who’s a-political, Joe who’s a-political, Alcon who’s generally a-political as is The Mikado, Hashemite who’s more concerned about international politics, Gustaf who’s Swedish, Tender who’s Austrian, myself Scottish (and even I could be considered conservative), Beet who’s mute and Peter who’s English and gone.

Mr Moderate is probably the only one who argues from the Democratic position at the present time
16  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Office of GM Foucaulf - WORLDBUILDING PROPOSALS ON PG. 2 on: July 23, 2015, 03:01:11 am
I'd like Ecuador.

Though this is a really strange and potentially unaccessable set up...but I'll go with it.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Banned Posters: Adam Griffin on: July 22, 2015, 01:41:33 pm
Maybe I've got the wrong end of the stick, but I thought tweed asked griffin for information in a fairly hypothetical manner "how would I archive old threads?", sort of thing. Could be wrong though. I think Nym has jumped the gun on Griff, And thus is inadvertently prolonging this rather toxic scandal.

The conversation between Tweed and Griff was posted on AAD.

Tweed asked Griff if he could host information he got from the Mod Cave on Griffs site. Griff said 'yes', but that there would be a small delay (Tweed eventually found his own site). Tweed asked for advice on how best to get them from the site, which Griff advised on.

Griff said 'once the files are downloaded and saved, I can handle/upload/configure them'.

So you can, in retrospect see why he remains banned until we get further information.
18  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Office of Game Moderator Foucaulf - WORLDBUILDING on: July 22, 2015, 01:18:59 pm
I think as long as there's seats for everyone who wants one, we'll do fine. Pick any place. You could even just pick counties within a US state, to act as constituencies.
19  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Office of Game Moderator Foucaulf - WORLDBUILDING on: July 22, 2015, 11:38:05 am
I'd love to be Scotland Sad
20  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to unban adamgriffin on: July 22, 2015, 10:36:51 am
Moderators ought to give solid explanations here and stop hiding bewteen "personnal data" nonsense to hide things.

This is even more painfully wanting when the moderators are making the explanations on other websites.

Nym isn't on AAD. People forget he isn't privy to what's posted there.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Atlas Forum: Yesterday vs. Today on: July 22, 2015, 07:14:12 am
Positive/Negative

I thought the goal of any future changes were to improve the quality of discourse so removing good posters was a great first step Roll Eyes

Ignore all map benefits as I consider those an asset separate from the forum.

Was it an incorrect decision by the mods to (with genuine sadness) ban a moderator who gave away her password to allow someone else access to personal information? What would you have done?
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of AAD: Yesterday vs. Today on: July 22, 2015, 06:55:47 am
Asshats disrupt both. That's the main revelation.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of banned posters: Tweed on: July 22, 2015, 06:06:54 am
He has destroyed his brain with Marx and compulsive drug use.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Banned Posters: Adam Griffin on: July 22, 2015, 03:42:52 am
I'd like to add that this "conspiracy" was after Tweed asked Griffin to host the mod cave files and Griffin said no.

And guess who got axed for saying no?

Umm. He advised how to do it. His conversation with Tweed is captured on AAD.
Advising how to set something up is not against the TOS.

I think, and you can understand this, that the admins of this forum have a right to ban someone who assisted in people gaining access to personal info. What action would you recommend?
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Banned Posters: Adam Griffin on: July 22, 2015, 03:00:50 am
I'd like to add that this "conspiracy" was after Tweed asked Griffin to host the mod cave files and Griffin said no.

And guess who got axed for saying no?

Umm. He advised how to do it. His conversation with Tweed is captured on AAD.
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