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76  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Sports you like on: March 13, 2015, 02:23:31 pm
Football
Rugby
Baseball (thanks husband)

Soft spot for lawn bowls.
77  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Lucifer vs. Social Revolutionary Jesus on: March 13, 2015, 12:01:01 pm
Lucifer. Everlasting punishment is inhuman punisment and disproportionate to any crime. Allegorically Lucifer made us know what is to be human and to recognice judicial tyranny.
78  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Discworld Author Sir Terry Pratchett Passes on: March 13, 2015, 07:04:22 am
We've lost Sam Simon and Terry Pratchett this week. Not a great week for humanism Sad
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of oakvale (new poll) on: March 13, 2015, 07:02:14 am
The chat room is this forum on steroids (and equally as 'early 2000's' in execution)  People in it are grating in a way you're not allowed to be on here which makes posters like oakvale, see posters on here in a new light. The more time I spend on chat (and I don't spend much time on there), the more I 'hate' you all on here. Cheesy
80  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of The Amazing Atheist on: March 13, 2015, 04:57:58 am
A poll on this? Again?
81  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: March 12, 2015, 05:13:50 pm
YouGov have polled Scotland gain. Changes since their February 2nd poll

SNP 46 (-2)
LAB 27
CON 18 (+3)
LIB 4
UKIP 2 (-2)
GRN 3

Only really interesting news is the further drop in Jim Murphy's approval rating. 26% think he's doing well down from 33%
82  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Discworld Author Sir Terry Pratchett Passes on: March 12, 2015, 11:28:53 am
Death should cut a man down when his mind is still keen.

Also - f-ck.
83  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What did/do your parents do for a living? on: March 12, 2015, 07:48:15 am
My dad is a retired housing officer and my mum is a teacher of children with behavioural needs.
84  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: March 12, 2015, 03:43:42 am
Farage wants to abolish racial discrimination laws. Probably the most dangerous thing said by a politician in forty years.
85  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: How many women are... on: March 11, 2015, 11:10:22 am
Figures are difficult to come by, but my understanding from a quick google is that the figure for US churches in a 2009 report was 1 in 10, up from 1 in 20 ten years previously. 58% of the women work in mainline protestant churches. Female pastors tend to be older, serve in churches with smaller congregations and like just about everywhere, earn less than the men.

If the figure is around 10%, then as 'professions' go, it remains one of the most male dominated in the US, nestling between construction (9%) and mining (13%)
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of yourself on: March 11, 2015, 07:08:15 am
A fairly decent guy. Genuinely kind hearted. A bit over passionate but better than being 'meh' about everything. Has an nice husband that makes him a better person. While once technologically savvy appears stuck in 2002 and is now a luddite (makes maps with Paint FFS). Walks like a new born giraffe and can't see a few feet in front of himself without glasses. Well endowed. Can't eat anything with mushrooms in it. Hardly listens to any music made before 1998 unless it's playing at the gym. On balance, possibly unbalanced FF.
87  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Lucifer v. Hipster Jesus on: March 10, 2015, 07:46:56 am
The herald of knowledge over daddy's passive agressive self help guru.
88  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: The UK General Election Prediction Thread on: March 10, 2015, 07:02:08 am
Labour won a majority of seats in England alone in 2005 despite polling fewer votes than the Conservatives. Broadly speaking the electoral system tends to favour Labour when Labour does well and to have a more neutral effect otherwise.

Well that was more to do with Blair's 'Heineken' effect and was probably more of an exception to the rule, but broadly speaking I'd agree. It's worth noting that in 2010 when compared to 1992, as a % of seats won in England, both the Tories and Labour were generally at the same level (both lower, but similarly apart) and in 2010, the Tories did better in Wales than they did in 1992. Scotland is the exception of course and combined with the Lib Dems ensured that the election didn't completely mirror 1992.

Given that I think it's the most comparable election, particularly demographically then I would argue that because Blair wasn't there (rather than anything Cameron did), the association built up from 1994-2007 was 'broken'; most areas of the country reverted back to where it was before Blair. (1992 was itself a partial unwinding from Thatcher)

I think that's our starting point.

So if polls swing to produce a 2005 vote share scenario, I don't think that we will necessarily see a 2005 style spread of seats throughout the country.
89  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: March 09, 2015, 06:37:04 pm
YouGov

CON 35
LAB 31
LIB 8
UKIP 14
GRN 6

For some reason Mondays are recently good polling days for the Tories
90  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your Sexuality and Gender Identity? on: March 09, 2015, 02:01:55 pm
Gay male. I understand the definition of 'cisgender' but I don't particularly find it helpful when trying to  deal with trans issues and the discrimination they face to define an 'opposite' to being trans. In-groups define out-groups and out-groups fight for their own dignity as a result of that definition. Defining 'others' should not be something LGBT groups do, and certainly not in the case of trans individuals defining people who are LGB along those lines.
91  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of CJK on: March 09, 2015, 01:31:17 pm

Well you got there in the end. Maybe there's hope after all.
92  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your reaction if you went to a church and the preacher wore pre-torn jeans on: March 09, 2015, 01:30:35 pm
Actually tearing jeans through natural wear is going to involve a large investment of time and work. Wearing pre-torn jeans is tantamount to pinning on military medals you bought at a garage sale.

This.

BRTD, you are really getting old if you think pre-torn jeans are cool.
93  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: March 09, 2015, 01:19:30 pm
It would be nice for the Tories to be 'bawhair' ahead of Labour before the Budget.
94  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: March 09, 2015, 07:21:11 am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2015

Sexy logo.
95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Real Life Picture Thread (PAPOY Creepfest 2015) on: March 08, 2015, 05:27:29 pm
Bored. Music didn't actually help all that much.

96  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban CJK on: March 08, 2015, 04:17:55 pm
The last poster to get wound up over segregated bathrooms was our very own jamfest.
97  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / The UK General Election Prediction Thread on: March 08, 2015, 01:06:13 pm
Okay. Put keystrokes to screen here.

Rules: You are allowed to update your prediction once a week until the last week. Then you can update  on the final day before polls close.

Vote Shares (GB only)

Conservatives -
Labour -
Liberal Democrats -
UKIP -
Greens -
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist -

Seats

Conservatives -
Labour -
Liberal Democrats -
UKIP -
Greens -
SNP-
Plaid-
Galloway-
Other-

Likely Government -

Scotland - Vote share and seats

Labour
SNP
Liberal Democrats
Conservative
Greens
UKIP
Others

Constituency winner (3 interesting seats per region and Nick Clegg's seat)

Gordon-
Glasgow North-
Stirling-

Berwick Upon Tweed-
Stockton South -
Redcar-

Bury North-
Southport-
Heywood and Middleton-

Rotherham-
Colne Valley-
Bradford West-
Sheffield Hallam-

Boston and Skegness-
Broxtowe-
Loughborough-

Worcester-
Dudley South
Warwickshire North-

Ynys Mon-
Ceredigion-
Vale of Glamorgan-

Camborne and Redruth-
Bristol West-
Wells-

Brighton Pavillion-
Thanet South-
Rochester and Strood-

Kingston and Surbiton
Battersea-
Enfield North-

Norwich South-
Clacton-
Thurrock-
98  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Religion in Japan: A geographic analysis. on: March 08, 2015, 07:36:59 am
Madeline, are there any significant physical/geographical barriers or divides that are apparent markers of strength?
99  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Religion in Japan: A geographic analysis. on: March 07, 2015, 05:19:18 pm
Looking forward to this.
100  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: A question about the opponents of gay marriage on: March 07, 2015, 03:50:24 pm
...which is to encourage the kind of relationships that most help the state's interest in procreation, which is obviously man-woman marriage and not same-sex marriage.

I'm not in favor of prohibiting gay couples from living together or adopting. But the state should simply not be required to subsidize it because it is not the situation that best advances the state's interest in procreation.

If the state has an interest in procreation; i.e the having of and raising of children (and infertile, post menopausal couples sit aside from that 'just because'), yet you think its okay for gay couples to adopt, then why should children be given less rights than other children or be perceived as 'different' by law or by social convention, just because their legal parents happen to be of the same sex?

There are as much as 6 million children in the USA that live in such a situation. What have you got against them? Why should procreation/raising children - if that's what marriage is 'all about' only matter if their parents are of the opposite sex?

Nothing. No? Okay.
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