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3176  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Étienne-Louis Boullée on: March 28, 2015, 11:06:16 pm
Le Corbusier should have fallen into a well when he was a boy and not gotten out. In Switzerland. Because he was also Swiss.

The fact that Le Corbusier had as much effect on urban planning as he did was a tragedy for us all. The man who proposed the Plan Voisin deserved to be thrown in prison for it, not followed:

3177  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Duke Presidential Library on: March 28, 2015, 11:02:48 pm
...you wrote a "transgender rights act"?
3178  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: US and Iran Closing in On a Nuclear Deal on: March 28, 2015, 11:01:11 pm
Iran is a country without the consent of at least two or three different numbers, the solution, and after 12 years of conflict, the Iranian nuclear program, Reuters employees.

Say what?

If you don't know what I'm parodying, you've been missing out on the best part of the forum.


EDIT: Oh, "jao".
3179  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Saudi Arabia and GCC allies bombing Yemen on: March 28, 2015, 06:59:58 pm
We can still call South Yemen "Hadramaut"? Then excellent, let's split it up again- after all it just came into existence in 1991.
3180  About this Site / The Atlas / Can't change map location on: March 28, 2015, 05:53:03 pm
Every time I try to change my location on the map, I get an error message.
3181  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Sweden condemned by 57 Muslim countries for Saudi comments on: March 28, 2015, 05:47:01 pm
You make it seem like it was the Saudis who folded. From what it transpired one would think the signs point to the Swedes as having been the ones who backed down or at least had to be "forgiven" by the Saudis.
3182  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Aung San Suu Kyi on: March 28, 2015, 05:44:03 pm
At this point does the junta have any choice but to open up? It seems like half opening the door to democracy, and then slamming it shut would be ... Inadvisable.

At all times and in all places I would caution against getting caught up in getting too convinced about the "unstoppable onward march of democracy". As unpleasant as it may seem there are many people who see the transition process in Burma as having ground to a halt in recent months/years.

They got away with it '88 and again in '92.
3183  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Graham: global warming is real, but Al Gore politicized it on: March 28, 2015, 05:37:16 pm
Kudos to him for saying this, though. Speaking of turning it into religion, it is part of the GOP creed that you can no longer be taken seriously in the party (cept Mark Kirk) if you accept the science behind it.

The religion of climate change is entirely on the left. The skeptics are on the right.

In fact the climate argument is a reversal of religious arguments, where the left are the skeptics and the right the faithful.

Unlike Religion, climate change actually exists

3184  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Aung San Suu Kyi on: March 28, 2015, 05:36:26 pm
Isn't she hyper popular though? Like I doubt it would really hurt her chances of election if she said 'err cool it guys'. Playing politics involves making compromises, yes, but it also involves cashing in some popularity chips occasionally to do what is right.

Yes, but it might give the tatmadaw some (extra) excuse to hem her in- "encouraging sedition" or something terrible like that. We must keep in mind she's not quite playing in an open field just yet.
3185  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pence signed it: Add Indiana to the list of states with "religious freedom" laws on: March 28, 2015, 05:34:27 pm
An interesting radio interview here with a business owner:


He's proud of the law and lying to gay people so they leave his restaurant but not proud enough to openly say which restaurant it is. That should be part of these laws; they need to advertise who they won't serve, if not serving certain people is that important to them.

This is ridiculous. The point of the law is to prevent people from being forced from being involved in things they consider immoral, not a blanket pass for discrimination. Gay people eating wouldn't count, I think.
3186  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Are Arabs White? on: March 28, 2015, 05:29:35 pm
Depends on the Arab. Some in the region might resent the label Arab, even (e.g. Maronites).
3187  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Aung San Suu Kyi on: March 28, 2015, 05:27:53 pm
I genuinely have no idea what to think about this woman, who may be PM of Myanmar/Burma by thee d of this year. On the one hand, she would be a drastic improvement on the current conservative military junta that has misruled the country for decades and allowed the country's services at atrophy. On the other, she does seem to embody Moderate Heroism, especially when something controversial (e.g. The rise of Buddhist far-right extremists and ethnic struggles) comes up.

I'll reserve judgement.

This is neither something she has any power over nor something worth sacrificing her political career over (particularly since they've almost certainly been stoked by the tatmadaw for, amongst other reasons, that exact purpose). If she actually wants to make an impact beyond being a "symbol of democracy" she will have to make compromises and, yes, play politics... she is, after all, a politician.
3188  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ireland General Discussion on: March 28, 2015, 03:25:17 pm
Renua dominating!
3189  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: An American Renaissance on: March 28, 2015, 01:49:34 pm
3190  General Politics / Individual Politics / Charlie Baker vs Charlie Barker on: March 28, 2015, 01:09:23 pm
Suggested by Google.
3191  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Should the OED officially determine ... on: March 28, 2015, 10:42:05 am
Not if the mooses have anything to do with it.
3192  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter blues on: March 28, 2015, 10:40:04 am
No, I'm sorry. I don't like this poem at all. Sorry.

Yes. Why not:

First, I like good weather, because it cheers me up, sometimes, but not always. I think it is normal to get tired of cold weather, so it seems idiotic to call dislike of winter a "disorder". Do I have a "disorder" because I don't like pumpkin pie? Pumpkin pie makes you fat, so I hardly think it a disorder. Anyone who has a problem because I don't like winter is free to pay my heating bill, if they so choose.
3193  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Holiday meats on: March 28, 2015, 10:37:47 am
Christmas Ham, Easter Lamb, and Thanksgiving Turkey. (normal)
3194  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: what was the earliest/latest easter of your lifetime? on: March 28, 2015, 10:18:01 am
My parents despicably adorned me with nonsense "dress clothes" and toted me along for some disgusting Christian rituals sometime in March/April 1988 at the age of ~7 months.   My poor, brainwashed mind did not grow out of this until I was about 10 and refused to do anything on "Easter Sunday" but play video games in my basement (which is all ANY kid should be doing on Sunday morning) like the freedom fighter I am.  


Eat some lamb.
3195  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is the above posters username? on: March 28, 2015, 09:52:25 am
Since I use the "Show most recent posts at the top" option I can't take part in this activity...

I tried this and I feel like I'm on some very bad drugs. Very, very bad. I don't like this.
3196  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 28, 2015, 09:27:20 am
This is now happening.

80% of polling booths are open. Electoral commission website down though:

3197  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pence signed it: Add Indiana to the list of states with "religious freedom" laws on: March 28, 2015, 09:25:21 am

I realize that the National Report isn't as (in)famous as The Onion, but you do realize that was a satirical piece, not a real piece of journalism, right?

No, I had absolutely no idea.

A positive development this is.
3198  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Sam Spade Memorial Good Post Gallery on: March 27, 2015, 11:29:37 pm
I started working on this while Julia Gillard was Prime Minister. How's that for an effortpost?

3199  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Hillary refuse to debate in the primaries? on: March 27, 2015, 04:48:52 pm

When will you go back to being King? I miss King.
3200  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Knox and Sollecito cleared of all changes on: March 27, 2015, 04:47:22 pm
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