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3176  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of American posters who post in British English on: March 31, 2015, 03:33:15 pm


Hah! Brilliant.
3177  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The War on Drugs-will it ever end? on: March 31, 2015, 03:15:11 pm
The point muon and Torie raise should not be overlooked. "Regulated" legal drugs means a black market and a "war on the black market".
3178  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 31, 2015, 02:50:53 pm
Disappointing results. I just hope that Nigeria finds a way to unite and defeat Boko Haram.

Well it certainly wasn't happening under Jonathan.
3179  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 31, 2015, 01:00:42 pm
Is there any info on how the House and Senate are shaping up? Is the APC sweeping there too?

That's what I've read. The link I posted earlier with the map also has legislative results.
3180  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 31, 2015, 12:01:58 pm
BBC: Jonathan has called Muhammadu Buhari to concede and to congratulate him
3181  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 31, 2015, 11:55:43 am
Final results will not come for another two hours as we late for the last state to come in... Borno, I think.
But we know who's going to win in Borno. Buhari has won.

Watch live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANM-dq5USTc
3182  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 31, 2015, 11:29:44 am
Here's a good place to get news- James Schneider of the New African.
3183  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 31, 2015, 10:55:53 am
Well maybe this is what did it:

3184  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 31, 2015, 09:58:28 am
What would have happened if no candidate got over 25% in 27 States?

They hold a "run-off".
3185  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 31, 2015, 09:06:49 am
Sometime this evening.
3186  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 31, 2015, 07:11:16 am
Hilariousness ensues as officer declaring contested Rivers State numbers complains about flashlight and says he'd prefer to read handwritten numbers. Jega (INEC chief) tells him to get on with it and so he says

Jonathan:
1,487,075

Buhari:
69,288

So Goodluck gets nearly as many votes in Rivers (pop 6 mil) as were cast between the two of them in Lagos (pop 21 mil).
3187  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Census Bureau of Atlasia: RGriffin on: March 31, 2015, 06:41:36 am
That's Hitler's desk, isn't it?
3188  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pence signed it: Add Indiana to the list of states with "religious freedom" laws on: March 31, 2015, 06:34:02 am

What hypocrisy, considering Connecticut has the same exact law in place.
3189  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 30, 2015, 03:15:25 pm
Buhari dominates in Kano, with 1,903,999 votes to 215,779 for Jonathan. Same story for Jigawa albeit far less dramatically, with 885,988 votes for Buhari and 142,904 for Jonathan.

(As per the INEC Twitter feed. Their website is useless as it has no results)

EDIT: Even sillier in Katsina, where Buhari got 1,345,441 to a mere 98,937 for Jonathan.
3190  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 30, 2015, 02:44:27 pm
That could be true, but it's essentially meaningless. A "Southwestern tradition of leftism" is not that much more than a "Yoruba political tradition". He's not drawing support from the region because people see him as some leftist or because they are leftists.

It's more than just ethnic politics (which would perhaps be equally simplistic), yes-- there are in many cases real issue-based politics-- but this "Western Ukraine is fiscally conservative while Eastern Ukraine is socially conservative" tendency to put people into ideological boxes is just not worthwhile. 

The fortunes of the Labour Party could be worth looking at somewhat, although I suspect Buhari would try to tighten the screws on them if they got anywhere.

Meanwhile, big news: Buhari wins Lagos, but we're still waiting for more results.

Jonathan meanwhile is calling for the invalidation of results in no fewer than eight states.
3191  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 30, 2015, 01:47:39 pm
Well the INEC has released the official results of eight states; at 8pm local time (half an hour from now) they will release more results, they say 18 more states have finished counting and are in the process of sending their results:

Nasarawa State:

Buhari: 236,838

Jonathan: 273,460

Invalid votes: 10,094

Total votes: 521,641

Oyo State

Buhari: 528,620

Jonathan: 303,376

Invalid votes: 47,254

Total votes: 920,066

Federal Capital Territory (Abuja)

Buhari: 146,399

Jonathan: 157,195

Invalid votes: 9,210

Total votes: 316,015

Ondo State

Buhari: 299,889

Jonathan: 251,368

Invalid votes: 21,379

Total votes: 582,435

Osun State

Buhari: 383,603

Jonathan: 249,927

Invalid votes: 20,758

Total votes: 663,373

Kogi State

Buhari: 264,851

Jonathan: 149,987

Invalid votes: ???

Total votes: ???

Enugu State

Buhari: 14,157

Jonathan: 553,003

Invalid votes: 12,459

Total votes: 585,632

Ogun State

Buhari: 308,290

Jonathan: 207,950

Invalid votes: 26,441

Total votes: 559,631

Ekiti State

Buhari: 120,331

Jonathan: 176,466

Invalid votes: 8,754

Total votes: 309,445

http://www.naij.com/412728-nigeria-decided-jega-announces-official-results.html
3192  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 30, 2015, 01:27:12 pm
Also I call the map of results by LGA.
3193  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 30, 2015, 01:10:31 pm
(but it is missing at least one that is shown there)

Follow up on this aside:

Quote
Election Results To Be Cancelled In Rivers State

Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi has said that he believes that today’s presidential elections held in the State were irreparably compromised, and the results must be cancelled.

According to Sahara Reporter, Amaechi, All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, alleges that interference on the party of the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has adversely influenced the result of the contest. Claiming the PDP is working with officials and security agents to rig the contest by withholding result sheets, Amaechi says the results of the election today in Rivers cannot be trusted.

Jesus. If they have to rig the result in Rivers State, the heart of the Niger Delta, it must be really bad.

What program did you use to make that map? ArcGIS I assume? The vote totals, however, are lower than those given on my source (they are from Sunday night).
3194  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 30, 2015, 11:02:05 am
Trying to apply labels of "left" and "right" is a fools errand in most of Africa and bound to end in misery in Nigeria. Both parties are ideologically amorphous, it's more fruitful to look at ethnic backing. As you've both said.

But to call Buhari center-left? That seems quite the non sequitur for an ex-military ruler running on a soft authoritarian platform of law and order and nostalgia for the idea of his "War on Indiscipline".
3195  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 30, 2015, 09:36:46 am
Early results have Buhari dominating in the Southwest... if this holds it's all over for Jonathan.

http://www.news24.com.ng/Elections/Results#year=2015
3196  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 30, 2015, 09:15:32 am
Ondo? That's already a crack in the South. Ondo is mainly Yoruba, so if this is indicative of how the Southwest will be voting at large... Buhari could have a real shot here.
3197  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Trevor Noah to host Daily Show on: March 30, 2015, 08:58:10 am
I've watched some of his standup and I thought he was funny.
3198  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Saudi Arabia and GCC allies bombing Yemen on: March 30, 2015, 08:55:19 am
Ismalis? They're not Nizaris, are they?
3199  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pence signed it: Add Indiana to the list of states with "religious freedom" laws on: March 30, 2015, 08:53:19 am
Are you seriously quoting H L Mencken? A man who was a critic of democracy and believed strong men had the right to rule the weak? A man who conflated 'race' with caste and talked about racial stocks? A man that said talking to a coloured women was like speaking to a child?

I mean seriously?

A man who said this;  'The educated negro of today is a failure, not because he meets insuperable difficulties in life, but because he is a negro. He is, in brief, a low-caste man, to the manner born, and he will remain inert and inefficient until fifty generations of him have lived in civilization. And even then, the superior white race will be fifty generations ahead of him.'

You are quoting HIM to back up your argument?

Uncomfortably enough, Mencken was in many ways the intellectual godfather of New Deal liberalism...

I guess in the same way Hitler was the godfather of Israel, yeah, that's true.

Yes, that's right- that statement was categorically wrong. Don't know what I was thinking there. Yikes.
3200  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Homeland Sec Approp Chair Rep.John Carter Worried Computers Could Use Encryption on: March 30, 2015, 08:49:48 am
He's quite right, this sort of technology will only help illegal activity as regular people are already handing over this information to marketers, encryption or no encryption. Tor, for example, is mainly used for drug purchases and downloading child pornography- this secrecy accompanies criminal behaviour.
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