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3176  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 15, 2015, 12:13:13 am
Wait, so has the TV show caught up with the book?9
3177  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC General Discussion - You Hear That Giant Sucking Sound? on: June 13, 2015, 08:54:56 pm
This makes me rather angry:





This is why:



I mean, BIG has done some pretty good work, but this is just bad. Not only is it bad, but 1) It replaces a far superior design and 2) it looks like it's about to fall over. Clearly they did not have a conversation that was anything like the following:

Guy #1: I've finished the design for the new Two World Trade Center- you know, where the Twin Towers fell down.

Guy #2: So... you designed a building that looks like it's going to fall down... to replace a building that fell down?

Indeed, I almost want to call this "Libeskind's Revenge", because the towers have de-evolved back into the largely formless glass boxes that he designed in (what was around the fifth iteration of) his master plan-they (particularly #3) have been value-engineered into oblivion:

3178  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: President of Spokane NAACP outed as white imposter on: June 13, 2015, 08:23:15 pm
It's funny because some SJW types on Twitter are defending her saying she's "Transethnic" or some nonsense.

You do realize that basically 100% of the people peddling that line are right-wing 4chan/8chan/etc. trolls posing as SJWs for trollish purposes, no?

I think you may be in denial about the madness that exists on Tumblr.

To be fair, the liberal meltdown (just look at the NYT comments section) is hilarious to watch, and the fact that people are apparently now trying to pass as black somewhat gratifying, but some of the hijinks she was up to, and the things she was claiming happened to her, are clearly a right proper... minefield of awfulness.

But clearly, some people's brains have been completely fried. One person on Facebook was claiming the term "African American" should be used exclusively for black Americans of African descent who do not know the particulars of their ancestry, which would mean I technically am not African American, nor is, say, Alex Haley (to give an obvious example). Yet another was claiming that "this is different!" from the whole gender thing, because gender is a social construct while race is genetic. I just stared blankly at that one for a few moments. And then there were jokes that sounded as if they had originally written by members of the SS.
3179  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Andriantsimitoviaminiandriana Andriandrazaka on: June 13, 2015, 10:58:05 am
I was about to make this thread just now... until I remembered I already did!

Incumbent president Hery Rajaonarimampianina is in the news again, hence why...
3180  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Convention, June 2015 on: June 12, 2015, 08:20:49 pm
I will accept any nominations for Secretary.
3181  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: IMF pulls out of Greece talks on: June 12, 2015, 08:00:27 pm
These people are hopeless.
3182  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: America now FIFA's savior on: June 12, 2015, 07:56:26 pm

We're waiting...
3183  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / President of Spokane NAACP outed as white imposter on: June 12, 2015, 07:40:22 pm
How is it that we do not have a thread about this yet?

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The name of a local civil rights leader in the US northwest is trending worldwide after her parents told the media that she is a white woman who has been passing herself off as black for years. When I met Rachel Dolezal, I found it easy to accept her description of her ethnicity.

But today Dolezal, a well-known local civil rights leader, university lecturer and head of the local chapter of civil rights group NAACP, is being talked about across social media networks, because her family have said she was lying about her background.

Dolezal's parents told local media the family's ancestry is Czech, Swedish and German, with some Native American heritage as well. Her parents say her African-American "son" is actually her brother, who was adopted by the family. When a local TV reporter asked her whether she is African-American, Dolezal said she didn't understand the question, and walked away. Dolezal also seems to have also avoided directly answering questions posed by a local newspaper, which reported that she put the controversy down to a legal dispute between her and her parents.

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-33109866



The hair really must have taken effort, though. This is completely terrible yet stupefyingly brilliant. Although the comments about "checking light skinned people" are fairly disconcerting...
3184  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: TAA crushed by House, but the game is not over yet on: June 12, 2015, 06:28:27 pm
What a joke of a political party.
3185  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: TAA crushed by House, but the game is not over yet on: June 12, 2015, 04:31:19 pm
Excellent news!

But why? I'm with Snowguy on this one... just a bunch of letters.

Either way, the loser here is Obama. And for once, that makes me sad.
3186  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Should we do something about Dazey? on: June 12, 2015, 12:04:14 am
Should we do something about Lief? If you had told me these posts were made by him I'd have no trouble believing that.

Ideally, we should not maintain double standards.
3187  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Catalan Independence Referendum (with FREE constitutional crisis!) on: June 11, 2015, 04:01:03 pm
The constitutional court has thrown out the "consultation" held last November for being unconstitutional, rejecting the conceit that its non-binding status rendered it "outside the constitution" rather than "against the constitution", instead considering it as a full-blown referendum. As such, the regional government did not have the right to hold such referenda on "issues that affect all Spaniards", making the "consultation" illegal.

Curiously, I found this while trying to figure out whatever happened in Veneto after 56% of registered voters apparently voted to secede from Italy (!) and whether or not that actually happened.

Anyway, CiU and ERC have now said that they will now regard the November elections as a "plebiscite on Catalonia’s relationship with Spain", and pushing things towards a unilateral declaration of independence...  This of course provides us with an opportunity to bring out some new flowcharts from Señor Fernando Betancourt! (The article is worth reading itself as well.)





What he says below is particularly interesting if true:

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There was a critical development in the breakdown in relations between the Catalan Generalitat and the Spanish national government. Spanish newspaper El Mundo[2] broke an exclusive report alleging the existence of “Catalan moles” in the National Police Force (Cuerpo Nacional de Policia – CNP). These agents, who form part of the Mossos d’Esquadra, Catalonia’s regional police force, would be in a position to take over key functions of the CNP that do not currently reside with the Mossos, such as border control, in the event of a Catalan declaration of independence.  The regional police have been able to establish a presence at the international frontier posts of Melles Pont du Roi and Le Perthus[3], key transit points between Spain and France that would become the Franco-Catalan frontier in the event of the latter’s secession. The agents also undoubtedly provide useful intelligence on CNP intentions towards the Mossos and the Catalan government.

The article furthermore states these actions have the sanction and active direction of important organs of the Catalan government, naming especially the Catalan Police Academy (Academia de Policía de Cataluña) and the Catalan Institute of Public Safety (Instituto de Seguridad Pública de Cataluña)[4]. These organizations and the Mossos have also been establishing regular contact with foreign and international police and intelligence agencies[5], such as Interpol, Europol and the French and American intelligence services[6], under the pretext of fighting jihadists. The article alleges that the primary motivation is not fighting terrorism, but to establish the Catalan police for as a national police force with pre-existing ties to their international peers.

Things, it seems, are only getting messier...
3188  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: June 11, 2015, 08:33:18 am
It's me or "Vote Bloc in Quebec and let other provinces decides who will be the next Prime Minister" an horribly bad argument?

I read your post before I read the article and actually thought it was an argument put forward by the one of the other parties as to why not vote Bloc. So yeah, pretty bad.

Why don't the Scots realize this?
3189  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How Jeb's campaign went off course before it began on: June 11, 2015, 08:30:57 am
He's gone off course because he hasn't raised $100 million by June of the year before the election? Failure!
3190  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Lincoln Chafee independent bid on: June 11, 2015, 08:29:10 am
Actually, this article suggests the Bloomberg is at least not ruling out running for POTUS - as a Dem. That might squeeze Hillary some, as she loses votes on the right to him, while losing votes on the left to O'Malley and Sanders. Chafee's quixotic quest is not worth spending any time on really.

Just LOL if another warmonger neoliberal decided to get in the race.

Bloomberg is a warmonger?
3191  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: China Could Eventually Join the Trans-Pacific Partnership on: June 11, 2015, 08:15:46 am
That would go against the entire point of the agreement. But of course the Chinese would never agree to the necessary terms so it's an empty offer all the same, merely signaling theoretical good faith.
3192  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Republican Conservative Base Shrinks on: June 11, 2015, 08:14:38 am
That's honestly surprising. Even more surprising is that a quarter of Republicans have a positive view of socialism.

Not super surprising to me. There are plenty of lower income socially conservative populists still hanging around who refuse to vote Democratic as a matter of conscience.

It's not surprising that there are plenty of lower income socially conservative populists who vote Republican while supporting some policies that would be called socialist in a lot of countries, what is surprising is that they, in the US, ascribe a positive image to the word socialism, which a lot of people over the age of 40 will immediately take as a reference to the Soviet Union.

Yes, this is what I was thinking. It's not so much the views but the word.
3193  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Convention, June 2015 on: June 11, 2015, 08:07:31 am
x Simfan
3194  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bloomberg slams liberal "culture of censorship" in Ivy League on: June 10, 2015, 09:40:42 am
Metanarrative? Bloomberg is a poststructuralist now?

No, but apparently Rod Dreher is pretending to be one, much like an otherwise conventionally macho man putting on a tacky wig and tackier dress for one school play in his late teens or early twenties and considering it 'drag'. That's less surprising.

Is Rod Dreher not allowed to use the word metanarrative?
3195  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Lincoln Chafee independent bid on: June 10, 2015, 09:10:22 am
Chafee/Huntsman 2016

Honorary Campaign Co-Chairs:
Michael Bloomberg
Angus King
Colin Powell
Christine Todd Whitman

Huntsman would have nothing to do with a loser like Chafee.

Nor would dear Bloomie or anyone else on that list, for that matter.
3196  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Petition to revoke 10 of my death points on: June 10, 2015, 08:21:02 am
The great terrible strikes again.
3197  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Lincoln Chafee independent bid on: June 10, 2015, 08:12:58 am
Chafee/Huntsman 2016

Honorary Campaign Co-Chairs:
Michael Bloomberg
Angus King
Colin Powell
Christine Todd Whitman

Huntsman would have nothing to do with a loser like Chafee.
3198  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jeb Bush: "Unwed mothers should be publicly shamed." on: June 10, 2015, 07:59:50 am
Once again, a title with a quote that's not actually a quote.
3199  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Civic Renewal - June 2015 Party Convention on: June 09, 2015, 11:17:20 am
I would like the CRs endorsement, if they would see it fit, for my re-election later this Summer.
3200  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: how do playboys vote? on: June 09, 2015, 08:32:33 am
If said person lived about twenty five years ago he'd be a solid Republican.

Now, not so sure.  Depends on the area he lives in.  I imagine, given the image and reputation, he probably votes whatever gets him laid (since there is no longer as much of a financial stake).

Then Democrat.
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