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826  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favorite season of Parks & Recreation on: January 01, 2014, 01:21:23 am
Only watched Season 1. Like everyone I didn't really enjoy it.

Meaning to watch more, but have cbfed.
827  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Amy Adams or Jennifer Lawrence? on: December 31, 2013, 11:09:55 pm
The Lawrence landslide on this forum is deeply depressing.
Adams is a little too old. It'd make her look like a pedophile if she was going out with me.
828  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Gary Johnson vs Michael Bloomberg on: December 31, 2013, 04:56:30 pm
Johnson I guess. One of the more normal libertarians. Would not be happy voting for either though.
829  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: opinion of comic sans on: December 31, 2013, 04:15:59 pm
Kill it with fire.
830  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Amy Adams or Jennifer Lawrence? on: December 31, 2013, 06:38:08 am
Let's just say I wouldn't kick either out of bed.

Both are gun actresses too afaic.
831  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election Predictions / Re: 2014 Senatorial Predictions on: December 31, 2013, 06:29:21 am
Alabama: Jeff Sessions (R)
Alaska: Mark Begich (D) - my gut says I'm being optimistic here, but in the absence of significant knowledge and the fear of Miller I guess I lean towards the incumbent.
Arkansas: Tom Cotton (R) - Pryor is toast IMO. Won't be as bad as Lincoln, but will still be bad.
Colorado: Mark Udall (D) - I'm getting worried that Colorado are starting to weary of Dems, but the opposition here is poor.
Delaware: Chris Coons (D)
Georgia: Karen Handel (R) - with any other Republican, I'm gonna back Nunn though.
Hawaii special: Brian Schatz (D) - Hawaii is the only place where Hanabusa's primary challenge is viable IMO, but the way they are campaigning means I feel that Schatz has the slight edge. Either will win the general election.
Idaho: Jim Risch (R)
Illinois: Dick Durbin (D)
Iowa: Bruce Braley (D) - would be more competitive with a strong candidate though.
Kansas: Pat Roberts (R)
Kentucky: Mitch McConnell (R) - THE race to watch. Will favour McConnell for now, but to not believe that Grimes has a shot is pretty unrealistic.
Louisiana: Mary Landrieu (D) - gaining the Chairmanship of the Energy Committee will only help her fundraising. Will probably depend also on how many seats the Dems are sitting on, being 49-49 or 49-50 will probably hand the state to Cassidy.
Maine: Susan Collins (R)
Massachusetts: Ed Markey (D)
Michigan: Gary Peters (D) - hopefully the Dems also put gay marriage on the ballot here.
Minnesota: Al Franken (D)
Mississippi: Chris McDaniel (R) - he WILL make the race competitive, but it's still Mississippi.
Montana: Steve Daines (R) - has tightened given Baucus's resignation.
Nebraska: Shane Osborn (R)
New Hampshire: Jeanne Shaheen (D)
New Mexico: Tom Udall (D)
North Carolina: Kay Hagan (D) - would be an R pickup with a stronger candidate.
Oklahoma: Jim Inhofe (R)
Oregon: Jeff Merkley (D)
Rhode Island: Jack Reed (D)
South Carolina: Lindsey Graham (R)
South Carolina special: Tim Scott (R)
South Dakota: Mike Rounds (R) - unconvinced that Pressler will have much of an impact. He's been out of office too long for people to remember him, and this isn't as independent-friendly as Maine.
Tennessee: Lamar Alexander (R) - this is getting interesting though.
Texas: John Cornyn (R)
Virginia: Mark Warner (D)
West Virginia: Shelley Moore Capito (R) - nup, a Dem pickup isn't happening unless Capito gets primaried.
Wyoming: Mike Enzi (R) - why did Cheney even bother?
832  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite Sport? on: December 31, 2013, 05:30:00 am
Baseball, with college football a distant second.

Cricket. Which, for the record, is one of the most popular sports in the world.

How popular is cricket outside India? Is it a major spectator sport elsewhere? I've never really been able to tell.
A large proportion of the former Commonwealth. It's pretty much universally big across the entire Indian subcontinent.
833  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Frodo (the member) on: December 30, 2013, 10:29:48 pm
Interesting that a lot of people seem to dislike him.

FF for mine, though I don't really know that much about him.
834  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Maps of generic democrats and republicans winning by 5 points on: December 30, 2013, 09:44:13 pm
That's pretty close to what I would say except I think our chances in Minnesota are better than Michigan.
835  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite Sport? on: December 30, 2013, 09:40:52 pm
Cricket. Which, for the record, is one of the most popular sports in the world.
Here I was thinking I was the only person on the forum that would vote that. Good man.
836  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1948 US Presidential Election on: December 30, 2013, 08:21:50 pm
I sincerely hope the two people voting Thurmond are trolling.

Truman for me. Thomas and Wallace would be wasted, Truman is quality, and Wallace was too left-wing on the Soviet Union anyway.
837  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Most popular sports by country on: December 30, 2013, 07:41:19 pm
Basketball would be #2 in a good chunk of Europe (the Baltics, ex-Yugoslavia, maybe even Spain).
Basketball is actually #1 according to the chart in the Baltics ITBT.
838  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What are the worst movies you've ever seen? on: December 30, 2013, 07:24:30 pm
The Room, which also doubles as the best movie I've ever seen.
839  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Stockman challenges Cornyn! on: December 30, 2013, 07:22:21 pm
Hahahaha this guy is an awesome troll.
840  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Most popular sports by country on: December 30, 2013, 07:21:33 pm
Anybody ever thought of doing a "#1 sport that isn't soccer" world map? Rugby vs. Handball could be pretty interesting for Europe, especially as concerns France and Spain. Volleyball appears to have some adherents in Latin America, etc.

Oh, and horse-riding - probably somewhere on the Arab peninsula, before somebody's magic wand turned the whole world (soccer-) green.
I can't see rugby being #2 anywhere in Europe except for France (or maybe Britain, dunno what #2 would be there). Would probably be stuff like handball, skiing, tennis, F1, golf, etc. Possibly even basketball (it has a pretty massive following with a lot of the Europeans I talk to, mainly those around my age).

The main people that care about horse racing are those at the pub looking for a bet.
841  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Most famous person worldwide who isn't (that) famous in America on: December 30, 2013, 07:17:12 pm
Yeah, they don't really count for "famous worldwide" questions, though.

Another direction to maybe look would be Michael Schumacher.


Who is Michael Schumacher? 

You might have a winner.  I've heard of most of those players, even though I don't follow soccer very closely (except for my son's team).  I've heard of the Indian actors, but then I do watch Indian movies.  I haven't heard of Sachin Tendlukar, though.  Maybe he's not in any of the Bollywood movies I've seen. 

Of course we all remember Kylie Minogue.  Ever since I was about 20 years old she was pretty standard MTV fare, and I have to imagine that she is at least as well known as Culture Club.  (Although I'd probably have answered that she is an American, if asked.  Never put much thought into it.  I guess she's not, based on her mention in this thread, but I'll wager that she's from one of the anglophone countries anyway.) 

I've even heard the name Kate Bush.  I don't know what she does or where she's from, but I recall having heard that name, probably on this forum.  (Singer, maybe, or actor?  Could be a politician I suppose.)

Still, I don't think I've ever heard the name Michael Schumacher.  And I see that Phil claims not to have heard of him till recently, and Phil knows everything about The Beautiful Game, so I'm guessing that he's not a footballer.  I'd assume that he's either a famous German (or Austrian or Swiss) actor or singer or mass murderer.


Kate Bush is a singer, yeah.

Tendulkar isn't an actor. The only Americans who would know about him are those of West Indian or subcontinental origin I imagine.

And as others have said, Schumacher was a race car driver.
842  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Most famous person worldwide who isn't (that) famous in America on: December 30, 2013, 07:14:02 pm
Kylie Minogue?

Maybe for non soccer players. But I think soccer players are on the right track, as soccer is probably the largest cultural institution in the world that isn't big in the US.

Hmm, yeah. Kylie fits the bill for non-American gays.
I'm vaguely surprised the children on here know who Kylie Minogue was. (Obviously, men my generation don't have to be gay to remember her!)

I believe I have admitted to my infatuation with her in the past (many years ago, to be honest). I happen to enjoy "gay music". Why should it only be the gays that enjoy upbeat pop music?
If anything the straights should like Kylie. She's a stunner, particularly given her age.
843  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Most famous person worldwide who isn't (that) famous in America on: December 30, 2013, 07:13:29 pm
I thought auto racing was popular in the US? Or perhaps that's just NASCAR?
Yeah. I doubt F1 is taken seriously outside of Europe.
844  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: WV-Sen: Dems facing an uneasy time (NYT) on: December 30, 2013, 06:12:59 pm
“They are more and more angry, more and more turning inward, because they have become untrusting of a government that they feel has forgotten them.”

And they respond by voting for a party that promises to give even less of a fück about them?
Most of the real poor people don't vote full stop.
845  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Most/Least attractive politicians in your country? on: December 30, 2013, 05:32:09 pm
Henry Waxman also deserves a mention.

Looks like Tobias Funke....lol.
846  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Deluge of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts III on: December 30, 2013, 07:54:18 am
Is this our new GPorter?
Reminds me of yougo lol.
847  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Most famous person worldwide who isn't (that) famous in America on: December 30, 2013, 04:43:35 am
Kylie Minogue?

Maybe for non soccer players. But I think soccer players are on the right track, as soccer is probably the largest cultural institution in the world that isn't big in the US.

Hmm, yeah. Kylie fits the bill for non-American gays.
I'm vaguely surprised the children on here know who Kylie Minogue was. (Obviously, men my generation don't have to be gay to remember her!)
Some of us come of the same country that Kylie did Tongue
848  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Post 5 (or more) predictions for the year 2014 on: December 30, 2013, 01:33:05 am
1) Scotland rejects independence (something like 54/46).
2) Congressional control does not flip (though this may be slightly optimistic)
3) Brazil wins the World Cup
4) At least one major political figure dies
5) No wars break out
849  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: bloomberg vs. schweitzer on: December 30, 2013, 12:03:03 am
the biggest no brainer in the history of earth.

BloombergSchweitzer, obviously.
850  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: which is the bigger myth? on: December 29, 2013, 10:26:31 pm
Yeah, Option 1. Would be more interesting if Pennsylvania was subbed out for some other Northeastern liberal state.
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