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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Mitt Romney going to run in 2016? on: Today at 05:10:22 am
It'd be painful if he would. Not only would it show that the GOP lacks of competent candidates, but if he'd lose again, it'd give the Republicans a real slap to the face. I think his party will simply recommand to not do it and support the campaign with his money instead.

Or, I wish he wouldn't run again. He is a strong candidate but he should wait.

Wait for what? Dying? He is past normal retirement age.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Wales on: Today at 04:56:06 am
In the 2011 census Welsh was for the first time included as a national identity. 66% of respondents in Wales checked that box, 56% chose Welsh as their sole national identity, while the rest chose British and Welsh.

21% of the Welsh population is born in England, so the vast majority among those born in Wales gave Welsh as their nationality.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: Today at 04:41:00 am


Nice!
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Discussion - Update and Women on: Today at 04:39:20 am
Does the update even pass the Bechdel test

Clearly not, but then again we don't hear of many conversations Jeff isn't partaking in - and when we do its only a general resume of what was talked about.
5  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Quantum fiction on: September 30, 2014, 08:49:44 pm
Have you ever read works of Quantum fiction? If so, what do you think of the genre?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_fiction
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: September 30, 2014, 07:41:46 pm
On William McKinley:


He was an imperialist certainly, though for today's standards he would probably be slightly less imperialist than the average member of Congress.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of William McKinley on: September 30, 2014, 07:35:57 pm

He was an imperialist certainly, though for today's standards he would probably be slightly less imperialist than the average member of Congress.

lol
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Abu Ghraib-style asylum seeker abuse by security guards shocks ... Germany. on: September 30, 2014, 07:33:44 pm
Worse than Abu Ghraib because some of the people in Abu Ghraib actually deserved it.

Why not call it a day with the horrible views stuff?
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Discussion - Update and Women on: September 30, 2014, 07:25:58 pm
My favorite female character is Bushie's sister in law.

Sure, but we know very little about her - only what she thinks of Bushie.
10  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Religiosity and economic development on: September 30, 2014, 07:20:32 pm
The United States is the wealthiest of the Western industrialized countries.

No. The US has the 7th highest per capita GDP. Luxembourg is no. 2 and Norway no. 5. If Singapore and Hongkong count as Western (and in many ways they are), they are also ahead of you.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which of these Republicans could beat Hillary? on: September 30, 2014, 07:13:40 pm
I think Huckabee has a certain appeal that a lot of "moderates" don't have. It's similar to how I thought Rick Santorum, deplorable though he may be, was the most (the only?) electable GOP candidate in 2012.


Besides the factors I mentioned Huckabee also has a reputation as a “big government conservative” during his time as governor, and was under constant attack from the right wing on economy and tax issues in 2008. The Club for Growth is already reminding people of that. He will not survive a Pub primary.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2014 Brazil Election on: September 30, 2014, 05:46:34 pm
Why is Marina collapsing? It must be more than just a bad debate performance.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 30, 2014, 04:51:35 pm
What about vocational training and apprenticeships? High school (even the semi-practical programs) is not for everyone.

Well the previous government removed the requirement that all high school programs should make students qualified to apply for college studies and instituted some 2-year vocational programs, however all of those have fallen far below expectations with fewer and fewer people applying to them for every year since they were created. It's been tried but it failed.

Well, I don't know how those programs were designed, but if I look at the problems we have with 65-70% high school attendance I can only imagine the nightmare it must be to teach in a 100% attendance high school. If it should qualify to university studies I would say around 35-40% ought to be the maximum. The academization of education is one of biggest mistakes of our time.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Montgomery County, TX vs. Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK on: September 30, 2014, 04:38:01 pm
I would choose Alaska over Texas any day (all though Austin is a great place).
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which of these Republicans could beat Hillary? on: September 30, 2014, 03:55:36 pm
Jeb and Huckabee.

I notice that a lot of valid candidates that would have more luck her are missing.

Including Palin and Carson and excluding someone like Mike Pence is a bit weird.

Daniels, Bush, Rubio and Pence could do it in the right environment. Daniels would have the best odds IMO.

Huckabee is too SoCon and not Presidential enough.

I doubt Christie could survive the primary and I don't see him doing well enough with female voters in the general if he does.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Discussion - Update and Women on: September 30, 2014, 03:33:35 pm
None of the female characters are well developed, the best developed would likely be Alison, but I haven't been following it from the beginning.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The t_host1 Institute of Comedy on: September 30, 2014, 03:22:34 pm
The days of female sexuality being controlled by men are over, and thank Zeus for that.

Really? 

Of all the gods in the pantheon you might thank for relinquishing male control of female sexuality, you pick one famous not only for seduction and rape, but also one famous for swallowing the only goddess child destined by the Titans to be more powerful than he.


Good stuff, but clearly Sulphur Mine material, not IoC.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 30, 2014, 03:13:26 pm

Also, the Greens are giving up their opposition to armed forces and pensions. The SAP is dropping their opposition to labour migration. I'm pretty happy so far. Cheesy

The Greens are opposed to pensions?

It was asked earlier and answered in reply 277.

Sorry, didn't realise we'd started a new page.

What are the main ambitions/policies of the new government?

To stay in power, i.e. not have any ambitions or policies. Tongue

Well, in theory they want to improve education and employment I think. They're making high school compulsory for some unfathomable reason. At least I hope they're not sticking to the insane idea they proposed a year back of cutting off high school dropouts from all welfare, leaving them to starve to death on the sidewalk. Tongue

When it comes to employment it's less clear but hopefully we'll get a an industry chancellor. I say hopefully because it's a badass name.

Unfathomable? I think it's unfathomable to just give up on students and treat it as a fact that some students will always be tired and disinterested in schoolwork and can't be helped by competent teachers. Unemployment amongst those without high school degrees is several times higher than the rest of the population so on the labour market today having a high school degree is a de facto requirement to get a job. 15 year olds are also not mature enough to make such a major decision in regards to their future, god knows I have several friends stuck in unemployment today who say their biggest regret is having been so stupid by dropping out of school.

What about vocational training and apprenticeships? High school (even the semi-practical programs) is not for everyone.
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Nordic Thread on: September 30, 2014, 03:09:32 pm
Greenlandic PM Aleqa Hammond has gone on leave while an expense scandal is being investigated. She used roughly 20.000 $ on private hotel bills, shopping and airfares which she only repaid on September 8 after media exposure. Its not big money, but Greenlanders are fed up with politicans using public money for their own good, so the public pressure is intense. Her predecessor as PM Kuupik Kleist has also used a smaller sum of public money for private purposes and has relinquished his seat in the Inatsisartut (Parliament) - he was leaving politics after the next election anyway, but a sad way to go for the best Premier Greenland has ever had IMO. The opposition demands an election, but Hammond managed to avoid that for the time being - keeping her 1 seat majority coalition intact despite strong internal criticism in the government parties.

Hammond was buhed out by 500-600 protesters  (in a town with 17.000 inhabitants), when she left the annual church service in connection with the opening of Parliament today.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Faroe Islands Parliamentary Election - October 28, 2015 on: September 30, 2014, 02:22:24 pm
Union party afflies with V and PP with C?

Yes traditionally, the Union Party originated as a liberal farmers party, so the Liberals is their sister party, which left the People's Party no choice but to align with their conservative brethren in the Folketing if they wanted any influence, despite Danish Conservatives obviously being unionists. Nowadays the Faeroese autonomy is so great that the Folketing doesn't matter much for them, so PP is not in the Conservative group anymore when they are represented in the Folketing.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Faroe Islands Parliamentary Election - October 28, 2015 on: September 30, 2014, 12:44:25 pm
The Faroe Islands will be holding an election to their parliament, the Løgting (Law Thing), on October 28 2015, which will give me an excuse to nerd about North Atlantic stuff.

Their party system is structured around two conflict lines a) pro-union with Denmark vs. pro-independence and b) the standard socio-economic one. Basically you have one big right wing, one big left wing and one small centrist party on each side of the unionist/nationalist cleavage.

Unionist parties

The Union Party: The old pro-Danish party from the Agrarian Liberal Scandinavian tradition is today a broad tent and moderate centre-right party.

The Centre Party: Small centrist, Christian Democratic outfit. Basically the non-bigot SoCon option.

The Social Democrats (literally the Equality Party) is a moderate centre-left party, which argues that greater autonomy is only acceptable if it doesn't lead to worse living conditions for the socially disadvantaged.

Nationalist parties

The People's Party: Right wing conservative, nationalist party representing wealthy fishermen + trading and shipping interests.
 
The Home Rule Party: The original independence party from which the others have split off survives as a small social liberal party in the big ideological gap between the People's  Party and Republic.

Republic: Left wing, republican (duh) and nationalist party formed after Denmark ignored a yes vote in the 1946 independence referendum because the turnout was insufficient. Tends to prioritize the independence part over social justice when the two conflicts  - as they often do because cutting the 100 mio. $ grant from Denmark is next to impossible to do without reducing social welfare.

This neat 3 unionist x 3 nationalist pattern is broken by:

The Progress Party: A small party formed by reactionary pro-independence right wingers, who thought the People's Party wasn't right wing enough. Includes the gaybashing Christian Right types. So sort of PP-extreme.

The current government is a broad coalition of 3 centre-right parties (Union Party, People's Party and the Centre Party, until autumn 2013 it also included the Home Rule Party) under Kaj Leo Johansen from the Union Party. It's very unusual for a Faroese government to include both PP and UP, which can be compared to a Fianna Fail/Fine Gael coalition in Ireland (so almost against the laws of nature Wink ).



22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: September 30, 2014, 11:48:06 am
Isn't this the same poster who claims to be a 'socialist' because he thinks poor people are too stupid to manage their own affairs?

Dunno if that was rhetorical, but yes it is.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: September 30, 2014, 11:45:04 am
Pretty much everyone here is giving you terrible advice, because they're assuming that you're just an ordinary person who happens to be a bit thick and extremely lazy. As I think you know yourself, this isn't really the case, is it? All across the world, stupider people than you (Christ: lazier people than you) hold down - right now, as I type, as you read this - the sort of jobs you've been fired from. Your difficulties with the world of work are not primarily caused by character defects.

You have certain issues that need to be - if not dealt with because that would be impossible - managed. You have tourettes, you have (as you have acknowledged) learning difficulties and you almost certainly have something else (six letters, begins with an 'a' ends with an 'm'). None of this is your fault. You need help and you need to accept that there is no shame in seeking it.
24  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Update survivor - round 6 on: September 30, 2014, 10:58:27 am
Eliminate Mondale and Jamestroll


Safe JJ and God
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Cardinals most hated team in postseason on: September 30, 2014, 10:15:56 am
Excessive beards?


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