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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election 2015 on: November 23, 2014, 01:55:09 pm
As many adverts here say, Offer Excludes Northern Ireland.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you believe Iran is attempting to develop nuclear weapons? on: November 23, 2014, 12:23:02 pm
but it seems to me that rather than become a nuclear weapons state outright, Iran is genuinely developing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes...

Even if this were the case, I would point out that Iran should be heavily discouraged from doing any nuclear anything for certain... er... tectonic... reasons...
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever spent money on "walking gear"? on: November 23, 2014, 12:06:12 pm
I own a pair of good walking boots.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The New Irony Ore Mine on: November 23, 2014, 12:04:17 pm
Note that Griffin is from Toad Suck, GA.

Google "Oklahoma people" images. One-quarter of the results are celebrities/rather irrelevant; half of the results are pictures of people crawling through natural disaster debris.  

Some of my favorites:












5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How much do you like or dislike Oklahoma? on: November 23, 2014, 12:02:43 pm
Well, Woody Guthrie was from Oklahoma.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Labour leadership election - To be announced on December 13 on: November 23, 2014, 11:52:30 am
Murphy has only been endorsed by USDAW and Community; i.e. the unions who always back the most right-wing candidate.
7  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: State Capital buildings of the United States - ROUND 12 on: November 22, 2014, 09:50:47 pm
3 Tennessee
2 Idaho
1 New Jersey
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion II on: November 22, 2014, 04:04:55 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30157507

Interesting.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK parliamentary by-elections 2014 on: November 22, 2014, 03:15:22 pm
Though I'd point out that there is no such thing as 'the C2 demographic'. One of the principle reasons why polling breakdowns in that category are notably volatile (even when allowing for the replacement of theoretically more reliable survey data with commercial polling aggregates) is because the range of occupations in it is extremely diverse. There are subsections that tend to vote heavily for this party or that party, and subsections that are extremely swing-y. And of course subsections that vote quite differently in different parts of the country. Back when there were still huge industrial employers employing huge numbers of skilled workers, sheer weight of numbers from that source meant that the category was (just about) uniform enough to (just about) make some sort of sense; not so now.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Will Bushie injure himself bowling tonight? on: November 22, 2014, 02:57:48 pm
I don't think people really play darts outside of bars, and Bushie isn't allowed in those.

All I'm saying is... well... this is a photo of a man about to win a major darts tournament:

11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Rob/Bob/Anonymouse on: November 22, 2014, 02:49:09 pm
Its always good to have people around who, you know, actually understand elections. Welcome back Robbob.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Will Bushie injure himself bowling tonight? on: November 22, 2014, 02:45:25 pm
Bowling is in fact the only 'sport' that a man of his... stature can not only compete in, but actually excel.

You don't have darts in the U.S.A?
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK parliamentary by-elections 2014 on: November 22, 2014, 02:34:35 pm
Whatever can be said about that particular by-election, two things can be noted. First, that Labour's poll share held steady; second, that the issue that allowed UKIP to build up a head of steam was (as you know very well) a local one.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Paul Kanjorski's (D-PA) comments about Rick Scott on: November 22, 2014, 11:04:01 am
The hilariously sketchy Kanjorski is much missed.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK parliamentary by-elections 2014 on: November 22, 2014, 10:59:16 am
With a certain crashing inevitability it emerges that the owner of the house - feted as emblematic of all working class people by middle class wankers who work for newspapers - is not, in fact, a tradesman of any description, but is actually a car dealer.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Japan Dec 2014 early lower house election on: November 21, 2014, 07:33:38 pm
Yes, the average lifespan of a personality cult who's personality is destroyed by scandal is not long.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Cecil Rhodes on: November 21, 2014, 02:00:54 pm
One of the bad guys, we can leave it at that I think.

Also, his will (on the Wikipedia page) is rather funny.

As was the fact that he supported the Liberals and the Irish Parliamentary Party!
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your height? on: November 21, 2014, 01:53:18 pm
My theory holds that its a good idea to shave at least an inch - often two and sometimes as many as three - off any given male height estimate. Of course an actually (but not freakishly) tall person I find that there's a certain nasty joy in ever-so-slightly underestimating your height when asked...
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion II on: November 21, 2014, 10:57:38 am
Truly we live in a postmodern world.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK parliamentary by-elections 2014 on: November 21, 2014, 10:55:49 am
"#RochesterAndStrood was our 271st most-winnable seat. If UKIP win here, we can win across the country" - Mark Reckless

Its unusual for the winner of by-election to also come out with the most egregious bit of post-electoral bullsh!t, so congratulations of a sort to Reckless. That figure comes from an extremely dubious demography (bad demography) as destiny nonsense put forward by a pair of cringeworthy academic hacks. In reality the Medway towns were one of the strongest areas in the country for UKIP in the mickey mouse Euro elections earlier this year (and let's not even talk about the unusual circumstances of the by-election).
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK parliamentary by-elections 2014 on: November 21, 2014, 10:52:39 am
The Labour Party is suffering a slight backlash in non-metropolitan areas of the country

It is highly questionable whether this is actually happening outside the fevered imagination of out of touch political junkies (of all hues) in central London, but whatever.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK parliamentary by-elections 2014 on: November 21, 2014, 10:50:35 am
'White Van Man' is a ridiculous media stereotype that has remarkably little relation to any known social reality and which very few legitimate tradesmen identify with and which quite a few - my father for instance - find pretty offensive (of course the idea that all tradesmen drive vans and that all people who drive vans are tradesmen... er... antiquated to say the least). The media, of course, believe it is an objective sociological category.

Broadly speaking the tweet was a very classic Not Ready For Prime Time Sorry About That moment (to say the least),* but the media reaction to it has been bizarre beyond the point of absurdity, and (I would argue) quite hypocritical: the assumption - and I write here as confirmed white trash - that it is normal to have a house festooned with absurd faux neoclassical columns and bedecked with enough flags for the average battleship is itself rather snobbish.

*I.e. public rubbernecking isn't a very bright idea if you are a public figure, even if one as absolutely obscure as Thornberry.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK parliamentary by-elections 2014 on: November 20, 2014, 11:30:30 pm
Reported to be:

UKIP 42.1
Con 34.8
Labour 16.8
Green 4.2
LDem 0.9
MRLP 0.4
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK parliamentary by-elections 2014 on: November 20, 2014, 10:19:28 pm
Weirdly long count even for a by-election.
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion II on: November 20, 2014, 09:43:57 pm
Well there's a thread on the international board. But counting is taking forever and a day. Reckless is going to win, but the exact margin is not certain. There will be endless media guff about it for at least a week.
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