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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which state legislator is most like the preceding poster? on: Today at 06:23:59 pm
James T. Whopperburger III (D-IL)
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: Today at 02:58:31 pm
Sweet that you all assume that this isn't just hypochondria.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What would be your ideal solution to the Israel/Palestine issue? on: Today at 02:31:38 pm
The right of return neatly demonstrates the problem with 'ideal solutions': on the one hand it is perfectly reasonable to ask for people who were expelled or fled from their homes to be able to return to them (a textbook impossible promise it may well be - and actually a very unusual one to make to refugees - but the trouble is it was made) but on the other... even if you look at only the practicalities and ignore all other arguments against it (many of which are also, as it happens, perfectly reasonable), it seems entirely unworkable in the wider context of an 'ideal solution'. Neither fact cancels out the other.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario municipal elections, (October 27, 2014) - Master thread on: Today at 10:59:58 am
That's a really very... telling... map.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK local by-elections 2014 on: Today at 09:54:10 am
Well, Leicester suburbs. Not too surprising, alas.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: Today at 09:49:08 am
Oh sh!t.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: July 31, 2014, 06:26:22 pm
...and another truce.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Small Business on: July 31, 2014, 10:52:21 am
It would be more accurate to say that small businesses are extremely variable on that front; some are very good, some are terrible. But I would note that even the bad ones don't have the horror of HR.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: July 31, 2014, 09:35:54 am
Ought to be 'The Oxford College of... etc', dear boy.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: July 30, 2014, 06:38:15 pm
Is it just me or... well... how do I put this?

How about with a picture?

11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election 2015 on: July 30, 2014, 04:18:08 pm
The 1980s were different; the Alliance had many friends in the media and received much (glowing) coverage.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election 2015 on: July 30, 2014, 03:52:42 pm
Do you see Lib Dems improving as the election gets closer? (Probably a first :O)

On the contrary, the general tendency was always for them to improve their polling figures in the runup to an election. Admittedly this was entirely because their share of media coverage also tended to improve in the runup to an election... and even more during it, due to rules about broadcast 'fairness'.* Of course their current polling woes are because they are unpopular and not because of a lack of coverage...

*UKIP may well run into trouble with this because although all parties are guaranteed coverage, minor parties - note here that UKIP have no MPs - are not alloted much.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election 2015 on: July 30, 2014, 02:08:56 pm
Stranger things have been known, but right now it seems likely that UKIP only have a reasonable chance of gaining seats where they had substantial leads in either the 2013 or 2014 locals; I think the only Labour-held seat where that's the case is Grimsby.

A historical polling tendency - not a 'rule', just a tendency - to be aware of: it has usually been the case that the percentage of people expressing support for non-'mainstream' parties declines as the General Election gets closer.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 30, 2014, 11:41:11 am
A long time ago I suggested that he considered cleaning toilets. Does Tulsa have municipal toilets?
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you prefer oceans or lakes? on: July 30, 2014, 11:32:13 am
Lake water is filthy. Why would you want to swim in a lake. I mean, lakes can certainly be very pretty, but they aren't so functionally fun...
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Stella Artois on: July 29, 2014, 06:42:55 pm
All of you ignorant swine need to drink a pint of the nectar that is mild ale.

It is indeed delicious.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election 2015 on: July 29, 2014, 06:32:09 pm
UNS will be even more irrelevant this time round.

Said people just before every single General Election since 1970...
18  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Poll: Capitalism dying? on: July 29, 2014, 11:24:18 am
I like market economy, that's a term which I understand the definition of.

Isn't that as vague as capitalism? I mean, markets (in all senses of the word) were essential to the operation of the economy in the 12th century, say.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you prefer oceans or lakes? on: July 29, 2014, 11:22:30 am
The sea. How is this even a question?
20  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: July 29, 2014, 11:06:10 am
The ceasefire game has started to get blackly funny.
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What's the last movie you've seen? (2nd thread) on: July 29, 2014, 10:47:39 am
The Consequences of Love. Brilliant film.
22  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Poll: Capitalism dying? on: July 27, 2014, 12:30:17 pm
I note that 'WorkingClassBro' is repeating one of Marx's more hilariously wrong predictions.

Capitalism is more a slur than a well-defined economic term

It's useful as an economic-term-in-historical-perspective because it isn't as though there's another word lying around to be used, and as new jargon is invariably terrible.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: More people should watch Legend of the Galactic Heroes on: July 27, 2014, 11:27:12 am
So, actually quite good, but with subtitles that occasionally veer into accidental archaism? That's also quite tempting, if in a very different way.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Urban Maps on: July 27, 2014, 10:36:57 am
Pretty. Are these the sort of patterns that you would expect? I mean, in terms of details (obviously they are in general terms).
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: How do you pronounce the word "cretin"? on: July 27, 2014, 10:35:05 am
You want it short, surely?
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