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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sony hackers threaten 9/11 style attacks on theaters that show "The Interview". on: Today at 03:00:18 pm
The precedent is not exactly a positive one, but I suspect that the film is no great loss.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sri Lanka Presidential Election - January 8, 2015 on: Today at 02:49:47 pm
There's something faintly inevitable about him ending up as the Billy No Mates of Sri Lankan politics.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sri Lanka Presidential Election - January 8, 2015 on: Today at 02:19:07 pm
A former cricket star...

Arjuna Ranatunga, presumably? He was originally an SLFP member.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Fun fact: NCYankee has been in the Senate for over half of its existence on: Today at 02:01:31 pm
You still write like an angsty teenager churning out dire fanfic. Does this worry you at all?
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion II on: Today at 01:22:59 pm


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6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International What-ifs / Re: What parties would you be in other countries? on: December 17, 2014, 09:10:13 pm
Turkey:CHP
Israel:Shas

So you think that religion has no place in public life and that religion is absolutely essential to public life?

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Ireland:Irish Social Democratic Labor

No such party.
7  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: "The Left Can Win" on: December 17, 2014, 07:45:06 pm
are you allowed to read anything that isn't peer-reviewed/written by a PhD?

As a general rule that sort of thing is at least as frustrating as Jacobin. Mostly I read fiction these days, it tends to contain more truth.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Black Mirror on: December 17, 2014, 07:13:44 pm
Anyone else watch the Christmas episode?

Yes. Excellent.
9  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: "The Left Can Win" on: December 17, 2014, 07:03:38 pm
Why would I want to read something from Jacobin?
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Fun fact: NCYankee has been in the Senate for over half of its existence on: December 17, 2014, 06:58:41 pm
And he's just as useless as he was when he was first elected.
11  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Greece General Discussion on: December 17, 2014, 06:57:52 pm
haha
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: EU Parliament overwhelmingly votes in favour of the country Palestine on: December 17, 2014, 06:55:30 pm
I don't see why people are even opposed to Palestine being a country. I mean, it was a soverign state before WWII.

Where did you hear that? What is currently the State of Israel and the Palestinian territories/State of Palestine/etc was a British imperial possession (officially as a Mandate on behalf of the League of Nations, but LOL) from the end of the First World War until the 1940s. Before then the area was part of the Ottoman Empire. Not that this has any bearing on the current political situation.
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: EU Parliament overwhelmingly votes in favour of the country Palestine on: December 17, 2014, 02:40:15 pm
committed to it are using the leverage they have to increase this likelihood again.

It is more an issue of acting like they (and this applies not just to the EU mickey mouse parliament, but to other legislatures that have passed similar votes) have leverage. If there is an improvement in the general situation in the future, it is unlikely to be caused by anything politicians elsewhere do (and if thats not the case, it won't be these politicians).
14  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Is Dallas County lost for the GOP? on: December 16, 2014, 03:47:04 pm
Dallas County is lost for the GOP, but that's not a big deal in and of itself. It doesn't do much good to shut a party out of a county when that county's population growth has been flat for the past decade or so and the counties surrounding it are exploding in population and are very favorable towards the GOP.

This is correct (i.e. not only that it doesn't matter that it is, but that the main reason is simply that Republican voters are moving to different parts of the metropolitan area). Would it be wrong to diagnose a degree of straw-clutching in this thread? I think not.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Japan Lower House election - Dec 14, 2014 on: December 16, 2014, 01:57:51 pm
Okinawa
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Transcendental Democrats - A New Party for a New Era on: December 16, 2014, 01:56:30 pm
Party President Gully Foyle (famous celebrity) has won election to the Pacific Council. This will be the first electoral victory of many for the Transcendental Democrats as the people of Atlasia awaken to the dawning of the New Era.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Varavour - election upcoming! on: December 16, 2014, 01:49:24 pm
Have formal results of the Council election been published yet?
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion II on: December 16, 2014, 01:19:52 pm
Eric Joyce again!
19  General Politics / Economics / Re: The ruble is collapsing on: December 16, 2014, 12:22:10 pm
The key thing here is the collapse of the price of oil (i.e. not just in itself but also because it compounds damage caused by sanctions). Though, of course, said collapse of oil price is not entirely accidental.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Legalize 4Loko Party on: December 16, 2014, 11:55:04 am
The Transcendental Democrats support the legalisation of 4Loko.
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: 100 children killed in a school attack in Pakistan on: December 16, 2014, 11:17:30 am
Sad
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: December 2014 At-Large Senate Election: Winner/Loser on: December 15, 2014, 06:42:34 pm
Clearly it was a great victory for the Transcendental Democrats Smiley
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: When did you begin focusing on Christmas 2014? on: December 15, 2014, 01:48:23 pm
Book for scale.  Yeah, the rug's ugly, I know.

Choice of book very much approved of.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Irish immersion on: December 15, 2014, 01:42:41 pm
As it happened the Irish Free State cut funding for many areas on the Irish west coast where Irish was spoken because it could no longer afford the expense that the British state put into it.

That's being uncharacteristically kind towards De Valera et al given that one of the main reasons they couldn't afford to keep up the previous levels of state spending in such areas was their own exceedingly conservative attitude towards economic policy and the role of the state; are you feeling alright? Tongue

But, yes, the big killer of minority languages is often rural depopulation. One reason why government programmes aimed at saving or preserving minority languages (nearly?) always fail (and so turn into employment rackets for middle class speakers of said minority language with depressing regularity) is because this is rarely taken into account or even really understood.
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hostage Crisis in Australia on: December 15, 2014, 11:43:20 am
Nasty stuff, though at least it didn't turn into a massacre (which is always the main worry in this sort of situation). Guy responsible seems to have been a right charmer.
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