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 on: Today at 07:30:17 pm 
Started by Buddha - Last post by Dixiecrat
Who do you want to run for PA-Sen in 2016? In a Democratic primary, who would you vote for: Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders?

 on: Today at 07:27:54 pm 
Started by Starwatcher - Last post by Nhoj
Tallin is also plurality Russian I believe. of course they are probably more integrated than the ones in Narva

 on: Today at 07:27:37 pm 
Started by Tender Branson - Last post by Joe Republic
You're asking an American forum, so the correct solution is to shoot it.  A simple shotgun would be preferable, but a semiautomatic will do.  Just keep shooting until you hit it.  You can even open your eyes if you're feeling particularly brave.

 on: Today at 07:23:53 pm 
Started by Tender Branson - Last post by dead0man
Ok, it's almost 6 hours now and I'm starting to worry.  He's not THAT far from Transylvania.

 on: Today at 07:20:40 pm 
Started by ElectionsGuy - Last post by black and white band photos
Yes / Yes

This should be the campaign theme song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-drTpJN2KNQ

 on: Today at 07:20:33 pm 
Started by NHI - Last post by Senator Spiral
Reminder this round closes tonight. Round 3 will take place until September 2007 and from there we'll start the 08 part of the game.

I'll start taking submissions for candidates as of tomorrow.

Thanks everyone

Can we get a new thread for candidate recruitment and the 2008 game? Lock this one up and save it for posterity.


I agree with this. We've definitely had a good ride in this thread.

 on: Today at 07:17:58 pm 
Started by boshembechle - Last post by RR1997
Wow. I agree with the DNC.

 on: Today at 07:17:56 pm 
Started by Frodo - Last post by Frodo
Many of you living in the region may want to consider moving out...

Southwest may face 'megadrought' within century, study finds

Aug 26, 2014 by Blaine Friedlander

(Phys.org) —Due to global warming, scientists say, the chances of the southwestern United States experiencing a decade-long drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a "megadrought" – one that lasts up to 35 years – ranges from 20 to 50 percent over the next century.

The study by Cornell, University of Arizona and U.S. Geological Survey researchers will be published in a forthcoming issue of the American Meteorological Society's Journal of Climate.

"For the southwestern U.S., I'm not optimistic about avoiding real megadroughts," said Toby Ault, Cornell assistant professor of earth and atmospheric sciences and lead author of the paper. "As we add greenhouse gases into the atmosphere – and we haven't put the brakes on stopping this – we are weighting the dice for megadrought."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-08-southwest-megadrought-century.html#jCp

 on: Today at 07:17:53 pm 
Started by Robb the Survivor - Last post by Foucaulf
Foucaulf's review of Antonio's review of Scott's "The Sunset"

Criticism, applied to a piece intended to be taken seriously, usually takes less time to produce than the piece. In the case where the piece is already of little merit, the criticism will likely be ignored even more than the piece. Recognition of the problem would lead someone to spice up their criticism with flair, an exaggerated incomprehension of what made the piece possible. It is too bad most, Antonio included, does not realize the problem.

What criticism in this review - and how much is there to criticize that isn't immediately obvious? - tries too hard to be funny. Consider the following paragraph:

Where is the conflict? Any form of drama needs a conflict (be it between characters, within a character, between a character and an abstract concept or a situation...). But in The Sunset, nothing indicates that anything like that will arise. Since we have no idea who Fanny is, we can't tell how she will react if Marty eventually comes to terms with his feelings. Marty's feelings themselves do not provide a conflict, since they are barely even mentioned. Come on, you are telling me that you devolved five miserable lines to what is supposed to be the central issue of your plot? Besides, what good can come out of a plot that revolves entirely around a character not being able to spit it out? Come on, you've got to have more than that!

The joke is that the characters are unrealistic and wooden; this much is obvious. Yet Antonio feels the need to lecture on what "conflict" means and justify his claim that there is no conflict in the story. Near the end the style becomes almost pleading, as if Antonio realizes himself he is overexplaining things, begging himself to believe he needs all this verbiage.

Egoism permeates this review, as if we haven't had enough of that given the review's object is a vanity project. Antonio's relentless formalist analysis seems more to convince the reader that he is smarter than Scott and a better writer. But the problem is not that Scott is dumb, or of intelligence in general: it is about what possesses someone to write bad prose and think others will care.

 on: Today at 07:16:38 pm 
Started by Tender Branson - Last post by Vega
Oh yeah, him.

What do you think it would've been like if it was Wolf v. Castor?

Wolf would be leading by 10 points instead of 20.

Um. No. It would probably be a very close race. Castor has appeal in the SE and a lot of conservatives upset with Corbett would have "come home" a lot quicker for Castor (even though he's not some right wing firebrand, he's been a vocal critic of the establishment enemies of the grassroots).

You might be right. I don't think any polls were ever ran of a Democrat, let alone Wolf, against Castor.

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