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by Squall83
Wed Nov 11, 2015 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 25928

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

So, who is right, then? SomeGuyNamedDavid or owneroperator?

When I googled I found lots of results stating it meant "once in 1.5 years or 18 months", but it seemed like they all copy-pasted from each other, so this doesn't really mean much.
by Squall83
Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1224: "Council of 300"
Replies: 7
Views: 6123

Re: 1224: "Council of 300"

THIS IS SPARTAAA!!! :mrgreen:
by Squall83
Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Changing the American election system
Replies: 98
Views: 23428

Re: Changing the American election system

I think that our government just pretends to be clumsy. As long as the people are satisfied with getting a scapegoat for whatever has gone wrong, they'll keep pretending. Imho the government is lacking 2 things: 1. transparency, so no more back room deals are done 2. base democracy within the partie...
by Squall83
Sat Oct 20, 2012 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Changing the American election system
Replies: 98
Views: 23428

Re: Changing the American election system

Oh, too bad the interest died down... oh well, your system is an interesting system as well. In fact, I can live with any system that allows more than 2 parties to be elected. In case anyone might want to know: Our politicians of course didn't choose the system I hoped for (and explained in my previ...
by Squall83
Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Changing the American election system
Replies: 98
Views: 23428

Re: Changing the American election system

I might be misreading you here, but this isn't accurate. If you win a general election, you have the seat. Parties don't win or lose in a state, since no one votes for parties, only individuals (or a pair, in the case of President+VP). A primary election is just how parties (generally*) determine w...
by Squall83
Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Changing the American election system
Replies: 98
Views: 23428

Re: Changing the American election system

@Derek: Yes! And I find that German attitude quite odd. If every politician in a party gave the same line and always voted the same, I would find that untrustworthy. No two people share all the same beliefs, honest politicians should disagree with their party from time to time. But does that really ...
by Squall83
Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Changing the American election system
Replies: 98
Views: 23428

Re: Changing the American election system

@iampsen: Thank you for the citation about the coffee thing. Good to have internet or else we'd be damned to believe everything that's being told to us by the media. @omgryebread: It's not 9 votes in competition, it's 1. The distribution in Ghostbear's hypothetical state is going to be 5/4. A centri...
by Squall83
Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Changing the American election system
Replies: 98
Views: 23428

Re: Changing the American election system

@lutzj: On a state-by state basis, winner-takes all makes great political sense, because it makes a given state much more influential. (...) Well, I believe that this point is quite minor compared to the problem that you there's virtually no chance for new parties to be elected. @Ghostbear: It's imp...
by Squall83
Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Changing the American election system
Replies: 98
Views: 23428

Re: Changing the American election system

1) Okay, if you say so. Actually I was still a pupil at that time and our teacher told us that Bush was estimated to be the favorite in the big states and I believed her like a good pupil does. 2) That makes it even worse. 3) In my opinion it's a bug, because winner-takes-all can prevent elections f...
by Squall83
Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Changing the American election system
Replies: 98
Views: 23428

Re: Changing the American election system

To be honest, I don't care how many presidents won by minority. When I followed the Bush election (and it was the only election I followed closely), the media were even saying that he focused on the big states in order to win there, because of the winner-takes-all. In my opinion this is outrageous, ...
by Squall83
Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Changing the American election system
Replies: 98
Views: 23428

Re: Changing the American election system

It's good to hear that you're against winner-takes-all, too. The misunderstanding is, that I didn't propose an entirely different system. The German system was an example. I'm quoting my first post now: In my opinion, every party that gets enough votes in one state to get 1 seat should be allowed to...
by Squall83
Wed May 30, 2012 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Changing the American election system
Replies: 98
Views: 23428

Re: Changing the American election system

1. Are you so sure that these policies are in fact unpopular? There's a big difference between unpopular somewhere like reddit and actually unpopular with likely voters. I don't have any evidence one way or another on this question, I looked for NDAA polling and found just one poll, but it was onli...
by Squall83
Tue May 15, 2012 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Changing the American election system
Replies: 98
Views: 23428

Re: Changing the American election system

@Silknor: Why would replacing 10-15% of those Members* with, say, Pirate party, members make a difference? Our pirate party made a difference even when they had 1-2%, because they were telling the politicians what they were trying to do to the internet. Also through petitions people are making a dif...
by Squall83
Sun May 13, 2012 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Changing the American election system
Replies: 98
Views: 23428

Re: Changing the American election system

After reading up on Germany's election system, I'm somewhat confused on how yours differs from ours in the US except that you vote for a regional representative *and* a party. How do you reconcile the difference between the regional vote and the vote for the party? What if nobody from party X wins ...
by Squall83
Sun May 13, 2012 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Changing the American election system
Replies: 98
Views: 23428

Re: Changing the American election system

Yes, that change is less radical, that's true. In Germany, everyone has 2 votes. One vote goes to a person that is a candidate for an electoral district and the 2nd one goes to a party. The 2nd vote determines the minimum amount of seats a party gets. Those seats are filled beginning with persons wh...
by Squall83
Sun May 13, 2012 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Changing the American election system
Replies: 98
Views: 23428

Changing the American election system

Hello everyone, first there were SOPA and PIPA, then came CISPA, then ACTA and then NDAA. No matter how many people are protesting, the government just keeps on trying to put through some law that disrespects individual rights. It looks like the people can only defend (but not attack) against a lobb...
by Squall83
Tue Oct 18, 2011 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0960: "Subliminal"
Replies: 81
Views: 34734

Re: 0960: "Subliminal"

So... is there an arrow in this comic's version of the Fed Ex logo?

Even though I've read better xkcd comics I have to thank the autor for making me curious enough to visit the forum again and read up on a bunch of links posted here.^^
by Squall83
Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96291

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

No one here has ever said that medically effective homeopathy cannot exist. You couldn't be more wrong. There are a LOT of people who claim that homeopathy is completely ineffective. Correct, I (for one) claim that homeopathy is completely ineffective. But that's not applicable. You do recognize th...
by Squall83
Thu Nov 11, 2010 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96291

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

@HungryHobo: Sorry for the delay. Work has been hard the last few days. The person from McTaggarts book "The Field" which I referred to is a German called "Fritz Albert Popp". He researched emission of photons from cells. He claimed things like "healthy nourishment emits mo...
by Squall83
Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96291

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

@HungryHobo: Sorry for the delay. Work has been hard the last few days. The person from McTaggarts book "The Field" which I referred to is a German called "Fritz Albert Popp". He researched emission of photons from cells. He claimed things like "healthy nourishment emits mor...
by Squall83
Sat Nov 06, 2010 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96291

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

The laziest possible way for pseudoscience to attack skepticism is to say, "You ruled out the possibility this could happen! Thus, we must be right!" I know and I am not one of them. Of course in "normal" science there are lazy scientists like that as well. No one here has ever ...
by Squall83
Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96291

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

The general problem here is in my opinion that there are a LOT of phenomena which probably could be explained in a perfectly rational manner by now if it weren't for some douchebag who declared it as "esoteric" some time ago, therefore causing humanity to become extremely afraid of thinki...
by Squall83
Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96291

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

any chance you could just post the details here? I'm not that interested in giving money to an anti-vax nut who doesn't know the difference between an antiviral and a vaccine. I can do so by next week after visiting my family since that's where the book is, but since I'm German and I read the Germa...
by Squall83
Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96291

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

@webgiant: The problem with economically-interested people testing such things is indeed that they may not yield neutral results. Same goes for people who just want fame. That's also a problem with "normal" scientific results btw. To give an obvious example I've read an article about how s...
by Squall83
Sat Oct 30, 2010 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96291

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

Interesting that an "Aura" is described as a crazy phenomenon. In case you didn't know: It has been scientifically proven that all humans have Aura. An Aura is nothing but an electromagnetic field caused by the fact that current runs through our bodies. If you declare that Auras don't exis...

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