You know, your incessant bashing of America and Americans is getting beyond tedious. Yes, there is a species which can rightfully be called Boobus americanus. But there are boobs and ignoramuses in all countries. The overwhelming number of people visiting this forum are Americans, as you know from your beloved Flag Counter. And there are a fair number of Americans among the people who participate on Anyport -- all of them people I would characterize as fitting nicely into the profile of a community of voyagers –- former, current, and aspiring -- from around the world. Anyone interested in the world around them will find things of interest here., as stated in Welcome to Any Port in a Storm.
And this is exactly why I put this on the debate thread, so that people can refute it if they wish. This thread was never created to be the kissy touchy thread, but sometimes it seems to be turning into the ladies knitting circle.
Please tell me if my contributions are no longer desired. I have a solution for that.
One can't help but think that if posters generalized as in "The Germans" "The French" "The South Africans" The British" one would be taken to task. Neither can "The Americans" work. I find that my European visitors here suffer culture shock when faced with the diversity of my Metro area expecting Florida to be filled with Jewish ancients fleeing the cold and have no ideas about what a polyglot society SoFla is. Languages spoken at my pool . . .Spanish, Russian, Albanian, English, French, German, Bulgarian, Farsi, Hebrew, Yiddish, Polish, Italian . . .and the lone Scot no one can understand. But since he spends most of his time at his home in Egypt, that's not much of a bother.
Ladies knitting circle? Where did that old throwback term come from in this day and age? Brands the user doesn't it?
Honduras has the highest murder rate in the Americas, and I believe, in the world. I don't know if guns were used as opposed to knives, explosives or other methods.
The largest number of commenters here is in the US (or their servers are?) You'd have to do more maths than I feel like as to whether they are an overwhelming majority here or not; I don't really care. What is obvious is that the percentage of posters from the US and elsewhere to have travelled to other countries is far higher on this board.
I haven’t taken K2’s “American-bashing” too seriously. After all he IS half-American himself and has lived in the good old US of A and visited many times over the years. Heck, he bashes everyone and anyone, doesn’t he?
No, I think Americans deserve most of the bashing they/we get, because alternating segments of our melting pot can be counted on to be wrong on most issues. Amiright?
Post by patricklondon on Aug 30, 2018 10:16:26 GMT
Anyway, on the drawing of boundaries, and such, ours is supposed to be impartial, though inevitably as demographics change faster than boundaries, one party or another tends to end up benefitting disproportionately until the next revising exercise. When that's due, the Electoral Commission gets down to trying to reconcile the different priorities: currently, to reduce the number of MPs to 600, limit the variability of electorate size to within a small variation from 100,000, and to keep the constituencies within existing local government boundaries and at the same time correspond to at least some local sense of natural communities. Usually they start from the bottom up: each ward of each local authority area includes several "polling districts" where everyone's within a reasonable distance of a polling station come election time, and once it's clear how many MPs the local authority area is entitled to (in the case of my borough, two), then they assemble the bits of the jigsaw of polling districts to try to get the numbers right.
Then the fun begins, as the maps go out for consultation and the different parties bring forward all their arguments as to why the residents of Little Dribblingtonnever consider they belong to [whichever constituency boundary would disfavour them], or of course they always shop/commute to [whichever constituency boundary would favour them] - or all sorts of dubious mediaeval historical associations. Eventually, someone has to dream up a name for a new or radically altered constituency, which is where history and geography can become all the more contorted, as Ourtown refuses to play second fiddle to NextTown in a combined constituency, so they end up calling it after some obscure local geographical feature, and the rest of the country asks "Where's that then?" until the next boundary review.
I have never thought the French system of municipal elections is particularly democratic (I don't know whether this continues to any "higher" level). The winner is the party that gets at least 50% of the vote. Then, the number of positions on the municipal council is allocated so that this winning party gets 50% of the seats (or whatever percentage they won by). Then, the remaining seats are allocated according to the same percentages. Hence, where I live, the mayor and his party got about 51% of the vote. Given that they then got half the remaining seats, they end up with 75% of the votes on the municipal council instead of half. So basically, they have a majority vote on anything, even though almost half the population voted for someone else.
Anyway, perhaps the funniest thing about American elections is the fact that Americans (thanks to their unchangeable electoral system) elected Donald Trump as their president, but is this at all a surprise? After all, both the House of Representatives and the Senate are controlled by the Republican party. Did the voters make a mistake? I do not share the values of the ruling majority at all and frankly I do not at all find myself un-American to denounce all of the things that I find wrong about the country. In fact, the only people who might have a valid reason to say that I am in error are the supporters of President Trump.
When I was in university, one of our left wing slogans was "Win it back!" -- referring to the American flag and its ultra conservative use by the so-called ultra patriots. They said we were un-American. Well, I guess I still am, in that definitiion. As for the rest of you and some of your reactions, I am scratching my head about it. What are you actually defending? And it is wrong to point out things that need to be fixed? Jeez!
Oh, we have a candidate for a new "libetarian" party who has made equally idiotic statements, though it is true that the schtick about people's family lives is not as widespread.
Wisdom of Maxime Bernier:
Libs can only sell their carbon tax if they lie.
Lie #1: You’ll get back more money.
Lie #2: It’s a price on “pollution.”
CO2 is NOT pollution. It’s what comes out of your mouth when you breathe and what nourishes plants.
Someone asked him (over the net) what happens if you leave your car idling in the garage for too long...
And does anyone remember Berlusconi?
The current Italian Great Leader is actually more dangerous than old Silvio, but the Brazilian candidate Bolsonaro leads the pack in terms of outrageous statements. (US)Americans have no monopoly on them.
“Logsdon broke down criminal cases against Republicans into likely convictions, likely acquittals, and toss-ups, and found that the G.O.P.’s path to the magic number of seventy new prison cells was “very doable.”
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada brothel owner and reality TV star who died last month after fashioning himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate has won a heavily GOP state legislative district.
Dennis Hof defeated Democratic educator Lesia Romanov on Tuesday in the race for Nevada’s 36th Assembly District, which includes rural communities and large stretches of desert in the southern part of the state. County officials will appoint a Republican to take his place in the seat.
Hof was found dead Oct. 16 after a weekend of parties celebrating his 72nd birthday. Officials are still determining his cause of death, but they don’t suspect foul play.
That's a bit further than most British mainstream politicians would go, though they might make some allowance for the "tired and emotional" circumstances.
Mind you, such is the state of things within our Tories that an organised network of those vowed to stymie Boris Johnson's chances of the leadership are quite openly referring to it as "Operation Arse".
Any Americans who waste time being offended by O'Rourke's natural employment of a useful, ubiquitous modifier might better focus their ire on the fact that their country is being deliberately and systematically destroyed.
Meanwhile, we're still counting in Broward County Florida.
I measured my ballot. It's 8 feet 6 inches long printed on both sides. So 17 feet to be read and marked. . . . in a voting booth. Miami-Dade has 22 feet of ballot . . . in a voting booth. How could this not be a disaster?