Monday, March 27, 2006

Political Quizzes: Misleading

Sites such as The Political Compass are somewhat better than "Left-wing" and "Right-wing" definitions, but are still far off. People not do have views simply divided up into "social freedom" and "economic freedom". They are however, generally consistent with an ideology. For instance, take "Libertarian" versus "Liberal". Based on the Nolan chart style, Libertarians advocate high social freedom and high economic freedom, whereas Liberals advocate high social freedom but low economic freedom. If this were true, we would see far fewer differences on the social side between Libertarians and Liberals. The Greens are classified as "social liberals", but they often advocate considerable restrictions on personal freedom, i.e. junk food crusades, anti-guns. These are not consistent with "personal freedom". They are, however, consistent with an ideology.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Canadian Tory Sweep?

The two times the Canadian Tories last came to power, they had distinct patterns about them. Both were preceded by short-lived minorities (though not directly in the case of 1984). And they were the two biggest majority governments ever. Both were greatly assisted by a breakthrough in Quebec. Perhaps Harper will win a massive romp next year? If failing that, possibly one term later.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Pet peeve

How was 1906 pronounced? It seems the most common way is "nineteen-oh-six". Why "two thousand and six" then? Isn't "twenty-oh-six" the most consistent?

But far more annoying is how years such as 1925 are overwhelmingly pronounced "nineteen-twenty-five", yet years in the future are often pronounced like "two thousand and twenty-five". Isn't this ridiculously inefficient? Are we really going to call 2737 "two thousand seven hundred and thirty-seven"?

Friday, March 10, 2006

Races can only exist because of racism

Maybe we should stop and think about this. If nobody discriminated on racial grounds when choosing a partner, it seems in this globalized world that distinct races should be rapidly disappearing. Apparently it seems interracial marriage is lower than it should be on a per-capita basis. Obviously we should all be imprisoned for hate crimes.