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  • bambam1729
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    Originally posted by tandfman View Post
    You're right. I guess I was just indicating that I did not necessarily agree with every single designation on the map.
    I'm sure that's right - as pointed out, Myanmar is one example, but in general its better than 40 years ago, as with most things.

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  • Powell
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    Originally posted by TN1965 View Post
    So Myanmar is now a democracy, while Malaysia is a mixed regime? I wonder how many Rohingyas would agree...
    Democracy means simply a system in which there are fair elections, resulting in the majority of population ruling through its chosen representatives. Oppressing minorities may be wrong, but it the majority supports it, it's still democratic.

    Having said that, with the amount of power the military maintains, I would say Myanmar has a mixed system at best.

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  • tandfman
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    Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post
    Why purported? Except for Turkey and Venezuela going backwards, much more blue in 2016 than 1976
    You're right. I guess I was just indicating that I did not necessarily agree with every single designation on the map.

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  • TN1965
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    Originally posted by tandfman View Post
    This map purports to show the worldwide growth of democracy from 1976 to 2016:

    http://assets.pewresearch.org/wp-con...o_auto_map.png
    So Myanmar is now a democracy, while Malaysia is a mixed regime? I wonder how many Rohingyas would agree...

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  • bambam1729
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    Originally posted by tandfman View Post
    This map purports to show the worldwide growth of democracy from 1976 to 2016:

    http://assets.pewresearch.org/wp-con...o_auto_map.png
    Why purported? Except for Turkey and Venezuela going backwards, much more blue in 2016 than 1976

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  • tandfman
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    This map purports to show the worldwide growth of democracy from 1976 to 2016:

    http://assets.pewresearch.org/wp-con...o_auto_map.png

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  • Atticus
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    Originally posted by jeremyp View Post
    I was in a Swiss school for 3 years when young. I spoke Schweitzer Deutch, german but not german.
    In HS I spent a summer in the Schwarzwald and spoke Schwäbisch every day. My German teacher back home was not amused by my accent.

    For 'I don't know', Hochdeutsch says

    Ich (ch as in Scottish loch) weiß (vice) nicht.

    The Schwäbisch say (phonetically)

    ee voy nit

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  • Halfmiler2
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    Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post
    Seems rather fitting to me that for New Jersey its the Wakefern Food Corporation.
    Wakefern is the parent corporation of Shop Rite supermarkets which is a regional chain so strong, it has kept nation chains such as Kroger out of our area.

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  • jeremyp
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    Originally posted by Halfmiler2 View Post
    When I clerked at the 1993 WUG in Buffalo, we had an excellent interpreter helping us at the warmup track. She knew about a half dozen languages. She told us she had a Swiss instructor for German. When she spoke to the German Coaches, they looked at her funny, but the Swiss Coaches wanted to slap her on the back.
    I was in a Swiss school for 3 years when young. I spoke Schweitzer Deutch, german but not german.

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  • bambam1729
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    Originally posted by DrJay View Post
    Seems rather fitting to me that for New Jersey its the Wakefern Food Corporation.

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  • tandfman
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    Originally posted by gh View Post
    lots of Walmart people, but as I recall, isn't the company famous for using part-timers and not providing "real" jobs?
    Famous or infamous?

    http://www.businessinsider.com/walma...air-ads-2017-8

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  • gh
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    lots of Walmart people, but as I recall, isn't the company famous for using part-timers and not providing "real" jobs?

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  • DrJay
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    Largest employer in every state: http://didyouknowfacts.com/map-shows...r-every-state/

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  • jeremyp
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    http://www.pewglobal.org/interactive...ed-in-the-u-s/
    Where the refugees have settled in all the states by majority, from 2002 to 2017. Animation shows changes every year. Amazed at how many Burmese we took, Rohingya I hope.

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  • Powell
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    Originally posted by jeremyp View Post
    Personally I think Spanish is way easier than Italian or French. It looks like the further East one goes the harder the language. Slavian anyone?
    But the map ranks languages from the English native speaker's POV. Slavic languages are harder for you to learn in a large part because they are more dissimilar to English than those in the Germanic and Romance groups.

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