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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Running mate for Michael Bloomberg? (and thoughts about a campaign) on: March 28, 2017, 09:33:01 pm
Cry
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bloomberg slams liberal "culture of censorship" in Ivy League on: March 28, 2017, 10:14:14 am
Why have we bumped this thread? But since we have, I'd hazard that DFB wouldn't be as strident as he was three years ago.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump Scandals Make His Voters Like Him More on: March 25, 2017, 02:35:42 pm
I think Jeff Stein of Vox said it best that Trump voters don't care about his scandals, but if they found out he wants tax cuts for the rich they'd crucify him.

That is blessedly wishful thinking.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Hong Kong Chief Executive election, 2017 on: March 23, 2017, 06:57:27 am
Hmm. I know Li has gotten into hot water with Beijing over political commentary before.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Report: FBI links Trump team to communication with Russians on: March 22, 2017, 07:28:08 pm
Also: Preet Bharara needs to be Special Prosecutor/Special Counsel (I believe there's been a change in the law that removes the provision for the appointment of Special Prosecutors but still).
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Report: FBI links Trump team to communication with Russians on: March 22, 2017, 07:13:26 pm
God willing, this may all be over a lot sooner than we all expected. Not betting on it, but as they say, Inshallah.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If you were President, how would you handle N. Korea? on: March 22, 2017, 07:03:34 pm
We must leave the DPRK alone. We have killed enough Koreans. They have every right to nukes as any other nation. We don't get to police the world like this. We shouldn't even be in South Korea & Japan.

Didn't know so many socialists were in favor of nuclear proliferation

I think s/he sees North Korean nuclear proliferation as a lesser evil than American imperialism, which actually helped create North Korea in the first place. While this is a wrong perspective, in my opinion, I can respect it at least. We should do everything possible to limit the spread of nuclear weapons and other extremely dangerous forms of weaponry, but this should be pursued through international organizations and multilateral means. Not through American hegemony and threats of warfare, the result of which would be death for innumerable Koreans.

Where are you getting your history from-- Rodong Sinmun? It was the Soviets who invaded Korea, setting up a Communist regime, and then, despite what the DPRK's books may claim, Kim Il-Sung who invaded the South. "American hegemony", in both 1951 and 2017, is the only reason the entire peninsula isn't ruled from Pyongyang (if not necessarily by the Kims).
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: AP: Manafort had a $10 million annual contract to benefit Putin government on: March 22, 2017, 06:57:09 pm
Spicer had the gall to say Manafort played "a limited role" in the campaign, by implication casting him off as indefensible. This surely must be tired by now, but just how low is the regard in which these people hold Americans, to think they might ever buy this? That Trump's campaign chairman was a minor figure in the campaign he was chairing? How does one even begin to respond to a claim like that?
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: John McCain calls for a select committee on Russia on: March 22, 2017, 06:47:34 pm
Viva, John McCain, Viva! Smiley
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Trump claims Obama wire tapped Trump Tower. on: March 22, 2017, 06:45:32 pm
I just read this, WHAT IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW?? HOLY SH*T I AM TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH THE ACHA BILL AND GORSUCH?HuhHuhHuhHuh??

Did we catch Feinstein saying Trump would "soon" be resigning the other day? This, after her briefing with Comey that left her and Grassley looking "grim-faced" and "shaken"?
11  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Westminster terrorist attack on: March 22, 2017, 03:13:47 pm
Let's not get hysterical about this, okay? This is hardly unprecedented, much less the end of the world. It's abominable that the usual suspects (i.e. Tender) are chomping at the bit to go off on their Islamophobic rants.
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Westminster terrorist attack on: March 22, 2017, 11:49:17 am

Things like this happen sometimes, guys. It's just another part of life now-- no need for hysteria.
Sometimes? There are more attacks now then I ever could remember. Less complicated and often less deadly, but more frequent. And we all know who keeps committing them and why they're doing it.

Yeah, it''s just another part of life now. Not unlike the shootings in this country. It'll soon fade into the background, not unlike in France.
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Westminster terrorist attack on: March 22, 2017, 11:44:15 am

Things like this happen sometimes, guys. It's just another part of life now-- no need for hysteria.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Census Bureau of Atlasia on: March 22, 2017, 11:35:43 am
Is the Democratic Party now a major party?
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Democratic Party Convention on: March 22, 2017, 11:28:19 am
All current members have 24 hours to sign in.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Census Bureau of Atlasia on: March 22, 2017, 11:26:21 am
Is it three?
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Borda system in Italy? on: March 20, 2017, 02:25:59 pm
The Borda count is a ranked voting system that assigns points to candidates in the order they are ranked, with a voter's highest-ranked candidate receiving a number of points equal to the number of candidates (n), the second receiving n-1, and so forth. This system is considered to advantage centrist candidates who can attract moderate yet broad support.

Now, from 1946 to 1992 Italian politics was dominated by the centrist Democrazia Cristiana party. Aside from the corruption scandals, the change from a strict proportional system (characterised by continuous DC-led coalitions) to a mixed system where the majority of seats were elected by FPTP certainly played a role in their demise and the (incomplete) polarisation of Italian politics. Indeed, the recent electoral reforms were justified on the grounds that they would reduce the chances of future grand coalitions.

The question here is, then, putting aside the issue of the internal disarray that led to its breakup in the run-up to the 1994 elections, could a centrist party like DC perpetuate its dominance through the use of the Borda system, or a mix of single-member Borda/closed-list PR?

More speculatively, would this even be feasible given the relative novelty of the Borda system, and/or would it be seen as immediately transparent in purpose?
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Party for Japanese Kokoro on: March 20, 2017, 02:03:01 pm
I'm hoping to update the wiki page for the House of Councillors, and it's not clear: are they a member of the LDP-Komeito coalition or not?
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: IA - PPP: O'Malley and Booker lead the pack (O'Malley internal poll) on: March 18, 2017, 01:14:45 pm
Guess it's time to go to Martin O'Malley dot com.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Diamond and Silk on: March 18, 2017, 01:12:13 pm
No.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Fmr. Governor Simfan34 on: March 18, 2017, 12:32:27 pm
Can someone please explain what is going on? The wiki is not really up to date. So Blair is President? Yankee will take office in January? Who is VP? What are the main parties? Who controls the federal and state legislatures?

Yes, yes, Yankee, Feds and Labor, Labor (Federal, North, West) Feds (South)

Thank you.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: HELLO, FREMONT - Join the Special Committee on Education on: March 18, 2017, 10:39:04 am
I'll join.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: March 18, 2017, 10:26:06 am
Simfan34
Democratic Party
California
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Trump claims Obama wire tapped Trump Tower. on: March 18, 2017, 09:43:09 am
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"Well, because The New York Times wrote about it," Trump said. "Not that I respect The New York Times. I call it the 'failing New York Times.' But they did write on January 20 using the word 'wiretap.'"

What inanity. A fifth grader would be given poor marks for employing such "reasoning" focusing on the mere presence of a word rather than any actual evidence. And he sounds like a downright simpleton for sticking in the bit about the "failing New York Times".
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WaPo article sums up the sad futility on trying to reason with Trump voters on: March 18, 2017, 09:39:07 am
Heh. Someone actually mentioned this article at the office yesterday. It really is something. Seriously,  even if the ACHA had already come into effect that's not what a tax credit would do-- does she not know how they work?
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