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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jim Webb vs. Jeb Bush on: Today at 04:48:31 pm

Webb/Warren 328 50% - Bush/Jindal 210 48%
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Governors, The Protecting People from Explosives Amendment has passed the senate on: Today at 04:01:54 pm
We really ought to have a process for certifying the adoption of amendments.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Virginia 2015 Midterms - Megathread on: Today at 03:54:28 pm
Morrissey announced his resignation on Thursday, but he's going to be going for his party's renomination anyway.  The nominating process for the seat has caused some controversy, as it will be limited to about 100 Democrat "party members in good standing." The assumption seems to be that this will help keep Morrissey from being renominated, but also some are questioning whether the district's large African American community will be adequately represented by this process.

The rules require that candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in the special election file a Declaration of Candidacy form with the 74th Democratic Committee and each pay a $1,500 filing fee by 5 p.m. today.

By Friday, four Democrats had announced bids to challenge Morrissey’s run for the party’s nomination: Lamont Bagby, a member of the Henrico County School Board; David Lambert, son of the late state Sen. Benjamin J. Lambert III; Floyd Miles, who served as the 74th District delegate from 2002 to 2006; and Kevin Sullivan, a former political coordinator for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Finkelstein said all candidates who will have filed by the deadline today will be on the ballot Monday.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Election Results by Congressional Districts, OFFICIAL THREAD on: Today at 03:02:22 pm
based off that 2013 ACS data, VA-5 should be >15%.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which FOX cartoon is better? on: Today at 02:52:36 pm
why are ugly cartoons so popular?
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Tips and Gratuities Preservation Act (Debating) on: Today at 02:38:59 pm
Does this mean for the purposes of the minimum wage?  At the national level in Atlasia, there is a separate minimum wage for the untipped pay of tipped workers, which is being gradually lifted to equal that of nontipped employees.

Yes.  The Mideast should lead in guaranteeing tipped workers the same minimum wage as everyone else.  They should not be at the mercy of tips when it comes to earning enough for a decent living.

Employees in tipped positions have an opportunity to make money in a way that those in other positions do not, so I don't believe they need to have the same base wage all of a sudden.  But if that is what you want, then the bill needs to say that the minimum wage is the same for tipped and untipped employees.
7  General Politics / Economics / US Healthcare spending by type and payment: 1960-2012 on: Today at 01:56:20 pm
Spending on personal healthcare in the US has increased by nearly a factor of 100 in the past sixty years (in inflation adjusted $ it would be about 12x). Meanwhile a much greater portion of this spending has been covered by insurance and public spending. 
Here's a neat data visualization
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: 2012 as a 60% landslide on: Today at 01:21:29 pm
Would Obama have gotten past 80% in Hawaii? I imagine that would be the best result for a candidate in their state of birth since Carter.


Actually Obama in both 2008 and 2012 got a higher percentage in HI than Carter did in GA.   Obama in 2008 had the highest percentage performance of a candidate in their birth state since Coolidge in 1924.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: December 19, 2014, 10:34:36 pm
don't know if it's been pointed out yet, but a pun opportunity was missed by not calling this thread "Melancholy and the Infinite Sandwich."  just saying.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Richard Nixon vs. Jimmy Carter on: December 19, 2014, 05:42:56 pm
Whatever his personal views, Nixon's presidency saw a huge decrease in school segregation in a short amount of time. The state committees his administration helped set up were a lot more effective and less contentious than court-ordered busing ever was.  Nixon's New Federalism policies were a great contribution, but other Nixon policies and crimes make Carter the easy answer here.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of feminism on: December 19, 2014, 05:05:57 pm
kind of a meaningless term by itself in terms of philosophy. seems to function largely as a social identifier to give the speaker authority or a marketing advantage within certain circles.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Tips and Gratuities Preservation Act (Debating) on: December 19, 2014, 04:56:13 pm
Does this mean for the purposes of the minimum wage?  At the national level in Atlasia, there is a separate minimum wage for the untipped pay of tipped workers, which is being gradually lifted to equal that of nontipped employees.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Promoting Our Public Universities Act (Voting on Amendment) on: December 19, 2014, 04:51:13 pm
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: G-OK on: December 19, 2014, 01:16:10 pm
A notable and respected G-OK got banned for 3 months, and it increased in popularity to show solidarity with him.
only a month and a half to go!
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Poll: Americans approve of Brown decision, disapprove of Garner decision on: December 19, 2014, 11:29:10 am
Tea Partiers disagree with the Garner decision by 7%, Conservatives by 12%, yet Republicans approve by 3%

What is the subsample size?

Seems we got some old timey Nixon Republicans being racist.

Republicans tending more pro-establishment/authority than tea partiers and conservative Dems/indies.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of incorporating the cross into Christmas celebrations? on: December 19, 2014, 11:11:55 am

Christmas songs are not religious?

Santa Baby, Jingle Bell Rock, Winter Wonderland, Frosty the Snowman, Up on the Rooftop, et. al. hundreds and hundreds routinely played on the radio right now are not, no.

Many of those songs are wintertime songs rather than having any inherent connection to Christmas per se (they wouldn't make sense in the context of a Christmas celebration in Australia or Honduras), and most tend to be generally inane, overplayed and boring.  A few are fun, but if anyone insists that Christmas should be devoid of all transcendent or transformative meaning rather than be spoiled by anything referencing the person or event which is the inspiration for Christmas, then I have to sympathize with those who can only reply "bah humbug."
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Pro-Life Feminists on: December 19, 2014, 10:48:38 am
Pro-life feminists tend to avoid the worst aspect of feminism, and the worst aspects of anti-abortion arguments and activism. FF.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post a song from the year you were born on: December 18, 2014, 03:35:23 pm
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you agree with Obama's decision to normalise relationships with Cuba? on: December 18, 2014, 02:23:55 pm
Yeah, the PRC did the right thing with regard to Tibet, given that the area was something out of a dystopian nightmare prior to the Chinese revolution.

Yay imperialism.
20  General Discussion / History / Re: Historical political party platforms, 1840-2008 on: December 18, 2014, 02:01:39 pm
Other then social issues the parties basically have been the same for the past 100 years

There are some common threads, but there have been a great deal of change in many areas. Look at trade policy, or federalism.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: The Democratic vote for President in AZ has stayed within 0.59% since 2000. on: December 18, 2014, 12:20:15 pm

2000-2004: Bush increases his percentage, but Nader doesn't take votes from the left.
2004-2008: a much less favorable year for Republicans, but McCain gets a home state advantage.
2008-2012: McCain isn't on the ticket, but it's a better year nationally for Republicans. also, Mormons.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Al Franken: "I'm Ready for Hillary" on: December 18, 2014, 11:47:06 am
Welcome aboard Al! Now you're a right wing warmongering DINO lover too! Cheesy

Given that he supported the invasion of Iraq, he already was. Wink

Which I'm sure will be heaving oh-so-heavily on the minds of voters over a decade later.

Welcome back to the team, Al.

You're right. Al Franken's vote for the Iraq War will not matter any more to Hillary's campaign than the fact that Hillary was endorsed by Al Franken.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of incorporating candles into Hannukah celebrations on: December 18, 2014, 01:41:23 am
sacrilege. one should use a lampstand with pure olive oil.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of incorporating the cross into Christmas celebrations? on: December 18, 2014, 12:44:12 am
In general, it's in bad taste to inject religion into holiday celebrations.  If you're with your family and friends, it's just awkward to bring up religion.  The point of holidays is to eat and drink and be merry, right?

Do you know why they call it a holiday?  

If there is a cross it should be discrete, nearly subliminal, as a hint of things to come.

Do you actually want to talk about religion with your family or have awkward praying in your house?  That seems like a perfect way to ruin a Christmas party.

I don't understand this.  What is the religious element of Christmas in terms of practice?  Singing Christmas songs?  No.  Overeating?  No.  Getting drunk?  No.  Giving gifts?  No.  I don't see where the religion is supposed to actually enter in.  

Christmas songs are not religious?
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Vermont Has Bailed on Single-Payer Health Care on: December 18, 2014, 12:32:17 am
Shumlin tried and found it wasn't feasible. Vermont already has some of the highest taxes in the nation. They can't raise them by this much and expect to have a functioning economy.
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