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26  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Could Jeb Bush win Virginia against Hillary Clinton? on: October 11, 2014, 10:46:40 pm
A little more likely than California....   
27  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: Objective: Hellenistic India on: October 11, 2014, 10:33:39 pm
A stronger, more expansive Indo-Greek kingdom certainly works.  So would a Seleucid Empire under Antiochus III conquering northern India -and staying there long enough for Hellenism to take root and flourish there. 
28  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: China General Discussion on: October 11, 2014, 10:25:23 pm
Xi Jinping sees himself as a 21st century emperor, it seems like:

Leader Taps Into Chinese Classics in Seeking to Cement Power

By CHRIS BUCKLEY
OCT. 11, 2014


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China’s modern leaders have often sought to justify their policies by bowing to their Communist forebears, and so has Mr. Xi. But he has reached much farther back than his predecessors into a rich trove of ancient statecraft for vindication and guidance. He portrays his policies as rooted in homegrown order and virtues that, by his estimate, go back 5,000 years.

In his campaign to discipline wayward and corrupt officials, Mr. Xi has invoked Mencius and other ancient thinkers, alongside Mao. Most often, he has embraced Confucius, the sage born around 551 B.C. who advocated a paternalistic hierarchy, to argue that the party should command obedience because it represents “core values” reaching back thousands of years.

“He who rules by virtue is like the North Star,” he said at a meeting of officials last year, quoting Confucius. “It maintains its place, and the multitude of stars pay homage.”

(...)Mr. Xi has also shown his familiarity with “Legalist” thinkers who more than 23 centuries ago argued that people should submit to clean, uncompromising order maintained by a strong ruler, much as Mr. Xi appears to see himself. He has quoted Han Fei, the most famous Legalist, whose hardheaded advice from the Warring States era made Machiavelli seem fainthearted. And at least twice as national leader, Mr. Xi has admiringly cited Shang Yang, a Legalist statesman whose harsh policies transformed the weak Qin kingdom into a feared empire.
29  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who has created the second most polls on the Atlas forum? on: October 11, 2014, 10:15:41 pm
Tender Branson has created the most threads, narrowly ahead of BRTD.  But far more of BRTD's threads have been polls.  (4815 polls by BRTD, compared to only 470 polls by Tender.)

But who is second in number of polls created, after BRTD?  I think I know the answer, but please try to guess without looking.


Yes, most of which concern opebo.  Roll Eyes
30  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: The forum needs another admin on: October 11, 2014, 10:06:32 pm
How about Averroes Nix?
31  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: opebo vs. The Cleveland Show on: October 11, 2014, 09:59:00 pm
Please, for the sake of the children:

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/obssessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd.htm
32  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best POTUS of the past 50 years on: October 11, 2014, 08:19:05 pm
Barack Obama -years from now, when the dust has settled after the end of his presidency, historians will agree with that assessment.  
33  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should the US propose annexation with Canada? on: October 11, 2014, 08:13:51 pm
Yes, but I prefer the gradualist approach, uniting with Canada by increments (NAFTA is the first step) such that by the time annexation is proposed, it would be a mere formality.  
Why? What makes the US+Canada (which would be larger than Russia by land area) a more geographically ideal political unit than either of them on their own?

This. Also, it would eliminate a long and porous overland border, replacing it with a maritime border covering the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic coastlines that can be more easily patrolled by the US Navy and Coast Guard.  It would also enable us to more direct control over who comes in (and out) of Canada's ports, complementing our national security.    
34  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: Objective: Hellenistic India on: October 11, 2014, 07:30:54 pm
Well, part of it was, wasn't it?

Yes, but I have something more ambitious and extensive in mind:



Now if we can have a Hellenistic state approximating the OTL Gupta Empire's boundaries within the Indian sub-continent, that would be golden.  
35  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hair Color on: October 11, 2014, 07:26:47 pm
Black, but due to peculiar genetics (I have my mother to blame....), I am already showing streaks of grey despite still being only in my early 30s.  Tongue
36  General Discussion / Alternative History / Objective: Hellenistic India on: October 11, 2014, 07:15:35 pm
Can anyone think of any (semi-)realistic way that India (or at least northern India) could be Hellenized?  Think of a scenario that does not directly involve Alexander the Great.  So that rules him out conquering northern India. 
37  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: The forum needs another admin on: October 11, 2014, 06:27:03 pm
Perhaps Mr. Morden?

^^^^^^^^^^^

He'd certainly be an excellent choice. 
38  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever been outside your home country? on: October 11, 2014, 06:23:18 pm
For about a third of my life (so far).  Beginning at the age of two (or thereabouts) I lived overseas for ten years in South Korea, Japan, and the Philippines until we moved back to the States in 1994.  Since then, I have visited Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand (Canada doesn't count as a foreign country). 
39  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should the US propose annexation with Canada? on: October 11, 2014, 06:20:12 pm
Yes, but I prefer the gradualist approach, uniting with Canada by increments (NAFTA is the first step) such that by the time annexation is proposed, it would be a mere formality.  
40  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What political party is the previous poster's PM score closest to? on: October 11, 2014, 06:17:16 pm
Democrat. Maybe a Green.

Green?!  They'd run me out of town if they knew my views.  Tongue

*skip*
41  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What political party is the previous poster's PM score closest to? on: October 11, 2014, 06:14:59 pm
I believe that either the GOP or the Libertarian Party suites you the best.

You said it best.... 
42  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: 73% of moderates - a future necessity for democrats? on: October 11, 2014, 06:07:16 pm
Most people who call themselves "moderates" have been liberal in my experience.

Do you consider me a liberal?
43  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you currently own a passport? on: October 11, 2014, 06:05:45 pm
Yes, and I just got mine renewed earlier this year.  And I also got myself a Global Entry card.  All in preparation for my trip to Africa next April into early May....    
44  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your age? on: October 11, 2014, 05:57:57 pm
It's interesting there are relatively few posters between the ages of 20 and 22....   
45  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does it feel weird not having any death points? on: October 11, 2014, 05:51:52 pm
I have seven, and I am still waiting to receive an answer to my question on why they haven't expired yet.  
46  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What is your favorite big cat? on: October 11, 2014, 05:41:57 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smilodon

Though I am also partial to the cave lion:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_lion
47  Forum Community / Forum Community / Do you consider the preceding poster a liberal, a moderate, or a conservative? on: October 11, 2014, 05:30:22 pm
Go....   
48  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Victorian State Parliamentary Election - 29 November 2014 on: October 11, 2014, 12:21:32 pm
It looks as if the Labour Party will come to regret their promise to tear up the contracts for the East-West Link:

Road project promise threatens Victorian Labor’s election lead

John Ferguson
Victorian Political Editor, Melbourne
THE AUSTRALIAN
OCTOBER 10, 2014 12:00AM


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VICTORIAN Labor’s bid to seize power after one term in the wilder­ness is being seriously eroded in crucial seats by its promise to tear up the $7 billion contract for the first stage of the East West Link road and tunnel project.

The Australian can reveal that the Coalition’s position in key suburban seats has improved in the wake of Labor’s gamble on the road project, potentially spiking the ALP’s attempts to win government.

The Coalition now believes the marginal Labor seat of Eltham (0.9 per cent) in the outer northeast will fall to the Liberal Party amid a general tightening of voter sentiment ahead of the November 29 election.

The normally safe Liberal seat of Ringwood, held by a redistributed margin of 6.3 per cent, was looking vulnerable several weeks ago due to a general dissatisfaction with the accident-prone Napthine government.

But senior Liberal sources have said the seat now appears likely to remain in Liberal hands as a third, wildcard seat, has emerged in the wake of Labor’s decision to scrap the East West Link.

Labor holds the inner eastern seat of Ivanhoe by a margin of 1.7 per cent but the government ­believes there is strong potential for the Liberals to pick up the seat as the campaign gathers momentum and its heartland voters ­respond to Labor leader Daniel Andrews’s vow to tear up the East West contract. Ivanhoe has been a litmus test seat where voters have been prepared to back both sides of politics.

The three seats all would benefit from the East West Link.
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Link
49  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Henry VIII on: October 09, 2014, 11:40:01 pm
HP (Catholic)

Is it any coincidence that the man turned into a monster when he abandoned the Catholic Church?  I wonder how differently his reign (and England's by extension) have turned out if the Pope had agreed to annul his marriage to Queen Catherine...  
50  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Preceding Poster or Jeb Bush? on: October 08, 2014, 11:17:38 pm
Jeb Bush
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